Imagine you and your bride or husband-to-be, tying the knot outdoors under a beautiful sunset. There’s sand in your toes, a breeze in your hair, and ocean waves crashing behind you. If this sounds like your ideal wedding, then keep reading! Getting married on a beach can be affordable, fun, and romantic. You can keep your beach wedding local, or travel to far-flung places like Mexico or Thailand. Some of the most popular beach wedding destinations are in the Caribbean, while some are tucked away in beautiful corners of the USA.
Sea Island, Georgia
Sea Island offers beaches which easily compare to the Caribbean in their beauty. The island is perfect for those who want a relaxed wedding in a place that won’t be cramped by tourists. It has five miles of privately owned beaches and resorts. Though small, Sea Island offers plenty of activities for your guests, like horseback riding, boating, and a lovely golf course, along with world-class dining. The island is near several other islands off the Georgia coast, which offer outdoor activities and tours, and it’s just 60 miles south of Savannah, which is a city like no other with plenty of shopping, dining and historical architecture.
At Sea Island, you can have an intimate ceremony that’s truly about you and your loved one. Exchange vows along the Atlantic Ocean as the sun sets behind you. The best times to visit are in late spring, late summer or early fall.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
This region along the Mexican Caribbean is truly a unique location. Ancient Mayan ruins are right there alongside stunning sandy beaches, and there’s a wealth of natural beauty in the area, like the famous cenotes (freshwater pools) and nearby jungles. This location is perfect for the couple who wants their guests to have their pick from a variety of activities. Your guests will love trying authentic Mexican food, touring the dense rainforest to discover ancient ruins, or exploring Tulum, which is a well-preserved ancient Mayan city. Choose from seaside Tulum or relaxed Playa del Carmen for your wedding. Wintertime has the best weather, but can get crowded. The sweet spot is in April and May, when the weather is good but there are fewer tourists.
A wedding at Nantucket is the perfect choice for couples who want an intimate and charming wedding experience. It would work especially well for a nautical-themed wedding, as that’s what this island is all about! The history of Nantucket is palpable everywhere you go, and there’s plenty to explore, from the Whaling Museum to vineyards to lighthouses. Simply wandering around and enjoying the historic style of the houses, which all still use weathered shingles, will be fun for your guests. The culture is one-of-a-kind, and the seafood can’t be beat. You’ll love trying local lobsters and clambakes.
Nantucket’s beaches are rugged and the weather is mild. Consider going in May or September, when the weather’s great and there’s less of a crowd.
Koh Samui, Thailand
For adventurous couples, take your guests around the world to Thailand. The island of Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island. It has sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reefs. You can get married under the shade of coconut trees, and there’s so much to do that you’ll only find in Southeast Asia. Your guests can go snorkeling, try Thai dishes featuring fresh seafood, or visit a local Buddhist temple. There’s plenty of shopping and restaurants.
A wedding in Thailand offers not only a beautiful setting, but also a wonderful culture that you could incorporate into your wedding. From the outfits to the customs, there’s truly nothing like a Thai culture wedding. A beach wedding in Thailand is one your guests will never forget — plus, its affordability can’t be beat. November to January is the dryer and cooler season in Koh Samui. Go in winter time for cooler temperatures; summer is from February to May.
Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis
The Caribbean is one of the most popular beach wedding destinations. After all, it’s easy to get to and features year-round warm weather. Skip the more common Caribbean wedding locations and head to Nevis, the smaller of the two islands in the nation St. Kitts and Nevis. Nevis is perfect for a couple who loves the outdoors; it boasts the region’s best-preserved beaches, rainforests and reefs. Guests will have the time of their lives exploring the local rainforest or climbing Nevis Peak. There are botanical gardens, kayaking and snorkeling. Your guests can also check out some of the historical houses and churches on the island. Nevis, like the rest of the Caribbean, is warm year-round; just avoid hurricane season from June to November.
Whether you stay stateside or fly across the world for your beach wedding, you’re sure to make memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. Beach weddings are perfect for couples who love relaxation and natural beauty, and they can be customized to fit the unique desires of each couple. History, archeology, food, wilderness. Getting married on a beach can offer all of that and more.