I’m sure you’ve been to a church wedding before where “traditional etiquette” take precedence but how familiar are you with proper beach wedding etiquette? The majority of my destination wedding brides don’t adhere to the standard way of doing things. They tend to be more relaxed and are looking for a stress-free wedding where they can still include friends and family. To help, we have put together some tips so you are ready for your next wedding on the beach.
Beach Wedding Etiquette: Attire
Most brides who choose a beach wedding do so due to the relaxed and carefree atmosphere. More often than not the outfit you choose to don will reflect this. Beach weddings are casual which means cotton dresses, shorts, flip-flops, or even bare feet can be expected. A bride will usually let guests know in advance what the dress code will be so that everyone is comfortable in the sun and sand throughout the ceremony. For more information on What to Wear to a Beach Wedding, check out some of our other posts on Beach Wedding Attire.
Beach Wedding Etiquette: Where to Sit?
The side that everyone sits on in a traditional ceremony goes out the window with the exception of the parents for beach weddings. Guests are generally told that “It’s open seating so please take a seat on either side.” Some couples even opt to walk down the aisle together which makes sitting on one side over the other a mute point.
Beach Wedding Etiquette: Who Pays for What?
Guests are typically responsible for their hotel rooms, transportation to and from the destination, and any activities or meals outside of wedding events. The bride and her family traditionally pay for bridesmaids’ lodging and the groom and his family pay for the groomsmen. Also, the bride’s family covers the cost of the reception and ceremony while the groom’s family pays for rehearsal. However, more often than not, couples opt for our All-Inclusive Wedding and Reception Packages and pay for it all themselves.
Beach Wedding Etiquette:Social Media
Social media wedding etiquette is constantly evolving with new apps and technology comes new rules. There are several wedding apps like wedpics which allows couples to keep guests wedding photos in one place and facebook groups are always a good secondary means of communicating with guests. There are many other outlets available to help convey wedding related information like registry info, child-care issues, where to send gifts, etc. As a rule of thumb whether hosting or attending a beach wedding is to be graceful and tactful at all times even when using social media.
The casual nature of a Florida Beach Wedding calls for a more laid back and relaxed atmosphere. This is why you see such a difference is beach wedding etiquette versus the typical traditional church wedding etiquette.
We’ll be happy to answer any beach wedding etiquette questions you may have, give us a call or contact us today.