How to organise your wedding on the beach?

You have been imagining your wedding for a long time. And every time, you imagine it on the beach. You dream of a beautiful ceremony with your feet in the sand, lulled by the gentle sound of the waves.

Here's everything you need to know to have a successful beach wedding.

What you need to know before having a beach wedding
If you browse through the most popular wedding blogs, you'll soon realise that many people have dreamt of having a beach wedding, only to give up.

Of course, when you want to prepare a wedding on the beach, the organisation is not the same. You may not have enough time, but also the budget and finally the desire to have a classic wedding with all these constraints.

But don't let this discourage you!

A wedding on the beach, with some practical advice beforehand, is unforgettable. We bet you that, ten years later, you will still have glitter in your eyes!

To make sure you choose the option that suits you best, be sure to check these boxes:

Do you want to get married in France? Your application should be made well in advance (about a year).

Do you want to get married abroad? Be prepared to accept that some of your guests will not be able to travel.

If these two previous conditions correspond to you / do not discourage you, you are ready to have your secular ceremony and/or your evening on the beach. 

Is it possible to get married on the beach in France?
Of course it's possible! You have two options to make your French dream come true...

Getting married on a public beach
To get married on a public beach, it is imperative to request a derogation from the town hall. To be sure, it's best to apply a year in advance.

Choose a small cove to avoid the crowds (tourists in the background: not good) that is easily accessible to everyone. Think, in particular, of the elderly.

Our advice? Plan your ceremony for the late afternoon, so that you can have beautiful wedding photos (the light is softer and warmer) and then go straight to your cocktail party.

The drawback? As the public beach is open to everyone, you risk having a crowd of curious people around you. The best thing to do is to hire a wedding planner who will kindly redirect them to another part of the beach!

Getting married on a private beach
Many restaurants or hotels have a private beach. Beware, nothing prohibits the curious from entering. However, it has a specific area dedicated to it... and you can rent it. 

Our advice? Choose a private beach that has a nice "indoor" room where you can continue the evening sheltered from the wind.

The disadvantage? In the open air, the party has to stop at 2am. Late nighters should take this into account!