Got a tropical beach wedding wish to fulfill? Turn your salt queen, sea bride dreams into a reality and tie the knot in the beach destination venue of your dreams. After all, saying your 'I do's' by the breezy, crashing waves, while letting your toes frolick under the soft sand makes for the ideal summer wedding. But before you start scouting for that picture-perfect ocean view, here are a few reminders if you're already fully committed to having a seaside nuptial and reception.
1. Bathe in sunscreen.
Be kind to your skin and remember that you’ll be exposed to the sun all afternoon for the ceremony, then to potential insects at night come reception. No one wants to wake up to burnt skin or rashes the next day. That said, lather on as much sunscreen as you can! If you're feeling like an extra thoughtful bride, maybe you can even add on sunblock and fans to a pre-wedding giveaway kit.
2. Brace for the waves.
It goes without saying, not just for your reception dress but also for the rest of your guests' attire. Make sure you’re wearing clothes that you’re not afraid to get wet in, paired with sand-friendly shoes. Or better yet, just be prepared to go barefoot. You don't want your stilletos sinking in the sand every ten seconds. Bottom line is, no matter how fancy your custom frock may be or fancy your footwear is, with an outdoor party in the sand and sea, the chances of making it out of there fresh and dry is next to slim. After all, what’s an ocean-view celebration without at least dipping your toes in the water for that IG-worthy beach content?
3. Avoid the tides.
Then again, you wouldn’t want your wedding washed out by strong ocean tides on the wrong day. For precautionary measures that will keep your dream wedding aptly dry till the festivities are over, make sure you check out your beach’s tide forecast for your chosen date.
4. Check for the wind.
Another important thing to research on when getting married in the tropical outdoors: the wind situation. You wouldn’t want your well thought of décor, meticulous table setting, or your mile-long veil to go haywire amid a breezy day now, would you?
5. Do you want a public or private gathering?
If you’re opting to take your wedding entourage to a public beach reception, it’s important to take note of a few things. Add the following to your checklist:
- Do you need a permit for your event?
- Can you ask to close off a portion of the beach for your party’s privacy?
- How many people can the beach accommodate?
- Can you bring in trucks for your catering service?
- How about outlets for your sound system? Because, really, who would want a party without music?
However, if you’d rather not worry about all the above-mentioned logistics atop everything else that goes into your wedding, why not go for a private beach resort instead?
Below, we’ve listed down a few resorts that can perfectly accommodate your seaside dream wedding and reception. The best part? They can take all the hassle of a beach reception off your plate, with a few added perks to boot.
1. Club Paradise, Palawan
Celebrate your newlywed status at the beach island of Club Paradise. Located in Coron, Palawan, the high-class resort hosted actress Iza Calzado and Ben Wintle’s fiesta-themed December wedding. The location promises “utmost privacy, intimacy, and romance” for the perfect rustic tropical island wedding of your dreams. For more details, check out the resort’s website, here!
2. Kandaya Resort, Cebu
Provide your guests with an idyllic luxury after-wedding experience at the Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan, Cebu. You can event light up the beach for an unforgettable romantic, candle-lit celebration. Read up on their different packages here, complete with a buffet service, spa pampering privileges, and more!
3. South Palms Resort, Bohol
For a sophisticated wine-and-dine reception by the ocean, the South Palms Resort in Panglao, Bohol could be a good contender for your nuptials after-party. Follow the link here for more info!
4. Shangri-La Hotel, Boracay
Remember Maxene Magalona and Rob Mananquil’s picturesque, ivory-clad seaside nuptials? Well, you can opt for the same setting in Shangri-La Hotel Boracay. This venue’s especially ideal for couples who want to take some of the load off their shoulders; the hotel has a variety of packages to provide you with complete, fuss-free accommodations on your big day. Check out their packages here to see what piques your fancy.
5. Bellarocca Island Resort, Marinduque
Aiming for a boho-chic Grecian wedding? Dive head-first into your theme and go all out with a Santorini-inspired wedding and reception venue at the Bellarocca Island Resort in Marinduque. Boasting of architecture reminiscent of Greece’s famous white structures, Bellarocca is a luxury island paradise that guarantees you and your entourage the privacy for your momentous occasion.
6. Shangri-La Mactan, Resort and Spa
Treat your guests to a gorgeous and chic seaside reception, a la Kryz Uy and Slater Young’s wedding just last February, at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu. Have your ceremony at the resort’s architecturally sound Ocean Pavilion, with a majestic view of calm waters through glass windows, before taking the party to the beach for a seaside soiree. Excited to fulfill your fairytale wedding? Click here for more information!
7. El Nido Resorts, Palawan
There’s nothing like a sun-kissed island wedding in one of El Nido Resorts’ four famous getaway spots. Whether you decide to tie the knot in Apulit, Miniloc, Lagen, or Pangulasian Island, you’re sure to have luxurious, gorgeous ocean backdrop either way. Got your heart set on this cluster of resorts already? Send them a proposal here!
8. Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort, Batangas
Just approximately a four-hour drive away from Manila, Stilts Calatagan will provide you with the white sand wedding you’ve always wanted complete with impeccable service from its staff to assure that your big day goes off without a hitch! Find out more about the resort here!