The Beach Party Wedding Theme
A beach party wedding theme is the perfect excuse for a celebration that shouts nothing but informal, uninhibited fun! We can all call up some memory of a beach party that brings about the feelings of youthful adventure, good music and good company. Conjure up those memories and create new ones by incorporating a beach party theme into your wedding reception.
Setting the Scene:
Where else to have a carefree beach party wedding than the beach! If you don't live near the beach, don't dispair, many of the ideas here can be incorporated into a pool party as well. For the purpose of this page I will assume that you are having your party on the beach.
There are three ways you can go about your beach party wedding theme.
1. You can have a totally informal gathering around some bonfires (check if they are allowed first) with a barbeque as the main meal and a help yourself bar stocked with beers, ciders and dinky champagne bottles.
Light the area with bonfires, tiki torches or luminaries made from paper bags or cups. The more candles or torches the better the atmosphere will be.
Also make sure to inflate a couple of colorful beach balls and place them all around. These make great decorations, but also make equally great favors! Your guests will definitely start throwing them around. If you are into that sort of thing you might even consider setting up a volleyball court or incorporating some other beach type activities like sand castle building.
A beach party wedding theme is casual by nature and calls for casual to smart casual wedding attire. The bride can wear a simple slip dress or even a mini! The groom should dress in some draw string pants and a crisp white shirt or even shorts for a very informal party. Shoes should definitely not be allowed!
Another definite must are some beach party themed disposable cameras! These are a great and informal way to get photographs from your guest's perspectives. You might find it amusing what some of them take pictures of!
Get married right next to your reception venue under a simple wedding gazebo or arch. You can use the benches from the reception to seat your guests for the ceremony to save on this extra cost, or have a few hay bales delivered to the beach to use for seating for the ceremony. Seating your guests is always preferred as it gives some order to the ceremony and will ensure that your older guests are comfortable.
For a beach party wedding theme there is no better food than a seafood barbecue! Try some of the following mouth watering meals:
Greek Salad Toasties - Country bread sandwiches roasted over an open fire till brown filled with tomatoes, spinach, onions, feta and a Greek dressing.
Spicy stuffed calamari kebabs
Lobster tails with passion-fruit and mustard sauce
Avo, nectarine and papino salad
Then have a Greek yogurt cake with fresh strawberries as your wedding cake and the dessert.
A beach party wedding theme calls for some inventive invitations to convey the message to your guests that this will be anything but a formal affair. You could be totally original and send your guests deflated beach balls with your invitation written on it in permanent marker. If this is a little too informal for your liking then perhaps try one of the following sites for more traditional (but still fun) invitations that will be perfect for a beach party wedding theme:
Depending on you and your fiance's music tastes, try some Cafe Del Mar , Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter or Xavier Rudd to set the scene and throw in a few summery/beachy type songs (like the Beach Boys, Under the Boardwalk, In the Summertime, Venga Boys, etc) as well if you like. A good dj should be able to combine your beach party wedding theme with your own personal music tastes and still be able to get your guests dancing. If you are a DIY type, then try one or a few of the following compilations of seriously summery tunes:
No better way to arrive (or depart) at your beach party themed wedding than in a colourful beach buggy!
Flowers for your beach party wedding theme should be kept at a minimum, but can be any carefree type of flower such as daisies, sunflowers, gerberas or any other tropical flowers such as hibuscus or plumerias. Another alternative is to leave out flowers completely and decorate instead with palm leaves or sea grass.
Your beach party themed wedding is sure to be a hit and definitely a party that will not be forgotten soon. Please just make sure that you find out about rules and regulations regarding the use of public beaches, and that you have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.
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