How to Plan a Sea View Wedding

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Planning a sea view wedding is a dream for many couples, offering a romantic backdrop of the endless ocean and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. As a wedding photographer based in Spain, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless couples against this breathtaking scenery at beach weddings and destination weddings. Drawing from my experience, here are essential tips to ensure your ocean wedding photos are as magical as the setting on your special day.

Timing is Everything

The time of day can dramatically affect the lighting and mood of your photos. For ocean-front weddings, I recommend scheduling your outdoor ceremony or wedding reception to coincide with the “golden hour.” This is the hour just after sunrise or before sunset when the light is soft, golden, and most flattering. Not only does this time of day provide beautiful lighting, but it also offers cooler temperatures for you and your guests.

Sea View Wedding in Ibiza
Florals: Pedro Navarro | Planning: Wedding Ibiza

Consider the Weather

Sea view locations like beach resorts can be unpredictable when it comes to weather. Always have a backup plan in case of unexpected rain or strong winds. This could mean arranging an indoor or covered area nearby, such as an ocean view ballroom or dining room for your ceremonies and receptions. Additionally, inform your guests about the potential for weather changes so they can dress accordingly.

Sea view wedding in Cadiz Baluarte de los Martires
Sea View Wedding in Andalucia
Planning: Bianca Weddings | Florals: Flores la Boheme | Venue: Baluarte de los Mártires

Dress for the Occasion

Your attire can significantly impact the overall look of your photos. For a sea view setting, consider lighter fabrics that move gracefully with the breeze. Avoid heavy, restrictive clothing that might look out of place against the backdrop of the sea. Also, think about the colors of your outfits; soft, neutral tones can complement the natural beauty of the beach.

Wedding Party Photoshoot in Barbillon Marbella Wedding
Planning: Ocean Weddings Spain | Venue: Barbillón Marbella

Accessorize Wisely

While accessories can add a personal touch to your wedding attire, be mindful of how they will interact with the beach setting. Large, flowy veils, for example, can create stunning visuals when caught in the sea breeze. However, ensure that any accessories you choose won’t become cumbersome or uncomfortable in the beach environment.

Opt for Natural Decor

The beauty of a sea view wedding lies in its natural scenery, so there’s no need to overdo it with a lot of decorations. Simple, elegant touches that complement the surroundings, like floral arrangements with local flowers or lanterns for an evening reception, can enhance the setting without overshadowing it.

Sea View Wedding Ceremony in Marbella
Planning: DONNA Weddings | Florals: Studio 8 Events

Plan Your Portrait Session

For your portrait session, draw inspiration from your location. A Sea view wedding offers a variety of stunning backdrops, from rocky cliffs to sandy shores. Work with your photographer and wedding coordinators to choose spots that reflect your style and the mood you want to capture. Remember, changing locations might require some time, so factor this into your wedding day schedule.

Make Time for Sunset Portraits

If your wedding timeline allows it, I highly recommend saving some time around sunset for dedicated portrait photos of just the two of you. The light during this time is truly ethereal and romantic. A sunset shoot on the beach makes for some of the most epic, cinematic images you’ll cherish forever. It’s worth clearing the schedule for even just 15-20 minutes if possible.

Sunset Portraits in the Beach Marbella
Planning: Ocean Weddings Spain

Embrace the Unexpected

Part of the charm of a sea view wedding is its unpredictability. Whether it’s an unexpected wave crashing in the background or a flock of birds flying overhead, these spontaneous moments can make for unforgettable photos. Trust your photographer to capture these serendipitous events, adding a unique touch to your wedding gallery.

Epic Sea View Wedding Locations in Spain

Spain is a dream destination for couples seeking a romantic and picturesque wedding setting. With its stunning coastline, pristine beaches, and diverse landscapes, Spain offers a variety of epic ocean wedding locations. Here are some of the most unforgettable spots to consider:


Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearic archipelago, is a captivating wedding destination. Known for its stunning coastline, picturesque mountains, and charming villages, Mallorca offers diverse settings for romantic ceremonies and receptions.

Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol region is famous for its glamorous resorts such as in Marbella and Malaga. You can find luxury beachfront hotels and exclusive beach clubs that offer excellent wedding venues with breathtaking views.

Costa Brava

This region is marked by a deep blue sea and old fishing villages. If a couple really wants something special, nearly everywhere within Costa Brava is beyond beautiful.


Barcelona is a great place to get married, especially for guests who want a taste of what Spain has to offer. The city’s storied and fabulous architecture is both modern and centuries-old.


Known for its vibrant nightlife and stunning beaches, Ibiza also makes for an incredible wedding destination. You can choose from stylish beach clubs, luxury hotels, or private villas with direct access to the beach.

Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca is home to gorgeous sandy beaches with turquoise waters and charming coastal towns such as Alicante, Benidorm, and Denia.

Sea View Wedding Ceremony in Cadiz
Planning: Bianca Weddings | Florals: Flores la Boheme | Venue: Baluarte de los Mártires


Throughout your special day, from the cocktail hours to the dance floor, the sound of waves crashing and the stunning views will create a romantic ambiance for your beach wedding celebration. By considering factors like timing, weather, attire, and decor, you can ensure that your sea view wedding photos truly capture the magic of your love story against nature’s breathtaking backdrop.

By considering factors such as timing, weather, attire, and decoration, you can ensure that your dream sea view wedding photos truly capture the magic.
Wedding Photographer in Spain Victor Alaez

My name is Victor Alaez. I’m a fine art wedding photographer based in Spain. Besides photographing the most beautiful events, I love writing inspirational wedding-related content for couples planning their big day.



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