Getting married on a beach is what dreams are made of. You know you want a seaside venue, complete with the sound of waves and a gorgeous view. While you can set up chairs and call it a day, there are loads of options for beach wedding ceremony ideas that can turn your beachy wedding into the perfect occasion for memories that will last a lifetime.
Decor Inspiration From the Beach
Your beach wedding decor can (and should!) definitely incorporate natural elements that surround your fête. Use found items, such as seashells or driftwood, in your tablescape(s). Look to the seaside for color inspo, such as blues, greens, and sandy neutrals. You may be tempted to use boats and anchors, but if you’re not really into nautical motifs, maybe think twice before going in that direction.
Candles are a great addition to any party, but if you’re dealing with refreshing sea breezes, they may not be practical. String lights are a flame-free addition for an evening reception that can boost the scene and keep some low-light ambiance that could work better than a flickering set of candles.
Guest Feet Station
Not everyone is into getting sand inside their good shoes. It doesn’t feel great, and it can be hard to clean up after the wedding is over (sand works itself into the very tiniest places!). Instead, provide beach-side baskets for shoes and brushes for sandy toes, and also consider offering flip flops to your visitors. Be sure to let your guests know that shoes will be optional before they head out!
Here, you can again use the beach as inspiration for the area where you’ll say your “I dos.” A simple rustic arch, driftwood, and tropical leaves will enhance the spot without overpowering it (or blocking that fantastic ocean view). Play with your shapes and forms. From pergola-inspired to your take on an archway, your alter can be customized to suit you.
Destination Wedding Favors
If you’re handing out beachy favors at your wedding, you have a few options that would not only be memorable, but functional and welcome for your attendees. Beach towels, sunglasses, sunscreen, fans, even luggage tags — any of these would be appreciated. Give something that leaves your guests longing for their next vacation!