With a deep blue backdrop full of crashing waves and neutral tones of the sand, a beach is an excellent choice for a wedding venue filled with natural beauty. If you are planning to host your nuptials on or near the ocean, then you might want to translate your locale into the design of your day. You can also give your guests a preview of your celebration with a beach wedding invitation. The aesthetic of your suite doesn't have to be nautical, but there are some great and easy ways to nod to your venue with a few design touches.
Want to get a bit of inspiration for your own beach wedding invitations? Ahead, we round up designs from real weddings full of tropical motifs, oceanic blue hues, and other nautical nods that are beautiful and give guests all the details of your special day.
Go for Dreamy Blues
It's best to make sure that your wedding invitations speak to the overarching vibe of your day. This dreamy invitation suite featured a light and airy watercolor design in shades of blue and cream, which was the perfect way to hint at the dreamy barefoot beach ceremony this couple was planning.
Give It a Bohemian Feel
Hosting a wedding on the beaches of a tropical locale? Copy this chic couple who tied the knot in Tulum. Design invitations that evoke the colors of the ocean as well as a bohemian, tropical feel of your destination.
Illustrate the Ambience
Ahead of their beachside Cabo wedding, actress Tika Sumpter and actor Nick sent out invitations that gave guests a preview of their ceremony venue along the coastline in the form of a sweet illustration.
Channel Ocean Vibes
Make it clear to guests that you’ll be hosting a beach wedding by having the ocean and seagulls illustrated onto your wedding invitation suite.
Favor Sandy Tones
While you might assume blue is the only beachy hue you can use in your invitation suite, this suite is proof that sandy colors make just as much of an impact. This design is perfect for a couple who prefers a more minimal, neutral color palette.
Want to take a sand-colored suite to the next level? Further warm up those sandy shades with a darker brown hue, as this couple did for their Santa Barbara wedding along the water.
Seafoam green is a beautiful color choice for invitations at a beach wedding. The brides for this Cabo celebration also made sure to include beautiful designs that would be reminiscent of the textiles that are so popular in this region.
Give It a Glamorous Twist
Who says glamorous style and beach weddings have to be mutually exclusive? This couple planned a stylish Miami wedding, so they took classic ocean-inspired motifs—in this case, palm leaves—and made them work for their party style. The result? Gilded palms on a dark gray-blue invitation suite that perfectly hinted at the celebration to come.
Pair With Gray
If you want to pair soft oceanic blues with another hue, consider a muted gray. These two shades looked beautiful together in an invitation suite for a beachside Montecito wedding.
Take a Traditional Approach
Ahead of their elegant Westhampton beach wedding, the couple previewed the fact that their nuptials would be a formal affair through their invites. While blue and white paper evoked seaside hues, the calligraphy and illustration of the beautiful beachfront home let guests know this would be a classic black-tie event.
Try Tie Dye
Wave-like tie dye lends a dramatic oceanic touch to this invitation suite for a coastal wedding.
Preview Your Florals
While the blue hues in this beach wedding’s invitation suite highlighted that guests will be watching the bride and groom exchange vows on the sand, hot pink accents used in the font and illustrations showed off the punchy bougainvillea floral arrangements that would be seen throughout the big day.
Send a Seaside-Inspired Suite
For a beachfront wedding, you can't go wrong by pairing a classic white invitation suite with a fun envelope liner that evokes the colors of the sea, just as this couple did for their island wedding on the coast of South Carolina.
Channel the Local Fauna
Beach wedding invitations don't always have to speak to the ocean. For their Palm Beach wedding, this couple had invitations designed that showcased palm trees, citrus fruits, and other local plants found in the area to give guests a preview of their locale.
For a wedding in Laguna Niguel, the couple chose a palette they called “California modern” filled with bright bold colors and deep blues to represent the Pacific Ocean. These shades made their first appearance to guests in their invitation suites.
Map It Out
A beautiful map of the Costa Rican coastline was the perfect complement to a neutral invitation suite for a surf-inspired beach wedding at the destination.
Make It Minimal
Want to subtly nod to your wedding’s beachside locale? Get inspired by this modern, minimal black-and-white suite, which keep things simple for a Baja California wedding—the singular palm leaf design was all that was necessary to hint at the destination.
Pick Something Soft and Sweet
For an elegant, elevated take on beach wedding invitations, try channeling the colors of the ocean but not the associated motifs. For this intimate beach house wedding on the sand in Laguna Beach, California, the couple relied on a soft blue hue that was featured on the envelope, insert border, and band of their invitation suite to speak to the theme of the day.
Go All Out With Something Beachy and Bohemian
Hosting a bohemian celebration on the beach and want your invitations to totally convey that vibe? Copy this fun suite, which featured soft muted tones and a grasscloth-inspired envelope liner.
If your coastal wedding has a classic feel, play around with chinoiserie in your invitation design like one couple did for their Sag Harbor nuptials. The indigo hues matched the beachside aesthetic while the elegant florals add an elevated charm.