Between the white sandy beaches, blue-hued waters, and the beautiful color palette options, beach weddings can easily be some of the dreamiest celebrations for nuptials. But beach wedding details don’t always need to be focused on seashells and beach chairs. Rather than going over-the-top on classic nautical elements, there’s a beauty in focusing on the location, colors, and level of formality you’re planning for your wedding. And that same concept can certainly apply when deciding on your beach wedding cake.
“Wedding cakes have changed so much that while they are a part of the event they can also take inspiration from the overall design without being kitschy,” says Janderyn Makris, owner of Earth and Sugar. “The word coastal can take on many life forms when it comes to design, but I always encourage couples to take their style with a more careful approach so the overall design is more curated than literal.”
Meet the Expert
Janderyn Makris is the owner and cake artist behind Earth and Sugar, a custom cake studio based in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In choosing a cake for your beach wedding, think about the tone your wedding’s aesthetic is setting. You may want to incorporate bright hues and cute elements if you’re planning a casual beach party. But if you’re going for a more formal style, think about incorporating natural elements in a subtle way such as oyster shells, sand dollars, and artistic crashing waves.
According to Makris, many couples love the idea of sticking with aqua tones and cream colors. In addition, Makris loves to work with muted blues, along with greys and soft neutrals to evoke a more modern feeling. The addition of simple greenery, palm leaves, or lovely florals can also add a beautiful touch to your coastal sweet.
Ready to get your beach wedding planning started? Read on for 25 cakes to inspire your seaside design.
Set the Base
Sometimes, simple and chic goes such a long way. On this cake, we love how the bright buttercream tiers make a statement without adding color. The two modest sugar flowers are a perfect option for a beach wedding, but this design could easily be adapted to fit any style.
Add Simple Seashells
What a charming way to incorporate seashells from the seashore! The texture of this buttercream cakes makes an ideal canvas for a simple display of blue-hued mussel shells.
Look to Your Surroundings
For a delicate display of modern simplicity, consider a hexagonal cake with intricate detailing. This cake is stunning—we especially love how the hand-painted blue hues match sprawling florals, which are paired with elegant greenery.
The beach is all about sand, so why not replicate that in your design? This cake is the perfect example of a neutral color palette that is anything but boring. Plus, the texture is absolutely dreamy.
Channel Seaside Elegance
A metallic touch can elevate any cake design. Here, a touch of gold-painted coral does just that, adding a dainty touch of the sea to the watercolor-washed bottom tier.
Consider a Semi-Naked Style
There’s nothing more classic than a semi-naked cake decked out in florals. Thanks to its neutral base and flowers, this cake is definitely ready for a beach party.
Mix In a Metallic Tier
Add a glam note to a tropical wedding by pairing palm leaves with a metallic touch. Shown here, the result is a taste of the tropics—but in the most modern way.
Make Your Own Waves
We’re obsessed with how this design pairs beautiful blues with boho vibes. The watercolor details make the tiers look just like waves, while the decadent white chocolate drip completes the design.
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