Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

featured here: aqueous program

Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!

Make Your Mark: 15 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

personalizing your wedding

What’s the one thing that all weddings have in common? It’s that every single one has a couple at the helm who’s looking to create an event that’s completely unique to them. Regardless of choice thematic design, budget point and geographic location, every couple strives to create a day that’s infused with personality and character. It’s an easy decision to make and natural goal to set, the challenge is in figuring out how to bring the concept to life. To get your creative juices flowing, from ceremony set up to reception setting details, here are 15 creatives ways to succeed flawlessly at this important planning task.

1. Ceremony Stunner.

Make the spot at which you’ll exchange your vows just as special as the moment itself. Create a beautiful theme infused backdrop to frame the two of you as you make it official.

ceremony backdrop

featured here: boho inspired custom ceremony backdrop created using decorative paper flowers

2. White Carpet.

It’s a major moment, roll out a monogrammed white carpet and walk it proudly.

3. Grand Entrance.

Get creative with how you arrive on the scene. Make it unique. Make it special. And make it grand.

ceremony entrance

4. Ring Love.

Leave no detail behind. Trade in a traditional ring pillow for a custom design ring plate.

5. A Special Send Off.

Make your send off a meaningful moment. Pass up on the regular rice toss and go for something that’s unique to you.

ceremony seed toss

featured here: a ceremony toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

ceremony toss tag

6. Sentimental Sparkle.

Add a touch of sparkle and sentiment to your bridal bouquet with an heirloom brooch, an accessory that personalizes like few others.

bouquet bling

7. Guide The Way.

Guide your guests to where the need to go with a pretty pathway they can easily follow.

8. Table Trim.

Welcome your guests to the party with decorative details that set the stage for a night of lovely.

9. Make a Statement.

It’s your day, mark your main reception spot, the head table, with a perfect spotlight statement set up.

statement head table

feather butterflies

featured here: custom head table frame made with beautiful butterfly cake sets

10. Specialty Seating.

Spice up your reception set up by incorporating specialty seating for select common areas or for your bride and groom chairs.

specialty seating

11. Unconventional Centerpieces.

Skip the simple vase arrangements and go for unique vessel options for your reception table centerpieces.

centerpiece details

12. Monogram It.

Get crafty with how you make your mark by using a personalized embosser to infuse it into as many little details as you can think of.

13. Little Extras.

Make your guests feel just as special as you do by ensuring every part of their experience at your wedding is memorable, starting with a little surprise to greet them at their seats.

place setting details

featured here: floral place setting detail presented in a mini beveled mirror box

14. Fresh Favors.

Trade in the sweets for some major eye candy. Give your guests a fresh floral favor for the prettiest of takeaways.

floral favors

featured here: mini decorative birdcage filled with purple hydrangea and moss

15. Subtle Signage.

Own the room with subtle signage that also acts as major table charm.

Easy Fix

Beyond the many creative ways you can personalize your day, there are plenty of simple and easy fixes. Visit to shop all the stamps, stickers and tags, ready to be personalized with your mark.



Wedding Planning Tips: Welcome Table How-To

welcome table

First impressions are everything. And weddings are no exception. Start your reception off on the right note by greeting your guests with a well planned Welcome Table for your cocktail hour. Not sure what to incorporate? Follow this simple ‘How-To’ for your foolproof tablescape layout.

Cheers to Good Times

Arguably a cardinal rule for any wedding, a signature drink is the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding reception. Impress your guests by making it subtly fit to your theme and color scheme. Get original with your choice of glassware and accessorize wherever possible.

retro wedding ideas

red wedding ideas

featured here: oval plastic tub personalized with a candy colorful design diecut label

Downtime Fun

If not planned properly a ‘cocktail hour’ can feel like a ‘cocktail never-ending night’! Help your guests pass the time by keeping them occupied with conversation starting eye candy. Consider featuring a creative guestbook alternative where guests can leave you their well wishes.

wedding guestbook alternative

Keep the Momentum Going

Never leave your guests unsure of what to do or where to go next. Guide your guests to their dinner seats with a well laid out display. If logistics permit, use a seating chart for its ease of reference.

retro theme seating chart

Send Off

You started things off with a great first impression, now end them off on a high note with a thoughtful gift for guests. Skip the expected boxed chocolate favor and give them something they’ll enjoy long after your day is done.

retro themed wedding ideas

Want More?

For additional creative reception ideas come back to the blog this coming Wednesday for a simple and super pretty paper straw DIY feature.