Weather Advice, Good Tips, Shell Horn & Flute Info
Here is some general advice, insights and information you may find helpful. Beach and outdoor weddings can be among the most beautiful and magical, but good planning is essential! Here is our advice from years of experience here:
- Rain & Weather
In this geographical area, we have mostly scattered showers. So we wait 10-20 minutes for the cloudburst to pass then go outside in between them. Most ceremonies are 5-15 minutes long and the broken clouds make lovely photography backdrops too! For the rare all-day downpour, please have a realistic alternative location secured. For more tools and insights to manage this better, click on this rain blog post.
- Flower petals on the beach
Please-Please-Please! only use REAL, live, flower petals. Protect innocent wildlife…silk and artificial petals are pollution on the beach. Petals of man-made material can kill sea turtles and birds who eat them as they scavenge. Real flower petals are fine on beach.
- Elderly and handicapped guests
Some elderly or mobility issues guests struggle with the high heat, long boardwalks, stairs, and unstable shifting sand. Consider videotaping the ceremony for them, or ask us for advice on easier locations nearby. Video? Try bobvox.com.
- Wind & Hair Advice
It is normally windy here. Your hair, veils, short skirts, and decorations flap and might fly away! Hair flapping in your eyes is a realistic nuisance plus looks terrible in your photos…like tentacles are grabbing your face! Please pin, style, wax, and heavy hairspray your hair firmly out of your eyes and mouth.
- Dress to be yourself
Consider colorful, beachy dresses and shirts and light pants/shorts. You may even wish to have bare feet in the soft sand (maybe toe and ankle bling instead!). But ladies, if you are heart-set on that gorgeous wedding gown and special shoes, please go for it! Be yourself! The more color you bring to a bleached white & beige beach photograph, the better. Color celebrates! Think colorful ribbons, flowers, clothes, etc.
- Rings over sand = potential loss hazard
Consider putting rings in a single ring box or small drawstring bag so they are protected and can be found if they are dropped. There is potential for this, especially if a nervous or very young ringbearer is carrying them.
- Please know exactly where your ceremony is with a trial run beforehand
On the day of the ceremony, make plenty of time to get there. Seriously, vacation traffic jams easily delay you for more than an hour! No kidding! So please leave extra time to drive to your wedding.Tell your guests too.
- Child Care Tips
Designate a childcare person instead of you. You should enjoy your own ceremony with your new spouse. Appoint a trusted adult for potty, snacks, hugs, kisses, distraction, safety, etc. Be sure kids are not hungry, got LOTS of nurturing attention beforehand, and got good sleep!
- Don’t try to own difficult family and guests’ issues during this time
You don’t need to mediate fights, or compromise too much, or do anything but ENJOY YOUR wedding and YOUR day! Guests need to show respect for you and your wedding.
- When you leave home or hotel for your ceremony…
Bring a folder or bag with your marriage license, money owed to vendors (cash is best), and any other needed papers.
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Triton Shell Horn Blowing
Triton Pu shell (a.k.a. “conch” shell) blowing by your officiant/minister is included in all ceremonies at no additional charge.
Like church bells and trumpet fanfare, the ancient tradition of the shell horn announcement heralds the beginning of a new marriage and calls in blessings and good fortune for the happy couple. When done properly, the Triton shell produces a low, gentle sound that can carry for miles across land and sea.
The Hawaiian ceremonial practice of blowing the Triton shell dates back to ancient times and continues in many present-day traditions such as symphonies and weddings! In Polynesia, this distinctive resonance once heralded the arrival of the Ali’i (the Chief), or the beginning of the peaceful Makahiki season (Hawai’ian New Year/harvest season), or the arrival of royalty, and other noteworthy events. Today, it is often heard at weddings, graduations or other special celebrations in the Caribbean, the U.S., on Celtic and African shores, and in Asia too.
Revs. David and Margo use the Triton Pu shell horn instead of the typical conch at your wedding. The Triton is much prettier in photos, has a more musical tone, and is more reliable to make an impressive sound in all weather conditions.
The sound? Seashells were used as ship horns before the inventions of metal and electricity, thus the low, deep sound reminds most people of an old ship’s foghorn sound. Hear it now on video linked on right in orange box, above our Triton photos!
Native American Flute Tradition
David W. Sears played the French horn and a baritone horn in high school. Later in life he began the wooden flute under the tutelage of Shaman Nella Silverspear, a popular flute maker and recording artist. You can hear and learn about her at www.nsilverspear.com.
When would David play at your ceremony? Anytime! Suggestions are during bridal entrance, groom entrance, attendants’ entrance, the Ring Blessing or Unity Candle ceremony, afterward for a first dance on the beach, or any other milestones during your wedding.
Hear him play now on video linked on right in salmon colored box, above flute photos!