One of the best parts of calling Florida home is being treated to perfect weather nearly year-round, which comes in handy when you want to have a wedding on the beach. And who better to ask for tips on throwing the best possible beachfront soiree than someone who makes her living bringing them to life?
Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, in Palm Beach recently welcomed new Director of Catering and Wedding Muse Tricia Shaw, whose new role puts her in charge of planning dream wedding days for South Florida brides and grooms. Planning to say “I do” with your toes in the sand? Keep reading to learn Shaw’s top five tips for hosting a beautiful wedding on the beach.
1. Cool ‘Em Off
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Consider a fruit-infused water station for guests as they arrive, or even a white wine sangria. A light and refreshing drink is a nice way for your guests to cool down while waiting for the bride and groom.
2. Keep Your Glam Squad Close
Outdoor ceremonies are beautiful, but your hair and makeup might need attention following your ceremony. Hire your hair and makeup team to stick around for touch-ups.
3. Break Out the Bottle
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Instead of a traditional guest book, consider the “message in a bottle.” Guests will be asked to provide you with advice or best wishes, and to slip it into a bottle. On your first anniversary, you can read all of the kind wishes and reflect fondly on your wedding day.
4. Play in the Sand
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Candlelit ceremonies are often hard to pull off outdoors. So, consider a sand ceremony, instead: choose two different colored sands, each representing the bride or the groom, and combine them together in a vase, which becomes a lovely keepsake following the ceremony.
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Finally, incorporate fun beach-themed items in your bouquet and centerpieces—starfish, seaglass, and sand dollars can all add flair to your flowers.