Create a gorgeous ambiance fit with all of the right beachy details for your big day
Some couples prefer a wedding extravaganza, while others prefer a dreamy, steamy island escape as the backdrop for their big day.
These small and delightful wedding favors, keepsakes and centerpieces are small enough to take with you on a destination wedding. Although it may be expensive, visiting your venue before your wedding will allow you to see the site in person and get a feel for the amount of space you have for decor, ceremony and reception layout.
Hire a green wedding coordinator when you are there so that they can ensure you have the tropical green wedding of your dreams.
Ask your wedding coordinator or the owner of the venue if they offer any arches, canopies or huppahs that can be placed easily in the sand. This is a low key, no-fuss way to mark the spot you will be married under and will keep you in the shade—well slightly at least while you exchange your vows.
All you need to top it off is the gentle ocean breeze and the tranquil blue water behind you.
Here are a few beachy finds for your destination wedding:
- Starfish Keepsake Sand Bottle
- Tropical Bridesmaids Invitation
- Sea Urchin Table Number Holders
- Message Bottle Escort Cards
- Shell Candles
- Assorted Shell Table Number Holders
Beach Wedding: Inspiration, Venues & Tips from Experts
As the waves glide against the shore, a gentle breeze rustles through your hair. You can distinctively hear birds chirping, over the soft instrumental music you chose specifically for this moment. Everything is perfect, just like you’ve always dreamed…
There’s no doubt that a beach wedding is romantic, and it seems simple in theory.
You find a beach, throw on a dress or lightweight suit, skip the shoes, and get ready for a tropically themed walk down the aisle. Many people who want a hassle-free wedding opt for a beach wedding. Getting it all together however, isn’t always as easy as many would assume.
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There are some important considerations when planning a beach wedding. Contrary to popular belief, these guidelines expand above and beyond the need to dress ‘appropriately’, though that is definitely one of the most important things to keep in mind.
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Boho in Mexico: 4 Tips for an Unforgettable Destination Wedding in Mexico
This might sound crazy…but planning a gorgeous destination wedding might be easier than you think. The team behind today’s inspiration has brought so much beauty to this Mexican beach and also demonstrated the simplicity of an unforgettable destination wedding. The key is starting with a remarkable foundation. And what’s more remarkable than a sparkling beachfront?
For this particular day, the talented team from Marianna Idirin and Ary Iturralde created a romantic bohemian beachfront atmosphere that’ll have you booking the next flight out!
Read on for some stunning details and 4 tips for an unforgettable destination wedding in Mexico! Let’s have a look at the photos from the oh-so-talented Photo by Julieta:
Tip 1: Choose the destination city
With so many stunning resorts in Mexico, it can be difficult to narrow down your destination wedding city. But, with destination ‘I dos,’ comes serious thoughts on guest efficiency. Be mindful of nearby airports, transportation + accessibility for your guests. Cabo San Lucas is a resort city in Mexico with its own international airport, making it a wonderful option for a rad celebration!
Choosing a city with an emphasis on history + architecture is always a good idea. Think about all the amazing photo ops!
Tip 2: Choose a *beachfront* wedding venue in Mexico
Why plan a destination wedding in Mexico without taking advantage of a beautiful beachfront property? With fresh ocean breezes and infinite azure tones of the Sea, Mar del Cabo resort is an idyllic setting. Ensure your guests are not only blown away by the beach views, but also their lodging accommodations.
How incredible are the sleeves on this boho beach wedding dress? The look is created by Argentinian designer Claudia Arce, and we could watch it blow in the breeze allll day!
Tip 3: Think about color + texture
What’s wonderful about a destination or beachfront wedding is the simplicity of decor. With actual ocean views as your ceremony backdrop and guests’ toes in the warm sand, you don’t have to do much to create an unforgettable day. The importance of planning the design is to think of a few key elements that you want incorporated. Two great places to start are in color + texture.
The neutral boho florals by Pina Hernandez paint the sweetest picture, and perfectly frame the beachy bride + groom. We love the pops of pink + mustard, along with the dried elements in these designs.
The finish of this ceremony structure resembles driftwood and many colors in these floral designs are pulled from palettes in ocean front foliage. Think of the colors and textures that you want to stand out in your decor. The draped gauze + macrame perfectly soften this entire setup, giving it a lovely boho finish!
There’s so many neat colors going on in these whimsical, dried designs! We love the color of sea urchin in there, and the pops of hot pink.
Tip 4: Create an intimate destination wedding reception
Destination weddings typically end up with smaller guest counts. It’s smart to take advantage of this intimacy by offering cozy, styled nooks for guests to settle into. There’s nothing more charming than a reception right on the beachfront.
This casual reception style is very stylish + inviting. With furniture from Warehouse Rentals, the dinner set up allows for cozy, conversation. Not to mention the incorporation of macrame + fringe which carries through that lovely bohemian vibe!
Throw pillows, poufs + soft candlelight are the key ingredients to a memorable wedding reception. Guests can chat very casually, with the ocean waves as the evening’s musical entertainment.
No other reception meal style for this boho dinner than shared family-style. Think of your favorite ways to dine as you plan your destination wedding dinner. Local fare + recipes from the neighboring cities can breathe so much life to your wedding meal! We love the familial feel of this tablescape.
Yes! This is exactly what we’d imagine. Wedding guests having an amazing time, under the stars with their feet in the sand. Plus, some sweet, newlywed whispers :)
You’ll always find boho beach wedding inspo from the moments captured in this video from Frame Wedding Film.
photography: Photo By Julieta // venue name: Mar Del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico // event design: Marianna Idirin // planning: Ary Iturralde // florals: Pina Hernandez // wedding dress: Claudia Arce // bride's ring: Daniel Espinoza // hair stylist: Olga Bustos // makeup artist: Olga Bustos // videography: Frame Wedding Film // furniture rentals: Warehouse Rentals // models: Fernanda Cabrera and Andres Garay // bride's jewerly : Daniel Espinoza
Steps to Planning a Beach Wedding
Pick your location.
Hawaii, Miami Beach, the Hamptons, the Bahamas—beach destinations exist all over the world, and each one is gorgeous in its own way. When selecting your wedding locale, you may want to consider returning to the site of a memorable vacation, selecting a place where relatives live or that has special meaning to your family, or maybe even a place with good deals on direct flights from where most of your guests are traveling from.
If it’s uncomplicated access to the primo shoreline you’re after, Durán is a big proponent of booking with a venue or resort on the water. “You’ll want the support, and you’ll also want the backups that come with a venue that you might not have when you’re just on a beach and nothing else is there,” she says.
While researching resorts, be sure to ask if they have a private place on the sand for your ceremony. A bunch of random strangers cheering while you exchange vows may sound fun in theory, but it’s very distracting IRL.
Durán also prefers sprawling resorts to more compact hotels. “The last thing you want is for your wedding to be in one of those common locations—the bar, the pool—because then your guests are going to see it getting set up as well as when it’s almost complete,” she explains. “Then the magic of them walking into the space for the first time is lost.”
Do your research on the weather.
When is hurricane season? Is there a wet and dry season? When is it too hot to comfortably be outside for more than 15 minutes at a time? These are all questions to ask that will help you determine the best time of year for your beach wedding.
While the lower rates of hurricane season might be tempting, know you’re running a big gamble. Because if a hurricane does come—“and with global warming, they’re coming more often and stronger than ever,” says Durán—you won’t be able to just move things inside. You’ll have to cancel the entire wedding, and your guests will also have to cancel their trips.
Be sure to get the specifics on rainy season, because it might not present as much of a problem as you’d think. “In the Caribbean, it will rain most likely every single day for at least a couple of minutes,” Durán offers by way of example. But if you plan accordingly with a tent for the reception and are flexible with the timing of an outdoor ceremony, showers won’t get in the way of a memorable celebration.
Get the necessary permits for a public beach ceremony.
Unless the beach is on private property, you’ll need to check local township ordinances before setting out an arbor and chairs, as a permit may be required for a larger event.
Make sure your reception works rain or shine.
“Unless you have the absolute certainty of it being dry all evening, the best decision is for your plan A to be good to go for rain,” says Durán. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to retreat indoors for the main party, but it does mean you should budget for a tent.
Travel intelligently with your essentials.
Going by plane? Carry on anything you can’t imagine having your wedding without. (Like say, your wedding dress.) The last thing you need to stress about is lost luggage.
Fun Beach Wedding Reception Ideas
Create a reception that is sure to be the talk of the town by choosing whimsical beach reception ideas.
- Invite guests to get in on the fun by listing the attire as luau casual. Wedding guests can wear their best luau outfits, and the band can play fun beach music. Be sure and encourage everyone to shed their shoes and dig their toes in the sand!
- For a fun and simple beach decoration, connect beach balls to helium-filled balloons via fishing line and scatter around the reception area.
- Order a cake that is decorated in sugar that looks like sand. Commission some candy seashells to decorate the cake, and scatter real shells around the table.
- Fill colorful sand pails with sand, and add tea lights.
- Make place cards out of plaster of Paris which is poured into seashell molds bought at craft stores. Paint the shells after they dry, and using a permanent marker, add the names of each guest. These can also double as beach wedding favors.
- An inexpensive beach wedding centerpiece can be created using a large, glass fishbowl found at local department or dollar stores. Fill with sand, and place a candle down into the bowl. Scatter sand and shells around the base of the centerpiece.
- Add some beach ambience by placing a few Adirondack chairs around the area, leaning a surfboard or two against each other, and draping fish net across the back of the chairs, over the surfboards, or across a corner of a shelter.
- Add small pieces of bleached driftwood to the center of each table and place a few seashells, starfish, sand dollars, etc. alongside the wood. If you have access to larger pieces of driftwood, place those around the perimeter of the area, or if you plan on having a night reception, place wood around a small fire and invite guests to have a seat when they aren't dancing or celebrating.
- For entertainment, consider hiring hula dancers. It's more fun when guests get in on the action and dance, too.
- Why not add a limbo stick for the kids to play with? They can take turns seeing how low they can go!
- Choose a reception menu especially designed to coordinate with your outdoor waterfront setting.
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BEACH WEDDING MENU
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Our banquet managers, with more than 15 years of experience, will handle every aspect of your wedding, including the bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, cocktail hour, wedding reception and farewell breakfast. With exceptional service and beautiful presentation in an ideal location, your wedding will be a true feast of the senses.
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The Loveliest Hairstyles For Your Wedding On the Beach
There are lots of curly hairstyles and chic loose updos, as well as hairstyles with hair flowers and ‘dos to wear with a veil for your beach wedding. If you are planning a magic ceremony, look at these beautiful ideas and get some hairspiration!
#1: Neo-Romantic Hairstyle With A Curly Side Pony
The hairstyle with lively locks, gathered into a loose side pony is extremely sweet and absolutely appropriate for a beach wedding. Imagine how the ties of the headband will flatter in the breeze like butterfly’s wings. So simple and endlessly charming. And this is only our first example of the beach hairstyle you can do for your wedding. Go ahead and see the rest pictures, even more gorgeous!
#2: Princess-Like Long Curly Hairstyle
To be a bride who looks like a pretty Princess is a girly dream of many brides. The wedding is the moment when dreams should come true. The curls of elongated shape, gracefully-framing your forehead can be naturally scattered over your shoulders or elegantly swept to one side. A Indian style hair piece may become an exquisite compliment of your Princess look.
#3: Curly Voluminous ‘Do With A Headband
Beach isn’t the best setting to rock sophisticated hairstyles, but for an added mysterious touch, you may try a look with whimsical curls which are in tune with turbulent ocean waves. A headband with flowers that reminds sea stars is a great accessory to go with this gorgeous hairstyle.
#4: Edgy Wavy Beach Wedding Hairstyle
What are the anchors you may add to your half up hairstyle to support the nautical theme of your wedding? Well, accessories of blue and turquoise colors, pearls, chains, fishtail braids? Yes, they will all do! Here is a new cool idea to style your bob for the beach wedding.
#5: Easy Feminine Updo For Medium Hair
The feel of butterflies in your stomach before the ceremony can be soothed by a gentle touch of your loved one. And butterflies as a romantic symbol of lightness and beauty can adorn your spontaneous updo with a side twist and a simple low bun.
#6: Elegant Hairstyle With A Headband For Short Black Hair
Short hair will look fine even if it’s going to be windy on the day of your wedding. A simple short hairstyle with straight silky locks and a fancy headband is a great idea. This look is elegant and feminine, despite the short hair length.
#7: Beach Wedding Hair Ideas For Short Locks
Well, with short hair you may not have so much freedom when you want to try different styling finishes, hair color solutions, and unusual textures, but you may compensate that with eye-catching hair pieces. Commonly these would look gaudy on medium and long hair. Another cute way to style very short hair for wedding is to comb it back.
#8: Wedding Pixie Hairstyle With Fringe For The Beach Ceremony
As it’s obvious from the previous examples, the simpler the hairstyle and hair color are, the brighter and bigger hair accessory you can afford. If you prefer to play with highlights and texturize your short locks, choose a tender and delicate headband.
#9: Curly Updo With A Sea Star Hair Clasp
This look will undoubtedly please Poseidon! A loose curly updo is exactly what’s needed to look pretty and to feel comfortable during the beach wedding ceremony. Get theme accessories to enhance the spirit of freedom, inherent to all beach weddings. The colorful pebble-like beads and the sea star hair clasp are fantastic!
#10: Mermaid Look
The charming mermaid look like this is easy to achieve on the base of a long curly braided hairstyle. You will need bouncy curls from mid-shaft to ends and a Dutch braid, styled as a headband. Choose makeup with an accent on the eyes. This glance seems to look directly into his soul!
#11: Best Beach Wedding Hair
What can look better and more appropriate in the frames of a nautical wedding, than natural-looking beach waves styled into a loose curly updo? This is a very nice hairstyle idea for your beach wedding that seems 100% harmonious!
#12: Greek Messy Updo With A Chain
Greek curly updos are also popular beach wedding hairstyles. Such updos with a whimsical interlacement of twists and curls imply usage of double headbands. A chain like in this photo can serve as a creative substitution of a headband.
#13: Messy Bun Hairstyle For Beach Wedding
A look of a beautiful ocean nymph can be achieved at the expense of a cute messy bun on the crown. Note that it will look particularly cool if you take care of a creative hair color solution beforehand. Highlights add dimension to any hairstyle and move it to the next level.
#14: Tall Updo With Rolls For Both Thick And Thin Hair
French rolls are commonly used in vintage hairstyles, but, as we see, they also fit well in sweet updos with a touch of naturalness and Bohemian chic. A delicate hair piece like this reminds a cloud of drops from the wave that crushes down on the shore. Try to pick out the accessories which are more or less associated with the theme of your wedding.
#15: Curly Knot With A Braid And Tropical Hair Flowers
Fresh flowers in your hair is an excellent beach wedding hair idea. Use white orchids or any other white or bright flowers as an accent. A voluminous curly knot at the nape will become a hundred times prettier if you complete it with a large flower next to your ear.
#16: Curly Side Downdo With A Floral Headband
Floral headbands are substitutes of bridal veils. They look the best with wavy and braided hairstyles. Your headband can be a true piece of art, if you trust the job of its creation to a professional florist. We love the idea of the ribbon, twining the curls and holding them in place.
#17: Simple Curly Hairstyle With A Delicate Headband
If you want a maximally natural hairstyle for your fine hair, get an exquisite headband and prepare a base for it. Curly hair can be scrunched with styling foam or curl enhancer, and straight locks suggest a work with a curling iron. Anyway, messy, natural-looking curls are easy to style even if you opt to do the hairstyle yourself.
#18: Curly Bridal Hairstyle For A Fluffy Wedding Veil
Fluffy wedding veils create the lightest haze, covering the bride in the most charming way. The hairstyle that you plan to wear with such a veil should be simple and moderately voluminous. Curls will do fine.
#19: Curly Updo With A One-Tier Wedding Veil
One-tier veils look and feel weightless. They are not going to hide your beach wedding hairstyle or weigh it down. A loose curly messy updo is a nice idea to go with such a veil, but it can be a low knot or a bun likewise. By the way, loose updos are not going to lose their popularity in 2021.
#20: Orchids And A Veil
Flowers will enhance the fresh and tender feel of your beach hairstyle, and the simple fine veil will look divine when flowing in the breeze for the most beautiful wedding images. The dress and hairstyle in this case shouldn’t be overloaded with details.
A hairstyle for beach wedding ceremony can be very simple and effortless. Pay attention to the choice of complementing accessories and how they blend into the look. We wish you the most beautiful wedding day with lots of deep emotions, bright impressions, and fabulous photos!
Decor and Rental Tips for a Beach Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Planning out the decor for your beachfront destination wedding is a bit more involved than simply selecting a color palette and floral arrangements. Assuming you're exchanging vows on a public beach and now at a resort whose beach may have amenities like boardwalks and lighting, you're working with a completely blank slate. Notably, "generators and lighting are the two biggest things that venues have that a beach is simply not going to provide," highlights Benson. Even with a small guest count, it's imperative that you have a microphone for guests to hear the outdoor ceremony over the waves and generators that will meet the needs of all entertainment and catering vendors.
Once you've gotten the logistical side of your wedding rentals out of the way, you can have a bit of fun figuring out the visuals of the destination beach wedding. If you want to go the DIY route for decorations, consider foraging for seashells, driftwood and starfish to use as centerpieces. "Get creative with florals and pieces to designate an aisle," says Benson. "Just make sure that your vases are heavy enough to not be blown down by the wind." Wind will be one of your wedding decor's biggest foes so consider a calligraphed wood seating chart instead of paper escort cards that could fly away before guests are able to see their table assignment. Lastly, Benson encourages couples to avoid "any sort of confetti or balloon decor or grand exit. It's bad for the environment and you will get fined most places."
25 Beach Wedding Arches, Altars And Backdrops
Going for a beach ceremony? Yes, the ocean or the sea are among the best wedding backdrops ever – what can be more romantic than that? But still some decor is required to make your ceremony more special. A proper arch, altar or backdrop will accent the space and will make your wedding shots amazing – choose a piece that fits your wedding style and color. Let’s have a look at the most awesome and chic beach wedding arches and backdrops that can be recreated on beaches and maybe you’ll find the best idea for your own wedding.
Beach Wedding Arches
Beach wedding arches or altars are usually made of wood – these can be branches, driftwood or any other type of wood that fits your wedding style. Then you may add blooms that you’ve used for wedding decor, greenery is also welcome to create a cool combo. The wedding arch can be fully decorated with lush blooms of the color that you like – anything from white to fuchsia is welcome such an arch looks very refined and bold,ideal for a glam wedding. Airy and light fabric will make the arch more breezy and chic but you may go for an arch without it. If it’s a boho wedding, why not decorate your arch with macramé or add Moroccan lanterns and candle holders hanging? If it’s a tropical wedding, go for palm leaf decor and greenery or try a driftwood arch interwined with fresh greenery: no bloom decor is very popular now and your arch will be very trendy. Place some candle lanterns at the base of the arch to illuminate the space with romantic candle light.
a boho beach wedding arch with greenery and some candle holders around
a boho driftwood wedding arch with blush blooms and some herbs plus candle lanterns around
a branch wedding arch decorated with lush tropical leaves for a tropical beach wedding
a branches wedding arch with greenery and neutral blooms and a gorgeous sea backdrop
a colorful beach wedding arch with fuchsia and pink blooms and airy fabric for decor
a lush wedding arch with airy white fabric, driftwood and white orchids looks very refined and chic
a whitewashed driftwood wedding arch with greenery and white and blue blooms on the beach
an aged wood wedding arch with breezy flower decor in blue, white and lilac blooms
an organic wedding arch with airy fabric, greenery and blush blooms
branch wedding arch decorated with colorful blooms and succulents for a tropical beach wedding
a rustic beach wedding arch with airy fabric, white and peachy blooms and eucalyptus
a rustic wedding arch with airy fabric, white flowers and greenery on the corner
a super lush and romantic wedding arch with fuchsia, blush, orange and lilac blooms and greenery
a wooden wedding arch covered fully with palm leaves for tropical beach decor
a boho beach ceremony arbor covered with black fabric with Moroccan lanterns and candle holders hanging
a marcrame wedding arch with greenery and white blooms for a beach boho wedding
a lush beach arch decorated with fuchsia and red blooms lushly and with greenery
a driftwood wedding arch interwined with fresh greenery for a tropical beach wedding
Unique Beach Wedding Altars And Backdrops
If you are looking for something very special, try a trendy option – a triangle or a teepee-like wedding altar decorated with greenery and blooms, it’s an ideal piece for a boho wedding. Another hot trend is an oversized circle wedding arch decorated with flowers and greenery, it looks very spectacular. If you two love surfing, why not give a driftwood arch a shape of a surf? Looks wow! There are some other cool ideas like a hexagon arch, a half moon pampas grass altar, a modern backdrop with greenery and blooms and much more – choose what you like!
a creative hexagon wedding arch decorated with colorful blooms, greenery and pampas grass
a teepee-styled wedding arch of birch branches, with greenery, fuchsia and burgundy blooms
a modern geometric backdrop with lush florals and greenery for a unique beach wedding look
trendy teepee-like wedding arbor with greenery and blooms on each corner for a bold look
a driftwood wedding arch shaped as a surf for a creative beach ceremony look
a giant circle wedding arch decorated with white blooms and greenery and with candles around
a unique half moon pampas grass wedding altar for a romantic beach or coastal wedding