How To Prepare For A Beach Wedding?

From: Sally Haines , Posted Date: Nov 8th, 2017

Preparing for Cape Town beach weddings is not as easy as it looks. You have to consider a lot of things prior to it. Nonetheless, beach weddings Cape Town can be an incredibly beautiful experience for everyone. It's worth the trouble. Well, if you are keen on a beach wedding, here are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. 

Private or public beach wedding  

There is one major decision that you are going to have to take early on. Where do you want it? Would you prefer a public ceremony or an intimate, private ceremony? Also, though this may not seem like an important aspect to consider, you will be surprised to hear that people argue over the kind of sand they want for their wedding! No kidding! If you are planning a smaller wedding with fewer guests, then it's better to go for a private property. You will come across many on secluded beaches. It can be a comfortable setting for the guests, the couple and the family. However, we would like to warn you that you need to start looking early on into the wedding planning. Finding a vacant secluded beach can be a big task as many prefer beach weddings these days. If you are unable to find a secluded beach, you can go to a public beach, but you may need to get the necessary permissions from the respective authorities well in advance.     

Reception vs. ceremony

While on the topic of beach weddings Cape Townyou have to choose between reception and ceremony. That is, will you be having the both the ceremony and reception on the beach or just one of the two? Cape Town beach weddings are indeed beautiful. However, some people prefer a ceremony on the beach and reception in a different settinglater on. If you wish to have both the ceremony and the reception on the beachfront, it may bring a few challenges. You may have to look intopermits and ordinances. This is something you’ll have to daecide on first before you move on to other important aspects of a beach wedding. As far as food and drinks are concerned on the beach, you may have to go for a bigger arrangement. The best approach is to have the ceremony on the beach and then move on to another location for your reception festivities. You can find beautiful reception venues closer to the beach.   

Ordinances and permits  

Beach rules are not the same everywhere. Different locations might have different rules. You will have to check with the local government to learn more about the permits and ordinances regarding this. If you follow the regulations properly, you will have a smooth-running event.  

Furthermore, the size of the guest list matters. Some beaches may have restrictions on the size of the crowd. So be sure to check in with the authorities before you send out the invitations, especially if you are interested in weddings in South Africaas someone from abroad. Most people would much rather opt for a private ceremony. But this might not be an easy to achieve because getting the necessary permissions for a private ceremony as this in itself is a daunting task.