Getting married by the sea is the dream of many couples, and no wonder: it is difficult to imagine anything more romantic than an intimate wedding on the beach with the scent of the iodized air, the sound of the waves that gently cradle your promises. love and, above all, a breathtaking view for you and your guests. There are places that more than others lend themselves to a wedding by the sea, and the Ligurian coast certainly falls among these: with its wonderful sea and picturesque villages set in the rocks, a beach wedding in the Cinque Terre is a guarantee of an unforgettable day.
But how to get married by the sea and how to choose the perfect wedding location in Liguria?
Let’s start by clarifying a fundamental point: in Italy beach weddings are possible, but only with a civil ceremony. However, nothing prevents you from getting married in a church near the sea and organizing your reception on the beach just a stone’s throw from the waves!
The choice of the location for a wedding by the sea
If you decide to organize your wedding by the sea, the first step is to choose the location. Liguria offers twelve kilometers of almost untouched coastline between ancient fishing villages and luxuriant natural parks: whether you choose Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia or Manarola, a beach wedding in the Cinque Terre will be a ceremony that is hard to match.
Whatever your location, a wedding on the beach requires some precautions. First of all, for obvious climatic reasons, getting married by the sea is only possible in the summer: your wedding can be celebrated on a summer day or a warm spring day. In any case, it will still be essential to provide a covered space in the event of a sudden rain: the hall of a bathhouse or a gazebo set up for the occasion will guarantee the perfect success of your wedding on the beach if the sky were to throw a tantrum.
Getting married by the sea: fresh or Boho-chic fabrics and decorations
For a perfect seaside wedding you will have to choose the decorations very carefully: their task will be to recall the theme of the event in every detail. You can focus on neutral shades that blend well with the colors of the sand, but also dare with warm and bright nuances such as red, orange, brown, beige or yellow. Even the coldest colors, such as white or blue tones, are not to be excluded: the important thing is that the whole is harmonious. If what you have in mind is an intimate wedding on the beach, the decorations will also have to convey this sense of intimacy: perfect are fabrics, poufs and cushions on the sand, classic shells, starfish and flower petals. You can also use scenographic pampas or romantic lanterns placed in glass containers.
The clothing should not be too formal: getting married by the sea requires light fabrics and flat shoes for both spouses and guests. And for those who can’t do without heels? Practical sets of free flip flops for the dance time will solve any problem and will be particularly appreciated by the ladies!
Wedding on the sea: fish and summer delicacies for the wedding banquet
Beach weddings go hand in hand with a menu that recalls the fresh maritime atmosphere. The protagonist will be fish in all its variations: seafood, raw fish carpaccio, sliced tuna and grilled swordfish. In a beach wedding in Liguria, local specialties cannot be missing: trofie with pesto, blue fish, cod fritters, focaccia and pandolce, always accompanied by vegetables and fresh fruit.
And the wedding cake? The most important dessert of the day will have to recall all the details of the chosen theme for your wedding by the sea.
Your wedding by the sea: an indelible memory
Finally, one last tip: if you want to make your wedding on the beach unforgettable, do not neglect the photo shoot, because such a romantic setting deserves to be remembered forever. Choose your photographer based on the style you prefer, but also based on his knowledge of the area so that you can make the most of your wedding by the sea. Keep in mind that it can take some time to book a good wedding photographer in Liguria, so it is good to move well in advance.
Getting married by the sea is a dream that has already become a reality for many couples, and for you it will, too: if your dream is the Ligurian beaches, with a good organization and the right precautions you will be able to create a wonderful beach wedding at the Cinque Terre.
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