One of the most beautiful outdoor wedding venues we can think of is, of course, the beach. What’s not to love about the sun, sand, and sparkling waters in the background as you say your vows? The best part, though, is that you need little else to articulate a beach theme other than the gorgeous setting. The rest of the details can speak for themselves — except for those beach wedding invitations!
It’s important your wedding invitation suite depicts the beachy, coastal weddings vibe you’re planning for. So, what’s the best way to do that? We’re sharing a few of our favorite tips (alongside invites we love) for your seaside celebration.
Creative Ideas for Beach Wedding Invitations
If you’re throwing a beach wedding, the invitation will be the first clue your guest has for what’s to come. If you’re having a very laid-back, surfer-vibe wedding, you could opt for invites that feature palm leaves, and sunsets. Even a surf board!
If you live near the beach you’re getting married at, consider going there to collect a container of sand, and putting a small amount in a small plastic or burlap pouch to put inside each invitation or Save the Date envelope.
Or, if you have a slightly larger budget, you could even consider sending your invite alongside a pair of flip flops for guests as an early wedding favor. You can typically find whoelsale flip flops online on sites like Amazon or the Flip Flop Store for around $2-$3/pair.
For more formal weddings, look for invites that are more moody, with ocean waves and gold foil. Abstract watercolors are also gorgeous, as are simple letterpress invites featuring sailboats, seahorses, or anchors.
To add that extra touch to your beach-themed wedding, you could definitely include the sand idea above, or depending on your budget you could include your invitation in a letter-sized box along with a handful of seashells, sand dollars, faux starfish, and biodegradable gift box filler. (You can typically find these on Etsy.) These are all fun, creative ideas for beach theme wedding invitations.
WGM Says: When sending destination wedding invitations, be sure you send them out with plenty of time! Typically we suggest sending Save the Dates for destination weddings at least 8 months before.
What Should You Say on Beach Wedding Invitations?
The most important information on your beach wedding invitation (aside from the important details like date and location, obviously!) is the attire. Guests will want to know if they should be wearing tuxedos or suits, gowns or cocktail dresses, so be sure to include the wedding dress code either on the invite directly or on your wedding website. Also, you might want to mention on the wedding website what kind of shoes to wear if guests will be spending a lot of time directly on sand.
Thankfully, Minted has some gorgeous invitations for all types of beach weddings, formal or casual. Here are some of our favorites!
This simple yet elegant beach wedding invitation features a subtle foil pressed palm tree design that gives the illusion of swaying as it moves. Set amongst a gradient sky, this invitation gives off calming, elevated feelings with just the right amount of shimmer. Upon opening, guests will be instantly transported to your beach wedding, in their minds.
For more tropical feels, this Palm Springs foil-pressed design by silverscreen studio combines field palm branches with watercolor monstera for a more modern take on a beach wedding invitation This design says, “we’re getting married at the beach” and “we’re having a chic affair” at the same time. Select from five color themes and eight foil colors to truly personalize your design.
What says beach wedding better than cool blue waves? In this Shimmering Waves design, a luxe foil frame wraps around the text, while blue marbled art depicts flowing waves in the water — perfect for a coastal or island wedding. With seven color themes and eight foil options to choose from, you can ensure your wedding invitations are picture-perfect.
There’s something so captivating about the way the blue and gold interacts within the My Tenderness design by Helen Halik. Plus, it’s one of Minted’s All-in-One Wedding Invitations, which means it has everything you need inside. All your guests have to do is unfold to open, admire, then just send back the included RSVP card — no envelope necessary! What bride doesn’t love something that can multitask and look good doing it.
Tying the knot somewhere tropical? The Tropical Bouquet design by Elly features the gorgeous colors and textures of a tropical floral bouquet, with a simple text overlay outlining the details of your big day. With four color themes to choose from including the truly custom option of selecting your favorite Pantone or CMYK colors, it’s the perfect design to add bold, bright color to your invitation suite and get your guests excited for more to come.
Featuring an original painting as a background, the At Sea design by Nicoletta Savod has gorgeous watercolor sea waves at the bottom of the card, beneath elegant typeface including your names in large capitalized lettering. Select from five color themes including the beautiful Sky or neutral Blush, and select matching pieces for a complete invitation suite, including wedding website art!
For a bit of a different twist on a traditional wedding invitation, this design features a hand drawn design of a beach at sunset, and understated typography. There’s nine color options to choose from including the truly personalized custom option, as well as five different silhouette shapes for an extra something special.
Is your beach wedding also a destination wedding? If so, this adorable invitation suite is perfect. Designed to look like a luggage tag, Destination by Lori Wemple is a clean and simple horizontal design that directs guests to booking and wedding details on your wedding website. And, you can pick any background color you choose — the black and white design of the tag goes with literally any color theme!
In keeping with the travel theme, the Passport design by Sarah Curry is modeled after a stamped passport and, perfect for a beach wedding, features palm tree shadows in the bottom left corner. You can personalize and customize the wedding details and font color, and continue the theme with matching RSVP cards, thank you cards, and more.
If you’re tying the knot in Mexico, we love this colorful, fun design with a Mexican-floral inspired border and brightly colored background. It’s a super specific, artistic design that will instantly have your guests daydreaming about white sandy beaches, sunshine, and margaritas. We love the Sunshine color theme, as well as the Flamingo color theme for a truly special invitation to your wedding fiesta!
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