The warm sunshine and balmy breezes of summer provide the ideal setting for a nautical-themed wedding day! So they definitely got us in the mood for gathering up images to inspire that smart, snappy, and shipshape ambiance we know you’d be looking for. Nothing too formal. Just lots of chic ‘maritime’ touches to bring that charm and romance of the high seas to your Big Day!
See What’s Great for a Nautical Summer Reception
1 – An escort card display that’s just about ready to sail away! That’s the delightful effect of this display. Be inspired with this idea and make paper boats like those you used to make as a child—with guests’ names on the sails and table numbers on the pennant flags. Alternatively, you may be able to find mini sailboats to give as favors from a nautical supply/hobby store!
2 – Each table can be marked with card numbers like this snazzy design. It brings together the iconic colors, stripes, and anchor graphic perfect for gracing your tables—propped up by a cool rope knot perhaps?
3 – A neat guest book idea with a nautical inspiration is this one we spotted at a real wedding. It uses a map with little yellow flag pins and even has a telescope alongside for the perfect prop!
4 – Who wouldn’t love nautical reception tables decked out like this? This table setting retains the crispness of blue and white stripes but softens it with sunny yellow (instead of the expected red). And isn’t that lighthouse centerpiece such an appealing focal point? We even spy mini replicas by each place setting. Place markers perhaps? Then, yellow plates that contrast with navy blue napkins tied with ropes say nautical chic, indeed!
5 – Equally chic and snappy is this couture wedding cake. Each layer is crisply trimmed with blue ribbon, but then gets a bit of glitz via starfish topped with crystals plus a scattering of fondant pearls. Who says nautical can’t be pretty, too?
6 – Layers of navy, white, and silver are combined in this smart wedding invitation set. Love the striped grosgrain ribbon belly band and starfish accent (optional). Seaworthy indeed!
7 – This seashell wreath is one accent piece you can actually use anywhere at your wedding. Think welcome sign, ring bearer pillow alternative, favor table decor, dessert buffet or drinks bar backdrop? We just found it so charming, we had to suggest it!
Image sources: 1 – Nautical by Nature; 2 – card available on etsy from Pretty Chic SF and knot (suggested source: Mystic Knotworks); 3 – Elizabeth Anne Designs; 4 – Weddingbells; 5 – The Pastry Studio; 6 – made by the etsy shop The Marigold Press; 7 – available on etsy from Just Shellin.