Beach Wedding Do’s and Don’ts

Just as summer is here, you may be heading to a beach! Whether you’re planning your wedding on the water or attending as a guest, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind as you prepare. Read on for a quick-fire list of ways to have the best beach wedding experience possible.

As a host

If you’re planning your wedding on the beach and looking for inspiration, take note of these tried and true suggestions. Others walked so you can run (on the sand)!


  • Plan with the weather. No matter your location, be mindful of the wet seasons and hottest seasons. If you’re completely outdoors, opt for a tent option to give your guests (and yourself) some reprieve from the elements.
  • Consider a resort or venue on the water. Beach weddings are glamorous but require a hefty amount of planning, coordination, and attention to detail. As always, I suggest vetting a professional and highly qualified wedding planner to cover every aspect of logistics.
  • Embrace the local culture. If you’re basking in the sun in The Hamptons, lean into seafood instead of Mexican cuisine. However, if you’re dancing the night away in Cabo like this real wedding…


  • Forget a contingency plan. Have a plan for rain or shine. Mother Nature can be unpredictable. That’s why we look at an event from every angle!
  • Plan to short-notice. If you plan to travel with others, give them ample time to get their affairs in order and prepare.
  • Ignore local rules and regulations. Make sure you’re correctly permitted.
  • Forget that sound will travel differently outdoors. Adequate speakers and noise restrictions are imperative. And don’t forget to stake everything down in the sand!

As a guest

Preparing for a beach destination wedding is something to look forward to. Use these tips whether you’re a seasoned traveler or looking to improve your wedding guest etiquette.


  • Bring sun protection and stay hydrated. Travel and warm climates can affect us strongly. Make sure you can go the extra mile by preparing your body.
  • Book travel in advance. If attending a more remote location, resources may be limited. Make reservations to confirm your requirements.


  • Pack any important items in a checked bag. Especially if you’re part of the bridal party or VIP, there’s nothing worse than dealing with the headache of misplaced baggage.
  • Dress inappropriately. Beach weddings tend to be more casual, so consult the wedding invitation to ensure you’re respecting the couple’s wishes. With that in mind, opt for breathable fabrics, loose silhouettes, and flat shoes.

Beach wedding? Yes, please. Like any destination, there is a bit more expertise required for planning. Hire a local or trusted wedding planner and go wild. These tips will hopefully steer you in the right direction for beach wedding do’s and don’ts.




Image by The Day by Ira Lippke