Have you ever dreamed of walking down the aisle as the golden sun is setting? How about having an azure ocean as your picturesque wedding background? Are you about to tie the matrimonial knot but unsure whether the beach is the perfect spot?
Paradise on Earth
The beach is one of the most popular places to hold a wedding. Aside from the cool and carefree vibe it projects, the stunning scenery also makes the wedding more picture-perfect. With a professional photographer behind the camera, you can be sure that your wedding photos will show you and your sweetheart enjoying paradise here on earth.
A beach wedding can be the perfect romantic celebration for you and your partner. However, you have to make sure that it is planned as carefully and thoughtfully as possible. If you don’t have a full-time wedding planner to help you out, here are some of the simplest suggestions and top tips so you can walk down that sandy aisle with a happy smile on your face:
1. Identify your needs and wants
How do you envision your beach wedding? Is it an intimate affair with your closest family and friends? Or are you going for a big beach bash? When do you want to hold it? Decide on the date, time, venue, and other major factors together. This includes the wedding officiant, the entourage, and the guests.
Identify what you and your partner want to happen on your special day. What do you absolutely need, and what can you do without? Assess your financial situation. Do you have the budget for a big wedding or just enough for a simple ceremony? There are different venues for beach weddings. Which one will best suit your needs? Will it be easily accessible for you and your guests?
These are just some of the questions that you need to consider. Discuss these together and try to compromise if something is too much of a stretch. There is no point in pushing for a beach wedding when you are constrained – financially or logistically – because it might just put a strain on your relationship. You don’t want to start off on the wrong foot just because one wants chocolate cake while the other prefers vanilla.
2. Make a list
If you are taking care of the preparations yourself, make sure that you have a checklist. List down the items that you have discussed and finalized together. You can also go online and download ready checklists from trusted wedding sites. You can personalize and add to these online guides to make them more personalized.
Tick off your list as you accomplish each one over the course of the preparations. This will help keep you on track and remind you if there are ones that you have overlooked. It can also be a digital list that you can share with your partner so you can sync it whenever one item is checked or if there are any updates regarding that particular matter.
3. Seek reputable suppliers
When looking for suppliers for your wedding, don’t be afraid to ask. Scour online reviews, ask trusted family members and friends for recommendations, attend wedding bazaars, or personally visit shops or places of business. Do your research and know what each one’s strengths and weaknesses are.
For example, when scouting for a wedding photographer, make sure to check their portfolio online. Better yet, make an appointment so you can personally ask questions and discuss your preferences. The same goes with all the other suppliers you need, may it be your couturier, your caterer, your hair and make-up team, or even your lights and sounds production company.
Make a shortlist from your initial research. From there, make it a point to meet with your top candidates. Meeting and discussing in person is ideal so you can iron out the details. Regular updating is also a must so everyone is on track. This will help you avoid misunderstandings down the road and ensure that everything will run as smoothly as possible.
4. Ask for help
If you can, ask for assistance either from your family or friends. The maid of honor and best man usually are the ones who help out the bride and groom with wedding preparations, especially in the absence of a wedding coordinator.
It is best if you can also delegate tasks so you won’t have everything on your plate. Taking on too much can stress you or your partner out. Divide and conquer. Aside from making the load lighter, it will also help you and your partner to enjoy the preparations. Remember that this is a special time in your relationship, and having fun is part of the journey.
5. Confirm and double-check preparations
As the preparations are underway, make sure that you check in on your suppliers. However, do not be a bridezilla and nag people to the point of driving everyone crazy. Being a control freak can actually hinder others from doing their jobs properly. Since you have put in the time and effort to research and look for the best suppliers, trust them to do what they are good at.
In the final weeks leading to the wedding, make sure that all your point persons are on track. Confirm all bookings and reservations with the venues, transportation, and other suppliers. Double-check with your service providers just to ensure that everything is in place.
For better or worse
Even the most precisely-planned weddings can still have some glitches. If anything does not go according to plan – it rained cats and dogs, your cake is running late, or an uncle got hopelessly drunk and began breakdancing on the dance floor – know that these will not define your marriage.
When you have exerted all your efforts and have done your best to prepare, you can only trust that your hard work will pay off. If it doesn’t, then don’t sweat the small stuff. What matters most is that you and your significant other are still in love and will go through the wedding through thick and thin.
Just try to relax and have fun. This is a celebration of your union first and foremost, so even if everything is stormy all around you, as long as you have each other, then you can still bask in each other’s sunshine.
AUTHOR BIO :- Stefanie Descheemaecker is the Studio Manager at Stu Williamson Photography at The Palm Jumeirah – Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. She has been with the company for almost 3 years and is the driving force behind the success of the business. A keen amateur photographer, Stef combines her natural creative eye with strong business acumen to help Stu Williamson Photography become the most trusted and successful photography business in the UAE.