When planning the decoration of a beach wedding, you will not only be concerned with what is beautiful or with what looks good. You will have various other things in mind like the windy condition, heat, sand, and the weather, as all of these factors can have a big impact on how your beach decoration set-up turns out.
Here are some clever ways on how to decorate a beach wedding while keeping in mind the mentioned factors above.
- Use shells to mark down the aisle on the sand where the bride will walk down to the altar. Add some flowers but be sure to push the stems down on the sand to avoid having them blown away.
- If the couple chooses to hold the event at night, you can liven up the place with beautiful flaming tiki torches. See to it that these torches are located away from anything that can start a fire. You can also decorate the tables of the guests with lanterns or candles surrounded with little seashells. This is a beautiful and cost-effective way to enlighten up the area.
- Using beach umbrella shades or covering the area with a wedding tent is definitely great idea if there is a possibility of rain during the event. With the ever-changing weather today, you can never be too sure. You surely would not want the guests soaking wet in the middle of the wedding.
- Hire a sand sculptor to recreate a sculpture of the bride or groom or any memento that relates to their love story. This can serve as the focal point of the whole beach decoration set-up.
- If it s a bit windy, you can use a huge tarp to block the direction from where the wind is coming. This will ensure that the guests will not have sand on their meals or on their eyes. Of course, you should not just get any tarp you can get your hands on. Make sure you find something that at least complements the color and style of the wedding. If possible, you can have the photo of the couple printed on the tarp so that it will serve double purpose as decoration and as a wind blocker.
- Driftwoods are nice to place along the perimeters of the reception area. Just place them on the side so nobody will trip over them. Decorate these with shells, starfishes, and sand to create wonderful pieces of art that will wow the guests.
- Hang anchors, surfboard, or boogie boards on the walls. You can also lean them against the corners.
- If you are going to use flowers to decorate the event, consult with an expert florist first as there are some flowers that will not be able to stand the extreme heat of the sun.
- As for the centerpieces, the choices are endless. You can have lantern centerpieces, crystal bowls filled with sand, glass marbles, pearls and shells, floating candles on a wide clear water vase, or a mini sand sculpture.
- Play some nice beach tunes. Decoration is not all about what the eyes can see but also what the ears hear. Aside from visually appealing design elements, be sure to throw in wonderful beach music to add to the nice ambiance of the place. Play some sunny Caribbean music from the Baha Men, old favorites from Beach Boys, soothing tunes from Café Del Mar, or fun reggae beat from Bob Marley.
Even though there are many factors to consider, decorating a beach wedding is not that difficult. With so many resources available around the beach that you can use as decorative elements, it will not consume much of your time or the couple’s wedding budget.