Plan on Permits

When tying the knot on a public beach, a permit is often required. Check with the city where the beach is located to learn more about the application process, fees, and guidelines about the event. Those with access to a private beach simply need to follow the guidelines established by the property owner, whether it’s a beach club or an individual homeowner.

Choose the Right Dress
Brides will look and feel their best in a sleek silhouette rather than a billowing ball gown for a beach wedding. It could be difficult to walk down a sandy aisle, take photos, and greet guests with a long train. When it comes to fabric, choose something lightweight, such as charmeuse. Lacy gowns tend to pick up sand and other beach debris, which isn’t the statement most brides want to make.

Simplify Style
Because the beach tends to be a bit windy, an updo is the best choice for most long-haired brides. By the same token, fresh flowers or jeweled hair accessories work better than a veil when getting married by the sea.

Keep Guests Comfortable
Make sure guests are aware that they’ll be on the beach during the ceremony so they can dress accordingly. Have baskets of goodies like portable fans, insect repellent, sunscreen, and cool beverages so that no one gets overwhelmed while the vows are happening. It’s also important to consider accessibility for guests who may have mobility issues, as well as the availability of seating options.

Ivy Lodge is the ideal place for wedding guests and newlyweds to stay for a classic beach wedding in Newport, RI. Our property offers the beauty of Victorian architecture along with modern in-room amenities like WiFi, flat-screen cable TVs, climate control, and whirlpool tubs, all in a central downtown location. Call us at (401) 849-6865 or complete our online contact form to inquire about available dates.