Getting married in a waterfront location is a dream for many couples. If you’re thinking about tying the knot on the beach or near a lake or another body of water, you’ll need to do some extra planning to make sure things go smoothly.
Choose a Location Carefully
Before you select a place to get married, think about its pros and cons, particularly when it comes to logistics. If you have your wedding in a far-flung location, your guests will have to pay for airfare and accommodations. If the cost is too steep, some people that you would like to have at your wedding might not be able to afford it.
You’ll also have to consider the weather. The idea of getting married on the beach might seem ideal until you think about blazing temperatures, sunburn, rain, and mosquitoes.
Take local and regional weather patterns into consideration. Some places get a lot of rain and are under threat of hurricanes at certain times of the year.
Send Save-the-Dates Early
When planning a destination wedding, it’s important to give your guests plenty of notice so they can make arrangements. Your relatives and friends might have to request time off from work, compare prices for tickets and hotels, save money, find someone to take care of their kids and pets, etc. The more of a heads-up you give them, the more likely they’ll be able to work things out and come to the wedding.
Help Guests Find Accommodations
If you’d like to have a waterfront wedding, think about how to make things easier for your guests. Include information on the nearest airport, local hotels, transportation, and other things that your guests will need to know. Reserving a hotel block can help your guests find rooms near the wedding venue.
Prepare for the Weather
If you’re going to have the ceremony and/or reception outdoors, make sure that you’re prepared for direct sunlight, high temperatures, rain, wind, and other things that might disrupt the event or make people uncomfortable. A tent is an excellent way to shield your guests from the elements, and it can give you peace of mind since you won’t have to worry about the weather getting in the way of your plans.
Tell Your Guests What to Expect
If you’re going to host a waterfront wedding, make sure your family and friends know what to expect so they can plan accordingly. They’ll need to know if the ceremony and/or reception will be held outside or in a tent so they can choose appropriate attire and bring other things they might need, such as sunscreen.
Plan Your Waterfront Wedding
The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station is located on a secluded ridge atop the banks of the Connecticut River. Our banquet facility is as impressive as the waterfront site below The Riverhouse where you can take amazing photos. You and your guests can enjoy a memorable event in our 300-seat ballroom with a two-story atrium and grand staircase. Contact us today to learn more or to make your reservations.