A beach wedding theme immediately conjures up images of fun, frolics and laughter. So, for a lively, yet relaxed, theme for your big day, look no further. This article takes a closer look at how to style your big day, from beginning to end, when opting for a beach wedding theme.
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Colours for a Beach Wedding Theme
The colour scheme of a wedding has more influence on a wedding theme than any other aspect, so getting it right is crucial if you want to send out the right impression. Yellow, blue and orange are wonderfully warm and tropical colours that epitomise a day at the seaside, and go for one of these for your beach wedding theme and you can't go far wrong.
Beach Wedding Theme Stationery
You could opt for modern, photo-based stationery, featuring images of sandcastles, the ocean, ice creams etc. Alternatively, why not go for postcards or even ‘message in a bottle’ invites, thank-you cards and the rest.
Transport for a Beach Wedding Theme
OK, it's a little bit wacky, but how about an Ice Cream Van? Local sellers will often consider allowing you to arrive in the back of one of their vans (for a fee of course!) and if you're lucky, you may even get to put the siren on!
Beach Wedding Theme Outfits
When it comes to outfits for a beach wedding theme, the order of the day is light and floaty. For a daring Bride, a pair of soft white linen trousers with a white bikini top and white jacket will look superb, or for something more traditional, a gown with a mermaid or fishtail skirt would work equally as well.
Bridesmaids should look to complement the Bride, so a mermaid or fishtail skirted dress are potential options, whilst coloured bikini tops with matching sarongs look ace.
For the Groom & Groomsmen, white linen suits, white shorts and open necked tropical Hawaiian shirts look the part, or for something more formal, a white tux would work well with the beach theme.
Beach Wedding Theme Flowers
Yellow and white roses are always a good bet, but star lillies, (with a starfish-like shape) are a unique alternative. Accent bouqets, posies and centrepieces with sea-shells and ocean shoreline grasses to help add to the beach wedding theme.
Beach Wedding Theme Venue
From country houses to links golf courses, any venue with sea views will do – hotels with their own private beach would be ideal.
Food & Drink for a Beach Wedding Theme
Food and drink are a great way to emphasise any themed wedding, so why not consider the following options, which should help to compliment your beach wedding theme:
Welcome Drink: Pina Coloda.
Reception Starter: Crab and Watercress Tartlets with a hint of Chilli.
Reception Main Course: Dover Sole, Rainbow Trout or Surf n’ Turf.
Reception Dessert: Ice Cream cones with a chocolate flake or Haupia - a Hawaiian, coconut based dessert.
The Wedding Cake: Traditional white iced tiered cake with a further layer of curved blue icing to give a sea effect – decorate the cake in chocolate shells.
’Evening Do’ Food: Mini fish bites and chips.
Balloons, Decorations & Favours for a Beach Wedding Theme
Doorways surrounded by silver, blue and green streamers and balloons would look in keeping with the theme. Wave effect lighting, lava lamps, oversized starfish, mermaid and tropical fish decorations would also look great - consider a few beach themed ice sculptures to boot. Instead of the usual floral table centrpieces, consider fish bowls filled with sea shells, sand and other ocean themed accessories.
Miniature bottles of Malibu, ornate conch shells or personalised rock are just some of the options you could go for when it comes to beach wedding theme favours.
Beach Wedding Theme Music & Entertainment
A Punch and Judy show and donkey rides for the kids. Bubble machines, hula hoops and even a sandcastle competition for the young at heart adults. Musically, see if you can hire a Beach Boys tribute act!
For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding theme and colour articles on our site packed full of unique and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with venue decorators, balloon suppliers and more.