There is no perfect location for one of the most important events in your life than in a beach setting where your senses are lulled by the warm ocean breeze and your wedding party is serenaded by the seagulls sound within the area’s vicinity. Guests always find it a delight when invited to a beach wedding, and there’s no perfect opening to your celebration than sending out beach wedding invitations. There are so many ideas you can use for a beach wedding invitation and it doesn’t necessarily have to be ordered and purchased.
The best ideas for beach wedding invitations are those that are usually personally made by the bride and groom, with the help of some friends and family members. Since do-it-yourself weddings have been making a comeback, a DIY beach wedding invitation is the perfect starter for your party. Here are some of the perfectly enticing beach wedding invitations that you can make for your wedding:
- Message in a bottle invitations – A perfect example for a superb beach wedding invitation you can use takes only a little of your time and effort. All you need to do is just purchase small or medium-sized bottles with stoppers. Using a parchment paper or stationery, you can put in the details of your wedding. You don’t even have to use the traditional and formal wordings for the invitation, but you can choose to use your own words. Decorate a few sea-related trinkets to your paper, roll, and tie it with a ribbon. Insert a handful of white sand into the bottle, drop in some sea shells, and put in the rolled parchment. Once done, seal it with a stopper and personalize the bottles if you want.
- Map invitations – One of the easiest beach wedding invitations that can also be fun for your guests is a map invitation. With the help of the Internet, try to search for a map maker. Since these applications are usually interactive, you won’t have to worry about not being too internet savvy. All you need to do is to mark the significant places and landmarks to your wedding location, add some cute pictures and the details of your wedding and you’re done.
- Flip-flop invitations – the perfect footwear that best represents a celebration in the beach is a flip-flop. Do a creative invitation with the use of flip-flop invitations. If you’re a little low in your budget, try to cut out some colorful papers into flip-flop shapes. If you’ve got a few tens of dollars to spare, buy flip-flops in different colors and decorate this with beads or knick-knacks from the sea. Attach your wedding invitation details into the strap of the flip-flop and you’re now ready to send out your invitations.
Always remember that the best beach wedding invitations are really not the expensive ones or that made by professionals. Most of the time, guests really appreciate the effort a bride and a groom put into their own personalized invitations. Start your party with a great invitation through DIY beach wedding invitations ideas.
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Your wedding day will be one of the most special days of your life. On your wedding day, all of your family and friends will join together to celebrate this special day with you and your significant other, so you want to be certain every detail is perfect. From choosing the right dress to finding the perfect location for your big event, a wedding includes plenty of planning if you want it to be a success. If you have chosen to have your wedding outside and you want your wedding to be truly memorable, here are some great tips and decoration ideas for an outdoor wedding.
1. Eyes On The Sky
When planning an outdoor wedding, you are going to have to pay attention to the weather because the conditions outside can drastically impact your special day. For example, if it's going to be hot outside, make sure you keep bottles of water handy so your guests do not get dehydrated. Also, it's good to have a backup plan in case your sunny day turns into a rainy day. If you're planning an outside wedding, it's not a bad idea to have part of the wedding party contained under a tent just in case it begins to rain. You do not want the weather to have a negative impact on your wedding day.
If you are having your wedding in a backyard, you may want to include an arch or trellis in your wedding decorations. An arch or trellis is the perfect place for you and your significant other to exchange your vows because these items provide the perfect centerpiece. Decorate the arch or trellis with beautiful flowers and you will have the perfect backdrop for which to exchange your vows of eternal love.
3. Bug Control
If you're having an outdoor wedding, there will be bugs. If you want to ensure that your guests are not pestered by annoying insects, you will want to have bug zappers or citronella candles placed around the area where your wedding will take place.
During the day, the natural light provided by the sun will make great lighting for your wedding. Chances are, though, that the reception will carry on into the night when natural lighting is hard to come by. If you want to create the perfect ambiance for your wedding after the sun goes down, try lighting candles. Or, you can include some pretty outdoor lighting fixtures. Both candles and outdoor lighting fixtures will provide the perfect amount of light needed to brighten up your wedding party.
5. Utilize Mother Nature
The great thing about an outdoor wedding is that mother nature's natural beauty will provide much of the needed decoration. If you have potted plants or flowers around the yard, simply arrange these beautiful, all natural decorations in a way that adds instant decoration to your outdoor wedding space. Or, use the trees to hang decorations from. Not only does mother nature provide all natural wedding decorations, but these decorations are way cheaper than the store bought kind.
Your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life. If you have chosen to make your wedding day even more special by having it outside, there are many ways you can utilize the great outdoors to create an ethereal environment for your special day. If you want to ensure that your outside wedding is a total success, any of the above listed tips and decorating ideas will help make your outdoor wedding perfect.
Jaimie Buehrer is a wedding planner and owns her own business. She has been planning weddings for eighteen years and really enjoys helping couples create the wedding of their dreams. She uses www.flowerdelivery.net for beautiful flower arrangements and always gets a great deal!
It is summer, the wedding season, and that means that women all over the country are laying out dresses of a myriad of different colors for their bridesmaids to don on their big day. So, how do you know what colors are best to theme your summer wedding around if you are going to be in the same situation next summer? Well, perhaps the best way to go about choosing your color is to let the season be your guide. Consider nature this time of year and take a cue from it. What colors naturally appear together, and as a result, would look beautiful side by side on your wedding day? Choosing one color is usually not too hard a task, but if you want to bring in splashes of more than one, then consider these color combos that are inspired by summer.
Aqua and Beige
Summer, for many, means time on the beach and beaches are filled with this color combo as the cool waters rush up to meet the sand. For dresses, you might opt to have your maid of honor in a tan or beige dress, while the others don sea-colored gowns. In sticking with the beach themed wedding, you might desire to choose beach-related jewelry to accent the dresses, such as shells or driftwood jewelry.
For flowers, which are not typically found in aqua and beige, you have a couple of options. You might opt to follow nature’s cue once more and choose flowers found on the banks near the beach, or you can simply intertwine beige and aqua ribbons through bouquets of your choice- perhaps a warm, natural pink.
Sky Blue and Sage
Where the sky meets the tree tops, a wonderful color combination takes place that brings cool colors to a warm meeting ground. Sage dresses with an accent of sky blue can make for a gorgeous look for your bridesmaids on your wedding day.
The men might alternate blue and sage green ties and cummerbunds to share in the color theme. Bouquets can feature the green leaves and the colors of the buds found locally.
These colors are subtle but beautiful, don't be afraid to get creative!
Yellow and Orange
This may not be a typical color combination for weddings, but it appears naturally frequently. Many types of flowers can be found in the two-toned variety, sporting bright yellows and oranges throughout.
You can achieve the same look on your wedding day by mimicking these gorgeous flowers. Dress the girls in yellow, while the men sport one of the flowers on their lapels.
The maid of honor and best man might be selected to feature the orange hue.
Most girls opt to feature a single color or two at the most, but when marrying in the summer, when gardens are featuring blooms, you might not have to limit yourself.
For instance, if you have five attendants on each side, perhaps each pair could rock a color chosen from local gardens. One girl would wear a long red gown, while her match on the men’s side sports a red tie and red flower corsage. Similarly, other pairs could be dressed in purple, pink, yellow, and orange. The flowers chosen as the corsages could be repeated in the bouquets carried by bride and bridesmaids to bring the theme together.
Who hasn't dreamt of getting married with her feet in warm, white sand with dazzling blue water forming the perfect backdrop? Seaside weddings are romantic, whimsical, and casual. Maybe the sound of the surf even helps calm brides' and grooms' nerves. A seaside blue color scheme provides a breath of fresh, seaside air whether or not your wedding is anywhere near the beach. Here are some ideas for bringing the ocean into your big day.
When choosing a seaside blue wedding, your accent color will be very, very important. A very trendy, refreshing combination is blue and orange. This isn't usually a combination we see, but for seaside weddings, it is light, airy, and incredibly fresh.
The colors are reminiscent of tropical skies and seas and luscious, juicy fruit. How does this look in a wedding? Imagine the bride wearing a sparkling white dress, tied with a brilliant blue sash. Her bridesmaids wear knee-length blue dresses with white sashes. White accents can also be added at the neckline and hemline for contrast. Bridesmaids could also wear a lovely orange-coral dress with blue sash. The flowers are tropical and lovely: the attendants carry bouquets of yellow, orange, and red flowers, while the bridal bouquet is a colorful combination of all of these gorgeous, vibrant tones.
The colors can be incorporated into your cake: a blue fondant cake with orange roses, delicate gold scrollwork, and white beading will look elegant and fun at the same time. A white cake can be decorated with bold Hawaiian style orchids and flowers or a lovely, sophisticated white eyelet cake can provide a nice contrast to the vibrant blues and oranges of other details.
A combination of seaside blue, yellow, and navy blue is also very elegant. The contrast can be dramatic in centerpieces, and yellow always imparts a very fresh feel. For instance, you can arrange a vase or box of bright daffodils adorned with a dark blue and white striped ribbon. The addition of fresh lemons makes the perfect table accessory. White and yellow daffodils look great tied with a seaside blue ribbon, and a dash of navy or light blue will add a fabulous touch of contrast to the bridal gown.
Seaside blue and green are another beautiful combination, and you can really play up the seaside theme with multiple shades of smooth sea glass in your centerpieces, floating candles in blue-tinted water, and ethereal paper lanterns. Tint your cake pale blue or green and adorn with sea grasses, starfish decorations, shells, or simply a classic strand of pearls. Perfect favors for your guests are small blue-green boxes of salt water taffy, bath favors or beach candles.
To play up the casual feel of a beachside wedding, have wedding flip flops made for the bridal party, add a sash to a simple slip dress, put vases of white sand with starfish and seashell accessories on your tables, or simply use children's beach toys for a fun, playful feel. No matter what accent color you choose, pillar candles wrapped in raffia, hurricane lanterns, blue glass, shells, and other accessories will provide a breezy beach feel that you can dress up or down to suit your preferences.
Whether your beach wedding is on the sand or a thousand miles away from the coast, you can create a warm, inviting, and refreshing atmosphere that you and your guests will enjoy.
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You may have seen my earlier post (aqua blue box ideas) where I suggested using treasure chest boxes for a shell themed wedding favor OR a blue chest with white ribbon for a Tiffany blue color scheme or a Something Blue wedding theme. Here are some more fun ideas for using a chest-shaped box to create one-of-a-kind favors for your wedding guests. Start with a simple treasure chest-shaped aqua blue favor box and embellish it for your wedding theme or season.
To create the vintage look in the upper right corner of this collage, look to flapper girls of the 1920's or Victorian hats worn in the 1800's for inspiration. This box was created using simple white feathers, ribbon, and natural floral components that can all be purchased at a local craft store.
For the splish splash beach wedding favors on the lower left corner, you can create a sand surface in any pattern you choose by artfully placing on white glue and then sprinkling it with artificial sand or brown glitter. For the sand castle, use card stock to make a cut-out and glue it to the chest after you've sprinkled it with "sand" as well. You can buy miniature seashell decorations at a local craft store as well. Simply glue them on to the treasure chest with hot glue.
If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, these snowflake adorned treasure chests might be the answer. Simply cover the lower half of the chest in white glue and sprinkle with artificial snow to create a glimmery effect. Then add a die-cut snowflake or snowflake dazzler. The perfect favor choice for a winter wedding!
Favor photo courtesy of the 2009 Weddingstar Catalog.
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