Create A Magical
Ocean Wedding Theme
If you love the sea, an ocean wedding theme will turn your big
day into a magical event. There are many things to love about the
ocean, so use it to create a romantic wedding day.
Similar to a beach
wedding, an ocean wedding theme allows you to be creative.
Photo courtesy of Lem Lynch
Whether you want to go all out with an under sea blowout or just
add touches of the throughout your day an ocean theme gives you great
starting point for creating a fun maritime wedding event
Below are some ocean wedding theme ideas to get you started. As you
will see, this page contains a lot of information, so you may want to
bookmark it so you can easily return.
For an ocean wedding theme you will most likely want to be on or near
the ocean when you celebrate your big day. There are a few really good
options for locations.
Having both your ceremony
and reception on the beach
can be very romantic. Or, you can choose to say your vows in a church
or other religious location and just have your reception on the beach.
allow you to set sail and have your wedding on the
water. The boat captain can make it official, and then you can have
your reception party right there on the boat.
Having your wedding on a dock or pier over the water is a great way to
get close to the ocean.
Destination weddings are a popular choice, so even if you don't live
near the ocean you can still have an ocean themed wedding. Hawaii
and many of the Caribbean islands are always a favorite for weddings.
While having your wedding outside on the beach is a great way to get
married, you can also have your reception inside and still incorporate
an ocean theme into your day. There are many resorts, restaurants and
reception spaces that are near indoors but still near the beach.
Another unique idea is to have your wedding at an aquarium. Many large
aquariums allow you to rent the entire location for your wedding.
Kick off your ocean wedding theme in style with beach
wedding invitations. From the start you will set the tone and let your
guests know that you are having an ocean themed wedding.
You can continue your ocean wedding theme with your ceremony programs.
Choose a beach or nautical design, or if you are getting married outside
weather you can also go with a fan wedding program to keep your guests
are typically a little less formal and more relaxed
than a traditional wedding gown. Most dress designers have entire lines
for beach, ocean and nautical weddings due to their popularity in
Don't forget your wedding
which come in several different styles including flats
and flip flops that are perfect for outdoor or beach weddings.
You will want your bridesmaid’s dresses to be on the same level and
compliment your chosen dress. You wouldn't want your bridesmaids
wearing formal gowns if you are going with a casual look on your
Keep in mind that it may get cool at night if you are having an evening
reception on the beach or on a boat, so plan accordingly to have a
jacket or other item to cover up with.
For the guys, linen pants and shirts are always popular for a more
relaxed ocean wedding. One nice idea is to try to match the guy’s
shirts up with your wedding colors or bridesmaid dress color.
We have coordinated weddings where the groom and groomsmen wear floral
shirts that matched up with the chosen wedding colors, and it looked
Your reception is your chance to have fun and be creative with your
ocean theme. There are many items and symbols that can be used in all
aspects of your wedding reception.
Examples include nautical flags and ocean creatures like fish, crabs
and lobsters. Keep reading to see how ocean accent items can be used in
all aspects of your wedding reception.
If you are getting married in a tropical
location, take advantage of the many beautiful flower options
available. Work with a local florist or the resort where your wedding
is taking place that knows what is available in that area, and use the
bright colors and exotic flowers to your advantage.
You can use flowers in all aspects of your decorations including
bouquets, centerpieces and just about anywhere you would like a little
Ocean wedding centerpieces are one of your chances to show your
creativity. Instead of just plain flower or candle centerpieces, add in
some ocean, beach or nautical themed items.
Seashells, lighthouses, sandcastles, anchors and nautical items can
help turn a common centerpiece into a beautiful ocean centerpiece.
Fruit like pineapples, lemons and limes also make great accent items
Tiki torches are another fun option, especially if you are having an
is another area where you can have some fun. Instead of a plain,
traditional wedding cake, have your cake designer or baker add touches
of the sea.
Visit our tropical
page for more ideas.
Nothing beats a good band or DJ at a wedding, but if you are getting
married in a tropical location take advantage of it. Many islands and
tropical locations have a unique sound of their own, so hire local
talent for your wedding day entertainment.
For example, in Hawaii have hula dancers teach your guests how to hula,
or for a wedding in Mexico hire a Mariachi band to play during cocktail
You can still have a traditional band or DJ and hire unique
entertainment for an hour or two or to perform in between your main
If your guests are traveling to attend your ocean wedding you will want
to be conscious not to give them a wedding favor that is difficult to
take home on a plane. Our beach
page has some great ideas for an ocean
A fun, tropical signature
is the perfect way to finish off your ocean wedding
theme. The possibilities are unlimited and open to your imagination. Go
with a common ocean drink, like a Seabreeze or Sex on The Beach, or
maybe something tropical, like a Margarita or Pina Coloda.
Add your own unique twist to your signature drink by giving it a unique
name. Instead of just calling a Margarita, call it a “Jenarita” (simply
add your name to the front of the drink of choice).