Throwing a Beach Wedding

November 27th, 20101:52 pm

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Throwing a Beach Wedding

Ahh, the beach.  A place of tranquility, of relaxation, and a place that is almost every bride’s dream for being a venue to be married at.  Who doesn’t like the idea of sinking their bare toes into the warm sand as they recite their vows?  Who doesn’t enjoy the idea of being married beneath the warm sun or at sunset after a beautiful day?

Weddings on a beach are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful that a bride could ask for, but beach weddings also unfortunately come with a whole lot of red tape (unless you are married on a part of the beach owned by a friend, a relative, or a resort/travel company).  Some things that you will need to ask about if you are planning a beach wedding is:

  • How many people are allowed?
  • Can you set up chairs?  Tables?
  • Can we bring food and drinks?
  • Are there any noise restrictions?
  • Do we have to vacate the beach at a certain time?
  • Is it possible to put up a tent?
  • Is the tide going to be in or out?

If you plan on having a beach wedding locally, you will often have to contact the city in which the beach is located and apply for a permit to have your wedding there.  Some cities will allow you to have a wedding on their beach or parks for free, granted that you have under a certain amount of people attending.  Also take note that if you do plan on having a wedding on a beach under these circumstances that any passerby can “join” your wedding party and attend or get in the way of photographs and videography.  If this bothers you, then this is certainly not an option for you.

Tables and chairs are also often restricted by any park’s board for cities and counties, though if you do apply for a permit to have your wedding at a specific location they tend to be more lenient.  This also goes for putting up a tent.  Don’t be too surprised if they give you a limited number of chairs and tables that can be set up.

TIPNo one said you couldn’t bring beach chairs!  If you and some guests have some fold out chairs that you use for soccer games, camping, or at the beach, bring them along!  These are almost always perfectly fine to be used, and extra seating is always appreciated.

Food and drink are almost always allowed, though alcohol often is not if you are on public property.  Inquire about any liquor licenses that you may have to obtain in order to serve liquor in a public area.

Noise restrictions are generally limited between the hours of 10am to 10pm or 7am to 11pm.  Again, it is up to the city or municipality to determine these guidelines.  If you want a wedding reception that runs long into the night, then a beach wedding is not for you.  You will almost always have to have all of your stuff packed and ready to be out of there by 11pm at the very latest.

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