27 Beach Wedding Ideas

Whether you're home or away, we've got loads of fun ideas for your beach wedding!


Whether you’re escaping the unpredictable British weather for a destination wedding, are planning to tie the knot at a gorgeous coastal wedding venue in the UK, we’ve got a bucket (and spade) load of beach wedding ideas for you!

Beach wedding ideas for couples planning a seaside themed wedding

Image Credit: Martin James Photography

Get Photos in Front of Beach Huts

Beaches are full of picture opportunities. Grab your photographer and get them to snap some shots of you and your love in front of some cute beach huts like these multi-coloured ones.

Get photos in front of beach huts at your beach themed wedding

Image Credit: Imaging by Susanne

Go Shoeless

Nothing feels better than the sand between your toes so kick those shoes off! If you’re saying your ‘I do’s on the beach then why not go completely shoe free for the whole ceremony? Boho brides should accessorise with cute foot jewellery and sparkly toe rings - and wear a gorgeous boho wedding dress of course

Go shoeless if you're having a wedding on the beach, image courtesy of Sass & Grace Bridal Boutique

Image Credit: Sass & Grace Bridal Boutique

Get an Arty Shadow Picture

For a romantic beach wedding idea, wait for the sun to start sinking in the sky and snap a romantic shadow shot like this one photographed by Imaging by Susanne.

Get an arty shadow picture at your beach wedding, like this photo from Imaging by Susanne

Image Credit: Imaging by Susanne

Wedding Signs

Guide your guests to where they need to be with a cute wooden wedding sign - an idea for a beach theme wedding that is both practical and decorative!

Have a cute wedding sign at your beach theme wedding!

Have Your Ceremony on the Beach

Our Great British weather isn’t always the most reliable, however if you trust a sunny forecast or are having your wedding abroad, a ceremony by the sea is a romantic and unforgettable beach wedding idea. We love this pink themed ceremony which is filled with floral details and has a gorgeous white canopy around the altar.

Have a gorgeous wedding ceremony on the beach and feature lots of white and floral details

Denise and Steve’s real wedding took place on a beach in the Philippines – their ceremony was beautiful and the sea made for a spectacular backdrop! We loved the matching wicker chairs for the bride and groom that said ‘better together’.

Real wedding couple Denise and Steve had matching bride and groom chairs at their beach wedding

Image Credit: Nez Cruz Photography 

Walk Hand in Hand on the Beach

Steal some precious moments with your partner and break away from the party to have a romantic walk on the beach hand in hand.

Walk hand in hand on the beach, we love this shot by Richard Perry Photography

Image Credit: Richard Perry Photography

Watch the Sunset

You can’t have a wedding on the beach and not watch the sun go down! The amazing scenery will be so worth the wait and you’ll never want the moment to end. We love this pretty shot by Light Source Weddings.

Get a beautiful sunset picture at your beach wedding like this snap by Light Source Weddings

Image Credit: Light Source Weddings

Have a Beach Themed Wedding Cake

If you’re incorporating all things seaside related into your theme then you must pick an appropriate cake! This starfish topped three tiered cake is a fun beach wedding idea. An unusual wedding cake like this would certainly be a top talking point for your guests!

We love this sea themed wedding cake for a beach wedding idea

We love this beach themed cake that has lots of cute details - it almost looks too good to eat! Make a cake like this the centrepiece of a yummy dessert table and serve up cute sea themed cupcakes to accompany it. 

We love this beach themed wedding cake that has lots of detail

Send out Beach Themed Invites

If you’re having a destination wedding, follow the theme and send out postcard wedding invitations to all your guests! It’s the best way to announce where you’re planning to tie the knot.

Send out postcard invites to your guests to announce your beach theme wedding

We love these stripy blue invites from PaperGrace that would be ideal for announcing a beach theme wedding.

Beach themed invitations from PaperGrace

Arrive in an RV

Real wedding couple Sarah and Adrian arrived at their coastal venue in style in a white camper van from the 1960s! This idea is one of our 50 vintage wedding ideas and is great for retro obsessed couples getting married in a beach themed wedding.

Arrive to your wedding on the beach in an RV, like Adrian and Sarah did at their real wedding

Image Credit: Geoff Perry Photography 

Pose on Surfboards

Do you and your partner love hitting the waves or just simply want to have some fun with your photos? Grab some surfboards and instruct your photographer to snap away – surfs up!

Pose on surfboards at your beach themed wedding! We love this shot by one Thousand Words Photography

Image Credit: One Thousand Words Photography

Grab Some Deckchairs

No wedding on the beach is complete without some brightly coloured deckchairs – particularly if you’re at the seaside in the UK! Sit back and soak up the atmosphere of your special day.

Grab some deckchairs at your wedding on the beach

Image Credit: Martin James Photography

Get Married on Brighton Pier

For a unique and quirky place to say your vows to the one you love, why not hold get married on the iconic Brighton Pier? Feast on fish and chips with your guests and brave the rides if you dare!

Give Your Guests Seaside Themed Wedding Favours

To round off an incredible beach themed wedding, present your guests with some wedding favours that follow the theme! At Abbie and Ralph’s real wedding, they had a vibrant blue seaside celebration and gave their guests some goodies in stripy paper bags – finished off with sparkly windmills!

Give your guests beach themed wedding favours like Abbie and Ralph did at their real wedding

Image Credit: Maxeen Kim Photography

Abbie and Ralph also gave their guests a stick of rock and they were allowed to take home the personalised pebbles that were placed on the tables to show where everyone sat – Abbie collected all 65 pebbles herself from the beach!

Abbie and Ralph's beach themed favours at their real wedding

Image Credit: Maxeen Kim Photography

Beach Themed Decor

Add to your theme with some quirky beach related décor at your reception! We’re still loving Abbie and Ralph’s real wedding and the little details that they included, like the fishbowl centrepieces surrounded by sand and starfish and the miniature beach huts which gave a pop of colour to the tables.

Beach themed centrepieces at Abbie and Ralph's real wedding

Image Credit: Maxeen Kim Photography

Forget fairy lights, hang up strings of starfish around the décor at your reception for a quirky beach wedding idea!

Hang up strings of starfish for a quirky beach wedding idea

Blue is a popular choice of décor for beach themed weddings as it reflects the sea and the sky. Go for jewel tones if you want a more glamorous feel or pale blue for an informal celebration.

Blue decor at your beach theme wedding

Ride Camels on the Beach

If you’re travelling abroad for a destination wedding, take in the fabulous weather and crystal clear surroundings with a camel ride across the sands! A totally unique and memorable beach wedding idea.

Ride camels by the sea for a fun beach wedding idea

Hire an Ice Cream Van!

Everyone knows that ice cream is a tradition at the beach, so why not serve your guests some yummy flavours at your reception? Or better yet, hire an ice cream van! Get in there quick as this beach wedding idea will go down a treat. 

Seaside Themed Wedding Cake Toppers

Add the finishing touch to your cake with a unique wedding cake topper inspired by the sea! We love these amazing ones from MorganTheCreator on Etsy.

Seahorse wedding cake toppers from Etsy are perfect for beach theme weddings

Beach themed wedding cake toppers from Etsy

Image Credit: MorganTheCreator on Etsy

DIY Décor Inspired by the Sea

Get crafty and visit the beach before your wedding to collect shells, stone and sand for some DIY reception décor! We love these white bottles that are covered in beads and mini starfish. Another easy idea is to fill jars with sand, stones and anything else interesting that you find on the beach!

Make your own DIY beach wedding decor using shells

Feeling inspired to get more hands on with your wedding décor? We’ve got plenty of DIY wedding centrepiece ideas for you to browse. 

A Wedding Bouquet with Shells

We love this fab seashell bouquet! It’s such a unique idea for a beach themed wedding and the lace and blue details make it look pretty enough to complete your bridal look.

Seashell bouquets are a great beach wedding idea

Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

If you’re having nautical navy as your colour scheme, dress your girls in this beautiful blue bridesmaid dress! The V-neckline and floaty material of this B2 dress make it perfect for a wedding on the beach.

This blue bridesmaid dress from B2 is perfect for beach themed weddings

Seaside Themed Sweet Table

At Claire and Paul’s real wedding, they emphasised their seaside theme by serving retro sweets in buckets, complete with spades for spoons of course!

Beach themed sweet table from Claire and Paul's real wedding

Image Credit: Marianne Chua Photography 

Wear Anchor Earrings

Incorporate the nautical theme into your bridal look with a pair of cute anchor earrings! We love these sterling silver ones by Lucy Loves Neko on Not on the High Street!

Sterling silver anchor earrings from Not on the High Street

Image Credit: Lucy Loves Neko at Not on the High Street

Beach Hut Post Box

This personalised post box from Lindleywood at Not on the High Street is a quirky and cute place for your guests to leave their well wishes.

Personalised beach hut post box from Not on the High Street

Image Credit: Lindleywood at Not on the High Street

Put Stripy Straws in the Drinks

If you’re serving up a range of refreshing beverages at your beach themed wedding, make them look pretty with some stripy straws! Add paper flag stickers from The Wedding of my Dreams at Not on the High Street for a thoughtful touch.

Decorate stripy straws at your beach theme wedding with these paper flags from Not on the High Street

Image Credit: The Wedding of my Dreams at Not on the High Street

Have a Wedding Breakfast by the Sea

If you’re holding your wedding by the sea, pick a venue with a coastal location and enjoy a relaxing meal with all your loved ones whilst drinking in that view.

Enjoy a wedding breakfast by the sea if you're having a wedding on the beach

Have a Romantic Post Wedding Dinner on the Beach

Kick off the honeymoon by enjoying a lovely meal for two by the sea. It’s the perfect start to your new life with your partner.

Have a romantic meal for two for your honeymoon after your beach theme wedding

If you want to escape the cold and jet off somewhere hot for your vows, we’ve got 50 of the best beach wedding destinations around the world to inspire you. Now you just need a beach beautiful wedding dress to match!


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