20 Beach-Themed Decorations for a Chic Seaside Wedding

We’re "shore" you’re going to love these coastal décor ideas.
by Amanda Casertano

If you've always dreamed of exchanging vows with your toes in the sand and the sound of waves crashing against the shore, what you need now is some gorgeous sea-inspired décor to bring your fantasy to life. The best part about saying "I do" by the water is you get to work with an already gorgeous backdrop, so all you need are a few special, on-theme touches to create the right ambiance and tie everything together. From incorporating natural accents to adding nautical props, look no further than these 20 beach-themed wedding decorations to personalize your sandy, sun-soaked celebration.

1. Candlelit Lanterns

Beach-themed decorations lanterns for wedding reception
Brandon Kidd

Keep things simple and natural with silver lanterns filled with white candles. These lovely beach wedding decorations turn up the romance to your coastal affair. 

FromA Rustic, Elegant Beach Wedding at Monarch Bay Club in Dana Point, California

2. Mother of Pearl Ring Box

Beach-themed decorations and florals for wedding
Creative Imaginations

We like to think every beach-loving couple has a little bit of mermaid in them. Have your ring bearer carry your rings inside of a shell to play up the marine theme.

FromA Blush and Gold Nautical Wedding at 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort in Captiva Island, Florida

3. Seeing Starfish

DIY beach-themed decorations for wedding reception
CJK Visuals

Hanging sea star ornaments are a playful and enchanting addition. As part of this beach wedding idea, you could even add starfish to your place settings. 

FromA Chic Oceanside Wedding at a Private Residence in Bethany Beach, Delaware

4. No Shoes, No Problem

DIY beach-themed decorations for wedding ceremony and rception
Hannamonika

Don't send guests home with sand in their shoes. Set up baskets where they can leave their shoes to go barefoot for your ceremony or reception.

From: A Bohemian Beach Wedding at Minos Mare Hotel in Rethymno, Greece

5. Tropical Flair

DIY beach-themed decorations for wedding ceremony
Jillian Mitchell

Using palm leaves to create a simple ceremony arch is pure genius. The pop of green against the turquoise ocean and white sand will look stunning.

FromA Beachfront Fiesta-Inspired Wedding at Las Casitas Bonitas in San Francisco, Mexico

6. Map It Out

Beach-themed wedding reception ideas
Joseph Lin

Celebrating on (or near) your favorite islands? Use a map of your destination as a reception seating chart and name each table after a different location or island

From: A Pastel Beach Wedding at the Oceanbleu Bath and Tennis in Westhampton, New York

7. Natural Resources

DIY beach-themed decoration and centerpiece ideas for wedding reception
Joseph Lin

Natural elements of the beach are, well, naturally beautiful. Go for colorful sea glass, a mix of shells, or rustic driftwood for understated, yet whimsical beach wedding decorations.

FromA Pastel Beach Wedding at the Oceanbleu Bath and Tennis in Westhampton, New York

8. Textured Touches

DIY beach-themed decorations for wedding ceremony
Krystal Zaskey

Beach grass brings breezy, organic texture to aisle décor. Add a vibrant ribbon and a standout piece, like a starfish or seashell, and tie it around every other chair along the aisle.

FromA Whimsical Beach Wedding at Palm Beach Shores Community Center in Palm Beach Shores, Florida

9. Mirror, Mirror

Beach-themed decoration ideas for wedding reception
Brandon Kidd

If you're aiming for a beach glam vibe, try mixing in some mirrors. We love the idea of oversize mirrors with your guests names in calligraphy for a seating chart.

FromA Rustic, Elegant Beach Wedding at Monarch Bay Club in Dana Point, California

10. Good Vibes Only

Beach-themed decoration ideas for wedding reception
Jillian Mitchell

Keep the atmosphere calm and cool by setting up hammocks, pillows, palm tree umbrellas, torches and twinkling string lights. Your guests can relax, chat and recharge in these relaxing spaces before heading back to the dance floor.

FromA Beachfront Fiesta-Inspired Wedding at Las Casitas Bonitas in San Francisco, Mexico

11. Coastal Dining

Beach-themed decoration and centerpiece ideas for wedding reception
Jessi Caparella

How romantic is dinner on the beach? There's nothing better than crisp linens and bamboo chairs for outdoor table settings. These airy beach wedding decorations are sure to complement your reception style. 

FromA Barefoot Beachside Wedding at La Siesta Resort & Marina in Islamorada, Florida

12. Surf's Up

DIY beach-themed decoration ideas for wedding reception
Jessi Caparella

What's a beach day without a surfboard? To create this beach-themed wedding look, simply decorate surfboards to display your ceremony program, table assignments, signature cocktails or what's on the menu.

FromA Barefoot Beachside Wedding at La Siesta Resort & Marina in Islamorada, Florida

13. Mermaid-Approved Sweets

Beach-themed cakeand food ideas for wedding reception
Hunter Ryan

Don't forget about your cake. Let each tier take on a different texture, color and design, like this one's fondant waves, gold scales and coral motif.

FromA Chic Beach Wedding at Private Residence in Naples, Florida

14. Anchor Down

DIY beach-themed decoration ideas for wedding reception
Jessi Caparella

Need a favor or escort card idea? Paint guests' names on anchor ornaments and hang them in a decorative fishing net display.

FromA Coastal Chic Wedding at the Drop Anchor Resort in Islamorada, Florida

15. Beach Games

Beach-themed games and ideas for wedding reception
Derek Chad

Here's a fun take on the confetti toss: Hand out mini beach balls for your guests to toss when you come back up the aisle as newlyweds. Plus, they're a fun addition to cocktail hour beach games (kids will love them!).

FromA Romantic, Casual Beach Wedding at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California

16. Seafood Cuisine

When it comes to beach wedding ideas, seafood belongs on the menu. Whether you serve shrimp cocktails and crab cakes as an appetizer or go for fish as the main courses, seafood is one way to easily stick to your coastal theme. 

17. Cool Treats

Keep your guests cool at your beach-themed wedding when you feature popsicles as dessert. Pick bright-colored frozen treats and they'll look just as good as they taste. 

17. Cool Treats

Keep your guests cool at your beach-themed wedding when you feature popsicles as dessert. Pick bright-colored frozen treats and they'll look just as good as they taste. 

18. Relaxed Hangouts

Still deciding on beach wedding decorations? Hang colorful hammocks and set up breezy tents for your guests to escape and relax. Not only will they complete your beach-themed wedding look, but they'll also create the perfect props for photos.

19. Flower Power

Tropical flowers make the ultimate beach wedding decorations. Add some vibrant hibiscus arrangements to your place settings or give all the girls plumerias to wear in their hair. You can even add some birds of paradise flowers to really run with the tropical theme. 

20. Sunny Wedding Favors

The last thing you want is your wedding guests squinting through your ceremony. Create a sunglasses stand where your guests can snag a pair of shades to wear. These beach decorations can also serve as party favors. 


Whether you are looking for fun and playful beach wedding ideas or simple and understated decorations that will complete your coastal setting, use these ideas to help inspire your dreamy ceremony and reception on the water. Happy decorating!


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