The beach is a place where most of us go to escape all problems we might be having. It’s a sanctuary of hope that speaks to our soul and keeps us calm as we feel the breeze and hear the rhythm of the waves…
The beach can give us life, cover our dark spots and let us be free. If you think about it, when you decided to marry the love of your life you felt something similar, didn’t you? This can be the perfect reason to get married among the sand and blue waves; and if you want it to be special, comfortable for everyone, and in general a memorable experience, you’ve chosen the right spot.
If you already made the decision, then you might be wondering how could you decorate the natural paradise of a beach in your special day; and if this is your case, we are here to help. Check out these ideas for decorating your beach wedding reception and make it a stunning coastal experience for everyone!
1. Tropical Arch
Arches at weddings are essential, and if you’re having the reception in the same area as the wedding ceremony, then you should consider using a tropical arch in green that can be appreciated by everyone, no matter if they’re seeing you saying yes or dining under the afternoon-orange sky on the beach.
Green arches give out a vibrant harmony, as they perfectly contrast with the blue and white background that the beach provides. Give it a try!
2. Candle Lit Lanterns
As for having normal lit candles, you better forget about it, because accidents at weddings are more common than you think. So if you’re having candles, we recommend you do it inside lanterns, in case the wind is too strong and blows off the candles; also it prevents any guest from accidentally burning themselves—of course.
3. A Shoe Station
If people use their shoes on a beach wedding, then they are overdressed. Sand is for feeling barefoot. Invite your guests to put their shoes in a “shoe basket” so they can enjoy the sun and the sand without worrying where did they leave their foot gear!
4. Original touches
The beach has all the enchantment needed for immersing you in a relaxing atmosphere, where, if we’re honest, there’s no real need for much decor. But, as it is a wedding reception, of course you need special touches!
Think out of the box and be original about what could enhance your night—yes, more—and well, live your own dream!
Hanging soft and transparent fabric above the dinner tables, or using cushions instead of chairs can give your reception at the beach a nice twist.
One of the most stunning things to see at beach wedding receptions is hanging decoration. Hanging bouquets are spellbinding, as it gives you the feeling you’re floating in an utopian garden no one can resist.
5. A Love Shelter
Get your own personal tent and turn it into a paradise to enjoy a dinner with the love of your life. There are many ways in which you can do this, but one of the most beautiful ones is to just make your own magical tent and have the opportunity to be grateful for all your family and guests. Get some tiny led lights, adorn the ceiling with fabric or even hang some wood decor. You both can feel protected and special while you rest from all the hassle by eating a delicious dinner.
6. Paper lanterns string lights
Want to light your beach wedding as magical as you can? Paper bag lights! The sphere form and extravagant colors—or classy white— can make your night light up as never before, plus, is great for instagramming. Hang them around the reception area and maybe, do a ceremony of flying lights later with special lanterns you can lit and let go to create a beautiful phenomenon in the dark sky (although those lanterns might be banned in certain public spaces. Be sure you or your planner have the proper permits for that).
7. Lounge with Bonfire
Get a lounge set with a bonfire at the center of the reception and invite your guests to sit there and chill. They can wait for the dinner to begin, and also have deep conversations after it.
Lounges are comfy and are often used for beach weddings because they perfectly contrast with the wedding reception vibe. Never doubt the power of a lounge.
Sand, wind, and other natural elements can sometimes turn the beach wedding experience into something not that “practical.” But if you want to make things easy for your guests, think simple, Think practical! An example? Get a tree stump carved to have a sunken area where you can put tons of ice, and inside, all the wine bottles you can fit! Guests can take their own bottles and make things less messier.
Note: Having a couple of bug sprayers, citronella candles or nets can also help your guests to stay mosquito bite-free during the night.
Quick tips reminder to make your wedding reception an easier experience:
- Hire a wedding planner
- Apply for permits
- Arrange for a sound system
- Find a beach wedding photographer
- Offer flip-flops to your guests