8 Non-Beachy Beach Wedding Ideas

May 3, 2013 by Allison Micarelli-Sokoloff
shefinds | Weddings
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Show of hands—who L-O-V-E-S the beach? Me too! A stunning panoramic beach backdrop may be the very venue for your nuptials (mmmmm…sounds dreamy) but that doesn’t mean you have to make ordinary “beachy” choices for all your wedding-day details. Many brides want that scenic backdrop but don’t want their wedding to look too, well, cliche. The best way to achieve that non-beachy beach look: go for ideas that feel fresh, new, unexpected. That orchid tucked into your loose updo? It’s been done…many times over. (Not that we don’t love this look—we do!—but it aint gonna win you any points for originality.)

Skip the starfish-shaped accents on your wedding cake, the tiki torches, and pina coladas. Use the beach only as INSPIRATION and then surprise your guests with your bold choices and cleverness.

Start with an idea, like the color blue (although honestly, an unexpected palette for your wedding would be a bit more promising), and get inspired by searching for ‘something blue’ on Pinterest or Style Me Pretty. You’re likely to find (just as we did) innovative ways to make blue feel new. Found something you love? Pin it, save it, print it. Separate all your LIKES from your DISLIKES. Then try to imagine you’re having your wedding anywhere else—in an art museum, at a vineyard, in a chandelier-studded ballroom. Would this detail fit that venue? If not, mark a big fat red X and try again.

There are probably a zillion ways to go non-beachy with your beach wedding but we’ll get you started here with 8 of our favorite ideas for transforming your event from predictable to #pow #perfection.

Get more wedding planning inspiration with 10 Tips For Having The Best Summer Wedding, Satisfy Your ‘Something Blue’ With Ombre Nails, and 10 Bridal Accounts To Follow On Pinterest.

[Photo: KT Merry Photography]



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