One of the most appealing styles of decorations for a wedding is a nautical theme. Always crisp and classic, nautical elements look fantastic at weddings, whether they are near the water or landlocked. These are suggestions on nautical table decorations to use at your own wedding.
When you think nautical, think crisp, clean, classic, and
fresh. Choose one or two main colors around which to plan your entire
wedding theme. Great choices for a seaside style include navy, red,
yellow, and white. Everything should have clean uncluttered lines, and
you can have fun introducing a nautical motif as well. For instance, the
ideal bridesmaid attire would be a strapless navy dress in a crisp
cotton with a white sash and a pearl tin cup necklace. If you really
want to emphasize the nautical theme, replace the white sash with a thin
rope sash (keep the tin cup necklace, which looks great either way).
table decorations should always be unfussy and unfrilly. Starting with
the table linens, navy blue tablecloths with a white band at the hem
would be great. Pair them with either a solid white napkin, or a blue,
white, and yellow striped napkin. Roll the napkin up and tie it with a
piece of rope or slip a braided rope napkin ring over it (they look like
those preppy rope knot bracelets). Alternatively, you could use pewter
napkin rings adorned with anchor charms.
Your menu cards and place
cards should always tie in with your theme. Place cards can be fairly
simple for a nautical wedding; a white card with a navy border and an
embossed anchor or shell would be great. For the menu cards, a
coordinating paper can be used, or get creative and use nautical maps as
the background for your menus. Old map prints are often very pale, and
it is no problem to print over them legibly. Or go with a nautical flag
motif for both the place cards and the menu. The flags can be printed
across the top of the stationery; choose ones which spell out something
significant, such as l-o-v-e, or the initials of the newlyweds.
centerpieces are always the main design element of a wedding reception.
The crisp style of a nautical wedding lends itself to simple floral
arrangements in a single color. White, yellow, and red tend to be the
best colors for the flowers, and select classic blossoms like roses or
hydrangeas. To play up the nautical theme, one great centerpiece idea is
to set a large hurricane lantern in the center of each table. Fill the
hurricane with a large white pillar candle, and surround it with a
floral wreath in your favorite color.
The final decorative accent
for your reception tables is the wedding favors. There are plenty of
fantastic options for a nautical theme wedding. Wine charms in the shape
of anchors or ship's wheels, cookies shaped like ships, and votive
candles in a sea breeze scent will all tie in with a nautical theme and
add another element of style to your wedding tables. With all of the
elements in place, your nautical table decorations are sure to look
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