Nautical Wedding and Honeymoon Can Be a High-Seas Adventure in Tying the Knot
Have you always wanted or are you thinking about having a nautical themed wedding? There are ways to have your dream outdoor wedding adventure on the high seas even if the locale can’t be right by the ocean, beach, or lake.
If you're going with the nautical theme for your wedding day, the use of navy and white is an option for a crisp, clean, modern look. You can add some color to the pairing by infusing lime or kelly green, which is a plus if you are looking to make the groom happy; however, if you still need to add a more feminine touch, you can use bubble-gum pink or fuchsia.
A couple other choices you might not think about as much, but add great pops of color for summer, are mixing in bright red or bright yellow. For a more traditional feel to your nautical look, add gold or silver instead. Make the buttons on suits gold, add a belt to an A-line wedding dress in gold, and have the bridesmaids wear gold sandals with their cinched waist or free flowing ankle length dresses.
Photo and invitation from Diva Gone Domestic
Accents to add to the wedding attire might also be silver or gold necklaces and bracelets in the shapes of sailboats, seashells, or starfish. The men might have cuff links of the same design. You, and your bridesmaids, could wear glittery starfish or other ocean themed combs or accessories in your hair and the flower girls could don navy or white striped ribbons. A lovely idea would be to use the same striped ribbon on the bridal bouquets.
On the topic of bouquets, it would look lovely for the floral design to incorporate seashells and for the colors of the flowers to either accent your wedding colors or to be reminiscent of a sunset you might view during an evening of sailing.
You can carry your theme throughout the wedding, starting with invitations and ending with reception cake, by utilizing the same sub-theme. If your theme is nautical, you can choose to use a lighthouse in Nantucket red for your invitations and to use red, navy, and white as your color scheme, or you could choose a sailboat in white and that would fit with any of your color choices.
In decorating your reception with the theme, if you use seashells you can decorate the table with netting to look like a fisher’s net and disperse shells on the table and in glass bowls with sand and candles. Another option if you are using a sailboat theme is to use anchors or compasses throughout the table decor. Guests might also enjoy being given small lighthouses as a keepsake.
Deck your cake out like you are at a dockside locale, with seashells and edible sparkles on the cake and each tier wrapped in the navy and white striped ribbon from your wedding party. Join the trend and do cupcakes instead, each topped with sailboats, anchors, lighthouses, and other such items. Before cutting the cake, make sure your guests eat nautical inspired food as well by offering mini crab cakes, lobster bites, and seafood stuffed mushrooms.
At HideAway Country Inn, located in central Ohio, we can help plan your outdoor wedding. Though we don’t have a lake or an ocean on our grounds, we are less than an hour from Lake Erie in one of the most scenic areas of the state. We do have five beautiful outdoor areas from which you can choose to say your vows and can offer you more than enough space for a wonderful nautical themed reception.
The best part about having your wedding with us is that you don’t have to worry about hurrying through your reception to make it to the airport for your honeymoon as we can give you the night of your dreams in one of our gorgeous suites, like our downstairs premiere Cherry Suite which is decked out in historic cherry wood with a real wood burning fireplace and Jacuzzi tub.
We offer honeymoon packages that include a rented BMW convertible that you can tour around in the next day on your way to a private day on the lake sailing with your own captain. Call our reservation specialists today at (800) 570-8233 and let our wedding planner help make your day a memorable nautical excursion.
*First Photo of Wedding Party Credit to Carla Ten Eyck via Grey Likes Weddings