Beach weddings are attractive for more reasons than one; and out in the open, in a romantic oceanfront setting while the wind and waves sing their praises over your union, is one of those. They are far from the typical traditional wedding, which is often hosted within a church, or another elaborate indoor setting. Beach weddings are definitely in a category of their own.

1. Make sure the beach is accessible for everyone involved.

Many people overlook the accessibility factor once they’ve found and fallen in love with a beach wedding location. Don’t forget to think about your guests’ convenience, and how easy or difficult it is going to be to make it to the location, from a main road. This can also affect the ease of setting up and transporting chairs, tables, and even food delivery. Make sure your site isn’t too out of the way, and if it is, ensure you make the right preparations. Some of the Myrtle Beach beaches actually have mats for wheelchair access! Also the wedding chapel can set up benches or chairs so make sure to ask about that. Another option is to have it close to the entrance where they have a ramp and wheelchair access and can watch from there.

2. Don’t let the sound of waves drown out your vows.

There’s nothing quite as magical as the waves crashing against the shore while taking a romantic walk down the beach. When you’re trying to exchange vows, this is a completely different story. To work around this, get a professional sound system, and look into ways to get it powered up out on the beach. Ask the Myrtle Beach wedding chapel about sound equipment options.

3. Make your décor windproof.

You’ll need to tweak your décor to suit the outdoors, especially in windy locations. This means you may want to think twice about super lavish flowers, towering candles, and even windy ribbons and balloons, which may just end up getting blown away by the wind. The Myrtle Beach wedding chapel has many items made specifically to fight against this and have worked great for years, ask about those options to help make your day beautiful!

4. Food that’s supposed to be refrigerated will spoil quickly in high temperatures, so you’ll need to pick wisely.

This is also worth keeping in mind for cake selection – cakes made with buttercream may fight a losing battle against the heat. As a rule, don’t pick anything that’s going to melt or spoil fast. Finger food storage: keep it cool! The Myrtle Beach wedding chapel has a beautiful indoor venue/church for receptions if interested be sure to inquire!

5. Select proper beach wedding attire.

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and you’re going to want to dress like it; except that you’re on the beach, so you’re also going to want to wear something that doesn’t cause you to overheat. Here are some tips on staying cool, and still looking beautiful:
● Lighter colored dress
Long gowns may present challenges out on the beachfront. They may look dreamy, and you may even be able to get down the aisle mostly without issue, but the trouble may start when you try navigating the beach to take photos. If you’re wearing a super long train this can be a nightmare. Look for something lighter, or at the very least, ensure your dress can bustle easily
● light weight fabrics
The last thing you want is to wear a dress with a lace trim and finding out only when you get to the altar that your dress has picked up all sorts of debris from the beach along the way. It’s better to go with fabrics like chiffon or charmeuse, which will give you an airy feel, as your gown will be able to flow freely.
● Try an updo
Fancy updos have a way of changing your entire look. They go with just about everything, and for a beach wedding an updo will help prevent your hair from taking on a life of its own during the ceremony. If you’re really set on wearing your hair down, think about hiring a stylist who will be on location throughout, just in case you need a touch up.
● Ditch the heels.
Avoid the hassle of wearing heels in the sand; look into getting the perfect espadrilles or wedges for your beach wedding. If you plan early enough, you’ll be able to customize your shoes, so they’re fancy enough to make you forget that you aren’t wearing heels.


The Myrtle Beach wedding chapel has heavy/sturdy chairs available for use! We set up and take down, please inquire if interested.

7. Have refreshments on hand.

Beat the heat with cold drinks. A table set up with lemonade, ice water, or a signature cocktail will go a long way in keeping guests satisfied and refreshed.


Author: Paula Martin