Planning a beach wedding can be fun and exciting.
What could be more romantic than to seal your vows with a kiss while the sun glimmers over the waves on a perfect day?
But there are challenges involved in a beach wedding that just aren’t a consideration when you get married in a building. Like, “What shall we do if it rains?” Or, “If we have the reception as well as the ceremony on the beach will sand get in the cake?”.
See what I mean?
Think of all those little possible problems in advance and you are well on your way to a perfect beach wedding.
Rain is a possibility at any time of year on the coast, though July through September are the Coast’s driest months and you are safest scheduling during one of them. If it does rain despite all your careful Almanac perusals here are some ideas to save the day:
2. If a little drizzle doesn’t bother you, just a canopy for the bride and groom and having extra umbrellas handy for guests might do the trick. Consider recommending BYOU (bring your own umbrellas) to your guests “just in case”.
3. Find a state park or campground with a gazebo or covered picnic area that can be used for the ceremony.
4. Rent a party tent. (Make sure it is wind safe.)
5. If all else fails, or you just want to walk onto the sand, and get married with a “come what may” attitude, make sure your invited guests have a sense of humor!
The next consideration weather-wise is wind. (Or as we prefer to call it here on the coast, the sea breeze.) Areas where this is a consideration are more likely to be sunnier. Areas where wind is not so much of a problem are more likely to be gray or even foggy.
Find your self a sheltered spot for your ceremony. In the lee of a headland, large dune, rock outcrop or other shelter, including man-made ones, are ideas. Find out where the prevailing wind is from on the beach you have chosen, for the time of year your wedding will be. Check it out on a windy day.
Plan to make sure all your clothes, veil, hair ornaments, flowers, and decorations are securely fastened, tied down, or “made fast”.
Finding an experienced Wedding Planner with experience planning beach weddings would be a super smart move! Click here to check out our Oregon Coast Wedding Planners page.
About the beaches in Oregon
All beach from the water up to sixteen vertical feet above the low tide mark belong to the state and is reserved for public use. Though some parts of the beach may be privately owned, essentially the state controls access to and use of it. So if you want a true beach wedding you should contact Oregon State Parks, Coastal Region Office at 541-563-8500.
There are also some great venues that offer sand ceremonies and will handle all the details as well as handling the reception with panache. Click here to check out our Venues page to find the best places in Oregon to get married on the beach plus more info whether you need a permit, and about reservations at a state park!