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7 Things to know before planning a beach wedding – Make your big day unforgettable with a beach wedding

Whether you've imagined a casual ceremony or a sophisticated gathering, here are a few helpful tips to know when planning a beach wedding.

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Pick a destination that's right for you

If you haven't already decided where you want to have your wedding, think about all the places you'd like to have it at and then try and narrow down the list. While you can hold a beach wedding almost anywhere if really want it to be unforgettable, think about a tropical wedding. Beach weddings in Bali, in particular, make for spectacular backdrops thanks to the pristine beaches, clear blue waters and lush tropical greenery. And let's not forget the incredible wedding photographs you'll have later. Do keep in mind that most beaches are open to the public, so if you want to avoid unwanted guests, find a resort with its own beachfront such as Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, for example. If you'd rather have a beach backdrop without all the sand, a great option is to rent out a private villa that overlooks the beach. That way you get beach vibes, but still, keep it chic.

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Time it to perfection

One of the disadvantages of a beach wedding is that you are left exposed to the weather. Humid temperature and the strong sun are not for everyone, especially if you've got children and elderly guests attending. You don't want to sweat off all your expensive makeup before the photographs are even taken so plan an early morning or evening ceremony. If you have no choice but to go for a noon ceremony, try and pick a location that offers some shade with a good breeze, or set up a marquee and offer guests handheld fans.

3

Be swept away by your intended, not the tide!

The positive side of an indoor wedding is that you never have to worry about it disappearing. If you don't want your big day washed away, make sure your ceremony doesn't coincide with hid tide. In addition, while you may want to say your vows with the waves splashing at your feet, seat the guests a little higher up on shore to avoid anyone else getting wet.

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Beach reception or just ceremony?

While it may sound great to have your reception on the beach right after the ceremony, it isn't as easy to pull off. So before you decide, do some research? Depending on the location you might have to apply for a permit or have regulations to follow such as noise control, food safety etc. In general, it's always a better idea to have the ceremony on the beach and then move the reception indoors. Beachfront venues will give you all the benefits of the beach, without the extra hassle.

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Be stylish but comfortable

Beach weddings are all about being laidback and fuss free – so leave the heavy formal attire at home. Opt instead for lighter materials that breathe and won't weigh you down if they get wet. Men can wear linen clothing while women may want airy materials like crepe and cotton.

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Play around with your décor

This is the time to move away from stuffy traditional décor and try something fun! Think of a fun beach theme that includes woods, crepes and even tropical plants for some added colour. Accessorise with conch shells, pillar candles, fairy lights etc. no wedding would be complete without some flowers but since this is outdoors, consult a florist to find blooms that will withstand the heat like orchids or colourful chrysanthemums.

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Let the professionals handle it

In theory planning a beach weddings sound super fun, however, there's clearly so much planning involved getting it right. If you don't want to deal with the stress of coordinating everything whilst simultaneously monitoring the weather, hire a wedding planner.