Adorning the white pillowcase as a beautiful make-do veil whilst weaving dreams of the perfect day since you were a little girl, planning a wedding can be both an exhilarating and nerve wrecking time for a bride to be. And if you have decided to say ‘I do’ on the golden sands of a gorgeous Australian beach, then the below tips can help you enjoy a stress free sand dreamy beach wedding. From planning the venue to walking down the aisle, we’ve got you covered for saying ‘I do’ in style!

Location and Weather!

Whilst picking the perfect venue for a beach wedding can be challenging, pulling off a flawless wedding on the shores is no easy feat. Beaches are generally breezy year round so it’s best to pick a day in the thick of summer where possible so as to at least have a warm breeze gently flowing through. Try to pick a cove or area protected from direct winds for your ceremony. It might be wise to keep an eye out on what the tides are doing on your special day.

The weather on the beach can rather erratic and unpredictable, so if you fail to plan, you plan to fail; it’s simple! Depending on the forecast, consider umbrellas for your guests or hand out small, hand held fans as party favours for the guests to beat the tropical heat. Providing your guests with a basket of sample size sunscreen tubes at the entrance to your wedding area, Parasols, umbrellas or hats for shade, can go a long way in making your special day special for your guests too!

Public vs. Private

Depending on your budget and personal preferences, consider whether you’re comfortable with onlookers around you on a public beach or you much rather prefer a quiet private affair on an exclusive beach. These are often part of a package with beachside resorts or luxury hotels. If you have restricted budgets and choose a public beach, to minimize crowds and keep your ceremony private and intimate, explore the possibility of choosing a beach less popular with locals and tourists or choose a time of the day when you may generally have fewer people frequenting the beach such as mid mornings or early afternoons. Holding a wedding on a weekday on the beach can be helpful to avoid the usual weekend beach goers.

Get a Permit

Check with the council where the beach is located whether or not you may require a permit to hold a beach wedding. It’s a good idea to start this research at least a couple of months in advance to give yourself enough room in case of lengthy paperwork and formalities that could potentially delay things. A permit may also depend on the number of guests that may be potentially attending the wedding.

Time of the ceremony

It might sound like a no brainer, but deciding when to hold the ceremony, is just as important as the ceremony itself. No one likes an afternoon wedding under a scorching sun with makeup running down faces and flowers wilting quickly or an evening wedding with chilly winds blowing hair do’s and forcing beautiful dresses to hide under jackets.

Dress to impress

When it comes to bridal wear, there’s no right or wrong. Choose a dress that leaves you feeling elegant and classy complimenting the weather and wedding setting. Airy, breathable fabrics coupled with a simple fuss free veil will allow you to concentrate on your wedding and guests as opposed to constantly trying to fix your dress. Likewise, heels and sad don’t mix! Opt for beach thongs or ditch the footwear all together. After all, who mind some silky sand between your feet while walking down the aisle! But if you are one of those who is absolutely head over heels for some classy stilettos, consider burying a wooden walkway under the sand that allows you to put your best foot forward comfortably!

Dressing the ceremony

When choosing decorations for a beach front setting, be mindful of the external elements that may cause your decorations to blow away, get sea sprayed or hit by sand, using twinkling mini-lights, silk flowers and hurricane candles for lighting might be a few options. An important factor to keep in mind is having a windscreen cover for the microphone so that your guests are not frustrated by the fact that all they hear is the wind and not your vows!

And don’t forget your most important accessory – your smile! Simply enjoy your special day. Between all the decorations, weather, location, dress, flowers etc…the most important thing to remember is that special bond you are celebrating!

If you are planning a beach wedding in Sydney and are looking for that perfect waterfront venue, get in touch with Top Cat Catering, we hold exclusive rights to Horizons at South Maroubra, a stunning waterfront venue in Sydney with panoramic views of the ocean and private access to the beach. Sydney. What’s more? our team has more than 30 years of experience in the wedding catering business and can help you make your special day all the more special.