How to Plan Your Beach Wedding in Oregon
Beach weddings in Oregon are remarkably laid-back, fun, and can be very affordable.
Even though the most popular image of a beach wedding that many couples have seems to be mainly white sand, turquoise water,and towering palm trees, they imagine that those locations are only available in Hawaii,the Caribbean, or other tropical locations. Actually, there are many beach wedding locations in Oregon that offer the same idyllic sunsets.
Three miles of powder-soft beach and two miles of manicured, ocean front boardwalk make Seaside a popular Oregon tourist town. It’s only a pleasant 90 minute drive from Portland.
Relaxed simplicity and a magnificent natural setting attract visitors all year to Cannon Beach.
Bandon-by-the-sea is a charming coastal town. There, the Beach Loop winds along the coast near many craggy sea stacks, including the Garden of the Gods, Table Rock, Cat and Kittens Rock and Elephant Rock which are really spectacular.
You will get tons of additional free info about these options when you visit the links that I display below in my “Location. Location. Location” panel.
In considering which of hundreds of potential beaches to site your wedding ceremony, keep in mind the nearest airports, accommodations and “civilization” (caterers, wedding cake bakers, musicians, photographers, and restaurants to provide for your guests before and after the wedding itself). Also, think about whether it is important to be on the beach at particular times of the day (such as sunset) and where the sun is likely to be at that time.
Huge beach houses can often be rented more affordably than putting up most people in a resort hotel. They also often offer large decks or entertaining areas that would be great for the rehearsal dinner,the wedding reception, and even the post-wedding breakfast.
So, explore! Enjoy! And relax!
All the best,
All the best,
Check out these links to fabulous beach areas that Oregon offers.
In general, larger cities and towns are going to have more choices of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast inns (as well as restaurants, bars, and entertainment for your guests) than remote locales. But don’t avoid considering those remote beaches. They are often far less populated, which will give you more privacy and fewer worries about gawkers and potential party-crashers.
Some municipalities may require you obtain a special permit in order to hold your wedding on their beaches. A few may also ask you to show proof of liability coverage before issuing a permit. The permits are generally very modest in price, but vary widely among communities.
Oregon has a 3-day waiting period between obtaining the license and the wedding, but the license is valid for only 60 days. Since you’ll have plenty to do in the days before The Big Day, it’s a good idea to take care of this about a month beforehand.
Marriage licenses are issued by Clerks in each Oregon county, but the licenses can be used anywhere in the state. The bride and groom must appear in person and present a picture ID (driver’s license, passport) and Social Security numbers.
Previously married folks may need to show their final divorce decree. The license can be issued 1 day after the final date of a divorce.
The license fee is $60.00 (cash only). No blood test is required.
In addition to clergy, judges, justices of the peace, and County Clerks or their deputies may perform your ceremony. The officiant will sign your marriage license, which must be sent to the County Clerk within 1 month of the marriage for it to be legally recognized.
Because marriage license requirements can change, please do not regard this guidance as legal advice.
Planning so far in advance for a beach wedding means that you need to equip yourself with facts about the weather (temperature and possibility of precipitation) for the beach location that you have in mind.
Although there certainly are exceptions, when it comes to weather, the past is a pretty good predictor of the future. and it will almost always be better than a wild guess. This link provides historical weather data over nearly 50 years for thousands of locations in the world.
You won’t want to have the bridal party standing at the water’s edge for the ceremony if the tide’s coming in. But when will that be? Find the time of the high tide for your beach location for any day in 2009 with this link.
What if a major storm occurs or the groom has an accident that requires the wedding to be postponed or even canceled? What if an important vendor goes out of business before the wedding and you can’t get back your deposit for the cake or the music?
Consider wedding cancellation insurance. It is available online for as little as 1 cent for every dollar of insurance, and it can cover the honeymoon, too.
Here’s one site that has designed a special insurance policy just for coverning wedding -related events: http://www.wedsafe.com/
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