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Eco-Chic Beach & Nautical Wedding Unique Themes

Eco-Chic Beach & Nautical Wedding Unique Themes
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In the summer, seaside and nautical weddings and events are everywhere. Water is an integral life on this planet and highlighting that in your wedding can really make your big day flow. Whether you are a beach babe, a yacht-y hottie or a deep sea diva, we can show you eco-chic tips and tricks to make your sustainable beach, nautical or undersea wedding a Water Wow! Join our Green Event Expert as she navigates the ins and outs of Brilliantly Green water-themed weddings.

When Ecopartytime came out with their new line of beach & nautical event invitation sets, I was so excited. There are just not enough “beachy” eco-chic invitations in the world! Not only are they printed on recycled paper, they are also seeded so your guests can plant them and grow flowers after the wedding! Ecopartytime is carrying the entire suite including invitations, reply cards, place cards, thank you cards, and favor tags.

As my husband can tell you, I am a beach baby to the core. There is just something about the ebb and flow of bodies of water that I find so relaxing and inspiring. Water provides such an amazing palette of colors to work with. From the blue-green ombre colors from seafoam and baby blue to deep emerald green and navy blue with sandy brown and seashell pinks and off-whites, water provides a plethora of event possibilities. In this article, we’ll discuss three unique water-related wedding themes which highlight different water passions.

Beach & Nautical Theme Wedding Ideas

Eco-chic Beach Wedding – Beach Babes

If you love your toes in the sand, picking up seashells, and the smell of coconuts mixed with the salt air, a beach wedding is right for you. Pastel colors work brilliantly for this type of wedding. Use Ecopartytime’s new sustainable starfish invitations to set the mood long before the event. Go green by minimizing your need for décor by choosing a ceremony/reception area that highlights everything you love about the beach. Consider beach clubs, or eco-friendly hotels near or on the beach themselves. Another eco-friendly Beach option is to bring the beach to the ceremony by utilizing found driftwood, sand and seashells in your décor. (Melissa’s note- make sure to contain the sand in either vases of terrariums to avoid sandy place settings.)

Beach and Nautical Wedding Starfish Place Cards

Eco-chic Nautical Wedding – Yacht-y Hotties

Beach weddings are amazing but if you are a couple which daydreams about sailboats, are jealous of pirates, and enjoy the maritime way of life, you might be a Yacht-y Hottie. This kind of water wedding focuses on the deep sea and sea-faring vessels. This type of wedding tends to be a little more formal than a beach wedding. The colors are much deeper – Navy Blues, Emerald Greens with accents of yellow or red. Anchors, ship’s wheels, sailboats, and nautical flags are common themes. You can choose an eco-friendly event site which highlights the theme visually and reduces the need for maritime décor. Typical sites would be yacht clubs, historical boats, maritime museums or marinas. Ecopartytime’s nautical invites with their anchor icon would be perfect for this type of water wedding.

Nautical Wedding Theme Photos and Wedding Accents

Eco-friendly Ocean Wedding – Deep Sea Divas

Unlike the nautical motif, my final eco-chic water wedding concentrates on what is going on under the waves, not on top of them. The deep sea wedding will appeal to those folks who wish they had been born a mermaid, are scuba enthusiasts or love aquariums. Using strong jewel tones like aquamarine & sea green, the underwater theme highlights sea life like sea horses, fish, and coral. Eco-chic underwater event venues include aquariums, zoos, and underwater research centers. An added bonus to booking these sites is the site fee contributes directly to supporting those institutions which promote what you love.

Being under the water is a fun idea to execute. Use Gobo lights to wash the walls with turquoise light. Forget cut flower centerpieces & accent tables with live sea grasses in tall vases or design faux coral or seashell centerpieces. (Melissa’s décor note – there is a disturbing trend of using live fish in glass vases as centerpieces for this type of wedding. Please don’t do this for the animal’s sake!! There is nothing to stop guests from pouring drinks, salt, etc. into the vase and accidentally hurting or killing the fish.) It’s better to just leave the live animals out of it and create the underwater feeling in another way.

Beach Wedding Starfish Theme Wedding Cake Ideas

To finish out your beach, yacht, or ocean wedding or shower, make sure you don’t miss these Ecopartytime earth-friendly (or should I say “Ocean-friendly”) party favorites.

• Most of our favor boxes and bags come with the following icon options - Seashell, seahorse, starfish, anchor, ship’s wheel or nautical bunting

Mesh Ribbon – Aquamarine and Apple Green

• Paper Striped straws in Aqua, Navy, Red

• Cupcake wrappers in Navy, Ocean, Pool Blue, Red, and Kelly Green

 • Recycled tissue paper garland – Poolside & Modern palettes

• Recycled paper confetti - Poolside & Modern palettes

Whatever your water theme, we are excited to see how you take our suggestions and make this your own brand of eco-fabulous! Make sure to share your beach, nautical and underwater ideas with us on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. Until next time, my eco-evangelistas, I wish you “Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After. . .”

Images Credit : True Photography and Emerald Events and Weddings 

About the Author:

Melissa Wagner-Gens is Ecopartytime's Green Resident Expert. She is also a Green Event Educator, certified event planner & owner of Emerald Events and Weddings.

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