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34Beach weddings are the perfect option for couples who want to get married with their feet in the sand. There isn’t a better way to get married than in the sun on a warm beach.

Many times beach weddings are more relaxed than traditional weddings. Attire often consists of less formal options for the bride and groom, and receptions are usually a little bit laid back and less formal.

There are many themes that you can use to enhance your wedding including matching your colors with tropical flowers and anything nautical like boats and seashells.

There is one important component of a beach wedding that is needed, and that is the beach. There are several really good options for choosing a beach wedding location.

If you live on or near a beach you definitely have an advantage, however don’t be discouraged if you don’t. Destination weddings are a very popular option for couples that want to get married on the beach but don’t live near one. Many resorts offer wedding packages that make the planning fairly straight forward.

Here are three options for a beach wedding location:

On the Beach

To have a true beach wedding you need a beach. Many hotels and resorts on the East and West coasts of the United States, Hawaii and the Caribbean islands have wedding packages and wedding planners onsite to help with planning the details.

Be careful about using public beaches. Check with local towns for any rules or regulations that may be in place, and secure any needed permits before trying to use a public beach.

All this doesn’t mean, however, that you need to be near the ocean. Lakes and rivers also have beaches which can be used for weddings.

Near the Beach

If you don’t want to or can’t get married directly on a beach consider getting married near the beach. Many hotels and resorts have gazebos, gardens and other locations on the property for getting married. It may also be easier for set up and the reception to get married away from the beach.

You can still have the beach in the background during the ceremony, and you can always take photos afterwards on the beach.

Restaurants are another option. Many have beautiful beach views or facilities that overlook or are on the beach. Also, check public parks near the beach as a possible option for your wedding.

A Beach-Themed Wedding

If you really want a beach wedding but can’t make it to the beach maybe a beach-themed wedding is your last hope. Decorate the ceremony and reception in a beach theme, and choose tropical flowers for your bouquets and centerpieces.