Post # 1
Exactly 3 months from yesterday, I am going to marry the man of my dreams. The wedding plans are coming along great, except for one detail. We are getting married at a local state park that just built a beautiful lodge. From the get-go, but Fiance was very adamant against having our ceremony on the grass infront of the beach. Keep in mind, we live in Washington state, so its not the beautiful sandy beaches you are all thinking about. Think LOTS of seaweed and LOTS of rocks! Well,my Future Father-In-Law finally got a light to click in FI’s head that it’s just not going to work to have a ceremony & reception in the building. So….he has officially given me the go-ahead for having our ceremony on the beach.
Now my dilemma comes in to play….How do I make this lawn into a great ceremony space?? I have contacted this building on the propert to lend us wooden benches for seating, so hopefully I hear back from them soon. Our wedding has a rustic theme to it…My colors are plum, taupe(burlap), and chocolate brown. We have some birch included, mason jars, and burlap runners for the tables..
I would love any and all ideas any bees have to help me create a beautiful ceremony space!
the beach(not exact ceremony location lol)
Thanks ladies!!- Ray
Post # 3
I’m not clear on where you are having the ceremony- the beach? or the lawn? Is the pic of the beach the ceremony site? If not do you have a pic of the lawn ceremony site?
I wouldn’t worry about the rocky beach. Those beaches and the view are the rugged beauty that bring people from all over to Washington State. I think that is the Cama Center on Camano Island.
If you get the benches, the elements I would focus on for decorations would be:
-something for aisle decor
You could use beachy looking pomaders hung from shepherd’s hooks
You could make large burlap and / or plum fabric flowers
or have birch logs cut into lengths, stand them upright and have a vase or mason jar of plum colored flowers on top
– something at the front altar area
Cut long lengths of birch logs- place a floral basket on top. This one shows narrower branches inside a vase, but I think you would get the same look with one birch log. You could buy a hanging basket of flowers from the nursery, which would be a lot less expensive than a huge floral arrangement. Talk to the nursery ahead of time to ensure they save baskets in your colors.
or, use narrower birch branches and stand them upright in some kind of container
– and perhaps, a covering for the benches.
You can buy sheets of foam to top the benches. Get a bolt of inexpensive fabric in your colors. Cut it inot lengths long enough to cover the bench and hamg down on both ends. Tie a rock or weight into each corner to prevent it from flying off in the breeze. I wouldn’t use burlap- it’s so scratchy to the skin.
Post # 4
Don’t forget that the actual water is part of the decor and don’t overdo it. 🙂
Where is this? I’m from Seattle too…
Post # 5
Use seashells as much as you can! If you go to craft stores like ACMoore they have bulk packages of shells, starfish, sanddollars, etc
I have seen star fish used as the groomsmens boutineers before, and pinned to the ribbons of bouquets.
Are you Christian? If you google “Legend of the sanddollar” There is a Crhistian poem.
Maybe use the poem in a frame as a centerpeice, or as favors with little sandollars attached? And use coral in your centerpeices, if you are using flowers or candles.
When my aunt got married, she had “seashell girls” instead of flower girls
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 6
@Raylene: It will be beautiful- maybe because I am biased and having my wedding in August on Camano Island. Can I ask who you found to do hair and makeup?