6 Unique Ideas for your Beach Wedding Décor

Driftwood and Coral and Pearls, Oh My!

Newlyweds kiss on the beach in front of the ocean

We're willing to bet you don't want a "basic beach" wedding, so we've listed 6 unique ideas for your beach wedding décor.


1. Driftwood

Driftwood is organic yet unexpected. It's amazing how washed-up pieces of wood can be transformed into elegant (and budget-friendly!) wedding décor elements. From a rustic ceremony arch to beautifully calligraphed place cards, driftwood is just plain dreamy.

Driftwood ceremony sign that says Our Story Starts Here

LVL Weddings and Events | Brandon Kidd Photography

Driftwood wedding ceremony arch on the beach

Riverland Studios

Driftwood wedding place cards

Swell Anchor Studio

Driftwood wedding reception centerpiece

Two of a Kind | Tory Williams | Brita Olsen Creative


2. Sea Glass

Sea glass lends a natural ombre effect with oceanic tones of blue, green, and white. Dress up your wedding tables with an array of colorful glass bottles and vases, or dress up your bridesmaids in a range of ethereal sea shades!

Sea glass wedding place cards

Vita Popov Studios | As Ever Photography

Bride holding a tray of sea glass vases

Joy Proctor Design | Emme Wynn Photography

Bridesmaids in sea glass colored dresses

Judy Pak Photography | Ivy & Aster

Wedding cake with sea glass rock candy

Sweet and Saucy Shop | the de Jaureguis


3. Tropical Leaves

Is foliage the new floral? Another idea for a natural décor element is tropical leaves. Verdant palm fronds or giant Monstera leaves lend a beachy-modern vibe to your overall wedding design.

Beach wedding ceremony arch covered with monstera leaves

Kyle John Photography | Fresa Weddings

Beach wedding reception place setting with palm leaves

Sean Cook Weddings

Gold Chiavari chairs with tropical leaves tied to the back

Amy Fanton Photography | Petal to the Metal Flowers

Monstera leaf printed wedding cake

Erica O'Brien Cake Design


4. Pretty Produce

Pretty enough to eat? Definitely! But colorful fruits and veggies are also a feast for the eyes. Pineapples, papaya, and all manner of produce make a naturally stunning addition to a beach wedding.

Wedding reception table on the beach adorned with colorful pineapples

Cavin Elizabeth | Couture Events

Lemons as wedding place card holders

MB Creative Co. | Scott Andrew Studio

Papayas used as wedding reception table centerpieces

Jose Villa Photography

Simple wedding cake with coconut and pineapple

Heritage Organic Cakes | Ruth Eileen Photography


5. Sea Coral

Coral offers the ultimate "under the sea" vibe, but make sure it's faux! Let natural coral stay on the ocean reefs, and opt for lovely handmade versions like these. They're just as beautiful as the the real thing, and eco-friendly to boot!

Bride with a coral headpiece

KT Merry Photography

Beach wedding table with sea coral centerpieces

Hunter Ryan Photo | Table 6 Productions

White coral with pink peonies on wedding tables

Steve Steinhardt Photographer

Wedding cake with ombre rock candy that looks like coral

Cakes by Tanis | Red Stone Photography


6. Pearls

The world is your oyster, and pearls are a lustrous bonus! So embellish your beach wedding with these ivory orbs to up the glam factor.

Wedding dress with pearl strands hanging down the back

Galia Lahav | AndySeo Studio

Gilded oyster shells with calligraphed names as place cards

Abby Jiu Photography | Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Glass bowls filled with pearls and votive candles

True Photography

Fondant wedding cake dripping with pearls and topped with an oyster shell

Maggie Austin Cake


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