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2012 – This was our year!

2012 has been hugely exciting for us, marking the first season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It has been a tremendous year with lots of beautiful weddings and lots of wonderful couples  and their families. Being the one and only place in England and Wales that you can legally get married on the beach, we have thoroughly enjoyed getting this unique venue off to a fabulous start.  Its been hard work but we have loved every minute of it!

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The year got off to a start with Melanie meeting Michael Underwood down on the beach to film the VT for the launch of the Daybreak competition, ‘Here comes the tide’ to win the first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding. Viewers were invited to enter the competition with the production team then shortlisting it to a final three couples. Viewers then voted for their favourite couple to win the competition.

Melanie with Michael Underwood

Frazer and Kate were announced as the winning couple and on Friday 27th April we had our first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding! No pressure with all the TV cameras, press and the hundreds of thousands of people watching at home! Our first wedding was a huge success and even the weather stayed clear for us! Congratulations Frazer and Kate.

The Daybreak wedding as it has become known was followed by an open weekend on the Saturday and Sunday to welcome all of our couples that had booked and were looking to book for the summer to come and view the venue as it was only the second time it has all been put together. All I can say is we were over whelmed by their reactions when they walked in with everyone commenting on how beautiful it all looked!

This weekend was also host to our first Baby Naming ceremony. This was a very special day, a fantastic alternative to a christening in a stunning setting. It was extra special as it was a double naming ceremony for Evie and Sebastian. Afterwards guests were treated to a champagne reception and canapes. If you would like more information about Baby naming ceremonies at Beach Weddings Bournemouth then please contact us on 01202 788271.

Each and every wedding has been truly unique and amazing to be a part of so here are some more photos of our couples from our first season. (Please forgive us for some of our amateur photography below- unfortunately we don’t have professional photos of all our couples!)

Anna and Richard who were our first couple to marry after the Daybreak wedding


Richard and Kirsty


Michelle and Adrian


Pramood and Hulya- Image courtesy of Bridle Photography


Tyrone and Gemma


Tiffany and George


Kevin and Amy


Helen and Andy


Clive and Juli

Clive and Juli were our first couple to have a vow renewal with us on the Beach. It was a little chilly on the day but it still a wonderful day enjoyed by all. The guests had Champagne afternoon tea following the ceremony and the children all enjoyed a tea party on the decking. Diana Saxby conducted a very personal and emotional ceremony which she had written just for them. If you are interested in having a vow renewal with us at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Please contact us on 01202 788271.

Rebecca and Enzo


Jason and Christine


Michael and Bo- Image courtesy of Emma Lucy Photography


Richard and Jeanne


Carl and Debbie


Dan and Tabitha

Ros and Mark- Image courtesy of Sandie Kettle


Dan and Sophia


Jenny and Dan


Martina and Nicholas- Image courtesy of Lenka Grossmannova


Lisa and Charlie


Lee and Gemma


Amy-Jo and Jonnie


Mike and Vicky


Rajmund and Renata


Debbie and Terry


James and Denise


Chris and Ceri


Lucy and Tim


Emma and Simeon


Tracey and Andrew


Aurelie and Steve


James and Kirsten


Jenny and Graham
Kate and Tim

Congratulations to all of the couples who got married with us this year- it was an absolute honour to be a part of each and every couple’s wedding. We had such fun at every wedding! Also congratulations to Gemma and James, Sean and Ruth, Michael and Susan,  Martin and Susan and Louise and Richard who also got married with us this year but unfortunately we don’t have any photos of your weddings! Congratulations to Jon and Claire too who renewed their vows with us over the summer. Best wishes to you all for the future- keep in touch!

The icing on the cake for us this season was being shortlisted as a finalist for the Tourism Award at the Dorset Business Awards. The award recognises success and contribution to the tourism industry in Bournemouth. Unfortunately we didn’t win but after only one season we were very proud to get as far as we did and to have our achievements recognised. It was a huge pat on the back for us and we couldn’t be more pleased!

A huge thank you to Ian Hamilton who started the season with us for the wedding of Kate and Frazer and ended it with the wedding of Kate and Tim – such a pleasure to work with you so often this season.

With our first season over, we can’t wait for the second now which starts in April. The first season just flew by and we’re really missing being down on the beach! We’re now busy eagerly planning the Beach Weddings for next season- lots of exciting weddings coming up to share with you all!


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Meet the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew

We’re a motley crew here at Beach Weddings Bournemouth and well known for always having a smile  on our faces! We all work very hard but we LOVE our jobs! We actually jump out of bed when we know we have a day at the beach ahead of us and seeing a happy Bride and Groom makes it all worthwhile for us. Time to introduce you to everyone who helps to make your wedding day so special

Head Chef Matt on the left joining the girls with the hands on the hip! He loved it really!Image courtesy of



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Melanie – The Boss!

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You will be in contact with Melanie from the day you first make enquiries with us for a quote or availability check.  Melanie is very “hands on” and likes to see enquiries through from the initial contact right through to the day itself. Its part of our service.  We try to make sure that if you deal with one person at the beginning that we see it through to the end up to and including your wedding day.  Sometimes Natasha or Nicolle will also help out but we are a small and dedicated team here. It  wouldn’t be unusual for you to receive emails from her at 1 ‘o’ clock in the morning as she does keep some unusual hours and its known as a bit of a workaholic!

Melanie will make sure you are well looked after and make it her job to personally get to know you in order to assist you in planning your perfect wedding day, recommending evening venues and suppliers. Melanie will also be there on the day of your wedding looking after each and every guest and making sure your glass is always filled to the top!

Nicolle- Assistant Planner

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Affectionately known by the rest of the crew as “The little Munchkin”! Nicolle loves her job and Melanie often gives her odd looks when she arrives half an hour early for work! Nicolle is always smiling and loves each and every wedding but also loves being in the office for cuddles with Mollie and Amba.

Nicolle is also chief blogger for Beach Weddings Bournemouth, so if anyone has any ideas of subjects you would like Nicolle to cover do let her know! Nicolle is also known as the young “Martha Stewart” and is super talented with all things relating to sewing, baking and generally being creative and worked hard on our recent first birthday bash and did a grand job in making our table runners, silk flags and decor for our chic seaside styling.

 Natasha- Assistant Planner

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Natasha is experienced in the events world and will be on hand to meet and greet your guests and make sure they are having a wonderful day.  Also our resident mixologist, the bar is Natasha’s department and she is in charge of making the cocktails for your special day (although hates the umbrellas Nicolle and Melanie try to sneak into the cocktails)! You are more than likely to meet Natasha at one of the wedding shows Beach Weddings Bournemouth is exhibiting at ready to chat about ideas for your own wedding.

 Matt- The Head Chef

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Matt puts up with a lot of stick with having all these girls around him so he does do well to put up with us!  Matt has an impressive background including Head Chef for Marco Pierre White at his restaurant The Talkhouse in Oxford and Matt has spent time working for local venue owner Andy Price and Branksome Beach as well as working in Australia. As the owner of Fish Face Events his food is amazing and he has a real talent for flavour and using the best of what Dorset has to offer in his food.  Matt is the untidy one in the kitchen and constantly has Paul running around after him!

 Paul- The Second Chef

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The chef that hides in the back and doesn’t like to be seen! He is the tidy one in the kitchen and usually happy and smiley, unless Matt makes a mess.

Sean-Special ops

The man at our beck and call and also Melanie’s husband

Should we need anything, Sean is always at the other end of the phone and produces it within minutes! He’s always there to lend a hand and you are more than likely to see him at your wedding meeting and greeting, taking care of security and also helping you to deliver any of your personal gifts and left overs to your evening venue if you are local – all part of the service!

 Marcus and Dan – Beach Set up Team

(Unfortunately Dan is a little camera shy it would seem!)

This father and son team work very hard at all hours of the day! They are on site very early usually before the sun rises putting up the ropes to cordon off our area of the beach, construct the driftwood arch for every wedding and put out the coconut matting pathways. Any little jobs that need doing, just ask Marcus and Dan. Marcus is also in charge of packing away all of our gear into the beach hut on the prom, otherwise known as ‘the tardis’! This is no mean feat with the amount of stuff we have – Marcus is regularly heard telling Melanie to stop buying more!

Nigel, Ricky and the Maidman’s team

These guys work very hard for us and are very aware of what perfectionists we are! It takes a team of them a whole working day with a very early start to put up even one of our smaller marquee so they end up working all hours of the night! They battle the wind and the rain sometimes to put up the beautiful marquees to make your wedding what it is.

Seafront team and the Registrars

We are hugely grateful to “Tractor Dave” as we call him and his colleagues plus Lindsey and Kerry who operate the West Cliff lift and all the team at Seafront Services from Bournemouth Borough Council who often work throughout the night all through our season to keep the beach looking wonderful.  You will also see any two of a number of wonderful Registrars who we have the pleasure of working with.  Most often we see Kathy and Kathie who always make the ceremonies truly special and its great working with you all – we couldn’t do it without you!

Dave busy preparing the beach before a wedding

Melanie with Lindsey – one of the Cliff Lift Operators you will see on your wedding day

Kathie and Kathy – Registrars

And last but not least, we couldn’t forget Mollie and Amba- the office mascots!

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Two little cuties who absolutely love being at the beach!  You won’t see them on your wedding day but you are quite likely to see them on one of our open days- they do like to make an appearance to say hello to everyone! They keep us company in the office but can sometimes prove to be quite a distraction with their cuteness! Mollie might be the little one but she is most definitely the boss and is forever stealing Amba’s treats!

Melanie witnessing a ceremony early this season for a lovely couple who surprised their family by marrying without them knowing so Melanie was a witness along with Ian Hamilton who captured the ceremony for them. This was the second time that Melanie had acted as a witness so thats a service we can throw in too!


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We all look forward to meeting you soon and playing a part in making your big day so special!


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Choosing your Bridal Bouquet – The Arcade Flowers Guide

Our recommended florists, Arcade Flowers have some wonderful advice for you on how to choose your Bridal Bouquet- Thanks ladies, some great advice! Arcade flowers can provide some great packages for your Beach Wedding and will even deliver them down to our site at the crack of dawn to ensure they look perfect just before your ceremony. Contact them to find out more.

Most brides choose to carry flowers on their big day. Traditionally, the wedding bouquet was not carried for aesthetic purposes; fragrant flowers and herbs were carried to mask the smell of body odour when bathing was not a daily occurrence and also to ward off evil spirits! Today, fresh flowers are used to add a natural element to the proceedings, compliment the colours and style of the day and also give the nervous bride (and bridesmaids) something to do with their hands!

When deciding on your blooms, think about whether you would like to keep them subtle or make more of a statement…

A classic bouquet in creams and green, by Arcade Flowers. Image courtesy of Ian H Photography

Bold ‘colour pop’ bouquets by Arcade Flowers. Image courtesy of Big Bouquet Photography

Think about colour, texture, fragrance, the season, your favourite flowers and family traditions, the style of your venue and dress, as well as the overall feel of your day, be it casual and relaxed or a more formal event. When coming to meet your florist be sure to convey all of this information to give us the best possible chance to create your perfect bouquet. Bring lots of pictures along too. Even if you don’t know why you like a certain image, it will help us to get inside your head and realise your vision. For a beach wedding you might choose a natural and rustic hand-tied posy of seasonal summer flowers- perfect for a romantic wind-swept look.

Frothy white Astilbe with blue Echinops and Thistle to echo the sea, by Arcade Flowers

Early-summer mixed flower bouquet with rustic twine binding, by Arcade Flowers

Finally, if budget is a concern, try not to scrimp on the flowers you carry. The bridal bouquet is your ultimate wedding day accessory and will feature in a good proportion of your photographs, so make sure you get it right and try to cut back on something else which perhaps wont feature in so many photographs!

All the team at Arcade Flowers


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Vintage at The Seaside

This lovely little blog has been written by Carrie from Simply Love Vintage, one of our recommended suppliers for Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Simply Love Vintage provide vintage crockery and styling and will come and set up everything for you! Carrie was down on the beach with us on 10th August styling a very small and intimate wedding for just 20 people for the lovely Debbi and Carl. This is her take on the day! Thank you Carrie for sharing this with us! Hopefully it will be the first of many! A big thank you must also go to Christian Lawson who has very kindly let us use his photos. Enjoy!

Our pre-loved vintage crockery and styling adds the finishing touches to weddings and any special occasion, in any venue, whether it be contemporary hotels, village hall, clients’ own homes and gardens or even a beach wedding setting.

We could not wait for the day to arrive for us to be involved with the styling and finishing touches for our first Beach Wedding ceremony and beach BBQ  on Bournemouth beach this past weekend.

Image courtesy of Simply Love Vintage

Image courtesy of Simply Love Vintage

Our clients, Debi and Carl live and work in Manchester but there was no doubt in their minds that they wanted a beach wedding without spending an absolute fortune by travelling abroad.

Debi also has many happy memories of spending precious times as a child growing up and holidaying with her late grand-parents in Poole and Bournemouth, and again this was another ‘tick in the box’ to have a beach wedding on Bournemouth’s golden sands.

Debi wished us to incorporate some very personal touches into her wedding and these were concentrated with her flowers and the crockery. Debi’s late grand-mother had Anemones in her 1930’s bouquet and Debi requested that we also include these in her bouquet, her bridesmaids, and her table decor.

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Art Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

The vintage crockery also was another nod to happy times spent with grand-parents  and fitted the wedding theme perfectly. We had so many lovely comments from our bride & groom, her mum and dad, together with close family and friends on how ‘beautiful’ it all looked and how it was these pretty details that revived such happy memories for Debi of past years with her late grandparents with everyone experiencing the joy and emotion of such a beautiful wedding day on the beach.


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Firstly, we must also add that it was fabulous to work alongside Matt of Fish Face (the resident caterer) – and my mouth was watering most of the time with the many delicious aromas drifting out of the catering tent, together with the fabulous team at Beach Weddings Bournemouth (Melanie and Nicolle) whose professionalism is second to none.

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Secondly, Christian Lawson the wedding photographer who has captured some wonderful images of the day of our couple Debi and Carl. It was our pleasure guys to work alongside you and hopefully it will be the start of many more vintage style beach weddings!

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Lastly, we wish Debi and Carl many happy years together, a huge congratulations from us and a big thank you for including us in your special day.

Simply Love Vintage x

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Beach Weddings Bournemouth in association with Coastal Creatives

The official launch of Beach Weddings Bournemouth took place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October 2011 and was a huge success, with members of the press and public flooding down to our site on Bournemouth Beach to get a closer look at exactly what Beach Weddings Bournemouth was all about.

It took all of Thursday and quite a few pairs of hands to get the marquee ready and one of the companies we have to thank for this is Coastal Creatives of Southbourne.

Rachael and Louise from Coastal Creatives worked tirelessly  alongside the Beach Weddings Bournemouth team to get the marquee ready for the official opening and the results spoke for themselves.

The marquee was set up in two sections: the front section was set up with theatre style seating to show how it would look for the ceremony and the back section had four round tables set up as if for a wedding breakfast. Coastal Creatives designed each table with a different theme to give guests an idea of the different ways that a Beach Wedding could be themed.

The first of the four themes was ‘Eco Chic’ and for this theme Coastal Creatives looked to a soft, neutral colour palette. They incorporated vintage fishing nets, rope, sea glass, sculptural pieces of driftwood, some fashioned into homemade favours. The table centre pieces were dressed with coastal grasses to add height and drama in the marquee. Complementing the grasses were the alpine plants such as sea pinks in biodegradable pots. They also had lobster pots and themed bunting all of which are available to hire from Coastal Creatives. This theme is perfect for couples who are passionate about the coast, nature and the environment.

'Eco Chic' by Coastal Creatives

'Eco Chic' by Coastal Creatives

'Eco Chic' by Coastal Creatives

The second theme was ‘Coastal Romantics’ which is for any couple wanting a more elegant feel to their Beach Wedding. It was a gorgeous display using a stylish colour palette of pinks, cream and white. Beautiful shells and starfish adorned this table, which also featured in the stunning glass and stone beach hurricanes and vintage shell vases. The handcrafted wedding favours and bridal bouquet also featured pretty shells and hearts. To add the this dreamy look there was a stunning candelabra, supplied by Arcade Flowers of Ringwood which was draped in matching flowers in soft pinks. Also on display were Coastal Creatives handmade ‘Happily Ever After’ wedding bunting, shell chandeliers, double deckchairs and driftwood ‘Just Married’ signs, all of which are available to hire from Coastal Creatives.

'Coastal Romantics' by Coastal Creatives

'Coastal Romantics' by Coastal Creatives

'Coastal Romantics' by Coastal Creatives

'Coastal Romantics' by Coastal Creatives

With the Sailing Olympics taking place in Dorset in 2012, this next theme is going to be hugely popular for seafaring couples marrying in 2012. Aptly named ‘Nautical Seafaring,’ this theme was styled using nautical striped fabric with rope accents, vintage anchors and shiny chrome props. The sculptural vintage anchor was the focal point of the table, and it was complemented by the naval hurricane lamps and captains ship bell. There were also giant glass vases filled with pretty hydrangeas supplied by Arcade Flowers, Ringwood.  Also on display as part of this theme were nautical deckchairs with sun canopies, stripy bunting and driftwood ‘Tied the Knot’ signs, all of which are available to hire from Coastal Creatives

'Nautical Seafaring' by Coastal Creatives

'Nautical Seafaring' by Coastal Creatives

'Nautical Seafaring' by Coastal Creatives

'Nautical Seafaring' by Coastal Creatives

Last but by no means least (and a personal favourite of mine!) was ‘The Great British Seaside’ themed table. This theme is perfect for fun-loving couples wanting a coulourful, retro themed wedding. Coastal Creatives used a striped colour palette of pinks, blues and yellows to create this fun, vibrant themed table. As centre pieces they used large glass sweetie shop vases and filled them with old favourites like flying saucers and marshmallows! Arrangements of brightly coloured flowers, provided by Arcade Flowers of Ringwood, were used to complement the table, and striped windmills and sweetie favours helped to finish of this brightly coloured theme perfect for a Beach Wedding on Bournemouth Beach…

'The Great British Seaside' by Coastal Creatives

'The Great British Seaside' by Coastal Creatives

'The Great British Seaside' by Coastal Creatives

'The Great British Seaside' by Coastal Creatives

For more information on having Coastal Creatives style your wedding, please get in touch with Rachael or Louise at Coastal Creatives in Southbourne on 01202 424545 or email them at

You can also contact us here at Beach Weddings Bournemouth HQ on 01202 788271 or email us at for more information on your Beach Wedding.

Beach Weddings Favours

Wedding favours give the perfect finishing touch to your Beach Wedding and to give you some inspiration we have spoken to our friends at The Card and Favour Company and they have supplied us with the following Beach Wedding Favours.

We start with this Beach Themed Tin  which is ready to be filled with sweets or other treats of your choosing…

Available to purchase from The Card and Favour Company

then we have these lovely Glass Coaster Sets – a clear reminder of your special beach wedding for years to come…

Available to purchase from The Card and Favour Company

…these adorable Flip-Flop Candles perfectly suit any beach wedding or party. In fact, Beach Weddings Bournemouth also specialise in Vow Renewals, Baby Naming Ceremonies, Anniversary Parties, or even Birthday Parties. What better way to celebrate your special occasion with your friends and family than right on Bournemouth Beach with the sand between your toes?

Available to purchase from The Card and Favour Company

Keep your guests cool in the summer sunshine with these Sandalwood Fans which are perfect for Beach Weddings or any other beach celebration, especially if you are having a vintage-style theme…

Available to purchase from The Card and Favour Company

And finally, these Stylish Sail Boat Design Tealight Holder will have you sailing along with your plans for a Beach Wedding!

Available to purchase from The Card and Favour Company


We hope that we have given you a few ideas about how easy it can be to make your Beach Wedding special and unique by just adding a few finishing touches with favours.

If you wish to purchase any of the favours featured here, please contact Sandy or Debbie at The Card and Favour Company on 01425 476606 or email them at

If you require any further information about Beach Weddings, please contact the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew on 01202 788271 or email us at

Beach Weddings Stationery

Once you have decided to have your wedding on the beach you will need to tell your friends and family! What better way to do this than to send Beach Wedding themed invitations…

We asked local wedding stationery designer Emma of Emma Farwell Designs to give us a few examples of stationery she has designed previously for couples looking for a beach theme.

She has shown us several different designs such as ‘Sea Shore -Tag Style Wallet’…

Invitations available to order from Emma Farwell Designs

Invitations available to purchase from Emma Farwell Designs

…’Vintage Beach Hut Pocket Fold’, a personal favourite here at Beach Weddings HQ as it reminds us of our beautiful ‘Wedding Hut’ right on the award winning sands of Bournemouth Beach…

Invitations available to purchase from Emma Farwell Designs

Invitations available to purchase from Emma Farwell Designs

…and another gorgeous design called ‘Sea Shore -Traditional Style Invitation’ which we love as they are so pretty and delicate; perfect for a beach wedding…

Invitations available to purchase from Emma Farwell Designs

And Emma’s talents don’t stop at invitations. She also designs Save the Date cards, Menus, Place Cards, Table Names, Guest Books, Table Plans, and Wedding Photo Albums.

Emma has also exclusively told Beach Weddings Bournemouth that there is Vintage-Inspired Beach Weddings stationery on the way…Watch this space!

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