The water babies/brides of the century are taking over with their picture perfect wedding photos and flowy beach dresses. We thought it might be handy to have 7 important things to check when planning your beach dream.

We are in the trendiest of times – so, what better trend to follow than the casual/relaxed feel of a beach or lake set for your day. It’s becoming more popular for brides to ditch the church scene, and go for the sea breeze instead. Here are our tips in getting it right!

  1. Ceremony or reception or both – before you start researching anything, figure out what kind of beach wedding you’re asking for. Permits and ordinances vary depending on what kind of gathering you’ll be having, whether food and drink are involved, if you’re asking to rope off a particular part of the beach, etc.
  2. Accessability – consider your guest list and figure out if any additional accommodations will need to be made so that no one misses out. Sure, it might be lovely to get married with your toes in the sand, but can your wheelchair-bound Grandma make it to the ceremony to see you put said toes in the sand? Will your guests be standing? Are there options for those who will need to sit? The beach can add a layer of difficulty when it comes to accessibility.
  3. High season or low season – beach season varies by geography. In New South Wales or Queensland, you’ll find people on the beach essentially year round. Figure out if your beach has a high season and a low season because there can be benefits and drawbacks to each depending on your wedding date. The upside to high season is better weather. The downside is the crowd and expensive venues.
  4. Amplification – Ever thought about how loud the waves can be? And beaches don’t necessarily come with their own power outlets. So will your guests be able to hear you and your celebrant? Is your wedding small enough that you won’t need amplification? Will you need to find some sort of portable power supply? Figure these essentials out in advance, or you may find you’re battling with the crashing surf.
  5. Permits – Beach rules vary by location and you don’t want to add double the amount of stress for yourself on the day if you are worrying about whether you’ll get caught! Check with the local government to see what regulations they have regarding events and gatherings. Sometimes, if you are just having a small wedding (and are super nice to the council) they will allow it without a permit.
  6. Public or private beach – The big debate has always been over who owns the sand land. You may be able to find a private property on a secluded beach with owners who are comfortable hosting events in their space and get pretty close to private. If you’re willing to save the time and go public, you may get a few extra audience members! But who wouldn’t want that?!
  7. Tides and waves – Number 1 rookie mistake with all water brides. You are at a beach, not at the park where the grass stays where it is. You need to consider what time of the day your wedding is, and be 100% sure the tide is staying put for the hour. The last thing you want is your desginer gown to be covered in salty water. Also, having guests washed out to sea could be a super bummer.


We have shared some of our favourite images from one of our exhibitors at the upcoming Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon expo in Januray. Lure at Abbell Point Marina is a stunning venue with exquisite views, amazing food and reliable services.

Imagine celebrating your paradise wedding with picturesque waterfront views overlooking the Whitsunday Islands encompasses turquoise sea vistas by day, sunset hues of pink and orange culminating, in the twinkle of yachts water reflection in the evenings.

Visit their website here. 

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