Whether you're tying the knot just steps from the ocean or simply have a deep love of all things nautical, there are lots 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.
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 seafoam 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.
Scroll through to see our favorite ways to bring the beach to your big day.
Shells on Your Cake
Delicate shells are the perfect beach-inspired accent for your wedding cake, as seen with this option from Buttercream Dreams.
Anchor Your Wedding Games
You can have nautical touches at your wedding even if there's no beach in sight! Lauryn Prattes Events designed this fun blue-and-white corn hole lawn game with an anchor motif.
Coastal Escort Cards
These blue-and-white escort cards with a knot motif, created by Kaity Ryan, are the perfect addition to a coastal reception.
Beach-Friendly Welcome Bags
Print a coastal map or other nautical detail onto a tote for the perfect beach-friendly welcome bag!
Go Simple With a Blue-And-White Ribbon
Add a blue-and-white striped ribbon to an otherwise white cake for a look fit for seaside nuptials, like The Cake Shop did here.