sand, sea and shells - wedding inspiration

When you daydream about weddings, is there sand beneath your feet and the sound of waves breaking in the distance? If so a beach wedding sounds right up your street. If you're a relaxed or bohemian bride with a soft and effortless dress in mind then the beach could be your perfect destination. Keep reading for inspiration on how to personalise the most natural wedding venue of all.

beautiful beach wedding ideas

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When it comes to beach weddings light and floaty dresses are the name of the game. Keep your bridesmaids relaxed and cool in delicate chiffon dresses that don't cling to their skin. Beautiful shades of pastel blue and green will look divine or opt for flattering shades of blush for maids or yourself. Shorter dresses are more practical but if you have your heart set on full length make sure the dresses are tailored to fit each girl's height, no one wants to trail a dress through sand. Keep hair pinned back off their faces and makeup to a minimum for an easy, breezy fuss free wedding day. A lovely idea is to gather your girls together at the beach for some chill out time before the big day.

There are so many ideas for accessorising a beach wedding that it is hard to know where to begin. Shells certainly can't be overlooked. Whether you incorporate them into your bouquet as a unique alternative to flowers, line them along your wedding aisle or incorporate them into your table centrepieces, they will glisten with the most beautiful of seaside hues. Trust us, your female guests will be quietly grateful for a basket of flip flops at the beach rather than having to navigate the sand in stilettos. As for the men there's something to be said for letting those toes roam free.

beach inspired wedding ideas

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Creative beach inspired seating charts are a great talking point for guests as they enter your reception area. Use seashells to hold place names or decorate large frames with salvaged rope and driftwood. Long tables lend themselves well to smaller weddings where guests can all be seated together. Depending on your chosen decor long tables can also add to a relaxed and informal theme, allowing guests to mingle with the whole wedding party very easily. Don't forget to arrange some large cushions and blankets outdoors so guests can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.

Wooden signs are topping the charts when it comes to couples favourite ceremony accessories. What could be better for a beach wedding than a 'shoes optional' sign or a pretty quote to set the tone of your big day. If you're feeling creative these are easy to DIY with a few scrap panels of wood, a paint brush and a steady hand. Give it a try!

Seashells and sand have their moment in the spotlight decorating white, blue and pastel coloured wedding cakes that complete the beach theme perfectly. For a cheeky touch top your cake with personalised deck chairs or a pair of mini sunglasses to symbolise the start of your sun-kissed life together. If wedding cake isn't your thing wow your guests with ice cream cones instead. Irresistable!

Written by Ann Russell

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