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#1 char1217

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    Posted 14 January 2009 - 01:52 PM

    Hey everyone! I'm looking at the Virginia Beach area and contacted a company that does beach weddings, but some of the things they responded with have left me uncertain. For one, since it's in the middle of the summer, they only do weddings from 9-12 and 5-7. Ideally, I wanted to have the wedding around 330-400 so we could have the reception from 5-9 or 10. The place where they typically set up is about 20-25 min away from the reception/hotels area, which is what I expected. Also, having a wedding on the beach means you can't close off the area, and it may be difficult setting aside space for 150-200 people.

    My question is based on these details, have any of you been to or had or planned a beach wedding? Do you have any advice or tips or just facts about how things panned out? Any information regarding a beach wedding would be great!

    Thanks so much!


    #2 bumbles

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      Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:35 PM

      Hi Char, my initial thoughts are that if you have the ceremony later in the day (5-7), there won't be as big of a crowd compared to prime afternoon beach time. Also, it won't be as hot and you can get photographs of these beach sunset.

      #3 TATrisha


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      Posted 14 January 2009 - 02:39 PM

      I actually think the 5pm wedding time is quite perfect. A reception starting at 5 is a little early. So the wedding lasts about a half an hour and then 30 minutes travel time puts guests arriving at 6. That is perfect! otherwise if your wedding was at 3:30, 30 minutes ceremony, 30 minute travel... it's only 4:30. In the summer, that's REALLY early if you ask me.


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      #4 JessicaM

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        Posted 14 January 2009 - 03:12 PM

        LIke the other girls said I think 5:00 is great, that leaves time for pictures too and travel time. You dont want your guests to melt too, plus 5 hours for a reception should be a good amount of time I think!


        #5 char1217

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          Posted 14 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

          Yeah, the more I've thought about it, the more reasonable 5 sounds with the heat and that way people have time to digest lunch. Thanks for the responses :)

          #6 ilovepunch

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            Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:46 AM

            I think the 5pm ceremony is great. I know that you want a long reception, but you may want to check into that. Most beach cities that I looked into have a "curfew." Some have cut off times at 10 or 11 pm.

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