There are many beautiful beaches lining the coast of South Florida, each with its own unique charm. Selecting the right venue is important, especially for an out-of-town bride. If you know you won't have many opportunities to visit the area, you'll have to work closely with the staff of the venue to plan the details of your wedding. Consider the Residence Inn by Marriott, the Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, or the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort for staff that will go above and beyond to ensure that your wedding day is exactly like you envisioned.
2. Avoid the afternoons
Choose to have your ceremony in the morning before it gets too hot, or in the early evening right before the sunset, and you’ll avoid the temperamental thunderstorms that often plague South Florida during summer. Along those same lines. . .
3. Have a plan B
Find out if your venue has an indoor location for the number of guests you expect to have (most venues will). For example, the Wyndham has an elegant Royal Ballroom available in case the weather is uncooperative.
4. Avoid choosing a dress with a long train
You may have your heart set on a gorgeous, princess wedding dress with a long train, but that's not the best option for a beach wedding. Instead of having your beautiful dress trail in the sand, opt for an ankle-length or floor-length gown.
5. Wear your hair up (not loose)
The beach can get pretty windy, and the last thing you want is for your hair to create an unexpected diversion from an otherwise perfect day. Dannielle Kukar of FeatherHeart provides a solution to this with her beautiful headpiece enhancements for brides.
6. Invest in your makeup
With the wind and humidity, your makeup is crucial. You don't want your mascara to run or your foundation to fade. The sun overhead and salty sea air may also have an effect on your skin, especially if you're not used to it. Airbrush makeup is the best solution to ensure you look flawless for your beach ceremony. BRIDALFX does an amazing job of making you feel absolutely stunning.
7. Bring a change of shoes
High heels may not be the best shoes to wear on the sand. Wedding Shoes for a Beach Wedding has 21 great inspirational styles, including crystal sandals and lace ballet slippers.
8. Have water for your guests
South Florida typically is extremely hot during the summer, with average temperatures in the 70s-80s May-June and 80s-90s July-September. Dehydration can occur easily, especially for out-of-town guests who may not be used to the climate.
9. Prepare for external noise
Soaring seagulls, crashing waves, and the occasional helicopter overhead are all sounds you can expect to hear during your ceremony. Prepare yourself for how to deal with these possible interruptions. For example, if a helicopter flies overhead, pause in the ceremony script and resume once the noise has passed.
10. Relive your wedding day again and again
For many, a destination beach wedding is a dream come true. Be sure to capture every moment of your special day. Olga of Vivid Pink Photography specializes in both candid and posed photos, and will ensure that the cherished memories you make will last for years to come.
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