We are Tim and Diana, a newly engaged couple and ever since we started dating we have been dreaming of having a romantic and “one of a kind” beach wedding with all our friends and family present! We both love the tranquility and beauty of tropical beaches and oceans and want that be a symbol for our love for each other the rest of our lives. We know it sounds corny, but come on, who doesn’t like beaches?!
Little did we know how much planning goes into a beach wedding and how little beach wedding ideas are out there. As such, we have decided to create this website which we will update to take you with us on our journey of planning our beach wedding, and share with you any beach wedding ideas that we feel may benefit other couples wishing to hold a similar type wedding.
Our Personal Story
Tim is originally from the Netherlands which is where he remained until the age of 11th. Now at the age of 29, he spent most of his life after that living in various parts of the World including the US and various parts of Asia. Diana is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia where she lived until the age of 18 before moving to the US to pursue her education and eventually meet the man of her dreams (haha!) in the small town of Beloit, WI, USA. After a year of dating it just felt right and Tim popped the question (after of course asking permission from Diana’s parents) in Jakarta, Indonesia in May 2014 to which Diana responded “yes” and tears of joy started flowing. We were both over the moon with joy and couldn’t wait for our wedding; and as we had already previously decided we knew it would be a beach wedding!
Unfortunately the joy was short-lived as we started realizing the size of the task. Not only would this be a destination wedding, but we would be inviting around 100 guests from 18 different countries (yes, we counted…) many of which did not speak the same language and wouldn’t even be able to communicate. How were we even going to do speeches if half of the audience doesn’t understand? Many would also have to travel halfway around to attend our wedding. Are they even going to bother to come? It wasn’t long after that we started doubting ourselves and that the stress started to sink in that I am sure all couples planning for any wedding are more than aware of. How are we ever going to get this done? May 2015 is just around the corner? There are just so many little details that you have to think of when you are planning a wedding. Especially, when it is a beach wedding that is not in your home country. There are language barriers, cultural differences, logistical difficulties, and hundreds of other nuances that we probably aren’t even mentioning that you only become aware of once you start planning a cross-cultural beach wedding.
We are currently still in the early stages of our wedding planning and want to share this journey with you as we plan our wedding and want to create a platform where we can share beach wedding ideas that may help other couples as well. Of course, we also want to document this journey for ourselves, so that we have something to look back on when it is all over. Both of us have quite a bad memory at times! (or maybe just Tim…)
It goes without saying that any experience any of you may have had in planning for a beach wedding, or any beach wedding ideas you may have, would be well appreciated also!We are always looking for suggestions, hints, or tips on making it a more unique and enjoyable experience.