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This is for all current and past beach brides. My questions are vast, so hang with me. Also, you’re welcome to answer any number of these questions or offer random advice!
Question 1: When is it a good time of year to have a beach wedding? I would like to avoid a high tourist month(s), so I feel the months of Summer vacation is bad. Spring scares me just because of the unpredictable weather. Does anyone thinks August would be a good month? It’s when school starts back for a lot of people.
Question 2: Dresses. I have a love for the ball gown, and I know that it doesn’t work well on the beach but I still love it. I don’t care much about the sand getting on my dress because I will have it professionally cleaned afterward, but beaches are known to be windy and I don’t want my dress blowing around so much that I can’t walk! A little breeze is nice though, if I do a ball gown I’m leaning towards tulle and that would look lovely in a breeze. I’ve been looking at some empires, sheaths, and grecian dresses as well but I want to wear lavender and that can easily look like a bridesmaid’s dress, especially since I don’t feel really bridal in empires or sheaths normally. I want a sunset wedding, so the wind should die down by then and my lavender should look FANTASTIC, but I still worry about the wind. Here’s an example pic of a tulle ball gown skirt that I recently found and loved (picture it in lavender).
Question 3: Any recomnendations of location? I live in the mountains, so any place is going to be a destination wedding. Outer Banks is the closest to me, and is the place I’m most familar with if anyone has any experience with the Outer Banks of NC.
Well that’s all for my questions. Thanks for reading!
Post # 2
I’m a beach wedding photographer, so I can shed a little insight. 🙂
1. Spring & Fall are the busiest wedding months. May/June and September/October are prime wedding months, particularly May/June. Avoid summer at ALL costs. Not only is it the busiest time at the beach, it’s hotter than the seventh layer of hell and the humidty will knock you over. It’s pretty miserable out there for everyone involved. It’s also the most crowded, and it’s important to remember that beaches are public (even if behind a cottage or hotel) so in the summer you’ve got a ceremony full of half naked people in the background.
2. Dress is really just a personal choice. There is basically always a breeze on the beach, but there’s no way of knowing just how windy it’ll be until the day of. I see dresses of all shapes, sizes, and fabrics. Ballgowns are beautiful, but remember the weight of it when being out on a beach. I actually tend to prefer dresses with structure because the typical empire waist chiffon dresses tend to really difficult to work with when it’s windy. Hair up is almost a MUST. Sooo many brides want to do the natural curls or down, and are insistant that it’ll be ok, and almost all the time they end up looking a total mess. Wind doesn’t care what time of the day it is, so regardless of it being sunset, if it’s going to be windy the time of day doesn’t make a difference.
3. Location is really subjective. I’m partial to the OBX (feel free to PM me for info). That being said, as a photographer who loves to travel for weddings, the beaches around Charleston, SC and/or Tybee Island, GA are on my bucket lists of places to photograph a wedding. 🙂
Post # 3
1) I didn’t plan my wedding based on busy times, but i got married in jamaica in july. it was hotter than you know what. I would think in the carolinas it gets warmer quick (i am in the northeast, it doesnt get “hot” here until about late june) – so late spring, into fall might be there busy times? Maybe some brides will chime in from the area.
2) I wore an A-line dress with a hoop under it. I did not want to wear a hoop at all…but my seamstress talked me into it and boy am i glad she did! It kept the dress off my legs, it was hemmed perfectly to barely brush the ground. I also did TTD pics immediately after my bridal portraits so i can’t comment on how bad the dress gets on a beach…mine was completely DEMOLISHED by the end of the night…we had so much fun doing it though. Here is one of the locations we took pics, you can see my dress pretty well in the pic.
3) My friend got married on a public beach on the outer banks. They do not close off the beach so there are onlookers but they didnt mind. SOmeone in a beach house even came down with champagne and toasted them. They did the reception at a restaurant nearby. It was pretty budget friendly too. I want to say she spent less than 7k for 45 people.
Post # 4
August is Hurricane season…My friends August wedding plans were pushed up 2 days because of a Hurricane/ topical storm. The beautiful venu that she booked closed because of expected heavy rain and high winds that evening. half of her bridal party refused to leave their location to travel into the path of the storm and the other half complained and acted like armegedon was upon us. JUST a heads up.
If you do OBX and have a budget I suggest renting a beach house. I have been to some really nice weddings at beach houses.
Post # 5
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
Your location will definitely make your time of yesr to get married different. The summer in the Caribbean is hurricane season so it’s cheaper to go but could be a problem in terms of day of weather. In NC you may have a beautiful fall wedding and be safe and in summer in the south it storms a lot!!! I love the gulf coast and it can be beautiful there in terms of water and air temp into October.
Wesr the dress you want. I wore a trumpet style dress and loved it for my beach wedding. It was sandy on the train but not an issue. Though, I did skip the veil for wind concerns.
Post # 6
I think you’ve gotten a lot of good suggestions so far and I’m taking note of some of them! 🙂 I’m doing an Oct. beach wedding where we’re renting a house right on the water and am hoping that no storms come and that the weather will be good. If not, well, then we’ll just have to have the wedding inside the house! 🙂 The dress I chose is a fit and flare, but I just chose it because I loved it, not because I was worried about the beach! Also, as a PP mentioned: the beach doesn’t care what time of day it is. There is always some wind, sometimes much more than others and that has nothing to do with where the sun is in the sky. Just keep that in mind during your planning! Good luck.
Post # 7
1. I live in NC but I am getting married on a beach in north Jersey next May. All our family lives up in NY so we wanted to be close so they could all come, otherwise we would have had it down here. Schools up there don’t let out until mid to late June, and we picked our wedding date by wanting it to be as late in May as possible, but before Memorial day…so we picked May 21st. It wont be TOO terribly hot, and it’s right before the craziness starts
2. My dress is all lace and A-line, but whatever you choose will be beautiful!
3. I LOVE the OBX. Its on of the reasons we moved down to NC to begin with! We’ve vacationed there 2 times in mid September and it’s deserted. So I think September would be a good bet. It’s still very nice weather and there won’t be too many people around. As for hurricane season, it lasts from June 1st to November 30th, so…if you pick any of those months it’s going to be hurricane season. The coast of NC doesn’t get hit with hurricanes/tropical systems TOO often, but it is a possibility. (Side note…Im a meteorologist, if you were wondering lol).
Post # 8
I’m getting married on folly beach here in Charleston, SC On September 13. The weather will still be gorgeous But the tourists will have left. My experience with the weather here in Charleston is that May can be super rainy and I wouldn’t trust November. This year the water was still cold in early May but last year it was warmer. November was pretty chilly (even in Florida when we went down there).
Remember that the sun sets in the west.. Our ceremony is at 6:30 to take advantage of the light but we won’t have a bunch of sunset pics because east.
We are renting a beautiful beach house for ur party. I made sure that the interior would be great for pictures in case of rain. There aren’t many actual venues on the beaches here, but there are lots of houses for rent. We decided on Folly Beach because we went there on our first date and we got engaged there. It really is beautiful down here!
Post # 9
Some beaches for thought:
Sandbridge Beach, VA
if you look at Tybee head an hour further south and look at SSI, Georgia or Jekyll Island, Georgia
That dress you posted would be Stunning!!
Post # 10
I’ve been to OBX a lot so I know the venues and resturants. I’m not too bothered by hurrican season because we don’t get hit too much with them. September sounds like a good idea bause it’ll be cooler, but I’m still mulling it over. I’ll probably have a second smaller dress as a reception dress, maybe nit. How often do you get to wear a wedding dress am I right? I’m planning on a reception at a restuarant not on a beach though.
Glad to see that an OBX wedding was so cheap! This makes me feel better! I’ve been to OBX, stayed at the Sea Ranch Resort (which is a popular wedding venue there) and the rooms are expensive. Though we only stay there if they have an ocean-side room, which is more expensive.
Also what do you guys do with veils? I’m wanting a elbow-length veil, but I’m not sure if I should skip it because of wind. I’ll be doing an up do.
Post # 11
Just to put this info out there, I lived in Southwest Florida for several years and definitely recommend an early december beach wedding in that area. I was in Ft Myers/Sanibel, some really great beaches on the island of Sanibel and Captiva, its not over run with tourists at that time, the weather is usually pretty nice and it can be cheaper to find hotels/restaurants due to business being so slow then.
Good luck on your wedding bee!!!!
Post # 12
I did not wear a veil. My friend wore one to her wedding (the one who was married in the outer banks) and she said it was such a pain in the butt because it kept blowing around. She got married one year earlier than me, so that solidified the fact that i would not be wearing one. I just did a pretty headband.
Post # 13
We’re getting married in February in Mexico. It is a busy-ish time for Mexico but we are getting married on a private beach. We just wanted to make sure to avoid spring break in March and hurricaine season which is Aug-Oct. I wanted a ball gown so I’m wearing a ball gown! A few people have made comments that it’s not a “beach dress” but I DGAF honestly. I want to wear my princessy ball gown and nobody will tell me I can’t. 🙂 I did get it without the train though because I didn’t want to drag it around the sand and I hate bustles. I got a very inexpensive fingertip length veil off of etsy and it will be a game time decision whether I wear it or not (depending on how crazy the wind is). So dress: wear whatever you want. Beach: if you decide on OBX, just do some research to see when their rainy season is, busiest season, and if there are any huge events going on during certain times that you may want to avoid. Good luck!
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My best friend got married in Oak Island on September 9 and it was beautiful!