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Wedded Bliss at the Beach

Tying the Knot at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Many couples who get swept away in the romance and natural beauty of Virginia Beach return later to tie the knot. Having a ceremony on the beach is a truly memorable experience and a beautiful way to start a new life together. Here are some tips to help you get started!


Beach weddings are automatically equipped with the gorgeous glistening of the ocean, the perfect music of crashing waves, the tiny grains of sand beneath your feet and the breezy air against your skin. Any spot that you choose for your ceremony will be gorgeous, and now there’s a policy that allows couples to rent a space on the beach for their ceremony. The policy requires a permit if the couple is expecting more than 150 guests but is optional for small ceremonies. The $200 permit includes the reservation of privacy and space for a maximum of three hours and exclusion of the general population.

Our three diverse beaches will be the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Whether you choose the convenience of the Oceanfront, the idyllic coastal scenery in Sandbridge or the calm waters of Chesapeake Bay Beach, a Virginia Beach wedding is unlike any other.

Attire for the Bride

The beauty of a beach wedding is that brides don’t have to buy an extravagant, heavy dress with a full-length train. Instead, they can opt for something light and flowy. Popular beach styles include one-shoulder or strapless dresses and open backs. Heels aren’t a necessity either. In this casual setting, it’s easy to get away with adorned flip flops or even going barefoot!

Attire for Groom

No groom should suffer in the hot sun while wearing a black suit. Guys can dress down in linen or cotton in shades of tan, grey or white. Flip flops are acceptable for grooms as well. Don’t forget the fun shades for groomsmen!

Reception Food

Thanks to the ample water and wonderful restaurants in this area, many unique options exist for fabulous cuisine. Opt for fresh coastal cuisine served in a variety of exceptional ways, or choose from an assortment of ethnic creations and gourmet masterpieces.

Wedding Cake

There are many fabulous bakeries in the area, and since beach weddings are so popular, most are accustomed to creating coastal cakes complete with seashells, edible sand and Adirondack chairs.

Wedding Décor

Since you’ll have the ocean as a backdrop and you’ll be surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, there’s no need for over-the-top decorations. At most, you could incorporate an arch with breezy fabric to match your wedding colors and a path of shells down the aisle. To help with this, contact Virginia Beach Wedding Chapel. They offer naturally beautiful decorations especially made for beach weddings such as bamboo or calla lily wedding arches, fresh, custom-made floral headers, shell strands, wedding gazebos, floral-topped tiki torches, seashell art and paths, willow stands, dolphin topiaries and more. They also offer off-site wedding packages as well as options for getting married in their indoor wedding chapel on 10th Street. Visit to learn more about their services.

Just because you’re getting married on the beach doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be a floral wonderland. Experienced local florists can help make your dream wedding décor come to life. Choose from an array of flowers and other greenery to match your style and budget. Your guests won’t soon forget your intricate touches and outstanding details.

Honeymoon in Virginia Beach

Don’t worry about spending loads of money on airfare or a cruise. You’re already at a fabulous destination, so plan to spend a few extra days here in newlywed bliss. Stay in a marvelous honeymoon suite overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or rent a romantic room in one of the area’s bed and breakfasts.

Whether you envision a grand or intimate ceremony, your Oceanfront wedding will be a romantic and memorable occasion, now complete with more options, more privacy and more reasons to love getting married on Virginia Beach.

To Beach or Not to Beach?

How do you know if a beach wedding is right for you? Here are some tips from Beach Weddings Virginia to help you decide if a sandy ceremony is in your future.

  • Couples considering this type of ceremony should be free spirited and relaxed.
  • Brides shouldn’t be bothered by the little things—like getting the hem of their wedding gown wet or sandy.
  • Couples should enjoy feeling the surf tugging at their toes and the music of waves crashing against the shore.

Beach Weddings Virginia specializes in destination beach weddings, elopement packages and classic wedding packages. Visit to learn about their varied assortment of packages available and to read exclusive advice for getting married on the beach, as well as which location is right for you. You can also view photos from past beach weddings and take an online compatibility test to see if you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level.