Post # 1
The “tourists/homeless-strolling-into-the-church-interrupting-the-ceremony” thread got me thinking.
When we lived at the beach, we would see at least one wedding any given day. People would stare from their blankets, and that was cool…but I’ll never forget one occassion:
It was a decent sized ceremony, set WAY far back from the water in a corner by some trees practically against the parking lot. Clearly, they had made a huge attempt to be out of the way, and the water line as easily a quarter of a mile walk from their setup. Nevertheless, we watched as a 40+ year old man in his swimsuit hiked over, stood about six feet behind the bride and grooms saying their vows, and started taking pictures with his cell phone. The photographer had to make him get back out of her shot.
We are getting married at the beach. While it is a public beach, it’s in a very secluded spot, and I do not anticipate “gawkers” being an issue; especially considering the time of day and year.
I was just curious: did any bees who had beach or outdoor weddings experience an over-the-top gawker?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@badabing88: My first wedding was an outdoor wedding and we definitely had gawkers. We actually had to pay a city park ranger to rope the ceremony area off so that onlookers would stay back. There are a few shots where you can see the public in the background. Other than making me a bit nervous, I liked that strangers seemed happy to watch our wedding.
I figure since we’re getting married in November on the beach this time around there won’t be many spectators. It’s also the low season for the beach we’re getting married at so there won’t be many people there in general anyway. I might be surprised though.
Post # 4
WOW are people really this idiotic! You might have a designate person who isn’t shy be on the lookout for dummies just in case.
We got married outdoors and reception on the patio of a winery which kept its indoor restaurant and tasting room open since it was peak season. There probably were a few people that stopped to look during the ceremony but I never saw anyone or heard comments. Our reception was of course right outside the windows of the restaurant. The windows were one way but I’m sure we had the attention of everyone even though we didn’t notice. We did have one lady who was probably drunk, come out and dance with us which I thought was in really poor taste. And some parents who let their 8 or so year olds come out and request the YMCA. Again, very poor taste on the part of the parents imo.
Post # 5
@badabing88: Wow! I think it’d be super rude but some people just don’t think.
That being said if I was walking by and saw a tatted up bride in a pink wedding dress looking awesome I might stop and gawk for a minute 😉
Post # 6
I’ve definitely gawked at weddings, but ALWAYS from far away!
Though there are some great pictures online of gawkers in speedos and mini-kinis (not monokinis, unfortunately. Mini-kinis)
Post # 7
@BrandNewBride: This gentleman was very, very round and was in trunks that I found to be quite short for his stature. He also was sporting the curliest grey mane of chest hair you ever saw.
@MsJ2theZ: …yeaaaaah, that wouldnt fly with me. I’d get a little rude about that, I can imagine.
@ValerieBee03: LMAO that is EXACTLY what came to mind: “how will people NOT gawk?” As long as they don’t get 6ft away from me, we’re good :-p
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour
I attended a beach wedding and there were plenty of gawkers. And people who walked behind the ceremony space – between the coupe and the ocean – getting into pictures and makking all the guests get distracted by creepers in their bathing suits.
Post # 9
@b00kbug: ugggh, that’s what made me so angry about the guy we witnessed: he was literally *feet* from the bride and groom in the ceremony space, directly behind them. I thought the photographer was going to rip his throat out!
@beachbride1216: I think we’ll be good as well: September at the EARLIEST around dinnertime 🙂
Post # 10
@badabing88: The kids also tried playing on some equipment they had in the corner, which I never saw but apparently my Maid/Matron of Honor was like OH NO YOU DON”T!
The boys I told them no YMCA and I think they went away, the woman I just gave a dirty look and I think she got the hint. So effing rude imo. I would NEVER go out to someone else’s wedding.
I just remembered this one… i was in a wedding in July in Colorado at a venue that had three different “halls” on one piece of property so there were 3 wedding receptions going on and I did have to do some smack down on a few drunk crashers. I was not havin it!
Post # 11
Yes I witness weddings on beaches I give them a wide berth, other people however think it’s ok to walk over and stand and watch. On one hand it is a public place, on the other hand have a little respect for these people.
The beach weddings i been too have been on private property for the resort, so people haven’t gotten closer.
Post # 12
@badabing88: Once on a spring break trip with some sorority sisters we unintentionally became gawkers at a beach wedding. The wedding ceremony literally took place 50 feet from the balcony/ porch off of our hotel room. One of the girls opened the door to the porch to get a drink from our cooler and gasped, “Wedding!”, so we all ended up watching from our hotel room porch. We didn’t interfere or step off of our porch, but it was too exciting for us to ignore. The bride and groom obviously didn’t choose a secluded location though. It sounds like you should be safe with your location.
Post # 13
To further show how out of the way these people were, I’ve created a visual aid. Try not to be too blown away by my Microsoft Paint prowess:
Post # 14
@badabing88: We got married at a lake house in the mountains, there were people out boating and what not in the background. While we were taking pictures an entire highschool track team ran by, they shouted congrats and that I looked beautiful which was nice lol
Post # 15
@badabing88: My ceremony was outdoors in a garden that bordered a townhome development. While I was having some pre-ceremony pics done, I definitely had a few people watching, but if anybody watched the ceremony, I was way too busy to even notice. It’s kind of funny having people watch you like somehow you’re just so important, when in reality, if they saw you on the street in regular clothes they wouldn’t bat an eyelash.
P.S. Sweet MS Paint pic
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church
My wedding was outside and there was a somewhat busy road nearby. During the ceremony someone yelled “Don’t do it” out their car window.