A beach wedding might be the ideal option for you, especially if you have ever visited parts of the world that are famous for their wedding venues. Many Greek islands, areas of South East Asia, the Caribbean and other places are known for being major wedding destinations, and on any of these beaches are you can expect to find plenty of happy couples having their wedding photos taken as sunset approaches each day.

It’s common for private beaches to be available at hotspots like this, as resorts and hotels tend to have control over a certain stretch of sand for just this purpose. This means have your own private ceremony and celebration right by the ocean could be a very real possibility without much hassle or expense. If this is an exciting prospect, just consider some of the following points to make a start with the planning.

Firstly, ensure you have a good idea of where you want to travel to. It may not be that far, but many destinations that can guarantee great weather by the beach are probably some distance from the UK! Of course, talk to your fiancée to ensure you’re on the same page in terms of the location and style of the wedding.

Next, decide if you will be managing everything yourself or whether to enlist the services of a wedding planner. Depending on how organised you are, arranging a wedding may be more difficult than you anticipated. A wedding planner could save you a lot of money in the long run, and reduce your stress level, which is invaluable. UK-based versus local will be a consideration at this point.

After this you can move on to setting the date, making arrangements with the venue and sorting out all the other finer details. You need to ensure there are sensible plans in place to handle the practical aspects of a beach wedding. For example, travel between the beach itself and any other key locations during the day will need to be arranged in advance for the entire wedding party and all your guests. If you are hosting your party in the same place, all aspects of that will also need to be tailored for the beach including the food, music, entertainment and so on.

The same goes for the guests themselves, as they will need to be prepared for any conditions on the beach. The chances are you will have chosen a country with reliably hot weather, but if you are planning to be on the beach during the evening it’s important to remember how quickly the temperature may fall. Guests should be prepared for all eventualities, which includes sunglasses as well as clothes to keep warm.

A beach wedding can actually be a more cost effective and hassle-free alternative to a simpler wedding in the UK due to greater availability of venues and dates, but it is important to get organised to make sure it all goes to plan. Once everything is in place, you should be able to relax a little and feel safe in the knowledge that everything is under control. Good luck, and enjoy!