Sandy Toes and Clambake Feasts: Beach Wedding Essentials
Hello, beautiful brides and grooms-to-be!
We here at East Coast Clambakes are excited to be your guiding hand in this exciting journey of planning your dream beach wedding. With years of professional experience under our belt, we blend the perfect mix of expertise and warmth in catering unforgettable seaside nuptials.
So, kick off your shoes, and let the sand be your seat!
This first step might not be as glamorous as picking out your clambake menu or deciding on decor, but it's undeniably important.
Many beaches are public property, and local authorities require permits to maintain order, ensure your safety, and manage the number of events taking place.
This also helps protect the environment by limiting the impact of events on any local wildlife and ecosystems.
How to secure your permit?
Research Early: Start your research as soon as you decide on your seaside wedding. The process can take several weeks (even months!) in some locations.
Contact Local Authorities: Reach out to the local government office or park service responsible for the location you've chosen, as they'll provide you with all the necessary information and application forms, too.
Understand the Rules: Each may have different rules and regulations, so it's a MUST for you to understand them fully to avoid any hiccups on your big day.
Apply in Advance: Don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, as some do have a limit on the number of permits issued each year.
Pay the Fee: Well, as we are all aware, some of these may come with a fee, which can vary widely depending on the location and size of your event.
Pro-Tip: The early bird gets the worm–or, in this case, the perfect “I Do” spot!
The beach means sunshine (hopefully!), and while those rays make for beautiful photos, they can sometimes also be harsh on your eyes and skin.
Sunglasses: Encourage all your guests to bring their favorite pair of shades. Not only will they add to the beachy vibe, but they'll also protect everyone's eyes from the sun's glare.
Sunblock: Sunburns are a no-go at any seaside reception, so remind your guests to lather up with a good SPF to protect their skin.
And it can get really hot, especially if your ceremony is taking place at midday or in the height of summer.
Paper Fans: These are not only functional but can also serve as your cute wedding favors. Just make sure to choose something that matches your color scheme or have them personalized for that special touch.
Hats: Go for a stylish one that can provide much-needed shade during the ceremony and for great photo props, too!
Evenings by the coast can also get chilly–especially if your ceremony transitions into a night-time reception. Don't forget to suggest to your guests to bring their light sweater or wrap or you could even provide them blankets as part of your reception decor for that extra cozy touch.
Pro-Tip: It's always better to be over-prepared than under! Keep an eye on the forecast and communicate with all your guests about what they might need to bring.
Speaking of accessories, dressing appropriately for a beach setting is also key to ensuring everyone's comfort and enjoyment.
When advising your guests on what to wear, here are some pointers:
Light Fabrics: Suggest wearing light, breathable fabrics such as linen or maybe cotton to help them stay cool.
Colors: Lighter colors typically work well, reflecting rather than absorbing the sun's rays.
Footwear: High heels and sand just don't mix well. Encourage them to consider wearing their favorite sandals, wedges, or even going barefoot!
Pro-Tip: You could include an 'Attire' section or add a note in your invitations.
Last but certainly not least, consider your food options. Here at East Coast Clambakes, we specialize in catering that will leave your guests raving about the food long after the wedding is over.
We know the ins and outs of clambake wedding venues, from managing the wind and sand to ensuring food safety in outdoor temperatures. Our menu options complement the beach atmosphere, enhancing the overall experience for your guests.
Seafood Delights: Our fresh local seafood is a natural fit for your beach wedding clambake. Our signature clambake wedding catering offers a true seaside culinary experience that your guests (and you) will love.
Grilled Goodness: Grilled dishes like our BBQ menu and vegetable skewers provide that casual, laid-back vibe that aligns perfectly with your beach party. Plus, the enticing aroma of our food cooking on our grill adds to the overall ambiance of the celebration.
Refreshing Sides: Your seaside reception calls for cool, refreshing side dishes. So options like our sliced watermelons, fresh fruit platter, or mixed tomato salad with red onion, cucumbers, and vinaigrette offer a light contrast to the main course.
Beachy Desserts: Yes! Sweet treats inspired by the ocean, such as key lime pie or coconut cupcakes, can add a fun and thematic end to the meal.
Hydrating Beverages: It's important to keep all your guests hydrated--especially outdoors. Offering them beverages, like water, iced tea, and tropical-themed cocktails or even mocktails, ensures everyone can find something they enjoy!
Pro-Tip: The best menus reflect the couple's tastes. So don't hesitate to add your personal touch to the menu. After all, this is your special day!
If you have any questions or need more advice, we're here to help. Your dream beach wedding feast is just a call away! Contact Us Today!