Beach weddings are an ever-popular theme for sand and surf-loving brides around Australia and the world, but whether it's a destination you're travelling far for or simply a ceremony down at your favourite local spot, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

1. Location, Location, Location

Your favourite beach might be an easy option, but you'll need to consider how many other people will be around on the day - do you really want to have to walk around people on sun loungers to get to the ceremony and have strangers looking on?

There are private spots you can book out for a morning or afternoon, so be sure to find out if this is an option in a busy area.

2. Sticking To The Beachy Theme

A beach wedding is all about the stunning simplicity of nature, the feel of sand beneath your feet and the crashing of waves in the background.

That said, flower arrangements, crystals and other special touches can be used to create a breath-taking setting for a beach wedding. The trick is to work them into the natural setting in a way that complements your surroundings rather than overpower them.

3. Forgetting About The Guests

There's no doubt that your guests will love the beach location with sand between their toes and the sound of the surf in the background. However, there are some considerations to make when it comes to looking after your friends and family!

You'll have to warn them that the ceremony will be taking place on the beach. Make sure they bring along a pair of sandals or you have some pairs on offer (heels and sand should never mix), or let them know that it's ok to go barefoot.

If you want to keep the proceedings formal, opt for the firmer ground on grassy headlands.

Have plenty of sunscreen on offer and try not to let the ceremony run on too long if you're out in the sun. Otherwise, a temporary shade will keep the excessive heat away.

4. Hiring The Wrong Photographer

Beach weddings can provide one of the most stunning natural settings for a celebration anywhere in the world.

The problem is, not all photographers know how to handle these conditions.

Only the professionals have the experience and technical know-how to deal with the often harsh lighting, occasional wind gusts and outdoor elements.

To look as good in your pictures as you do on the day, you'll need someone who knows how to handle the sand, sunshine and surf alike!

5. The Wedding Dress

Finally - don't give in to the temptation of a long train and high heels.  Just remember the beautiful beach setting you get instead and you'll be grateful not to have your train get in the way when you have more important things to think about.

And as for the heels, a beautiful french polish and bare feet would work beautifully on the sand.

Bride Getting Her Wedding Dress Wet At A Beach Wedding

Daniel Griffiths Photography

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