Do you dream of soft sand between your toes and a cool sea breeze gently running through your hair? How about a stunning view with the sun setting in the background? If the answer is yes, then perhaps a beach wedding is for you!

With such a picturesque venue, you’ll want equally gorgeous wedding flowers to match! Beach weddings can be laid-back casual or high-end elegance, intimate gatherings or crowd-pleasing celebrations. Your wedding flower choices can be just as varied. When thinking about what wedding flowers you want, it’s important to keeps some things in mind when you’re having your wedding at the beach.

The Do’s and Don’ts for Beach Wedding Flowers


DO think about how you will place your arrangements

When you’re setting up your ceremony area, think about where you’ll want your flowers and how you’ll put them up.  You probably don’t want to pull a bunch of containers out onto the sand!  Think about renting a small arbor, or constructing a simple one using poles and fabric. Then you can attach tied flower bunches or drape luscious garland around the space.  You can also tie off arrangements on the aisle chairs, or use tiki-style posts to hold cascading greens on either side of the aisle.


cool sea breeze gently running through

Featured on Style Me Pretty and photographed by Katie Kett Photography.


DON’T forget to think about the climate

Take into account what type of climate the particular beach has when picking your wedding flowers. Is it likely to be humid, or windy? Some blooms don’t take kindly to excessive heat or humidity. Tropical wedding flowers like orchids and lilies do very well in beach climates. If you have your heart set on garden roses, that’s okay too- just make sure you take steps to limit their time in the heat.


Featured on 100 Layer Cake and photographed by E.M. Anderson.


DO take advantage of the scenery

A golden beach and shimmering ocean is a picture in itself for a beautiful wedding. Work that gorgeousness into your ceremony! You can go with fewer ceremony flowers when the background is so breathtaking! Keep it simple with some to define the area where you’ll say your vows, and maybe the aisle you’ll be walking down.


Featured on Style Me Pretty and photographed by Sylvie Gil Photography.


DON’T worry about making your flowers “beachy”

If it fits into your theme, go outside of the box when it comes to choosing wedding flowers. You don’t have to use tropical greenery or accent your centerpieces with seashells just because of the location. Be creative and design with “you” in mind.


Featured on Wedding Chicks and photographed by Camryn Clair Photography.


DO recycle your flowers

This is a helpful cost saving tip. Reuse floral arrangements from your ceremony in your reception. Place your bridesmaid’s bouquets into centerpieces or place boutonnieres and corsages into tiny votive candle holders.


Featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and photographed by Kerry Ann Duffy.


Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. Not one single beach wedding will have the same feel or vibe. Kick those heels off and relax in  the sunshine!

How did you use flowers to decorate your beach wedding? Let us know!

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