Beautiful Beach Decor

Every beach wedding delivers the basics: salt air, gorgeous views, crashing waves and unmatched tranquility. Beyond those elements, what more do you need? Decor that is fit for a beach bride, that's what! Seaside motifs, whether subtle or over-the-top, can heighten an already breathtaking scene. Among the complementary imagery and materials for a beach wedding are ocean-derived items such as sea glass, starfish, sand dollars, coral fans and clam shells. Some brides can choose to go a little more nautical by incorporating sailor knots, rugged rope, fishing floats and anchors. Placing some palm leaves in strategic locations will up the tropical isle vibe. Check out a treasure trove of beautiful items from Etsy, Michaels, Walmart and more that will enrich your waterfront wedding.

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Lidore Nautical Fishing Floats String Lights Set

String lights always seem to bring a hint of whimsy to the occasion. But instead of going with the classic white lights, we like the idea of amping up the nautical mood. This set of 10 colorful lights are crafted to look like fishing floats, wound up in knotted rope. In seafaring communities all over the world, such as Iceland and Japan, hand-blown glass floats were once used to keep a fisherman's net afloat. We love this retro style for adding charm to a beach wedding. ($12; amazon)

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Lillian Rose™ Seashell Ring Holder

The romance of the seashell is captured in this seashell ring holder that is the perfect alternative to a ring pillow when planning a beach-themed or destination wedding. The shell is decorated with smaller shells and faux seed pearls. To make certain the ring bearer doesn't lose the jewelry, it includes satin ribbons to keep them tightly moored. ($14; michaels.com)

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Nautical Sailor Knot Rope Boutonniere Corsage

As charming and rustic as a fishing village, this sailor knot boutonniere can be worn by the groom and the groomsmen to celebrate the idyllic ambience of the sea. Such boutonnieres are handmade in the seafarer's hub of Mystic, Connecticut, by Mystic Knotwork, a company that dates to 1957. These cool knots are fashioned like an antique thump mat, a shock-absorbing pad that was once used on board ships to protect oak decks from damage. We love the authentic touch of this wedding detail! ($4; etsy.com)

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Starfish Chair Decoration with Natural Starfish and Ribbons

Every bride wants a bit of fancifulness in her wedding decor, and these starfish chair decorations are perfectly gorgeous. Made of natural starfish along with satin and ribbons, these will add some flair to the ceremony. We recommend tying one onto the end chairs along the inner and outer sections of seating. There are four natural starfish attached to one colored satin ribbon (chosen from 24 colors), and one ivory sheer ribbon. The large finger starfish has a knobby starfish on top and two more knobby starfish are attached to the trailing ribbons. ($18; etsy.com)

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DecMode Iron Lantern Candle Holder

This well-designed iron lantern is inspired by the classic navigation oil lamps required on all vessels that sail at night. These have been used on sailing ships for hundreds of years, and in them we see such possibilities for beach wedding decor. This one looks incredibly authentic, as it is crafted of iron with weathered black finish. It holds a single candle, which would make it the perfect touch for a sunset wedding. A series of them could be placed on tables, along the aisle or on either side of the wedding altar. ($28; hayneedle.com)

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Decmode Coastal Wood and Rope Float Sculpture

Using an old-fashioned rope float, like those seen in fishing villages along the East Coast, is an innovative way to feature the seaside wedding theme. We love these unexpected decorative accents for their rustic beauty. At 15 inches tall, we could see this float used as a festive focal point on a banquet table, surrounded by a bevy of burlap and white roses. Or you could use each one with an arrangement at the end of each row of chairs; they'd be perfect alongside a mound of sand, a handful of seashells and some scattered seaglass. ($12; walmart.com)

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Akasha Ocean Sea Glass

If you have lived near a beach, the sight of ocean glass is familiar to you. These pieces are the perfect size to use in beach wedding decor projects. They would be lovely inside a vase, scattered on a serving tray or placed alongside a table centerpiece. They're easy to work with since they are not sharp-edged. Plus, they are light enough to work with, but heavy enough to resist blowing away on an ocean breeze. ($6; walmart.com)

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Glitter Sea Fan as Beach Décor (or Cake Topper!)

We just adore the natural intricacies of sea fan coral. These examples, even though they are faux, still possess that natural silhouette. But they are enhanced by glitter and come in an array of five lovely colors. What fun! They have so many uses: At 9.5 inches wide, they are dramatic enough to add to your table number decor or to enhance the buffet table. ($3; etsy.com)

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Kate Aspen "Shells by the Sea" Authentic Shell Place Card Holders with Matching Place Cards, 36 Pack

We love the adornment of fancy name cards on wedding tables, and these "Shells by the Sea" versions from Kate Aspen are the perfect touch for a beach wedding. They come with matching place cards, which certainly makes your job easier. Just brush up on your calligraphy skills and grace every shell with the name of a loved one. ($35; michaels.com)

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Faux Palm Leaf Branch

At a beach wedding, you're already embraced by nature. But we love statement-making visuals that heighten that beauty. Using decorative grasses or other greenery, such as this glamorous palm leaf branch, creates such a dramatic aesthetic when they're placed against each chair row along a seaside aisle. ($16; westelm.com)

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House Parts Large Clam Shell

Clam shells have long been a necessity in home decor, their natural curves creating an organic focal point on many a coffee table. We could easily see such a statement clam shell taking center stage on any of your key areas, such as the table where you keep your guest book. Fill it with floral blooms or sea glass and it will look gorgeous. ($38; hayneedle.com)

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