Beach weddings are something many brides fantasize about but not many are aware of the big and little details needed to plan for to have the perfect romantic beach wedding. If you knew what it took to plan, would you have one? We want to share our big tips so that if this is an idea that lights you up, you can truly make it happen.
Plan your colors wisely. The beach itself should be the decorative inspiration for the colors you choose: Icy blues, coral pinks, and sunset hues make great seaside palettes. Go with 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.
Want to go more minimalistic? 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.
Get the right flowers. 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. 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.
For the ceremony. Many people love the idea of a wedding at sunset, because it’s beautiful. However, the guests may have the sun directly in their eyes, which can make it a bit of a challenge to enjoy the ceremony. Luckily, planning well, there’s a simple fix to this by placing chairs at a slight angle.
Prepare for uninvited guests. 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.
For the cake, prepare for the outdoors. 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.
A beach wedding is totally within your reach when you know how to plan it right. 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!