Destination Wedding Shell Details

Part two of our shell round up, we’ve got more great ideas to incorporate shells into your beach destination wedding.

For something a bit unique, consider creating hanging door initials out of a variety of local shells!

shell wedding letters{Photo: Etsy}

Or line your aisle will pieces of coral in hurricane glasses.  Hot glue a selection of shells to place cards or even serve up ceviche in a shell!

shell placecards{Photos: Place Cards: Martha Stewart Weddings, Aisle: via Style Me Pretty}

shell wedding jewelry{Photos: Top Row Left: Tom Mannion, Top Row Right & Bottom Row Left: Martha Stewart Living, Middle: Pinterest, Right: Etsy}

Give your little ring bearer something different to carry – a shell filled with moss and your two beautiful rings!  Or string shells from your ceremony arch to sway in the sun.  And of course, should you want to carry the theme to your tables, you can do that too!

shell centerpieces{Photo: Lin & Jirsa}


Destination Wedding in Aruba

Valaya and Johnny wed on September 8th on the beautiful Caribbean island of Aruba.  They selected that locale because of the bride’s love of the area, “I went to Aruba on a girls-only vacation two years prior and I absolutely fell in love with the feel of the whole island.  The island motto is ‘One Happy Island’ and it is just that!  I’ve done some travelling before but this island stole my heart during my first visit.  When my husband and I talked about how we wanted our wedding to “feel” like, we agreed that we wanted a very private, low-key and family-like atmosphere.  We wanted our guests to feel like they were a part of one big family vacation so we chose a place that we would consider bringing our families to.”  In order to make it that much more intimate, the couple chose the Renaissance Resort on Renaissance Island as their wedding venue.  “We both decided on the Renaissance Island because of its privacy and it worked out great!  The boat ride to the island was fantastic and our guests had a blast just running through the water.”

To kick off the festivities, the couple sent this adorable map themed invitation to get guests excited about the adventure!

“Renaissance Island actually has 2 sides to it – Flamingo Island and Iguana Island.  Our ceremony took place on Flamingo Island where there were flamingos walking around all along the beach.  They were beautiful pink against the clear blue waters.  Many of the guests were daring and actually went up very close to them for pictures.” 

What a great ring pillow idea – a wooden airplane from your little man to fly down the aisle (and it doubles as a toy for him during the reception)!

Aruba Destination Wedding PhotosThe palette was bright yellow, white and a few soft natural greens – all complimenting the island and not distracting guests from the natural beauty around them.

The bride wore a one shoulder Maggie Sottero gown while the groom dressed in a white linen suit.

And all her gals dressed in yellow!

The bride and groom used the beautiful surroundings as the focus of the event design.  “Our inspiration was the beach and its simple beauty.  We had a few elements at our wedding for our guests to enjoy – yellow and white sunglasses for our guests to wear during the ceremony, grey and yellow pashminas and fans for guests to cool off.    We didn’t go overboard with details…we wanted the natural backdrop to be the main piece of our wedding and kept everything else to a minimum.”  

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What a spectacular ceremony site at sunset!

In lieu of a guest book, family and friends imprinted a rendering of a tree with their fingerprints in the coordinating wedding colors.

Many of the unique elements were made by the couple, with the help of some hard working bridesmaids.  “We made the details we did have for the wedding light enough to pack and easy to assemble upon arrival (like our DIY welcome bags, that we gave out during our welcome dinner prior to the wedding day, which had only a few essential items like pretzels, SPF, aloe lotion and a DIY emergency first aid kit).  Keeping things simple and minimal for a destination wedding is worth it in the long run!”

And as dark fell, the reception heated up!

“Our reception took place on Iguana Island named after the blue iguanas that are found on that part of the island.  We did have a minor issue with uninvited sand fleas that appeared during sunset.  It was chaos for our guests for a good few minutes as it really did take us by surprise but as the sun disappeared, they were gone and everyone was happy again.”  

“By the end of the night, some of the guests got too happy and started to throw each other in the ocean to cool off – including the bride and groom!”  A great way to end a wonderful celebration!

Congratulations Valaya and Johnny!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Courtney Davidson

Wedding Vendors: Location: Renaissance Resort / Renaissance Island, Dress designer: Maggie Sottero, Florist: Renaissance Island florist, Invitations, Welcome Bag, Welcome Booklet: DIY, Wedding Cake: The Renaissance Resort, Makeup Artist: Loretta Tong / Embellir Artistry 


European Destination Wedding Place Cards

animal place cards{Photo: Hatch Creative Studio}

 I love a themed place card or escort card.  I think it’s those tiny little details that add up to major impact and give your guests something to talk about as they get to know one another.  If you’re hosting a beach wedding, we’ve got great ideas for fun in the sun and on paper for your place cards, but today we’re talking about a destination wedding that’s a bit more muted – perhaps a European destination wedding or one in a countryside of a neighboring state.  Wherever you wed, consider weaving the theme into your place cards and dazzle guests with everything from a split of vino in Italy to a tiny porcelain pig (or cochon if you’re off to France).  Even a baguette serves dual purpose now as a possible place card (and snack)!

french wedding place cards{Photos: Left: Pinterest, Right: Jose Villa via Ritzy Bee}

Saying “oui” to Paris?  These faux macarons make excellent bridal shower place cards or a nice embellishment to a garden party wedding.  Or perhaps you’ve selected a beautifully manicured garden in London?  A mini topiary might just be the perfect fit!

macaroon place cards{Photo: Iren Designs}

Who doesn’t love their own personal bottle of wine when they walk in the door?!?!  Serve your guests a split of a local wine from the region in which you wed and let it double as a place card and favor for the end of the night!

wine bottle place card{Photo: Laura Hooper Calligraphy}

Maybe you’re finding your inspiration from history and the beautiful paintings in the nearby museums of the country where you will say “I do.”  Look up historical artists from that locale and create a canvas inspired by the past that serve as place cards in your future.

hand painted place cards{Photo: Oh Happy Day}

And you can’t go wrong with a lace look by placing a doily beneath a glass plate for guests who are searching for their specific seat.

paris place card wedding{Photo: Left: Martha Stewart Weddings, Right: Etsy}

Happy Travels!



Destination Wedding Place Cards

Beach destination weddings are obviously a big hit in the summertime.  So as the sunny season approaches, we pulled a few fabulous place card ideas for your upcoming summer weddings!  If you’re serving up margaritas or fruity cocktails, why not place lemons and/or limes beneath your seating assignments?  Or take the theme a step further and give guests cocktail umbrellas to drop in their drinks!  A nice pattern that mimics the property decor or infuses local design influences into the product is always a great way to dress up an otherwise traditional paper place card.  And if you’re really adventurous – ask your calligrapher to embellish shells for the occasion!  Corking messages in a bottle or tagging a starfish and displaying them on a table – get creative with your beach wedding theme and get your guests guessing about what could be next!

beach themed place card{Photos: Top Row Shells: Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Bottles: Martha Stewart Weddings, Limes & Lemons: Real Simple, Tile Pattern Cards & Umbrella Cards: Martha Stewart Weddings}


Laura Hooper Calligraphy

sand dollar place cardsLooking for creative ways to express to your guests that yours is a destination wedding?  Why not calligraph a sand dollar or map out a custom welcome bag?  One of our favorite paper and pen artists is the talented and lovely Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy * Invitations * Maps.  And she just launched a brand new website (congrats Laura!).  Some of her online goodies are oh-so perfect for destination weddings!  Take a peak at my personal faves, beginning with the welcome tote!  When guests travel far to celebrate, be sure to give them something at check-in that shows your gratitude and shows them the way to the rest of the welcome bagsI adore these compass escort cards!  What a creative way to literally direct guests to their seats!nautical themed wedding place cardsAnd if you need to guide your guests from ceremony to reception or just to the property itself, don’t forget the signage!  Calligraphed signage that is…Laura and her team make custom wedding signs, custom menus, and more (and on just about any kind of surface).custom wedding sign

Congratulations on the new site Laura!  Loving every detail!

Laura Hooper Calligraphy is a screened and approved member of our sister site, The Bridal Bar.