Two if by Sea: Modern Nautical Wedding Inspiration

A nautical wedding theme is not a new thing; in fact, some might even say that nautical weddings are a little tired and a little dated. Those people, however, are clearly not aware of, what we like to call, the ‘new nautical’.  The new nautical is less preppy, more whimsical; less yacht club and more seaside escape; it’s soft and romantic and, if you ask us, downright dreamy. Don’t believe us? See for yourself!

Where the traditional nautical bride is decked out in bold navy stripes, the new nautical bride is all about the delicate details, like this coral-inspired hair clip and sheer ethereal wedding gown with embroidery reminiscent of seashells.

coral hair clip

beaded wedding gown

In the new nautical wedding, wedding invitations get a wash of soft watercolors and real flowers adorn chalkboard anchors.

watercolor nautical save the date chalkboard anchor

Escort cards range from compasses to seashells to mini sails, and table numbers are hand drawn for a romantic effect.

compass escort cards sail place cards knot table number

Giant seashells hold floral centeprieces and succulents do double duty as place cards and wedding favors.

Large shell centepiece Nautical succulent wedding favor nautical guest favors

And instead of anchor adorned wedding cakes, the new nautical prefers a more minimal approach and looks to the sea for its inspiration.

Pearl wedding cake white coral wedding cake

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  1. Posted by Elaine Kendall on November 27th, 2013 at 10:56am

    This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing :)
  2. Posted by Rachel on April 6th, 2015 at 1:25am

    I LOVE the coral cake topper!!! I'm looking for something just like it. Cake you let me know where you found this one?
  3. Posted by Rachel on April 6th, 2015 at 1:25am

    *can...not cake!!
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