6 Features to Look for in the Best Beach Wedding Venues
If you’re looking to say “I do” on the sand, here are 6 features to consider when comparing beach wedding venues. From geographical features to convenient accommodations, here’s what we recommend considering.
1. The Right Amount of Privacy
Many couples want their special day to be a very intimate gathering with their closest friends and family in attendance. For these couples, privacy is very important. And you’re not going to find that on a popular, public beach. If you have these same preferences, you’ll want to look for a beach wedding venue with limited access, away from the public eye.
2. Availability of Reception Areas
After the ceremony, you may want to stick around and celebrate with your loved ones in the area. Having a reception area within walking distance of the wedding venue can make all the difference in smoothness of the day’s events. If you want to shorten the time between the ceremony and the reception or just simplify the agenda, look for a beach wedding venue with available reception areas nearby. Examples include beach clubs, oceanfront restaurants, or private homes.*
*We offer a beach house agreement in Imperial Beach for those who want a convenient reception location, for example.
3. Adequate Room for All Your Guests
How many guests do you plan on inviting to your wedding ceremony? While some beach wedding venues can accommodate more than 100 people, other locations are much more limited. For very intimate gatherings, this may not be a concern of yours. But if your list is getting rather long, be sure to confirm that you’ll be able to fit chairs for everyone.
4. Proximity to Hotels/Restaurants
You may have friends and family coming from out of town for your ceremony. This could mean they’ll be looking for hotels in the area and relying on public transportation to get to and from the venue. While the day is absolutely yours, it won’t hurt to consider your guests’ convenience when choosing a location. A close proximity to hotels/restaurants can be helpful when choosing a reception venue as well.
5. Additional Scenery
What do you see when you visualize your wedding photos? Do you picture the simplicity of the sand and sea? Is there a pier in the background? Are you stepping through tidepools? Are you standing atop a cliff? How about below a cliff? You can choose from a variety of diverse beach wedding venues to make your day and photos as memorable as possible.
6. Additional Features
If your ring bearer is your loving dog or you’d like to be able to say your vows by the light of a fire, you may have to choose a specific location that will allow you to have the ceremony you desire. Check with your wedding planners if you’re unsure about what’s allowed at a few sites you’re considering. We’d love to help you choose the perfect location for your dream beach wedding.