Tips for Planning the Best Beach Weddings in Ocean Grove, NJ
Congratulations! You’ve found the love of your life, and now, you’re ready to the knot in one of the East Coast’s most beautiful destinations: the Jersey Shore. Planning a beach wedding in Jersey is fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging! Read on for a list of helpful planning tips and submit a wedding information request to learn more about our area.
Our Tips for Beach Weddings in Ocean Grove
Tip #1: Choose a Date
The Jersey Shore’s pique summer season means crowds on the beach, hot sun, limited parking, and higher hotel and vendor rates. Shoulder seasons (fall and spring) are better choices for beach weddings in NJ.
Tip #2: Always Have a Plan B
You can’t plan the most memorable day of your life without a Plan B! The weather doesn’t always cooperate, so you will need an indoor option in case of rain. Even too much wind can make things difficult.
Tip #3: Pick a Location
When picking a location for your beach wedding, check on the following:
- Permit. Find out if a permit is required.
- Ordinances. Public beaches tend to have ordinances. Check on restrictions.
- Parking. Make sure there is parking available for your guests, especially if your wedding is in the summer months or the shoulder months of June and September when people are still going to the beach.
- Electricity. The sound of the surf may be one of the reasons you chose a beach ceremony, but it can also be noisy. If you are having a large group, make sure there is an electrical outlet close by. You may want to have a microphone hook-up for the officiant.
Tip #4: Find an Officiant
You can use a pastor or priest from your church, or a professional who does on-site wedding ceremonies. You can also choose a non-denominational officiant like a mayor or judge. In New Jersey, even a friend or relative can become an ordained minister in a short amount of time online.
Tip #5: Make It Your Own
If you are having a small, informal ceremony, you won’t need much in the way of extras. But, if you are having a larger affair, you might like to have:
- An arch or chuppah. Even though the setting is picturesque, you may want your florist to dress it up! They will need to deliver the piece and pick it up immediately after the ceremony.
- Seating. It can be quite costly to provide chairs for all of your guests, and some towns do not permit more than 20 chairs. However, you should have some seating for elderly and/or handicapped guests. You can rent chairs from a local party store; they will need to deliver them, set them up, and pick them up immediately after the ceremony.
- Small table. If you are planning a sand ceremony, you will definitely need one!
- Music. If you would like music for your beach ceremony, we suggest a harp, classical guitar, or keyboardist. You can also use the DJ or musician that is doing your reception (they should give you a good deal.) Check to see if they need electricity.
Other Important Things to Remember
Most beaches are public. You can’t force people to move out of your space, however, most people are happy to move. Beach brides usually wind up with a secondary audience. Also, keep in mind that garbage receptacles on some beaches are secured in the sand. If this is the case on your beach, try to pick a location between receptacles so that your photographer doesn’t have to photoshop them out.
Tip #6: Contact Us!
Do you have family and friends traveling long distances to share your special day with you? We can provide accommodations for you and your guests! View our beach house wedding weekend guide and check out a list of other waterfront wedding venues in our area. We hope that these tips help make your beach ceremony an enjoyable and memorable one!