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How to plan your beach wedding

Posted on: September 24, 2009

Photo by planetka

Photo by planetka

Planning that perfect beach wedding?  Before you get ready to say “I Do”, make sure you have all the logistics figured out. 

Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, gave Marvelous Girl several great tips to ensure your stellar beach wedding runs smoothly:

  • Research locations. Inquire about the rules and regulations of the particular area where you will tight the knot. Based on those regulations and your budget, make your guest list.
  • Send a “Save The Date” at least 9 months in advance and request a response two months prior to your wedding.
  • Make several copies of all your documents, passport and photo IDs (at least two).
  • Ensure all requirements are indicated in your contract such as the permit for the location, limitations in regards to the number of guests, décor, sound, alcohol, food, chairs, canopies, etc. Also, try to have witnesses present if possible. Public beaches require permits and are usually limited to a certain number of guests. Private beaches also require permits, yet, the owners usually give you more leeway.
  • Watch out for the weather! Always plan for rain and thunder even though that type of weather is not expected during that time of year.
  • Plan for transportation to and from your wedding location.
  • Be on site at least 3 to 5 days before. You will have enough time to verify all details and if needed, you will be able to rearrange certain aspects of your wedding.
  • Buy fancy flip-flops for your guests if your wedding is directly on the beach. You are not expected to provide travel and accommodation for your guests. If they accept your invitation, the expense is usually considered as your wedding present, however, the bride usually provides accommodation for the bridal party.
  • Lastly, the ideal situation is to rent a house by the beach. Therefore, you will be able to utilize the beach for the ceremony and the house for the reception.

For more information about Minoo Hersini and Au Ciel Design Studio visit


2 Responses to "How to plan your beach wedding"

We had a Maui beach wedding in 2008, and there certainly cannot be enough said for having the proper planning.

The beach setting is almost guaranteed to leave you starry-eyed. Imagine yourself on a sparkling white-sand beach with a gentle ocean breeze wafting the light perfume of your tropical wedding flowers all around you.

Nothing creates memories like a wedding. Beach settings are even more memorable for friends, family and other guests who are sharing your matrimonial happiness. Mine was themed Weddings Koh Samui and it was just so meaningful even with a tight budget.

Thanks for sharing your wedding story. Love love.

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