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60+ Fresh Ideas for a Beach Wedding

Sunny skies, sandy beaches, and ocean breezes spell romance for so many couples. Whether you're dreaming of a destination wedding on a tropical island or a seaside celebration near your hometown, here are 60+ new ideas for your beach wedding.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    The beach provides a blank canvas for your ceremony decorations; save on décor by carving a design right into the sand.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Create an easy-breezy backdrop for your ceremony with hoop wreaths and golden chain links.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Choose a ceremony arch that complements the natural scenery.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Ocean views aren’t a requirement for a beach wedding! Tucked away in a courtyard filled with palm trees and cacti, a wicker backdrop and pampas grass lend a bohemian vibe.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Go bold with deep purples and vibrant pinks that’ll pop against the ocean.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Let the beauty of your natural surroundings shine through by keeping your décor simple. A white sheet with a favorite quote is all you need.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    A jumbo hoop wreath frames the ocean beautifully.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    An ocean view without the sandy feet? Yes, please! Set up your ceremony in the grass overlooking the beach to get the best of both worlds.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    You can also minimize the sand factor by raising your ceremony up onto a platform.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Tropical bliss! Use a giant palm leaf as your aisle runner, and add a pop of color through bright orange flowers that pop against the sand.

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Exchange your vows between towering arrangements of tropical leaves.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Display this cute sign at your ceremony entrance to encourage your guests to kick off their shoes and relax.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Throwing a destination wedding? Embrace local customs and traditions in your ceremony. This couple tied the knot in Bora Bora and hosted a traditional Polynesian ceremony, including Tahitian dancers.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Borrow this Tahitian hand-fasting ceremony: the couple’s hands are tied together with a palm leaf and then cleansed with water from the lagoon poured from a conch shell.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Get the best of both worlds – enjoy the sea breeze and ocean view without baking in the sun thanks to a pergola.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Make a wish and toss a shell back into the sea with all of y our guests.

  • Attire

    Attire

    A dip-dyed gown mirrors the beauty of the sea.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Who says floral crowns are just for brides? This couple looks spectacular in their matching crowns, leis, and white attire.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Keep your attire light and breezy with all white and floral prints.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Chiffon dresses flow beautifully in the sea breeze.

  • Attire

    Attire

    A beach hat is the perfect finishing touch for your wedding-day look.

  • Attire

    Attire

    A navy and white garter with an anchor charm is a natural fit.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Adorn your hair with an ocean-inspired clip, like this starfish version.

  • Attire

    Attire

    Tropical getting-ready robes get the beach party started right.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Coral and blue is a classic choice for a beach wedding.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Add a touch of the tropics through the colors of your flowers.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Muted tones reflect the natural backdrop and let the beauty of the shoreline shine through.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Muted tones and mint leaves mirror the softness of the ocean’s waves.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    A bouquet with warm tones and textured flowers that remind us of coral looks gorgeous in a beach setting.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Take your bouquet greenery up a notch with tropical leaves.

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Skip the flowers in favor of tropical leaves for your bridesmaids.

  • Invitations

    Invitations

    A watercolor invite with nautical elements sets the stage for a beach wedding.

  • Invitations

    Invitations

    A watercolor ombré invite mirrors the ocean and sets the tone for your seaside celebration.

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    A beach cruiser is the perfect transportation.

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    A trolley brings vintage charm to your wedding. Dress it up with starfish for a beachy vibe.

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Set the tone for a beach wedding with “message in a bottle” escort cards.

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Display your seating assignments on tropical leaves.

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Mark each seat with a personalized piece of sea glass.

  • Guest Books

    Guest Books

    Inspired by a message in a bottle, have your guests write their well wishes on scrolls. 

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Embrace natural elements like burlap and twine to give your wedding a homespun vibe.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Add a pop of color with bright orange candles and flowers.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Give your tables a unique look by decking them with gold-painted pineapples.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Make tropical foliage the main focus on your centerpiece.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A neutral color palette with pops of green mirrors the beauty of the beach.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A green and gold palette enhances the natural surroundings.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Navy and white stripes set the tone for a nautical wedding – a fitting theme for a wedding on a dinner cruise.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A simple chiffon table runner will flow beautifully in the ocean breeze.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A romantic color palette for a beach wedding, dark blue and pale pink with a touch of sparkle sets the right mood. Lantern centerpieces are the perfect finishing touch.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    What could be better than dancing under the stars on the beach? Set up a dance floor and lounge furniture to make your beachside reception more comfortable.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Adorn your cake with sailor knots for a nautical touch.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    From the fishing cake topper to the starfish details to the anchor emblem, this cake is a nautical couple’s dream come true.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    A marbled watercolor cake with gold accents beautifully reflects the ocean.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Keep your cake light and airy with a shortcake covered in fresh fruit.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    A sailboat makes a too-cute topper for a nautical wedding cake.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    A pair of flamingos provide a whimsical and fun cake topper.

  • Cakes

    Cakes

    Incorporate tropical flavors into your wedding cake, like this delightful toasted coconut and pineapple treat.

  • Favors

    Favors

    Give your guests a favor you know they’ll use – immediately!

  • Photo Ideas

    Photo Ideas

    Take the leap into married life together!

  • Photo Ideas

    Photo Ideas

    End the night with a romantic lantern release.

  • Photo Ideas

    Photo Ideas

    Add your names in calligraphy on a tropical leaf.

  • Photo Ideas

    Photo Ideas

    A customized surf board is the perfect prop for your beach wedding.

  • Photo Ideas

    Photo Ideas

    Alone in paradise! Use a drone to capture an amazing photo you’ll always cherish.

60+ Fresh Ideas for a Beach Wedding

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