10 Ways to highlight the beach at your wedding

Beach Weddings are our passion. If you’re like us then you want to enjoy every second on the shore and we have some great tips to maximize the fun and amp up the beach atmosphere. A little planning up front saves a lot of stress down the line, allowing you to savor each precious moment.

1. Go Barefoot

Feel the sand between your toes and ditch the heels. You’ll feel more relaxed and so will your guests. For stylish brides, check out foot jewelry to bring extra glamour. Think ahead with this as the decision could impact the length of your wedding dress.

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2.  Have a starfish lined aisle

Brown sugar starfish or white starfish make stylish aisle markers and add drama to your ceremony. Choose one color or alternate.

As a variation on the theme you could also consider alternating with conch shells, especially if your color theme has shades of blush as the inside of the shell will fit in perfectly.


3. Beach bouquet inspiration

The sky is the limit, think of seashells, pearls, starfish, jewels. Flowers can still be a traditional base or you can totally reinvent the bouquet and create something unique. If you craft your own bouquet from shells, starfish or sand dollars you also have a wonderful keepsake to remind you of the day.


4. Pictures in the surf

You’re at the beach and the waves are calling. You can cool down and have some fun to get some great candid portraits or choose the backdrop for romantic shots. Memorable and exhilarating, you’ll forever be reminded of your beach ceremony.


5. Wipe the sand from your toes

Beach wedding signs are hugely popular. Quirky and personal, make the most of the beach theme by inviting your guests to wipe the sand from their toes – keep the mood relaxed by displaying it with some paintbrushes.


6. Groom Beach Style

It’s not just the brides who can shine in the style department, take inspiration for a boutonniere with a difference. Shells, starfish, alone or combined with flowers. Echo the details in the bridal bouquet with a miniaturized version for the groom and groomsmen. When it comes to beach wedding etiquette, you choose your dress code. Grooms may be formal in a tuxedo or casual in a Hawaiian shirt. Let your guests know in advance so that they know what to wear for the occasion and also your wedding coordinator so that the minister or officiant are prepared.


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7. Beach Ring Bearers

Shells and starfish make for a stylish entrance when the ring bearer walks down the aisle. Remember to tie a ribbon around the rings just in case as dropping a ring in the sand on the beach leads to a difficult search. The ribbon can enhance your color scheme and will give a little extra confidence to your ring bearer, especially if they are young and a bit nervous for their starring role.


8. Beach makeover your reception

Take the elements of the shore and weave them through your reception. Ideas include piping on the cake, starfish toppers or shell decorations.

Carry the theme through to beach themed centerpieces which highlight your favorite beach themes.

9. Ring Shots with imagination

Classic ring shots show them stacked in front of a bouquet or on a pillow. Bring some beach inspiration with a handful of sand or use the arms of a starfish to showcase the symbols of the day.

One of the most creative ways to showcase the rings on the shore is to make handprints and then place the rings in the sand in those prints as if they were wearing the rings. It makes for a surprising album shot.


10. Sunset Magic

On the west coast of Florida we’re lucky to enjoy spectacular sunsets. If you want the sunset to give you one of nature’s best backdrops, look to plan for a service about an hour before the scheduled sunset so that you can enjoy your ceremony and have time to relax and take some group portraits before the photographer focuses on romantic shots with the happy couple and the setting sun in the background. The light is sublime, the mood is intense and you’ll get magical portraits.

Sometimes moody skies make for even more spectacular shots as the sun sets.


Beach weddings and vow renewals offer the opportunity to think outside the traditional box. Look for a beach wedding specialist who knows how to adapt to changing weather, respects the beach (take only photos, leave only footprints) and has suggestions to make your day stress free and fun. Think about taking beach toys to keep youngsters engaged while the photos are being taken or give them a disposable camera to take their own snapshots. When your potential gatecrashers are pelicans and dolphins, make sure to enjoy the beach and make the most of your tropical paradise.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Whether you’re the bride, the Maid of Honor or a bridesmaid, if you’ve never thought about putting together a little emergency kit for the big day, read on! The cost will be minimal and if it turns out not to be needed – great … at least you’ll know you’re covered. If it is needed then it’s likely to be a game changer. With so many unknowns and with emotions running high, it’s worth planning ahead and covering your bases. You can buy kits ready made or have fun and make them yourself (giving the perfect opportunity to personalize the kit to you)


Thinking of the heat:


  • Bottled water
  • Sunscreen (even on a cloudy day that Florida sunshine can still pack a punch)
  • Aloe if you’ve already had too much sunshine
  • An umbrella or parasol to create shade if you need a break
  • A fan to cool down quickly (or a mister for children who don’t need to worry about mascara running!)

Electronic Devices

Rule #1 with electronic devices – don’t rely on them! That means:

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  • keep chargers handy
  • if you have your vows on your phone or tablet, have a backup copy on paper
  • Keep a list of critical telephone numbers on hand (like your wedding coordinator!) – you can always borrow a phone but can’t retrieve the number from a phone that is missing or flat

Health Wise

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  • Painkillers
  • Allergy medicine if you need it
  • Antacids
  • Band-aids
  • Tissues and towlettes to freshen up, clean up
  • Something sweet to snack on like trail mix, dried fruit
  • Chapstick
  • Spare contact lenses
  • Hand sanitizer – especially if you are following your ceremony with a reception on the beach
  • Whatever helps you calm down – essential oils, music to listen to while you wait

Picture Perfect

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  • Dental Floss
  • Safety pins just in case (a miniature sewing kit will probably hold these and will also have the needles, thread, buttons, scissors and spare pins for attaching boutinnieres)
  • Bobby pins in case there is more of a breeze than you expected
  • If your dress is white – white chalk will cover any marks so the pictures are flawless
  • Stain Remover pen
  • Q-tips
  • Manicure kit – nail file and / or nail polish (the nail polish will also stop a snag in stockings), tweezers -have a splinter free zone!
  • Lint roller
  • Straws so you can drink without needing to touch up your lipstick
  • Lip gloss
  • A small mirror
  • Earring back backups
  • Hairbrush / hairspray (especially if you are removing the veil and want to change your style slightly)

Just nice to have

  • Breath mints / chewing gum – whatever you prefer to not only freshen breath, but relax
  • Super glue or duct tape – both of which have been known to save the day
  • Cash


At the end of the day


Rest assured that in the grand scheme of things, saying “I Do” to the love of your life will be enough, but as any good scout knows – “Be Prepared” – a little thought up front could truly make a molehill out of a mountain and you’re covered.

For a day free of stress where you can enjoy every second, call Suncoast Weddings to start planning your big day – for your wedding or your vow renewal we’ve got the experience to smooth the waters and deliver an impeccable ceremony tailored to you – because of all the days that matter in life, this will be one to remember!

Tel: 727-443-0039

Website: www.suncoastweddings.com

Email: inquiries@suncoastweddings.com

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