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Nautical Wedding Ideas, Part 2

Love the ocean, sand between your toes and salty air? Your ideal wedding day probably has something to do with the beach and water, then. If you were inspired by my last post about planning a nautical wedding (Nautical Wedding Ideas, Part 1), here are 10 more tips for a wedding-by-the-sea… or one that just feels like it is.
1. Take the idea of having a guest book up a notch by having everyone use markers to sign an oar. Or, set up a table with a large bottle and a bunch of tiny sheets of paper – each guest can leave a message on a piece of paper, roll it up, tie with a ribbon and put it in the bottle for you to read after the reception. You can even have tiny bottles that guests can throw into the ocean to send off a message in a bottle.
Photo courtesy of If The Ring Fits.  Photo courtesy of If The Ring Fits.
2. If your nautical wedding is actually going to take place on a beach, give guests a beach tote with all the essentials – mints, saltwater taffy, small hairbrushes, sunscreen, water and a S’mores set if you’re going to have a bonfire after the reception. Order customized totes in your wedding colors with your wedding date and new monogram displayed.
3. Show your appreciation for your bridal party by getting your bridesmaids nautical-themed bracelets with sailor’s knots or anchors on them. These bracelets will look adorable in photos and your bridesmaids will get plenty of use out of them with their everyday wear, too.
Photo courtesy of DIY Trade. Photo courtesy of DIY Trade.
4. Unless you’re going to dress your guy in a head-to-toe sailor suit, it’s difficult to have his wardrobe convey the nautical theme. Create interesting boutonnieres for your groom and his groomsmen with rope or driftwood. You can also replace boutonnieres with gold anchor pins. You can also have your groom wear nautical cufflinks.
5. At the end of the evening, let your guests send you off with sparklers – make sure your photographer’s around to capture the moment! A grouping of sparklers can also double as centerpieces or add to table decor.
Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.
6. Use an oversized lantern with doors on the front as a box for wedding cards.
7. Hang customized lifesavers off the back of the seats for the bride and groom. One can say “Mr.” and the other can say “Mrs.”
8. If you’re having an outdoor wedding that’s on the casual side, fill up a canoe with ice, beer and soda. First, line the canoe with plastic garbage bags or liners.
Photo courtesy of Bayside Bride. Photo courtesy of Bayside Bride.
9. Have the groom and his groomsmen wear boat shoes, even if it’s just for a few photo ops. Even better is if they have fun or nautical socks on to show off. Your photographer can also get great photos with the entire bridal party barefoot in the sand.
10. Use nautical code flags strung together to create banners or signs.

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