Post # 17
We already have the cocktail hour set up with the reception hall and they are willing to let us do this. After all we paid them to have the reception hall for 6 hours to what we want with it. And the bar was closing for an hour anyway so it actually works out nicely.
And Fiance and decided to have a friend of ours who is amazing at acoustic guitar play for our wedding. We won’t be too close up to the water where you wont be able to hear. and if we think he (and/or the pastor) needs an extra umph we have a generator and plenty of mics/cords as Fiance has been involved with bands and musical stuff for years.
Post # 18
I only ask since I live in NJ and tried to plan a beach wedding on LBI a few years ago. There were only a few places that allowed it, and all kinds of issues in getting it organized. Some needed permits, some talked us out of it because of the crashing waves drowing out the sounds, some wouldn’t allow chairs other than beach chairs,etc…
We then moved to Avalon with an oceanfront venue who did weddings all the time. We had them let us know when they had one scheduled so we could go down and see how they did it. It was hilarious (sadly) watching the Groomsmen set up this rickety arch and attempt to decorate it, and all the kids on the beach swarming around to watch. People even pulled up their beach chairs and umbrellas to be closer to see everything, and some even walked in between the bride and her Bridal Party as they walked down. It was late in the day (5ish) but it was still plenty crowded with beach goers, and all we could picture was how many bathing suits ended up being in the bride’s pictures.
The backup plan for bad weather was in a small room in the hotel with no windows either, but my daughter wanted it anyway. We ended up canceling and she postponed the wedding for a year.
My other daughter’s wedding was on the Bay on LBI last May with the reception at the adjoining yacht club, so it was completely private. No issues with sounds or having power available or setting up chairs, plus they had a full parking lot adjacent so there was plenty of room.
Just wanted to give you some information in case there are things you haven’t considered, but it sounds like you have it all worked out. Good luck!
Post # 19
Not sure why that would be annoying… sounds like a fun wedding experience to me. 🙂
Post # 20
@ItWasntMe: Thank you so much for the input! I had actually wanted the wedding to be in LBI as a private wedding but it was a little out of our budget range so we are having it in wildwood because my family has a home there. We have found that having it later in the day will help with beach goers and gawkers and it is kind of offset of the normal walkway people will be using to access the beach.
We did recently talk with the township about specific permits for Wildwood proper. We don’t need a permit but we need insurance if we are going to have chirs or any type of tent/canopy. This I found a little strange condidering people bring both of those things to the beach everyday. But it is fine with me because it really doesn’t end up being that much money since we have to purchase insurance for the ballroom in the convention center anyway.
Post # 21
The only thing I would say is that you might have a lot less people at the cocktail hour than you would expect. I would think that there would be a good amount of people who would just show up in time for the ceremony. But in the end, that’s not a big deal.
Post # 22
I think it sounds great!
For some reason my guests just helped themselves to the bar & apps prior to the ceremony, so I was a bit surprised to see people holding wine glasses as I walked down the aisle, lol!
Post # 23
@AnnieAAA: haha that is kind of funny. I guess you had some hungry guests on your hands 😉
Post # 24
Prefectly fine in my book. Probably because I’m doing the same thing
Post # 25
I wouldn’t be annoyed by it.
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Post # 26
I would have only been slightly annoyed if it were hours before the set time, lol.
Post # 27
@beachchicbride: A week before me! And my family’s summer home is in Wildwood. I’ll have to keep an eye out for you. 🙂 Just wanted to make sure I read it right that you are going with Wildwood. Convention Center is good. Went to bridal show there.
Post # 28
NOT at all! do it! just make sure if there is a large timespan inbetween to have food! haha.. 🙂 funny.. we are actually thinking of skipping the cocktail hour and taking our pictures before!
Post # 29
@beachchicbride: I like that! I would just make sure that the guests know about the time lapse and that they don’t have to arrive at 4. Maybe on your wedding website, in welcome bags, etc?
Post # 30
@beachchicbride: You’re on the beach, there is no such thing as being annoying. Everything is ok at the beach. What’s more beautiful in this world than the beach, food and alcohol? lol Your guest will be happy.
Post # 31
@ArmyWife12: yup Wildwood, NJ! That’s so funny. What a small world. They are having a bridal show there again this march I think.
@Soladylike: Good point! Everything is 100 times better at the beach. Another reason why Fiance and I chose a beach wedding 🙂