Does the beauty of a sunset, the fresh sea air, and
the calming effect of ocean waves create the romantic atmosphere
you want for your wedding & reception? Make your beach wedding dreams a reality with
some ideas from our wedding consultants.
The most common questions we get
asked is "How do I have a Beach Wedding &
Reception that doesn't look like a Beach Party"?. Of coarse if you
want that casual Beach Party mood for your wedding and reception,
it's your wedding, go for it!
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that theme is
as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
In this guide we will give you some ideas for presenting
your beach theme in a way that is both romantic & beautiful.
Use the Ocean as Inspiration
When choosing the layout of your ceremony, remember you have
chosen a theme with a million years of spiritual pretext.
Incorporate the spiritual influence of the ocean into your
ceremony with beach-inspired readings, poems, and vows that
reflect the power of your surroundings as well as the power of
your love for one another.
Of course you may want to actually have
your wedding & reception on the Beach, but if that is not possible,
try a Yacht Club with a banquet room. Have your ceremony &
reception on a Yacht or Paddle wheeler, or find a beautiful country club,
aquarium, or ballroom. You could even transform your backyard pool area
into a beach scene. A beach inspired theme can be achieved
Talk to the Local Beach Council
If you plan to actually have your
wedding & reception on a beach, before you rent items like
chairs, arches & etc. to use in your wedding ceremony or
reception, check out local ordinances
regarding your beach wedding. Find out if there are guest
maximums, if you can put chairs & tables on the beach, if you
can scatter rose petals, if food and alcohol are allowed, if there are restrooms
nearby, if you can light a bonfire, if you can pitch a tent, the
tide schedule, what time does the sunset, and other mandatory information.
Have a Great Backup Plan
Good luck or no, if it rains the day of your sandy nuptials,
your dream day will be a bust. Make sure you have a sturdy
alternate plan in case of rain. Secure a location away from the
waves and have a tent prepared, just in case. Include alternative
plans and directions in your invitation.
Prepare Your Guests
Send a save-the-date announcement up to six months in advance
so your family and friends have a chance to prepare for the
special location. In addition, when you send your invitations,
remind guests to bring extra clothes in case it gets chilly.
If you plan to have your wedding
ceremony & reception on the beach and you want to line your "aisle" with luminaries
or put up a trellis laden with flowers - consider what will happen
decorations if the wind kicks up 2 minutes into the ceremony?
Will all your decorations go flying? Be sure and test all your ceremony special touches before the Big
Day so you know what to expect in terms of wind, sea spray, and
& Special Touches:
The motif is the visual representation of your theme, which is created
by the use of objects or symbols. This symbol may be repeated on your
invitations, program, plates, or decorations. Sometimes the use of
several different symbols will be used as components of the theme. Develop
your motif using a list of words related to the theme. Brainstorm a
list to create your pool of ideas. This list is very important for
generating ideas that can be applied to all areas of your wedding from
the bridal shower to the wedding & reception.
For a Beach theme you might come up with
words like: Seashore, Ocean, sand, sea
shells, sea glass, sea creatures, lighthouses,
driftwood, sailor hats, sailor collars, dockside pilings, fishnet,
coral, seaweed, pearls, rocks, bamboo, teak, oak, aquarium,
sandcastles, clams, oysters, starfish, dolphins, fish,
lobsters, crabs, pelicans, seagulls, octopus, whales, sharks, sea
turtle, waves, water, mermaid, treasure chest, lobster traps,
decorative glass floats, nautical signs, sundial, message in a bottle,
salt water taffy, boats, yachts, sailboats, beach umbrellas, bamboo
torches, New England, Cape Cod, and lots more.
Beach Wedding Flowers
Your best option is to choose a beach
with naturally growing foliage, which will minimize the need for
additional flowers & etc. However, beach weddings have spread from coastal communities to more inland venues.
If you are not in an coastal community, adopting beach wedding flowers for your ceremony and reception may be different from what your local florist is used too or immediately equipped to handle, but chances are they can easily order the materials and products necessary to come up with attractive and interesting beach wedding arrangements.
You may want to use flowers influenced by the English garden style seen in Cape Cod or more exotic flowers like those seen in
Hawaii or other tropical ports. You can use traditional and non-traditional flowers and containers like sea shells, Nantucket baskets, lobster pots, watering cans,
beach buckets & etc.. Bouquets can be bright bold colors to the more traditional soft pastels. Some ideas might include:
- Calla lilies, Roses, Freesia and
Alstromeria in a pink Conch Shell.
- Hibiscus, Callas, Freesia, Gerbera Daisies designed in a Spider shell.
- Hibiscus and Alstromeria in a frog shell.
Other flower chooses might include: Asiatic Lilies, Hydrangea, Gardenias, Passion Flowers, or a 3ft Palm or Banana Tree. Accents like berries,
sea shells, sea glass and sea grasses can be added to your arrangements.
Today's brides carry bouquets
ranging from traditional all white and cream flowers to pastels to
all bold bright flowers. The bride is no longer limited in her
choice of style. Most flowers are available year round. Bouquets
can be Hand Tied, Cascade, Presentation or Single flower.
Attendant’s bouquets can be bright bold colors to the more
traditional soft pastels, they can include berries, sea
shells and sea grasses. They range from a single flower to tied
garden bouquets to a single variety of flower. A perfect
opportunity to put your imagination to work.
Flower girls can steal the show.
They can carry mini bouquets, baskets of flowers or petals, balls
of flowers, or a small flower wreath. Other containers are often
beach pails, watering cans, and other small containers.
Beach Wedding Decor
Arrange flowers in containers like: Nantucket
baskets, watering cans, beach buckets, vases, or urns. Tropical
flowers arranged in shells (Conch Shells and Nautilus Shells work
well) are lovely. A church that has a mantel over the altar lends itself to a
long arrangement representative a of seaside garden.
- Interlace rope and string pearls
into floral rings, swags, floral arrangements & etc.
- Add seashells, starfish, sea
horses, driftwood, coral & etc. as accents.
The focal point of an
outdoor beach wedding is often a trellis or chuppah. They can
be elaborate with flowers or with simply white fabric or tulle.
Decorations for Pews and Chairs
can be either formal or simple. They vary from sprays of greens, to sprays of beach
grasses & Caspia. You could also hang baskets with
Roses on pews or beach buckets with Hydrangea, Roses, Gerberas. Accent
with strings of pearls, strings of flowers, or any unique idea to
enhance your wedding day.
Stairways can be wrapped
with greenery or tulle with the addition of
sprays of flowers or sea grasses.
Center poles of a tent often need to be covered, Organza
and Tulle are good choices for this. Use round Japanese lanterns
Gazebos can be decorated with
greenery, sea grasses and flowers with addition of tulle.
Wreaths are often used on the Front Door of the Church,
above the Altar, and at the entrance to the Reception. They can
include elegant flowers, shells, coral, strings of
pearls, sea creatures, and even fruit.
The sky is the limit, use your imagination to make your Wedding
Use a brass
"captain's table bell" to get guests' attention for the
wedding toast, first dance, cake cutting, garter tossing &
departure of the bride & groom
Under the Sea Wedding
Our consultants recently did a wedding
reception where the bride decided not to take a chance
with an outdoor beach location, so the reception was held at a
local aquarium. The glass aquariums which flanked both sides of the
event room served as wonderful scene setters for this Under the Sea
Remember the tops of the tables provide you with a very large
surface area and covering them with a beautiful tablecloth is the
easiest way to change the feel of a room. The guest tables were covered with
a specialty linen tablecloth called Oceana, a swirling pattern of
blue, green and yellow. Another option our bride
considered for her table linens was a Coral
Reef Nights overlay over a teal lamour tablecloth. Your wedding
consultant can refer you to a vendors who supply these
Napkins were sapphire
blue, folded into a triangle and placed in the center of a silver
charger. A single Sand dollar
with the guests name was placed on top of each napkin. Other
table accents could be assorted seashell, sea glass, starfish, or
were 25" tall lighted clear glass vases filled with water & seaweed
(dendrobium orchids which have small florets along a central stem
also work well). Four small tea lights with lime green shades were
placed around the seaweed vase.
Or you could fill a bubble bowl with water, add blue LED
then add a floating beach candle.
Seashells can also be used for
table centerpieces, they work great alone or as a centerpiece vase
for holding flowers. Two seashells that work well for centerpieces
are the Conch Shells and Nautilus Shells.
If you are using banquet tables,
place 3 or 4 square glass vases on the table. Fill with water
tinted blue and add 2 or 3 floating candles. Scatter sand, sea
glass and shells around the vases.
The wedding cake at our Under the
Sea themed wedding was decorated with seashells and coral with a
Pearly Nautilus shell cake topper (these are the very best shell
to use, but remember the nautilus shell requires a stand in order
to sit upright). Sea glass also accented the cake table.
Faux Cakes (or fake cakes) are
perfect for an outdoor wedding, as heat, humidity and small flying
insects are no problem, they are also a cost-effective
alternative to the traditional wedding cake, whether purchasing or
renting from a local vendor. Your guests can then be served from
economically priced sheet cakes. If you choose, one tier of the
faux cake can be replicated by your local bakery for use in the
wedding cake cutting ceremony. Ask your wedding consultant about
We completed our design with gold
Chivari chairs with sapphire
Chair Covers, Satin Chair Sashes, Chair Bands
Deco Beads, Gel Beads, Vase Fillers
Paper & Plastic
Votive Candles, LED
Candles, Votive Holders
For the Bride planning a beach wedding
this V1 Coral by Allison
Blake would be perfect. Raylia
Bridal Designs also has some lovely Bridal Gowns and
Bridesmaids dresses this year, many of them would be lovely for a Beach
Wedding. Your Bridal Consultant can
help you find a gown in your price range.
1 Yacht Club banquet rooms. The newest facilities in
Seabrook, Texas on Clear Lake for weddings, receptions, parties, and
Star Fleet Entertainment
Yachts, Imagine a Houston wedding chapel on the water! Have a wedding portrait made on the bow of a Houston yacht with a magnificent sunset behind you.
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
This site has a wedding guide (located under general information) for planning your wedding on Galveston Island, TX.