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!

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Shell Wedding Details

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 When you think of a destination wedding in the traditional sense, you may have thought barefoot in the sand beach wedding.  Well, that’s not always the case – you could be jet setting to wine country in California or saying “I do” with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop.  But should a more tropical locale be calling your name, there are creative ways to infuse the beach theme into your event with a bit more sophistication than just sand in a glass.  Shells typically make for affordable and theme appropriate decor, so today we’re pulling out a few ideas that may be a bit more unique than what you’re used to seeing for a beach wedding.  What about a shell chandelier?  Or a shell used as the vessel for your floral centerpieces?  A shell necklace or bouquet might just be in line with your bridal style!  Wherever you weave in these elements, remember – sometimes less is more.  Pick one or two key areas to bring in these elements and it won’t overpower your beautiful natural surroundings.

shell bouquets{Photos: Tabletop: Pinterest, Bouquet: Pinterest}

Consider forgoing florals all together and opt for an all shell centerpiece peppered with candles around it to light the mood.
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For additional tabletop, you can use shells to enhance your centerpieces or fill up an otherwise simple candlelit area.
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{Photos: Bottles: Etsy, Candles: Completely Coastal}

Whether on the sand or in a ballroom overlooking the ocean, pull inspiration from the location you chose.  After all, you traveled a long way to enjoy it!


Beach Wedding Photo Shoot

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I’m totally and completely obsessed with today’s inspiration shoot captured by Tinywater Photography.  A team of talented event professionals, lead by Amber of Platinum Planning, designed a beach wedding shoot unlike any other that I’ve seen.  With the movie, Endless Summer in mind, they took inspiration from the silver screen and interpreted it into a vintage beach party we would have loved to attend!  So many great ideas for the casual but detail driven destination beach wedding.

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All the surf inspired paper products were designed with fun and a sense of nostalgia by Alice Koswara.  This is one destination wedding invitation that is sure to get guests excited about packing their bags!

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Love the shell necklace on the bride!

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Surfboards not only doubled as a ceremony marker but also served as the guest book for friends and family to leave loving messages on.

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For the intimate reception dinner, guests were welcomed to pillows in the sand and a low table draped in burlap and adorned with all the natural and vintage elements of the era they were inspired by.

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To continue to carry the theme, mini surfboards were used for place cards.  So cute!

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The burlap napkins were embellished with raffia and shells to finish off the ocean look.

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And what’s a beach party for your wedding without a themed dessert bar?!?!  Complete with a cookie tower and even an ice cream station, this is every kid’s fantasy (and that of the kid in us too).

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Mini bakery boxes and wax lined bags filled with sweet treats were the wedding favors designed by the team, and of course, it all matched perfectly with the tabletop.

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Now here’s where they really got creative – dinner and a movie – at the beach!!!!  What an amazing rehearsal dinner idea for a destination wedding!!  Screen home movies, a photo slide show, or perhaps your favorite feature film in the background of dinner in the sand or as night falls to give your guests a different activity to partake in at the end of the evening.

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Blankets and throw pillows welcomed guests to the screen when darkness came.

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No movie screening is complete without beer and movie treats!

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What a relaxing and laid back wedding day this would be!  We love it!  But if it’s a bit too casual for your style, consider the concept for a fab rehearsal dinner night instead!

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 Destination Wedding Photographer: Tinywater Photography

Wedding Vendors: Videography: Lovespun Handmade Films, Design: Amber Novey of Platinum Planning, Stationery: Alice Koswara, Floral artistry: Botanical Floral Designs, Cookies: The Cookie Drop, Vintage Edsel car: TNT Automative, Dress: Love Culture, Hair and Make up artistry: Rona Basa of Luxe Image, Necklace: Idea Farm Designs


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}