Post # 1
Okay, so I just started planning for my wedding ceremony/reception… and I think I hit a wall (in my head, at least).
I’ve always wanted a classic wedding: to feel like a princess with the big ballgown, tuxes for the guys, ceremony in a beautiful church, ballroom reception, etc. I also have a love for the beach, and both our favorite colors are pretty much any kind of blue, so I figured we could incorporate that into the wedding.
In talking to a few people about it, I’ve been told you can’t really do a classic-type wedding and really apply a theme like that. And to be honest, even if I were able to, I wouldn’t know how to pull it off.
So my questions are:
1 – is it really true its that hard to apply a theme to a black-tie affair like what I’m envisioning?
2 – What are ways I could incorporate a beach theme into a classic-type wedding without it looking/feeling out of place or toning down the “black-tie affair” feel?
Help!! I’m not very creative/imaginative to begin with.
Post # 3
- 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
@prahajess: Well of course she can!
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 # 5
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
And VOILA! That’s why this website RULES.
Post # 6
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: http://maria-angela.com/2010/09/ritz-carlton-wedding/
Or this one: http://www.polkadotbride.com/2013/06/alana-and-daves-black-tie-beach-wedding
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 # 7
@prahajess: That’s how I feel about it–that it’ll probably clash. I thought about just incorporating blue into the decor, but I feel like that’s been done a lot (think Tiffany blue).
I should’ve probably included in the OP that this will be in Fort Lauderdale, so we’re basically surrounded by beach anyways. And the two venues we’ve narrowed it down to for the reception are both waterfront–one a country club with a lake/fountain, and the other a hotel on the Intracoastal.
Post # 8
@emerald_halo: Kind of both natural and artificial for the reception–it would be indoors but with waterfront and/or beach views. The ceremony will be at a church, it has a lot of stained glass windows, and those that aren’t telling some story are supposed to represent water, so they’re in different tones of blue and green.
Thanks for your replies, ladies! I’m not too creative/imaginative, if I hope to pull this off I’m gonna need all the help I can get.
PS. I should probably show my dream gown as point of reference. I REALLY want to be able to pull this off!
Post # 9
@Ams08t: You can certainly have an ode to the beach in your decor without being too “beachy” i.e.no 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
not a seashell in sight
Post # 10
@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
@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 # 12
You could maybe go a little less nautical with the reception decor, but I think this beach wedding comes close to mixing classic and beach.
Post # 13
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!!!