We put together ten of our favourite seaside wedding ideas (inspired by real Sussex weddings and our love of the Sussex seaside) for a feature in the May issue of Wedding Ideas Magazine. If you didn’t see a copy, here’s the article in full…
1. Wish you were here
Vintage seaside postcards can bring some cool seaside fun to your wedding, use them for table plans, place names or invitations. Pick them up super-cheap from Step Back in Time postcard shop on Queens Road in Brighton or ebay). We love the saucy ones — nautical but nice!
2. The world is your lobster
Bring the taste of the seaside to your wedding by incorporating it into your menu, think: fish and chips, ice cream or seafood in general. Hire an ice-cream or fish and chip van for an authentic taste of British seaside cuisine!
3. Rock their world
Paint the names of each of your guests onto pebbles for cute and inexpensive beachy place-names, or use sticks of rocks and write or print each guests’ name as the label. You can even get your sticks of rock personalised with your names through the middle.
4. Make a cakey statement
Get creative with your wedding cake and make it a real beachy talking point like this amazing sandcastle wedding cake by Flutterby Bakery. Cupcakes can also be beachified with tiny seaside themed decorations like starfish, shells and cocktail stick parasols.
5. Centre piece pretty
We love the way centre pieces can pretty up your wedding tables and pull your wedding theme together, we heart these wooden beach hut boxes from Coastal Home. Children’s buckets (and spades) filled with flowers or pin wheels can also add some seaside pretty to your tables.
6. Top of the props
Use beachy props to give your wedding a seaside spin. Turn up the fun with a British seaside theme (like Miriam and Sam did below) using life sized cut-outs, deck chairs and surfboards.
7. Do us a favour
We love these pretty personalized seaside themed soap wedding favours from www.weddinginateacup.co.uk.
Having a basket of flip-flops for tired dancing feet can also be a practical and pretty beachy favour — pick them up in Primark for a snip!
8. She sells seashells
Shells make a beautiful and subtle seasidey addition to your wedding bouquet, or even your groom’s buttonhole, scatter shells on your tables too for inexpensive beachy table décor.
9. Beach chic
Add some surfer girl beach chic to your look with a fishtail plait or some texturizing sea salt hair spray, add flowers or a floral headpiece to complete the boho beach girl look. (The sea – salt spray is great for boys too apparently).
10. Go destination UK for your beach-side wedding
Thinking about a destination wedding? Don’t rule out the good old British seaside. Sussex alone is a treasure trove of exciting seaside wedding and reception venues including beach-side: bandstands, restaurants, hotels, pavilions, ballrooms, piers and even a beach hut!
Here’s how the feature looked in Wedding Ideas Magazine:
Thanks to Wedding Ideas Magazine for featuring us and thanks to all the lovely Sussex couples, photographers and suppliers featured in this post too: Miriam & Sam, Sukhey & Jamie, Paul & Rocio, Sophie & Divey, Lisa & Alex, Andrew J R Squires Photography, Emma Lucy Photography, Sara Reeve Photography, Navyblur, Wedding in a Teacup, Coastal Home and Miss Moles Flower Emporium.
Don’t forget you can check out some beachy and seaside inspired real Sussex weddings in our ‘Seaside Wedding Ideas‘ category (including some of the couples featured above) and feel free to add more beachy wedding ideas and tips in the comments below too.