Beach Wedding Dinner Table Decorations
Beach weddings can be colorful! Your beach wedding reception can assume whatever color scheme you want, consistent with your chosen theme. Some couples at exotic destination wedding locations even wear tropical prints!
Sea tones - deep blue, teal and aqua - are extremely popular, fresh and vibrant. They stand out beautifully when mixed with colors from the opposite side of the color wheel - such as orange, apricot, or red. They can be very exciting when mixed with bright colors such as lime, or very elegant when mixed with the jewel tones - such as deep purple or emerald green.
Sashes on chairs or even the bridal gown can carry forth your color scheme. But bright flowers are perhaps my favorite way to infuse the wedding with brilliant color. Flowers can be tied to palm trees, to white fabric that's strung between the trees to frame a wedding altar the way a wedding arch would do. Flowers can line the wedding path, and adorn an altar table and guest table.
Even avoiding expensive floral arrangements, flowers can be your main decorative touch -- such as having a stream of flower petals down the center of the tables with candles placed in them.
You can even skip napkin rings for a seated dinner by placing a colorful flower on top of the napkin - whatever flower is local and fits your beach wedding reception theme. The more formal table in the photo had frangipanes at the individual places, but another choice is lilies. Some of them are even edible!
You've become engaged to the love of your life, checked around and have lots of beach wedding ideas, and picked the perfect beach wedding location. You've also checked schedules 10-12 months out for your closest family and wedding party, and confirmed the hotel and site for your dream beach wedding. So the date is set!
Now your friends need to know your beach wedding plans, too - So they can reserve the dates, budget for the travel, arrange time off to combine the wedding with vacation, and have some real fun with this, too. So what should you do?
Set Up Your Beach Wedding Website
Yes, a website. Communication is critical! It's now essential for your family and friends to get the information they need to plan their attendance at your wedding, and to be updated as plans evolve. For example, you may be scheduling special outings and other get-togethers at the beach destination that they will want to know about. They will want to know what dates other friends are planning to be there, and what kinds of clothes to bring, and other coordination facts.
You can include information about pre-travel parties, plans for your new home, anything you are willing to share about your honeymoon, engagement photos, photos of the beach wedding destination, and lots of other cool ideas.
You can also set up a bridal registry and myriad other details on your wedding website. But don't worry. You don't have to know anything about computer programming. There are some free websites that are as easy as using MySpace or Facebook offered to you by sites such as TheKnot - but there are other low cost but highly effective wedding planning websites that you'll want to check out.
Among the key features you will want are:
* Photo Album
* Weather / Maps
* Message Board
* Gift Registry
* Guest Book
* Music and Video
* Bulk email to notify everyone at once.
Other great ideas at some of the wedding websites are:
* Bulk email to notify everyone at once of new beach plans, changes, etc.
* Planning and Budgeting Tools
* RSVP Manager
Some beach wedding personal websites even let you print photos, or permit fancy "flash" intros, or have unlimited pages and other great ideas to help you plan, communicate, and manage your dream beach wedding.
In fact, some of these websites have different levels of service/payment plans. Most even have a short free trial, so you can try it out and see if the functionality, look and feel is what you want. After all, this beach wedding is YOUR most special event, and you want it to be truly memorable in every way!
Weddings are expensive enough without adding more than necessary to the tab - even with the cost benefits of a beach wedding. You definitely want to take care of the service providers who ensure your beach wedding's success, and there's nothing wrong with a generous tip for someone who deserves it.
But you need to know when the tip is already included so you don't accidentally over-tip! Many wedding planning and wedding service professional already have the tip built into their usual and customary fees. That includes wedding planners, many restaurants and clubs and other wedding reception facilities, photographers, caterers and bakers, photographers and vidographers.