Probably half of the couples who come to Ibiza for their wedding have their hearts set on getting married on the beach, with the sand between their toes and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea serving as their backdrop. This post will help make sure you get everything just right for your Ibiza beach wedding, from the venue and legal matters to your décor and wedding attire.
Ibiza beach wedding venues
First, you should be aware that it is illegal in Ibiza to marry on a public beach. Fortunately, there are several ways to get around that, the easiest of which is to hire a venue that owns a slice of beachfront property. A few of the Ibiza wedding venues known for their gorgeous beach weddings include: Amante Beach Club, Pura Vida restaurant, Simplicity Beach Venue, El Chiringuito de Cala Gracioneta restaurant, and Elements Ibiza restaurant. Contact your wedding planner for a complete list of venues that will give you the beach wedding of your dreams.
Beach wedding décor in Ibiza
Your décor will depend on whether the ceremony will be taking place on the sand or on an open or covered deck belonging to the venue. Your venue may also have some décor included in the standard package, which may or may not include a wedding arch or altar, seating with chair covers, and an aisle runner. In any case, always keep the weather in mind when making decisions on your décor; wind can blow lightweight things over or away (e.g. flower petals on the aisle) and the sun can be unforgiving at times (so you may want to create shade with draped fabric if no shade is available).
Even if the ceremony doesn’t take place right on the beach, you and your guests may want to run out and enjoy the sand and water. A nice gesture is to have a “shoe valet” and/or “de-sanding station” available with flip flops for your guests to use, and a bench with towels, water and brushes for getting the sand out from between your toes.
Ibiza beach wedding attire
The weather and sand are going to be the main factors to consider when choosing your wedding dress for Ibiza (and your groom’s attire as well!). Very long dresses or dresses with trains and lace trim aren’t usually a good fit for an on-the-beach ceremony, since they will drag in the sand and pick up debris. Very heavy materials or huge ball gowns will likely be uncomfortable for you in the heat of the afternoon, and your guy will probably want to skip the formal tux, too.
Regarding accessories, a long veil might not be the best choice for a beach wedding because the sea breeze will be blowing it out of place all the time (annoying for you and your photographer). For shoes, if your ceremony is being held on a beachside deck, then your choices are basically unlimited. However, if you are going to be getting married in the sand, we recommend sandals, wedges or going barefoot in lieu of high heels, which will sink in the sand.