Everything You Need to Throw the Ultimate Beach-Themed Bridal Shower

Transport your guests to paradise.
maddy sims the knot associate editor
Maddy Sims
maddy sims the knot associate editor
Maddy Sims
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Updated Mar 22, 2024
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We love the idea of personalizing a wedding shower to make it feel special. If the bride-to-be loves sand and the sea or is having a beach wedding, lean fully into the aesthetic with a beach-themed bridal shower. Whether you can easily get to the waterfront or need creative ways to bring the shore to you, we're here to help you plan the ultimate beach prewedding party. We have ideas for an elegant seaside shower or a glittery mermaid-themed bash—and everything in between.

Throwing a beach wedding shower doesn't have to mean anchors galore and navy-and-white-striped everything (unless you want it to, of course). Consider a SoCal vibe with bright colors and surf-shack vibes, or lean toward something more elevated and romantic with lanterns, roses and a decadent raw bar. The good news? A waterfront setting is so pretty it'll do most of the work for you—all you need are a few finishing touches to make the gathering extra special, like beach-themed bridal shower favors and decorations (more on that below).

If you're a city dweller hoping to simulate the ocean breeze at an apartment or a local restaurant, these easy-to-pull-off ideas will instantly transport your guests to paradise. Just choose the vibe your guest(s) of honor will love the most, then get those beach bridal shower invitations in the mail pronto.

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    Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Ideas

    When it comes to beach bridal shower ideas, the opportunities are endless. Go for a chic boho theme or a fun under-the-sea vibe—whatever feels like the best way to celebrate the wonderful bride-to-be or couple.

    Elegant Oceanside Bridal Shower Theme

    You can't go wrong with a classic beach-themed bridal shower. Transport your guests to a seaside oasis with this idea. To pull it off, you'll need light and airy decor. Use sheer, neutral linens on the tables (like white and cream) and dried flowers for your decor. To bring the theme to life, incorporate natural wood materials for a breezy, beachy bash.

    Surf Shack Bridal Shower Theme

    Your beach-themed bridal shower doesn't have to use all-white decor. Go for a surf shack-inspired look with fun colors (think: yellow, orange, pink, blue and green) and wooden accents. Keep things feeling casual with minimal decor and beach rattan accessories.

    Boho Beach Bridal Shower Theme

    Put a bohemian twist on a typical beach theme setup. Stick with neutral linens and decor, and then add in dried flowers and pampas grass. Use earthy, muted tones like rust, cream and blush to achieve a true boho vibe.

    Under the Sea Bridal Shower Theme

    While an under-the-sea-themed bridal shower seems difficult to pull off, it really comes down to color. Fill your space with aqua blue wherever you can: the walls, the chairs, the napkins, the table settings. Then, add in colors of the ocean (bright pink, orange, green and yellow) to bring the theme to life. Keep flowers to a minimum and instead opt for long strings of leafy greenery—like eucalyptus—for a seaweed-inspired look.

    Mermaid Bridal Shower Theme

    beach themed bridal shower with a mermaid vibe using soft pink and dried flowers
    Photo: Ashley Kelemen

    If the bride-to-be is obsessed with all things mermaid, this theme is for you. Pull inspiration from the under-the-sea look by using aqua blue as your base. Then, add in pretty pastel hues (we love pink and purple), shiny glass accents and boho pampas grass. Take it to the next level by incorporating seashells too.

    Nautical Bridal Shower Theme

    Your nautical bridal shower theme doesn't have to be over the top. Achieve the vibe by incorporating distressed wood, white linens and navy blue accents. We love the idea of creating sea-inspired centerpieces to take the aesthetic one step further. Use bunches of white flowers, greens and wooden accents.

    Tropical Bridal Shower Theme

    A tropical theme is all about using the different colors in nature. Use a sunset color scheme (blush, orange and yellow) in addition to green for an island vibe. The number one plant we recommend getting? Palms! Look for mini palm trees, palm leaves and dried palms as well. Finally, play with airy decorations and lighting to enhance the theme (think: string lights and lanterns).

    Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Favors

    Parting gifts for your guests are always a nice gesture. Let them bring the seaside vibe home with one of these beach bridal shower favors. We've got creative with beach-inspired twists on traditional party favors as well as outside-the-box ideas.

    Flip-Flop Bottle Openers

    Engraved flip flop beach-themed bridal shower favors
    Photo: Etsy

    Bottle openers are a classic souvenir, and these ones are designed in the shape of a flip-flop making them the perfect favors for a beach wedding shower. Nothing says "a day on the sand" like flip-flops (except maybe a nice piña colada). Have them personalized with the details of the celebration for a sweet keepsake.

    Pastel Cocktail Bombs

    My Drink Bomb bridal shower favor selection
    Photo: Etsy

    Here's a cool mermaid-inspired favor for you: cocktail bombs. The pastel colors are right on theme. Plus, they're made with natural flavors. Simply drop one into sparkling water to create a delicious mocktail (or cocktail if you add liquor).

    Seaweed Face Masks

    Lapcos seaweed sheet mask 5 pack
    Photo: REVOLVE

    Give your wedding shower guests the gift of happy, hydrated skin. These seaweed-inspired sheet masks are a skincare god-send and an excellent beach-themed favor idea.

    Starfish-Shaped Soap

    beach themed bridal shower starfish soap favors
    Photo: Etsy

    Soap is a classic for a reason, and this crowd-pleaser is shaped like a starfish to complement an "under the sea" or mermaid theme. It'll look gorgeous on your tables, and your guests can use it after the event. What's not to love?

    Mermaid-Inspired Eyeshadow

    stila shimmering mermaid-inspired liquid eyeshadow
    Photo: Sephora

    For a luxurious beach-themed bridal shower favor, gift your guests a mermaid-inspired eyeshadow. We love this golden-pink color because it's fun but still wearable.

    Sea Turtle Tracking Bracelet

    Aquamarine blue beaded bracelet with sea turtle charm for beach bridal shower
    Photo: fahlo

    These bracelets might be a splurge as far as favors go, but they're for a good cause. A percentage of each purchase goes toward protecting sea turtles all over the world and every bracelet tracks a real turtle. It's a beach-themed wedding shower favor that you and your guests can feel good about. Plus, it comes in a selection of stylish colors.

    Nautical Personalized Rocks Glasses

    Anchor themed personalized rocks glasses
    Photo: Etsy

    Glassware personalized with the details of your event makes a great keepsake. Guests can reuse them over and over again, and every time, it serves as a reminder of that fun and meaningful day. These rocks glasses have an anchor illustration that ties in with a nautical bridal shower theme.

    Tropical SPF Lip Balm

    beach themed bridal shower SPF lip balm eos
    Photo: eos

    How about a beach-themed wedding shower favor that'll help your guests keep safe in the sun? We love a good lip balm, and eos (aka evolution of smooth) is known for its hydrating lipcare products. This one is SPF-infused to protect from harmful rays and it has a delightful coconut and pineapple taste (there's that piña colada again). If you're going for a tropical vibe, these useful mementos are a must.

    Starfish Bottle Stoppers

    Starfish bottle stopper
    Photo: The Knot Shop

    Bottle stoppers are tried-and-true souvenirs because they're just so useful! It's the type of thing you'd never think to buy for yourself, but if you got one as a gift, you'd use it all the time. This starfish one plays up the beach theme perfectly.

    Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates

    Ghirardelli sea salt caramel dark chocolate bridal shower favor idea
    Photo: Ghirardelli

    Who doesn't love salted caramel? Send each guest home with a few of Ghirardelli's indulgent dark chocolate sea salt caramel squares. Thanks to the sea salt, they're the perfect edible favors for a beach bridal shower.

    Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Decorations

    The key to pulling off a themed party is in the details. Check out our favorite beach-themed bridal shower decorations below, including banners, table decor and more.

    Beach-Themed Wedding Date Banner

    beach themed bridal shower banner
    Photo: Etsy

    What's a wedding shower without a banner? We love this one because it simply lists the wedding date, so it could work for any to-be-wed or couple.

    Colorful Dried Flowers

    Pastel dried flower bouquet
    Photo: AFLORAL

    Say hello to your beach bridal shower centerpieces. Swap fresh flowers for dried blooms to play up the beachy boho theme. This bouquet includes pastel hues that add a subtle pop of color and work especially well if you're planning a mermaid-inspired bash.

    Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Signs

    beach themed bridal shower signs
    Photo: Etsy

    Save time and money decorating your event with these printable signs for favors, food and drink stations, and cards and gifts. Each one is illustrated with a pretty shell and starfish pattern. Hang them around the space to bring the beach theme to life.

    Unique Seashell Wreath

    Blue and white seashall and starfish wreath for beach-themed bridal shower
    Photo: Williams Sonoma

    Feel free to get creative with your beach-themed bridal shower decorations. Instead of traditional flowers or confetti, why not decorate tables with a stunning seaside-inspired wreath? This beautiful creation is assembled by hand and features lots of nautical nods like starfish, shells and pops of ocean blue.

    Sparkly Seahorse Balloon

    Giant sparkly seahorse balloon
    Photo: Etsy

    Balloon arches look great, but if you're DIY-ing it, they take a lot of time and effort. Instead, bring your whimsical beach bridal shower to life with this giant sparkly seahorse balloon.

    Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Welcome Sign

    beach themed bridal shower welcome sign
    Photo: Etsy

    Set the tone for the event instantly with this pretty beach-themed welcome sign template. The subtle landscape design illustrates painterly waves on a white background.

    Faux Monstera Leaves

    Faux monstera leaf centerpiece
    Photo: Michaels

    Monstera leaves are the emblem of tropical beach-themed decor. Adding greenery to your wedding shower will instantly brighten up the room. Simply place this reusable centerpiece in a vase to zhuzh up the gift table, drink station or welcome area.

    Surf Shack Welcome Sign

    beach themed bridal shower surf shack sign
    Photo: Etsy

    Create your own little surf shack with this unique welcome sign. Your guest of honor can even bring it home as a reminder of the special day. The Etsy seller is happy to work with you to customize the text so you can make it work for your event.

    Mermaid-Inspired Table Runner

    Shells, starfish and coral paper decorations on string netting beach bridal shower decor
    Photo: Etsy

    Unleash your inner mermaid with this fun table runner. Simply lay it out on top of colorful linens, and you're done.

    Beach-Themed Bridal Shower Games

    Six printable beach landscape design bridal shower games
    Photo: Etsy

    Not only will these beach-themed bridal shower games provide entertainment, they'll also serve as extra decoration on your tables. There are six options for guests to enjoy, including "Would You Rather?" and "Who Knows the Bride Best?"

    Naoimh O'Hare contributed to this article.

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