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Nautical nuptials – sail themed wedding style

If the open sea is your fave place to be, and you’ve picked out an amazing seaside venue, then a nautical theme may be the ideal way to pull together all the elements of your big day…

From stripes and seashells, to anchors and sailboats, there are so many fun but elegant ways to share your love of the waves on your wedding day. No matter what the venue, your guests are bound to enjoy some maritime-inspired theming on your special day. Lovely WedVen readers: get ready to set sail for your perfect Nautical Nuptials!


I’m sure you know how much I adore all things stationery, so I struggled to keep it down to a minimum on this blog. Seaside + stationery = heaven.

Dearly Beloved original nautical wedding stationery collection

I think I need this DearlyBeloved set in my life. Their use of watercolours is totally dreamy and bang on trend for 2018…I am in love. (Shhhh! Don’t judge me!)

Or if DIY is your thing, use your own monogrammed anchor stamp to make pretty favours, or even your own seaside wedding stationary. We love this one from Not On The Highstreet.

Decked out Decor

Dress your guest tables with unique elements like sea glass, driftwood, shells or starfish. For the centrepieces, try to keep them low and lush so they’re not blocking any views. You could incorporate beach grass into your floral arrangements.

We found this gorgeous natural washed-up arrangement, with pretty bottles and candle holders in amongst the nautical finds on Ruffled.

It doesn’t always have to be blues…we love this peachy rose table decor, with subtle nods to the seaside – a message in a bottle and a starfish – in amongst the succulents and candles, which was featured on The Knot.

Guest Book Table

This guest book table we found on Martha Stewart (photograph by Catherine Ann Photography) was decorated with the couple’s fun and nautical props and accessories, all adding to the truly nautical feel of the wedding.

Guest book table nautical wedding props

Boat Bar

If you’re going for a traditional bar at your reception, opt for smaller props; but if you are outdoors and fancy something a little different…

drinks boat Style me pretty

Where is the natural place to store the booze at your nautical themed wedding?! Well I think this picture from Style Me Pretty says more than words!

Cakes fit for a Captain

The world is your oyster (yup…) when it comes to cakes. You can go chic and simple, and theme it to your colours, or you can add in accessories to match the decor. These are few of my favourites:

nautical cakes found on The Knot

Seating Arrangements

From DIY fisherman netting and shell combinations, with parcel tags directing your guests to their seating like this one we found on Rock n Roll Bride (left); to these life-buoys strung up with the seating arrangements Sharpied on them (right) that featured on Brit+co.

seating arrangements nautical wedding

And for a sweet place name for your guests to take home, I love the idea of beautiful italics on mussel shells, or seaglass. So simple but incredibly elegant, and not at all kitcsh.

place names nautical wedding

Groomsmen Gift

Don’t forget that the groomsmen need a little thank you too. These nautical gifts we found on Pinterest, are the perfect tokens of affection to give the chaps who’ll be playing a part in your big day. A cheeky nod to your theme without being too over the top or breaking the bank.

groomsmen gifts

Dancing on the decks

Why not finish off your day with a nautically themed first dance?! Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

Sailboats” by Brooke Fraser is the perfect wedding song for a nautical wedding or for anyone who has a love for sailing and the sea. She wrote this for her husband and it’s more of a metaphor for their life together and their relationship than it is about actual sailing.

“Sail Away” by David Gray is a lovely invitation to your loved one: “sail away with me, honey” doesn’t it just say it all. A great song that speaks straight from the heart. Good ol’ wobble-head!

Beyond the Sea” by Robbie Williams (or the original by Bobby Darin) is a gorgeous first dance song. Romantic and perfect for a relaxed bop with your new spouse.

first dance

We hope you’ve found some inspiration for your big day on this blog…do let us know if we’ve helped you make some decisions or given you an idea! We love hearing from you: @wedven

Featured image: by Tom The Photographer on Unsplash




Siobhan Strode
Siobhan Strode

As a regular wedding attendee Siobhan is our lady on the inside! Married for 10 years to her childhood sweetheart, she's an editor and brings her knowledge and skills to all things wedding related.