You can picture the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and the sand under your toes. Whether you’ve been a beach babe all your life, or are suddenly drawn to the casual glamour and timeless beauty of a seaside ceremony, a beach-themed wedding is sure to deliver a beautiful backdrop for your big day.
Planning Your Beach Wedding
First you’ll need to pick a location. There are several questions you need answered in order to exchange vows on a beach. For example, you probably need to check with city offices to confirm that your favorite public beach can be reserved for private ceremonies. Ask whether you’ll need a specific license for a large party, as well as a license for serving alcohol in a public place (chances are, you’ll need one!) If you’re hoping for an intimate occasion, you will want to look for private beaches available for rent, or look for restaurants/event halls with an ocean view, or plan your event as far away from busy beach days (i.e. Holidays) as possible!
Beach Wedding Invitations & Stationery
Once you have chosen your tropical paradise, you need to start looking for the perfect custom save the date cards and beach wedding invitations to announce your plans. Applying your tropical wedding theme, you can choose an invitation printed with a beach scene, starfish, shells, sandals, sand, palm trees or waves. You can go all out with completely coastal wedding invitations (think waves of blue and green), or you can add small details, inspired by coastal elements, to your otherwise classic wedding invitations (think small seashells, seahorses, starfish, palm trees, or ribbon embellishments in beachy colors).
Invitation Wording and Colors for your Beach Wedding
Traditionally, beach weddings have been casual affairs (daytime beach weddings even more so than evening beach weddings). When wording your wedding invitation, if you want your guests to arrive in time to spend an entire day in the sand or just in time for sunset cocktails, be sure to give them the details they’ll need.
When choosing the colors for your beach wedding, consider nature. Sand tones, blues, greens and aqua are perfect colors to accent the ceremony of your dreams.
Additional information you may want to consider including in your beach-themed wedding invitations:
Beach Wedding Attire
Will this be a casual event or a black tie affair? Remember that for many guests it will seem unnatural to wear their cocktail attire to the beach, so make it easy for them by making the formality of the event clear.
Try to determine whether it will be a hot afternoon or a chilly evening, or both! Guests need to know whether they should bring sunglasses and sunscreen or a wrap to keep them warm! Also, will guests be dancing the night away in the sand? Let them know if they should bring a pair of comfy flip-flops!
When deciding on your own attire, keep in mind that if you’re getting married on the beach, you might want to keep things simple. Instead of high heels, consider have the bridesmaids wear matching sandals. You can use seashells and other beach motif items to accent the dresses. You can wear a garter accented with a seashell. For the groom and groomsmen, beach-themed cufflinks or lapel pins are nice. A beach-themed bridal party can also wear jewelry with a beach theme, such as seashell or seahorse charms.
- Shell shaped cookies in small bags or boxes.
- Purchase shell shaped candy molds and make candy or chocolates. You could also use the molds to make soap if you prefer a scented treat to a sugary one.
- Decorate cake boxes with beach stickers and fill the boxes with a sweet treat. Jordan almonds would be perfect.
Tropically themed weddings have a variety of possibilities for wonderful wedding favors.