How to Design a Chic Beach Inspired Wedding

Pick which “style” beach wedding most speaks to you.

You may not have even considered this before, but there are  different styles of “beach”.  It might mean something different to you depending on where you live. Living on the eastern shores of New Jersey, we have 130 miles of coastline spanning from Sandy Hook to Cape May.  Each with their own unique landscapes, quaint towns and scenic views.  However for some people, your beach style may mean bright sunset colors and palm trees.  Before diving into how to design a chic beach inspired wedding, choose which style fits your vision. Stay true to the kind of elements you would find on that beach and it will come together seamlessly.

Set the tone with your invitation.

One of the best ways you can share your vision and communicate your beach wedding to your guests is through the invitation.  Whether you choose to be literal in your design by incorporating shells or landscapes or more abstract by incorporating watercolor elements of the sky and sea, your guests will be excited to see the design come together. It is also true that you invitation dictates to your guests the level of formality of the event, so keep that in mind as you incorporate your beach theme.

Be inspired by the colors of the sea and sky.

For any wedding design, it is wise to be inspired by your surroundings. Beach weddings should be inspired by the myriad of colors found in the sea, sand and sky. Shades of blue and grey read coastal weddings effortlessly and are so chic.   They can be traditional, modern, fun and classic all at the same time.

Use shells and other beach-inspired decor unexpectedly.

In order to create a chic beach wedding, try to incorporate the materials from the beach in unexpected ways. Seashells with calligraphy for table numbers, mussel shell salt cellars, oyster shell candles, and sea-glass inspired details.  Beach weddings take on a more sophisticated approach when the details are understated and unique.

Incorporate natural elements.

Mixing different natural elements will make sure your beach wedding design is grounded and feels relaxed.  Using rocks, sand, textured linens and shells details is a great way to bring a beach vibe into your wedding regardless of your surroundings.

Encourage a laid-back atmosphere. 

When you think of the beach, you immediately conjure relaxation and putting your feet up.  Within your wedding design, incorporate lounge areas that invite your guests to sit and relax awhile.  Whether they are on the water or just sea “inspired”, remember those natural elements and your color palette for a cohesive coastal look.

Serve summery treats.

Summer is full of the most delicious fruits, produce, sweet treats and of course cocktails. Serve your favorite summer treats during your wedding to remind your guests of a day at the beach.  Whether it is a signature cocktail, succulent watermelon skewers or a good old fashioned ice cream truck.  Make the food and drink part of the decor!

Keep your flowers unfussy.

Summer is all about the easy breezy lifestyle. That “just picked” or “just threw this on” way of life. Keep your flowers in the same vein.  Using just one type of flower, large bundles of fluffy hydrangea, sea grasses or a wild flower bouquet all remind us of being at the beach. Simple, classic and easy is the way to go when it comes to your seaside flowers.

Dress appropriately.

Just as the invitation and your flowers evoke the laid-back coastal vibe, remember that your attire should also be in tune with your beach atmosphere you want to create. Easy wedge shoes and lightweight dresses in the color palette work really well on the waterfront.

Soak it all in. 

After all, isn’t that what life at the beach is all about? Enjoy your wedding day and soak it all in. It goes way too fast.

Photography credit: Love & Light Photographs

Stationery & Calligraphy: Mary Kate Moon

Flowers: Wallflowers Florist

Planning & Design: Gilded Lily Events

Spring Wedding Color Trend 2018

Spring is slowly, but surely on its way. There have been glimpses here and there with 70 degree days in February, but as wedding planners we are always one step ahead of even Mother Nature. Even on the coldest days, we are thinking spring colors and flowers as we prep for wedding season to begin. Blush pink has always been a favorite for spring brides, however I am currently loving lilac. Pantone choose ultraviolet as their 2018 color of the year but that bright pop of purple is not for everyone. I suggest incorporating purple in more subtle shades.

Brides can play up lilac is many ways especially with the variety of spring flowers available at their fingertips including my favorite hyacinth, fritillaria, muscari, and hellebore to name a few.

In addition to incorporating lilac in your centerpieces and bouquets, include your bridal party attire in the color palette. One of my favorite designers for bridesmaids’ dresses in Jenny Yoo. Their lilac shades include “raisin”, “sweet pea”, “lilac”, “cherry blossom”, and “fig”. I love how you can even use several of the purple shades to create a cohesive, yet contemporary look.

photo credit: This Modern Romance

When you think spring you also think new growth and the Earth growing green again. Why not celebrate the awakening of spring by pairing green in your wedding color palette? Many brides are embracing greens as lush garlands on farm tables, simple succulents, growing vines on staircases and dripping smilax at every entrance. Green can also be quite show-stopping as attire whether it be an emerald shawl tuxedo, or an olive silk bowtie. The best part is that The Black Tux has many stylish tuxedo and suit rental options. Your best guys can rent suits and neckwear with a modern silhouette that fit your vision and easy to order (so you do not have to worry about the groomsmen!)

I am really looking forward to our spring weddings and the color combinations to come, but I have to say that this is one of my favorites.  It is so fresh and a nice departure from pink (although I will always love pink). What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating lilac in your wedding design?