If you’re planning your wedding during the Green Season (the euphenism for ‘Rainy Season’ here in Costa Rica,which is typically end of April to beginning of December), be sure to plan for rain. Lots of rain. A tent or covered area for the ceremony and a sheltered area for the reception. Given how heavy the rains can be, I recommend having the reception is a constructed area (as opposed to a tent). Case in point – had a wedding on Tuesday and we were deluged throughout the evening with incredible rain and wind. Had we been in a tent, we would have been floating away. A tented reception is best avoided during the heavier part of the rainy season, which is typically mid- late May, mid-late July through to mid-November.
Another option could be a morning wedding ceremony, as the earlier part of the day is usually sunny and bright. You could either follow with a luncheon reception or have a dinner/dance reception later in the evening. But whatever you decide, a little rain planning will lower everyone’s stress levels and ensure your day runs smoothly. And if it does rain, remember that those raindrops are considered to be lucky for love.
Photo by El Velo Photography
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Wanted to share Erika & Jeremy’s colourful wedding at Zephyr Palace and Villa Caletas which was featured on Style Unveiled blog yesterday! It’s a very stylish blog and we’re thrilled to be one of the first destination weddings they’ve included! It was a beautiful wedding on a gorgeous day with one of the funnest couples EVER! Enjoy!
Having a wedding on the beach but not sure how to time everything? Fear not, gentle reader, for help is at hand. I’ve put together an example of a wedding day timeline, taking into account that the sun sets very early here (it’s dark by 5:45 PM during our summer months of November – April and by 6 PM the rest of the year).
Hair makeup – depending on how many are in your entourage, what they are having done, etc. my suggestion is to start earlier than later. The last thing you want is everyone in a panic as the sun is setting and you’re still in hot rollers! The bride should go last (so she’s the ‘freshest’) and should be finished at least an hour and a half before the ceremony start time. Word of advice…book a trial run the day or two before the wedding so you’re not fussing with the hair and makeup on the day. The money spent on a trial run is well worth the peace of mind on the big day.
Ceremony – I always aim for 4 PM as this allows for ‘wiggle room’ to start late. Since the sunset waits for no one and ceremonies rarely start on the nose (usually due to the bride taking her time getting ready), it’s better to err on the side of caution. Civil ceremonies usually last 15 – 20 minutes (I don’t recommend going longer as people start to really ‘zone out’).
Cocktails/Photo Session – right after the ceremony, it’s perfect to move into the cocktail hour and photo session, as the light is starting to soften. Get the big group photos out of the way first so the really fabulous sunset lighting is just for you and your hunny’s portraits (around 5:30 PM). Guests like to watch the sunset as well, so try to keep the food/drink/music near the beach.
Dinner – darkness sets around 6 PM, making it a perfect time to segue from the beach into the reception area. Bride and groom will likely want to take a few minutes to freshen up before dinner and guests need some time to find their seats, grab a drink, etc. I find starting the welcome toast around 6:20/6:30 PM to settle everyone works nicely.
Ending time – due to the fact most venues in Costa Rica are open-aired and subject to noise-bylaws, music must be turned off by 10 PM. While this may seem very early, keep in mind that the sun rises by 5 AM, tours start early in the morning and the heat/humidity tends to tire people out. If you’re still ready to boogie on after the music has stopped, most beach towns have clubs or discos where you can shake your booty until the early hours.
So that’s a timeline in a nutshell. Speeches, toasting, cake cutting et al usually slot in between 6 and 10 PM. When creating your wedding day timeline, think of how things will flow – if you have a lot of speeches, consider breaking them up during dinner. And don’t feel that you have to stick like glue to the printed schedule. Weddings take on their own energy so go with the flow and enjoy the day.
Photo by Comfort Studio
The rainy season is upon us which means mosquito season. Here’s a tip…
if you’re having a wedding out of doors and/or an open-aired reception, have cans of mosquito repellent available for guests to spray themselves with. With the risk of dengue being high in certain areas (Tamarindo being one of them), it’s best not to take a chance. It’s been a particularily wet season, with double the rainfall recorded this year compared to last so make sure your rain plan is in place (covered location for backup, umbrellas, mosquito repellant).
And if it does rain on your wedding day – it’s considered good luck.