Boot Wedding Cake Topper

Are you planning a western wedding? We compiled this list of how to plan a western wedding with must-have details, but realize now that we were missing one important thing: THIS cake topper! We spotted it over at Red Heart Creations and couldn’t be more in love with its adorable details. This one has it all, loves.

Boot Wedding Cake Topper

This cake topper has four amazing features: 1) the pair of boots which represents his boot and her boot, 2) a horseshoe for good luck, 3) the words ‘just hitched’ carved into the horseshoe, and 4) a small wood heart with your initials ‘carved’ into it.

Boot Wedding Cake Topper | via emmalinebride.com

Boot Wedding Cake Topper | via emmalinebride.com

Here’s a close-up of the horseshoe detail:

Boot Wedding Cake Topper | via emmalinebride.com

Ah, we’re really digging this! It’s the perfect finishing touch to any wedding cake.

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What do you think? Are you planning a rustic / western wedding?

xo
-E.

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Love-Filled Mad Libs Guest Book Idea

Mad lib guest books are popping up everywhere– and for good reason! Find out why we love this guest book alternative in today’s feature. Plus, would you subscribe already?! We’d hate for you to miss other inspiring finds like this and be out of the loop.

What do we love more than a traditional signed guest book? A mad libs guest book, that’s what! Hi loves, Emma here and can you believe it’s already Friday? This week was the fastest in record history, I think. Hibernating inside when it’s, oh, you know, -10 degrees in windchill (yes, really!) can turn days into nights in record time. On the news this morning, they actually said IT IS WARMER IN SIBERIA right now than it is in Metro Detroit at the moment. Anyways, at least my house is warm and filled to the brim with love this Valentine’s Day weekend with my two sweet Valentines: my hubby, Andrew, and my son, Baby Andrew (who just turned ten months). I asked him to be my Valentine and he replied with a toothy grin and a, “MAMA-MAMA BABBABABAA” which translates to “Mama, Bottle” in babyspeak. I take that as a yes, and I look forward to extra snuggles and warm blankets and a few episodes of Curious George.

But I digress. As you cozy up to your Valentine this weekend, feel free to drop in a few wedding planning questions, like, gee, honey, what do you think of a mad libs guest book? That would be romantic, yes?

Mad Libs Guest Book

Anyways, you know how a mad libs guest book works, right? Guests take a card and fill in the blanks with nouns, pronouns, or verbs (without reading it first). When you don’t read it ahead of time, the result is more comical; you’ll be able to tell which guests cheated and read ahead of time by how well it flows when you read it. ;) At the bottom, you’ll find a few lines where guests can write off-the-cuff and give advice, tell you their favorite part of the wedding, or give you some super awesome date ideas to keep the romance alive. It’s a cute way to get a little more personality on paper, instead of a simple signature.

These cards — named Love Libs — are from B is for Brown:

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Guests fill out it out and place their completed card in a simple card box. You can even get a hinged box like this one, which is super affordable and handy for keeping cards after the big day.

There are other colors available, too. See them all at B is for Brown.

xo
-E.

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50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

Calling all engaged nerds! And, we say that, of course, with the greatest affection. One of the wedding themes that doesn’t get nearly enough attention is an offbeat wedding. An offbeat wedding is non-traditional and includes creative touches to really bring out two people’s quirky personalities.

Geeky weddings are pretty amazing.

Nerdy, geeky, offbeat weddings are some of our favorites because there are SO MANY insanely creative ideas out there. In today’s post, we’ve rounded up fifty (plus!) greatest geeky wedding ideas of all time including finds from Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Minecraft, and Game of Thrones, just to name a few. We’ve found a couple battling it out with light sabers in the form of a cake topper, a Harry Potter necklace gift for the groom to his bride, a set of Superhero garters for the entire bridal party to wear, a bracelet set for Game of Thrones enthusiasts, wedding art prints for your future Harry Potter decked out home, cuff links, wedding gift ideas, and more. Let’s just say we’ve found SO MUCH geeky goodness in this post and we are so delighted to share it with you. Plus, these are all handmade via Etsy (US). Anyways, grab your favorite coffee mug (like this, which is totally amazing) and let’s get to it!

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photo: linnea liz

P.S. there’s bound to be a TON of amazing finds we had to skip this time around. So, please forgive us if we missed your beloved cult classic. In fact, be sure to include it in the Facebook comments below because we’ll definitely be having a part two in the future.

Geeky Wedding Ideas

1. This Harry Potter wedding invitation

harry potter wedding invitation | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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2. These geeky superhero garters for the bridal party

geeky superhero garters | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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Which go great with this next one…

3. These superhero pins instead of boutonnieres

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4. This Doctor Who inspired cake topper

doctor who cake topper | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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5. This insanely creative Lord of the Rings invitation

lord of the rings wedding invitation | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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6. These adorable Witch and Wizard Harry Potter pillowcase gift

the wizard the witch harry potter pillowcases | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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7. This Star Wars inspired light saber topper

light saber cake topper | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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8. This periodic table guest book alternative

periodic table guest book alternative | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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9. This Doctor Who ring box (instead of pillow)

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10. This hilarious ‘Wedding is Coming’ Game of Thrones banner

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11. This Harry Potter set of prints for the newlyweds

shes a catch hes a keeper harry potter art | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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12. This Doge meme inspired card

doge meme wedding card | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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13. This 8bit bowtie made of perler beads

8bit bowtie | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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14. This Doctor Who garter for the bride

doctor who garter | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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15. These comic book champagne flutes

comic book inspired flutes | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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16. This Hunger Games inspired hoop art

hunger games hoop art | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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17. These Doctor Who wedding invitations

doctor who wedding invitations | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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Or these. I couldn’t pick a favorite.

doctor who wedding invitations | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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Which go great with these cake forks…

18. Doctor and Companion wedding cake forks

doctor and companion wedding cake forks | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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19. These Star Wars cake toppers made out of legos

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20. This cute Harry Potter inspired guest book print

harry potter guest book alternative print | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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To pair with this…

21. This Harry Potter cake topper

harry potter cake toppers | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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22. A set of His and Hers periodic table hand towels as a gift

his hers periodic table towels | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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23. These Superwoman heels

vintage superwoman heels | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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24. This Star Wars hoop art

i love you, i know star wars hoop art | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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25. This pair of Game of Thrones cufflinks

game of thrones cuff links | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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26. Or these ‘Wedding is Coming’ Game of Thrones wedding invitations

game of thrones wedding is coming invitations | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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Or these. Again, I can’t pick favorites when it comes to these invites!

stark wetherfell game of thrones wedding invitations | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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27. And these pilsner glasses for groomsmen, obviously

i survived the red wedding game of thrones pint glass | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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28. This pi wood photo prop

pi wedding decor | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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29. This Dalek cake topper set from Doctor Who

3d dalek doctor who cake topper | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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30. This ‘Always’ necklace for the Harry Potter bride as a gift

harry potter always necklace | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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In fact, we couldn’t just stop there. Here’s even MORE jewelry goodness, HP inspired, of course.


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31. This Lord of the Rings inspired ring box

lord of the rings ring box | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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32. This his and hers Game of Thrones bracelet set, naturally Khal and Khaleesi

game of thrones bracelet set | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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33. These ‘Darn Those Daleks’ lip balm favors

daleks lip balm favors | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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34. These dorky science inspired invitations that we absolutely love

nerdy science themed wedding invitations | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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35. These Big Bang Theory Bazinga cuff links

big bang theory wedding cuff links bazinga | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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Which goes great with…

36. This liquor flask for groomsmen

keep calm and sing soft kitty liquor flask | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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37. These Star Wars bow ties

star wars bow ties | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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38. This totally awesome boutonniere with a motherboard attached

boutonniere with motherboard | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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39. Or these Captain America boutonnieres

captain america boutonnieres | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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39. The bride can carry this comic book bouquet instead of fresh flowers

comic book bouquet | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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40. This is for the Minecraft loving couple

minecraft wedding cake topper | via emmalinebride.com | 50+ Greatest Geeky Wedding Ideas of All Time

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41. We’re obsessed with these ‘next level’ save the date cards

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42. This Harry Potter Hogwarts inspired garter set

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43. This Always cake topper is another Harry Potter find

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44. We’re digging this Hunger Games inspired bouquet toss sign

hunger games inspired bouquet toss sign

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45. And I love this Mockingjay inspired hair clip for the bride, or for anyone really

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Which goes along great with…

46. This Hunger Games inspired bow tie set

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cyberoptix

47. These Super Mario inspired button bouts are pretty neat

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photo: white lotus studios, bouts: audge podge inc.

48. These cuff links are perfect for the Lord of the Rings-obsessed groom

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49. This live long and proper art

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mika art

50. And this Speak Friend and Enter LOTR Sign

Great for your wedding and your home

speak friend and enter sign

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Bonus: Bridal Shower Find

I am giddy with excitement over this bridal shower invite inspired by Super Mario! Ahhh, love this.

bridal shower geeky invitation our princess is moving to another castle
macky designs

We love them all! Which one is your favorite?

xo
-E.


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Sparkly Gold and Black Wedding: Alice + Ian

Today we’re featuring Alice and Ian’s Coto de Caza wedding! This gold and black wedding boasts a gorgeous color palette, DIY details throughout, and tons of steal-worthy ideas. The bride, Alice, wore a stunning white floor-length gown with a sweetheart neckline and finished her look with a pair of metallic sparkle heels. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in shades of gold with different necklines, many of which sparkled with gold sequin detail. For a classic look, the groom wore a black suit and black bow tie, while the groomsmen wore matching black suits and grey neckties. You’ll love this entire Coto de Caza wedding from start to finish with wedding coordination by Splendor & Bliss captured chock-full of emotion by William Kim Photography. Find out how Alice and Ian met, read about their proposal story, and see their wedding day as it unfolded…

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Gold and Black Wedding: Coto de Caza

Alice and Ian met in law school. Alice tells us, “We met in law school over 5 years ago. It was at 7am in the same class, all year long. After our first year, we became close friends bonding over school misery and eating our way around Los Angeles.” When we asked about the proposal, the groom chimed in. Ian tells us, “She was flying back from Denver that day, and I had about 12 hours to plan because I knew it had to happen that day. I picked her up from the airport & dropped her off at her house. She was heading to my place after, so I raced to my home and changed into a suit. I had invited her closest friends to set up candles and roses on the floor of my living room. When she came in, she almost burned her bags as she dropped them too close to the candles. She may or may not have run away to hide in the hallway a couple times in embarrassment when she realized we weren’t the only two people there. The rest is a blur, but it doesn’t matter because she said yes!” What a sweet story! Congrats to the happy couple!

Here’s how their wedding day unfolded:

Real Wedding - Gold and Black Wedding | via emmalinebride.com | mismatched gold bridesmaid dresses

Real Wedding - Gold and Black Wedding | via emmalinebride.com | metallic heels

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Real Wedding - Gold and Black Wedding | via emmalinebride.com | the bride getting her makeup done

Real Wedding - Gold and Black Wedding | via emmalinebride.com | bridesmaid selfie

Real Wedding - Gold and Black Wedding | via emmalinebride.com | the groom wearing sunglasses, black suit, black bow tie, and eager to see his bride

Real Wedding - Gold and Black Wedding | via emmalinebride.com | find your name and take your seat

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When we asked about their fondest wedding moment, Alice said, “Sitting at our sweetheart table gazing out at all the joy & love from our family and friends, many who traveled from across the USA and Asia. Really just laughing until we cried, crying until we laughed at practically each moment of the wedding (i.e. vows, speeches, surprise videos, and dancing).”

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And, when asked to describe their wedding in three words, they answered: “Euphoric, Intimate, Us.” We love that.

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We wanted to know about some interesting facts about the couple. They said, “We’ve watched more movies in the theater than any other person that we know.”

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What a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing it with us, Alice and Ian!

Also, thanks to the vendors who brought this wedding to life!

Vendors

Wedding Coordination + Design: Splendor and Bliss
Photographer: William Kim Photography
Videographer: Studio205
Venue: Coto De Caza Golf + Racquet Club
Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Hickman
Florist: Case Floral
DJ: MyBridal DJ
Photobooth: Make it Last Photobooth
Grooms Suit | Ted Baker Suit and Bowtie; To Boot New York Shoes
Bride’s satin peplum gown | Demetrio’s Bridal; Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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21 Easy Ways to Decorate for Beach Wedding Theme

At Emmaline Bride, you know we’re crazy over wedding details, especially handmade ones. We also love helping you when it comes to wedding themes. Today, we’re sharing a little bit of both in this post on how to decorate for beach wedding ceremonies & receptions. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss future posts.

If you’re wondering how to decorate for a beach wedding, you’ve come to the right place. Hi, Emma here, and in my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I dedicate an entire chapter to helping you plan a beautiful beach wedding from start to finish. Today we’re showing you twenty-one easy ways to decorate for beach wedding ceremony or reception. We’ve included ideas for arch way to aisle way to tabletop, with handmade touches abound. Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Decorate for Beach Wedding Theme

1. Get married under a driftwood arch

get married under a driftwood arch | photo: sara & rocky | via emmalinebride.com

photo: sara and rocky photography via style me pretty

2. This alternative ring ‘pillow’

beach wedding surfboard on pink car ring pillow | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

by the seashore decor

3. Add one of these cute direction signs


signs: i decor 4 u, photos: lavryk photography

4. This stunning ceremony aisle with tiki torches and lanterns

aisle with mat lined with tiki torches and white lanterns for beach ceremony | photo: victoria anne | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

photo: victoria anne photography via style me pretty

5. Create a bonfire sitting area for the reception

bonfire sitting area at beach wedding | photo: matt edge | via emmalinebride.com

photo: matt edge

6. Place a woven fan at each ceremony seat

Guests can read about your nuptials and cool themselves off.

mini palm woven fans by white tulip boutique | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

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7. Use small sailboats as cake decor


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8. Line the aisle with starfish; or, use starfish in your centerpiece design


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9. Instead of water, use sand in votive candle holders

sand in votive candle holders | photo: tory williams | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

photo: tory williams

10. Use a backdrop as a makeshift photo booth


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11. Adorn cupcakes with sugar seashells

adorn cupcakes with seashells | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

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12. Have guests sign a wood ‘anchor’ sign instead of a book

wood anchor guest book | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

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13. These bottles as table numbers

table number bottles for beach wedding | photo: monika gauthier | via decorate for beach wedding ideas from emmalinebride.com

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14. These air plants placed in seashells as centerpieces

Place shells on a tabletop mirror for added elegance.

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15. Use knot place card holders for seating cards at your reception

rope knot place card holders to decorate for beach wedding | via knotical hardware | via emmalinebride.com

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16. Add a driftwood candle holder for romantic night lighting

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17. This Just Married surfboard is perfect for ceremony or reception decor

just married surfboard via how to decorate for beach wedding via emmalinebride.com

signs: i decor 4 u, photos: lavryk photography

18. This small cake with seahorse topper

cake with seahorse topper | photo: sara & rocky | via emmalinebride.com

photo: sara and rocky photography via style me pretty

19. Use burlap, blue mason jars, and white lanterns as tabletop decor

burlap blue mason jars and white lanterns via how to decorate for beach wedding via emmalinebride.com
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20. Or this simple diy centerpiece arrangement (gold mason jars with driftwood and starfish)

gold mason jar centerpieces with starfish and driftwood decor | photo: sara & rocky | via emmalinebride.com on how to decorate for beach wedding

photo: sara and rocky photography via style me pretty

21. And everyone needs a sign like this

by the sea my love i pledge to thee sign beach wedding | photo: brilliant studios | via emmalinebride.com on how to decorate for beach wedding

photo: brilliant studios

Want more ideas on how to decorate for beach wedding ceremonies and receptions? Get a copy of my new book here. You can also see more in our beach category right here at Emmaline Bride!

Tell us:

What do you think of these beach decoration ideas? How will you decorate your beach wedding? Leave a comment below!

xo
-E.

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