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Nautical Wedding Ideas


I don’t know about you, but lately I have been LOVING everything nautical coming out of weddings. I don’t know, maybe I’ve just always had a thing for boats, or maybe it’s that it’s the epitomy of coastal preppy style. Either way, if this is something you’re considering, I have loads of real wedding inspiration for you!

Nautical Wedding Ideas | SouthBound Bride

First off, stationery. Anchors and ropes make obvious (and pretty) motifs, and you can play off the ‘tie the knot’ theme as the seating plan and programmes above do. I especially like the step by step instructions for paper boats spotted at a recent corporate function organised by the Aleit Group. You could also go over all old sea pirate for your seating plan (bottom left) or try message in a bottle invitations to really engage your guests!

Nautical Wedding Ideas | SouthBound Bride

Lots of table inspiration above! Try ropes inside glass vases (varied) for a simple but very effective centrepiece, or use rope for each table number. Use the anchor motif at each place setting either in paper form (top centre and bottom left) or with a metal charm (top second from right) – don’t you also just love the napkins here stitched with co-ordinates? Stripes and lanterns make for gorgeous table decor, and I love the idea of the sailboat as a centrepiece, or lifebuoys at each place setting. You could also incorporate classic nautical elements like compasses and bells with your flowers and silverware.

Nautical Wedding Ideas | SouthBound Bride

Don’t forget the dessert! Love this elaborate nautical-themed cake, but if you want to keep it simple, flags are just as gorgeous. The compass-themed biscuits make adorable favours and would look brilliant at each place setting.

Nautical Wedding Ideas | SouthBound Bride

Get creative with your accessories and other details. How cute is this rope bouquet? And the Just Married lifebuoy? Not to mention the sailors’ knot escort ‘cards’ – or else why not set up a table with loads of nautical-style lanterns? So pretty. If you’re looking for your own accessories, look no further than this garter and headpiece.

Nautical Wedding Ideas | SouthBound Bride

Finally, if you don’t want to go nautical for your wedding, do it for your engagement shoot! All three of these shoots are adorable and will provide you with plenty of inspiration. Sources: Top, Bottom Left, Bottom Right.

  1. I LOVE THIS!! Nautical inspirations are some of my all-time favorites, especially as summer nears!

    May 27, 2011
  2. I love this inspiration. I will have to pass it on to one of my brides who is going for something like this. Love it :)

    May 30, 2011
  3. LAA #

    Absolutely love nautical touches! I might be obsessed with that cake…

    May 31, 2011
  4. Erin * Sparkle & Hay #

    now THIS is summer! :)

    June 9, 2011

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