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YOUR GUIDE to a BY MONIQUE BRIGHAM Perfect Beach Wedding Photo by Jose Luis Zapata, courtesy of RomanticTravelBelize.com - Belize PICTURE THIS: YOU’RE BAREFOOT ON THE BEACH walking towards the love of your life. As the sand fills your toes, you hear waves crashing while the scent of salty air reaches your nose. You smile as you look around at your friends and family, who have all come to witness this auspicious occasion of you saying “I do” to your soon-to-be spouse on the beach. The sun is setting and the sky is ablaze with all of the beautiful colors a sunset offers, convincing you that nothing could have been more romantic than this for the moment that you become married. The image you envisioned was beautiful, wasn’t it? Here is a quick guide to making that picture a reality and how to have a having a perfect beach wedding. 1. Think of the timing. Once you have decided you want to get married on the beach, consider when you will get married. Look up the weather for the time of year you are planning the big day. It would be awful for rain to ruin your event. If you want to get married at sunset, you should look at the time the sun will set on that day. There are several websites that can give you an esti-mation of the time the sun will sink into the ocean up to a year out. 2. Decide on how many guests. Determining the number of guests you will have at your affair will determine the location you choose. Will you need a big beach at a large resort or a smaller, more intimate beach? When thinking about your guests, you might also want to consider whether they will be seated or standing during the ceremony. For larger weddings, seating is more traditional, but for smaller 34 Weddings Elsewhere | FALL 2014 weddings it’s not unheard of to have your family and friends simply stand around you as you exchange vows. 3. Hunt for locations. Depending on where you live, you may have access to private beaches (for a fee of course). For example, if a hotel or restaurant has its own private beach, it might be a good idea to consider using them for your reception so that you can have the ceremony on its beach. A private beach is a great way to keep uninvited guests from stepping into your wedding pictures. The location you choose also determines whether you will need a permit to have your wedding. Some beaches require you clear it with the local or city government to have a party or wedding. While you are finding out if you need a permit, check on the local laws regarding alcohol. If you choose to have your event on the beach without a hotel or business backing you, then alcohol may be prohibited at your wedding. 4. Hire your vendors. You’ll need all the usual suspects including a wedding officiate, your wedding photographer, a videographer, a DJ, caterer, etc. If you are having your reception at a hotel, resort, restaurant, or other business, check with them to see if they have anyone they recommend. It’s also important to note that some businesses require you use their vendors if you have your wedding at their location. 5. Have a backup plan. No one ever wants to think of this, but it’s necessary to come up with a backup plan in the event that the weather report is wrong. Just in case, you will want an alternative location to say “I do.” page 43


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