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How to plan a beach wedding ceremony…




How to plan an amazing Beach Wedding Ceremony


Beach weddings are still the most popular option for the Sunshine Coast area.  Whether you are on the beach itself or on a spectacular lookout overlooking the amazing coast line there are some details that must be considered when planning your beach wedding.



Eight simple steps to planning the perfect beach ceremony



Choose your location wisely. Beaches are usually breezy. Try to pick a cove or area protected from direct winds for your ceremony. If you are on the beach itself….check the tide times.  Check out your ceremony location a couple of days prior to your big day to make sure that nothing has changed too much. 



Image by Images by Lou O'Brien

Decide how many guests will be attending. All Sunshine Coast Beaches require a permit. Check with local council for details and booking forms.  Make sure that the area that you select can fit the number of guests and also that there is plenty of parking near by for  your guests.

Find a local wedding celebrant to perform your wedding ceremony. By selecting a local celebrant they will know the area and can advise you on the best options available.  


Image by Velocity Images


Remember your guest's comfort and safety. Provide seating for the elderly and remember if anyone has issues with getting around.


  • If some of your guests have mobility impairments, recognize that it's nearly impossible to push a wheelchair in the sand, and it's very hard for people who have difficulty walking to negotiate sand  or rocky stairways as well. Many beaches have walkways or platforms. 


Image by Adore Photography


When it’s hot it’s hot!  When selecting your beach wedding remember that there generally is not a lot of shade, so if your wedding is in the hotter months please arrange some large market umbrellas or a cute bucket of parasols for your guests to shade themselves.




Picture perfect…  When selecting the decorations for your beach wedding keep in mind if you are going to be getting friends and family to set up or if you are hiring a wedding stylist / decorator.  It can be cheaper to hire the items and set up yourself but with beach weddings they are generally a long way from carparks and once your wedding guests are all dressed for the wedding – I am sure the last thing you would want them doing is lumping all those decorations back up the beach in all the heat.  Sometimes it is just better to pay the professionals.




Let the celebrations begin…Remember that public beaches do not allow alcohol to be served and rangers or police may become unwanted guests.  It is a good idea to have a drinks station for your guests, fill eskies with mini bottles of water or even have a sparkling fruit punch to quench guests thirsts.


“Plan B” – wet weather planning… We all went the best weather for our wedding days but sometimes it just doesn’t work out.  Have a wet weather option so that on your wedding day the stress of the rain doesn’t consume your entire day…




Image by Andrea Sproxton



Just keep in mind no matter what happens on the day of your beach wedding ceremony… by the end of it you will be the new Mr & Mrs!


Exhibitors Directory – Photography


Our photographic art captures the love, natural magic & beauty of your wedding; add to that the finer details of your day and you'll have memories that make your photographs uniquely you. Nothing is overlooked in bringing your wedding story to life in amazing images, my creative use of light, beautiful locations and a natural glamorous flair will bring you a stunning & timeless wedding album.  My passion is to create beautiful wedding images that will not only meet, but exceed your every expectation and give you memories to celebrate for years to come.
Phone: 0417 699 905 Make an Enquiry View Website



It’s your day, it’s your story, let’s capture those special moments and create everlasting memories! Immortalising moments is what Rachael Cutler does best. As an accredited and award winning photographer and a videographer she captures the fragility of a single moment in people’s lives. The prolonged appreciation of that moment and the story it tells. 

Phone: 0415 035 285 Make an Enquiry View Website



Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime occasion. We help couples alleviate the frustration of filtering through an endless list of photographers. By picking an AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer you can trust that you are in safe hands to capture these priceless memories forever. We are fun, easy going and efficient with 17 years of photographic experience.

Phone: 0417 625 119 Make an Enquiry View Website



You are about to embark on a journey that will change your lives, so why not have fun doing it? I specialise in Sunshine Coast destinations and know all of the hidden gems from the coast to the hinterland. Make your photos part of the excitement of your big day, come and see me.

Phone: 07 5493 9332 OR 0422 932 481 Make an Enquiry View Website




All day coverage of your Sunshine Coast wedding in beautiful natural images for the complete story of your day.

Phone:  0439 707 559 Make an Enquiry View Website 



Photographs are windows on moments otherwise forever passed. They are not just 'pictures', but page markers in the extraordinary journey that is your life.  MDP specialises in natural lifestyle photography, offering high quality services delivered with a personal touch.  Our aim is to provide a positive and memorable photographic experience, producing stunning and personal images to treasure for a lifetime.  MDP will capture your most precious moments with heart.

Phone:  0466 864 273 Make an Enquiry View Website 



Est. in 2001, Chesterton Smith Photography is a unique and successful boutique studio that is highly regarded for fine art photography and stunning album design. Our studio is based in Coolum Beach on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Australia and we specialise in weddings. Chesterton Smith Photography is also the home of Buttercup Kombi Hire – 1973 Vintage Kombi.

Chesterton Smith Photography is founded, owned and operated by Principal Photographer Tanya Chesterton Smith. Chesterton Smith Photography’s signature style is artistic, natural and romantic.

Phone:  0439 717 083 Make an Enquiry View Website



Hello, Im Nicola! I specialise in weddings and portraits and love to tell your story through my photography. My style and approach is relaxed, natural and elegant. I endeavour to create an experience that is professional but personal, resulting in special moments captured. The Sunshine Coast is home base for me and I adore having so many amazing locations to work with. I am so grateful that my passion allows me to meet and connect with so many people and it excites me every single day!


Phone: 0420 977 443 Make an Enquiry View Website

We are Mikala and Jesse, a Sunshine Coast based photographer duo.  Documenting love stories is what we do best. We take a relaxed and personal approach to wedding photography. For most of your wedding day you won't really notice us as we like to let your day unfold naturally without interference from us. Photographing couples on their happiest day makes us happy. We’re based on the Sunshine Coast but available to photograph weddings worldwide.

Phone:  0499 146 869 Make an Enquiry View Website 



Forever in This Moment Photography is a boutique studio located on the Sunshine Coast offering brides’ world wide a quality product that is bursting with colour & emotion.  You only get one chance to document this day which is why our clients will see us going above and beyond to get this right! Clients love us because they can see the passion we have for our clients, they feel the personal experience tailored to them and love the value for money including extras like a FREE ENGAGEMENT shoot and Timetable help that sets us apart. Don't miss out and book today.

Phone: 0426 973 470 Make an Enquiry View Website