Free spirits and beaches go hand in hand. We love everything about it, from the subtle colours to the wedding ceremony chairs set up in the beach, this seaside wedding is sublime!
What to Look for in a Venue for a Seaside Wedding
Seaside weddings are magical, mystical, and are always considered highly romantic. Your wedding venue should be a reflection of your love. Seaside weddings don’t mean you need to have all your wedding guests out on the sand the entire day. There are several attractive options for wedding venues to choose from and host the wedding and reception.
You can opt for an elevated seaside wedding with stunning views of the endless sea, a beach wedding with a huge canopy and tent for the reception, or a beachside resort that offers a private beach for seaside wedding ceremonies with the reception held in an open area close to the sand and surf.
Colour Palettes for a Seaside Wedding
If you plan to adopt a bohemian seaside wedding theme, you could opt for ombre blue, white, and occasional reds or white, off-white, beige, tan, and shades of gray. While these hues may feel a little neutral, they help offset the crystal clear waters and merge beautifully with the seaside, making the wedding seem as natural as the beauty surrounding the venue.
Other colour palettes to consider are gold and burgundy with hints of white and ivory. These classic colours are gorgeous and make for a hip yet stylish overall aesthetic. Think burgundy tablecloth with a white wedding cake and matte gold dinner plates.
Details for a Seaside Wedding
You can have everything from a gorgeous bohemian beach wedding, pink and peach seaside wedding, tropical wedding inspiration, to a nautical-themed wedding. With so much to offer, seaside weddings are the most romantic. Imagine standing by the seaside and pledging your vows to your partner with the sound of crashing waves, a gentle breeze, and all your loved ones present.
You could include oceanic motifs, boho-chic vibes with macrame and papier-mâché, wooden bamboo chairs, fruity cocktails, white on white décor with white tables and chairs, white throw cushions. These accents will make your seaside wedding a relaxed yet gorgeous occasion.
Food for a Seaside Wedding
A seaside wedding is incomplete without seafood! When planning a seaside reception, you should consider wedding food that makes your guests drool. You can have flavoured spiced rums, cocktails, pina coladas, berry juices, and tropical fruit punches as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A spread of salads like Caesar with shrimp, baby greens garden salad, and appetisers like sushi, shrimp cocktail, popcorn chicken, oysters, stuffed mushrooms, tomato and bread.
Chicken marsala, steaks, roast pork, and grilled fish can be entrees. Some couples even like setting up a catered barbecue station for people who want to relax by the seaside. Desserts can be shortcake bites, lemon cookies, and an array of tarts.
Table Setting Style for a Seaside Wedding
The table setting should reflect your wedding theme and your harmony with nature. For these reasons, a partial boho-chic wedding table setup will work in your favour. A bare wooden table and bamboo chairs with plain white cushions will look gorgeous in any seaside location.
Instead of a single centrepiece, you could have a floral runner across the table with a profusion of blush, yellow, and white blooms surrounded by greens. The dishes can be bone china with silver cutlery and pale blush-tinted glasses. You could opt for mismatched copper and rust-coloured trays and baskets for serving platters. Place cards can be chic ivory with the names written in silver or white calligraphy.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Seaside Wedding
Brides who plan seaside weddings can look stunning in boho chic wedding dresses and accessories. If you’re planning a wedding on a beach, you could even think of a knee-length sleeveless or half-sleeved dress in lace. Some brides prefer full-length gowns that are light and airy with flowy fabrics like satin and silk. If this is something that you may like, opt for a satin and lace wedding dress to complement the theme.
Accessories can be everything from rhinestone headbands to hold back wisps of hair in the breeze, elaborate headpieces with chic faux feathers, and a sash covered in pearls and gemstones. For seaside weddings, shoes should be flip-flops with rhinestones or ballet flats.
Wedding Cake Ideas for a Seaside Wedding
Seaside soirees should have exquisite cakes that represent the overall theme. The wedding cake can be white on white with gorgeous fondant or sugared icing with white dotted concentric circles, a huge edible flower in blush and coral icing, a vanilla cake with chocolate ganache, or a fruity cake with coconut flakes sprinkled around the sides.
Depending on your vision for the cake, you could choose a nautical theme wedding cake in white and icy blue with tiny edible pearls in linear patterns across each tier. A hand-painted cake with your initials and a scene depicting the beach or seaside would also work in your favour and tie the wedding theme and your journey together.
Ceremony Decor for a Seaside Wedding
True beauty lies in the simplicity and elegance of a bohemian seaside wedding. While considering the ceremony decor, you must plan natural and symbiotic elements that tie the theme together. Gorgeous candelabras with white candles, white wooden seating for the guests, the bridal aisle covered in white rose petals, and a wedding arch made to look like a rustic trellis will work towards tying the seaside theme with your love.
You could also consider having the ceremony kneeling on white cushions or seated on wooden chairs with white covers as decor additions. Adding potted flowering plants, a wedding bouquet made of greens and white roses, and elements of reclaimed sea wood will also work well with the theme.
Favours and Gifts for a Seaside Wedding
Wedding favours are the nicest ways to say thank you to your guests. The favours should be meaningful, hold a special place in your heart, and be memorable. Some good gifting examples are dream catchers, jars of honey with your initials on the labeling, succulents for guests to plant at home, macrame keychains, coasters, and more.
You could also think of meaningful welcome gifts to greet your guests when they reach the wedding venue. Some excellent examples would be woven fans to beat the heat, a bottle or cans of beer, some sage smudging sticks, floral bracelets for the girls and ladies, and beautiful peach boutonnières for the boys and men.
Wedding Invitations for a Seaside Wedding
The wedding invitations with a seaside theme should perfectly represent your vision. You can opt for a gorgeous light, matte gold background, with peach lettering in beautiful calligraphy outlining the events and functions, or you could have sky blue or teal stationery with the lettering in navy blue with white.
When considering the invites, it is essential to account for the different functions you are hosting. Apart from the wedding ceremony, if you’re hosting a rehearsal dinner, an informal meet-the-family cocktail night, or planning an out-of-the-box event like a lakeside or poolside high tea, you should add these details and the dress codes in the wedding invitations too.
Bohemian beach wedding
This gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot from Ryder Evans Photography effortlessly combines free-spirited bohemian style, a fantastic beach setting, and sophisticated and chic design details. Originally shot for the Byron Bay Bridal Showcase, this fantastic team of vendors really created something quite extraordinary here!
Mahalo to Ryder for sharing these fantastic images! If you loved this shoot be sure to check out another one featuring many of the same vendors here.
Credits: Photography: Ryder Evans Photography // Styling & Deign: White + White // Floral Design: Fleuriste // Paper Goods: Wolley Stationary // Videography: Wedding Films by Sam Fletcher // Catering: Hungry Like The Wolf Catering // Cake: The Cake That Ate Paris // Styling: Amini Concepts // Rentals: Love Struck Weddings // Gown: Jennifer Gifford Designs // Suit: Wil Valor // Headpiece: Shut The Front Door // Venue: Byron View Farm // Props: St Barts & Shikoba // Makeup: Alex Ouston.