Beachfront nuptials are the epitome of a summer wedding, a classic choice particularly for a destination affair. And it's easy to see why—there's nothing quite as dreamy as the wide expanse of the ocean blue as your ceremony backdrop, a vividly dazzling sunset, or the whisper of a balmy breeze in your hair as you exchange vows.
Besides the movie-worthy setting, there are several advantages to having a wedding in such paradise. For the bride who wants an affair without all the bells and whistles, the beach offers a much more casual and relaxed option. Swaying palm trees and a sandy floor automatically set the stage for a laid-back ambiance, the latter of which practically requires you to forgo heels. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a wedding than an excuse to wear flats or sandals or—gasp—no shoes at all!? And if it's a destination wedding, the beach also offers a more intimate vibe since those truly closest to you will make the trip. While you might think a destination wedding may extend past the boundaries of your budget, think again—the gorgeous background of a beach creates an atmosphere that stands on its own, without the need to spend on any décor to dress it up.
Of course, there are a few factors you'll want to take into consideration to perfect your big day on the beach. As with any outdoor wedding, you should keep a close eye on the weather, including the wind, which is stronger near the coastline. Because the beach often brings on the heat, hold your ceremony in the morning or around dusk for more comfortable temperatures; an hour before sunset is the right time for optimal lighting. Once you have these things nailed down, you'll get to enjoy one of the best parts that come with a relaxed beach wedding: less stress.
If that's not enough to convince you, these gorgeous photos will.