Your wedding stationery provides guests with their first impression of your big day, and helps to build anticipation and excitement. So it’s important that the design you choose is consistent with your wedding location and style. Whether you’re planning a dreamy Mediterranean destination wedding or a seaside soiree closer to home, you’ll want your stationery to match. Most of my designs are influenced by my love for the Mediterranean, which is probably why my collections are so popular for coastal beach weddings. Here are some ideas for how your wedding stationery can tastefully set the scene for an oceanside celebration.
Photography and Concept: Ivory White Photography | Wedding Planning and Design: The Wildflower Wedding Planner | Stationery: White Olive Design Studio | Floral Design: Passionflowers by Emma Spowage | Wedding Cake: Egg and Moo’s | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Harrington Bride | Headpiece: Rachel Sokhal Bridal | Engagement Ring: London Victorian Ring Co. | Groom’s Attire: The Groom’s Room Essex | Hair Styling: VS Hair and Styling | Makeup: Beauty by Zoe | Linens: Silk and Purl | Rentals: Brolly Bucket | Furniture Rentals: Anthology Vintage Hire
When it comes to printed stationery like invitations and Save the Dates, there are a number of ways to embrace a beachy location. I’m a lover of nature, so I always look toward natural elements when creating my designs, whether it’s with the materials I use or a graphic detail. Natural details and textures are a really elegant way to reflect a coastal wedding style.
- Use a watercolour wash to represent waves and changes in the colour of the sea.
- Handmade papers and vellum evoke coastal textures like sand, driftwood, and sea glass. A deckled edge can also resemble ocean waves.
- Natural motifs like hand drawn illustrations of beach flora or shells immediately say ‘coastal wedding’ and can be carried through the entire invitation suite as well as the on the day stationery.
- Beautiful finishing touches can make all the difference, like silk ribbons to add a soft drape-like finish, or marbled wax seals and gold foiling to represent the sun sparkling off the sea.
Photographer: Kindred Photography | Creative Direction & Styling: The Bijou Bride | Stationery: White Olive Design Studio | Cake: Sugar Buttons Creative | Blue Dress: TH & TH Bridesmaids | White Dress: WTOO by Watters from Halo & Wren | Skirt & Top: Halo & Wren | Flowers: Clare Kenward | Hair & Make Up: Jenn Edwards & Co | Props: The Little Lending Company | Venue: West Lexham for Snap Photography Festival | Model: Tayszea Lai from BAME Models
When it comes to coastal weddings, blue, green, or turquoise are always good choices, but you don’t have to feel bound by a traditional beach palette. Moody greys, coral pinks, and sunset hues are all great alternatives. Alternatively, you could opt for a muted palette of bleached out whites and sandy beiges.
Photography: Helen Warner Photography | Planner: Emma Caesar Weddings | Venue: The Gallivant | Florist: Fig and Flower | Cake: Lindsay Pemberton | Hair + Makeup: Nicola Wheeldon | Menus: Pale Press London | Stationery: Olive and Millicent | Agate Place Names: White Olive Design Studio | Tableware Ceramics: Lucia Fraser | Table Silks: Pompom Blossom | Cutlery: Helene Millot | Glassware: Duchess & Butler
Another element to consider is the items you will include in your décor to reflect the coastal wedding theme. It’s easy to go too far, so again I would recommend relying on natural textures and objects, and curating them carefully. For example, oysters, capiz shells, sea glass, pebbles, and agate slices all make beautiful options for place cards and favours, and look really elegant on a well appointed table.
Photography: Maxeen Kim Photography | Stationery & Calligraphy: White Olive Design Studio | Planning & Styling: Lefkas Weddings | Flower Design & Floral Arch: Gourioti Flowers | Makeup & Hair: Despoina Kourbei | Venue: NV Beach Bar | Model: Maria Grapsa | Green Dress: Costureras | Wedding Dress: COMPLICE-Stalo Theodorou | Jewellery & Hat: Li-lo Accessories | Shoes & Hair Accessories: Savrani Creations | Cake: Il Sapore | Tiles: Porcelana
Over the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of coastal wedding inspired shoots with some amazing suppliers, who specialise in beach and destination weddings. Most recently, this gorgeous branding shoot for Emma Caesar weddings was featured on B.LOVED, featuring my agate calligraphy slices. You’re bound to find some beautiful inspiration from these images!
You can also find some beach wedding pretties in my shop, including shell and agate slice place settings, with hand written calligraphy names:
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