The beach is a perfect place to exchange your vows, with white sand and blue waters for that picture perfect backdrop. If you stay near the beach, you’ll already be aware of these important pointers. If you’re travelling from a distant place or country, there will be a lot of factors to consider.
The most important factor to consider is the budget and will your friends and family be willing to spend this much money? Another option is to have a small beach wedding and throw a large reception when you return home. You may face problems in getting the Australian marriage licence (if you’re coming from abroad), thus you can have a simple wedding at home and plan a grand reception at an Australian beach.
There are plenty of options to choose from, which involve different complications. The choice is yours but the beach guarantees a perfectly romantic vibe for the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Below are the tips.
Australia is a quite large country. This means that it is home to different geographies with different cultures and people, but there’s something for everyone here. If you’re a city lover, cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane will match your requirements otherwise, Australia is full of distant and sparsely populated beaches as well. Take some time and do your own research as these are just a few examples, Australia is much more than these.
Let’s have a look at the tips to keep in mind that’ll reduce your chances for messing up the arrangements and make sure you enjoy your wedding at the beach.
- Visit in advance – Visiting the wedding location in advance, if possible, can be a life-saver. Take some time out and visit your dream wedding location. It is good to check if the location is as beautiful as it looked in the pictures or not. If you have any friends or family who stay nearby, ask them to visit the location.
- Think about your guests first – A beach destination wedding is a huge time and money investment and you need to make sure that the guests get sufficient time to plan their travel. Send out save-the-date cards as soon as possible with the venue and hotel details. Standard etiquette is to inform your guests 6 to 8 months prior to the big day.
- Don’t forget your geography lessons – You must have learnt in geography classes that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia’s seasons are entirely opposite from most other countries. Australian summer is in the months of December to February and the winter is from June to August. Keep this in mind while selecting the dates.
- Hire a local wedding planner – Hiring a local wedding planner will surely cost you some money but will be a relief as someone from your team will always be there to look after the arrangements. Local wedding planners can help you find you the best wedding venues at discounted rates and can also suggest affordable vendors. For example, if you’re planning to get married in Brisbane, the local wedding planner will be aware of an affordable Brisbane wedding photographer or a florist.
- Always have a plan B – An outdoor beach wedding can be a risky decision. You can never be sure about the weather conditions and should always have a backup ready in case things go wrong. Try to get answers to the following questions and then make an informed decision:
- When is the high tide?
- Is there any rain prediction?
- Will the beach reserved for your party?
- How humid will it be?
Keep the above-mentioned tips in mind for smoother planning and execution of your dream wedding. If planned properly, Australian beach weddings can be the best experience of your life.