Having a beach wedding immediately lets guests know this will be one fun gathering. But because of the sandy venue, footwear can either pose a challenge or be done away with altogether! Enter the beach wedding shoe valet or shoe station. Guests get to stash their shoes while they walk barefoot on the beach or don a pair of flipflops. And you can style the station to suit your chosen theme, whether rustic, boho, shabby chic or tropical. Come see how—with these creative examples we found, plus some shoe station basics available online!
Beach Wedding Shoe Stations We Love!
These 10 examples of shoe valets we found are so creative and clever—and easily DIYable! Here are the elements that make them special, no matter how simple.
Cabinets or Open Shelves
Small pieces of furniture that you can recycle and transport out to your beachfront ceremony are perfect for shoe stations. Think a country-style kitchen hutch (1) or a shabby chic cabinet or chest of drawers (2) that can provide cubby holes for storing foot wear.
If you’re going for a really laid-back look, open shelving of wooden slats (3) would do just fine parked out on the sand. Or even no shelving at all and just a simple bench (6) for guests to sit on while shedding their shoes!
For an offbeat idea, what about a pair of ladders holding old shutters as shelves (7)? Easy to assemble and disassemble in an outdoor venue like this.
Baskets or Crates
Woven market baskets (4) hung on shepherd’s hooks or large old-style laundry hampers (4, 5) make truly charming holders—whether for guests’ shoes or for pairs of comfy flip-flops for them to change into.
Another handy option are recycled wooden packing crates (8, 9). You can lay them out in a row or stack them up to form shelves. If you can find ones with varied finishes and their original labels, that would be extra cool.
Signage and Decorative Accents
Of course, your shoe stations would be extra appealing trimmed with tropical leaves (5) or marked with witty signs (4, 6, 8). You could opt for a vintage frame on a stand (2, 7), a chalkboard sign (5), or a label painted on a weathered driftwood board (10).
Credits: 1 – KT Merry Photography, via Style Me Pretty / 2 – Beach Bride / 3 – Modern Weddings Hawaii, via Idojour / 4 – Table 6 Productions / 5 – Sherri J. Photography / 6 – Weddings Costa Rica / 7 – Floridian Social / 8 – Pinterest (uploaded by user) 9 – Pinterest (uploaded by user) / 10 – attributed to Parfait Cayman, via Pinterest
Our Picks to Make Your Own Beach Wedding Shoe Valet
Ready to assemble a shoe station for yourselves? We’ve got just the basic items you’ll be needing—with helpful links for where to buy!
1 – White Console Table – Ships from and sold by Cymax, via Amazon
2 – Sebastian Crates – via World Market
3 – Galvanized Ribbed Beverage Tub – via Pier1
4 – Shabby Chic Custom Wedding Pallet Sign – Lydia’s Graphic Pallet Signs via Amazon
5 – “Kick Off Your Shoes” Beach Sign – Ships from and sold by Tiki Master – via Amazon
6 – Ladies Flip Flops – a bulk offer from Dollar Tree
7 – Varnish and Wall Brush – Ships from and sold by Amazon.com
8 – White Cotton Hand Towels (case of 24) – via Dollar Tree
9 – Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent – via Amazon
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