Assateague Island Beach Wedding
Assateague Island always held a special place in the hearts of Olivia and Allen. This is why they wanted to announce their love through marriage in front of friends and family in this beautiful beach ceremony venue location. They choose to have the ceremony on October 19. The day was spectacular with slightly overcast skies, cool breezes, and temperatures in the high 60s. Olivia and Allen could not have asked for a better day.
They choose to have the ceremony at 4:45 pm approximately 90 minutes before sunset. This time of day is ideal for capturing the best wedding portraits. Olivia in her stunning gown was a little chilly by the end of the photography session but it was well worth the amazing portraits they received.
Just a short ride from the hustle and bustle of summer beach life in Ocean City, Maryland. Assateague Island is known for its summer camping and clean family-friendly beaches. It is most known for the wild ponies that roam the area. As we were setting up for Allen and Olivia’s beach wedding ceremony a group of around 20 horses walked by to check out what we were doing. While not a threat, people are required to keep a safe distance and to not pet or feed the horses.
3 easy steps How to plan your Assateague Island Wedding
1. The first step in planning an Assateague Island wedding is to contact the state park to obtain permission and a free permit to have the beach wedding ceremony there. The permit most likely will be granted for evening or early morning hours. Wedding ceremonies are not permitted while the lifeguards are on duty. Contact: Campground Office/Ranger Station: 410-641-2918 Headquarters Office: 410-641-2120 Click here for More info.
2. Next contact us so we can discuss your ideas for your dream wedding day. We can provide you with ceremony chairs, an arch or altar, ceremony music and more. Some of the companies like Sunny Beach Weddings will be able to provide you also with a minister, photographer and/or a videographer. Booking all your vendors will give you a discounted rate. It is also advantageous to have a team of vendors who are accustomed to working together.
3. Moving on you will need to find a wedding venue to hold your reception after the ceremony. Your wedding company or planner should be able to make some suggestions for you. They will need an estimate on the number of guests you plan on inviting and think will attend. It is great to choose a venue that will offer you a back-up plan in case of extreme weather on your wedding day. It is the responsibility of the couple to obtain a backup plan as the wedding company or park will not have a separate covered space for you. If it is light rain we recommend going on as planned. Provide white umbrellas for you and your guests to stand or sit under.
The foundation of your day has been set
Now you can work on the details of your day. When choosing a beach wedding gown you will want to consider the time of year you are getting married. If it is a hot and steamy July day you will want to choose a cooler gown that breathes. The boys may opt for khaki pants or shorts with button-down shirts and possibly bow ties. Spring or Fall Weddings offer more flexibility in the dress. If you choose a thinner dress it may be good to have a sweater on hand to throw on between pictures. The boys will be comfortable in tuxedos as it most likely will not be too hot. This, of course, is entirely up to the style of the couple. Olivia chooses to go with an elegant dress. Allen choose to look sharp in a dashing tuxedo.
Olivia chose to walk down the beach to the ceremony with the song “I won’t give up” by Jason Mraz playing. After they shared the customary first kiss on the beach they had their first dance under the 4 pole bamboo altar with the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
A beach wedding offers a beautiful blank canvas for couples to customize and make their wedding ceremony uniquely their own. Let us help start planning your beach wedding today. Find out more about “How to plan a beach wedding at Assateague Island” here.