it’s all in the details #6: beach

Morning brides! Are you having a fab week? There’s lots of exciting things going on here behind the scenes, from a gorgeous inspiration shoot I worked on last weekend, to a few changes to Bijoux Bride that you will see happening in the New Year (eeek, I can’t wait to share them with you!)

Now, I’m going to let you into a little secret.  Before I met my husband, if you asked me what my wedding would look like I would have said without hesitation, an intimate beach wedding.  Barefoot bride & groom, sand between our toes in some tropical paradise surounded by just our closest family and friends.  Then I discovered Africa, and all that changed in an instant, I fell in love with the mountains and the winelands became the perfect location for our wedding!

I still love a good beach wedding though, so today I thought I’d share with you some of my styling tips for creating that perfect dreamy look.





For a classic beach wedding pick lots of fresh, bright white, with neutral sandy colours and a gorgeous turquoise sea blue or aqua.  If you want to add a pop of colour, a soft coral looks really pretty!


{coral inspired invite, starfish invite}

I love stationery that gives a glimpse into the style of your wedding, but doesn’t give to much away.  Chances are your guests know you are having a beach wedding, so you don’t necessarily need to reinforce this with a beachy design, just the colours are enough to communicate the theme.

{natural beach themed invite}

If you’re going for a slightly more rustic look, how about wrapping simple neutral invites in twine or raffia to give a slightly more informal look.  If you love the idea of incorporating more images into the design, how about a gorgeous shell or seahorse monogram that you can carry through the rest of your paper suite?


  {cascading orchid bouquet, calla lily and tropical leaf bouquet}

A classic waterfall , or cascading orchid bouquet always works beautifully at beach weddings, light and tropical with enough structure to make a contemporary statement.  Add a striking green palm leaf to an all white bouquet for a natural pop of colour that works well with a destination setting.

{coral bouquet, shell boutonnire, orchid bouquet}

You can also work shells and coral into your bouquet and boutonnieres to create something really unique and beautiful, plus you get to keep them afterwards as a reminder of your special day (please don’t take coral from the beach as it is protected, make sure you check first!)


{parasol, fans}

A beach or seaside location already has so much beauty, that you only need simple and minimal decoration.   A beach ceremony is always so beautiful, but sandy stretches offer little shelter from the sun and heat, so be sure to provide your guests with pretty fans or parasols to keep them cool.  Tie a little ribbon and tag to the handle, and use as a sweet and simple favour.

Remember to create shade for you and the marriage officer too!  Create a canopy using local flowers and branches, or a more rigid structure draped with white voiles that gently flutter in the breeze.

{driftwood ceremony arch, simple white voile canopy, aqua and white canopy}

Lanterns make great focal points placed as table centres and along wooden or sandy walkways.  Beaches can also get quite windy, so lanterns are a perfect way to add an intimate glow after dark without the candles going out!

   {lanterns, aqua place setting, starfish, driftwood & bottles, driftwood & shells tablescape}

I love the idea of using natural beach find as decor,  driftwood, shells and starfish.  Entwine with flowers and use to decorate your tables.  Shells and pebbles are great for your table plan and escort cards, either write directly on them or use to secure name cards at each place setting.

{bottles table setting, washed up bottle, bottles in crate}

Continuing the theme, use bottles as flower containers, and coloured bottles as decor in their own right to liven up little areas.  How about creating a ‘message in a bottle’ table instead of a guest book, where every guest leaves you a little note in a minature bottle?


{blue sea themed cake, driftwood cake, quirky beach cake}

A subtle reference to the sea, like the wave and subtle  in this beautiful blue cake, is a great way to tie your wedding cake into the theme in an elegant and sophisticated way.

{ice cream bar}

If you’re not too fussed about an actual cake, how about an ice cream bar?  Super fun, and a great way for you and your guests to cool down, you can serve all different colours in yummy refreshing flavours, and add lots of toppings to keep it looking sweet!

So, beach brides what do you think? Will you be going for a rustic driftwood look, or a classic elegant scheme with touches of shells & coral?


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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