Beach Wedding Photography Tips

One of the most important things for your big day is your beach wedding photography. Here are 5 quick tips that can help you to capture your special day for all of time to come.

1. Black and white photography
An excellent way to give your beach wedding photography a special feel, is by playing with the colouring and using black and white or sepia tones for your photos. The lack of colour can give a completely different feel to your photos and make them that little bit more special. Consider a combination of vivid colour shots and black and white to give a variety to choose from.
This is also a great idea if the weather for your beach wedding didn’t come to the party, as overcast days look great in black and white, and instead look atmospheric.

2. Get your timing right
One of the key factors in any type of photography is the timing, and this is even more important for your beach wedding. Choose to take photos early in the morning, or at sunset, to accentuate the lighting and create the perfect beach wedding photos. Photos with your wedding party looking toward the sunset will give a beautiful warm glow to your faces. And photos with your wedding party in front of the sunset give excellent atmospheric shots.
Be sure to position your wedding party in front of the sun to ensure the best exposure.

3. Use fill flash to avoid shadows
When taking beach wedding photography, you will often find the strong sun of the beach will cast dark shadows on the faces of your subjects. Solve this problem by setting your camera to fill flash, to ensure the faces are lit just as brightly as the background!

4. Capture the action
Photos of the beach often bring back memories of running around barefoot on the beach. Capture this spirit by taking some photos that capture the fun and action of the beach. You could have the wedding party running along the shore, jumping in the air, or even splashing in the waves. But don’t forget to leave the splashing photos until last, as everyone will be wet afterwards!

5. Capture the drama
The beach is an excellent setting for some very dramatic shots. Especially at and around sunset, your beach wedding photography can make an excellent memory with dramatic photos. Have the bridal party posed in front of the sunset, with the camera close to the sand. This will give a dramatic angle, with the sunset providing an excellent backdrop. Don’t forget however, to pose your wedding party in front of the actual sun, and ensure you use the flash to light up the faces to make the best shot.

So all in all, you can make some very vivid memories with your beach wedding photography. With these simple tips, you can help to keep the memories as wonderful as your special day!

Ideas for Perfect Beach Wedding Invitations

Another great beach wedding idea is to make your own really cool beach wedding invitations.

Your wedding invitations are really important because it’s the first impression, it sets the scene for your beach wedding and sets the scene for your big day.

So you want to get it off on the right foot, get people into the right mood. And a great way to do that is with the right beach wedding invitation.

A couple of great examples; if you’re crafty, you could literally make your own wedding invitations. Just get a bit of card, maybe simulate sand with some texture, or just get some glue and some nice fine white sand and stick it on there. Then stick on a few sea shells for a border and you’ve got a fantastic, beach theme wedding invitation.

You don’t need to do a lot, you just need a feeling of the sea. It gives that special effect to it.

Another idea you could do, you could make a postcard of either your wedding destination, or your ideal wedding destination if you’re not going to make it there.

Print out a nice glossy photo of a beach paradise, perhaps if you’re really lucky and you’re near the beach already, you could go down to the beach and write out your names or your initials in the sand. Or perhaps ‘You’re Invited’, in the sand. An excellent example of this can be found at Sandwriting by the sea, who’ll write your message in the sand for you. This will again give you the right feel as a postcard, and when you give it to your guests, they’ll know exactly what’s coming up for your day!

Or another great idea, if you’re feeling really creative, is to have a message in a bottle invitation. Write the invitation on some aged looking paper, (see tips on making aged paper), roll it up, and stick it in little bottles for each of your guests. Obviously this could end up being quite an expensive option, so perhaps this is good if you’re only having a small ceremony.

This is also a great idea for beach wedding placeholders for the actual wedding.

Another great idea related to the postcard idea, is to make your RSVP slips like a postcard back to you. This makes it much easier so that when it comes time to count all the RSVP’s, you won’t be sitting there opening envelopes all the time, and it makes it easier for the guests to back to you, which makes it more likely they will. It’s just better for everyone all round!

So beach wedding invitations are a fantastic way to kick start the mood of your wedding before it’s even started. It’s certainly one of the best beach wedding ideas!

Beach Wedding Ideas – Colour Schemes for a Seaside Feeling

One of the best beach wedding ideas, whether you’re at one of the perfect beach wedding locations or having a beach wedding without the beach, is to choose a colour scheme that evokes the feeling of the seaside.

Colour schemes can quickly and easily add a touch of the beach to your wedding, in your table coverings, aisle runners, and even food.

You could try the cool seaside tones of blues, greens and tans. These colours give a cool and relaxed feeling and can create a great atmosphere for your wedding.

Or perhaps you could go for a hot and tropical colour scheme. With hot pink, lime green, bright orange and sunny yellows to bring the warmth of the summer seaside.

The crisp blue and white of the Greek Islands makes for an excellent beach wedding colour scheme

Or you could try for a Greek Isle inspired theme with clean and crisp white and dark blues to mimic the famous buildings of the Greek Islands. This gives an exotic feel to your wedding, wherever you might be.

Whatever colour scheme you’re going for, you should extend this across your entire wedding. This is especially good if you aren’t able to be by the seaside and are going for a beach themed wedding.

So for example, you could have clean white linen for your tablecloths, with blue bowls for your food.

You could have chairs in an excellent mix of blues and greens to make the guests feel like they’re almost IN the sea. And perhaps even use sand to add the touch of yellow that a beach wedding needs.

Whatever colour scheme you go for, you’re sure to add volumes to the atmosphere of your beach wedding and evoke the feeling that you want for your special day.

Why not extend the colour scheme to your beach wedding favors to give the guests a little bit of your beach wonderland to take home and remember the day.

Choosing the right colour scheme is sure to make your beach wedding a hit, and is one of the best beach wedding ideas to make your day that much more special.