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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

white tulip boutique

7. Use small sailboats as cake decor


white tulip boutique

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


white tulip boutique

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


weddingstar

11. Adorn cupcakes with sugar seashells

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

all things cupcake

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

from the coast to the city on Etsy

13. These bottles as table numbers

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

photo: monika gauthier via style me pretty

14. These air plants placed in seashells as centerpieces

Place shells on a tabletop mirror for added elegance.

queen helmet shell with air plant


by the seashore decor

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

knotical hardware

16. Add a driftwood candle holder for romantic night lighting

decorate for beach wedding reception with driftwood candle holders.  from by the seashore decor via emmalinebride.com

by the seashore decor

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
via colin cowie weddings

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.

7 Wedding Toss Mistakes to Avoid

Planning a wedding ceremony toss? You’ve come to the right place! A ceremony toss is where guests toss something at the newlyweds in celebration as they exit the space (immediately after the ceremony). It is sometimes referred to as a ceremony exit. If you like posts like these, be sure to keep ‘em coming right to your inbox!

Are you planning a wedding toss after your ceremony? Don’t miss this post! Emma here and I’m so excited that you’ve stopped in today: we’ve rounded up seven wedding toss mistakes to avoid so your hooray’s go off without a hitch. We’ve also included some suggestions for what to toss, what to avoid, I’ll pass on some wisdom I learned from my 7th grade teacher, and we’ll even tie an unlikely connection between the B-52’s and your ceremony exit.

Oh, it’s bound to be a good time. Enjoy!

Wedding Toss | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

photo: brett symes photography via want that wedding; confetti cones by flowerfetti

Wedding Ceremony Toss Tips

Mistake #1: Not asking permission first.

Always ask your venue before planning a wedding ceremony toss. Don’t assume it’s accepted, because many venues won’t let you toss anything anymore, especially indoors, simply because it’s a pain to clean up. So, ask first — and don’t assume anything. (P.S. My seventh grade teacher told us to never assume anything because it makes an ASS out of U and ME. Pretty good rule of thumb for life, yes?)

Mistake #2: Rice. Or glitter. Or anything that’s impossible to clean.

In case you haven’t heard yet, rice is terrible for tossing. Why? There was a big hubbub caused by Ann Landers that basically told brides that rice will cause birds to, you know, explode if they ingested rice. (In case you were wondering, this is a myth, thank goodness.) Rice is still frowned upon, though; it can be more of a tripping hazard than anything. Plus, it’s a waste of perfectly good food.

Now, as far as glitter is concerned, that’s a tough one: we would pretty much advise against it, especially if the ceremony is not on your own property. I mean, the B-52’s wouldn’t have elaborated so much about glitter on the highway, on the front porch, or on the hallway just because it’s festive. They were trying to tell us how glitter is THE WORST to clean up. And does it even really go away? Also, glitter would be a nightmare to get on your beautiful dress, not to mention in your hair or eyes.

But I get it, I really do: it’s insanely sparkly + festive. But we’re not here to boss you around — just gently advise. ;)

tossing glitter | photo: angie capri | via 7 Ceremony Wedding Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

photo: angie capri via the perfect palette

Now, colorful sprinkle tosses look amazing in photos. However, I’ve heard conflicting things that the dyed sugar can stain your dress, and we think you’d need a decent size tub of sprinkles and still, that’s a lot of perfectly delicious sprinkles to go to waste. But, hey, to each her own.

toss sprinkles instead of rice | photo: jessica fike | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

photo: jessica fike photography

What to toss instead?

There are several things you can use instead of rice for a confetti toss. Here are some ideas for inspiration:

Ribbon Wands

You technically don’t toss a ribbon wand, but you twirl it which looks really pretty and leaves zero cleanup.

ribbon wands instead of rice by decadent designs | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

decadent designs

Wildflowers

Toss an eco-friendly option like dried flower petals or herbs. You can get a bunch of beautiful, fragrant flower confetti from places like Flowerfetti, who offers a ton of lovely eco-friendly tossing ideas, like these.


flowerfetti

Lavender

I love lavender: it’s calming, smells amazing, is eco-friendly, and fits in small favor bags for tossing.

lavenderfetti tossing bags for wedding ceremony toss by lavenderfetti via emmalinebride.com

lavenderfetti

Birdseed

Another favorite for outdoor confetti tosses? Birdseed. Those birds will love you for it.

bird seed toss bags for wedding ceremony toss by mother and daughter creations | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

mother and daughter creations

Poms

Poms are so much easier to clean up! No small particles, just fluffy, fuzzy poms that guests can toss in a big basket afterward. Plus, it’s super cheap and colorful, too.

poms for tossing | photo: wayne yuan | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

photo: wayne yuan via style me pretty

Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is fun for all ages — especially the kiddos! Plus, you can get easy bubble favors, like these.

Mistake #3: No confetti containers.

To make sure your confetti toss is perfect, a little preparation is key: place confetti in paper cones or small glassine bags and pre-pack them for guests to grab after the ceremony.

flower confetti cone for wedding ceremony toss

flowerfetti

Make sure the toss bags are easily accessible, too. One suggestion is to have a ribbon strung through a petal cone to attach to ceremony chair backs. This way, guests are prepared long before you recite your vows.

petal cone hanging from ceremony chair | photo: yvonne wang | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

photo: yvonne wong via style me pretty

Mistake #4: Leaving a mess.

Clean up after yourself. This one’s obvious, but worth noting. It’s also a great idea to have a waste basket somewhere on the premises (obviously not in view, but accessible for after the ceremony) and a small broom and dustpan for easy cleanup.

Mistake #5: Not establishing a tossing space.

If you want to have a wedding toss after the ceremony, make sure you have a specific space in mind. Usually it happens outside of your ceremony venue, but the location is really up to you. Pick your space and coordinate with your photographer to ensure that’s where it happens. Besides, this way you can work together to ensure there’s enough light and room to really capture the perfect moment.

petal toss from stairs | photo: jj chen photography | via 7 Wedding Ceremony Toss Mistakes to Avoid via emmalinebride.com

photo: jj chen photography

Mistake #6: Forgetting to ask guests what to do.

Guests won’t necessarily know what to do unless you request it. Include a line in your program that says something like, “Please take a bag of confetti as you exit the ceremony & toss as the newlyweds exit.” Also, make sure the bags are in plain view, and easy to grab as guests exit. You can even give to guests with their programs as they enter the ceremony space, which works well, too.

Mistake #7: Not assigning someone in charge.

If you don’t have a wedding coordinator, ask a friend to do a huge favor and help you with the toss. This friend can be responsible for getting the toss bags passed out to guests, or having them placed in a basket after the ceremony, or having your guests form two lines so you have an aisle way to walk through. This friend can also make sure stuff gets cleaned up, so you’re not in trouble with your venue. This friend should also be given a nice gift and a big thank you and you should totally owe them one giant favor for helping you out in this way.

♥ | ♥ | ♥

So, are you planning a wedding ceremony toss? If so, what are you going to offer to guests for tossing?

xo
-E.

Ring Bearer Box

If you still need a ring bearer box or pillow for your ceremony, now’s your chance to win one! We’ve teamed up with Country Barn Babe to offer this gorgeous personalized ring bearer box to one lucky reader. Read on to find out more…

Ring Bearer Box

This rustic style ring bearer box makes an adorable alternative to a ring bearer pillow. This box holds both rings in soft sola flowers. This is an adorable way to present your rings and makes a fantastic photo prop, as well. The size is 4.5″ x 3.1″ x 1.8″. His & Hers is engraved on the inside lid; top of box can be customized to say anything you’d like.

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 11/11-11/17/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Ring Bearer Box by Country Barn Babe
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping worldwide
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 1 year to claim prize
o Prize value: $30 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
-E.

Ring Bearer Pillow with Initials

Giveaway inside! ♥

Hi, Happy Wednesday to you! So, have you picked out a ring pillow yet? If you’re opting for a traditional ring pillow (that’s what I did) for your ceremony, then we have a treat for you today. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Kayla of BE Timeless to offer a custom ring bearer pillow with initials to one lucky reader. This sweet, simple ring bearer pillow ties into any wedding theme you choose, whether it be traditional, rustic, modern, or even beach. There are custom colors available, which means this ring pillow will also coordinate beautifully with your color palette. Enough talking about it, on to the prize!

ring bearer pillow with initials

About the Prize

This giveaway is for a custom ring bearer pillow with initials. Size: 5″ x 5″ pillow. It is made with 100% cotton and stuffed with premium poly fill. The design is silk screened in one of these available colors: black, white, gray, blue, navy blue, red, or green. A satin ribbon is attached above the “+” sign. Available ribbon colors: white, ivory, black, yellow, gray (silver), or blue.

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 10/29-11/4/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 5×5 Ring Bearer Pillow with Initials
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to the U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $14 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

xo
Emma

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First Look Before Ceremony >> Photo of the Day

It’s time for the Photo of the Day… and it’s an amazing one! If you’re planning to do a First Look at your wedding, be sure to add this moment to your photo list.

First Look Before Ceremony

first look before ceremony - leah and chase - hagerty photography

photo: hagerty photography | see the real wedding

We love seeing the groom as he waits to see his bride for the first time! In this particular photo, you can see the groom’s face in anticipation while the bride is standing behind him, excitedly waiting for him to turn around. Goosebumps.