Traditional weddings have always been the preferred choice of couples, in which the image of a victorian steepled church, a red carpeted entry way, and a blushing white bride. Today, however, many more young newlyweds are exploring new environments to exchange vows. Among many new contemporary settings to celebrate the special day include beaches and gardens. While both offer the benefit of fresh air and a large crowd capacity, there are several reasons why a beach is most definitely the best choice for most weddings.
While garden weddings are aesthetically pleasing and offer a paradise-esque atmosphere with many perks and luxuries, there are several reasons why a garden wedding might have some disadvantages. Food cost and venue arrangements are just some aspects to consider when comparing beach and garden weddings.
Newlyweds might expect to pay a small fortune for just the bare essentials of a garden wedding. A small fee will be required for utilizing a garden located on both public and private property. Expect to pay hundreds of dollars for just a few hours of use if choosing a garden wedding theme.
Another important ingredient that should be considered is the cost of food and alcohol. Catering services costs can range in the thousands of dollars when including brunch and the dinner reception, not to mention potential costs of serving alcohol or wetbar services. All in all, newlyweds can expect to pay about a fourth of the total costs in food service for a garden wedding.
The wedding venue arrangements are another critical factor in planning a garden wedding. Most wedding receptions should be in close proximity to the wedding site. Couples need to make sure that a reception site is conveniently located for a garden wedding and that all guests are adequately prepared for changes in weather such as rain.
While there are several drawbacks to garden weddings, beach weddings offer many advantages. The best part about having a beach theme weddings is that it's free! There are no fees to holding a beach wedding as long as guests are responsible with their trash and pick up after themselves.
Barbeques are an excellent alternative to food catering services at a beach wedding. If feeding a large crowd, steaks, hamburgers, or baked potatoes can be served on paper plates on picnic tables that face the ocean. The bride and groom can cut their food bill in half by using such a simple approach.
Beach theme weddings just give wedding guests so much more freedom and independence to roam, mingle, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. The only problem the bride and groom will have is wearing themselves out sending all of those beach wedding invitations!
While both wedding styles are a nice departure from a traditional church wedding, a beach theme wedding allows newlyweds to really step out of their comfort zone as well as cut venue and other costs in half. The next time you plan a wedding, consider a beach theme for ultimate convenience and breathtaking scenery.