10 Fun Ideas with a Beach Wedding Theme

If you love planning and playing with a theme, beach weddings give a perfect opportunity to think outside the box and have fun with the details.

Here are some of our favorite ways to take inspiration from the beach and incorporate them into your wedding.

1. Message in a Bottle

A great way to send ‘save the date’ invites is a ‘message in a bottle’. Here, the addition of a sand dollar adds extra charm.

2. A nautical centerpiece

A net, shells, and starfish transform the table with style and whimsy. Easy to set up, yet effective and appealing, this popular choice works for indoor and outdoor receptions.

3. A seashore inspired sign

Everyone loves being at the beach, and there are so many ways to personalize your wedding day.

4. Themed Coozies

Because once you say “I Do” they’ll be …

5.Sandy Favors

This is a really nice idea to create a personalized keepsake for guests. Shells can be picked from the beach or locally bought and the sand can be from your special location 🙂

6. Fisherman’s Frivolity

For the couple that loves to fish, we have unexpected ideas like starting your aisle with fishing poles!

And for symbolism and theater during the ceremony, tie a fisherman’s knot together.

7. Beach ball shower

No confetti is allowed on the beach and a shower of beach balls creates a fun mood and a great backdrop for pictures

8. Tropical Music

Everyone is transported by the distinctive and uplifting steel drums. Get ready to dance down the aisle!

9. Wedding cake – beach style!

No need to compromise on flavor or impact – a beach inspired wedding cake can be a show stopper!

10. Beach bouquets

We love seeing these creative and beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres – look forward to great portraits and style points from all your guests.

If you’re ready to start planning, we’re here to help! Call us today to get started 727-443-0039

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6 Ways to bring Crystals to your beach wedding

There’s something magical about crystals catching the sunlight and that’s the beauty of having an outdoor wedding in Florida – when you come to the Sunshine State, why not maximize the bling appeal and incorporate crystals into your big day. We’ve got some creative ideas and we’ve been inspired by our Suncoast Weddings couples. So read on and start planning, here’s to the glitz and the glam 🙂

A crystal drape

A picture is worth a thousand words. In the sunshine or as the sun sets, adding our crystal drape as a backdrop for your arch truly sets the stage for a magical ceremony and stunning wedding portraits. It can be added to any of our packages or as part of a customized a la carte ceremony.

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A Chandelier

Why not? If you love crystals, a chandelier is an easy way to set a shimmering centerpiece within the arch. There are many styles to choose from – some bring a vintage flair and others are chic and modern in style. Looking to carry the theme to the reception? A chandelier over the top table will leave no doubt who the stars are on this special day 🙂

 

Your bouquet

This could be an homage to crystals or some strategically placed gems in your flowers, we’ve seen both versions and they both look awesome. Easy to transport, you can order these well before your wedding and adding that touch of decadence will really make a difference to your photos.

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Your wedding reception

Bring the bling to catch the candles and lights of your reception. We can help with beautiful centerpieces or votives. The glimmer from the crystals showcases your flowers and brings an opulent setting. It’s a super special day and every detail counts.

Your Wedding Dress or shoes

Yes – there are stunning wedding dresses with crystals as a part of the gown. Stylish, eye-catching and very fashion forward, if you love crystals then check out your options.

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Your Jewelry

Hair clips, bracelets, necklaces, tiaras, earrings … whatever makes you feel special on your wedding day! You’ll remember this day forever and it’s the perfect time to take your confidence to the next level with your bridal style.

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When you’re ready to start planning your big day, we’re your Florida team to make your dreams come true. Check out our wedding themes and wedding packages and then give us a call at 727-443-0039

Inspiration for your beach wedding color scheme

We’re lucky enough to see lots of color schemes and to be honest, we’ve never seen one that we didn’t like. That’s because it’s a highly personal choice and the beach is somewhat of a blank canvas (albeit a beautiful one!) for you to make your own for a short time. We do have some ideas to help you decide what will be best for you and we have many galleries on our website to show previous Suncoast Weddings in all their colorful glory.

Sometimes the obvious choice is the best

If you love a particular color, if it fills your wardrobe, is painted on your walls, decorates your plates and makes you feel ‘home’, then as long as your soulmate feels the same way, why not go for it. It could be hot pink or cool blue, pale cream or vibrant orange, if it makes you happy you should incorporate it into your ceremony and then the choice involves whether it becomes the star of the show or an accent.

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If you each love a different color we can weave both colors into your day. They don’t have to be paired by artists or on a color wheel, they will work for you because they are significant to you or just because they make you happy. If you want to see the colors together beforehand, come into our office and we’ll show you the ‘look’.

Color families

If you love all shades of purple or blue, we have families of colors which can be alternated or layered. The look is softened slightly when you take dark shades and intermingle them with lighter hues which are similar but distinctly different. This also gives more flexibility with bridesmaids’ dresses and choices for guests to coordinate. Think emerald, sage and apple – purple, lilac and lavender – buttercup, lemon and gold.

Birthstones

Did you know the birthstone for May is the emerald and for July it’s the ruby? Each month has a birthstone and you could feature this in the décor as well as a statement piece of jewelry.

 Seasons

When you think of the season you are going to marry, are there particular flowers or seasonal foliage you want to incorporate? If your wedding is more than one year away, be sure to go to a florist around the time you are going to want your flowers to see what inspires you. An added bonus will be that seasonally grown flowers are not only more abundant and easier to supply, they will be priced reasonably. If you let the bouquets and flowers inspire you, we’ve seen pastel trends for the spring and more vibrant colors for the summer. We’ve had a Halloween wedding with carved pumpkins which fitted the fall perfectly.

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Venue

Let the setting inspire you. If you chose a beach wedding because you love the muted tones of the sands, maybe burlap is perfect for you. If you fell in love with the azure blue and emerald greens of the ocean, enhance that color scheme to magnify the natural beauty around you.

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Inspiration

Look to magazines and our galleries to look at options and see what appeals. We have theme ideas on our website Here and many other images around the site on the locations pages, packages pages …

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Heritage

If you’re from Ireland, maybe the Emerald Isle will inspire, maybe lavender colors for the heather from Scotland. If you’re on a destination wedding, you can bring a piece of your heritage to the shore to celebrate.

 

Imagine afterwards when you are framing your portraits and flipping back through your photo album, what kind of backdrop do you want to see? Something timeless and elegant or fun and edgy? Whatever you choose, we’re here to help you with the planning and if you change your mind as the day approaches, we’ll work with you to tailor the day to fit your vision.  The color scheme can affect the mood of the day and be calming or uplifting. Don’t forget the men – a tie, waistcoat, a colorful boutonniere, the groom can have fun with the colors too.

Let’s get planning!

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Email: inquiries@suncoastweddings.com

 

Staying Cool in the Florida Sun

The last thing you want to worry about on your big day is the heat. From the bride in a wedding gown to guests from out of town, there are ways to plan ahead and make sure everyone plays it cool, even when the temperature is hot. Here are some ideas for incorporating elements into your day which become part of your theme as well as playing a functional role.

  1. Customized water bottles

Match your theme, add your names and the date and maybe even a picture and set the bottles on ice ready for the ceremony. Your guests will welcome the refreshment and it’s inexpensive yet stylish.

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2. Parasols

We love parasols! Not only do they keep you cool, they look fantastic in photographs and can be bought in virtually any color so they really enhance your theme. One way to bring them into the ceremony is to line the aisle and then let your bridal party pick them up as they pass. Ask us for a quote if you want us to make parasols a part of your day.

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3. Fans

Inexpensive and with many designs and colors to choose from, they look great on the chairs before the service and will keep your guests cool throughout. From bright paper fans, to woven fans to your own customized card with a stick attached, they’ll be a welcome addition.

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4. Morning weddings

Beat the heat by saying “I Do” in the morning. If you opt for a wedding in the morning, the temperatures will be cooler and you get the rest of the day to celebrate. Morning skies make for great pictures too. Beaches will probably be less busy and availability of locations will be higher. If you’re looking for a reception venue, lunchtime can often be booked easier than evenings.

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5. A Reception on the shores

There are restrictions for having tents on the beaches and permits may be required. Our “Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses” reception is perfect for groups of 50 or less.On the beach with Suncoast Weddings you can enjoy a beautiful ceremony followed by a shady, beach-side reception. This optional extra gives you time to kick back and relax after the ceremony with family and friends. Keep the drinks on ice and sip in the shade!

More information can be found here

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6. A Shady haven

Some venues are naturally shady. The pavilion on Sunset Beach is a great backdrop on a fantastic beach and you can stay cool with the sandy aisle just a few steps away. The Madeira Beach Recreation center has a sensational walkway surrounded by water but not on the beach. Let us know how you see your day and we’ll help suggest the best location for you.

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7. You guessed it … cool down in the sea!

After the ceremony there is a fun way to take either romantic portraits or fun shots – there is no need to ‘trash the dress’, even a paddle in the surf will make magical memories to last a lifetime. Besides, when you’re there and so happy, it’s hard to resist!

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Stay cool … stay chilled … relax, you’re with Suncoast Weddings!

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Shoes or Sandy Toes?

This is one of those questions we get asked all the time. Of course, it’s your choice but we can tell you how it has worked out in the past …

If your dress code is casual then sandy toes embrace the beach style. You can even leave your footprints in the sand on the aisle!

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There’s nothing quite like the feel of sandy toes to automatically make you and those around you relaxed and on “island time”.pag lift

You could consider sandals or flip-flops – either to stay on or to kick off before the aisle. No fuss, no discomfort and no twisted ankles!flip flops

 

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Flip-flops can also be hidden under a full length gown so you get the ease of walking on the sand without losing any style points 🙂

You could even customize the flip flops and make them part of your theme

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Another option is wearing heels on the boardwalk and then carrying them whilst on the sand ..

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The sand can be very difficult to walk in when you’re wearing high heels, but there is also a wide range of beautiful jewelry designed especially for the beach bride and her gals.

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The choice is yours …. ultimately most of our brides opt for sandy toes and a flashy pair of heels for the reception. Ask us for information on the location you want to select – some arches can be set up near to walkways whereas others will involve a longer ‘sandy aisle’.

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There is no right or wrong .. have fun, that’s what it’s all about!

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Call us to start planning 727-443-0043

Newly Engaged & overwhelmed

It’s that time of year!

According to Wedding Wire, the most popular day of the year to propose is Christmas Day, Christmas Eve comes in 3rd and the Saturday before Christmas is 5th. Throw New Year’s Eve into the mix and you may have been the lucky ones who popped the question or said “yes”.

 

Now what? Good question! It can seem daunting when you’re ready to start the next chapter but don’t know who to turn to. Welcome to Suncoast Weddings. If you’re looking for a ceremony on the Florida shores with a team of professionals to help you plan the big day and then enjoy every second, you’ve found the right blog.

Whatever your budget, however many people are in your party, we can take your vision and make it happen. Why are we different? Because it’s all about you …. that means we have the experience to showcase the stories from other couples with themes and choices, but you get to tailor the day so it fits you perfectly. If you see exactly what you want, we can recreate it, if you want something totally unique and new, we’ll be delighted to make it happen.

Now is the time to savor your engagement and start thinking about where and when you want to say “I Do”. Will it be just the two of you? Will friends and family share the fun? Whether you live locally or are coming from afar, really the date and time is the best place to start. Are the flights available? Can everyone get time off work? Once you know the answer to that, you can think about securing a time. Consider a budget and then discuss the possibilities with your coordinator. What are your priorities? A reception, extended photography, live music? Some wedding companies charge extra for weekend weddings (not Suncoast Weddings). All the other details can be worked out as time moves on and you see more ideas. Maybe you’ll change your mind as the seasons change. We can accommodate those changes and will work with you every step of the way with a clear proposal. The date and time are secured when you pay your deposit with us.

Maybe you already know exactly what you want, if you’re looking for inspiration we have (literally) hundreds and hundreds of pins on our pinterest board 

Give us a call if you want to start planning. We’re looking forward to working for you to make your day even better than those dreams.

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Source for popular proposal date statistics: http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/proposal-ideas/most-popular-dates-to-get-engaged