4 Steps to an Affordable Beach Wedding


The warm weather the past few weeks is just a taste of what’s to come this summer. Yes, people view the sunshine as an invitation to hit the sandy shores and soak up some rays. But, the beach is not only used for lounging and playing —it’s also a very popular wedding venue. Pssst….and it’s inexpensive too.

If you’re a bride or groom planning on saying “I do” on the sand, here are some beach wedding ideas that will not only make your special day memorable, but will save you ooodles of money too.

1) Provide memorable, not expensive, wedding favors. Many people think they need to spend a ton to give their guests something they will enjoy as a “thank you” for attending their wedding. It’s not about how much you spend, it’s about the uniqueness of the gift you give. Some unique gift ideas for a beach-inspired wedding include nautical nametags for drink glasses, white flip flops ($1 store), mint filled shells, branded beach balls, or cool sun glasses for all.

2) Don’t overdo the decorations. Sometimes, less is more- especially if your wedding venue is a beautiful natural landscape. Doing too much with decorations can detract from the scenery if you’re not careful.

3) Provide half the amount of chairs for the wedding ceremony if your ceremony will be 30-minutes or less. Not everyone has to sit down for a sweet ceremony. Provide enough chairs for elderly guests or those with back problems and your good to go. In fact, many people rather stand to get a great view of the groom kissing the bride.

4) Try an appetizer bar instead of a sit-down meal: If your budget is tight don’t be afraid to venture outside the box. A beach reception is often more informal than a ballroom or reception hall, and the food and ambiance should match. Try having a diversified appetizer bar with dishes like crab cakes, tri-tip tacos, cheese and fruit, stuffed figs…a selection big enough to satisfy [most guests] and, most importantly, you!

Beach Butlerz is also happy to help with weddings, and can provide amazingly memorable and affordable options that take the stress out of planning a wedding. Check out pictures of weddings we have provided in the past on our website and don’t hesitate to call us to ask more questions.

Cheers!

The Butlerz Crew

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AmpSurf Amped to Help Amps Surf!


Ocean enthusiasts and generous individuals are doing their part to help, support and inspire members of the community with disabilities, especially “our veteran heroes.” AmpSurf is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that has been in operation for over 9 years. Their goal is to “Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and fun, safe, outdoor activities that all can participate in.” Program supporters advocate the healing power of the ocean, and strive to share that power with anyone in need of rehabilitation, be it mental or physical.

 AmpSurf encourages everyone to be involved with the organization. Whether you are a veteran, or person with a disability, or just simply want to help out with an awesome cause, then AmpSurf wants YOU.

You can participate with AmpSurf in a variety of ways—volunteer, participate, sponsor or donate. Additionally, AmpSurf hosts many events throughout the year that are open to the public. The next event the organization is putting on will take place on May 14 at Encinitas Moonlight Beach in Southern California followed by the Central Coast for the Wine, Waves, and Beyond in Pismo Beach, June 2-5.  More information about the event can be found here. AmpSurf encourages participants to contact their office beforehand in order to be sure specific disabilities can be accommodated.

Check out AmpSurf’s website for more information. If you decide to participate or volunteer, please send us your story!