Planning a beach or outdoor wedding isn’t always seamless, but you can still have a beautiful wedding day, even if Mother Nature decides to bring rain your way. Here are some tips on how to plan a beach wedding on limited finances, and still make it stunning for everyone.
Choosing a Beach Wedding Dress
Bear in mind that you won’t want the same style wedding dress for the beach that you would want for a formal church wedding. Choose something light and comfortable that won’t drag through the sand. If you’re looking for a designer wedding dresses for the beach that’s within your budget, consider a pre-owned bridal gown. Pre-owned dresses have a number of benefits:
- They can cost as little as $100.
- They can easily be altered for a perfect fit.
- There are a wide range of styles and designs available.
- It’s eco-friendly to recycle a wedding dress.
Be Prepared for Unexpected Weather
Rent an outdoor canopy to protect you from a sudden rain shower. It’s not expensive and you can decorate it with local flowers and grasses for a tropical look. Check to see if you need a permit to erect a canopy or to put out chairs. On some beaches this is a requirement.
The Best Beach Locations on a Budget
The best, beautiful exotic location for a wedding that won’t cost you the earth are:
- Dominican Republic
- Santorini Island, Greece
- Maui, Hawaii
Forget the Wedding Planner
You really don’t need a wedding planner for a destination wedding, so you can forgo this large expense. Enlist help from friends and family, and don’t to forget to get some assistance from locals at your destination. Small beach weddings are casual and will not take as much time to plan as formal church weddings.
Minimize your Guest List
If you’re inviting guests, trim down the list. Keep it to close friends and family and this will save you a lot of unnecessary expense. If you want to cut costs further and make your wedding a truly intimate event, you and your fiancé can elope to your secret destination.
Choose a Beach in your Own Backyard
If you’re on a really tight wedding budget, you don’t have to catch a plane to your beach destination. There are plenty of stunning beaches in the United States, and you can drive to at least some of them, wherever you are. From California to Florida, America has some wonderful and affordable beaches that are perfect for a wedding. If you guests are driving you can send our your wedding invitations a month before the event. If some of them have to fly, it’s best to send them four months in advance.
You make think a destination wedding is going to be very expensive but consider all the ways it will actually save you money. For example, your dress will be more casual, you have a stunning natural venue ready-made, exotic food is ready at hand and you are already at your honeymoon destination.
Sophia Wallis is a wedding planner, a job she started shortly after her own wedding. She also loves writing and she shares her wedding day insights and ideas online.
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