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Weathering the Waves: Weather Considerations for Your Beach Wedding

Beach weddings offer a picturesque and romantic backdrop, but they come with a unique challenge: unpredictable weather. While the allure of the ocean and sandy shores is undeniable, couples planning a beach wedding must be prepared to navigate the elements. In this blog post, we'll delve into the importance of weather considerations and provide valuable advice to help you ensure a seamless and memorable beach wedding, come rain or shine.

pretzel stand on beach wedding
Make your event unique. Photo by Kelly Urban Photography

Embrace the beauty of the elements

A beach wedding can be an unforgettable experience, especially when embracing the beauty of the elements. The sound of crashing waves, the salty breeze, and the vastness of the ocean can add a magical touch to your big day. Can you imagine it?? The beach is the perfect backdrop for any romantic moment. However, it's essential to be prepared for whatever weather may come your way for any outdoor event. It's essential to have a Professional Wedding Planner on your side to help you navigate the process.

Have a backup plan

Even during the most predictable seasons, weather conditions can be unpredictable. Whether it's a sudden rain shower or an unexpected gust of wind, having a backup plan is crucial. Truly, there should be a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C in place. As a professional Wedding Planner, I can vouch for the fact that things go wrong on wedding days most of the time. I have been blessed with the opportunity to fine tune my skills on decisiveness and acting quick to find solutions. Consider having an indoor venue nearby or a tent on standby to shelter your guests and keep everyone dry and comfortable. If you can find a close by indoor reception and embrace having just the ceremony on the beach- even better!

detail shots of bridal items
Lovely wedding day details. Photo by Kelly Urban Photography

Opt for appropriate attire

Selecting the right attire for a beach wedding is not just about style, but also about practicality. Lightweight and breathable fabrics are ideal, especially for the bride and groom. Keep the length of the wedding dress and groom's attire in mind to prevent them from dragging in the sand. And, hey, I'm just going to say it: Consider packing multiple pairs of underwear. Whether it's from the misty air or sweat from the outdoors, you are going to want to feel fresh and clean throughout the day. Do I need to mention bringing deodorant and reapplying even necessary? Another great idea would be to include spray deodorant in all guest bathrooms.

Prepare your guests

Inform your guests in advance that your wedding will take place on the beach so they can dress accordingly. Encourage them to wear comfortable shoes suitable for sandy terrain. Providing amenities such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and fans can help guests stay comfortable under the sun. (And again: spray on deodorant. You'll thank me later! ) Unprepared guests are more likely to leave early, so if you want to party the night away with the people you care about most, do your best to help prepare your guests.

pampass tablescape on the beach
BOHO on the Beach. Photo by Kelly Urban Photography

Timing is everything

Plan your ceremony and reception timings strategically. Consider having a morning or late afternoon ceremony to avoid the peak heat of the day. An evening reception might also benefit from a gentle sea breeze and a cooler atmosphere. I personally have never worked an evening ceremony beach wedding, but I have a vision in my head that is absolutely GORGEOUS and romantic!!! If that sounds enticing to you, reach out because I would love to make that magic happen!

Bride and Groom sitting on yellow couch at the beach
Add Furniture for another level of coziness. Photo by Kelly Urban Photography

Be ready for windy conditions

Beaches are often breezy, and strong winds can be both a blessing and a challenge. Embrace the wind and use it creatively, for example, by flying colorful kites or incorporating billowing fabric in your decor. Bring that cathedral veil for the most amazing portraits. On the practical side, secure lightweight decorations to prevent them from flying away.

Capture the magic of the moment

An experienced photographer can work wonders even in challenging weather conditions. Rain or shine, they can capture the beauty of your beach wedding. Embrace the natural lighting and unique atmospheres that different weather conditions bring to create stunning and unforgettable wedding photos. Keep in mind that beach weddings can also offer harsh lighting, so consult your a Wedding Planner and Photographer to ensure your timing is just right.

Bride and Groom running the the water
Don't be afraid to get wet. Photo by Kelly Urban Photography

Ensure guest comfort

Comfortable guests are happy guests. Provide shade, water stations, and cooling stations (fans, misters) to help everyone stay refreshed and relaxed throughout the celebration. Additionally, offering towels or blankets for seating can enhance comfort on the sand. And just like unprepared are more likely to leave your event early- so are uncomfortable guests!


Planning a beach wedding requires thoughtful consideration of weather conditions, but with proper preparation, your dream seaside celebration can become a reality. Embrace the beauty of the elements, have a backup plan, and prioritize guest comfort. A beach wedding is a truly magical experience, and with a little foresight, you can ensure that your special day remains an unforgettable memory for you and your guests, regardless of what the weather may bring. Happy Wedding Planning!!

Vendor Team

Wedding Planner: Next Chapter Weddings

Host: Styled Shoots of Houston

Location: Galveston, TX

Floral, Styling & Design: Magnolia Rose Co

Decor/Rentals: Wonderfullymade

Chargers & Arch: Chair Covers n More

Calligrapher: Jamie Lindley Lettering

Linen: Lavish Linens

Chairs: l+j Events & Rentals

Bridal Gown: SomethingBLUE

Cake: Hello Sweetie Confectionary

Desserts/Brigadeiros: Le atelier du brigadeiro

Pretzel Stand: All the Pretty Things

Mobile Bar: Mini Mobile Bar

HAMU: KH Beauty

Photographer: Kelly Urban Photography

Next Chapter Weddings is an upscale Wedding Planning company based in Houston, TX. We offer packages from Coordination to Full Service Wedding Planning, as well as, Design and Décor.

We are happily available for destination weddings, elopements and micro weddings.

We believe every love story is unique and worth celebrating. Cheers!


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