Planning a Destination Wedding on the Beach Jessica Smith Photography shares tips for planning a beach wedding

I don’t know what’s more romantic than a beach wedding! But, sometimes planning a destination wedding on the beach can feel a bit overwhelming. Here’s a secret: it doesn’t have to be that overwhelming!!! Here’s a few easy tips to help you plan your dream destination wedding on the beach! 

4 tips for planning a destination wedding on the beach from Alabama and destination wedding photographer Jessica Smith Photography

Think about your attire.

Picking a wedding gown is one of the most exciting parts of any wedding day! When you plan a beach wedding, think carefully about the gown you choose. You’re going to be walking in the sand and it’s likely going to be windy during your actual ceremony. I recommend a dress that’s lightweight and doesn’t have a huge train to drag in the sand. Same goes with a veil. And don’t forget the guys! Although we all love a good suit or tux, it may not be the most wonderful thing if anyone overheats. Just be mindful of the attire you pick for a beach wedding! 

Your timeline matters. 

Once you book a venue, start to think about the timing for your ceremony and reception. Some locations will require travel for us to find portrait locations without tourists around you. And while we all love a good sunset wedding ceremony, be mindful of what time that actually is when you plan your day! I’m happy to work with you on your wedding timeline as you gather information from the venue and weather. We want your day to be as beautiful and seamless as possible. 

beach wedding day inspiration by Jessica Smith Photography

Plan your ceremony with the beach in mind! 

Have you ever attended a beach wedding where you can’t hear anything because of the wind? Yep, me too! I highly recommend working with your DJ to see if you can get mics out on the beach for your ceremony. And think carefully about the decor you pick. You want it to be windproof! I tend to find that less is more for destination weddings. The beach is already a gorgeous backdrop – you don’t need to do much more to make it an elegant affair! 

Welcome everyone! 

Destination weddings are really fun because everyone comes from far away to celebrate you both. Having a small welcome gift in their hotel room can be a nice and simple way to say thank you. A small snack, a map, or even a gift bag are always easy – and thoughtful – options to say hello to your guests! If you can, having an extra meal like a brunch or lunch before your wedding day can be a great way to spend extra time together too! 

bride and groom toast wedding day on the beach with Jessica Smith Photography

That’s it! I know that your romantic destination wedding will be absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to be there to celebrate with you! If you have any other tips for a destination wedding on the beach, leave them below!! I always love finding new information to share with my JSP couples. 


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I am Jessica Smith. I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Born and raised in Alabama, I have lived on the Gulf Coast for the most of my life. After adventures with my husband’s job in the Coast Guard, we decided it was time to follow our hearts and settle down back on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Being from Fairhope, my southern heritage is apparent from the time you meet me. My southern “twang” and my love of Alabama football are the giveaways. I am a wife and a mother to three gorgeous sons. I also love to garden and promoting wellness in the world.  

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