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* The beach is usually a bit breezy so take that into consideration when picking your location. Try to choose a "cove" on beach that is protected from direct winds.
* Be sure to check with local authorities regarding any permits needed to use beach. This should only be necessary if you are having a large gathering and you want to block off a portion of beach exclusively for you and your guests. Ask to be sure though.
* Check on "Beach Rules". Ask questions. Can you have candles on beach? Can you play music into night? How late can you stay? Is there an area nearby for open fires should you choose to barbeque?
* Speaking of food...don't forget about seagulls! They are notorious beggars and thieves. You can expect them to attend your beach wedding, uninvited! As long as you keep food covered and don't feed them, they will stay on sidelines.
* Remember tides. You definitely do not want to be surprised by quick and unanticipated arrival of high tide!
* On beach, there will be bugs and sunshine! Make sure you consider comfort of your guests. Bring sunscreen and insect repellant for those who did not remember to bring their own.
* Chairs may sink in sand if you do not rent flooring to place under them. However, if you are planning a "beach blanket" reception, you will not need chairs. Remember your elderly guests though. Plan for their safety and comfort. You will need to provide them with chairs and beach umbrellas to protect them from elements.
Beach weddings are absolutely beautiful but nature does provide an element of uncertainty. Careful planning on your part will eliminate most of them. Just remember...
If every hair is not in place due to ocean breezes or a seagull drops off his "wedding gift" a little to close to punch bowl...
These are not flaws or imperfections in your day. They are "memories"! Cherish them and have fun!
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