The Great British Seaside makes a wonderful theme for a wedding, especially if you want something fun and quirky. Think beach huts, ice cream, fish and chips, and all the fun of the fair.
This is a great theme if you are on a tight budget because you can get a spectacular setting and the wow factor without breaking the bank. It will appeal to everyone so your guests will have a great time (whatever the weather).
And if you have a bit more to spend then there are stunning and unusual coastal venues across the UK from which to choose.
Here are some great ideas to give you inspiration when planning a seaside themed wedding.
Choosing a venue
From grand resort hotels to lighthouses, there’s a huge choice of seaside venues! You’re bound to find one to suit your style and budget.
Britain’s classic seaside resorts will have plenty of options – from pubs to hotels and yacht clubs – and accommodation for your guests won’t be a problem.
If you prefer something more remote, check out clifftop country hotels and castles.
Save the Dates
Once you’ve booked your venue then it’s time to let everyone know. Save the date magnets are fun and practical.
How about this cute ice cream couple?
Featured Design: ‘His & Hers Ice Cream Save the Date Magnets’
Bringing your Seaside Theme to Life
This is where you can get really creative. Start with colours. Blue is the obvious choice and it comes in a huge variety of shades. Go for Navy if you want a nautical feel, pale blue for a softer, more romantic look. Or look for ice-cream colours – pretty pastels like mint, pink, and cream.
Want to emphasise nature? Think seashells, driftwood, and pebbles.
Fun (with a little bit of sauciness thrown in) – go for lots of entertaining games and naughty Victorian postcards.
Or just a great day out! Have a chill-out area with deck chairs and rugs – it is Britain after all – where your guests can relax.
When it comes to your wedding invitations, you’ll want them to set the scene for your day, so carry the theme through.
These Pastel Bunting & Beach Huts invites will instantly make your guests feel they are already beside the seaside!
Featured Design: ‘Pastel Bunting & Beach Huts Day Invitation’
If you are going for a more vintage seaside feel, check out the Vintage Beach Pattern design.
Featured Design: ‘Vintage Beach Pattern Day Invitation’
Fish and chips are always popular and make a great option for budget weddings.
And ice cream is an absolute essential. Try hiring a vintage ice-cream van or bicycle – there are plenty of suppliers across the UK.
Take your inspiration from the traditional British piers like Brighton. A fun photo booth with props is a must, while a magician or fortune teller will make everyone smile.
As an alternative to flowers, use seashells to create stunning centerpieces for your reception tables. Part-fill goldfish bowls with sand, place a candle in the center, and surround with shells. It’s quick and easy, plus they look gorgeous!
This Nautical Bunting table plan will be perfect for a wedding in a yacht club or marina.
Featured Design: ‘Nautical Bunting Table Plan’