21 Fun and Easy Beach Wedding Ideas

If you’re planning a surfside wedding…first off, congrats! You’ve basically won the wedding venue lottery! Who wouldn’t want to get married next to crashing waves and a stellar view? While a beach wedding provides you with plenty of natural scenery and decor, there’s still so many fun things you can do to accentuate your location.

Whether it’s beach wedding photo ideas or gorgeous table settings, a beach wedding allows for your imagination to go wild, from colors to cakes!

Below are a few of my recent favorite beach wedding finds. When it comes to beach weddings I actually tend to gravitate towards accessories and decor that aren’t always nautical. Even though shells and sand will always have their place, don’t be afraid to go outside of the box when it comes to your beach wedding decor. Items that look out of place (like, say, a vintage country theme) on a beach can sometimes look the coolest!

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Is there anything better than string lights? I love this simple yet romantic table setting. Photo by Style Art Life

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Forget the seashells and anchors and instead just to subtle touches of ocean blue throughout your beach wedding. Cake by Jami Plummer of Sugar Baby Specialty Cakes

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This is so much more fun than a regular guest book. After your wedding you can put the messages into a book. Photo by Kirsten Julia, Styling by Going Lovely via Ruffled

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Who wants to wear heels in the sand when you can go barefoot. Sign via Etsy.

beach welcome bags

Add beach-worthy items to your Welcome Bags such as sunscreen, flip-flops, and sunglasses.

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These kitschy but cute bridesmaid gifts are great for getting-ready photos. Buy on Etsy

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Candles, candles, and more candles!

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Shabby chic and vintage-inspired ceremony touches look amazing at a beach wedding (and are a bit more unexpected than the nautical stuff)

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Cute photo idea for your Thank You cards!

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Beach balls are such a fun alternative to rice or flower petals. Photo by Meg Baisden Photography

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Have little ones in your group? Wheel them in in this adorable beach wagon. Photo by Shore Shotz Weddings

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A beach wedding means lots of fun options for your dress. I love adding a bit of country chic to a beach wedding for something a little different. Photo by Braedon Flynn via Inspired by This

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Wedding tip: Adorable ring bearers will always up your cuteness factor.

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Take some sand from your wedding or honeymoon location to make your first Christmas ornament as a married couple. Cheesy but cute!

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Fans are a must in a hot location. I like the way these are displayed, since they add to the ceremony decor and spruce up those plain white chairs.

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This shell-shaped purse is a subtle touch for a beach wedding.

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Opt for something a little different when it comes to your ceremony seating. You can do stools, haystacks covered in Mexican blankets, or clear Ghost chairs. Photo by Colin Miller/Created by Colin Cowie

Beach towels are a fun and actually useful wedding favor. Photo by Jenny Ebert

Beach towels are a fun and actually useful wedding favor. Photo by Jenny Ebert

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Keep beverages cold in a kayak or canoe.

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If you’re having a beach wedding just think “linen!” It goes with everything (including your groom’s suit!).

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These sky lanterns are meant to bring good luck, and are a beautiful way to end the night.

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  • Kit Hannigan says:

    I really like your tip about adding beach-worthy items such as flip-flops and sunglasses to your welcome bags. My son and his wife have decided to have a beach wedding. The both of them are avid surfers so a good number of people at the wedding should be beach people as well. I’ll be sure to share this article with the two so they can consider giving away these fun stuff at their reception.

  • John Asmus says:

    I always love the beach that’s why I’m preparing for this kind of wedding. BTW Cutey Bearers.

  • CT says:

    Where did you find the straw/jute tote bags that were given away? Thank you!

  • Amanda says:

    Anyone know where to get the country chic beach wedding dress? It’s the one that was taken by photographer http://braedonphotography.com/

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