Swaying palms, a lapping sea, and serene sunkissed memories: the carefree ambience of a beach wedding puts a beach location at the top of the list for sun-seekers and bohemian lovers. Use soft pastel tones to up the romance, or shout-out-loud oranges and tropical colours to get that feelgood festival flavour, and remember – less is more. So get the detailing right to set the mood and incorporate cute coastal references to keep it all on topic.
Fabulous Floral Flourishes
Effortless to create because it needs little dressing up, but brimming with lavish luxe appeal thanks to its perfectly formed domes of tiny flowers, the soft-hued hydrangea ticks all the beach wedding boxes when it comes to wedding flower power. Scatter their petals down the aisle, take a sprig for a buttonhole, a dome for a bouquet interspersed with shells or framed by sea grass, and incorporate them throughout your ceremony and reception decor. Their pastel tones make them wonderfully romantic.
Party lovers that want to capture the flavour of a full moon party wedding fiesta, should opt for bold, tropical florals instead, like birds of paradise, orchids and frangipanis.
Contrast the expanse of the beach by framing your aisle and shaping your ceremony area. And who says it needs to be theatre style – why not create a circle of love around your wedding arbour.
Frame your aisle with palms, shells, or flowers – taking care to incorporate your choice into other aspects of your decor, and if you’re holding your wedding by night, light the aisle up with a string of light bulbs, lanterns or candles.
Driftwood makes for the perfect beach wedding arbour. Easy to make and cheap to hire if you don’t want to construct your own, wire-wrap your chosen wedding flowers in sections around the arbour’s sides, or cover it completely to create a magnificent floral arbour.
Drape wisps of silk crepe for a bohemian beach feel, or shape into pinned-back curtains.
Go minimal; ditch chair covers in favour of decoration that matches you arbour and aisle; sashes of silk crepe, tiny flower domes, or vases hanging on the back of each seat.
Spray paint plastic sea creatures in metallic gold and scatter on each table display, make driftwood runners for each wedding table and dress candle holders with shells, nautical rope or tropical flowers.
Signs & Fun Beach Twists
Embrace the beach theme throughout your signage using driftwood, surfboards or weather-beaten wooden crates for the largest pieces, and shells, nautical knots or cocktail umbrellas for placeholder settings and food labels.
Why not offer paintbrushes to brush off sand from guests feet, a box of flip flops for guests to wear, notecards for guests to write messages of advice or well wishes before posting them into an oversized bottle, and favours in a palm tree packaging.
Recreate the waves of the sea in layered watercoloured icing, and crown it with kissing seahorses or sugar star fish surrounded by frangipanis, or go nude with an exposed sponge, filled with fruits and embellished with flowers.
You could even offer sugar sculpted creates or sea creature or beach ball cakepop favours…
Main image: Hydrangea World
From top to bottom, left to right:
Shell bouquet via Wedding Party Blog
Pink hydrangea bouquet via Hydrangea World
Birds of Paradise bouquet via Pinterest
Circular aisle via BeautifulWeddings.com.au
Palms and arbour via Pinterest
Shells framing aisle via Pinterest
Hydrangea vases and arbour via Destin Beach Photography Company
Lit aisle by night via Pinterest
Hanging hydrangeas via onewed.com
Floral wedding arbour via jenarichardsweddings.com
Silk draped arbour via Pinterest
Wedding lanterns and ‘four-poster’ arbour via darot.net
Chair vases via sigaram.co.in
Hydrangea domes via Hydrangea World
Starfish via Pinterest
Candle vases via bodasyweddings.com
Metallic sea creatues via verilymag.com
Palm tree favour boxes via iidaemilia.com
Driftwood via Pinterest
Hydrangea vases on tableclothed table via webwedtalks.com
Coral in vase via Pinterest
Nautical rope candles via confettidaydreams.com
Starfish candle centrepiece via Pinterest
Nautical knot placename holders via myweddingfavors.com
Crate order of the day via Pinterest
Surfboard seating plan via ideastand.com
Cocktail umbrella placename holders via myweddingfavors.com
Starfish placename holders via blog.kingandprince.com
For sandy toes sign via Pinterest
Beach wedding sign via Pinterest
Message in a bottle via Pinterest
Blue starfish cake via Pinterest
Gold starfish cake via Pinterest
Nude sponge cake via Pinterest
Pink seahorse cake via Martha Stewart
Sugar sculpted sea creatures by Sarah Hardy
Beachball cake pops via Pinterest
Sea creature cake pops via Pinterest