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Tips and Advice on Planning Your Beach Themed Wedding


If you are planning a beach themed wedding, this article will provide all the tips and advice you need on both practical and decorative options for your special day.

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									Plan Your Beach Themed Wedding with Ease with These Top Tips!

The sun, the sand and the sea can provide either a gorgeous backdrop or great
inspiration to your beach themed wedding. Whether you are planning a wedding on a
gorgeous tropical island or you just love the seaside and have chosen a beach
theme for your wedding day, we hope some of the ideas here will help you.

Colour Scheme

Of course, when it comes to choosing your colour palette, you have lots of options
available to you. For our beach themed wedding, we decided on sandy neutrals with
a pop of blue to reflect the natural beauty of the seashore. While nature provides us
with a much broader collection of colours to choose from, we wanted to incorporate
the colours of the sea without creati a confusion of colour. Your choice of colours
does not have to reflect your location and your primary reason for choosing the
colour scheme for your wedding whatever the theme should always be that you just
love it! Another popular combination for a beach themed wedding is what we will call
"white and bright" such as white with a bright coral, fuchsia pink or tangerine.
The Dress

Choosing your dress for a beach wedding will always primarily be about what suits
your body shape, the style you have always wanted for your day and most
importantly what dress gives you that "this is the one" excited feeling when you try it
on. While not wanting to interrupt the pleasure of choosing your wedding dress with
pesky practicalities, we have put together a few pointers for you, particularly if you
are planning to travel to an exotic location for your wedding:

   1. While you want to look stunning in the dress of your dreams (and we know
      you will!), you should bear in mind the expected weather conditions and
      location. If it is going to be particularly hot, a dress that has a long train,
      multiple underskirts etc can become a chore in the heat or drag along the
      sand if you are getting married on the beach.

       A dress that looks amazing on you, but is one that you don't have to think
       about or "work" with once you put it on will mean that you can enjoy your day.
       Your dress shouldn't be stress. If you are getting married on a beach ankle
       length, calf length or cocktail style dresses are great options. Depending on
       the style of your dress, you might want to consider a light silk or chiffon wrap
       or shrug to cover your shoulders, just to avoid getting sunburned.

   2. Your bridal shop should be more than happy to help you with tips for keeping
      your dress in pristine condition while travelling. They may be able to provide
      or recommend a suitable garment bag and provide tips for the care of the
      dress. If you are travelling long distance, you might want to check if the dress
      is suitable to be steamed on arrival at your wedding destination to remove any
      creases. We would also suggest checking with your hotel or resort to confirm
      that they provide such services.

   3. Many airlines are very helpful when it comes to a wedding dress, with some
      hanging them in first class cupboards for example. It is always advisable to
      contact the airline in advance, particularly if you are flying with a budget
      airline, to ensure that they can accommodate you. You do not want to end up
      cramming your wedding dress into an overhead bin!
                      Beach Themed Wedding Cake Topper

Beach Themed Wedding Cake

Your beach themed wedding cake options are limited only by your imagination and
the skills of your chosen baker/decorator. Many traditional style wedding cakes can
be "beachified" by adding a suitable beach themed cake topper such as the one
above or decorated with some or the naturally beautiful items that reflect your theme
such as seashells or starfish.

If you are looking for something that is a more dramatic statement or to add a hint of
fun to the proceedings, you could look at something that reflects the colour of the
sea and have dramatic waves crafted in icing, for example.

Another popular option for beach themed wedding is to go for a simply elegant iced
cake decorated with bright exotic flowers. The flowers can be sugar craft or fresh but
if going for fresh, double check that the flower of choice is safe from a food hygiene
perspective and that it will remain fresh and vibrant until you have at least had a
chance to cut the cake (with your beach themed cake knife and server)!

                    Beach Themed Wedding Cake Server Set
Table Decorations

We always advise couples to remember that all items on their wedding tables can
contribute to the overall decor of the table and to bear this in mind as they choose
any specific table decorations. We say this from the point of view of reducing costs
and avoiding clutter on the table. Centrepieces, place card holders, favours and even
items like napkins can contribute to create the overall look.

In terms of decor items that are specifically related to your chosen theme you could
include items such as sea shells or even incorporate pebbles, whether you scatter
them on the table or you fill vases with them and top them with flowers or floating
candles. If you are thinking of taking a DIY approach, you could collect pebbles and
shells etc. from your beach, although please be kind the environment and also
beware to check that it is permitted to remove items from your chosen beach. Some
beaches are protected and removing items like stones or shells is forbidden. These
items are also frequently available at a relatively low cost in DIY stores, garden
centres, craft shops or online from places like Amazon.

One simply beautiful idea as seen in the main image is to use an aqua/turquoise
napkin and to place a starfish or indeed an alternative beach themed item on it.
Alternatively you could place sea shell place card holders on your napkins which will
help create a look in keeping with your theme and ensure that your choice of place
card holder is both decorative and functional!

                  Beach Themed Wedding Place Card Holders
Beach Themed Wedding Favours

There are lots of really gorgeous beach themed wedding favours available and many
of them are practical too! We have put together some suggestions for you from DIY
favours to some unique and practical items that your guests are sure to love.

Beach Themed DIY Favours

1. DIY Favour Boxes - How about a white or ivory box decorated with an aqua ribbon
(or colour of your choice) or as an alternative you could use Rattan which will give
the natural look. You can fill these boxes with sugared almonds, chocolates or
sweets. If you are getting married in warmer climes, we would advise against
chocolate but if your reception is indoors with good air conditioning then there is no
need to worry.

2. Hand Painted Stones or Shells - if you are arty (or you have a friend who is!), you
could paint some stones and embellish them with some words such as "Love",
"Trust", "Forever" etc. and leave one at each place setting for your guests to collect
or place them in organza bags on your table.

3. If you like to bake, some cupcakes or cake pops that are decorated with icing to
match your theme will go down a treat. If you are particularly handy and creative with
icing you could include a beach themed motif. These would need to be made as
close as possible to your wedding day so if you can rope in some extra help with this
it will take the pressure off.

Ready Made Beach Themed Favours

1. As you will hear us saying over and over, we love favours that do double duty.
Why not use these gorgeous beach themed photo frame holders as your both place
card holders and your wedding favours. To be sure your guests know they are for
them to take home, why not just say on the card "A Gift for ......" instead of just
putting in the name. Your guests can then use them for a photo of a loved one or
even for one they have taken on your wedding day so that they can remember the
extra special day they had!

                       Beach Themed Photo Frame Holder
2. Sticking with the double duty theme, while the ivory lantern favours below are sold
beautifully packaged, you could remove the packaging and they could form part of
your table decor as lanterns. They are sold with a gift tag on the packaging that says
"For You" which could be attached to the handle of the lantern so that again your
guests know they can take them. If you are going to light the candles on your tables,
please take care attaching the tag so that there is no ribbon etc. hanging near the

                           Ivory Lantern Wedding Favour

3. Practical favours can be beautifully unique as well - this is one place that practical
does not have to mean boring. When we say practical, we mean favours that your
guests will use again and again and include items such as bottle openers, bottle
stoppers, bookmarks etc.

                                Starfish Bottle Opener
Beach Themed Wedding Accessories

If you want to ensure that your theme is carried through in all the finer details of your
wedding there are a myriad of beach themed wedding accessories available. These
include items such as guest books, pen sets, ring cushions and toasting glasses.
How much detail you want to go to is entirely up to you, as it is with all aspects of
your wedding day!

                        Beach Theme Wedding Guest Book

                          Beach Themed Wedding Pen Set
                     Beach Themed Wedding Ring Cushion

These are just some of our beach themed wedding ideas and thoughts and we hope
you have found them of benefit to you. Remember when planning your wedding to
decide exactly what you want your wedding day to be!

All items in individual images are available from the Wedding Favours Boutique or
Place Card Holders UK.

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