what's great about beach themed weddings, as in outdoor weddings, is the great amount of money that you can save off your decor.
indeed said, not even Solomon in his splendor is dressed like the lilies...
so are the temples/churches... never good enough to mimic God's magnificence in nature like the beach.
1. Scout Out Locations
Choose a location based on your wedding style and nonnegotiable guest list (if any). Unlike a hometown affair, you can't assume everyone will be able to attend, especially if you've chosen a beach that requires a journey for most people. You'll want to compare facilities and, if you're marrying on a private beach, look into any permit fees.
There are several resorts in Davao that offers to host a beach wedding… scout in at any of the IGACOS beach resorts.
They’ll provide you with the info at a phonecall. Of course, you need to have your budget straight before calling up every single one of them.
The most popular ones are that at Pearl Farm Beach Resort. But they are certainly not budget friendly to regular brides like me. Another choice is Chema’s by the Sea. The latter would offer the whole resort at around P1650/pax for a minimum of 100 guests. They’d quote on fewer guests too but the prices would go up as well.
2. Start Early
Start researching and planning your beach wedding as soon as possible. Not only do you have to reserve your venue, but fulfilling the marriage and potential permit requirements of the state in which you are to be wed may take a few months.
If you are to hold it at a public beach park, then, there’s the cleaning up after. Kaputian, IGACOS is a nice spot for this.
3. Ask the Right Questions
Achieving your dream wedding means having all the information you need to make the perfect choices.
4. Be Flexible
Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. We can't stress this enough: Always have a back-up plan in place for whatever she throws your way. Don't feel compelled to organize the day on a drill sergeant's time schedule; if you need to be on a rain delay for a couple of hours, the rest of the day can still proceed as planned.
5. Work With Those in the Know
I’ve read it several times in bride magazines that a way to save is to hire an expert. Sounds ironic, right? But anyway, looking at the promos & discount prices that the wedding planner could get you could account to a lot of bucks saved.
Work with a bridal consultant who specializes in beach weddings and/or a wedding planner based in the area where you'll be married to help you navigate a particular beach's requirements (these can vary by county and within towns). Planners also serve as expert eyes for finding -- and overseeing -- local vendors.
6. Guide Your Guests
BE KIND to your guests. Hand them a map on your invitation & make them aware of what to expect.
If you've chosen a relatively unknown section of beach, make sure guests know how to find it and can traverse any boardwalks, rocky areas, or grassy dunes. Be sure to place a welcome basket at the front of your ceremony site (suntan lotion, bug spray, etc.) and goodies that will remind them of the setting -- parasols, refreshing glasses of lemonade, or cozy beach blankets, for example. If your budget couldn’t provide this, then be sure to inform your guests on what to bring.
This would certainly make your beach wedding a welcome to those who’d attend.
7. Arrive Early
Plan to arrive to your site a few hours early to be sure the set-up goes off without a hitch. Try to relax, and stay hydrated -- you don't want to start wilting during the ceremony!
Arriving late would be another stress… & you wouldn’t want that.
8. Get It in Writing
Make sure you confirm all agreements in writing before you let a single peso leave your wallet!
Always ask for a contract and make sure that specific details are not left open, like specific inclusions that the suppliers had promised.
Without the paper, we can never run after the service that they’ve promised.
This is it indeed!
If you're looking for a small, simple, and beautifully natural wedding, a beach wedding is the perfect solution. And if you want to invite the whole gang, think about a fun-filled wedding weekend and reunion at an activity-rich resort, beach, or lakeside town. Whatever you decide, beach weddings are often memorable, unique, and offer a lot of options.
Hope this article helped…