Summertime brides, listen up! When planning a beach wedding or seaside soirée, you might come to find that some of the sandy shore wedding décor out there could come off, well, a little cheesy... But have no fear because BRIDES is here and we're stealing some big day inspiration from one of the swankiest nautical towns of all — Martha's Vineyard — for a beachy-inspired big day that's chic and never cliché.
Hop on the (metaphorical) ferry and meet us on Martha's Vineyard, a Massachusetts island just south of Cape Cod. The classic coastal town often plays host to the celebrity set and political elite — the Kennedy clan, the Clintons, and the Obamas have all previously summered in the sleepy seaside town — and boasts enough nautical details and inspiring ideas to make any beachy bride start feeling that summer heat.
Start with a clean and crisp invite to call your wedding guests to the sandy shores — an alfresco seaside wedding locale is just a given, isn't it? Next up is bridal party attire. Dress up your 'maids in easy breezy frocks that sport some pretty preppy stripes. A loose shift silhouette will also keep your girls cool in the summer sun. As for your own wedding day look, opt for a pair of bridal shoes that also tote a similarly nautical vibe. We're obsessing over these Banana Republic pumps.
As for the big sun-soaked day itself, litter nautical touches in a palette of beachy blue, nautical navy, and a preppy pop of red throughout your ceremony and reception for a wedding undeniably full of seaside charm. Clean white tulip centerpieces are both seasonally thematic and oh-so-modern. And a classic cream-colored cake will help elevate the elegance. Don't forget the favors! Sea salt soap and summer-scented candles will have your wedding guests dreaming of the ocean breeze long after your "I do's."
Now you're ready to celebrate a love that runs as deep as Martha's Vineyard's beautiful blue sea!
1. "Yountville" wedding invitation, $1,610 for 100, Dauphine Press; 2. Miniature lobster buoys, $2.50 each, Marquis Miniatures; 3. Shoes, $128, Banana Republic; 4. Cake, price upon request, Elegantly Iced; 5. "Amelia" wicker tray, $135, Ralph Lauren Home; 6. "Boat Haus" scented candle, $34, Haus Interior; 7. Tulip centerpiece, $200, Michael George; Soap, $20 for a three piece set, Swedish Dream available on Amazon