Post # 1
Hi all! My fiance and I are considering doing a beach wedding (ceremony only…the reception site is indoors) in San Francisco next year. My concern is the sand, though, and walking in it. My dress is already ordered and even if it wasn’t I think I’d prefer having something solid to walk on. Does anyone have any suggestions on a place to rent a platform/wooden aisle from? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I am not sure about a platform, but in researching my ceremony I see that a lot of places/planners can arrange for the sand to be compacted and smoothed, which is a little easier to walk on. Or, you could check out places that offer mats (envision the grass matts with raw edges) to walk on leading up to the ceremony site. I saw that on a few websites as an option for folks with a lot of older family members, etc. I don’t know where you can find this, but I think either would help. Good luck!
Post # 4
San Fran has amazing piers, would using something like that be an option?
Post # 5
You may be able to purchase a large sheet of flat, thin plywood to have them lay down and smooth over with sand. That way you have the look of sand but the sturdyness (is that a word) of the wood to stand on.
Post # 6
I loved the runner tile idea from this post: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/10/10/aise-tiles/ Maybe you could expand this idea so it would work for you? Good luck!
Post # 7
Thanks for all the great ideas! I really appreciate the ideas. The tiles are so super cute and I’m going to see if there’s a way we can incorporate that into our wedding!
Post # 8
Hey guys! Those tiles are from my guest post , and I have a suggestion for you…you can find very large kitchen tiles in up to 18" x 18". Those might be better for stabilizing in sand, and you could even make a whole aisle out of them since they’re pretty affordable.
Also, have you looked at rug remnants? Scraps of carpet are often marked way down, and you might be able to find one long enough for an aisle. Good luck!
Post # 9
I agree with the plywood idea, its what my birth mother did. But she spread a small amount of sand on the wood, to give the illusion that is wasn’t there at all.
Post # 10
You can also use bamboo floor mats – that’s what we did and it made it much easier to walk on the sand and also defined the aisle and, I think, gave it a bit more of a ‘formal’ feeling than a typical beach wedding setup.
Here’s a picture:
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We got 6, 3 foot by 6 foot mats and used 4 for the actual aisle and laid 2 perpendicular to the aisle where DH and I stood during the ceremony, the bridal party stood on the sand but if you had more mats you could set it up where everyone is on them.
One plus is they’re lighter and much more portable than tiles~
You could also experiment with heavier fabrics or even a rug/carpet as the runner.
Post # 11
Wedding stages or platforms are another good idea for an outdoor wedding. They keep your heels from sinking in the sand. One company that makes them in the USA is A Step Above: http://www.astepabove.com
Post # 12
What did you end up using? Im looking for the same thing now.. in 27 dresses they have a wood plank almost looks like its made from pallets??? Any reccemondations