The most unique beach wedding reception ideas are sparked by imagination not tradition. Never mind etiquette, tradition and timelines. That information is outdated and stuffy. Do what will make you and your guests happy. It is a time for fun and celebration, not pomp and ceremony!
Long gone are days of "assigned" seating arrangements and cookie cutter reception programs. Everyone waiting to be told what to do next. Yawn! Today, you can "have it your way". No, I am not suggesting that "Burger King" host your reception. But, you could, IF you wanted to! That's message.
To plan for your reception, you need first to know:
* What is your theme? * What time of day you will be having your wedding ceremony? * What type of atmosphere do you wish to create?
Answer those three questions and great beach wedding reception ideas will follow.
Perhaps you will marry in a romantic sunrise ceremony followed by a breakfast reception. How about an early afternoon wedding followed by a beach barbeque? Plan fun activities such as a sand castle building contest or a volleyball game. Marry at sunset. Follow ceremony with a wine and cheese reception and dancing.
The size of your guest list and your budget will also help to determine which path you take.
Buffet or food station receptions lend themselves very well to informal beach weddings and are most fun. They are also cheaper! You can easily coordinate this type of reception yourself and eliminate added expense of a caterer. Those special women in your family who love to cook would be honored to assist with this project I'll bet. Heck, knowing "Aunt Jo" and "Grandma", they will probably take over and you won't have to worry about a thing!