Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Monday! I am an "Ocean Girl" and grew up being a "Beach Baby" so a Nautical themed wedding is something that I would love to have myself. The next best thing, since I've been married now almost 25 years, is to plan one. So this week I've put together an outline of what you could do with your wedding if you took it Nautical!

I fell in love with these invitations from! They are clearly Nautical but completely elegant as well. These would set the theme beautifully for your guests.
You can continue the theme when your guests arrive. A basket of these gorgeous programs, or if you set one on each white seat, would give a beautiful splash of color to your ceremony space.
And speaking of the ceremony space...this flag banner would be gorgeous at the top of the aisle if you are getting married outside!
There are many ways to continue your theme. Tying your bouquet with striped ribbon and hanging a nautical charm from it would look gorgeous against your wedding gown.
You could even add the blue and white garter underneath. These are adorned with little silver anchors...and with a set of two, your groom can toss one away and you can still have one to keep!
The hottest trend for Brides right now is to use your shoes for your "something Blue"! These would look SO beautiful under your gown...just a little color peeking out as you walk down the aisle to your Groom.
And speaking of the Groom! Don't forget to use some of that bouquet ribbon to tie up his boutinierre. A perfect way to coordinate him to you. You can use a similar but different ribbon for your 'maids and his groomsman flowers as well.
Now it's time to involve your guests into the ceremony! Just place one of these ribbon flags at each seat and have your guests wave them as you come back down the aisle! It would look so the time and in your photographs!

Onto the reception! This is where you can really start to incorporate your theme into your day. This welcome wreath would be a great way to dress up your entrance. And it would be so easy to make! Just some rope, ribbon and scrapbook paper with stickers along with a wreath form is all you would need.

 Using lanterns with seashells, candles, even rope inside would really dress up your guest book table.
How about an usual guestbook? Using these bottles and scrolls would be a great way to collect all of your guests Best could open them all up after your honeymoon and then put them back until your 10th Anniversary and open them all over again! What a romantic touch for your day.
Welcome your guests with Seating Cards made from Nautical  Flags. You can coordinate each table with it's own flag and include a chart that shows what each flag means as well as which table is theirs!
Now that your guests are seated at their tables you want to keep the theme going. These little striped "flags" with the guests name upon them would be a perfect dash of color and style. 
Flowers are not needed when you go Nautical but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun centerpieces. As with the lanterns we mentioned above, jars with nautical decor inside would make for great centerpieces!
You can mix those with more mini lanterns like these from to add a little light to the tables.
Or you can add flowers and lanterns along with these great Table Number holders made from knotted rope! I simply love this idea and it would be SO easy to make yourself.
You could also fold up some paper, yup, just like when you were a kid, to make place cards or table number cards for your tables. Easy and inexpensive but so cute!
Having your reception on a boat would be the height of style for a Nautical wedding! I love how this one continues the stripes of the invitations and ribbons we featured above! Notice the dash of yellow...
You can take that dash of yellow and make it a splash of yellow instead. Add in some of the other Nautical touches and you have much more than just a blue and white color palette!
Like using these wonderful wine bottle holders from After the wedding these would look great for your own home bar! Finding the wine with the ships on the label would be a bonus but you can just use your own favorite wine and the holders would continue your theme for you.

Chair labels for the Bride and Groom are very hot this season. These, which look like they were made from beachwood and rope, would look so wonderful on the back of your chairs! Such a cute touch.
Now onto favors that do double duty. They are a cute take home for your guests and also wonderful decor for your tables like these little sailboat tealight holders or...
these wonderful ships wheel magnets from that you can sit on top of each plate or tuck into your guests napkins. What a cute way to add to your decor!
Now we have cake...ok, so it's my favorite part of a wedding! I fell in love with this beach themed cake topper! So perfect, so romantic. But I couldn't choose just one cake as my favorite so here are TWO!
This beautiful cake by Gail Watson,, just fits this theme so perfectly. It carries over the Nautical theme and uses the stripes that were featured in the invitations, flowers and table decor. But....
I simply love the use of the rope and flags in this cake by Martha Stewart at That would continue your Nautical Flag theme as well. Imagine how cute that cake topper would look on this cake!
Last but not least for your wedding day is the honeymoon getaway! How cute to decorate your getaway car with this Just Married life preserver! The perfect last touch for a perfect day.

If there is a theme that you are working on and would like a little more inspiration just leave me a comment or drop us a line over at our facebook page and I'll do a blog just for your theme!

See you next week!


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