Can't imagine any ceremony more perfect than a beach wedding? Have you already picked out the stretch of sand where it will take place or even the dreamy beach house that will act as the home of the bridal party for the weekend? If not, The Veranda on the Gulf Shores beach is the perfect setting for a spectacular wedding ceremony on the coast. Whether your wedding is slated for spring, summer or fall, this consummate Gulf Shores beach house is the perfect start to planning an unforgettable wedding ceremony.
Looking for more ways to enhance your beach wedding? Check out these tips:
Dress the part
You've likely already considered this, but a ceremony on the beach tends to differ from one inside a church. Ballgowns become more unwieldy and heels certainly don't mix very well on soft sand. Instead, wear soft, flowing dresses made of chiffon or charmeuse, which will glide and float beautifully along with the ocean breeze, and opt for sandals or wedges, if you still want that extra height. Or you can always go barefoot if you prefer the simple things! Having a summer wedding also means that the men's attire will change to align with the weather. Let the groom and groomsmen wear a breathable button-down shirt and lightweight linen or cotton pants, or even Bermuda shorts. If your mind is set on having them don more formal wear, make sure they have summery attire to change into at their Gulf Shores houses so they can feel more comfortable for the reception.
Let the ocean be your guide
Unlike the interior of a church or other building, the beach doesn't need much decorating to look gorgeous and wedding-ready. Karen Bussen, a hospitality and wedding planning expert of Simple Stunning, told The Huffington Post that the natural color palette of the beach - light sand, green dune grasses and blue water - can be the perfect starting point to decorating for your wedding. Instead of elaborate ribbons and blossoms, you can line your wedding aisle with unique shells and stones collected from the beach.
"Decor should be simple; avoid going over the top with fussy flowers," Bussen told the news source.
So you've chosen The Veranda as the best of the wedding-friendly vacation rentals, and you've mapped out the stretch of sand that will host the ceremony. You've seen extensive pictures, but what you really need to do is browse through Gulf Shores condos and find one in the area for you and your loved one a few months before the wedding. This way, you can have a clear vision of how to plan your wedding, and even think of small details that might have gone overlooked if you hadn't actually gone and scoped out the area. Plus, you get a relaxing vacation along Alabama's Gulf Coast out of the deal!