Pulling off nautical nuptials

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Beachside weddings are and always have been a hot trend among couples looking to tie the knot. There’s just something so special about walking down an aisle of pristine white sand while a soft breeze blows and capped waves crash along the shoreline. But even if you can’t make it to a beach for your nuptials, you can still evoke a nautical feel with the right decor. We have a few tips that will ensure your beach-themed wedding is a hit.

Save the dates
What better way to get the feel of a destination wedding than to send your guests postcard save the dates? They’re an incredibly easy way to get the word out about that new sparkler on your left hand. And there’s no need to bother with licking any envelopes before sending them out, just address them and you’re good to go!

Wedding invitations
Invitations will set the tone for the theme of your special day, so it’s important to choose stationery that reflects your style and theme. This nautical themed wedding invitation is perfect for seaside nuptials. The blue frame and the baby blue-colored wave that splashes across the bottom of the stationery will get your guests excited for the big day on the beach.

Custom ribbon
Before you walk down the aisle, you should think about adding a special touch of ribbon to the stem of your bouquet. A ribbon with navy blue and white stripes is an elegant yet subtle way to incorporate the theme into your bridal ensemble, as seen below on Ruffled Blog. You could even tie the bottom of your bouquet or boutonnieres up with rope for a nautical feel, like these from Wedding Chicks.

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Soft tresses
Beach brides often sport a relaxed and wind-blown hairstyle for their wedding day. Let your hair down in soft, feminine waves, or go for an updo with boho braids. Braided hairstyles and beach weddings tend to go hand-in-hand. Take some inspiration from these styles featured on Confetti Day Dreams and Southern Weddings.

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Lanterns
Instead of the traditional arrangement of flowers that are often placed on each reception table, why not opt for a lantern instead? Just as light guides the way for sailors, illuminated lanterns can help guide guests right to their tables! Decorate them with flowers and greenery for an extra touch. You could try adding a soft, gentle touch with pastel floral, featured on Bronze Budget Bride or opt for simple, shell decor around your lantern, as seen on Style My Pretty.

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Wedding cake topper
Instead of the traditional wedding cake topper, think about replacing it with an anchor to stick with your nautical theme. A small one, of course. As for the cake, try to keep it simple with white and navy detailing, like stripes or flowers, as seen in this cake, photographed by Nerinna Studios. Here are some beautiful nautical cakes that would look perfect at any beach wedding.

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Gobo lighting
Gobo-style lighting is a fun way to incorporate your wedding theme into your reception. This type of lighting projects any image you would like onto the walls or dance floor of the venue. For a beach-themed day, light up the room with your new monogram accompanied by an anchor. This type of lighting makes for some wonderful photos, as seen below.

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