Post # 1
So we didn’t get the destination St. Lucia beach wedding we’d dreamed of. I can live with that, but we are having a beach theme for our reception up north. Well actually I was going for an “ocean” theme to be specific but the aquarium wasn’t available 😉 I want naturalistic decor but don’t want to use live fish! So for the centerpieces: I’m sure many of you bees have seen the vases with the LED lights at the bottom, filled with a flower, water, and a floating candle on top. Well I’m doing the same except instead of a flower I’m using sand and seashells ( maybe a small starfish in each one). A friend handmade us a beautiful card box with real seashells on it. Mom wants to make chocolate candy favors. The molds are shaped like seashells. I ordered what I thought was a variety pack of beach theme return address labels. They all have seashells. I hope you can all see where I’m going here… My theme is not just seashells! When I research ocean/ beach items in my price range all that comes up is tacky luau decorations. Any suggestions on how I can convey a naturalistic (real items, not pictures of fish) ocean/ beach theme with things besides seashells? Budget friendly, please. I know Etsy has some incredible things but I can’t afford decorations that are more than $10 apiece. I enjoy making things myself so any creative ideas would be great as well.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
how about woven beach grass as chargers?
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Here are my inspiration pics:
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
What about using driftwood and buoys in some of the decor? And other nautical things, like sailboat flags? Or choosing a red and white, or navy and white, color scheme to channel the nautical theme?
Post # 6
@Mrs. Wallaby: I was just about to suggest driftwood!
Have you thought about sand dollars as well? You could use personalized sand dollars as your escort cards!
Post # 8
Ooh driftwood sounds perfect. That’s another thing I can buy at Petsmart (I got the sand and seashells there). Too bad seaweed smells so nasty. I would drape that over the driftwood.
Post # 9
@Aquaria: As a pp has suggested you can incorporate driftwood.
Another idea is to use faux coral. You can find it at pet stores, or in the aquarium section at WalMart. Spray paint it the color of your choice.
After painting with Rustoleum Gloss White
You can also spray paint manzanita branches to make faux red coral
Post # 10
@julies1949: wow they are lovely ideas, thank you. And the last picture is my exact color! That specific shade of turquoise, how funny.