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20+ Breezy Ideas for a Beach Wedding

August 13, 2021

Plan the seaside ceremony and reception of your dreams with these coastal wedding design, style and menu ideas.

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Photo: Devon Donnahoo Photography, Styling by Katie Kalafat

Top Tips for Seaside Nuptials

Coastal shorelines and sandy beaches are dream wedding locales for engaged couples everywhere — and with good reason. The intoxicating setting appeals to all the senses; the smell of sea salt lingering in the air, a cool breeze whispering through your hair, soothing acoustics of waves crashing on the shore and the expansive vista of land and sea to serve as the backdrop. Consider this your green light to secure your seaside venue ASAP, but before you do, read up on our top 20 dress, decor, floral and menu tips to make your beach wedding better than your wildest dreams.

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Photo: Alyssa Forbes Photography /

Suit Up in Sandy Hues

Take cues from your coastal locale when selecting wedding attire. This handsome husband-to-be shows how it's done, donning a heather gray suit, a crisp white shirt and a sandy tie. The diffused tones and lightweight fabrics appear at home among the grassy dunes while still standing out in the breezy landscape.

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Photo: Alyssa Forbes Photography, Design and Styling: Jillian Adams Photography

A Sweetheart Table for Two

Soak up the first few married moments post-ceremony with an intimate beach picnic. This dreamy rattan table features antique brass candlesticks with almond and ivory candles flanking a lush centerpiece of fluffy blush roses, creamy baby’s breath and trailing greenery. Raw-hem linen napkins add a layer of softness to the tablescape, while a bottle of bubbly and two pewter coupes add a glamorous incentive to sip and celebrate together.

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Photo: Style Me Pretty/ Greg Finck Photography. From: Abby Larson.

Make Waves With Watercolor Invitations

Make the waves your muse when designing your invitation suite. This inspired set boasts stormy sea-blue hues and moment-rich watercolor details. Swirling, curling calligraphy enhances the breezy oceanic appeal; eye-catching aqua postal stamps round out the design with a pop of bold, beachy color.

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