Tips in Planning The Perfect Beach Wedding


Imagine a picturesque backdrop, the salty breeze, soft sands on your feet and even an astounding sunset that paints the sky. Nothing is more romantic than declaring your vows to the love of your life on a beach wedding. Moreover, it can be a wonderful experience not only for you but also for your wedding guests. It’s like a short vacation that everyone profoundly deserves!

However, the thought of having a beach wedding in New Zealand can be a little tricky and requires a lot of attention. This is due to the fact that New Zealand weather can be unpredictable and it imposes a lot of challenges. To help you out, check out this helpful information to direct you in the right direction.


Location is the key

New Zealand has been blessed with beautiful beaches and seaside scenery. Go for a fun road trip with your future spouse and find the best spot for your dream beach wedding. Have a feel of the surroundings and imagine you walking down the aisle while the sunsets. Isn’t it romantic?

But because the weather in New Zealand can be unpredictable and can really be windy even in a normal and fine day, planning a beach wedding can be a little challenging.  Moreover, you have to take note of the natural and other factors and elements that may hinder the success of your beach wedding.

So whether it is a private property with a secluded beach or in a resort where you can only rent a particular spot on certain times, keep in mind the following:

  • Transportation time – How far is the location for your wedding guests?
  • Weather – Is it the season where the wind is too strong to make your guests feel uncomfortable?
  • Time of the day – Will it be too hot outside or too dark and attract a lot of mosquitoes in the area?
  • Accommodation – Is accommodation easily available for your guests?



Permits and Ordinances

Rules can vary by location. So it is important that you check with the local government as you go location hunting. Here are a few reminders to direct you in the right direction.

  • The size of your beach wedding – Are you having a big or small beach wedding? Keep in mind that some locations have regulations about events and gatherings.
  • After wedding activities – Are you planning to hold a bonfire night with your guests? Note that some may require a permit or others may not allow it at all. So It is important to know first the rules and regulations of the potential venue before planning any activities related to the wedding.
  • Is privacy an issue? – If your answer is ‘Yes’ then you may need to scout for these private places because beaches are often open to the public. Always check with your venue what they can offer. In addition, always check if you need to get a permit should you really want to keep non-guests out of your ceremony or reception.

Note that one of the most important planning steps in a beach wedding is organizing the necessary permit. Issued by the Council, the permit will give you the priority use of the area which means that no event will be held at the same time and that the council will ensure that there are no other activities will be done like lawn mowing or other maintenance while the wedding ceremony or reception is in progress.



Time of the Day

Want to know how your wedding would look like? Visit the potential locations precisely at the time you’re planning to hold your ceremony or reception. It is very important to know this because it will help you layout plans to avoid major headaches on your wedding day.

It is also important to note the time of high and low tides times because some beaches don’t have enough space during high tide or during low tides, there might be debris left at the shore that you may need extra time to clear it away.

Another important factor to consider is where the sun is facing during your wedding ceremony. Is it facing straight where the wedding guests are sitting? If that’s the case, you may need to plan a different time of the day or change the direction or the location of your beach wedding. Don’t schedule your ceremony too late in the afternoon, once the sun sets, you’ll depend more on artificial lighting.




Make the location of your beach wedding easy to locate. Always identify notable landmarks on the wedding invitations; even include a minimap to make sure they will find the location.

Another factor to remember is how comfortable your wedding guests will be in this location or venue. Are you inviting wheelchair-bound guests? Will your guests be sitting down or standing up? So always consider your guest list in planning your beach wedding.


What To Wear

One of the best things about beach weddings is the relaxed atmosphere it brings, especially on what to wear for a beach wedding. While there is no rule on what to wear to a beach wedding, it is generally leaning towards light fabrics and less structured making it more sand friendly. So toss your stiletto heels and shoes, you don’t need that for a beach wedding!

For brides, if you choose to wear a veil, make sure to keep it simple. A long veil and a windy surrounding don’t go well. Why not opt for a very feminine flower crown or a beautifully crafted hairpiece instead?


All images by Picture Perfect Photography


Never surprise your wedding guests! Always let them know that you are having a beach wedding so they can plan accordingly as well. Do you have a story or tips to share about your beach wedding? Share your stories and thoughts in the comment section below.

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