Beach Wedding Ideas and Themes

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Beach brides are seriously lucky ladies! There are so many gorgeous beach wedding ideas out there. Go girly with floaty fabrics or take the laid-back approach and get hitched in a pair of bridal flip flops. When it comes to theming, colours and decor, you have a ready-made backdrop. From the tropical palm trees and picture postcard blue skies of Sri Lanka to the dramatic black volcanic sands of the Canary Islands, or South Africa’s picturesque sandy beaches, there are some awesome settings to take advantage of.

Beach wedding ideas don’t necessarily have to involve the more obvious emblems.

Starfish, sand and shells instantly spring to mind but there are more to consider if you want to do something different.

Oysters and pearls are a good place to start. There are many different types of pearl, from Tahitian black to freshwater, golden and white South Sea. The beauty of incorporating pearls into your beach wedding ideas is the ability to fake it and get away with it! Fake pearls look fab and can be used on tables, in favour boxes and of course – round your neck.

Blues, greens, oranges and coral pinks are all traffic-stopping colours that evoke images of the beach, ocean and marine life. Beach wedding ideas don’t necessarily have to feature specific sea-themed decor. A strong colour scheme will do all the talking. I recently saw photos from a lovely beach wedding where the couple simply used blue and white draped fabric to create the look and sensation of rolling ocean waves.

Floating candles, freestanding lanterns and fairy lights can all be used to reflect the ocean. When it comes to budget busting beach wedding ideas, lighting is the way to go. For centrepieces, place mirrors underneath glass bowls and add floating candles. Line the entrance to your evening reception venue with lanterns. Strings of clear fairy lights are my all-time favourite cheap but chic wedding decor tools. They can be draped along ceilings to create the under-the-sea effect and cost next to nothing.

If you’re looking for beach venues in South Africa how about one of these for starters:

a private island with its own sandy beaches near Plettenberg Bay

a spa hotel overlooking the sea in Arniston

a beach hotel with views of Table Mountain

or browse more enticing wedding venues to find the right one for you.