Beach or Destination Wedding | Choosing Your Wedding Theme

Beach Wedding Theme

Some people were born to be beach bums. If I could, I’d spend every day seaside with a cocktail in hand, and I know I’m not alone in this! Beach weddings range from ultra casual to semi-formal and have a very peaceful, ethereal feel.  Not to mention the backdrop is absolutely gorgeous! Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing a beach wedding theme.

Beach Wedding Venue

Your ceremony will obviously be at the beach, but try a reception space at a restaurant overlooking the water where you were just married. Some hotels have restaurants that are completely open and on the water, and some hotels will even set up your reception space right on the beach with gorgeous drapery.

Beach Wedding Theme Dress

Choose a dress with lightweight fabric. No ball gowns or trains…it will all get caught in the sand.
This beaded, flowing empire dress from Top Wedding is perfect!

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If you’re interested in going barefoot, opt for these beautiful barefoot sandals on Amazon.

Beach wedding theme Barefoot Sandals
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Your  bridesmaids should wear dresses in light fabrics, and nothing poofy. Depending how casual you want your wedding to be, a sundress could work.

This aqua strapless bridesmaid dress from Top Wedding would be perfect!

beach wedding theme bridesmaid dress
Knee Length Featured Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress Designed with Sweetheart Neckline – Click to See More!


The poor guys will be sweating, so make it a little easier on them with suits in linen fabrics in light colors such as tan or grey, or if your wedding is more casual, a nice dress shirt with the sleeves buttoned up.

Wedding Color Ideas

Tropical or ocean themed colors work best for beach weddings. Bright orange and purple, fuchsia and tangerine, turquoise and purple, aqua and white or an all white wedding all work.


Think an altar draped in fabric, candles in hurricane glasses, and glass bottle place card holders with authentic seashell favors from the beach or island where you’re getting married.

Glass Jar Place Card Holder
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Beach Wedding Food

Because beach and destination weddings often have a much smaller guest list, dependent on your venue, you may be able to use a prix fixe menu (full course meal at a fixed price with options) that the guests can order from. Keep the menu light and’ll be too hot to eat heavy!

Beach Wedding Theme Stationery

The first piece of mail your guests receive from you should let them know that your wedding has a beach theme so they’ll know what to expect and how to dress for the occasion. Beach wedding theme stationery should be in the ocean or tropical color family and have an airy feel.

Check out some of my favorite Beach Wedding Save the Dates:

How cute is this wedding ticket themed Save the Date?!

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Sweet Starfish Save the Dates from WeddingPaperDivas

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Adorable Seahorses!

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Dip Your Toes in the Sand

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Some of my favorite Beach Wedding Invitations:

A Tahitian Feel

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A Simple Palm Tree



Beach wedding themes are fun, romantic and beautiful. If you’re thinking about getting married on the beach, go for it.  You’ll absolutely love the way it turns out.  For more Beach Wedding Theme Save the Dates, Invites, Decor and more, click here.

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Jessica Gomez

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