Post # 1
SO has not yet proposed because we are remaking my grandmother’s engagement ring. She needed a facelift and is currently at the jeweler as we speak!
SO feels that a hall or fancy hotel wedding reception is not our style and I totally agree. We are a laid back couple and we live at the shore. We wakeboard, spend hours on the beach and in the sun, and go barefoot whenever we can.
If you’d have asked me several years ago when I had in mind for my reception, I would say black tie optional, etc. Now? No way!
Our dream is to hold our reception on the beach under a tent on a warm summer evening. There is a restaurant down here that works with a beach club that will set up tables and chairs in the sand, put a dance floor in the sand, and set up a stage. I am ALL for this and the price is definitely right. I think we could make it really romantic and airy and summery feeling.
I do have concerns though…
1. We’re thinking of August 2012 or June 2012…if the reception starts around 7 pm, do you think it will be cool enough to have it outdoors?
2. Sand in food / the cake? Or is this somehow preventable?
3. Elderly people might be uncomfortable…
I’d like to give out flip flops with our names and date on them as a favor and have a photo booth [because that is the epitome of summer at the Jersey shore.] Keep in mind, it’s NJ not the caribbean. I think we’re more likely to have a cool breeze than a ton of humidity.
Has anyone done this? Would you like to go to a reception like this? Am I missing out on some other concerns? Later on when I am not at work, I will post some pictures from the website of what it could be like…
Post # 4
The only party I’ve ever been to on the beach was a Bar Mitzvah, and it was a lot of fun!
1. I think it depends on where you live. I’m in Fl, and would not like to go to a wedding outside in those months. It’s just too hot here.
2. I have no idea how you’d prevent that. Just hope it’s not windy that day!
3. It would be hard on the elderly. If you have any wheel chair bound guests that would especially be a problem.
Post # 5
Where do you live?
And what about a venue that has access to the beach, but also has a level flooring area for older people?
Post # 6
I’d like it, but not in August. Then it’s way too hot, and if there’s a land breeze everyone will cook and get eaten alive by the sand fleas and greenhead flies. That would probably be my biggest concern.
Where do you live that a place will do that for you? I’m in NJ too and had a really hard time plannig a wedding at the shore. We did it on the Bay and the reception at a yacht club instead.
Post # 7
@ItWasntMe: Cape May Beach Club and the Washington Inn in Cape May do it. 🙂 I’ve not seen too many green heads in cape may, but the sand fleas are definitely an issue. I’m starting to lean toward no!
@blu77: Maybe! I wil look into that. They do put an isle down for the elderly but I think it would be too much. 🙁
@artbee:Oh yes, Florida would definitely be too hot then! Yikes. 🙂
Post # 8
Cape May beaches had a lot of issues when I was looking, and one event planner who seemed to run the town. No chairs, no electricity, permits for parking and not more than 50 people,etc. This was in 2008, so I’m glad to see a few things have changed.
Have you been to one down there on the beach? If you can make it work and its something you’d love, why not?