January 19, 2010

"A Nautical Theme" - Can you feel the ocean breezes yet???

If you love taking romantic walks on the beach, letting the wind blow against your hair or playing in the sand—the Nautical wedding theme is for you! You could get married on a yacht, private sailboat, dock or even in front of lighthouse! Just make sure you choose the appropriate venue that fits you and your grooms personality. This will allow your guests to get a different feel for how adventurous you are as a couple.

Picking that special nautical gown can be tricky... Make sure you pick something simple and sleek. You could pick a simple white or ivory low back dress that fits you perfectly goes well with the romantic nautical theme. I love to add big 3 - 4" double-faced satin ribbon around the waist in a coordinating color on brides that are having a nautical wedding. It is absolutely adorable and so much fun! Also, make sure your jewelry is simple—you could wear some nice pearls, perfect for the nautical splendor theme. Try to find something really classic maybe even a dress with polka dots on it... I have shown you a great polka dot dress that J Crew has available. So fun and so nautical! LOVE IT!!!

Your groom could get away with A LOT more than you! I have seen grooms and groomsmen in khaki suits, navy suits, grey suits, linen suits, linen pants and short sleeve shirts, etc.

When planning a nautical theme wedding, you definitely want to make sure you spruce things up with some awesome decorations. You can incorporate seashells, colored linens (red, white, blue, yellow, green...) burlap or tan linens, sail boats, sailing flags and sails with your initials on them. These decorations will make it romantic but fun!

When choosing your music for your wedding, think beach-side or romantic ocean view! Think really lively and fun beach side tunes! Maybe a great guitarist or even steel drums...

Don’t forget about your invitations! Try sending out invitations with a nautical design or have your invites designed as a boat ticket for your “special” trip!! This will truly catch your wedding guests off guard but make your wedding ceremony an unforgettable memory!

Here are three different looks for a "Nautical Themed Wedding!" They are all very tasteful but definitely set the scene for your guests! So much fun!!! Makes me want to charter a boat and just sail all day! Only 7 more weeks until I visit San Diego and I am definitely ready for the water now!!!

"Anchors Away" is so much fun! I stuck with the Navy and White look for this. Notice the polka dot wedding dress - that is from J Crew. The bridesmaids dresses are too! Love the flowers with the blue center too! So precious! The navy and white damask flower girl dress is precious! How fun and so different! The beach tote with navy and white striped bow might be my favorite! So cute!!! The shoe is a Christian Louboutin and would be cute for all the girls... The guys are just in khaki pants and navy blue sport coats... I would do a periwinkle blue shirt with a navy and white striped tie and the coat... And just let them wear boat shoes... Comfortable and casual! The girls could even just wear flip flops...

Okay... This one is TOTALLY my favorite!!! I love this! I love all the bright blues, the navy blues, the yellows and the reds! LOVE IT! SO CLASSY! Do a big bold cobalt and white striped linen on the tables and accent with white china and bright red napkins! Hang sailing flags criss-cross across your event space. It will be so cool! Keep your invitation really clean and simple. I love the navy cardstock with the white thermography and the big red stripe at the top! Serve crab at the tables and put crab mallets with red and blue ribbon attached. You can have the mallets personalized with you and your grooms name and the wedding date. That way, guests can take them home. That could be your favor... Type some sort of cute thank-you note and attach it to the mallot. It will be adorable and the guests will love it!!! Dress the groom and groomsmen in navy blue suits with white shirts and red and blue striped ties... SO FUN! And this shoe... It is Guiseppe Zanotti T-Strap Peep-Toe pump in navy and white with a red heel and a red toe. SOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! How fun for your "All-American Wedding!" Have a really simple white cake and dress it with red and navy ribbon and bows... PRECIOUS!!!

"Come Sail Away" is so cheery! I love the navy and yellow! This is one of those wedding dresses I would tie a big sash of ribbon around. I would get a 4" double-faced satin ribbon and I would start out in the front - wrap it around to the back and criss-cross it and bring it back around to the front and tie a big loose draping bow at her side and let it hang long. It would be gorgeous! Especially if the bridal bouquet is wrapped in navy ribbon... Dress the men in a navy suit and a white shirt and accent with this navy and yellow striped tie. Wrap the centerpieces in navy and white striped grossgrain ribbon. You can use any white flower you want to. I would stick with navy linens and yellow napkins folded with the menu card tucked down in the napkin fold... So simple yet so classy! Dress the bridesmaids in yellow! LOVE IT!!! Use chivari chairs with yellow cushions... And definitely keep the cake simple... Maybe hang yellow and navy flags behind it at all different heights... It would create a great backdrop for your white cake! You could even put some great yellow flowers on top of the cake... And if you didn't want just plain white, you could accent with navy ribbon or beading at the base of each cake layer. Just a thought... The shoe is a d'Orsay Christian Louboutin in white and the big bow on top is trimmed in Navy! SO PRECIOUS!!! LOVE IT ALL!

So, today we looked at a Nautical theme! Not too crazy, right??? I think it is a lot of fun! This would be so much fun for a beach wedding, a wedding in the summer, a 4th of July wedding or a memorial / labor day wedding!

It's just very lighthearted and fun! I think your guests would have a great time and there are so many fun things you could do! Have old coke bottles passed during your cocktail hour or even at your ceremony with red and white striped straws... Have ice cream cones butler passed while guests are dancing... SO FUN!

It's all just so lighthearted and fun! Your guests would have a great time and would definitely remember your "nautical themed wedding" for many years to come! So, consider it!!! Until next time... Here's to "Smooth Sailing" for the remainder of this week! :)


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