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. So while you might not get to say “I do” barefoot on the beach, you can still get the beautiful beach scenery and the beachy vibe you’re after. There are tons of great Ibiza wedding venues that are right on the beach and can give you a ceremony on an open beachfront deck, cliff top or other location with beach views. Trust us; it will be so beautiful, you won’t miss the sand at all (you can always run out onto the beach after the ceremony to get some great beach photos!). Check with your wedding planner for the best hotels, villas and restaurant wedding venues with a great view of Ibiza’s famous beaches.
Beach wedding décor in Ibiza
Your venue may have some décor included in their 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). Your wedding planner will make sure all of your décor is beachfront-friendly.
Even though the ceremony won’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, since they will drag in the sand and pick up debris during your wedding photos. 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 going to be on a deck or terrace, the sky’s the limit. If you’re going for a more natural setting (rocky cliff top, for example), you might want something sturdier.