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How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding

Picture standing in the soft, warm sand just at the edge of the water. You’re saying your vows in the sunshine, surrounded by all your favorite people. If you love the beach and spend all your time there, why not have an elegant beach wedding? You can’t get much better than that! But, like with any wedding, decorating around a beach theme can get a little tricky. If you’re looking for wedding inspo, we’ve come up with some fun ways to bring the beach into your wedding decorations.

1. Beachy Place Card Holders

When guests make their way to their reception tables, greet them with cute beach-themed place card holders. These silver sailboats give off a bit of elegance. Plus, they’ll withstand a bit of the ocean breeze.

Sailboat Place Card Holders | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

You might be wondering what you’re going to do with all these place card holders once the night is over. You’re likely going to be stumped if you plan to take them home. Here’s the trick: Give them out as party favors! Guests can use them as picture holders. For instance, they could put their favorite pictures from the wedding or reception photo booth in these seashell place card holders when they get home.

Seashell Place Card Holders | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

2. Nautical Centerpieces

In addition to bouquets of tropical flowers like frangipani, lilies, and orchids, you’ll need to think of a beachy way to provide lighting for reception centerpieces. These votive candles feature tiny seashells suspended in clear gel. You’ll achieve creating that soft glow around each table with them.

 Seashell Tealight Holders | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

Maybe you already have a set of tea lights and you just need somewhere to put them. Vintage lanterns will look gorgeous among your floral centerpieces. And with these lanterns, you can choose from three different sizes: small, medium, or large.

White Distressed Lanterns | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

Make them even more beach-themed with these lanterns shaped like lighthouses. Guests will appreciate this extra touch of the sea. Add tealights for romantic lighting or fill them with tea roses for a unique way to showcase your favorite flowers.

Lighthouse Lanterns | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

3. Sea-Worthy Place Settings

Finding your seat at the wedding reception is an exciting moment. With the main plate acting as a base and a napkin lying over the plate, place one of these turquoise seashell trinket dishes on top of each napkin. Inside every trinket dish, insert your guest’s name card along with a few wrapped candies. The place setting with a beach-themed sweet treat will make the tables extra special. Plus, guests can take them home as party favors.

Seashell Trinket Dish | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

Next to each plate, place one of these nautical anchor napkins. They fit right in with the beach motif! Plus, they’ll add a hint of glimmer to each place setting with the gold anchor detail.Anchor Napkins | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

4. Elegant Drink Coasters

Go the extra mile by including stylish coasters at your reception. These stone coasters look just like sand dollars fresh from the sea. Sit one underneath every glass, or pass them out as wedding favors as guests head home.

Sand Dollar Coasters | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

5. A Beach Wedding Cake Topper

Don’t forget about your cake! Even if you’re serving a traditional, elegant white tiered wedding cake, you can top it off with some beachy inspiration. This cake topper features a happy bride and groom barefoot atop the sand.

Cake Topper | How to Decorate for an Elegant Beach Wedding | My Wedding Favors

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