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Classic Palette

If you want traditional nautical wedding invitations, stick with a timeless palette of navy, red, and white. Especially if you are having a seafood dinner, use an icon like a crab or lobster (like this fetching example).

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Anchors Aweigh!

The most popular icon featured on nautical wedding invitations is an anchor. Such a classic statement, use an anchor throughout your wedding details, such as your guestbook, welcome signage, and at the top of your menus.

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Beachy Stripes

Want a nautical wedding with a lighter palette? Use aqua or mint with navy to create a beachy vibe, such as with this striped wedding invitation. Paired with a gold envelope, it's a modern interpretation of a classic theme.

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Preppy Details

Blending nautical with East Coast prep is a popular wedding combo. Use navy and pink stripes everywhere from the lined envelopes to the groomsmen's ties.

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Summery Combos

Who knew floral invitations and anchors paired so well? When your nautical event is in the heart of summer, add bright flowers and watercolor stripes for a very pretty wedding invite.

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Thoughtful Illustrations

For a unique spin on nautical, go with an illustration that suits your own event's theme. If you are hosting your wedding at a marine museum or historical site, give a nod with vintage maps and a more neutral palette.

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Retro Styling

For the lighthearted couple, partner your nautical theme with retro details for a fun decor scheme. This invitation suite incorporated tattoo-inspired fonts and sherbet hues to set a playful mood.

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Elegant Extras

Want to take your nautical theme up a notch? Go a little more formal by using elegant extras like envelopes lined with map prints and letterpress embossing.

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simple navy and white wedding invitation with green lining in envelope
Photo: Chelsey Emery

Sophisticated Simplicity

Don't want to really go all-out nautical for your waterfront affair? Stick with paper goods that are clean, simple, and sophisticated. This navy and green invite hints at a nautical theme without being too on the nose.

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Seaside Fun

Who doesn't love a day at the beach? This happy little whale will make your guests smile and most certainly encourage them to check the "will attend" box.