Are you considering getting married on the beach at a beachfront condominium? Big Day Wedding’s beach wedding packages can be set up on any beach, including a private beach house, a beach condominium or a beachfront hotel. Of course, you will have to check with the owner or management company to make sure the property owner allows weddings to be hosted on their beach. Our Big Day Wedding planners can recommend local condos and hotels that are wedding friendly for beachfront wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Parking at a beachfront condominium may be limited, make sure you confirm that your guests will be able to park at the location for the ceremony and reception. If not, your Big Day Wedding planner can help you evaluate transportation options such as a private shuttle or van.
Planning Your Wedding
You will need to contact the condominium owner or management company to confirm that you have permission to host a wedding on the property. They will likely want to know how many guests you are expecting.
While you may already have an approximate head count, keep in mind that wedding guest lists tend to grow with time. Make sure to ask if they have a limit on the number of guests you invite or the size of the wedding. You might be surprised how many of your friends and family want to attend your wedding once they find out you are getting married on the beach.
Big Day Weddings can make the planning process easy by providing a list of wedding-friendly condominiums based on the size of your wedding and your budget. We have been in the wedding business in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for over 10 years so we know every detail that needs to be attended to.
Things to Consider
Planning a beachfront condominium wedding can be a picturesque and memorable experience. To ensure everything goes smoothly, here are some additional considerations and tips:
Permits and Regulations: Many beachfront areas require permits for events like weddings. Check with the local authorities or the condominium management about any necessary permits, noise regulations, and restrictions for setting up on the beach. Your wedding planner can assist with this.
Tides and Weather: Beach weddings are susceptible to tides and weather conditions. Have a backup plan in case of rain or adverse weather. Rent a tent or gazebo if necessary to provide shelter for your guests.
Guest Comfort: Consider your guests’ comfort. Provide enough seating, especially if the ceremony is on the beach itself. Beach-friendly seating options like lightweight chairs or blankets can make a significant difference.
Decor and Setup: Coordinate with your wedding planner and the condominium management to arrange the chairs and decorations in a way that complements the natural beauty of the beach. Be mindful of any restrictions on decor that could harm the environment.
Sound System: Given the sound of the waves and wind, consider renting a sound system with microphones so that your vows and speeches are heard clearly by all guests.
Beach Cleanup: Make arrangements for cleanup after the ceremony, especially if you’re using decorations. Leave the beach as pristine as you found it to respect the natural environment.
Transportation: Ensure that there is adequate transportation for your guests to get to and from the beach location. This is especially important if the beach is a bit of a walk from the condominium.
Privacy: As mentioned earlier, discuss with the hotel and wedding planner how to ensure privacy during your ceremony. You may want to cordon off the area or have a designated time for your ceremony when there are fewer beachgoers.
Photography: Embrace the beauty of the beach in your wedding photos, including the occasional beachgoer in the background. These candid moments can add charm to your pictures.
Accessibility: If you have elderly or disabled guests, consider their needs. Ensure there are accessible paths, and you may want to arrange for beach-friendly wheelchair rentals if required.
Timeline: Plan your wedding ceremony time around the tides and the best natural lighting for photography. Sunsets on the beach can provide a stunning backdrop.
Communication: Keep an open line of communication with your wedding planner, the condominium management, and your guests. Provide clear directions and information about the wedding location.