Key West beach weddings are absolutely gorgeous! That’s why you have to see Alejandra and Mike’s wedding at Sunset Key. Their intimate ceremony on the beach under a bright blue sky will have you thinking summer and sand when planning your wedding. See all the details and experience this wonderful couple’s wedding through these beautiful photos captured by Filip from Filda Konec Photography…
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Gentle rolling waves, blue skies, sandy shoreline… there’s so much to love about a beach wedding! Today we’re sharing a stunning Bald Head Island wedding captured by Eric Boneske Photography at the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Blaire and Ben chose a beach wedding theme with a pretty aqua and coral color palette. To accentuate these colors, they chose bridesmaid dresses in aqua and groomsmen bow ties in coral. This wedding has many details to inspire you including handmade wedding chair signs, pretty hydrangea centerpieces, a modern take on the “First Look”, romantic beach portraits, a s’mores bar, and a bubble grand exit! See their day as it unfolded…
If you’ve ever considered a beach or destination wedding, I (Emma here!) recommend The Outer Banks for your destination. I can say that whole-heartedly because I’ve been there — multiple times! — on family vacations in the past, so I have seen first-hand what it has to offer. While vacationing, I’ve seen actual weddings taking place on the beach. I’ve also seen hundreds of wedding photographs of couples who got married in The Outer Banks. It is truly a gorgeous place to wed. The Outer Banks has some of the most beautiful beaches, stunning landscape, and some of the coolest beach houses I’ve ever seen. OBX, as it’s often referred to, boasts dozens of amenities for couples choosing to wed here. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why a beach wedding in The Outer Banks is a match made in heaven. Read on to find out more…
The Outer Banks Weddings
1. It’s a destination wedding spot — without the passport.
If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, here’s your chance — and guests don’t even have to travel out of the country! No passport needed here, and yet you still get to enjoy total beach wedding heaven.
2. It’s family-friendly.
The Outer Banks offers anything you could need while at your wedding nearby for guests of all ages. Families with children will find restaurants that are kid-friendly, along with convenience stores for anything they could need (and beach stores with all of those extras they maybe forgot to bring). There are also tons of kid-friendly activities nearby that children will enjoy, like learning about the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or learn about The Lost Colony. This means while guests arrive and get settled in, you can rest assured that everyone is having fun and staying busy before the wedding day arrives.
3. The beach houses are amazing.
The beach houses you can rent for lodging are incredible! Many of the houses are very large with multiple bedrooms (with sleeping for 10+ people) so a whole crew can stay in one house. There are also small houses for smaller groups or individual families. The beach houses and resorts are also ideal for a beach reception (provided this is outlined in your rental agreement). You can see some of the beautiful houses and resorts here… and many of them are a short walk from the beach. Which also means (#4)…
4. You can have a ceremony and reception at one location.
Save yourself the hassle of travel between venues! You can have a ceremony on the beach and a reception at a beach house, just a short walk away.
5. It offers some of the most amazing oceanic views.
Every location offers a stunning, picturesque view. And at night, the sunset over the ocean is incredible!
6. There are activities for you and guests to enjoy.
There are endless things to do right there for you and guests to enjoy all throughout Dare County, from Jockey’s Ridge for sand dune climbing or kite flying, to climbing the tallest lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras, to paddle-boarding or sailing or golfing on some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. Or, you can just relax on the beach. There are amazing restaurants, historical landmarks, places to bike and run, fish, and one of my most favorite places in the world is just a drive away: The Elizabethan Gardens. This place is purely magical. If you go to The Outer Banks, you must go here.
7. You can honeymoon right there.
After the wedding, you won’t want to leave… and who says you have to? You can honeymoon right there on The Outer Banks and save yourself the extra time and hassle of more travel.
Don’t just take our word for it: check out some more reasons why The Outer Banks weddings are amazing! You can also get up-to-date information with their e-newsletter and their travel guide. You can also check out more on the official OBX website.
Here are some photos taken from Real Outer Banks Weddings:
It’s a really beautiful place! If I was planning a beach wedding for a friend, this would be the first place I’d recommend!
This is a sponsored post by The Outer Banks.
With record low temps all around the US today, this Maui beach wedding has us remembering warmer days. Marla and Shawn were married this past July barefoot on Baldwin Beach, Maui. After 16 years together, they made their dream come true of having a beach wedding. Highlights of their Maui beach wedding include rainbows, music by Ukelele, coconut drinks, and post ceremony trash-the-dress. The photographer capturing this awesome couple was Wendy from Ardolino Photography. See all the photos next…
Maui Beach Wedding
Wendy tells us, “Shawn proposed to Marla in June 2012 at the Seattle Space Needle. They dreamed of a beach wedding, but didn’t know when or where they would do it. After being invited to a family member’s Hawaii wedding, they started to think that Maui would be the perfect location. The family member’s wedding location and date was changed, so Marla & Shawn decided to go ahead and book a flight anyways to have their dream beach wedding, just the two of them.”
Other wedding vendors and details:
Officiant and Ukelele: Ryan Nerseth
Flowers: Designed by the bride, bought at Kihei-Wailea Flowers by Cora, Kihei
Cake: Safeway, Kihei
Breakfast reception: Charley’s Saloon, Paia
Looking for your wedding photographer, check out our local wedding vendor directory.
All images courtesy of Ardolino Photography. All rights reserved.
Planning a coastal wedding? Set the theme and tone right from the start with these charming invites. We spotted these coastal wedding invitations at In Or Out Media inspired by the Maine coast with watercolors, simple typography, and a slightly rustic feel. Can you imagine a “dinner picnic by the sea”? It sounds so lovely to me. Find out more…
This response card tells guests to dress more casual to suit your tone.
And, these have nothing to do with invitations but I found them and still can’t get over how real they look. They’re entirely edible and made of chocolate. Favors? By Andie’s Specialty Sweets.
Coastal Wedding Invitations
To grab yours, visit In Or Out Media.
The use of wax letter seals for weddings (and all correspondence, really) dates back as early as the 16th century. Wax was originally used to seal letters closed, and, later, envelopes. Wax seals authenticated a letter to ensure it was not opened prior to its receipt. While the use of wax letter seals is mostly decorative today (now we have modern adhesives), it has grown in popularity in the wedding industry especially for vintage, baroque, or renaissance themed weddings. Despite what many may think, using wax seals on invitations, place cards, and other decor doesn’t take long at all. Wax used to be melted with a match and applied to the stamper; today, you can use a sealing gun (or glue gun) for quick + easy stamping. Plus, the result of a custom monogrammed seal is sure to please your guests. Find out more about how to use wax letter seals, get inspired with handmade twists (even jewelry!) and find out where you can grab supplies to get crafty with wax this weekend. Enjoy!
How to Use Wax Letter Seals
First, get inspired! Here are some unique ways you can use wax letter seals throughout your decor:
You can even use wax seals to seal favor boxes.
You can also tie in the look of wax seals with accessories – like jewelry and cuff links. Check out these finds…
This wax inspired necklace is perfect for a beach wedding!
How to Use Wax Seals
1. Buy a wax sealing stamp. Custom is best! (We spotted this wax stamp at Back to Zero which can be customized with your monogram or personalized design.)
2. Buy sealing wax. You can find it on Amazon or at your favorite craft store (like Hobby Lobby and Michaels). You can also buy wax when you order your stamp; most places offer the sealing wax as part of a kit or as an additional item. Pick a color that coordinates with your wedding; red is the original and most popular choice but bright colors are fun, too!
For best results, use ice on your wax stamper before applying wax. You’ll be more pleased with the results. Be careful when using wax; it is very hot and can burn skin.
Use wax seals to seal your wedding invitations, save the dates, as an embellishment on your ceremony programs, escort cards, place cards, table numbers, and anywhere else you see fit!
What do you think of wax seals? Will you use them throughout your decor?
Your wedding is a huge part of your amazing, lifelong adventure as a couple. Don’t let your ceremony be anything but extraordinary! Today we’re showing you some fun, practical, and totally unique ceremony ideas for your wedding to inspire your upcoming day. With twenty-one unique ideas for your ceremony, there’s sure to be one you haven’t seen yet! We’ve rounded up unique ideas for ceremony seating, backdrops, bridesmaid bouquet alternatives, a nighttime activity for guests, and much more. So, if you’re ready to take your ceremony to a more creative level, read on to be inspired…
21 Unique Ceremony Ideas
1. Change up the seating.
No two ceremonies are the same, so why should the seating be? This ceremony featured guests arranged in a more circular shape. We like!
We love these unique pallet ottomans for a beach wedding…
… and this fun idea of eclectic seating for a backyard bash.
2. Carry a bouquet that will last forever.
Unlike fresh flowers, a fabric bouquet won’t wilt, fade, or die. A fabric bouquet lasts forever and since it’s handmade it can be customized to your specific color palette. And, you can even have a special heirloom brooch sewn into the brooch to remember someone special on your big day. This fabric bouquet is one of our favorites and is handmade by All for Love, L.O.V.E.. It’s a definite keeper.
3. Perform a ‘knot-tying’ ceremony.
A knot-tying ceremony is similar to the unity ceremony but involves a fisherman’s knot. The couple ties the knot together to form a very strong knot; the knot only gets tighter with pressure and cannot come undone which represents the couple’s strength. Perfect for a nautical wedding!
4. Offer hankies to guests.
5. Write your own vows…
… and turn ’em into one of these.
6. Have bridesmaids carry something other than flowers.
A clutch purse is way more functional after the wedding than a bouquet of flowers. Money well spent!
Or, have bridesmaids carry lanterns instead. (At night, they offer additional lighting!)
For a book themed wedding, have bridesmaids carry their favorite book down the aisle.
7. Have your bridesmaid sign the bottoms of your shoes before you walk down the aisle.
Tradition states that the name still remaining after the night is through will be the next to walk down the aisle.
8. Display your ceremony events on a chalkboard (instead of a program).
9. Have your guest book available at the ceremony.
If your ceremony takes place near your reception, have your guest book display out and ready for signatures. If guests are early, they can get a head start on signing your book. You’ll ensure more guests have a chance to see it and sign it before your reception.
10. Pick out an awesome ceremony backdrop.
And don’t be afraid tie in punchy pops of color (see more here).
11. Plan a grand entrance… outdoors!
This ‘entrance’ is the perfect combination of handmade monograms + vintage doors.
12. Infuse your decor with unexpected decor — like lace.
13. Play a nontraditional song down the aisle.
13. Offer ceremony fans instead of traditional programs.
Program fans: the thank-goodness-they-thought-of-this option for guests sitting out in the hot summer sun. Programs by Kama Catch Me.
14. Skip the veil and wear an alternative instead.
This soft feathery fascinator is one excellent alternative. By All for Love, L.O.V.E.
15. Choose an offbeat boutonniere.
Not a flower-loving groom? Skip the traditional flower and opt for a more thematic approach. A starfish becomes a perfect thematic touch for a beach wedding…
… a key is a great addition to your vintage decor…
… or, for a whimsical touch, opt for a pinwheel boutonniere.
16. Plan a ceremony with a view.
17. Wear shoes that personify your style.
18. Remind guests to pick a seat… not a side.
19. Select a non-traditional wedding ring ‘pillow’.
20. Have guests wave flags instead of tossing rice or seed.
21. After the ceremony, release sky lanterns.
What are the most unique ceremony ideas you’ve ever seen?
Brides: Are you planning a beach themed wedding and tired of seeing the same beach wedding centerpieces time and time again? Are you looking for unique, creative beach wedding ideas but your search is coming up short? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re planning a beach wedding, rustic wedding, wedding in the woods, or otherwise (heck, even a state themed wedding), I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s all about knowing where to look. The most unique wedding details – like beach wedding centerpieces, for example, aren’t found in a magazine spread. They’re tucked away in little corners of the world in coastal beach houses, found on shelves in antique shops with creaky wood floors, picked up along the shoreline of the coast, and, most of all, they’re handmade with two hands and a whole lotta love. Today we’re featuring one such artisan, By The Seashore, a husband and wife team located near the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. (I can’t help but hear this song as I write this. I love NC.) One glimpse into Carol and Andrew’s shop makes one dream of relaxing on the beach, and what could be more relaxing than a beach wedding? So, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to be inspired with eight unique ideas for beach wedding centerpieces. We think you’re going to love what we’ve found… and you’ve probably never seen anything like these before. Enjoy!
Beach Wedding Centerpieces
1. Sea Urchin Air Plant
To kick off the list, we’re featuring this gorgeous sea urchin air plant, one of my favorite beach wedding centerpieces to date. Air plants are easy to care for and only require a little water and indirect sunlight. When placed in a sea urchin holder in the center of a table, an air plant provides a chic, modern beach wedding look.
2. Sea Urchin Tree
This sea urchin tree is one of the most original wedding centerpieces I’ve ever seen. It can be placed on a mirrored base or tray of sand in the center of your tables. Planning a beach wedding around the holidays? This is another fun approach to a ‘tree’ that ties in your theme beautifully.
3. Beach Glassware on a Vintage Tray
Barnacle bottles and scalloped bottles placed on a vintage tray is simple – yet chic – and can be reused later as home decor.
4. Sandy Snow Globes
These sandy snow globes feature white sand, a starfish, white coral, a sea biscuit, limpet shell, and more. One of my favorite parts of this centerpiece? It can be opened to add your own seashells or decorative touches, like a seashell from the shore at your wedding.
4. Driftwood Votive Candle Holder
We’ve seen plenty of beach wedding centerpieces in the past, but none like this driftwood votive candle holder. This is such a fun idea and adds a romantic glow to your reception tables at night. Guests will be hoping to take one of these home – that’s for sure!
5. Limpet Shell Frame
Arrange seashells, starfish, and coral around this limpet shell frame, which can be used at your wedding to display a table number. If you’re buying one for each table, give them away to close friends and family members after the wedding; keep a frame for yourself and display a favorite beach wedding photo.
6. Cast Iron Crawfish
Place this crawfish on a tray filled with white pebbles, as shown, for a low-profile – but completely memorable – beach centerpiece.
6. Seashell Air Plant Holder
This air plant is housed in a sea-inspired seashell in an inspiring shade of blue. Love.
7. Cast Iron Starfish
Place this cast iron starfish on a decorative tray with coral, as shown, for a totally memorable centerpiece you’ll definitely re-use as home decor.
8. Sea Urchin Candle Holder
Similarly to the sea urchin tree we mentioned above, this sea urchin candle holder is a unique piece that serves two purposes: one, as decor, and two, as a vessel for candlelight in the evening.
To see more ideas for beach wedding centerpieces, beach wedding decor, find ring bearer shell ‘pillows’, and more creative finds, visit By The Seashore. You can also find By The Seashore in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride.
P.S. Check out my book, The Handcrafted Wedding, in bookstores now!
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Are you dreaming of tying the knot in a beach wedding? We love the beach as a wedding venue because it provides a natural, always perfect backdrop which requires little decor to make it your own. Today, we’re sharing our love for the always-in-style beach wedding with fifteen of our favorite aisle-ready ideas to help you plan your perfect wedding day. And, if you weren’t already geared up summer yet, you’ll be ready to break out the flip flops and SPF after this post! Enjoy!
Beach Wedding: 15 Amazing Ideas
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1. Parasols for Guests (+ the Bridal Party)
Parasols are a great way to keep the sun out of your guests’ faces (and will also keep bridesmaids from blinking during photographs). Parasols also make for memorable photographs on the beach with your bridal party, as seen below.
2. Beach Wedding Drink Cozies
This may be the most fun beach wedding favor we’ve ever seen. We have seen custom wedding beer cozies before, but this one’s especially witty. It reads, “Have and To Hold, To Keep Your Beer Cold”.
3. Ribbon Wands for Flower Girls
For happy flower girls and fun photographs, ask your little ones to carry ribbon wands down the aisle instead of flowers. They’re more whimsical and can be enjoyed even after the ceremony while running around on the sand.
4. Beach Wedding Altar
A beach wedding altar doesn’t have to be extravagant; after all, the backdrop of the ocean waves is already the perfect backdrop! However, if you’d prefer an altar for your beach wedding, here’s one we love…
5. Blankets for Guests to Sit (+ to Cozy Up at Night)
Offer blankets for guests to sit on the sand or to cozy up at night when it gets a little chilly.
6. Something Blue for the Bride
A beach bride needs something blue to wear down the aisle. These handmade blue jewelry pieces are stunning, remind us of the ocean, and make a great keepsake for the bride for after the wedding.
7. An Old VW Van to Cart the Bridal Party
Travel to and fro while snapping photographs with your bridal party in an old-school, beach ready VW van. While you may not have one lying around, ready to be used on your wedding day, we still couldn’t resist sharing these incredibly fun photos!
8. Shoe Check
No coats, no shoes, no problem. Make sure guests get comfy in the sand and kick off those heels right from the start with a shoe check! Include a pail of flip flops for guests to grab, particularly on days when the sand is too hot to touch.
9. A signature Cocktail
A Happy Couple + Mojitos = A Perfect Beach Wedding. Create a signature drink that you love to offer during cocktail hour for a fun spin on your soiree:
10. An Irresistible Cake
Tie your entire theme together in every aspect, including the cake! We love the adirondack chair cake toppers and the brown sugar used to look like sand. Yum!
11. Wedding Guest Book Chair
Guest books are a must-have for your wedding, but a guest book you can use after the wedding is a brilliant idea! This Adirondack chair guest book is one guest book you’ll love to hold on to forever. Grab a pair from your favorite store (make sure they’re ones you’ll love to sit in on the porch for years) and have guests sign the arm rests with white sharpie marker. Coat the chair in a clear protectant after the wedding to ensure the signatures stick around for years. This chair is awesome because it’s fold-able, which means transporting to and from your wedding will be a breeze! It’s super affordable, too.
12. Plenty of Cigars
The groomsmen will thank you (as will your father, father-in-law, uncles, and grandfather) if you offer plenty of fine cigars ready to be smoked on the sandy beach at sunset.
13. Just Married Wedding Bikes
Ride away into the sunset in a pair of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bicycles! This his and hers bicycle idea is one of the cutest things we’ve seen yet! Don’t forget the ‘Just Married’ signs!
14. Wish Lanterns Set Adrift at Night
15. Bonfire on the Beach
Break out the chairs, firewood, and starry skies and include a bonfire at dusk. Don’t forget to include a smore making station – guests of all ages (particularly the kids) will love you for it!
Beach Wedding DIY: For a fun + easy DIY beach wedding centerpiece, check out this DIY mason jar lantern which is easy to craft and will add to a romantic atmosphere at night.
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We’re kicking off another fun-filled week of handmade wedding inspiration with seven incredible edible wedding favors perfect for your special day. These delightful wedding favors guests can eat include everything from edible game tiles, sea glass hard candy favors, a sugary bride and groom cake topper, and more! Read on to get your sweet fix after the jump!
7 Incredible Edible Wedding Favors
We’ve hand-selected seven of our favorite edible wedding favors from the delightful Andie’s Specialty Sweets. Here are our personal favorites that made the must-have edible favors list:
1. Edible Word Tiles
Earn a double score in wedding genius by using these edible word tiles that resemble your favorite board game. Guests will surely be talking about these word tiles upon entering the reception! The best part? No penalty for a leftover Q or Z… just eat ’em.
2. Beach wedding edible seashells
Planning a beach wedding? Gift guests with these delightful chocolate-filled beach wedding favors they can eat. These look like they’ve been swept up from the tides of a sugary island!
3. Mr. Darcy and Ms. Lizzy Lollipops
Straight from the romantic files are these lovely Mr. Darcy and Ms. Lizzy lollipops. Gift them as favors for your Pemberley themed wedding!
“You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you…” – Mr. Darcy
4. Skeleton Key Candy Necklace
The traditional candy necklace gets a delightfully vintage makeover with these chocolate candy skeleton keys! Gift to bridesmaids or present to guests as favors, perfect for your vintage themed wedding.
5. Edible Candy Gears
You spin me right round, baby, right ’round. Check out these edible candy gears perfect for the groom who is mechanically inclined.
6. Hard Candy Sea Glass
Doesn’t this sea glass look real? These would look lovely in glass jars given away as edible wedding favors. Hard candy never looked so good!
7. Sugary Bride and Groom Cake Topper
If you want to have your cake and eat it too – all of it – check out this sugary bride and groom cake topper! It’s consumable but also able to be preserved if you are on the sentimental side.
To view more delightful edible wedding favors, visit Andie’s Specialty Sweets.
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