Post # 1
Anyone have any pics of a beach wedding WITHOUT decor or chairs? Fiance thinks that adding to the beach will take away from the beach. At this point, I don’t care. It’s a 15 minute ceremony at most. I’ve seen a few pics of ceremonies with the guests standing in a heart shape around the B and G. I’m thinking of doing paper umbrella/parasols with the two attendants I’ll have, and the flower girls will be carrying small Pier 1 lanterns with faux candles. Is that going to be too much since there isn’t a table, or arch?
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Post # 4
We’re doing a small ceremony on the beach in the Bahamas. No decorations, no chairs. It shouldn’t be more than 20 min or so and the six “guests” will just stand. It’s the ceremony that matters to us.
Post # 5
we saw several DWs on our honeymoon and they really didn’t need any added decor. Some just let the hotel add fabric to this arch thing they did the ceremony in front of, and that was it.
Post # 6
Thanks all. I think people just get carried away with what they think they should have!
Post # 7
Make sure that the beach you are marrying on will let you use your own decorations. I’m getting married on the beach at a beach park in Destin, Florida and I’m actually NOT allowed to use my own decorations on the beach without special insurance. I’m just going with a beach wedding company that is taking care of the whole ceremony for me. Good luck!
Post # 8
I didn’t think about that! I’ll have to ask.
Post # 9
I’m also only having like 10 chairs(if even that) at the wedding so not everyone gets a chair. Was told by my planner that is very common cause the ceremony is only like 15-20 minutes and everyone usually stands anyways.
Another way you can try to sell decor on the beach to your Fiance is so that people know a wedding is about to take place on that part of the beach. Depending where you are having the wedding at they may not be able to block off space on a public beach. Who is to stop someone from setting towels down in the spot you want to marry at? And I’ve seen many pictures of beach weddings where the B &G were standing in the middle of a raised heart and it looked pretty to me.
Post # 10
I agree with your Fiance, people are way too fussed about decorations. The beach is already perfectly gorgeous, just do it there! I also love the idea for everyone standing around you but I wouldn’t worry about a heart formation – it seems like it would take time to organize everyone and kind of take away from the breezy-ness of a beach wedding.
Post # 11
We are having a beach wedding and no decorations. We will have chairs with ivory sashes, but that is all as far as I know.
Post # 12
We’re getting married on a beach in NJ, and plan on having no decor to speak of — the ocean is all we personally need for that. We *are* planning to rent chairs, though, so that guests who need to sit can do so. We have a few family members in particular who will likely need to get off their feet, especially since our wedding is in July and the weather is likely to be hot. Our ceremony is only likely to last about 15-20 minutes, but we don’t want to take chances with anyone’s health or comfort, so we plan to provide chairs & bottles of water.
Actually, along those lines, we may end up with a bit of decor that we hadn’t planned on, after all: our officiant has started taking a medication that causes her to sunburn easily, so one of my bridesmaids has offered to lend us her EZ-Up canopy for our officiant to stand under. In that case, we might string some silk ivy or raffia or something up the metal poles, just to cut down on glare & dress the canopy up a little. But that’d be fundamentally a practical decision to have the shade for our officiant. I don’t think you *need* decorations for a beach wedding, though they can certainly be lovely.
Post # 13
We are doing very little 🙂 Some chairs for people to sit, two planters where we stand.. A small table for a sand ceremony.
I did have a sign made that says: “Shoes Optional for Eryn & Todd’s Wedding.” I mainly had it made as a keepsake after. I don’t think we are having much else! Maybe something to mark an aisle.. 🙂 With the beach there and a short ceremony.. you definitely don’t need much else 🙂
Post # 14
My wedding was on a beach with no decorations. Just the Kahu, my husband and me in front of him, and our guests standing in lines outwards from the Kahu, five or six on either side (we had 11 guests). The beach itself was gorgeous enough!