The trick to adding nautical décor to your big day? Not going overboard.

Whether you're tying the knot just steps from the ocean or simply have a deep love of all things nautical, there are a lot of beach-inspired details that you can add to your wedding that will feel thematic, but won't leave your day feeling themed — which is important when implementing these ideas work.

The idea of a beach wedding, or at least a bash bursting with your favorite nautical details, is appealing to plenty of couples for a multitude of reasons. For one, summer wedding dates practically beg for seasonal details, and ocean inspirations tend to be popular not just in coastal regions but across the country. Plus, hues like icy blue and warm sea foam green, as well as preppy stripes and anchors, are perennially beloved by June, July, and August brides.

Because these nautical touches can be so fun, it's easy to get carried away, but limit yourself to just a few cohesive accents to ensure your wedding-style remains elevated. Pretty stationery with striped accents, driftwood signs with elegant calligraphy, and a "shoe valet" where guests can trade heels for flip-flops are the perfect subtle nods to the ocean for a sandy ceremony and reception.

Some ideas we love can be incorporated into your not-so-coastal wedding, too. While seashell escort cards and coral cake toppers can be the perfect finishing touch for a seaside venue, an ocean vista is certainly not required to make them part of your day. And, when used sparingly, anchor motifs or navy-and-white stripes can be an elegant addition to your overall décor.

Click through to see a few of our favorite ways to bring the beach to your big day.

Juliet Grace Design penned names onto these gold painted oyster shells for a chic and beachy escort card.

Photo: Alison Conklin Photography

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