For those wishing to exchange their vows in a more informal, non-traditional manner, what could be more romantic than having a beach wedding? Beach weddings are becoming very popular, and there is a wide range of options, from casual and low-priced through to elaborate and expensive. When planning your beach wedding, you have a few options. If you choose to take the DIY approach and make all the arrangements yourself, here are some things to consider.
1. Permits and reservations
You will probably need to obtain a permit and make reservations well in advance if you want a beach wedding. You may be required to pay a fee for your permit. The first step is to contact the local government body in your chosen location. The further in advance you get in touch with them, the better. They will require as much information as possible: dates, number of guests, who is doing the catering, and the type of setup. Some may refuse simply because of liability issues, but with any luck they will issue you a permit.
It is a good idea to apply with a number of different towns along the beach. That way you have some backup and more chance of getting approved. Many towns’ Tourist Information Centers or Chambers of Commerce have information packages on the requirements for beach weddings, and can let you know what is and is not allowed. For example, some may require you to use only approved caterers and other vendors.