When having a wedding ceremony on the beach, you are starting out with a gorgeous natural setting. You can further enhance the ceremony location by how you decorate the aisle, chairs, altar, and other features of your beach setting. Get inspired with these beautiful ideas for beach wedding ceremony decorations.
The place to begin is by creating a strong focal point for the marriage ceremony. It helps to use a large structural feature, such as an arbor, Chuppah, or other framework. The arbor can be as simple or elaborate as your taste and budget allow. For instance, imagine a very simple beach wedding. The bride is barefoot and has a chiffon halter dress with casual beach wedding jewelry. Maybe the groom is barefoot as well, in a button down shirt with rolled up khaki trousers. The perfect ceremony focal point for this style of beach wedding would an open frame made of bamboo poles decorated with sheer white draperies. So minimal, yet also so ethereal and lovely.
The couple who prefers more elaborate wedding decor could opt for an arbor to define their altar. The arbor can then be adorned with beach theme elements like sea grasses, shells, sand dollars, and starfish. Another idea is to use the same arbor and deck it out with a profusion of tropical flowers in vivid colors like fuchsia, orange, yellow, red, and lime green. This would be a great backdrop for a wedding in which all of the bridesmaids will be wearing brightly colored dresses with crystal beach wedding jewelry.
Once you have defined the ceremony focal point, think about how you will define the aisle. The chairs that you set up will naturally help to do the job, but it looks much prettier if you also add some decorative features along the path. The aisle decor can tie in with the altar design. So if you opted for a simple white draped bamboo framework, line your aisle with hurricane lanterns filled with glowing white pillar candles. If an arbor adorned with shells is more your style, line the ceremony aisle with a collection of sea shells. For more color, combine blue and green sea glass with the shells. The bride who chose an arbor adorned with a profusion of tropical flowers can create an aisle by lining the walkway with brightly colored flower petals. This will naturally draw the eye down the aisle to the ceremony altar, which is ideal.
Many brides and grooms will also choose to decorate the wedding ceremony chairs to make their beach site more festive. One beautiful idea is to hang round floral pomanders on the side of each chair which lines the aisle. You can choose a single color to repeat all the way down the aisle, or mix it up with a trio of festive hues. A variation on this idea is to use raffia to hang little galvanized tin pails or cones on the sides of the ceremony chairs. Fill them with flowers in your wedding colors. If you really want to emphasize the seaside location, a lovely decoration is to tie a cluster of starfish, shells, and sea grass to the ceremony chairs. For a more elaborate take on this design, hang a shell and flower garland on the back of each seat.
With the core of your beach wedding ceremony decorations decided, you can have fun thinking about the extras. Perhaps you would like to create a large spray of tropical flowers to place in front of the altar table or you would like to hang a "curtain" of round capiz shells on clear monofiliment wire behind the arbor. One thing is certain: a beach is one of the most beautiful natural backdrops that any bride and groom can choose for their wedding ceremony.
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