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Top 5 Tips for your DIY Beach Wedding

Beautiful unique beach bouquet using shells, corals and twigs.

Beautiful unique beach bouquet using shells, corals and twigs.

You’ve dreamed of a beach wedding forever, but cost is an issue? Well here’s our top 5 tips on making magic no matter your budget.

Council permits

When it comes to actually saying I do on the beach there are a few items that are still going to add to your cost. First up is getting council permission to hold an event on the beach.  This applies to bush weddings as well – anywhere within council land requires a permit listing the numbers attending, whether alcohol will be served, details of your suppliers, how long the ceremony will take etc.  These can range in price but are generally around the $350 mark for a 3-hour window.  That allows you access to the beach to setup your ceremony props, have the ceremony, and then also time to bump everything out.  It actually serves as a protection for you as well.  Nothing worse than arriving at your beach and you have no authority to actually ask the surfers and sun gazers to leave your spot.  Well worth the money spent.

Unconventional Arbours

Who needs more than a few willow branches when you have a sunset ocean backdrop?

Who needs more than a few willow branches when you have a sunset ocean backdrop?

Your Pinterest board is full of the most amazing arbours, arches and masses of trailing florals. If you don’t have the funds to hire an existing beach ceremony setup – and there are some incredibly beautiful ones out there - then think about the beach you’re on.  Think driftwood logs draped in soft moss and seagrasses with touches of wild flowers, willow branches anchored in the sand with sunset as your accessory, there are so many natural styling elements that could be brought together to create that special altar space for your ceremony.  You already have the ocean as the most incredible backdrop, think about something simple, elegant and striking. 

Sandy Aisle

Barefoot brides beware – stones, sticks and other nasties that could be in the sand as you wend your way down your sandy aisle.  Make sure to get someone to grab a rake and give your area of the beach a thorough going over prior to the wedding to leave the sand as smooth and soft as possible.   

Leaves and Greens

Eucalypts, succulents and local leaves make for a stunning beach bouquet.

Eucalypts, succulents and local leaves make for a stunning beach bouquet.

Flowers are probably one of the biggest cost items for weddings so change it up a bit.  Use local flowers, those in season, and ones readily available in your garden.  The abundance of beautiful greenery in our native Australian trees provides so many options for a wild loose green arrangement, or simple sprigs tied to each aisle chair.  Or think shells - not too many, but simple, striking and completely appropriate.

 

Muscle on demand

DIY doesn’t need to mean that you literally DO IT ALL YOURSELF.  Especially when it comes to lugging all the chairs and arbours onto the beach, then lugging it back up to the van again after the ceremony.  If you’ve ever run in soft sand you’ll know what I’m talking about, never mind making multiple trips carrying 50 wedding chairs and an arbour back up the beach.  Invest in some reliable muscle to get your ceremony laid out, and pay them to hang around until after the ceremony for the pack down as well.  If you can’t afford to pay a wedding hire company for their equipment, consider using Airtasker to find a few reliable, strong and happy lads to assist on the day.  Throw in a bonus of something cold to drink as they leave and everything’s sweet.

Remember - less is more on the beach, have fun planning your day.

Gill