Beach Wedding – Whether you’re exchanging vows on the seaside or simply fancy the nautical theme, there are endless details you can choose that will feel thematic. But it still won’t leave your wedding guests feeling like they’re spending the day at a nautical theme park.
Beach wedding is also budget-friendly and has plenty of rooms for improvisation, which is crucial when incorporating the ideas. Scroll through for some pretty soft pastel ideas for a chic beach wedding without breaking your wallet.
Beach Wedding Ideas
Watching the bright blue sky above the ocean, dipping toes on a warm sandy beach and feel the sea breeze brushing on your face, are probably just a few appealing reasons that make you and plenty of couples choose to tie the knot on the beach.
The venue itself lends an inspiration with hues like dusty coral, gradients of green and blue, and more from soft pastel palette that will enhance the coastal view.
Beach Wedding Decorations
The best thing about a beach wedding is that nature already provides you with a perfect background. A minimalist chic decoration will enhance the romantic ambiance of your wedding ceremony.
Frame the ocean view with a tall wooden arch covered in white sheer light fabrics and romantic soft pastel pink ribbon accent, with beautiful red and pink rose flower arrangement for the crown. Use the same idea for the guest seats.
Chic idea: You can make your own romantic beach wedding decoration to border the aisles, with hanging mason jars from the dollar store and simply fill it with a bunch of roses or other favorite flowers.
Venue decoration all set, guests are seated, and the wedding bells are ringing; now it’s time for the bride to walk down the sandy aisle.
While wearing high heels is clearly not an option for a seaside wedding, and you don’t feel like showing up to tie the knot in flip flops, a beautiful strappy bridal shoe with wide heels would be the perfect choice to adorn your awesome beach wedding dress and show off your pretty feet.
Chic idea: Go with no heels and wear strappy sandals with pearls and seed beads.
Beach Wedding Invitations
Give an early splash of sea breeze for your guests with the beach-themed wedding invitation. Have fun and explore the possibilities of using creative shapes and materials.
This pastel blue canvas, for example, comes with printed cheeky quote and illustration that would definitely give a hint of fun beach wedding for your guests.
Chic idea: Give a touch of beach details to your paper-based wedding invitation with a sprinkle of sand, shells and starfish. Or a simple nautical illustration like anchor – a perennial choice and universally known sign for a seaside theme.
Beach Bridal Dresses
In a chic and romantic beach wedding, a charming one-day seaside princess is wearing a beautiful sleeveless bridal dress made of flowing white fabric that the sea breeze loves to play with.
With a naturally beautiful scene, we recommend light fabric materials with a simple design for your beach wedding dress. Preferably in white or soft pastel colors like seafoam green, sky blue, dusty coral or pale yellow.
Avoid wedding dress with unnatural heavy fabrics, ornate details, or full body design as you should be a part of nature.
Chic idea: Replace short sleeve with lovely thin crochet lace detail.
Wear your hair down and let the wind play with your locks. Since the perfect hair-do for a beach wedding should be simple and natural, you can actually do it yourself and allocate the hairdresser budget for something else.
Still fancy updo hairstyle for your beach wedding? opt for a slightly messy bun.
Chic idea: If you have long hair, side fishtail braid with small wildflowers would look make a really cute surf side wedding hair.
A sandy beach wedding ceremony or nautical themed indoor wedding should definitely have the perfect wedding cake. Two or three tier cake with beach stuff ornaments made of colorful pastel fondants would definitely be more than just an accessory to the dinner buffet.
Chic idea: Replace three tier wedding cake with a tower made of dozens cupcake, decorate each cupcake with pastel beach-themed fondant toppings.
Don’t let your guests go home empty handed, give them a simple and memorable beach wedding favor with pastel details in dusty coral, sandy beige, or sea foam green, with some small nautical ornaments like shells and dried starfish.
Chic idea: Make a ‘message in a bottle’ beach wedding favor. Fill a clear bottle with a teaspoon of sand, printed thank you message and a small shell. Cover the bottle with cork and tie a ribbon with thank you sign.
Beach Wedding Attire
Your beach wedding attire should be fun and light. So leave the dark-colored tux and heavy velvet gown behind.
Light beige suit and a dusty coral bow tie will give a refreshing look for the groom and much more appropriate for a seaside venue. As for the bride, a pretty white flowing dress with lace details would be a perfect choice.
Chic idea: Add pastel details like pink pearl or dusty coral ribbon band to your white beach wedding dress to add a little pop of beach hues.
Beach Wedding Sandals
The only appropriate time for a bride to not wear high heels is a beach wedding.
White flat sandals and flip flops would make a decent choice to match your bridal dress. It’s awesomely budget-friendly and you can experiment with different details to get a perfect beachy look for your feet.
Chic idea: If you prefer something fancier for your feet, like strappy wide heels, you can still prepare the beach sandals for guests who want to be more comfortable on the sandy beach.
Wedding Cake Toppers
One of the coolest things about beach weddings is that it brings out all of our fun and creative side. Same goes with the cake topper for a beach wedding cake.
Leave all the formal wedding cake images you’ve seen before and go with something more adventurous and creative. Who even said that wedding cakes should be more than a tier anyway?
Chic idea: A simple one tier buttercream wedding cake would look cute with a beach side scene. Pour some brown sugar, mini beach chairs (adirondack chairs), starfishes and sign. Witty!
Tropical flowers would make an interesting beach wedding centerpiece. But it’s still missing some beach fun.
Why not entertain the guests with a spectacle of the underwater life in a round aquarium? Fill with green and blue pebbles, coral or tropical flower and a couple of real goldfish.
Chic idea: Combine underwater scene with a tropical flower. Replace round aquarium with a tall wide vase.
Highlight your beach wedding dress with an exotic tropical flower bouquet, bursting with summer nautical charm. For the perfect beach wedding bouquet, combine flowers with the color of sea elements. Gradients of green and blue, sandy brown, and coral.
While a classic all-white flower/calla lily arrangement with small starfish decor will prettily adorn any beach wedding dress.
Chic idea: Non-floral wedding bouquets from seashells, starfish and pearls would make a trendy and eye-catching bridal bouquet.
Beach Wedding Arch
Let’s not forget to prepare the main decor element to highlight your beach wedding ceremony.
Aren’t you smitten with the idea of a beach wedding arch from natural material like bamboo or tree branches, and combined with flowing colorful fabric or flowers to make your big day perfect?
Chic idea: Complete your beach-themed wedding arch with wooden boat steer wheel or antique anchor.
Dresses for Bridesmaid
For a summery beach wedding with all the natural summer elegance, a light, flowing dress in seasonal nautical hues. Like sky blue or pastel peach exudes warm and fun look for your bridesmaid. Flower crown would make a perfect headpiece for a fun-loving bridesmaid dress.
Chic idea: For an alternative, replace the usual bridesmaid dresses with a light sundress or cheeky jumpsuit design.
Dresses for Flower Girls
If you have an adorable little girl in the family, let her proceed down the sandy aisle to scatter flower petals for the bride.
A light white lace or tulle dress with pastel ribbon band accent would look really cute for the little beauty.
Chic idea: Use thin crochet lace material for a flower girl dress.
Amazing beach wedding sign is simply a must. Whether it’s made of the chalkboard, reused wooden palette or embroidered bunting.
There are endless creative ideas to incorporate into your surf side scene. Beach wedding sign should be a fun and inexpensive display to mark your special day.
Chic idea: Make your own cute wedding sign from canvas, painted with calligraphy and pastel nautical ornaments.
Beach Wedding Makeup
Considering the outdoor venue with an abundance of sunlight and ocean breeze, your makeup should look lasts.
Since this is the only occasion where you go to the beach with full makeup, you really want to make sure everything is waterproof. Opt for a simple but stunning look that enhances your natural beauty.
Chic idea: Choose waterproof pale coral lipstick for a more natural look.
Altar for Beach Wedding
The beach wedding altar for your ceremony should be exceptionally beautiful with plenty of natural touches. We recommend canopy style altar to gorgeously cover you from the streaming sunshine.
Built from natural bamboo posts, covered with colorful tulle and decorated with exotic tropical flowers and seashells or starfish.
Floral arches and bamboo arbors can be another exciting natural alternative for beach wedding altar.
Chic idea: Combine sea foam green and coral tulle for the canopy. Let it pool around the post base for a more colorful and romantic look. For night time ceremony, replace tulle and flowers with shell garlands and bamboo torch.
For an idyllic beach wedding decoration, you can add an exotic touch with assorted tropical flowers and greenery to contrast the salty sea blue water.
Flowers like pincushion protea, stargazer, marigold and orange lily would look exceptionally romantic and refreshing for wedding altar or centerpiece decoration.
Chic idea: Rose is still a popular choice, combine roses in various bright colors, preferably in orange, red, and pastel coral.
Close your eyes and hear the music starts playing, calling the bride, what do you see?
We imagine the guests are standing by the wedding aisle covered in colorful flower petals, as you proceed to walk down the sandy aisle. The sides of the guest seats are decorated with fresh flowers and ribbon that sway with the sea breeze.
Chic idea: To anticipate the sandy scene, cover the aisle area with a low platform or tightly arranged wood planks to make it easier to reach the altar.
A pair of sparkling and shiny earrings with nautical details would look especially breathtaking to adorn your wedding dress. Another summery and simple alternative for beach wedding includes a unique sea glass or pearl button earrings.
Chic idea: For an eclectic and exotic touch, wear pastel feather earrings.
Guest books nowadays are no longer just a literal book where guests put down their signature.
Couples are finding ways to remember who shared their special day in a more personal and creative ways. Asks each guest to write wishes or tips for the happy couple, and place each message inside a cute bottle.
Chic idea: Make a special wishing tree to hang every personal message cards from the guest.
Bridal Eye Makeup
When it comes to the perfect eye makeup for a casual beach wedding, consider an unpretentious glamor look in a natural color like peach or coral. Make sure your eye makeup lasts long with a water resistant or waterproof eye shadow and mascara.
Chic idea: For a more refreshing and natural look, match your natural hue eye shadow with lipstick and nail polish.
Beautiful Nails for Wedding Ceremony in Beach
For your matrimonial manicure, show a little elegance with pastel nail polish and nautical detail embellishments.
Think of spring break or beach vacation colors for more exciting fingers. Remember to consider the overall look when choosing your wedding nail design.
Chic idea: Skin tone nail polish with a few beads is versatile and fit for any beach bridal dress.
Wedding Table Decoration Ideas
Prettify your seaside reception and entertain the guests with a summery, seaside decoration. A wedding table decoration is budget-friendly and totally possible to DIY.
For the tables, table cloth and runner are optional, same goes for the chair cover. We especially love simple beach table decoration with flowy bright ribbons or flowers for the tables and chairs.
Chic ideas: For daytime wedding reception in beach, hang paper lanterns between the coconut trees.
Every one-day princess needs her tiara, no exception for the seaside bride. Prepare a stunning headpiece to match your wedding dress. Preferably with pearls or fresh exotic flowers arrangement.
Chic idea: DIY your headpiece with strands of faux gold strings and beads gathered by beaded flower applique. You can also make simple hairband with sweet pastel pink pearls and ribbon.
Beach Wedding Colors
We understand that choosing the color palette for your beach wedding can be very confusing.
Remember that you can always borrow the natural sea elements color (sea water, sand, and sky blue) for details. Or mix it with other elements like pastel coral, pale yellow, and other summery hues.
Chic idea: Combine pastel coral and turquoise for your beach wedding details for an exceptionally stunning ambiance.
Attire for Groom
We’ve basically covered the brides and bridesmaid beach wedding dresses. So it’s about time for us to give the grooms some inspiration for their special day.
Though outdoor beach weddings are relaxed, the seaside scene with the sea breeze and sunlight will be a challenge. That’s why we recommend materials like cotton and linen for the groom attire.
Recommended colors for the groom’s suit are light hues like beige, cream, or sky blue. You basically want to avoid darker colors.
Chic idea: Relaxed ties, small bow ties, or no ties with flower pin are very much acceptable for the occasion.
For the groomsmen attire, the color coordinated outfit would be a stylish choice. Daytime wedding on the beach could be the only appropriate time for the groomsmen to wear a short sleeved shirt with Bermuda shorts.
If you’d like it more formal, white shirt with light colored pants and belt suspender is a great alternative option.
Chic idea: Leave the formal shoes and trade for comfy uniformed sneakers.