Getting married in any venue can be romantic, but beach weddings are especially idyllic. The more low-key, intimate vibe of a seaside ceremony makes these types of events a great choice for couples who love basking in the sun and enjoying time with loved ones by water. Even though ocean destinations lend themselves to a breezy, barefoot wedding style, beach weddings don’t have to to be informal. In addition to being inspired by the setting, they can (and should!) reflect your own personal style. And when it comes to the decor, there are tons of options out there to choose from.
Still, you want to make sure the items you choose can withstand the elements, since salty air, heat, and excess moisture can wreak havoc on wedding decor. To help, we rounded up a variety of beach-inspired decor items that are both weather-friendly and on theme to make your wedding feel like perfect seaside escape.
Read on for the best beach wedding decor ideas.
If you’re looking for decor that can also double as a favors, these pretty glass votive candle holders will do the trick. Available in sets of four, each votive fits a tea light (go for battery-powered if your venue doesn’t allow candles) and is designed with white seashell print against a pale backdrop. Post-wedding, they can also be used as small vases or cups to store q-tips and other bathroom accessories.
Price at the time of publish: $10+
For a special personalized touch, this rustic driftwood sign can be personalized with the coordinates of your beach wedding location. The details are hand-engraved on the wood, which comes strung with twine for easy hanging. Pick from a number of size options (from 12 to 64 inches wide) and display the sign at the beginning of the path to the ceremony or at the entrance to the reception.
Price at the time of publish: $65+
If you’re having a laid-back, shoes-option ceremony, this fun sign will give your guests clear directions about where to go (and where to stash their heels). Depending on your wedding palette, you can choose from a dark walnut stain with white vinyl lettering or painted white wood with black font. There are two sizes available—both are large enough for guests to spot easily when they arrive.
Price at the time of publish: $55+
Planning a unity ceremony? This nautical-inspired kit comes with two contrasting-color ropes that can be tied into an infinity knot, which symbolizes the joining of two lives (or families) into one. The ropes also come with instructions on how to tie the knot and what to say during this part of the ceremony.
Price at the time of publish: $63+
If you’re having a beach or marina-based wedding, this clever centerpiece is the perfect accent for your sweetheart table (or splurge and get one for every table). The driftwood mast and hull make the boat stand on its own, and the sails come in four different styles. They can be customized with you and your partner’s names, wedding date, table numbers, and anything else you want to add.
Price at the time of publish: $134+
This starfish-shaped glitter confetti comes in a pack of 150 and is available in two sparkly color themes. Sprinkle around centerpieces to add some colorful flair to your tables, pop them onto sticks to use as dessert decorations, or have guests toss them as a send off as you make your exit at the end of the night.
Price at the time of publish: $10
These gorgeous table numbers from Etsy are ideal for beach wedding setting. The text (choose from white or black) is printed on faux sea glass, which is available in traditional green, as well as nearly a dozen other colors. For an additional cost, add a base stand in either stained wood, driftwood, or acrylic.
Price at the time of publish: $15+
If your reception is going to take part after sunset, adding some decorative string lights can really help set the scene. This whimsical strand features 35 battery-operated LED lights shaped like starfish, sea horses, and seashells. The shapes are all strung on a silver-plated copper wire which can be strung or easily bent to wrap around signs, trees, and other structures.
Price at the time of publish: $17
Add a charming piece of decor to your beach wedding with this sweet banner from Etsy. The best part? It can be fully customized—choose from dozens of colors for the letters, hearts, and hanging ribbons, as well as several options for the chipboard.
Price at the time of publish: $34
Although these little candles are intended to be given as wedding favors, they can also be used as decor by scattering around the table centerpieces. The tags can be personalized with you and your spouse’s names, your wedding date, or a message of your choice. Choose from several different options for the mesh wrapping and add a tray (for an additional cost) to complete the look.
Price at the time of publish: $72+
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