Can you have a classic wedding with a beachy theme?! HELP!!

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

To me, Classic and Beach don’t mesh.

I’ve been wondering if anyone just did a “regular” wedding anymore, or if there is ALWAYS a theme. But that’s perhaps for another thread.

Again, I don’t see Beach meshing well into Classic in terms of most of the reception, but there’s no reason you can’t have blue incorporated. And I’m sure people will come up with creative ways to sneak some beachiness in there as well!

Post # 4
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014


@prahajess:  Well of course she can! Smile

Black tie and beach?  Why not?!  Ever heard of the Hamptons?  I can’t tell you how many of my friends have been or had black tie weddings on the beach in the Hamptons.

You can easily have all white sea shells and a cake with a white, pearl starfish on it.  You can have a gorgeous starfish hair comb (encrusted in gems) and it not be over the top or gaudy.

There are ways it can be done so it looks super upscale.

Post # 6
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

You can have whatever type of theme you like 🙂

I love the contradiction of formal blended with relaxed for a wedding! Are you having your wedding in a city where there is a beach – or would it be more of an artificial theme?

Check out this gorgeous black tie/beach wedding:

Or this one:


My first vision/thought when I read your question was to keep it formal but use tiffany/eggshell blue as your colour accent. Like this maybe:



Post # 9
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Ams08t:  You can certainly have an ode to the beach in your decor without being too “beachy” starfish, etc.

There are lots of colors that can be used other than Tiffany blue. When you look at an ocean wave you see the whole range of blues and greens.


something simple, like this, without the shells, is beachy without being over the top

simple and elegant beach-themed  centerpiece

not a seashell in sight

Beach perfect centerpiece matched with a beautiful background.

Post # 10
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Ams08t:  It can definitely work and I love @FleeSircus‘s suggestions. She is definitely right about going more in the direction of the Hamptons than an in-your-face beach theme. I think the trick is to subtly convey your theme, and don’t try to shove it in people’s faces. Just place a few beachy elements here and there. I think color scheme culd hel to convey your theme in a subtle way, I think blues, greys, sandy neutrals, white and maybe some splashes of gold or silver for a little glam would tie in your theme nicely. 

These are from the same wedding: 

Post # 11
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ams08t:  I say yes, you can have a classic beach wedding and these are some wonderful examples. I was planning my beach wedding about the same time Mrs. Woodpecker was planning hers and I loved her elements – she went more “nautical” w/ navy blue – see her original inspiration board.  The suggestions here are great about keeping it natural and subtle – there are many ways you can incorporate the elements – something like a starfish or seahorse letterpressed or embossed on paper products; or items like lanterns, sea glass, or glass floats; traditional and elegant flowers…either in soft colors like above, or I bet a good florist could even use bold, tropical flowers in an elegant way… You can do it!  

PS  Love your dream gown!!

Post # 13
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

This is excatly the vibe we are going for with our wedding. Instead of blue, our colors will be naturals – ivory, champagne, sand, blush pink with touches of silver. We’re planning on using silver lanters, mercury glass and pieces of white coral for our nautical touches. We’ll be adding the white gauze drapes and bee lights to our white tent as seen below. Our venue is in the collage, right on the ocean. Hope this helps!!!

Leave a comment

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors