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70+ Ideas for Beach Weddings

From seashell bouquets to starfish décor to exiting your reception on a boat, there are so many fantastic ideas that'll only work at this idyllic setting. Here, get over 70 ideas just for you.

By: Kristen O'Gorman Klein

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  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Cute idea for a beach wedding: Include a starfish in your bouquet!

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Skip flowers and opt for a seashell bouquet!

    Photo Credit: Amanda Jayne Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Attach mini starfish to your bouquets.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    White anemones, loads of greenery, and a teal ribbon make for a dreamy sea-inspired bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Perry Vaile Photography / Event Design: Rebecca Rose Events

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    This bouquet is reminiscent of coral and seaweed.

    Photo Credit: Heather Fitch Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    We love the way these fluffy bouquets complement the bridesmaids' pastel chiffon gowns.

    Photo Credit: Hello Blue Photo

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Incorporate different textures and colors into your bouquet for a multifaceted look.

    Photo Credit: Greer Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Fill your bouquet with contrasting colors, like orange and blue.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Boutonnières

    Boutonnières

    Include a mini starfish in your boutonnière.

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

  • Invitations

    Invitations

    This elegant beachy invitation features neutral tones, a starfish tied with raffia ribbon, and beautiful handwoven fiber paper for added texture.

    Photo Credit: Nicole Haley Photography / Stationery: Lepenn Designs

  • Save-the-Dates

    Save-the-Dates

    Announce the magnificent occasion to come with oyster shells that guests have to crack open! This bride filled each shell with a pearl and bible verse but you can include a tiny slip of paper inside instead.

    Photo Credit: Paul Johnson Photography / Stationery: Gourmet Invitations

  • Attire

    Attire

    Daring gown styles with cut-outs, open backs, or crop tops are right at home in balmy surroundings.

    Photo Credit: Emma McGowen of Honey Honey Photography / Beauty: PAGE Beauty 

  • Attire

    Attire

    Who says you can't wear a ballgown to a beach wedding? Opt for light-as-air layers.

  • Attire

    Attire

    A tea-length dress is oh-so-wearable and fresh for beachside "I do's."

  • Attire

    Attire

    Take a casual approach with a short & simple dress, paired with shorts for the groom.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Jayne Photography

  • Attire

    Attire

    A sparkling headpiece with silver chains is a boho-chic alternative to a traditional veil.

    Photo Credit: Yan Wang / Jewelry: AMY O. Bridal

  • Attire

    Attire

    Dreaming of a barefoot ceremony? You can still dress up your feet!

    Photo courtesy of Jessica Phillips Creations

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Accessories

    Bright leis make fun photo props.

    Photo Credit: Meg Courtney Photography

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Accessories

    Give each of your ‘maids a parasol in one of your wedding colors.

    Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography

  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

    Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

    Bold orange dresses pop against the sand. Give the groomsmen bright ties to match.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

    Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

    A Hawaiian-chic bridal party.

    Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    A sand ceremony on the beach = perfection! We love how this couple poured sand in their wedding colors into a special shadow box that'll become a meaningful piece of art in their home.

    Photo Credit: Mari Darr~Welch Weddings

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Don’t let your guests end up with sand in their shoes all night; have a shoe check and provide flip flops.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Keep kids busy by providing buckets filled with toys.

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    A genius way to help your guests clean off their feet with ease before slipping back into their dancing shoes.

    Photo Credit: Mari Darr~Welch Weddings

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Arrive in style to your ceremony!

    Photo Credit: Brawns Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Tie your wedding rings into seashells.

    Photo Credit: Leona Darnell Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Pull your flower girl and ring bearer down the aisle in a beach wagon.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Kids and adults alike will love tossing mini beach balls during your recessional.

    Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    This whimsical ceremony setup is just too fun!

    Photo Credit: Colin Miller/Created by Colin Cowie

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    All-white ceremony décor is an elegant touch.

    Photo Credit: KT Merry Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Capture the easy-breezy vibe of your surroundings with glass lanterns and greenery galore.

    Photo Credit: Samuel Lippke Studios / Event Design: A Signature Wedding

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    A ceremony arch with branches and vines perfectly reflects an oceanfront wedding's relaxed vibe.

    Photo Credit: Paul Morse Photography / Event Design: Bridal Bliss

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    We love this cute nautical-inspired way to designate the bride’s side and the groom’s side.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    This adorable wooden sign is a must-have for a beach wedding!

    Photo Credit: SaltyLove on Etsy

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Line your aisle with starfish stuck in the sand.

    Photo Credit: Leigh Skaggs Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Attach starfish and raffia to your chairs for naturally beautiful décor. 

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Lead the way to the aisle with flower petal hearts.

    Photo Credit: Brawns Photography

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Whimsical cocktail-inspired escort cards will make guests do a double-take!

    Photo Credit: What A Day! Photography / Event Design: Mango Muse Events

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Attach your escort cards to starfish displayed in the sand.

    Photo Credit: KT Merry Photography

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Write each guest’s name and table number on a sand dollar.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    A lighthouse surrounded by flowers fits beautifully in a seaside reception.

    Photo Credit: Jenny Ebert

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    We love this sweet DIY nautical-inspired centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Muted tones and anchored place cards are a natural fit for seaside celebrations.

    Photo Credit: Nikki Cole Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Tropical bliss in a centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cohn / Event Design: Posh Parties

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A message-in-a-bottle-inspired table number.

    Photo Credit: In His Image Film & Photo

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A sweet nautical table setting.

    Photo Credit: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Colorful pennant banners add a whimsical touch to this nautical-themed wedding.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Direct guests to their seats with sophisticated place cards affixed to starfish.

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    How cute is this cake topper?

    Photo Credit: Mari Darr~Welch Weddings

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    An elegant beach-themed cake.

    Photo Credit: Cindy Patrick Photography

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    A simple cake covered in edible shells.

    Photo Credit: In His Image Film & Photo

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    The cake topper completes this beachy wedding cake.

    Photo Credit: Nikki Cole Photography

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    Give your cake the royal Hawaiian treatment with gilded layers and a hibiscus topper.

    Photo Credit: Relate Studios / Event Design: Statice Events

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    Create an enchanting display with color-coordinated desserts and bud vases.

    Photo Credit: Alex & Cammy Photography / Event Design: Dairing Events

  • Favors

    Favors

    Give each guest a classic towel.

    Photo Credit: Jenny Ebert

  • Favors

    Favors

    Distribute fans to guests that they can use throughout the festivities.

  • Favors

    Favors

    Adorable favor idea: Miniature pails filled with saltwater taffy!

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    This photo is such a cool idea for a beach wedding!

    Photo Credit: Yazmin Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Take a walk along the beach with your nearest and dearest.

    Photo Credit: Emindee Images

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Balloons decked out with tassels are a fun and unexpected photo prop.

    Photo Credit: Wendy Laurel Photography / Event Design: Maui's Angels

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Jump for joy with your bridal party.

    Photo Credit: Meg Courtney Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Silhouettes against the sunset.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Capture a photo in front of the breaking waves!

    Photo Credit: Cindy Patrick Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Pose beside canoes, jet skis, or other forms of beachy transportation.

    Photo Credit: Pop Wedding

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Draw a heart in the sand.

    Photo Credit: Clear Skies Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Place your rings on a colorful starfish.

    Photo Credit: Cindy Patrick Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Take a trip over to the boardwalk for a spin on the Ferris wheel!

    Photo Credit: Heather Fitch Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Or, go for a ride on the merry-go-round.

    Photo Credit: Heather Fitch Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Don’t be afraid to get a little wet!

    Photo Credit: Nate & Jenna Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    And when all is said and done, take the plunge together.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Kim Photography

  • Sendoff Ideas

    Sendoff Ideas

    Cruise away into the night together on a motor boat.

    Photo Credit: K&K Photography

70+ Ideas for Beach Weddings

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