Decorating is very dependant upon where you will be holding the affair. If
you are holding your wedding and reception on a beach, minimal decorating
would be ideal as you have the view of the water to add to your theme.
Fishnets adorned with seashells and starfish will also add to your theme. If
you will be having tables, they can be covered in a complimentary color
(blues and greens) and a small amount of sand or shells can be tossed upon
them. An interesting idea I ran across while researching links for this
article was that of the terry cloth ring pillow from Divine Weddings. Terry
cloth would best be used at an informal wedding, but you could use it on
your tables or in your centerpieces. The use of miniature boats or boat
accessories (such as oars) could also be used in your decorating.
Favors are one area in which many couples with a beach-themed wedding get
stuck. The sea is a popular idea in home decorating though, so you have many
ideas to choose from. Small ocean, scallop shell favor holders, or view box
favor holders can be used to hold candy, and can even be wrapped in tulle
and tied with a bow. Candles are becoming a popular choice for favors, and
seashell shaped candles are easily found in the marketplace. You can also
purchase soaps in the shape of shells, such as this example from The
Personal Touch. Even a larger shell could house candy or potpourri.
A grouping of various large seashells is one idea for centerpieces. Along
the same vein, you could use large shells that have been turned into candles
or try Sea Urchin Candles. While we're on the subject of candles, If your
into crafts we can offer two ideas that are easy to replicate. The first is
the pillar candle rolled in seashells, and the second is the Floating Gel
Candles. Or you could use a candle tin instead, such as the one featured by
Candles & More. Yet another idea is that of the seashell topiary made from
If you prefer using using fish, I would recommend using a small goldfish
bowl with one goldfish on each table. You can also try a mini aquarium
(without fish) is a good alternative. You can include gravel, an aquarium
castle (or other accessory), and aquarium plants. If you still want fish but
not live, why not consider using clear candle gel to include plastic ones.
With the use of tweezers, you can create the look of swimming fish in the
candle gel, by just placing them where you want them. For a more realistic
effect, you can blow "bubbles" into the gel using a straw. For yet another
alternative, you can include shells and sand at the bottom of a fishbowl,
and have a fish or shell shaped floating candle.
Small statues or figurines are a wonderful choice for "under the sea"
weddings. If you decide on a glass sculpture, your choices could include two
dolphins or two whales, and these particular examples are from Shade of Gold
Galleries. Of course, glass is not your only option, here's an example
Kissing Dolphins Cake Topper from our Christian Bride Store. If you are
still stuck for ideas, here a few more suggestions. In figurine form,
Mermaids and Mermen, two fish, two lobsters, two starfish, two crabs and/or
a decorated fishbowl (please see above for suggestions) could all be very
appropriate choices for an "under the sea" wedding.
If you really do love the sea, you might consider something like the dolphin
wedding rings from Sea Side Designs. Or you could have your rings custom
made and include seahorses or mermaids. Finally, if you actually want to get
married at sea...it's now possible to get married with Princess Cruises