Plan a beach wedding in Tobago

By Mala Webber is the founder of IsleDo.com a wedding planning resource for couples planning a Caribbean wedding. For help with your ideas and planning send your questions to: admin@isledo.com or visit: www.isledo.com

Your wedding day should be just how you always dreamed it would be. You could get married in a historic church packed with all your family and friends and go for the classic setting, you could skip all the fuss and have a small, more intimate celebration and throw caution to the wind and wed on a breathtaking beach in Tobago. 

Beach-themed weddings are becoming more and more popular and it's easy to understand why. What is the downside of exchanging vows in a beautiful seaside location, with the sounds of the ocean in the background, maybe even at sunset; spectacular!

If you're lucky enough to get married in Tobago, you'll have ample opportunity to put together an exceptional beach theme with countless related touches, right down to the garter embellished with sea inspired touches. How about seashell covered place cards, guest books and invitations, and a pretty starfish flower girl basket? The possibilities are endless. You can work anything "beach-related" into your theme. For a more casual effect you could use beach chair wedding favours, aqua-coloured starfish plates, pastel coloured seashells on your wedding cake, and pearls on your wedding dress. Seashells with coloured sand can add a nice effect on the tables as well.  

Before planning your wedding you need to choose the ideal beach for the occasion. Are you looking for natural, scenic beaches that are hidden away? Something 'off the beaten track'? Maybe somewhere near a resort where you can walk down to the beach from your private honeymoon suite? The choices are endless! It's all up to your style and your ideal venues. Just make sure to have a clear idea of what you want before you get ready to commit to anything. Pigeon Point and Crown point remain a few of the popular spots, but there are so many others to choose from. So do your research and visit the different beaches to see which one gives you the atmosphere that you're after.

Will Tobago also become your honeymoon spot, or will you venture off to another exotic location? It can definitely double as both and can be a more affordable option for a honeymoon. With a Tobago wedding it could also mean that the guest list may be a bit smaller and that can be both a good and bad thing depending on your situation.  

Making your wedding an outdoor occasion does require some planning. You'll need to take the time to ensure that those who want to attend will be able to make it, check the projected weather conditions for your special day, and be prepared just in case something goes wrong. Hiring a good wedding coordinator can eliminate a lot of problems and can keep things on track, especially if you're trying to plan the wedding from Trinidad and can't get to Tobago too often during the planning period.

Besides making outdoor plans for the wedding day like trellised walkways and sturdy chairs in the sand, it's also a good idea to arrange for covered areas that can safeguard any entertainment you have planned as well as dining, dancing and bar areas.

If you can deal with the extra effort needed to plan and host a beach themed wedding, Tobago can be the perfect place to get married.

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