Tropical Getaway: Nautical Wedding Inspiration

Sun’s out, fun’s out, and if you’re throwing a warm-weather fete, it better scream summer. Gorgeous greens, bright blues, soft sea foam, and pure white make for a romantic affair that guarantees a good time. Even if your venue isn’t located on the beach, the details below will ensure guests feel sand between their toes, a breeze in the air, and the sun on their face. Once you’ve decided upon a nautical theme, your creative possibilities multiply. The parallel between “tying the knot” and the nautical theme allows for fun and unique details. For example, you can create a logo with your fiance and your initials from rope for a branded celebration. Continue the theme throughout the event with a nautical-inspired unity ceremony, rope boutonnieres, seashell table numbers, a boat seating chart, sand-dipped candles, and more. The options are seriously endless thanks to the breadth of the theme. With ropes, seashells, life preservers, sea glass, water, waves, sand, sea creatures, and gorgeous hues at your disposal, you’re guaranteed to throw an amazing wedding.

Nautical Unity Ceremony Sailor Knot Necklace

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With all these brilliant nautical wedding ideas under your belt, your tropical getaway is just steps away from coming to life. Every detail shown above is totally DIY-able, so if you’re looking to save a few bucks or add an extra-personal touch to your big day, consider crafting. For a complete list of DIY ideas, check out our collection of 30+ nautical wedding projects.

Take your guests on a trip that they’ll never forget with a romantic, fun, and beachy wedding theme.

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  1. says

    When it comes to planning a reception, I think table settings are a place where a bride can really have a lot of fun and express her personality. One of my best friends will be getting married in the summertime, and she has been trying to brainstorm nautical-themed ideas, since her fiance was in the Navy. That’s why I was so excited to come across this page and find these adorable origami paper sailboat place cards! What a unique touch–for the hull of the boat, she could choose whatever color she wanted depending on her final color selections. And, I’m sure the boats would provide a great little topic of conversation for guests.
    My only concern is how long these might take to construct? If the whole bridal party worked together, it could be a nice pre-wedding bonding activity. It would definitely help though if we could find a step-by-step tutorial to guide us, if anyone knows of one off-hand!

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