Sorry this next Post is coming a wee bit late. Had a crazy hectic day but now I have some time to finish where I drag it for so long.
So you’ve decided to have a destination wedding, now you need to pick a location. By location I mean where exactly on your destination are you are going to have the big day. There are so many beautiful and amazing locations to have a wedding. We wanted a location that reflected our lives and what living here was all about. Naturally for us it was a beach wedding. We wanted to share our Flip flop lifestyle with our friends and family but at the same time we wanted the beauty and splendor of a more traditional wedding.
Batu Ferringhi Beach Wedding (photo source: bridestory)
Going for Beach Wedding
Having a beach wedding may seem like a lay up but there is so many things to take into consideration. We wanted a quiet beach that would be facing towards the west so we would have the added effect of the sunset since we where planning to get marreid later in the day.
The beach we chose was Batu Ferringhi in Penang. It is on the north side of the island about half way between town and the other side of the island. Batu Ferringhi is also home to Penang Beach. I’m not going to get into the resort part in this post but will cover it later.
We decided to do a barefoot on the beach wedding. We would get married under a small arch with everyone facing the water from the beach. The idea of having the gentle lapping of the waves as a back drop to the ceremony was exactly what we were looking for.
Problems with Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
Now Having an outdoor ceremony has it’s problems. Weather being the number 1 concern. What if it rained?? What about typhoon? I mean we were getting married in the middle of typhoon season. We knew the risks, looked at past weather reports during the beginning of September and crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. 🙂
Don’t forget that this is the island and it can get hot during the day and I don’t need to tell you what that could do to makeup and sweat stain dresses and shirts. A photographic nightmare!
Other considerations included, uninvited guests, basically roaming herds of tourist wedding crashers! LOL Seriously though, we didn’t really want tons of onlookers and beach goers gawking at us. We had enough anxiety about being up there in front of our friends and family never mind complete strangers! Fortunately September is the slow season in there so we figured there wouldn’t be much to worry about.
Having our wedding later in the day cut down on the heat issue and most beach goers have headed out by 4:00pm. We were confident that the weather would hold and the day would be perfect.
The weather was perfect, the beach was empty and the air conditioned rooms before we went out helped minimize any sweat problems.
We are reaping the benefits for having the ceremony and reception in the same place that everyone is staying! I even got a huge discounts for such arrangement.