Beach weddings are one of the most popular options for brides and their planners. As beautiful as they might be, they’re difficult to plan for if you don’t know the important planning details. If you want the perfect romantic beach themed wedding, these tips are just the ones you need!
Use the wedding location as inspiration for the colors you choose: Icy blues, coral pinks, and sunset hues make great seaside palettes.
Try sandy, natural tones—raw linen and canvas, natural rope and jute, bleached wood—the colors that come straight from the shore.
For accent colors, go with beachy colors like coral, teal, white, and cream get an elegant upgrade when paired with silver, gold, or rose gold.
An all-white party on the beach can be especially chic, especially when you ask your guests to wear white, turning them into the ultimate design statement, as well.
Choose flowers endemic to a region. Depending on the location, you could try Montauk daisies, beach roses, or blue hydrangeas. In tropical locations, orchids are a great option.
Keep two boutonnieres on hand for the groom, in case one wilts.
For a very hot day, orchids and callas are your toughest, hardiest stems. Delicate field flowers such as lily of the valley will wilt in the heat, even if they're in water.
Avoid tall centerpieces. If you put a bunch of breeze-catching flowers in a tall, slim container, chances are it's going to blow over.
If you're getting married at sunset, the guests may have the sun directly in their eyes, which can make it a bit of a challenge to enjoy the ceremony. For a simple fix, place chairs at a slight angle.
An outdoor wedding can mean bugs—nothing ruins a ceremony like being eaten alive! Hand out communal bug spray, or individual bug wipes like Avon Skin-So-Soft towelettes. You can also employ an eco-friendly exterminator to fog the entire area with insect repellant before guests arrive.
Offer a shoe check for a ceremony on the beach. As soon as guests arrive, stow their footwear so they can walk barefoot on the sand.
Fondant may sweat in the heat, but it's definitely more dependable than buttercream, which in the presence of a little warmth can go from solid to liquid in minutes!
Ask your baker how long the cake can sit out—if the timeline is too limited, have it delivered later, or ask if your caterer has space in the refrigerator. (Just let the cake come to room temperature before cutting and serving).
Pass on the traditional cheesecakes or cream cheese fillings for red velvet cakes or carrot cakes, as they're more likely to spoil in the heat.
You deserve to have all the romance of the beach wedding that you dream of. Take note of these details and you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful memory in the making! And remember, for those southern California coastal weddings, Ontario Bakery is the bakery for you. Call us and ask about our custom cake and delivery options!