Couples looking for a nautical theme for the day of their nuptials, fear not – you don’t need to go overboard on shell decorations to achieve a seaside vibe. For a sophisticated wedding inspired by the ocean, the key is using subtle nods to the sea and building on the time-honored East Coast nautical aesthetic.
First, choose your colors. Traditional nautical palettes are based on the strong, constant presence of various shades of blue. Combining navy with stark white creates a tidy color contrast for a classic look; a softer and perhaps more tropical option is to combine royal blue with soft, blushing peach and neutral sand.
Next, be sure to bring in traditional china, crystal, and silverware with crisp linens to establish a sense of timelessness. A true nautical theme will emulate the dignified, orderly standard to which ships were conventionally held.
The heart of the ocean theme is in the details. Delicate twine wrapped around the invitations and menus echoes ropes on a ship without being heavy-handed. Floral arrangements dripping with garlands of green amaranth and clusters of garden roses, anemones, and thistle will call to mind the graceful sway of underwater greenery, and pearls shining among tiny silver starfish in a chic comb will look elegant rather than costume-ish.
To round out the aesthetic, bring the nautical theme into the food and beverages. With delicate seaside motifs on pastel blue macarons or a cake decorated with an abstract wave texture, the theme can even tie into the dessert. For a stronger touch of luxurious yacht culture, add a silver champagne bucket.
Limiting the nautical theme to seashells and draped netting sells it short – with the right details, it can create a beautiful, sophisticated wedding.
- Models: Erin MacChesney, Nick Brown
- Venue: Bahia Mar
- Event Planner: Abby Gallagher, Blue Orchid Events & Design
- Event Rental: Events on the Loose
- Flowers: Posh Floral Design
- Cake and Desserts: Sucrette
- Wardrobe Stylist: LA Boudoir Miami
- Hair Stylist: Fiorella Castro
- Makeup Artist: Kate Blake Artistry
- Stationery & Calligraphy: Simply Sianne