Nothing is more romantic than getting married on the beach as the sun goes down. Many places offer this panoramic view and will help you make the wedding your dream come true. These venues offer services that range from helping to plan the wedding to the reception. Before you hit the internet and start searching for that special beach wedding venue, here are some things that you should consider before making your decision.
What is the beach like?
It is important to know exactly what the characteristics of the beach are. If the beach is exposed to the ocean, there could be high tides, very hot, and windy or calm. If the venue offers a sheltered cove to have the wedding there should not be too much wind and sun and the water should be fairly calm. Beach wedding venues should also be familiar with the tides so your wedding should be at a time when it is high tide and things, including guests, could float away or be forced to find themselves standing in water. Give a little extra time for the ceremony to make sure your wedding is finished before high tide. Look at the beach and find out how private it is but if you are going online make sure that you ask this question. You do not want children running around interrupting your wedding, throwing sand, or other disasters.
Plan the set up
Although guests will usually dress casually for the wedding they still do not want to sit on beach towels in the sand, especially if they are wearing dresses. Make sure where the chairs will be and if there is going to be an aisle for you to walk down. Ask the coordinators of the beach wedding venues if they provide an archway or altar to act as a focal point during the wedding ceremony.
It would be ideal if the venue would have direct access to the beach but many do not. If the venue is away from where the wedding is to be held, do they provide a shuttle to the beach? If the answer is yes, check to see how big the shuffle is; ask how many trips they will make, and how long it would take to get to the site of the ceremony. Find out if there are restroom facilities near the wedding site. If you want to have your reception at the site of the wedding it would be easier to find a cater whose specialty is beach wedding receptions. If the reception is to be inside check to see if the reception hall has a great view of the ocean.
For most couples, the wedding photographer is worth the investment to get a personal catalog of long-term memories. While it is best to hire the services of a skilled and knowledgeable photographer, it can be a significant expense. But, there are several steps that can be taken to save money on this particular service.
Here are four useful tips to cut the cost of hiring a wedding photographer:
A simple way to save money on a wedding photographer is to book early. Many photographers offer a discount for the early bookings. So, when a wedding date is secured, it may be worth making the search for a photographer one of the first priorities to organize. Alternatively, it may be possible to pay a significant percentage of the payment up-front in return for a discount.
Go with a digital package
A further option to save money is to ask the photography for a digital only package which saves on the printing costs. It may seem expensive to just buy the digital rights because you are just getting a disc of wedding photos. But, you get to print only the photos you want which can save quite a lot compared to letting the photographer print out and charge for every photo taken during the wedding and reception.
Plus, this can save by having the option to email copies of the photos to family members or friends, instead of having to print originals.
Reduce the time
Hiring a photographer for less time can have a noticeable impact on the price quoted for the photography contract. They will be charging for fewer hours and will have a lot fewer photos to develop. For instance, it is possible to only have the professorial take the photos at the church, while the photos for pre-wedding festivities can be self-taken. Also, a groomsman or bridesmaid can be tasked with the job of taking the more relaxed photos at the reception. By cutting the hours for the professional photographer to a minimum, it is possible to pay a lot less money.
Of course there are still others who want a large fun party atmosphere. I’ve done them all. There are three main pros and cons to a Destination Wedding in Arizona.
- Traveling ability of guests
Arizona offers one of the best kept secrets for your perfect Destination Wedding in all the United States because the location choices are so varied and there are so many choices. Your wedding ceremony can include stunning sunsets in the desert, as well as mid day gatherings in the tall pine forests tucked away in the mountains. Arizona’s many State Parks are kept beautiful year round and offer Wedding Permits and reservations to make your event as stress-free as possible.
Here are several suggestions you might not have considered when choosing a location for your Arizona Destination Wedding:
- The home of a family member or friend who lives in Arizona
- Your favorite restaurant in Arizona
- On your boat
- On your motorcycle
- On a train (See Grand Canyon Railroad in Williams)
- In your plane (I’m beginning to sound a little like Dr. Seuss, aren’t I?)
- At a lake (Arizona has 41 lakes)
- Public historical homes (Phoenix alone has over 200)
- Golf Course Wedding Venues (There are 247 known golf course venues in Arizona)
- Arizona City Parks (Sedona alone has 7 city parks)
- Arizona State Parks (A choice of 30 different parks)
- Arizona Resorts (Arizona offers more than 249 Resort choices)
There are so many choices you can make that it would be impossible to name them all. But a quick Google search by the bulleted titles above should allow you to narrow your search. Your destination wedding is as natural and cost effective as you choose and the photographic memories will be so gorgeous that you’ll be happy you made this out-of-the-ordinary decision.
The couples most likely to choose a destination wedding are those who do not have a religious affiliation or a church they regularly attend. Some want a spiritual ceremony with vows that are particularly meaningful to the couple and simply cannot find a traditional minister to go along with their wishes. Some do not care for a set of vows which makes any mention of God, Lord or Jesus. Still others have a strong belief in God, but do not have a minister who is willing to travel and perform their ceremony in the location of their choice. And lastly, there are many gay couples who are unable to find a cleric who will even perform a marriage ceremony for them.
Whatever your reasons for needing a traveling minister, you are sure to find not only an Arizona venue that matches your taste but a minister who will help make the happiest of your days and dreams come true.
God bless all your decisions for your upcoming nuptials as you begin your lives together and please look for more of my upcoming articles that will save up both money and time as your happy date approaches.
Hiring a Wedding Vendor or Event Professional; what to look for:
What do you need for your event? Flowers, Rentals, Food… ? Yes, of course. And, you will need to know how these services will fit into and contribute to your event.
- But what about the personality of wedding professional himself?
- What kind of person are they?
- Will they be easy to work with?
- How do they conduct themselves as a person?
- How will they conduct themselves at your event?
- Will they deliver what is promised?
Here are some things you should look for and carefully consider when choosing a wedding professional:
- Do they listen to you?
- Do you feel comfortable talking to them?
- Do they “make nothing” of you or your ideas?
- Do they return your calls?
- Do they understand you? Do you understand them?
- Are they helpful?
- Are they as excited about your wedding as you are?
- What do you think is important? What do they think is important?
- Do they present problems for you to solve or do they offer solutions to problems?
- Can they predict potential problems and offer solutions?
- Do they bother you with technical details that do not concern you?
- Are they taking care of you?
- Are they critical of you?
- Are they critical of others?
- Do you feel anxious or upset after talking to them?
- Are they physically ill? (common cold, sore throat, etc.)
- Are they scattered? (going off in all directions at once.)
- Give them a simple task to do – Is it done right? Is it done in a timely manner? Is it done at all?
- Do you like their personality? Would you have them as a friend?
- How long have they been in business?
- And finally: What is your budget? – What is their price range? (Though important, this last item is not as important as the service you will be getting… or not getting.)
Ask yourself: “Are these qualities present in the person I am hiring?” or “Are they not present in the person I am hiring?”
You really need to look at this.
You want to put together a great team of vendors who are nice people who can work together. Hiring people after carefully evaluating their personality is almost unheard of. Few people know that personality dictates future behavior. Sure, anyone can have a bad day but a chronically bad attitude in even just one of your wedding vendors could upset the whole team you are putting together.
This not only applies to wedding planning but to business, government and interpersonal relations. Indeed if you were able to weed out of your life those causing you trouble, life would smooth out just like that.
So yes, you will be shopping for flowers and linen and someone to represent you as your Master of Ceremonies. So one also needs to “evaluate the personality of the person you are hiring” and determine if they indeed will indeed provide a high level of service and represent you well on your special day.