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Choosing the Right Beach Theme Wedding Invitations

Updated on October 28, 2011

As I write this it is the end of October. There is a slight chill in the air. I’ve got a nice chunky cowl on my crochet hooks and a stack of firewood near the fireplace. The last thing that I’m thinking about is going to the beach. However, if you are planning a beach themed wedding for next year then now is probably the time that you will want to start getting ready. It’s time to pick out the right invitations and get them ordered and ready because before you know it the chill in the air will turn to sunshine once again and your wedding will already be here!

Use Beach Theme Invitations to Set the Mood

The beach wedding is a really special wedding. It is casual but of course it’s still formal to an extent, since it’s a wedding. The main thing that most people want to convey with this type of wedding is that they are hosting a really special event but they want it to be romantic and fun and playful and somewhat relaxed. The invitations that you choose for your beach themed wedding will help you to set this mood from the very start.

Beach theme invitations celebrate the frivolity and beauty of the wedding that you’re planning for next summer. They tend to use a playful font. They include images or representations of the beach or ocean. They may use more casual language than the invitations for some other types of weddings. Think about this as you make your beach wedding invitation selections – the goal is to set that beachy mood!

Seashells, Starfish and Other Beach Themes

You can choose basically any type of theme that you want that relates to the beach wedding as you select the imagery for your wedding invitations. Before you start looking at invitations, you might want to close your eyes and imagine the beach. The images that come to mind first are the ones that you will probably want to incorporate into the design of your wedding invitations.

Beach animals are a common choice when it comes to wedding invitation themes. For example, many people choose to use dolphins as the carefree, fun image for the beach wedding invites. You can do something fun and romantic with this such as having two dolphins kissing in a shape that forms a heart.

Two other very popular images for beach invitations are seashells and starfish. These images may come across as less childlike than an image of something like dolphins and therefore presents the theme of the wedding in a classy, elegant manner. You can use a large version of one of these as your core image on the invites or you can use a smaller repetition of them as a border on the invitations.

General beach images also work for wedding invites. For example, choose a design that features your two names drawn inside of a heart on the sand of a beach. You can use a clip art image for this or actually use your own photo of such a creation. The invites should represent something special about you as well as reflecting your beach theme.

Envelopes, Brads and Ribbons

The little touches that you add to your wedding invitations should continue to reflect the beach theme that you’ve chosen. For example, your envelopes may be made in the color of the sand or the water. You may add decorative ribbons in a similar color scheme. And you may use decorative brads in the form of seashells or starfish to finish off your look.

It may seem early to start thinking about your beach wedding but preparing now will get everyone in the mood for the big event!


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    Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Had to mention after reading this hub, at my son's beach wedding his smart bride printed their program on a fan. The guests had the order of service at their fingertips along with something to help them keep cool.

    The ringbearers also carried in the rings tied like bait onto fishing rods. It was fun!