Ahoy there! Another week, another beautiful wedding.
This weekend, friends Vicky and Andy tied the knot in St Mawes, Cornwall. They had a marquee in the grounds of St Mawes Castle overlooking the sea and it made me realise just how magical coastal weddings can be (provided the sun shines, which thankfully it did). The marquee was dressed with flowers in shades of blues, creams and white, the menu was based around locally-sourced fish and seafood, and their cake was decorated with chocolate shells. Between the church service and the reception, they headed to the beach for the official photographs - I love love love this idea - whilst the guests sipped Champagne, soaking up the sea air and taking in the views.
If you're lucky enough to be getting married beside the seaside and are looking for little touches to make your reception stand out from the rest, then inspired by Vicky and Andy's wedding, I thought I'd share these with you.
Colour Palette - A colour palette of blues, combined with creams (think sandy shades) and crisp white, is an obvious 'seaside choice', but will look really chic in a coastal setting. Depending on the season, ask your florist to create tablecentres that incorporate flowers in these colours. For blue flowers, good choices are hydrangea, delphinium, cornflower, muscari and hyacinths. Continue the theme with soft blue napkins and/or table runners and cream wedding stationery with royal blue ink.
Decorative Touches - I love the idea of collecting shells or pebbles from the beach in the lead up to your wedding. These can be used as paperweights to hold down escort cards, or as placenames by writing the name of each guest on a pebble. Vicky and Andy used upturned oyster shells for salt and pepper, which I thought was sweet. Rather than numbering your tables, you could name each table after a favourite beach or coastal town.
Lighting - Storm lanterns are perfect for coastal weddings and are a decorative way to light pathways after dark. Add a church candle to each lantern and then fill halfway with shells. Not only will this look pretty, but it will secure the candle and will help to stabilise the lanterns.
Wedding Transport - If you can, why not leave the reception by boat and begin your life as a married couple sailing off into the sunset? For more a more James Bond get-away, hire a speedboat. Either way, it might be worth changing from your beloved wedding dress into a more seaworthy 'going away' outfit.