Category: beach wedding

Maui Beach Wedding: Marla + Shawn

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.”

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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

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All images courtesy of Ardolino Photography. All rights reserved.

4 Tips for Table Numbers at Weddings

What will your table numbers look like? What kind of table number holders will you use? Before you pick out the perfect table numbers for your wedding, read this post! We’ve gathered four of the most important tips for table numbers at weddings to ensure guests will take notice of your selection. Plus, you can win table number (or photo) holders for your own soirée. Read on for the full scoop!

Table Numbers at Weddings

1. Add your own personalized twist.

Creativity is key! When you incorporate things, places, or hobbies you love, guests get a sneak peek into your unique story. For instance, consider using some of these wedding table name ideas instead of ‘numbers’ for a punch of personalization.

Table Numbers at Weddings

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2. Incorporate your theme.

Planning a beach wedding? Use beach inspired table numbers for your reception tables.

Table Numbers at Weddings

1 – sea urchin table numbers | eco-lectic events
2 – starfish beach table numbers | expressions floral
3 – nautical knot table number holders | karen’s wedding shop
4 – seashell beach table number | gallery360
5 – sailboat table numbers | third cloud to the left

Wine wedding theme? Here are a few inspiring finds…

Table Numbers at Weddings

1 – wine bottle sign holder | homes and weddings
2 – tall table number holder | dr. marvelous
3 – wine table number sign | simply glass
4 – kraft table number wine bottle wraps | golden silhouette

3. Make sure the table numbers stand upright.

Your table numbers should stand out and be upright on their own. While leaning a table number against your centerpiece can work, in outdoor weddings (or if the centerpiece isn’t strong enough) your table numbers can fall down. A table number set against a picture frame with a stand is one easy way to ensure your table number stays put.

Table Numbers at Weddings

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4. Don’t forget escort cards!

And, last but not least, don’t forget escort cards for guests! An escort card tells a guest where to be seated upon entering the reception. If you need escort card display ideas, you can find twenty-five of them here!

Win Table Number / Photo / Sign Holders for your Wedding!

Beach-loving brides: this one is for you! Enter for a chance to win twelve starfish and pearls table numbers by Expressions Floral. These table number holders are perfect for a beach wedding and can hold pictures, table numbers, or signs. One winner will receive 12 holders (number, container, and gems not included). Prize value: $87. No cash value. Enter between 11/21-11/27/13 (11:59pm EST) using the entry form below. One winner will be randomly selected on 11/28. Winner announced on post and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 72 hours. Winner must ‘order’ prize within 6 months. Shipping included to U.S. only. Use entry form below to enter. Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win. Good luck!

Happy Planning!


What tips for table numbers at weddings would YOU share? What questions do you have?

Coastal Wedding Invitations

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…

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This response card tells guests to dress more casual to suit your tone.

Coastal Wedding Invitations (by In Or Out Media)

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.

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Coastal Wedding Invitations

To grab yours, visit In Or Out Media.

Happy Planning!


P.S. Don’t miss the great giveaways going on now! We’re giving away a birdcage veil, table number holders, and table numbers!

How to Use Wax Letter Seals

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:

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You can even use wax seals to seal favor boxes.

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You can also tie in the look of wax seals with accessories – like jewelry and cuff links. Check out these finds…

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This wax inspired necklace is perfect for a beach wedding!

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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.)

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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!

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3. Use a sealing gun to apply wax to your stamp. It’s a lot easier than using a match (and you’ll have even better results). You can also use a glue gun for applying wax; just buy special wax to fit.


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?