For many couples, choosing a theme for their wedding is a difficult decision. In addition to considering color palettes, dress code, and decorations, finding a venue that fits a theme is no small task. One of the most popular themes is the beach wedding, with destination weddings accounting for 15% of weddings, total.

Planning a beach wedding can be fun and exciting, with less formal venues, decorations, and ceremonies. Unfortunately, beach weddings can be expensive, averaging between $10,000 and $50,000 for a ceremony with traditional components like flowers, live music, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. Many wedding planners recommend booking your wedding venue for “family gatherings” or “business meetings” to save money, as vendors often raise prices for wedding parties.

One factor that draws people to beach weddings is the idea of having a large family vacation surrounding their special day. Many couples book blocks of rooms in oceanfront hotels for out-of-town guests, and may even stay in the same one on their wedding night, for convenience. When booking a vacation rental, 21% of travelers stated that a “stunning view” was important to them, so couples should consider this when booking their rooms.

Lastly, couples should consider exactly how much beach they want in their beach wedding. Some may simply wish to exchange vows at the waterfront, then head indoors for the reception. Others may prefer beachfront dining and dancing well into the night. Of course, weather will have to be taken into consideration when making appropriate arrangements.

While planning a beach wedding can be stressful, it is important for couples to remember why they are planning in the first place. With extra love and understanding, engaged couples will be able to relax and de-stress while planning their weddings, allowing them to really enjoy the day when it finally arrives. With a little help from friends and family, a beach wedding can truly be a day to remember.