I can think of about a zillion ways to style a beach wedding – you could take it tropical, with palm frond everything, pineapples and bright pinks + corals. You could go Cape Cod sophisticate, with lots of navy and touches of gold and cream. You could channel the Greek Isles, with turquoise seaglass and white, white, white. Or… what about Sayulita-chic, with Mexican textiles, woven details, and one of those adorable beer-carrying burros?! As I’ve stated on the blog before, I’m a huge fan of beach weddings, having tied the knot oceanside in ruggedly tropical northwestern Puerto Rico.
At this moment, though, I’m feeling a more minimal approach to beach weddings. Softer pastel hues in tones of blush and cement, paired with natural textures like stone and driftwood, feel like a modern take on the beach wedding vibe. I’ve collected some of my favorite imagery that captures this spirit here, along with a few recommended invitation pairings. Enjoy!
There’s a little bit of boho spirit here – loose, wild bouquets like the ones pictured above aren’t overly fussy and are the perfect romantic touch. Bringing in natural elements from the sea is the perfect way to complement the beach setting – oyster shells can be used to decorate the cake (as shown below) or accent your table decor, as can other sustainably sourced seashells or coral elements. Driftwood can be incorporated into flower arrangements. Stones can become place cards with creative calligraphy. Silver elements, like servingware and flatware, tie into the cool ocean hues and complement the minimal color palette.
To really let your guests soak up the beach atmosphere, consider setting up a lounge area with wooden elements and lots of big pillows, like the inviting scene pictured above. I love the idea of a colored wedding dress for a beach wedding – perhaps in a pale seashell pink, the most delicate light grey, a subtle sky blue or a blush-to-white ombre.
For invitations, I’ve picked a few designs from our collection that perfectly capture the modern beach feel. Our Color Wash Invitation, above center, shown in blush, can be created in a range of soft hues and would be equally beautiful in a pale grey, dusty blue, or light sage. The modern brush calligraphy adds a touch of romance, printed on our signature luxe cotton paper stock.
One of my favorite invitations for beach weddings is the Marble Watercolor Invitation in Pastel, below top right. It’s a bit unexpected, with soft swirls of pastel-hued watercolor, paired with modern, elegant typography. It can also be accessorized with a shell-colored belly band to tie the invitation suite together. Lastly, our Watercolor Lilies Invitation, below center left, fits in perfectly here, and gives a nod to the loose boho-style florals, while still channeling beachy vibes.
Thinking of planning a modern beach wedding? I hope this roundup of beach wedding inspiration with a modern, minimal feel has given you some ideas to get started! For tons more inspiration, visit our Pinterest profile.
All of our wedding invitation suites are available with matching Day-of pieces, like menus, placecards and table numbers to perfectly complement your event’s decor.