New Buffalo: Beach Weddings

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Considering getting married at the Beach in New Buffalo?

For years, several brides and grooms have chosen the shores of Lake Michigan as their preferred location to exchange vows. With Lake Michigan or the dunes as a background, couples have created lasting and cherished memories.

If you are considering holding your wedding on the public beach in New Buffalo, here is what you need to know:

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Tips on Making your Beach Wedding a Success

Having your wedding ceremony at the beach can be both rewarding and challenging. Here are a dozen tips to help you overcome some of the natural obstacles.

  1. If your wedding date is scheduled far enough in advance, visit the beach on the calendar day that you'll be married. This will give you an idea of what to expect from mother nature.
  2. Have a Plan B! Mother nature doesn't always have the same schedule as we do. Wind, rain, blowing sand can all make things unbearable. It’s best to always have a foul-weather option – if only for your peace of mind.
  3. Select a local photographer or one that routinely shoots weddings at the beach – they will know how to take advantage of the natural scenery, lighting and weather conditions.
  4. Make sure your guests know that the wedding is actually on the sand, so they can dress appropriately.
  5. Consider having some sort of a shoe valet where guests can trade their "reception shoes" for casual flip-flops or go barefoot. Having a few inexpensive soft bristled paint brushes on hand to get the sand out from between the toes of your guests is a good idea.
  6. Embrace the beach wedding theme: Have your guests sign a beach themed wedding guest book like the one offered by the Finishing Touches Collection, available online at
  7. New Buffalo's Beach faces west so chances are your guests will be gazing into the sun. Make sure everyone knows to bring sunglasses, hats, or visors so they are not squinting during the the entire ceremony or the photoshoot.
  8. If it is a spring or fall wedding, remind your guests to bring appropriate wraps, in case it gets chilly.
  9. Getting married mid-day ceremony in August – provide cool drinks for your guests.
  10. A formal ballgown or chapel train is not a good match for a beach wedding. Think light, sheer fabrics, have a nice fluid movement to them, yet still look dressy.
  11. Select a hairstyle that at least keeps the front part of your hair off your face. Even the slightest lake breeze will have battling strands of hair or curls sticking to your lip gloss.
  12. Beach weddings are best kept intimate where guests gather around the couple during a brief ceremony. If your guest list is larger than about twenty, you may want to consider another venue.
  13. Finally, New Buffalo's beach is public. If you want complete privacy, we recommend renting a private residence, a beachfront resort or Inn or booking a sunset cruise on a private yacht.
Congratulations and Good Luck!