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Simple Beach Weddings Can Be Breathtaking

by Rachael on January 20, 2014

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If you’re a future beach bride on a budget, you may be wondering how to pull off the most beautiful wedding possible without breaking the bank. A simple beach wedding can still be breathtaking, but will allow you to focus most of your resources on the reception.

Minimal Décor

The great thing about a beach wedding is that most of the beauty is in the view, so you don’t have to have a lot of décor. The majority of your decorations should be near the altar, and even then you don’t need a lot. To save money, use a simple arch instead of a gazebo, and choose a small number of flowers. Evening weddings on the beach can be beautiful, and flowers aren’t really needed then.

Starfish Chair Decor

Simple Flowers

Choose flowers that are in season to keep the cost low. Rather than choosing complicated arrangements, go with simple flowers. Small glass containers can hold single roses or carnations, and the effect is breathtaking without being overly expensive. Save the more elaborate arrangements for the bouquets and the reception.

Simple Flower Decor

Lights

One of the most magical (and inexpensive) types of décor for your evening beach wedding is lights. Whether you choose twinkling strings of lights or candles, they can create a beautiful effect. Choose small glass containers and place them down the aisle, filling with water and inserting a floating candle. The result is beautiful décor without a lot of money. The same can be done with white bags 1/3 filled with sand; place a tea light inside for a beautiful effect.

Beach Wedding Lights

Simple beach weddings can be magical without being overly expensive. To stay within a small budget, decorate minimally for the wedding and save the majority of the décor expenses for the reception.

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If there’s anything more beautiful than a beach wedding, it’s an evening beach wedding when the sun is going down and the moon sparkles on the water like glitter. Having an evening beach wedding means you need different types of décor, and there are a few things that are absolutely stunning for this kind of wedding. Here are some great beach wedding décor ideas for evening ceremonies.

Bride and Groom at Evening Beach Wedding

The “Aisle”

One of the most beautiful things you can do for your evening beach wedding is create an aisle of lights. This is done easily and inexpensively. Simply purchase small white paper bags and place about 1-2 cups of sand in each one. Then, put 1 or 2 tea light candles in each bag. Arrange the bags down each side of your “aisle,” making sure they are wide enough apart that the bride and her dress will never get too close to them, and then light. The effect is breathtaking during the evening and it’s so easy to do.

Paper Bag Lanterns

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String Lights

Twinkling white lights can make wonderful décor and make it easier for guests to see. Consider placing these on the sides of your beach gazebo, on your wedding arch, or on the ceiling of your beachside venue. Many brides cover those lights with tulle to give it a gauzy, romantic effect. Another great idea is to string the lights under your reception tables and then cover with a sheer cloth, such as layers of tulle. This creates a very romantic setting.

String Lights

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Hanging Lanterns

Another great way to light up your evening beach wedding ceremony is with hanging lanterns. You can create these by purchasing garden hooks that stick in the ground and have a bar for holding items. Create your own lanterns by placing wire around mason jars and putting candles inside. Or, go for vintage lanterns to create a romantic mood. Either way, this is a super cute idea for evening beach weddings.

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

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When planning your décor for your beach wedding, remember to make sure all safety precautions are taken to protect your wedding party and your guests. Using these beautiful lighting techniques, you can create a magical feeling for your beach wedding.

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Beach Wedding Menu Ideas

by Rachael on December 23, 2013

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After your beautiful beach wedding, no doubt your guests will want to chow down on some delicious food. Beach weddings and receptions demand light but filling foods that are delicious and convenient. By checking out some of these menu ideas, you might feel inspired to use them or create your own yummy beach wedding menu.

Orange Chicken

Orange glazed chicken adds a tropical feeling to this beach wedding menu, and when paired with champagne, hits the spot just right. Pair it with buttered and peppered baby peas and sautéed mushrooms. Add in a spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, shredded radish, pecans, and dried cranberries for a light but delicious starter. This is a great wedding menu that can be affordable as well as filling.

Orange Chicken

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Shrimp Alfredo

There’s nothing like enjoying a little seafood at the beach, so this menu features exactly that. As a starter, go for deep-fried crab claws or baked crab cakes. Pair delicious and creamy shrimp Alfredo with steamed spinach and crusty garlic bread. Finish off the meal with decadent key lime pie drizzled in raspberry sauce.

Shrimp Alfredo

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Grilled Steak

Grilled food is perfect for a beach wedding menu, and you can’t go wrong with steak. Start with a selection of grilled fruits paired with cottage cheese (pineapple is a favorite). The perfect pairing for your sizzling steak is veggie kabobs, complete with bell pepper, onion, red potato, squash, zucchini and mushrooms.

Grilled Steak

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When planning out your beach wedding menu, you’re going to want to keep things light without sacrificing flavor. These hearty menus combine the perfect flavors to create excellent meals your guests will love.

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It’s very okay in this day and age to be a non-traditional beach bride (or any other bride for that matter). If you’re worried about your wedding not being as traditional as most, here’s some food for thought that you should really take to heart.

Do Away with Tradition

Tradition is not sacred; it is simply a lot of people doing the same thing for a long time. Unless it’s important to you, it’s just not important. Maybe you want to walk down the aisle yourself, to convey what a strong and powerful woman you are. Maybe you don’t want an aisle at your wedding to walk down. Maybe you want to dance down it. It’s YOUR wedding – go for it.

Dance Down Wedding Aisle

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Tradition is Expensive

You don’t have to purchase a $600 wedding cake just because it’s what people do. Make your own cupcakes and serve them to guests. Create cupcakes in a jar. Have 12 tiny cakes instead of 1. All of these options are cheaper than the traditional tiered wedding cake, and each one will taste as good.

Wedding Cake with Cupcakes

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People Love Unique Weddings

Most people admire those who are willing to think outside the box when it comes to weddings. Most of the time, it’s because it’s brave, different and fun. Who would want to see the same movie 7 times when they could see 7 different movies? Be brave and go ahead with the unique ideas you have. People will love you for it.

Most of all, remember that it’s your closest family members and friends attending your wedding; they already know you’re probably not the traditional type and they probably already expect something unique from you. No matter what, they’re going to love you anyway. Create the unique and non-traditional wedding you want, and have a lot of fun with it!

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