Dreaming of a white wedding in Long Beach Island NJ? Picture your gown blowing gently in the breeze on the pristine sandy beach. As you make your exit, guests toss snowflakes at you and your groom. A Long Beach Island wedding will exceed your expectations as a winter bride!
Weddings in Long Beach Island NJ Aren’t Restricted to Summer
Who says you can’t have a beach wedding in the winter? No one, that’s who! With 345 days of annual sunshine, the weather in Long Beach Island is likely to be sunny and clear for your special day. Sunshine and ocean breeze coated in a slight winter chill sounds like a refreshing environment to say, “I do.”
Something new and something blue
A Long Beach Island wedding in the winter would be a refreshing change for guests, as they’ve probably been to a dozen typical summer beach weddings. Summer tourists are usually gone by October, so the 18-mile long island is quieter in wintertime, giving it a more romantic vibe. Plus, your photos are going to be great with the blue sky backdrop and clean open water. The beaches will be empty this time of year, which means you’ll have beautiful and unique wedding photos without having to block out the random people who accidentally “photobomb” the shots on the beach.
Great deals to take advantage of
Something else your guests will appreciate about a winter wedding in Long Beach Island is the availability and cost of hotel rooms. Many hotels on the island like Spray Beach Hotel offer discounted rates from October to April. Whoever is paying for the wedding will be happy to know that a winter staycation for your Long Beach Island wedding is much more reasonable (price wise) than a far off island destination.
Long Beach Island Wedding = Winter Destination Wedding
Destination weddings are all the rage now. Couples start planning and making the reservations over two years in advance for most destination weddings because there are so many crucial details to iron out, and guests need time to save up money and vacation days. Why not plan a staycation wedding, instead? If you live in the tri-state area, getting to LBI is a walk in the park, but it’s remote enough that you’ll feel like you’ve left the country. It’s a great place for a destination wedding, while providing much easier accessibility for you and your guests.
You have more options
Since peak wedding season runs from May to September, booking a winter wedding in Long Beach Island means you’re likely to get your top choice of date and venue and top local photographers. Because this beach town doesn’t get as much business during the off-season months, prices are more competitive and local professionals can give you ample time and attention. You won’t feel like you’re begging someone to make time for your wedding. Instead, your wedding will be one of the biggest events for the people you involve.
Far away feeling, closer to home
If you still want that tropical far-away setting but you’re fine with cooler weather, remember that Long Beach Island is a true island separate from the rest of New Jersey, with only one bridge going in and out. Once you’re on the island, you’re never far from gorgeous waterfront views with the ocean to the east and a half of a mile to the west is the bayside. With a welcoming local community that stays all year round, you’re sure to find a home away from home in one of Long Beach Island’s charming beach towns.
Winter Themes for a Wedding in Long Beach Island NJ
Planning a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to resort to a tacky holiday theme. However, there are loads of fun, holiday themed ideas to throw into the mix without throwing out your classy style. Depending on the wedding venue that you pick, there are so many great ideas you can use to create a perfect winter long beach island wedding!
Weddings for the Christmas people!
Get tangled up in Christmas lights for your Save the Date picture. Rock around a Christmas tree for your first dance. Centerpieces could feature poinsettias and/wreaths. Take pictures with guests in a sleigh on the beach. Create a “caught under the mistletoe” photo booth. Serve a signature warm cider and/or hot cocoa drink. Let guests get crafty (and competitive) with their sweets at a gingerbread house making station. Maybe you could even encourage guests to come in ugly Christmas sweaters.
Cozy winter wedding themes
People still crave pumpkin spice in the winter, right? If so, make it a pumpkin spice wedding cake! Or maybe go for the peppermint mocha. Perhaps a spiced coconut cake might satisfy those wanting some island flavor in the winter.
For Long Beach Island local wedding favors, order peppermint fudge from Country Kettle Fudge or a personalized ornament from yuleTIDE. Treat your out of town guests staying at hotels with gift baskets preparing them for a snuggly stay in Long Beach Island. Instead of flip flops, beach towels, and sunscreen, give guests cozy slippers, fleece blankets, and spiced scented hand cream.
Formal Beach Winter Wedding
On second thought, maybe you want your Long Beach Island wedding in the winter to be more of a formal affair. In that case, think of starfish snowflakes, a white fur shrug over your dress on the beach, crystal icicles, sea glass, and deep ocean blues with silver and gold. Even with sun in the sky, you may try warm winter colors for your Long Island Beach Wedding giving a chic vintage look. Go for a chic vintage theme like the Hampton Roads inspired, or more ways to reinvent your winter wedding, check out some other winter wedding ideas from some truly creative wedding planners.
Be an LBI Winter Bride!
Much of what people hate on about winter weddings is just a myth. Don’t let the haters ruin your dream of being a winter bride. Having a Long Beach Island wedding means you can have your cake and eat it, too- even if you’re going with fruitcake!