15 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 ambience and tie everything together. Look no further than these 15 beach-themed accents to personalize your sandy, sun-soaked celebration.

  1. 1. Candlelit Lanterns

    Beach-themed decorations lanterns for wedding reception
    Brandon Kidd

    Keep things simple and natural with silver lanterns filled with white candles.

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

  2. 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. 3. Seeing Starfish

    DIY beach-themed decorations for wedding reception
    CJK Visuals

    Hanging sea star ornaments are a playful and enchanting addition.

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

  4. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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

  8. 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. 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. 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.

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

  12. 12. Surf's Up

    DIY beach-themed decoration ideas for wedding reception
    Jessi Caparella

    What's a beach day without a surfboard? 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. 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. 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. 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

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