Post # 1
So I would love to have a Destination Wedding on the beach but I’m worried about some things. When you get married on the beach are there other random hotel guests also using the beach beside your wedding? Is there a way to have a private beach? I just don’t want to have a bunch of random people on the beach for an audience.
I also like the idea of a gazebo or cliff overlooking the ocean, does anybody have some resort recommendations for that sort of thing? Thanks for the input!
Post # 3
There are plenty of options for having a private wedding on the beach. Mine was completely private – we reserved an entire small resort with 17 rooms, accommodated about 45 guests, for an entire weekend. Total guest list was 75-80, so some guests stayed at other nearby resorts. I also saw some resorts that were even smaller; maybe 25-30 guests max. You can find plenty of small resorts catering to weddings in the Keys, and I’m betting that’s the case in other beach locations.
Another option is to look for a private beachfront home you can rent – also plentiful in the Keys and other beachy locations.
The only thing you won’t find in Florida are the cliffs, but I’m sure you can find privacy + cliffs if you do your research… maybe California or Hawaii or an island?
Here’s a picture of my private ceremony site:
Post # 4
Where are you having your DW? I know here in FL there are a lot of couples who get married on SOBE and yes, lots of strange people in bathing suits who stand around and look.. they can’t help it lol
Post # 5
We haven’t booked anything yet, we’re still in the early planning stage. It will probably be mexico though.
Post # 6
@purplemoon: Our ceremony will take place at what is considered our resort’s “private” beach. Thing is, the resort’s other guests use the beach 24/7 & it’s not exactly private- it extends down an entire coast that includes back to back resorts. So basically anyone can walk through thier beach shelling…. I know the circumstances at other places are different, though. I am personally dertermined to ignore stares from any stangers who happen to be there, although it should be minimal due to the time of year.
Post # 7
i am getting married in Jamaica and the resort has a private nude beach. apparently no one really uses it, so for beach front weddings, they hold the ceremony there. its a little risky that not only there will be someone ppl in the background, but they will be nude! but hopefully they will want to stay out of the way and in pictures, LOL. i am really not that worried because i know someone who got married there last year and she said that beach was almost always empty.
Post # 8
My Fiance & I are getting married in St. Thomas at Marriott Frenchman’s Reef resort. Our ceremony will be held at a gazebo on a cliff overlooking the ocean… I wasn’t too fond of the idea of strangers near the ceremony either. Plus, neither of us are huge fans of the beach, in general… but we will be taking some pics on the beach though. :o)
Post # 9
That is something that kind of concerns me as well. In this state (actually it may be federal law too but I’m not sure) there is legally no such thing as a “private” beach. Your property adjacent to it may be your own, but that sand is anyone’s game. Well, unless you’re the US government, and then you can just decide to take over whatever beach you please for the military! ::rolls eyes::
Anyway, the best we can do is just pick a less-crowded beach and have the ceremony at a time (weekday, etc.) less-likely to have a bunch of onlookers. And I guess I just like to think that whoever may come by will be respectful and admire the ceremony pleasantly, if not avoid us entirely. The chances of people really ruining things and being obnoxious is probably not too great.
But maybe there really are true private beaches in Mexico! I’m not sure but good luck in your search!
Post # 10
Sayulita, Mexico. My friends got married there in a private ceremony on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was stunning.
The venue was http://www.donpedros.com/en/weddings_parties.php
Pictures of someone else’s wedding at same location: http://www.evrimgallery.com/Portland-Wedding-Blog/mexico-beach-wedding/
Post # 11
I’m worried about that too but there isn’t much I can do about it. We are getting married on a gazebo, then there is a path that goes from one hotel on the resort to the other and on the other side of that path is the ocean. We need to stay on solid footing as hubby cannot have barefeet with his uni so sand is out of the question. The Gazebo itself will be off limits to other guests, so other than people walking down the path, it shouldn’t be too busy I hope.
What time of day is your ceramony?
Post # 12
There are tons of resorts out there that offer cliffside and gazebo weddings. You just have to keep doing your research. You’l find the veune of your dreams I’m sure.
As far as getting married on the beach, some resorts can clear some of the area where you’ll get married, so that no one is in your pics and video. You might have some people standing around watching, but it shouldn’t be that bad. Good luck though!
Post # 13
First of all, as you are thinking in Mexico, there are not such thing as a private beach at Mexico.
When they talk about private, it could mean secluded, hidden, far away, etc. But by law the beach is public. I think the “private land” begins at 50 yards from the shore, or something like that.
That said, many resorts and beaches by the road at the Mayan Riviera (from Cancun to Tulum) have no path to get into the beach. That way the beach is kind of private, but not for somebody walking by the beach.
Anyway, check out this site http://www.laplayaxpuha.com (its also here http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/09/16/rehearsal-dinner-venue/)
This place is very private because the closest hotel (Catalonia Royal Tulum http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/our_hotels/caribbean/mexico/riviera_maya/akumal_xpu_ha/index.jsp’ defer=’defer) is like a mile to the south.
btw, there are also “very simple” cabanas at La Playa Xpu Ha, but without any service. You can stay at Catalonia and have your wedding at La Playa Xpu Ha.
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
While the beaches in Mexico are not “private” there are some that simply have very few visitors. Xpu-Ha beach where La Playa Beach Club and Al Cielo are located are very quite and AMAZING (Corona filmed a commerical there the week after we got married). We got married at Al Ceilo in the Riviera Maya and we didn’t see a single person.
Post # 15
@purplemoon: i didnt get married in jamaica but while on my honeymoon i saw a few different weddings – i take that back i saw one actual wedding and 2 other people taking pictures on the beach after their wedding. (i honeymooned valentines week, i think that is why there were so many weddings going on) the one i did see was at sunset so there werent a lot of people out on the beach. maybe that is an option? hopefully people will be kind enough to watch from a respectable distance if they feel the need to look on ( im soo guilty of this! but im a crazy bee who had just gotten married) i promise i looked on from a far enough distance as to not interfere with their ceremony. so from my experience (at my particular resort) they didnt have a private area, but did it at times when people werent really using the beach.