A wedding on the shore of a gorgeous beach, with waves murmuring on the sand nearby and fragrant breezes refreshing the wedding party and the guests, is a popular way to get married! Whether you actually get married at the beach or simply have a beach themed wedding, it’s possible to have the warm relaxed ambiance of the beach be an important part of your ceremony and wedding reception.
Of course, if you are getting married on the beach, then there’s very little decorating to do (unless you feel like it) since Mother Nature has already provided you a spectacular wedding venue. However, gauzy white swags of cloth attached to chairs or draped over trellises or arches can provide a more romantic atmosphere as they sway gently in the breeze. A few simple sprays of flowers can provide nice accents as they mark the rows of seating reserved for immediate family, or they could be used along the walkway leading to the wedding site. Candles are typical decorations for most wedding, though they can prove to be a challenge for a beach wedding and the winds that may rush up over the waves.
So, rather than using the traditional unity candle, try incorporating the unity sand ceremony, where the two of you will take your own little bit of sand and pour it from your individual little vases into one larger vase, symbolizing the coming together of your two souls. You can even get kids and other family members involved in this tradition. It works well for second weddings or even wedding vow renewal ceremonies on the beach. Read more about wedding ceremonies like the sand ceremony.
If you want a beach wedding theme but you’ll be decorating indoors, swags of light cloth will still look great and provide a romantic atmosphere. Bowls of sand with seashells, or bowls simply filled with seashells, look great as accents around the wedding altar or platform (although you might want to have a member of the wedding party keep an eye on them so your younger guests won’t start using them as toys). For a more tropical wedding theme, arrangements of palm branches could be used in place of large floral arrangements, or they could serve as backdrops for exotic tropical flower arrangements.
In many places in the world, flower rentals are available for just this sort of occasion or just buy the tropical plants and bring them home to recall the day of your wedding and as a precious keepsake for you and your family. Cute ideas for beach themed favors are personalized beach towels, sunscreen, lip balm and/or beach balls, fun and useful for the destination wedding held on an island or seaside location.