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.

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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).

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Nautical 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.

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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.

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The 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.

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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 amazing!



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