Picture this: white sand that seems to stretch into infinity, beautiful blue, calm sea that gently laps on the shore as you stand, in front of friends and family, and declare your commitment for the person you love. Beach themed weddings are becoming more and more appealing to many couples, who want to escape the colder climates of the northern hemisphere, and head for more exotic climes such as the Caribbean, the Maldives or the stunning shores of Western Africa. Not is there a better chance of decent weather, but the opportunity of getting a tan before the big day is much increased, thus saving money on sunbeds and spray tans. Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to be able to afford long-haul flights to beautiful islands, so for the rest of us, blow-up palm trees from your local party shop and large bags of sand from the gardening centre, when placed in the right light, can give a very similar effect to the real thing. Just because you’re staying at home, it doesn’t mean your wedding has to feel plain; crank up the heating in the venue, ask your guests to sport summer dresses and crack out the sunnies…and remember, whatever the weather or location for your special day, our wedding wish lanterns will look stunning floating into the night sky at the end of the reception, and certainly give you a lasting final memory of a great occasion.