If you are planning to have a destination wedding, you basically win at life. A beach wedding is something that is exciting and fun for everyone involved, but thinking of beach theme wedding ideas for the reception and how to decorate the flat and barren landscape can seem daunting and confusing at times.
We want you to have a gorgeous, meaningful, and colorful wedding that is accented by beach wedding reception decor that matches your style and personality. That being said, we know you’re probably already spending a ton of money on travel costs and the venue itself already. That’s why we’ve put together some cheap wedding decorations for you to look at for inspiration!
How to Decorate for a Beach Wedding
Beach wedding decor is actually a lot easier to pull off than you may think. Because of the natural space, you will not need much besides chairs, some tables, and perhaps a tent. We have put together some awesome decorating ideas below to help take some of your stress away.
Beach Wedding Decorating Tips
- Keep it simple – the main reason you’re have a beach wedding is to get away from all the stress of everyday life. Simple beach wedding decorations will save you time and money – white ribbon and flowers go a long way on the beach.
- Keep it secure – chances are, it will be windy on your wedding day. Make sure your flowers and decorations are securely set so that they don’t fly away or fall over during the ceremony!
- Keep it light – make sure you have plenty of wind-resistant lighting such as Tiki Torches or battery operating candles – this will help keep people warm and provide light once the sun sets.
- Keep it safe – because there could be sharp or dangerous items under the sand, lay heavy tarp or blankets where there will be heavy foot traffic. Also make sure you keep a first-aid kit on hand in case anyone cuts their foot or steps on glass.
- Keep it fun – whatever you do, make sure you hang loose. This is your wedding day!
We are constantly monitoring social conversations and performing industry analysis to determine what modern brides love. We hope that our beach wedding decoration ideas below help inspire you to have the dream beach wedding you’ve always wanted!
Beach Wedding Decoration Ideas For Tables
Battery Powered Candles
There is something inherently romantic about candle-lit settings, but beachside weddings make this extraordinarily difficult due to strong ocean winds and breezes. Using battery powered candles eliminated that problem, and still gives you the overall ambiance that real, fire-lit candles provide without needing to worry about relighting anything throughout the night.
Candles In Glass Jars
This is another cheap beach wedding decoration idea that can help provide a beautiful ambiance to your wedding at night. Purchase some pure wax candles in bulk, and make sure they are not teacup candles because your guests will be able to see right through these jars.
Hold your candles by the wick and place them inside each glass jar, this way each candle is ready to light as the jars are placed along the table or aisle. The length of the glass jars should prevent wind from blowing out the candles, giving you that beautiful and natural light that only real candles can provide.
Beach Wedding Aisle Runner Decoration Ideas
Beach Wedding String Lights
Stringed lights really took off in popularity throughout 2016, and its expected that their popularity will only keep growing. They have a unique quality about them making them look both rustic in the light and romantic at night. Lighting is probably the most important aspect of a beach wedding as there will be little to no access to electrical outlets, but most stringed lights come available with battery packs to avoid this issue.
TIP: If you plan to use solar string lights at your wedding, make sure you set up your lighting early in the morning at least one day early so that your lights have a full 24 hours to charge, ensuring your party doesn’t end early!
It’s obvious that the bride & groom want their wedding to be memorable. Even though circle lanterns are traditionally used around New Years, why not give your guests that wow factor yourself but creating your own “festival of lights” to celebrate your love. Using circle lanterns as decoration and to provide light for your guests will add both beauty to your wedding and symbolize knowledge & wisdom.
There are two benefits to using tiki torches at a beach wedding. The first is that it helps provide light for your guests as the sun goes down, and the second is that the smoke emitted from the burning oil naturally repel flies and other insects. A beach wedding really wouldn’t be complete without a tiki torch, and contrary to popular belief, not only Hawaiian or tropical themed weddings can pull off fire torches. Even the most elegant beach wedding can only have its character and atmosphere improved by the addition of tiki torches.
Beach Wedding Guest Gift Ideas
Mini Fans & Misters
Less of a decoration and more of a “need-to-have”, providing your guests with small misting fans will ensure they have a good time and grandma doesn’t have a heatstroke. You can obtain electrical fans that attach to a small water reservoir, or look into simpler hand-held paper fans that still provide relief when guests are stuck under the burning sun. What’s great about this small favor is that guests can easily refil their misters down by the ocean if they run out of water!
Personalized Beach Wedding Towels
Beach wedding towels are not only a fun wedding decoration but they double as a useful wedding favor for your guests! This idea is not only creative and unique, it’s actually helpful for your guests who may want to dip their feet in the ocean but may not have brought a towel with them.
Barefoot Beach Sandals
Who wants to wear heels while walking around in the sand? Take a practical approach by providing flip flops for beach wedding guests as wedding favors while also ensuring your wedding is blinged up.
We hope these beach themed wedding decoration ideas help make your wedding extra special. Are you looking for more ideas to make your beach wedding unique? Ask us questions below by leaving a comment!