The Beach Bride Guide

If you are reading this, I want to first congratulate you on your engagement! After a few beach weddings, to include my own wedding, I decided to share some tips I picked up along the way. While most beach weddings I've been a part of have gone pretty smoothly, there is always something, however small, that gets overlooked. So, let's dive right in with the single most important thing you need to consider if your heart is set on a beach wedding.

#1 Weather

Have you thought about what you will do if it suddenly starts to downpour in the middle of your ceremony? Anytime you plan an outdoor event, the weather needs to be taken into consideration, and having a backup venue could potentially save your wedding day! Although Florida is the Sunshine state, we are in a tropical climate, so we do get our fair share of tropical storms, not to mention hurricane season which runs from June 1st to November 30th.. Find a place in advance where the ceremony can be relocated and make sure there will be enough space for your guests inside. You can ask your coordinator or wedding officiant for alternate venue recommendations.

#2: High Tide

If your heart is set on having your toes in the sand on your wedding day, you may also want to have a look at the local tide chart. What could be worse than an otherwise beautiful day only to find out that the spot you picked to have your ceremony is under water? Google "local tide chart" for the name of the beach where the wedding is being held. Look at what time low tide will be and make sure to schedule your wedding during that time. Low tide happens twice a day, but the time is different each day. If you don't have a special date picked, then make sure that low tide is also in sync with golden hour. What is golden hour? I'm glad you asked...

#3: Golden Hour

Golden hour is that magical hour that happens just after sunrise and just before sunset. Photographers love this time of day because not only does it tend to make pretty colors in the sky, it is very flattering light! During mid day when the sun is high in the sky and very bright, it creat