One lovely location for seaside beach weddings is a small country near Mexico called Belize. That is where my best friend Jean, and her fiancé Jim, said their “I do’s” in November 2004. They made it a nine-day vacation, in fact. They arrived in Belize a few days before the wedding because, according to Belize law, you have to be physically in the country for a certain length of time before they will allow you to get married there. A small group of family and friends joined them at a small resort that they had to travel by boat to get to it was so remote. The resort offered a package deal for the wedding and reception. For a set price, they received the services of a minister to marry them, flowers, food and cake for the reception, plus photography. And the photos were beautiful, being taken right on the beach with the sparkling blue water behind them. Then they spent the next week snorkeling, tubing, scuba diving, hiking and exploring the beautiful country of Belize.
But seaside beach weddings don’t have to be in such exotic locales. The United States has plenty of sandy wonderlands that can play host to beach weddings 2006. Florida is probably the first state in the union that you think of when you think of beaches. Sure, Florida has had its share of trouble with hurricanes the past few years, but when they’re timed just right, there’s no reason not to have seaside beach weddings in Florida. Another friend of mine, Louise, is getting married there in mid-September 2006. Now she’s playing somewhat of a risk with her timing, September being in the middle of hurricane season and all, but marriage itself is a risk, right? The best time for a Florida wedding, if hurricanes concern you, is late fall or winter through early summer. Hey, spring would be perfect. And who doesn’t dream of seaside beach weddings in spring?
I’ve never actually attended any seaside beach weddings, but I have participated in something better—a beach honeymoon. And a beach honeymoon is something you can easily have if you choose to wed on the beach. My honeymoon was in Mexico at a resort for adults only located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It was a wonderful five days. This resort, El Dorado Royale, hosted many honeymooning couples and was even one of those places where you can get a whole wedding package if you want to seal the deal and celebrate it all in one place. If you go there, check out the little private cabanas. We didn’t rent one, but they looked perfect. The beach there is very private, perfect for honeymooners, and the meals were fantastic. A perfect way to start your new lives together!
Whether you need a passport to reach your wedding destination or want to go domestic, seaside beach weddings are perfect for couples who want casual, no-frills affairs. You don’t even have to wear shoes if you don’t want to!