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June 2018 Newsletter
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The Perfect Beach Wedding 

Ashley Lester Photography

The great thing about living in Hampton Roads is access to an oceanfront wedding! From a sandy ceremony to a dockside vow exchange, you can customize your wedding day to fit your needs and your vision. We love a beach theme and the many different directions you can take it. It's also a great chance to incorporate beautiful color into your bridal party fashion and flowers.

One tip we especially love when planning a beach wedding is to make sure you hire a wedding planner who specializes in beach weddings. These planners can help you manage the ins and outs of the day, coordinate vendors, and make sure you're following all the necessary rules and laws of using the beach.

There are so many amazing oceanfront venues in HRVA that can make your dream beach wedding a reality. 

Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
The Water Table
Virginia Beach Wedding Chapel
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Beating the Summer Heat
Kelley Stinson Photography at The Water Table

If you're having your beach wedding in the hotter summer months, there are lots of fun ideas to help you, your bridal party, and your guests beat the summer heat. If you're having a tent reception, ask your rental company about portable AC options! If you're having a beach ceremony, here are some great tips:

Provide Bottled Water: You can put out really cute buckets with ice to keep bottled water cold for your guests during the ceremony. You can even get personalized labels for the bottles with your initials.  

Fans as Programs: Instead of a traditional folded program, have your programs made into fans that your guests can use to cool themselves. 

Say No to Full Length Bridesmaid Dresses & Suit Jackets: Full length dresses and suits are very elegant, but when you're standing in 100 degree weather, it can be very hot. Your bridal party will definitely thank you if you opt for shorter, cooler fabric dresses and let the groomsmen ditch the jackets. You can always have the guys put jackets on for formal photos.

Eleise Theuer Photography, Ava Clara Bridal

Keep the Ceremony Short: A full catholic ceremony is not one you want to have on the beach. Plan a short ceremony so your guests won't get too hot. Remember that the bride is also typically wearing a long gown and you don't want to be sweating throughout your ceremony. So keep your vows short and sweet. The entire ceremony can still be so meaningful and special!
Beach Wedding Logistics 

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

If you've always dreamed of a beachfront wedding, there are definitely some steps you should take when you start planning to make sure you cover all the basics. For even more information, check out page 70 of the latest issue of HRWG here!

Check for city permits and limitations: In the city of Virginia Beach, you don't have to have a permit to have a beach wedding, but that also means that the section of the beach you want to use won't be free of other beach goers. In order to cordon off a portion of the public beach, you have to apply for a permit. This permit is also only good for 3 hours so you'll have to hold your reception in a different location or pay for more than one time slot. Check the city you are having your wedding in for specific codes.

Sand: Sand is beautiful, but it's also very challenging to walk in, especially in heels. Opt instead for flat shoes or wedges! Make sure your elderly guests have assistance getting to their seats and that your guests know the ceremony will be directly on the beach so they can plan accordingly. 

Sound: The sound of the waves crashing is so lovely, but it's also pretty loud. Your guests will have a hard time hearing the ceremony if you do not have some type of sound system set up. If you are having your wedding at one of the awesome venues above, check with them about how to best amplify your ceremony. 

Beach Wedding Design & Decor 

Daissy Torres Photography

Beach wedding decor can range from romantic and neutral to whimsical and colorful! There are so many directions you can go and ways to adapt the vision you've always had into your venue or oceanfront space. We love the growing trend of beautiful arches of florals or greenery for the ceremony.  The best thing about getting married with the ocean as your backdrop is there isn't much need for a lot of decor or decorations.

Our friends at Classy Covers has been making some really beautiful arches recently for beach weddings. They are an easy way to have a statement piece for your ceremony. Tidewater & Tulle has a great slideshow of more arches for inspiration.

Featured Vendor
Bell Isle Beach Club & Marina
Ashley Vanley Photography

Bell Isle Beach Club and Marina is a beautiful location for your seaside wedding! Located on the southern bank of Back River, this venue has gorgeous water views and plenty of locations throughout the venue for your ceremony and reception. This venue is perfect for a beach loving couple, a rustic beach theme, and your favorite coastal decor!

Belle Eve Photography

Real Weddings

Kelly from Inspired Events by Kelly helped coordinate this beautiful beach wedding. Located in Bethany Beach, the ceremony took place on the sand with the reception under a tent seaside. David Schwartz took gorgeous photos of their day and all of the great beach themed decor. We especially love the lanterns and bamboo shoots in the ceremony space.

David Schwartz Photography
Upcoming Events

The next Showbride event is the Romancing Williamsburg Bridal Expo
June 24th from 2:00 pm -  5:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg. For $10 you will be able to meet so many amazing Hampton Roads wedding vendors! Get your tickets now when you visit their website.

Photo_ Kirstyn Marie Photography
Check Out Our Latest Issue!

The latest issue of Hampton Roads Wedding Guide is available in  over 50 locations throughout  Hampton Roads as well as digitally on our website. For a complete list of where you can find a copy check out our website! 

In our latest issue you can learn more about all of the incredible vendors we have featured, from venues to photographers to delicious catering options. Plus, you can learn some great tips for your big day!

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."- Ryunosuke Satoro