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Spelling Out the Beach Wedding
I have to say that I am a fan of Tori Spelling. I have never watched an episode of Beverley Hills 90210 (as my parents thought it was not appropriate for me), I came to know of her through her television series that followed her through popping out and raising babies, writing books and just recently her adventures into wedding planning. She is a certified celebrant! I grew to like her spunky attitude. We both married Canadians, we love a good party and juggle raising kids. I also like the fact she has embraced her wonky boob job – she seems very laid back and so un-Hollywood.
For Tori second time is a charm as she met Dean during filming. At the time both were married to other people but obviously the attraction was too much and they both left their partners and well, the rest is history. A quiet, romantic beach wedding in Fiji a bed and breakfast, book deals and three babies later they now team up to plan weddings and boy can they plan a great wedding! But I want to write about their wedding. Married 7th May 2006 on Wakaya Island, Fiji Tori wearing a white D&G dress and clutching a bouquet of white orchids made her way along the trail of frangipani petals towards her Dean, who waited for her by the ocean in a white D&G suit. They exchanged vows and after the ceremony took a stroll along the beach, stopping to build sandcastles (awwww).
That evening a four post king bed was set up on the beach for the newly-weds to sprawl out on and enjoy a six course meal. They danced in the ocean; Tori threw her bouquet into the sea to “thank the angels that brought her and Dean together” (awwwwwww). They had no family and friends at their wedding, choosing to throw a party for them when they returned to LA. Instead, in her bouquet Tori carried tiny photos of Dean’s parents (who were deceased) and of her beloved Nanny. Being a second marriage, and one that was surrounded in controversy (it caused a big rift between Tori and her mother and Dean’s ex-wife was pretty upset by the whole thing) they handled it very elegantly.
You may not want a bed out on the beach for your beach wedding, you may not be eloping and instead have guests there, a beach wedding is a romantic and laid back affair. If you are able to you can have the reception on the sand after the ceremony. Setting up tables and chairs, have a dance floor or just dance barefoot in the water like Tori and Dean did. As the sun sets, light the tiki torches and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. In a little area away from the tables and chairs set out some deck chairs or blankets for the guests to sit/lie out on. Another wonderful thing about beach weddings is it isn’t as formal and the guests (especially the children) will enjoy wearing flip flops or going barefoot for the event. As for music, a beach wedding is not complete without Beach Boys, a ukulele and just the gentle lowing of the ocean and the call of the birds. Have I sold you yet on a beach wedding?
Go for bright colours, vibrant and happy. It does not matter if it is just the two of you or you have turned your day into a great reason for your loved ones to have a holiday by the seaside. If it is particularly warm, set out little fans and parasols on the chairs at your ceremony. Have little beach chairs as your place cards with little beach bags filled with Allens Pineapple lollies or a personalised lemonade mix kit. Use bright yellow, blue, green table cloths and decorate with candles (if it isn’t too windy) or led lights. Throw frangipani petals everywhere! Put on your best flip flops; maybe provide flip flops for the guests? Play a game of Frisbee with your guests, the options are endless and your family and friends will love spending your wedding on the beach.
As for me? Well I am looking forward to the next instalment in the Tori and Dean series – she recently gave birth to their third child, a baby girl called Hattie Margaret so another show is not too far off.
Here are some gorgeous beachy wedding decorations and supplies from Pink Frosting to get you into the Tori and Dean mood for your wedding day:
- Silk frangipani flowers in yellow or pink (or both) to scatter down the aisle, make a heart in the sand and as decorations for your reception tables
- Personalised lemonade mix favours make gorgeous bomboniere for your guests
- Treat your guests at a beach or destination wedding with some personalised SPF15 sunscreen favours
- For the bride, groom and all of the wedding party, try personalised flip flops which Pink Frosting can have personalised, or the Tropical Just Married flip flop thongs for extra colour in the sand
- Wedding parasols in many colours and shades make perfect practical sense for a beach wedding and also make gorgeous photo props for the wedding party
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