Caught the ideal wave is all about timing and strategy. Once you identify the wave that you wish to catch, paddle hard toward it either before it breaks or after.
Beach weddings present their own unique challenges. There are various factors to keep in mind to ensure an unforgettable ceremony and reception experience.
1. Set the Scene
Attractively set against an ocean backdrop is nothing short of romantic; with seemingly limitless options for adding coastal touches into your event. From subtle to lavish beach decor ideas there’s sure to be a way to incorporate this sea- and beach-themed celebration.
Make your place settings tropical with these delightful seashell-shaped advice cards, which will add an elegant tropical vibe. Your guests will love reading them long after your wedding is over and making a perfect favor!
2. Create a Lounge Area
Make sure your guests can relax comfortably during their beach wedding by offering lounge areas equipped with soft furniture and nautical accents, such as beachy hammocks. Add fairy lights for a magical twilight ambience.
Recreate oceanic themes in your tablescape decor by including textures such as raffia placemats and sand-colored napkins, along with flatware adorned with seashell designs or coral handles, for an underwater effect. Add an accent of citrus flavor by including one clementine per setting for an added pop of citrus that completes this theme!
Add driftwood touches to your wedding decor by including signs directing guests to their seats and seashell escort cards that double as favors.
3. Add a Floral Arch
Add floral accents to your beach-themed wedding with a natural wooden arch decorated with flowers or greenery, such as this couple’s earth-toned ceremony in Colorado featuring pampas grass, quicksand roses, and playa blanca roses combined as part of their floral theme.
Combining shapes can create a more dynamic appearance and draw focus to its center, while adding textures such as feathers or twigs will elevate its arch with visual interest.
Macrame wedding arches create a boho vibe with their soft pastel hues and lush greenery combining beautifully.
4. Kickoff Cocktail Hour with Coconuts
Cocktails are an integral component of any wedding reception, helping ensure its overall theme remains unifying. When selecting drinks that best represent the style and atmosphere of your venue, make sure that they complement its decor.
For an ideal beach wedding experience, mix cocktails incorporating tropical ingredients like pineapples and coconuts; for spring/fall weddings try serving classic mint juleps instead.
Coupling cocktails and appetizers together to make an exciting menu can create a truly enjoyable dining experience for guests at any beachy wedding. At this particular beachy wedding, mini fish tacos served on mini platters went perfectly with margaritas served in patron bottles – an unforgettable combination!
5. Create a Hanging Bed
Consider your guests when displaying decor items like parasols, blankets, flip flops and other beach necessities. Driftwood can also add an on-theme finishing touch!
Make your beach wedding even more personalized by personalizing mini surfboards with your name and/or date for each pew at your ceremony site. They make wonderful keepsakes that guests can take away as mementos after the event has wrapped itself up! Plus, these eye-catching decorations can even be hung from trees or the ceiling for added visual impact!
6. Add a Beach Bar
Ask any surfer, and they’ll tell you that finding a perfect wave requires timing, knowledge, research, fitness and patience – elements which could add authenticity and fun to a beach-themed wedding celebration. Incorporate some of these motifs into your big day for an authentic touch!
Citrus fruits like pineapples and limes make an eye-catching centerpiece accent or are great for displaying escort cards. Or consider creating an affordable beverage station serving summertime favorites in tiki glasses!
7. Decorate the Reception Space
Just like riding the perfect wave, planning a successful beach wedding requires careful preparation. Add nautical elements for flair without overdoing it or your event could quickly turn into a souvenir shop!
Enhance your coastal wedding theme by including accents like starfish, seashells and pampas grass as decorations. Anchors may add even more maritime charm.
For an elegant tropical theme wedding, this event features a sleek acrylic seating chart that blends in seamlessly with the lush frame of monstera and fern leaves. Round wicker chairs add to the natural aesthetic.
8. Create a Beach-Themed Dessert Table
Expert Tip: Beach weddings make perfect use of flowers such as hibiscus, frangipani, orchids and king protea, which can withstand harsher climate conditions and be used to create beautiful arrangements or place cards.
Take inspiration from island aesthetic with an island-themed dessert table by LVL Weddings and Events, which featured blue linens, neutral flatware, and an orange macaron for an orange pop of color. Group your treats by type before decorating with floral arrangements or greenery to achieve an integrated aesthetic.
9. Create a Beach-Themed Gift Bag
Every surfer knows that catching the perfect wave can be one of the most exhilarating experiences ever! In order to do so, it requires being in the ideal spot at exactly when a wave reaches its apex point and before its power begins dissipating when it breaks apart.
Make guests’ memories of their beach trip more vivid with personalized tote custom gift bags as affordable wedding favors that double as practical reminders – guests can fill these affordable favors up with sunscreen, snacks and other beach essentials – plus they make excellent photo props!
10. Create a Beach-Themed Sign
Beach themed signs add a tropical and refreshing atmosphere to any venue, reminding visitors that the ocean is always close at hand. Crafted of wood with vibrant hues and elegant lettering, they create stunning decor pieces.
Since beach weddings typically occur during the heat of the summer months, your guests could easily become uncomfortable during your ceremony. One couple did just this for their Montauk destination wedding by providing fans for guests; even attaching them directly to their programs! Creating this memorable and innovative touch made their big day all the more special!