Planning Your South Coast Destination Wedding
So, you’ve decided to throw tradition to the wind and dive headfirst into the enchanting world of a destination wedding on the South Coast. We’re talking dreamy ocean backdrops, toes in the sand, and a whole lot of coastal charm. If the idea of saying “I do” with the waves as your witness makes your heart flutter, then grab a piña colada (or a cup of coffee, if it’s that kind of day) and let’s embark on the journey of planning your unforgettable South Coast destination wedding!
Step 1: Choose Your Picture-Perfect Venue
First things first, scouting for the ideal venue is like finding your partner in crime – it’s gotta be a match made in heaven. The South Coast is brimming with stunning options, from clifftop function centres with panoramic views to beach and waterfront resorts with self- contained accommodation for all your guests to enjoy a weekend away. Whether you’re eyeing a romantic intimate affair or a grand seaside extravaganza, the South Coast has got you covered.
Step 2: Weather, Oh Weather!
Now, we’re not trying to be Captain Obvious here, but Mother Nature can be a tad unpredictable, even in paradise. So, do your weather dance and keep an eye on the forecast. If your heart is set on an outdoor ceremony, consider having a backup plan just in case the skies decide to rain on your parade. Marquees, covered patios, or even a nearby indoor space can save the day while keeping your beachy dreams alive.
Step 3: Embrace the Coastal Vibe
The South Coast is your oyster when it comes to embracing that coastal charm. Think a colour palette inspired by the ocean hues or incorporating some modern beach touches, maybe some large clam shells filled with florals or oyster shell place cards with calligraphy names. And oh, don’t forget to let your guests know ‘shoes off’ if you are having a beach ceremony!
Step 4: Local Flavours and Feasts
Now, let’s talk about everyone’s favourite part: the food! The South Coast is a treasure trove of delectable coastal cuisine & it’s a great chance to use local produce when choosing a caterer or venue. Consider incorporating local flavours into your menu for an authentic experience that will leave your guests raving, local to the south coast are some amazing oyster farms that can bring a ‘shucking’ station to your wedding or some delicious local smoked meat food truck caterers- yum!
Step 5: Adventure Awaits
You’re in one of the most picturesque locations on Earth, so why not make the most of it? Plan some pre-wedding adventures for you and your crew – snorkelling, paddleboarding, or simply basking on the beach. Make your wedding a holiday and create memories that extend beyond the big day.
Step 6: Get Organised (But Keep It Breezy)
Destination wedding planning doesn’t have to be a whirlwind of stress. Create a checklist, stay in touch with local vendors, and consider hiring a wedding planner who knows the South Coast like the back of their hand. Let them (aka us!) handle the nitty-gritty while you focus on enjoying the planning journey.
Step 7: Spread the Word
Last but definitely not least, let your guests in on your South Coast extravaganza! Send out save-the-dates well in advance to give them time to plan their escape to paradise. Include travel information, accommodations, activities, bus pick ups and more ( a wedding website is super helpful for this too!)
Planning your dreamy South Coast destination wedding might seem like a whirlwind, but with a little bit of organisation, some creativity, and a whole lot of love, you’ll be sipping champagne by the shore before you know it.