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Wedding Themes: Nautical Wedding

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Updated April 12, 2017
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Wedding Themes Nautical Wedding

Stripes, ropes, and anchors are totally trendy right now, and they tie perfectly into a wedding. Contrary to popular belief, the nautical theme can complement wedding color schemes other than blue and white, so if you're dead set on other hues, this theme will still work. See some of our color scheme suggestions below for inspiration. If the typical nautical motifs aren't your thing, dig a little deeper into the expansive ocean and incorporate sea creatures in a classy way, like the wedding shown right.

Wedding themes don't have to be tacky or overbearing; they can be subtle and fun, used to give your celebration a cohesive feeling. It's always enjoyable for guests to notice the little, thoughtful details that tie into the overarching theme. With the ideas below, you can turn your nuptials nautical, regardless of the location of your wedding.

Another misconception is that having a theme can put you way over budget, and while that can be the case, it doesn't have to be. We're showing you how to DIY your wedding into a maritime marvel, keeping treasure in your pockets for the honeymoon of your dreams. Mix and match the ideas below for one of the most perfect wedding themes for summer.

Nautical Wedding Color Schemes

Nautical Wedding Color Schemes

Stick with the classic blue and white scheme or go with something a bit more original. Either way, your nautical celebration will be smooth sailing if you consult this guide to the perfect DIY wedding color scheme. Anchors looks cute in any color, so if your heart is set on green, then that's the perfect base for a nautical-themed wedding. Few wedding theme ideas can skillfully combine such a variety of bold colors.

Nautical Attire and Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Devastatingly Gorgeous Hand-Painted DIY Wedding Dress

No nautical wedding is complete without appropriate attire. Below you'll find the perfect nautical wedding hairstyles for long hair alongside a couple of other ways to say "ahoy!" with your ensemble. Wedding themes give you the artistic ability to tie everything together, and that includes the bride and groom themselves, so make this opportunity count!

Nautical Wedding Cake Designs, Drinks, and More

Outstanding Ombre Cake

Tie the knot (both the wedding knot and a sailor's knot) with these DIY food and drink ideas that incorporate your nautical wedding theme throughout the day. Guests will appreciate your attention to detail and the fun surprises. Do you know of any other wedding theme ideas with such creative little details?

Nautical Table Setting Ideas

Nautical Numbered Tags

You can't stop now! Show guests your dedication to the sea with these adorable table setting ideas centered around your nautical wedding theme. They'll see that you have a few more tricks up your sleeve as they sit down and notice even more nautical fun.

Nautical Table Number Ideas and DIY Centerpieces

Blossoming Beach Centerpieces

Use rope in fun ways to creatively incorporate the nautical theme into your centerpieces. Nautical table number ideas don't have to scream the theme. Instead, they can be subtle tie-ins.

DIY Party Decorations

Anchors Away DIY Party Decorations

Whether you want your DIY party decorations to be buoys, live preservers, or simple reminders of the color scheme, we've got you covered. You can pick certain aspects of your wedding to be obviously themed, and then let others lay low while still complementing the overall idea.

DIY Candles and DIY Candle Holders

Sand-Dipped DIY Candles

Let your love shine bright with these nautical-themed DIY candles and holders. These three DIY ideas are so different from one another, so you're sure to find the perfect DIY candles to fit your celebration.

DIY Party Favors

Anchors Aweigh Sea Salt Escort Bottle and Favor

Send guests home with a reminder of your fabulous festivities. Continue the nautical wedding theme by giving out themed DIY party favors that are actually useful.

What do you love most about the nautical theme? Leave a comment below!

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I've never really considered a nautical-themed wedding, but I love the soft colors of these projects.

Wedding themes have the potential to verge on tacky, but these Nautical Wedding ideas are fantastic!

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