Most destination brides dream of a saying “I do” on the beach, barefoot and surrounded by nothing but silky-soft sand, sapphire seas and bright blue skies. In such a stunning natural setting, you don’t need much in the way of decor. Still, certain elements and accents will give your event an exclusive feel. Here’s are some budget-friendly tips for how to make your beach vows extra special.
Make an Entrance
Walk down an aisle lined with seashells, carrying a bouquet made of frangipani and orchid blooms. You can also hang clusters of seashells or flowers on the chairs closest to the aisle.
Frame of Mind
Exchange vows under a simple bamboo frame or an arch made of palm fronds.
Help guests keep cool by placing woven fans on chairs before the ceremony. Add a colored ribbon or a personal hang tag and it becomes the perfect wedding favor. (Buri Fan, from $1.21, beau-coup.com)
Today’s beach brides opt for less formal gowns with simple, elegant lines and a hint of color, bold or soft. Dessy.com vends Sandals Destination Dresses in a range of styles along with classy attire that keeps the whole wedding party color coordinated.
Friends and family will love slipping into something more comfortable, whether before the ceremony or after dinner. Flip flops from DollarDays.com come in many sizes and colors starting at $1 each.
Two If by Sea
A timeless ritual, the unity sand ceremony symbolizes the coming together of two lives. The bride and groom take turns filling a unity vase or glass with colored sand as they say their vows. (Together Forever Sand Ceremony Set, $54.95, beachthemeweddingshop.com)
At the reception dinner, accents like blue glass, shells, smooth sea stones and sand evoke the feeling of the grand bleu.