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    Seashells and Surf – Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

    The perfect day calls for the perfect venue, and for many couples, getting married against the backdrop of the ocean fits the bill. Today we have some advice from wedding photographer Alex Couvreur.  When he’s not covering nuptials, he’s giving his sage advice on them. He likes to post his articles on wedding, lifestyle and family blog sites, so who better to give advicde on plannng a beach wedding. Over to Alex….

    A beach wedding can be romantic and relaxed, making a special day even more unforgettable when you tie the knot amongst the seashells and the surf. Here is a guide to planning the perfect wedding from what to wear through to capturing your special day with some great photos.

    Dressed for a beach wedding

    Having chosen a stunning beach location as your venue for getting married, make sure that you dress for the occasion.

    Many girls dream of getting married in a beautiful flowing wedding dress but a full dress with a long train is hardly practical on the beach. Walking through the sand is never going to be easy so try to think about a much lighter outfit.

    If you really can’t dispense with a traditional style dress then make sure you get one that will flow a bit more easily amongst the sand dunes and not a dress that doesn’t allow you to relax and enjoy the setting that you have opted for.

    Choose your accessories carefully

    Other practicalities that are worth thinking about for a beach wedding include making sure you ditch the veil. Beach locations often have a at least a breeze or a wind blowing through, which means that a veil will make photos more challenging, so instead go for some flowers or maybe a fascinator.

    Heels and sand don’t mix so choose some flat-sole sandals or a shoe that is not going to sink into the sand. Remember to have the dressed hemmed based on your shoe or shoeless option.

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    Natural setting

    When you get married in a church there is often some dressing up to do with flowers and decorations to make the venue seem colourful as well as special, whereas a beach location provides an amazing ocean backdrop so you shouldn’t need to fuss over flowers.

    A good tip for getting the look and feel that you want for your beach wedding is to select some local suppliers who understand a beach environment and can provide catering that is representative of local produce.

    If you are having a beach wedding then you are already confirming that this is not going to be a conventional wedding, so work with suppliers who not only understand your needs and wishes, but who also have the ability to think outside of the box and won’t turn up with chair covers that are more suited to a more formal ceremony.

    Guest awareness & comfort

    Make sure that your invited guests are fully aware that your event is actually taking place on the sand and that they know what the dress code you chosen is, so everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.

    You might also want to consider organising some welcome gift bags that include a travel-sized bottle of sunscreen, some bottled water to keep everyone hydrated, and possibly even a hand fan to keep cool whilst they enjoy your beach-based nuptials.

    Capture the moment

    An integral part of any wedding ceremony is capturing the moment with some special photos.

    Lighting is particularly important when it comes to taking great beach wedding pictures, so get the best of both worlds and try to arrange the wedding for about one hour before sunset. This time slot gives you the best opportunity to get some striking photos in natural lighting, followed by some dramatic and amazing sunset pictures shortly afterwards.

    Ensure you capture the moment, and if you don’t have any one, find a profession that can. Check out a few wedding gallery’s and contact a few for a quote. Many people have used Squint Photography in the past, so it might be worth a look.

    Plan B

    Unfortunately you may not always be rewarded with flawless weather conditions for your beach wedding so you really need to have a plan B to make sure that the wedding can still go ahead on the sand.

    Try to ensure that you have a canopy or tent ready or a nearby venue where you can take shelter from the elements and not let the weather get the better of your special day.

    Any wedding takes a lot of planning to get it right on the day, but when you tie the knot against an ocean backdrop with the sun setting behind you, a beach wedding is hard to beat.

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