Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How to have a BEACH wedding in Indiana?

Many brides would love to have their special day on a beach in the tropics. Destination weddings can be expensive especially if you want to invite more than just close family and friends to your special day. If going to the tropics is out of the budget, try bringing the beach to you!

If you have your heart set on having a sandy beach wedding, Lake Michigan is just three hours away. There are many locations in Michigan that you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. If you want to stay in your local area, here are some ideas to help create an ambiance of the tropics.

The beach has beautiful natural elements that are easily transferred to create the beach wedding of your dreams in Indiana. Picture yourself in a tropical setting… what do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel?

Most weddings are a formal event… so start with the invitations. Invite your friends and family to wear more casual linens rather than a suit and tie. The wedding party should also have a more casual attire. For example, allow the groom and groomsmen to wear white short sleeved shirts, khakis pants, and even sandals to the wedding! This will create an atmosphere of not only the tropics but of fun and relaxation.

Next, let’s consider some different options for location. If you want a completely outside event, try having your ceremony and reception poolside or by a lake. If you are nervous about the weather, try using a tent or having it inside a greenhouse. A greenhouse will have many different tropical plants and flowers and would be a fantastic place to capture the moments of your special day. Gardens at the IMA and the beautiful atmosphere at the Arts Garden are great venues to pick!

After you decide the perfect location for your wedding… start thinking about how you want to create your special day. Let’s go back to the five senses. What do you see at the beach? You would see tropical plants and trees, the beach, huts, boats, and people relaxing and enjoying a tropical drink. Try creating a tiki bar in the m0iddle of your reception area where people can enjoy a drink… if you are allowing kids at your reception, have Hawaiian shaved ice available for them. A great way to incorporate sand and keep the kids busy is to have one or two sandboxes available for them to play in.

The “flavor” of your wedding should replicate that of the tropics. Find a caterer that is willing to create dishes that you would find in Hawaii or the Caribbean. A cute idea for favors is to have a white macadamia-nut cookie in the shape of a pineapple. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, have pina-colada or strawberry daiquiri flavored cupcakes decorated with your wedding colors.

One last touch to add to your beach wedding would be to hire a live band that will play South Pacific, Hawaiian, or Polynesian music… this would top off your event and allow your guests to dance the night away!

...adding fabulosity to your florals,


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Kim said...

Beach weddings are unforgettably magical moments.
Mine was themed Weddings Koh Samui
and until now it still brings meaningful happy tears tears...
The beach setting is guaranteed to leave you starry-eyed.

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