Whether it’s your own biological child(ren) or those of your friends/family, don’t overlook the importance of planning for kids on your beach wedding day. You’ll want your flower girl, ring bearer or other cute little guests remembered for all the right reasons. Not because they were crying, throwing sand, or partaking in other beach mayhem! So we have some tricks to help your wedding day run smoother than a baby’s bottom. 😉 Oh, and the kids will surely have a great time too with these kid-friendly beach wedding tips!
How To Plan For a Kid Friendly Beach Wedding
So we’ve broken up these kid friendly tips into 3 categories. Pre, during, and post wedding. Most often moms and dads bring their own bag of tricks for during the wedding. But what about when it’s time to take photos after the wedding? Or those last few antsy minutes pre-wedding? Well, here goes:
The key here is don’t use up all your tricks before the bride walks down the aisle. You’re setting up for a ceremony with a restless, bouncy kid, who naturally will want to frolic and play on the beach. Tips pre-wedding:
- Go for a Walk – Ask the officiant or photographer approximately how long until the ceremony starts. Go for a walk/run in the sand to burn off some inherent kid energy. Stay within eyeshot of the ceremony site and be prepared to get back to your seats within a minute or two. If the child is in the wedding, it’s not advised to wander off on a walk. However, a run around in the nearby sand or some energy burning movement is encouraged. And the minutes leading up to the ceremony is a great time for a game of “I spy” or “Simon Says.”
- Snack Time – A healthy(ish) snack before the wedding is a great way to keep kids happy. Don’t choose something that’s going to stain, spill, or cause a mess. Goldfish, pretzels, apple slices, raisins, Cheerios all make for the perfect nibble pre-wedding.
- Pep Talk – Talk to kids so they know what to expect once the wedding begins. Kids are more likely to behave when they have a clear set of expectations and timeline. Let them know they are expected to be quiet, stay seated, and there is nothing wrong with a little incentive (incentive = politically corrected word for a bribe). 😉 The promise of a lollipop or bubbles post ceremony can be a great motivator. Now, kids under 2 may not understand the idea of waiting for a reward or understand the rules laid out, so more on that. But kids around 3 and up will totally understand. Kids in the wedding should have a clear understanding of what they will be during and where to walk/stand/sit during the wedding. Don’t assume anything here!
During the Wedding
It is NOT the bride or groom’s responsibility to be managing ANY childcare DURING the ceremony (biological kids or otherwise). This is YOUR wedding day. Holding a crying baby while exchanging vows is unromantic, impersonal, and quite frankly, unfair to your spouse. So plan for someone to be the “emergency” helper (preferably non-wedding party member).
Now there are a few different ideas here and the strategies for keeping kids quiet and content during the ceremony differs with age.
- Babies (non crawers or walkers)- The biggest task here is keeping baby happy. This means the caretaker will need to be in a position to stand, sit, bounce, or walk away with minimal distraction. Preferably the back row(s) on an end. Bottles, cereal puffs, pre-chopped food, quiet toys, pacifiers should be on hand, at all times! DO NOT keep a miserable crying baby at the ceremony site- take a hike (literally, down the beach) Happy baby = Happy bride! 🙂
- Crawlers/Toddlers– Same goes for above. A clean, quiet snack (no crinkly wrappers or crunchy bites) or noise free toys are a great way to keep the little ones content and quiet. Even a shovel and bucket is a great toy to have on hand for easy entertainment. DO NOT expect a young toddler to sit for the entirety of the ceremony. So whatever keeps that little one happy, bring it, pack it, use it! Expect the best, prepare for the worst.
- Young kids– Kids ages 4 and up should be able to sit through the ceremony (averaging 10-15 minute) without a hitch. A coloring book or sticker book and paper pad are easy, quiet kid tools to bring along though just in case.
- NO TECHNOLOGY– Avoid iPads, iPhones, Leap Pads, and all other screens during a wedding. Unexpected alerts and sound effects can be very distracting. And, even if silenced, are just a distraction to other guests. Not to mention the whole sand/water mess factor.
After the Wedding
Whew! You did it, you made it through the ceremony. No criers, no screamers, no bored kids. You and your kid(s) deserve a pat on the back!
- Reward good behavior– Bubbles, lollipops, a kite. Find something fun for the little ones. They just sat through a (likely un-exciting) event and now it’s time to do what kids do best. PLAY!
- Photo-ready. There will probably be at least one photograph with the kids so, again, remind the kids of the expectations. Smile nicely, listen to the photographer, and it will likely be quick and painless!
- You did it! That’s about it. Run in the sand and celebrate the day!
Ok now for the “grown up kids”- if you’re ready to take the next step into adulthood and tie the knot, click HERE to book your Clearwater Beach Wedding!
Dreaming of a beach wedding? Love the idea of an intimate fireside reception? Well grab your marriage license, a s’mores kit, and a pair of flip flops. Then get ready to say “I do” on the sandy shoreline. And who says your first toast has to be with a champagne glass? Why not a marshmallow? 😉 Learn more about a Ft. Walton Beach Wedding and Bonfire Reception here!
How to Plan a Ft. Walton Beach Wedding and Bonfire Reception
Ft. Walton Beach Wedding Planning:
We’ve broken down the beach wedding planning process into 6 uncomplicated steps. Check it out:
- Visit yourdestinbeachwedding.com and check our packages page. Match your vision with our expert beach designs to choose the perfect wedding choice.
- Contact us to check on your date availability.
- Make a deposit by check, or credit card, to reserve your Ft. Walton beach wedding date.
- Receive your confirmation packet and User ID/Password for the selections pages. From here you’ll choose all of your ceremony decor, ceremony/vows, and music. A general timeline will be included in your confirmation packet (including dates and important details).
- Return your completed selections worksheet within 30 days of your wedding ceremony. You will then receive a detailed ceremony agenda for your beach ceremony.
- And, on the day of your ceremony, we will see you on the beach for your wedding ceremony!
Sound easy enough? It really is! And you can visit our FAQ page or contact us if you have more questions.
Ft. Walton Beach Bonfire:
A beach bonfire- a perfect, intimate way to celebrate the start your marriage and the end of the day!
So 30A Tours is an awesome company sharing a similar philosophy with Your Destin Wedding Company. Put plainly, it’s a one stop shop with great customer service and satisfaction. There are multiple package choices for beach bonfires and choosing one is easy with their clear cut descriptions on 30Atours.com Now, you can also obtain your own beach bonfire permit, but you won’t be provided chairs, tables, fire pits, and a set up and take down. Seems well worth a little extra to have that all taken care of.
Here’s an idea of what you’ll get with a 30A tour beach bonfire:
- Beach Bonfires start between 6:00-8:00PM and are available year round.
- Vendor will contact you to set up a time for the date you have requested. It is best to book these at least one week in advance due to limited supply.
- Duration: 2-3 Hrs.
- Available Packages
- 2 Hour Bonfire Package: Fire bowl, wood, 5 chairs, S’mores, bonfire permit and attendant to set up and tend fire
- 2 Hour Delux Bonfire Package: Fire bowl, wood, 10 chairs, 1 table, S’mores, Bluetooth speaker, tiki torches, bonfire permit and attendant to set up and tend fire
- 3 Hour Bonfire Package: Fire bowl, wood, 20 chairs, 2 tables, S’mores, Bluetooth speaker, tiki torches, bonfire permit and attendant to set up and tend fire.
For more details, additions, questions, you can visit 30Atours.com
Ready to book your Ft. Walton Beach Wedding? Click HERE!
On the fence on whether or not a destination wedding is right for you? Thinking it may be out of your budget? Well put aside whatever you’ve been told before or doubts you have about destination weddings. We’re going to give you the facts and bust some popular destination wedding myths!
Top 3 Destination Wedding Myths Busted
Myth # 1:
Destination Weddings are too complicated to plan.
If you can book a flight and pack a suitcase, you can plan a destination beach wedding. With Your Clearwater Beach Wedding Company, we do EVERYTHING for you to ensure a seamless and beautiful beach wedding. We’re talking beach locations, set up/break down, officiant, photographer, it’s a one stop shop. And things like what to do the week before the wedding, how to choose the perfect beach wedding dress, beach wedding make up, yeah, we’ve gotcha covered with all the best tips and tricks.
Myth # 2:
Destination Weddings are too expensive.
The average cost of a traditional (non destination) wedding in America is $26,000. Wait, what? That figure should have you running for the hills, but wait, how about running for the beach? 😉 Your Clearwater Beach Weddings are coming in somewhere between $1,000-$2,000. Out the door wedding package price. Now if that’s not an affordable wedding price, then I don’t know what is. Now add in flight and hotel, dress, hair & make up to the budget. But you could still have roughly 5 beach weddings for the price of 1 “average, traditonal” wedding. Aaaaand, here’s another post on more ways to save money with a destination beach wedding.
Myth # 3:
Destination Weddings are for elopements.
Ok, ok, you got us here. Kind of. Well, not really. 😉 While a destination wedding elopement is a beautifully intimate way to say “I do,” it’s not just for elopements. We offer wedding packages to accommodate up to 50 or more guests. And it’s not like you’re bringing your guests to Death Valley. We’re talking Clearwater Beach; a dream, beach vacation destination.
There, there. Don’t you feel better now that you know a destination wedding is not as scary as it seems? Contact us to plan your dream destination wedding or find out the truth behind any other myths!
You’ve chosen your most cherished friends and family to stand by you on your wedding day. But how do you find the perfect beach wedding bridesmaid dresses? And how much should your bridal party expect to spend? What’s unique for beach wedding bridesmaid dresses opposed to a traditional, indoor ceremony? Well, look no further. We have all those answers and more.
5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Bridesmaid Dresses
for your Beach Wedding
1. Choose your color/theme
Before you start the dress hunt, you should have a clear vision for your beach wedding ceremony. Browse our photo gallery and beach wedding package options to get the wheels turning. Once you have a good idea of your wedding decor, you can go totally matchy-matchy, go complimentary colors, or simply stay neutral.
2. Fabric, Length, Comfort
Beach weddings have a much more relaxed and laid back feel than traditional weddings. So beach wedding bridesmaid dresses should be just that. Relaxed and comfortable. Stick with flowing, breathable fabrics like chiffon or cotton. Fabric choice is more important than length. Don’t be afraid of a maxi dress in the sand as long as you have the right material.
3. To each her own?
If you have multiple bridesmaids, are you choosing a one style fits all kind of dress? Or are you ok with a little variation? There are so many options here, but we recommend at least some consistency. So if you are going with a variety of dress colors, it’s best to keep the same dress style across the board. And vice versa. Check out the knot’s website for a great resource. You can look up dresses by color, length, style… AND they’re all under $100. Which brings us to the next point..
The best advice here is know your audience and bridal party size (as in how many girls, not waist, hip, bust). If you have only 1 or 2 bridesmaids, you can often shop off the rack and find great deals. Or even shopping sales at department stores like Dillard’s or Macy’s can provide affordable dresses. Larger parties often require special orders, but not always. Either way, $75-$100 is a fair and reasonable amount to spend on a bridesmaid dress. Of course, if the style is right we won’t say no to that diamond in the rough $15 last season, final sale. 😉
The great thing about a beach wedding is “toes in the sand” is quite literal. So you can opt for a barefoot wedding, barefoot sandals, or a simple sandal. Avoid flip flops in the sand, but a pre-wedding “flop and drop” is ok. Meaning flip flops on the way to the beach and ditch them before walking the aisle. As for accessories, this is a great opportunity for a bridal party gift (hint, hint). Earrings, necklace, or hair piece. This takes a little ease of the bridesmaid budget, keeps your girls with a united look, and provides a piece for lasting memories of your beach wedding.
“I’m having a destination wedding, but what do I include on my destination wedding invitation?”
Great question! So a destination wedding follows traditional wedding invitation etiquette in a lot of ways. However, there are some key points that should not be overlooked when mailing/e-mailing out your destination wedding invitations!
So before we get to the actual invite, let’s brief with “Save the Dates.” Due to additional travel plans/vacation time from work, it’s important to give your guests plenty of time to plan for your destination wedding. Save the Date cards should be sent out approximately 6-8 months prior to your wedding date. No major details needed. Just date and location. Something like this will do the job (click photo for link)…
Ok, now back to the invites! Here’s a list of what to include on your destination wedding invitation:
Date & Time (per usual)
Address (per usual) *Make sure to include clear indication of “beach wedding” so guests can plan attire accordingly.
Reception information or “Reception to follow.” If no reception, there is not need to make any additional note.
Include an accommodations card OR double side your invite with accommodation information on the back. Accommodations card should include guest hotel options/information and any group discounts available.
Wedding Website URL- A wedding website is a great way to inform guests of your engagement story, photos, ceremony/reception details, and any other important details worth sharing. Check out theknot.com for an easy to use and free wedding website creator!
So you can go digital and choose evite.com to save time and money. Otherwise, websites like minted.com or etsy.com have some fun beach-inspired destination wedding invitations waiting for you!
Ready to invite your guests to your Clearwater Destination Wedding now? Click HERE to book your wedding!