Beach Wedding Happiness

Beach wedding ceremonies are such a joy to perform. What could be better than a cute beach wedding arch resplendent with seashell adornments and sounds of waves crashing in the background?

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Conch shells and orchids

Conch shells, orchids and starfish adorned this beach theme wedding at the seaside. These were the table centerpieces.

Wedding arch for beach

Wedding arch on the beach decorated with seashells is oh-so-adorable for your romantic seashore wedding.

That Wedding Lady Beach Wedding

That Wedding Lady getting ready to perform a beach wedding ceremony in St. Augustine, FL.

Benches and wedding arch set up on the beach.

Beach wedding arch with pews

Beach wedding arch with pews all set up on the beach waiting for its bride and groom.

Seaside wedding arch

Beach wedding arch also called a pergola.

A beach wedding arch which has no arch is actually called a “pergola.”

Beach Wedding Arch

Pergola Wedding Arch with Seashells

Beach wedding arch or a pergola wedding arch all decorated with seashells for a creative and unique look.

Wedding arch on the beach - close up of shell decorations.

Wedding arch on the beach – close up of shell decorations.

The beach wedding arch closeup detail with seashell decorations.

Sand Pouring Unity for Beach Weddings

Sand Pouring Unity at Your Beach Wedding

This is a photo of the beach wedding sand pouring unity after the ceremony.

Cute decoration for beach weddings

Beach wedding decoration tip

Cute beach wedding decorations

Chautauqua Beach House

Chautauqua Beach House, St. Augustine Beach, FL was host to the bride and groom over the weekend and where the reception was held.

Chautauqau Beach House, St. Augustine, FL is a beach home rental so once I’ve obtained the contact info for them from the bride I will put them here.

The Chautauqua Beach House was a fantastic location in St. Augustine. You could view the beach wedding ceremony location 150 yards away down on the beach from the porch. This was very convenient for timing since caterers and DJs can keep visual tabs on client progress and execute tasks based on what they see. The parking was a tough situation though. You’re best bet will be to tell guests to park one block west of A1A and walk over. (Seriously…you will be thankful I gave you this tip. Parking was a problem.)

Seashells and orchids were the table decorations at this beach wedding.

Cute beach wedding reception table decorations

A closer look at the tables. Client rented tables, chairs and benches which were  delivered and set up.

ECO FRIENDLY WEDDING IDEAS

Good for you for reading this article. You are obviously an urbane, hip and very cool person looking for ways to move your wedding forward in an eco-friendly lifestyle.

This is super duper important when having a ceremony at the beach. Beach weddings are so romantic and lovely. It just kills when I see the leftover garbage floating out into the ocean. Big no-nos on Florida beaches are balloon releases (totally verboten in Florida now) and flower petals thrown by flower girls. Do not use paper, fabric or real flower petals (pesticides = bad.) You’re at the beach so why not have her sprinkle shells instead?  Also, be especially vigilant about plastics (bags, etc.) that can get blown away.

Here are some great environmentally friendly ways to conduct your special day courtesy of www.simplybridal.com.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

Environmentally Safe Wedding Ideas and Facts

Beach Wedding – Wedding Photo Picture Idea

Beach weddings offer a plethora of photography ideas but one of the best is getting each of you with your special date written in the sand. The only problem with this is it isn’t easy to do. Sticks gouge the sand piling the extra up on each side of the character you are writing. Grrr…

beach wedding photography ideas

Cute way to get your wedding date and messages written in the sand for your beach wedding ceremony.

Here is the easiest way to get your wedding date, special message, bride and groom label “written” in the sand so you can get that perfect photo. Buy some children’s plastic numbers and simply (and neatly) press them into the sand. I found these at Amazon but I’m pretty certain you can find them in the dollar store too.

 

 

Beach Wedding Tips from a Pro

This is an article for best practices when planning a beach wedding containing expert tips from a wedding officiant professional in Jacksonville, FL who has done countless beach ceremonies.

Imagining the perfect wedding set along the romantic shores of a beach?
What we see in our minds can be very different than the reality of the day.

beach wedding ceremony floridaWeather – You absolutely, positively must have a rain backup. It might not be a rainy day but bad wind can be just as miserable. Do you really want to take your vows with a mouthful of hair and Auntie Matilda’s best Sunday bonnet carried off on the wind? It is essential to have a backup plan that you can execute quickly and cleanly if you decide to change the location at the last moment. The day of the ceremony don’t just check the weather for rain; make sure the wind is within your acceptable range. If it’s a 15 MPH wind with gusts up to 19 MPH, that is incredibly windy down at the beach. Everything (and I mean everything) will fly away.

  1. Sound – this is a big issue for beach weddings. Between the wind (even on regular, not especially windy days) and the constant thrumming of the waves breaking on the shore usually means spoken words are darn near impossible to hear. Tiny weddings of 10 folks or less are fine. Everyone can gather around. Anything more than that, get a sound guy to come “mike” the ceremony. Usually DJs can provide this as a part of their service to you but there are also providers who will come take care of this as a standalone service.
  2. Flower girls – it is a big no-no here in Florida to throw things down on the beach including paper or fabric flowers (too non-biodegradable), real flowers or flower petals (covered in pesticides) or other items that don’t biodegrade rapidly. Here’s a novel concept…you’re at the beach….have her throw seashells. It will establish you as an eco-friendly bride and a cool trendsetter. DON’T THROW BIRDSEED, RICE OR OTHER TYPES OF FOOD….unless you are particularly fond of bird poo as you will attract every shore bird within a mile of the ceremony.
  3. Decorations – If you put them up, secure them super duper well. It’s windy. Everything wants to blow away. It’s a real bummer when shore patrol interrupts your ceremony to give you a ticket because all your purple and teal streamers are now littered along the beach. NEVER EVER PERFORM A BALLOON RELEASE! It is totally verboten now in Florida because it’s incredibly damaging to the ocean and its creatures when they burst and fall into the water.
  4. The permit issue – okay here’s the deal. I’ve done weddings of up to 60 people (with chairs, arches, decorations…the whole shebang) and I’ve never had a problem with shore patrol coming to see if we had a permit. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen but with dozens of beach weddings under my belt, it hasn’t happened yet. However, I have had clients tell me that when they mentioned getting married on the beach while at the courthouse getting the license, the courthouse people sternly tell you to get the license.  My take on the subject is this. If I were having a small(ish) wedding on the beach, personally I wouldn’t sweat it. If I thought 50 people were going to show up and I wanted all the bells and whistles (chairs, decorations, arch, etc.,) I’d paid the $50 or whatever to get the permit. After all the hard work, why risk having your ceremony interrupted by Baywatch on his ATV stopping by in the middle of your ceremony to write you a ticket?

Hopefully this information proves helpful for you in planning your beach wedding. If you have any great tips on this subject to share, please email them to me so I can update this entry.

-That Wedding Lady, April 25, 2013

Polyamorous Ceremony in Hugenot Park

Two wives, one husband, seven kids, a Great Dane and a whole lot of love at today’s ceremony as these lovely people took vows of commitment to each other. Polyamorous commitment ceremonies are as sweet as any I do, and it gives me great joy to make people’s dreams come true. Congratulations to my new friends who came all the way from Tennessee to have me perform this loving act for them.

Polyamorous Commitment Ceremony