Tips for planning your Broome beach wedding
What to wear
Ditch the veil - Wearing a veil on a windy Broome beach can be tricky business for some brides. The last thing you want to be doing is messing around with your veil during your ceremony. As a wedding photographer it can be hard to get the best possible photos when a veil is blowing in the wind. A lot of brides wear accessories in their hair for a beach wedding which is so much more practical and means you can relax during your ceremony.
For him - Formal wear such as suits and tuxedos should be left in town. Suits can be too hot and uncomfortable for the groom and groomsmen to wear so consider lighter fabrics such as cotton or linen. This will help the groom and groomsmen be more relaxed and comfortable throughout as the lighter fabrics and colours will reflect the sun and make them feel cooler. If you are considering the groom wearing a suit for the wedding the best shade to choose is tan or khaki.
The right people for your wedding day
Celebrants - A good marriage celebrant can really set the tone for your wedding day. A wedding celebrant should take the time to get to know you and personalise the ceremony just for you. It is important to get in early as the last thing you want is a celebrant you really like who is booked for your date. Broome has some fab wedding celebrants to choose from. You can find an up-to-date list here.
Wedding planner - Hiring a wedding planner can be a cost-free and stress-free solution when you are planning your beach wedding. Wedding planners can help with logistical challenges and permits with knowledge of the local area.
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Consider the weather
Sound system - beach weddings can get windy and the sound of crashing waves can be loud! If you are planning a wedding with over 10 guest you should consider a sound system with a microphone and amp. A microphone with a wind cover is ideal so all your guests don't only hear the wind and not your wedding vows.
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Have a back up plan - having a contingency plan is a must for planning any outdoor event, especially in the tropics! Wind and rain can be unpredictable so it is important to have a backup plan for your beach wedding incase of high winds or rain. If you are using a wedding planner or are having your reception at a venue, it is important you discuss a back up plan with them if you can't have your wedding on the beach. Mother nature can be unpredictable so you want to be prepared so you can relax on your wedding day.
What time of day is best for your wedding
Tides - tide can have a cheeky habit to sneak up on you when you're not expecting them. An incoming tide can also be more noisy than an outgoing tide. You can find tide info on tide schedule online so you have an idea what to expect on your wedding day. Make sure to have a mini rehearsal at your ceremony location for the same time and tide a few days before you wedding.
Ceremony time - The beach can get very hot if you are planning to hold your ceremony during the middle of the day and older guests and children can get uncomfortable very quickly. The best time for a beach wedding ceremony is early morning or late afternoon. If you do chose to hold your wedding during the day the beach and ocean will make a stunning backdrop for your ceremony but make sure you can find a shady spot to keep everyone comfortable and stress free.
Choose the right location for your beach wedding
Public Beach - You should consider if you want people looking on at your wedding as a public beach is where anyone can swim, sunbathe or yes, get married. Make sure you start early when planning a beach wedding as you may be able to reserve a section of the beach for your wedding. Also, there could be permit requirements of the state or town so be sure to look into this. Remember, you'll also need to have a plan in place for clean-up.
Private Beach -If you have access to a private beach via a family member or friend then you are in luck! This option offers seclusion and possibly fewer regulations as to a public beach wedding. You may also have the option of renting accommodation on the private beach where you can host your affair.
Think about your guests
Accommodation - Broome has some premiere accommodation for your guests with a budget to suit all. With so many options it can be a difficult decision to choose which accommodation to book. Be sure to check out some of my favourite Broome Wedding Venues, which include some of Broome's top wedding accommodation.