If you plan to marry on the beach, most of your decorations will be provided by Mother Nature. You will still need a backup plan, however, in case the weather does not cooperate. Setting up a weather-resistant tent or renting an indoor facility will cover all the bases. Even if you marry with your toes in the soft sand, there are a few extra decorations you can add to contribute to the celebratory spirit.
Tables can be arranged with terrycloth coverings for a unique beach look. Colorful umbrellas add to the effect while providing a nice shield from the sun. Arches decorated with tropical mementos are a lovely touch, too. Consider an arch adorned with tulle and shells, or if you prefer a bolder look, why not cover an arch with Hawaiian leis and brightly colored balloons?
Indoor wedding receptions can be transformed to beachside affairs with a few decorating ideas. Start with the entrance to your reception area. Whether you include a beach-themed arch or simply choose to decorate the entrance doorway, the effect will be stunning. Rope lighting is a nice choice for illuminating a passage, as it can be placed either on the floor (to outline a path) or on the arch itself. Swag fishermen's nets over an arch, then attach shells, starfish, or even small shovels. When your guests pass through this seaside entryway, they will be captivated.
As you set up the tables, you can go with either traditional linens or terrycloth covers. The use of fishermenÂ’s nets will add a nautical feel. Depending on what fabric you use beneath them, the effect will be either more or less formal. Consider putting fun, brightly colored beach umbrellas in the center of each table. You will still have room for an artistic centerpiece beneath this canopy of color.
Your guests will be surprised if you hang inflated beach balls and rafts from the ceiling! These will add lots of spirit and color while transporting all of you to the beach. Inflated pool toys and fake palm trees can border the reception area for a touch of whimsy. Be sure to add some ocean sounds. Between songs, your guests will hear the wind, the gulls, and the waves. This is a fun way to incorporate just a bit more beach into the party!
Centerpieces can reflect beach themes by using any of the beachÂ’s natural gifts. Candle-and-shell combinations are lovely. If you prefer floral arrangements you can use tropical displays or pots painted with mermaids or fish. Why not place a goldfish in a small bowl on each table? Miniature boats, oars, tropical fish, and even pails and shovels will enrich the nautical motif.
Beach favors are easy and fun to create. Fill shells with candy, or give each guest a tiny toy boat holding a sachet. Pass out visors or sunglasses. Stuff tiny glass bottles with messages personalized with wedding details. Hang sand dollars on ribbons.
With specialty cakes available, you can have a confectionary masterpiece that masquerades as a sand castle or even a colorful tropical fish. Cake toppers, too, can be beach-themed and fun. As the sun sets on your reception, you will say goodbye to your guests filled with the wonder, beauty, and thrill of the sea.