Beaches are beautiful. The sway of the tide hitting the sand, seagulls in flight, the smell of salt in the air. It is truly a breathtaking and romantic location for a wedding.
Beaches are beautiful, but they are also harsh environments. Here are a few tips to make your beach wedding the best it can be.
- Be sure to use the bathroom before arrival. This might not top everyone’s idea for a first topic, but – it’s important nonetheless. Beaches often don’t have bathrooms accessible and if they do, I don’t imagine you’d want to be walking in your glorious wedding dress in there. Now, to topic 2.
- Drink Water! Keeping hydrated is very important on the beach. Regardless of breeze, the heat and sun can dehydrate you more quickly than you’d expect. To guarantee you’ll be up for the night of partying, be sure to keep hydrated.
- Wear Sunscreen! The sun’s rays are much stronger then people think. Make sure to wear a sunscreen formulated for the face. These are often less shiny and sticky. Use a loose powder to cover the shine after application.
- Shoes or no shoes, that is the question. The decision is really up to you, but those cute white pumps with the fringe – they will not work on the beach. Opt for nice sandals or a beautiful ankle bracelet. Consider setting up a shoe station for guests, with a mat, baby powder, and brushes so they can clean off their feet before getting back into their shoes.
- Consider buying or renting a sound system so that your guests can hear you recite your vows over the loud roar of the ocean. It’s often not thought of, but it will make a huge difference.
We’ve gone through how to prepare for your beach wedding before, and during the ceremony. Now onto preparing for the best beach wedding PHOTOS!
- Use waterproof makeup and setting spray for your face. You’ll be crying and sweating, and all of that is not good for makeup. Powder can help in a pinch, but once that bead of sweat rolls down your cheek – you’ll be able to see it. Setting spray is a great type of product to help keep your makeup in place for hours. If no spray or powder are handy, in a last ditch effort – lightly, while holding your breath, use hairspray. Be careful. Eyes closed. All that jazz. It helps; but it’s an assault on your senses when applying.
- Your cheeks will hurt after smiling so much. If you need a moment – just tell your photographer. Relax your face and back at it. (This is especially important if you have a large family, with a lot of different group shots).
- Consider having an updo versus long and wavy hair. The direction of the wind and how it relates to the sunset is out of our control. Having an updo can help avoid parts of your hair flying in front of your face during photos.
- Your photographer, hopefully me, but your photographer will have ideas as they’re working. They’ll see something, and work towards ‘trying it out’. This is a process; an exploration of light or posing. Those unique, one of a kind shots come from those moments of inspiration. Go with the flow.
- We are here for you! It is your big day. As a photographer, I aim to not only capture your beautiful day, but I am here to be an asset to your Big Day! I want these images to make you cry in joy. I care just as you care. I respect you, and am so happy for you.