Exchanging vows as the sun sets over the ocean and waves lap gently against the shore is a dream for many couples. If you hope to pledge your love in a place this exquisitely romantic, planning a beach wedding may be your best bet. Though it may seem complicated to arrange a sandy beach ceremony, the popularity of such weddings makes these arrangements simple and, in many cases, economical.
Select a beach on which to wed. Anywhere there is sand and surf can prove a good location for a beach wedding. Pick a beach near you to save your guests the hassle of travel, or pick one farther away if you have always dreamed of a destination affair.
Contact resorts in the area and inquire about wedding packages. Generally the resorts that line the shore offer wedding packages to interested couples. Research resorts in the area you selected and call each, asking for pricing and other information regarding beach weddings.
Work with the resort to set up the ceremony. Once you select a resort, you will likely have little work to do to set up the affair. In most cases, the resort tends to setting up the chairs and creating an archway under which you will wed. If you have any specific requests, the resort can likely tend to those as well.
Obtain a marriage license in the state in which you intend to wed. If the officiant at your ceremony is from the state in which the wedding will take place, you will need a marriage license from that state, meaning you may have to travel to the state several days earlier as many require that you obtain a license 24 hours in advance. If you are getting married abroad, or would prefer a license from your own state, take care of the legalities at home and make the wedding itself purely ceremonial.
Select a reception site in close proximity to the beach. To ensure a quick and seamless transition from wedding to post-ceremony party, book a reception hall to which guests can escape post-wedding.
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