(Closed) Pros/ Cons regarding a BEACH wedding!

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Cons: Rain, wind, sand, noise, possibly crowded if not a private beach

Pros: It’s very pretty

Post # 4
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

if you don’t live near a beach, then a con is the travel and not eveyone can come

pro: gorgous, secular (if you have no desired to marry in a church), inexpensive (the scenery is the decor), i don’t know, for me having my dream wedding fulfilled is a huge pro!

Post # 5
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Exactly what june42011 said. Oe of my brothers had a beach wedding in Jamaica. It was a gorgeous day & the chuppah was decorated with tulle & flowers and all of the guests we seated in white chiavari chairs with flower garlands connecting them in rows… And then just as the bride started walking down the aisle, out of nowhere came a thunderstorm that soaked everyone and blew the chairs around and ruined the chuppah. They ended up getting married an hour later by a fountain in the hotel lobby.

Post # 7
1231 posts
Bumble bee

I like the IDEA of a beach wedding but…the REALITY of a beach wedding can be not so good. I never ever EVER trust the weather! It could rain, its always windy, there could be a hurricane, your guests might get cold. What if you got married inside NEAR a beach? 🙂

Maybe take pictures on the beach instead? Although I would stay away from the water or at least make sure the tide is going out! 

A friend of mine did get married on a beach in St. Thomas and it did work out well for her ( the water looked really pretty too).

I would never get married outside, but i’m unlucky when it comes to the weather. Wink

Post # 8
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I always dreamed of a beach wedding but now that we are actually getting married I’ve decided against it..


My con’s:

 The weather is so unpredicitve (in FL where we were thinking I swear there are pop up showers almost every day in the summer, at least it seems that way)

 Most back up options aren’t going to be near as gorgeous as the beach setting..


The sand getting everywhere.


The wind



Its absolutely gorgeous on its own

Plus it makes for an easy semi honeymoon

Very little need to decorate


Post # 9
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

lol I was going to suggest you watch that video too…truly a disasterous wedding.

Post # 10
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

At my friend’s beach wedding, a guy in a speedo was watching the ceremony for a little bit, but directly behind the bride and groom.  I was in the wedding party, but I heard it was a bit distracting for the guests!

Post # 12
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Chiotilidieo: thats a good solution – you could also do a trash the dress session, supposed to really fun and you get AMAZING pictures!

Post # 13
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Wind is the biggest one I can think of.

Post # 14
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m contemplating a beach wedding, and the wind and unpredictable weather are big factors that are weighing against it. I’m also thinking about a park wedding, that would be a compromise between beach and indoor.

Post # 15
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had a beach wedding and it was my dream wedding! (Pics below.) All of the potential “cons” can be dealt with. In Florida, summer storms are pretty predictable in terms of timing – they blow through around the same time every day and pass very quickly. Moreoever, there are seasons when the weather is much more temperate (not as hot/humid) and the chance of rain is next to nil. (We chose early December for this reason.)

Wind (and rain) can be an issue, but it can be planned for. And it’s not *always* windy! We had until two days before the wedding to decide whether to put up a tent, based on the forecast. We did expect wind, but I chose not to put up the tent and it was fine. Yes, a little windy in the morning, but it calmed down in plenty of time for the ceremony. There are also plenty of venues that have an indoor “backup plan” in case of expected rain – some are gorgeous rooms with windows overlooking the water.

Re: the “men in Speedos” issue (LOL!) … yes, this can happen at a large resort where you get married in public spaces! To avoid gawkers & crashers, we chose a small resort (www.coconutpalminn.com) with just 17 rooms (occupancy around 45), and our guests took over the entire resort for the weekend. It was completely private. There are also private oceanfront mansions you can rent for weddings.

I say if it’s always been your dream, don’t give it up so easily! At least research your options/timing/weather/etc. first. If I can answer any questions or make suggestions, feel free to PM me!

Post # 16
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Everyone talks about the rain but sitting out there in the sun with no shade at all is torture.

Froget those cute parasols for guests the people behind you will complain that they can’t see the minute you open one.


Oh and its its windy you get sand everywhere…in your hair, your eyes, your food


a beach wedding once the wather is great = awesome pictures

people also do tend to relax more and socialise because they generally aren’t as formal

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