Picture it: You are getting married on the beach in Mexico!
All of your hard work has led up to this moment. Your nearest and dearest have saved their pennies and taken vacation time from their jobs to share in the tropical celebration. Having them with you here for your wedding in the Mayan Riviera on such an important day of your life means the world to you! I’m sure that is it important to you that they come away from your destination wedding with nothing but positive memories and happy stories to share.
The last thing you want once all the dust settles is to hear your guests complain about how uncomfortable they were during the ceremony, or that they couldn’t hear your vows, or worse yet, that they did not feel their basic needs for food and drink were considered!
Fret not, dear Beach Bride! Today we will help you plan ahead to ensure your guests’ happiness at your destination wedding!
Shade and Seats
Please do not skimp on these basic comfort necessities!
It can get SO hot down here in the Riviera Maya. With the humidity, it can feel like you are moving through a bowl of soup!
Even if you are planning for a super casual and short ceremony, you should still give your guests somewhere to sit. Folding chairs are pretty standard and easy to come by, but a fun spin on the traditional could be waterproof ottomans or big wooden benches strewn in the sand.
Even ten or fifteen minutes of sitting in the hot Mexican sun can be too much for most people to handle. If a shaded ceremony site is not possible, make sure at the very least there is shade a short distance away for guests to retire to immediately after your ‘I Do’s’.
Barefoot, burn & bug-proof
Two things sure to ruin your guests’ beach wedding experience?
- Mosquitos bites
- Sand in their shoes!
Impress them with your forethought by setting up a shoe station at your ceremony site where they can kick off their shoes, in exchange for flip flops or bare feet. Have brushes to dust that powdery sand off, or buckets of water and towels.
Go a step further and add several bottles of insect repellant and 30+SPF to the shoe station. Your guests will thank you!
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Warm ocean breezes and crashing waves make for a wonderfully romantic setting for your vows, but they can also wreak havoc on the audibility of your ceremony!
You have both worked hard to write the perfect vows, it would be such a shame if your guests could not hear anything being said!
So, remember to speak clearly and loudly to avoid blank stares from the audience. Rent a wireless microphone and speaker, or have your resort or DJ provide them, and be sure to do a sound check.
Refresh and Rehydrate
It is hot, hot, hot in the Riviera Maya, and so it is safe to assume that your guests will be thirsty!
The Knot suggests you wow your guests by providing guests with a cocktail on the way into your ceremony.
Set up a station with bottled water and ice cold cervezas (if you are so inclined!) and plan for post-nuptial thirst by providing either a service bar or big ice bins stocked full of your refreshments of choice. These unique wedding day details are an excellent opportunity to put your own personal stamp on the celebration, by serving up a favorite Mexican signature cocktail. (Think; build your own Margarita bar!)
The take away is this:
Yes, of course, this is YOUR day, and memories of the tropical celebration will always bring a smile to your face…
Don’t you want your guests to feel the same way?
When planning ahead for your destination wedding in Mexico, a little careful consideration for your loved ones will ensure that everyone has a fun-filled vacation they will never forget!
What are you doing to make sure your guests have the BEST time at your wedding? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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If you missed Part One of this series in planning ahead for a worry-free beach wedding, be sure to check it out!
Stay tuned next week for Part three in this series, managing the environment.