The Pros and Cons of a Beach Wedding

A bride and groom standing in front of an arch on the beach at their wedding.

Beach weddings are loved by many for their breezy beauty and the romantic ambience. After all, there’s nothing quite like hearing the waves of the sea crashing against the sand and the sight of a beautiful sunset to compliment such a romantic day in one’s life. And while many love the idea of sharing nuptials with this backdrop, some are undecided about whether it’s right for them for a variety of reasons. If you’re on the fence regarding a beach wedding, we’ve rounded up the pros and cons of to help you weigh what’s right for you.

Pro: A Beautiful Backdrop

As mentioned above, the beach provides a beautiful, natural backdrop to your special event. This is great not only for a gorgeous aesthetic—but all of that natural beauty is also good news for your wallet. The glimmering water and sandy landscape are enough to wow guests and take your own breath away, which means that you won’t need to spend much on decorations, which is a great perk. (And depending on what beach you marry, you may not have to pay anything to use the space.)

Con: You Might Have an Audience

It’s likely that you expect to have some sort of audience at your wedding: your guests! However, beaches usually have people besides those that you’ve invited to share in your special day. This means you’ll have to consider whether you’re willing to allow your event to be less than 100 percent private, as you may have some onlookers that enjoy watching you exchange vows by the water.

Pro: You Can Really Personalize It

Beach weddings definitely aren’t one-size-fits-all. While one couple may make their beach wedding nautical and preppy with anchor motifs and a navy and white color scheme, another couple may make their beach wedding have a more boho feel, using a mix of patterns and colors, and oversized pillows to use as seating for guests. The options for beach weddings are limitless, making this a great way for brides and grooms to make their special event their own.

Con: You Have to Factor Nature into the Schedule

There are a couple things that need to be factored into the schedule of a beach wedding: the sunset and the tides. Since you don’t want to have your ceremony in the dark and you want to ensure the beach is deep enough to accommodate all of your guests, you can’t ignore the sun and the ocean water when it comes to creating the timeline of your wedding day.

Pro: A Laid Back Atmosphere

A casual bride and groom walking on the beach at their wedding.

Although wedding planning can be stressful, the big day should be relaxing. And some couples prefer something with a less formal and more laid-back vibe, which is totally understandable after all of the hustle and bustle of actually preparing for your wedding day. A beach ceremony and reception provides that luxury. Allow the sound of the waves and breezy salty air to wash your worries away, permitting the sole focus to be on the beauty of this special day.

Along the same vein, beach weddings also mean that couples and guests alike can dress in a more laid-back fashion. From linen suits for men and flowy maxi dresses for women, this makes for a comfortable day that gives way to killer dance moves and all-around happy guests! Ladies can also feel good about ditching heels (the bride included) and can sport comfortable sandals or simply go barefoot, which is the ultimate luxury.

Con: Accessibility Issues

If you have elderly individuals or some with mobility limitations attending your wedding, consider whether they can maneuver around in the sand for your wedding before you commit to this type of venue. Even though the wedding is obviously centered around the bride and groom, you’ll undoubtedly want your guests to be comfortable and capable of attending, too.

Pro: You Get Great Photos

Everyone wants to walk away from their wedding day with gorgeous photos that they’ll treasure forever. Once again, the beach is a beautiful backdrop and that means that it provides the ideal setting to capture those moments on film. Your photos will also be versatile, as you can pose by the water, near vegetation bordering the beach, and with the changing colors of the sun as the day and night goes on.

Con: It’s Weather Dependent

A tent at a beach wedding in the evening with firepits surrounding it.

The largest con associated with beach weddings is definitely the fact that it raises concerns surrounding the weather on your big day. If it rains or is colder than normal on your wedding day, you’ll be worried about your beach wedding going off without a hitch. That means that you’ll need to consider a contingency plan in case of inclement weather, adding another layer of planning to your plate. This is definitely a drawback that you’ll want to think through before you commit to a beach wedding.

There are so many great things about beach weddings, but they’re not right for every couple. It’s important to consider both sides of these events before you set your plans in stone, and this list is a good guide to get your gears turning on the pros and cons.

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