Bethany & Dan Photography

Bethany & Dan Photography

New England’s coastline is speckled with beautiful beaches, historic lighthouses, and break-taking views. Beach weddings are becoming more and more popular for their effortless beauty and affordability. No matter your reasons for deciding on a New England beach wedding, here are some helpful tips:

1. Pick a Date in the Off-Season: In New England, the off-season begins after Labor Day and ends on Memorial Day. By picking a date in the off-season, you are more likely to get the vendors you want.  Popular beaches will also have fewer tourists on them.

2. Read Up on City Ordinances and State Laws: If you plan on having the ceremony on a public beach or in some other public place, it is a good idea to double check that you are not violating any laws. If you are planning on blocking off a section of the beach, you will need a special event permit. If you are planning on having a beach reception, be aware that many states do not allow open containers in public places, especially on the beach. Because of this, we suggest hosting your reception at a separate venue.

3. Plan for Wind: Coastal weddings are known for their strong breezes. To combat the wind, be sure to anchor any decorations that are light enough to be blown away. Wear your hair up or securely pulled back to keep it out of your face during the ceremony. It is also a good idea to bring a shawl that matches your gown in the event it gets a bit chilly.

4. Make a Plan B: The weather can be unpredictable, especially on New England’s coast. Have a back-up indoor location ready incase the weather takes an unexpected turn. We are firm believers in booking a venue that can serve as the location of the reception and the ceremony incase of a weather emergency.

5. Mind the Tides: Nothing ruins a wedding ceremony like a high tide. When selecting the time of day your ceremony will be taking place, play attention to the tide chart. Ultimately, the best time of day to hold a beach wedding is when the tide is out and the sun isn’t high in the sky.

Are you planning a coastal wedding? What tips do you have for fellow brides? Let us know in the comments below.

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