Glorified Cleveland Inspiration Board: Beach/Nautical Wedding

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Best season for this theme: Summer

Cleveland venues that would work well for this wedding style:
Shoreby Club
Lodge at Geneva
Kelley's Island or Put in Bay

  • Using a steel drum band can really give your event a tropical feel!
  • Walk down the isle to a Ukulele playing a song of your choice
  • Some fun song choices for your event: Island in the sun by Weezer, I'm Yours by Jason Mraz, One Love by Bob Marley, Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters (consider having this song sung live or played acoustically on guitar!), Wipeout by The Surfaris, Your Love by Wyclef Jean, Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Other ideas:
  • Focus on the MENU for this theme - think empanadas, crabcakes, a special chips, fresh salsa and guacamole station, surf and turf for dinner
  • Dress groomsmen in khaki pants, flip flops, navy blazers and matching ties!
  • Bridesmaids can wear bright color dresses or sundresses and flip flops!
  • Passing out brightly colored flip-flops at your reception as favors can save your guests feet on the dance floor
  • Include orchids in centerpieces or bouquets
  • Use real leis instead of corsages, boutonnieres or bouquets
  • To give more of a nautical feel make sure to include white and different shades of blue in your reception
  • Using sand dollars, seashells, sand, or birchwood in centerpieces can tie in a beach theme when combined with flowers
  • Name tables after famous beaches or the favorite tropical destinations of the couple
  • Serve specialty tropical drinks during cocktail hour, for example a Mai Tai, Mojito, Miami Vice ( pina colada and strawberry daiquiri mixed), or have a specialty margarita bar with different flavors and ingredients!
  • Leave a large glass bottle on the gift table and leave a sign encouraging guests to leave the Bride and Groom messages in the bottle instead of using the more traditional guest book
Even though Cleveland, Ohio may not be located near crystal blue waters Lake Erie still provides a wonderful location for beach weddings especially in the summer! Your guests have the opportunity to enjoy a changing backdrop for your ceremony or reception, blue skies during the day and a beautiful sunset at night!

Make sure to take a look at these weddings inspired by Nautical and Beach ideas on Style Me Pretty!

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