If you think holding your wedding by the pristine body of water and on a sandy coastline would be a breeze, then think again. It’s like a strong big wave that crashes anything. Holding a beach wedding is not as easy as you think, but with the proper and careful planning, it could blow all of your worries out of the water. Therefore this Tuesday (as we always do), we give you 5 things to remember for your beach wedding.
1. Location: Choose the perfect location for your wedding that is within your budget. There are some beach resorts right now that offer good deals and packages that might pique your interest and might match your bank account. Also when choosing a location, take into consideration the transport options. You don’t want your guests to have a hard time in getting to the venue.
2. Time: Most beach weddings are held mid morning or late afternoon to get away from the intensity of Mr. Sun. Yes, you can tolerate the heat for a long time, but how about your guests? Not everyone is okay with the high temperature especially the old folks and kids, so bear this mind.
3. Dress: The beach wedding calls for light and flowy attires, so dress that part. Leave the ball gown behind and look for a wedding dress that is silky, beautiful, and something that will dance with wind.
4. Food: Cement that beach wedding with an array of sea food! It’s time to bring this sumptuous food out—tiger prawns, lobsters, crabs; name it and it shall be yours!
5. Fun: The beach is synonymous to the word fun, therefore it would be a disservice if you wouldn’t. Dance with wind, soak your feet in the sand and water, and make this the best day of your life! You deserve it.
Everyone looks forward to the reception—the sumptuous food, unlimited drinks, and the celebration itself. But what should the timeline at the reception be like? Unless you have a competent and resourceful wedding coordinator, you should be thinking of the complete rundown of the event. There are no rules on how the reception should go, but there are basic order of events. We give therefore, the basic wedding reception rundown.
Registration: Just like any event, guests should register first. This can stop gate crashers to get in. This will also let the guests know their seating arrangement and if they have special participation in the reception.
Cocktail Hour: This is becoming a norm now in the Philippine wedding scene especially if the dinner has to be served later. This is like the welcome drinks for the guests once they are done with the registration.
First Dance: Once everyone has settled, the host will introduce the entourage and the newly wed. Of course, everyone is also anticipating of the couple’s first dance as man and wife.
Welcome Toast: The celebration officially kicks in once the best man (maid-of-honor or someone dearest to the couple) offers a toast to welcome everyone and solicit heartfelt participation.
Dinner: Here comes everyone’s favorite part—dinner. While people are lining up (if it’s buffet style), photo ops with the couple can coincide with this to control traffic.
Speeches/Performance: The reception won’t be complete without hearing some heart wrenching (sometimes cringe worthy) speeches from parents, best friends, and other guests. Parlor games and surprise performances often happen here.
Wedding Cake Cutting: Finish the formal program with the couple cutting and taking a bite of their wedding cake. As rare as it may be, releasing of doves can concur here.
Party: Everyone is encouraged to go to the dancefloor and dance your heart outs with the newly wed!