Getting married on or near water really is for true romantics. Whether you’re planning a riverside wedding, exotic beach wedding abroad, or British seaside celebration, here are some of the most beautiful water wedding theme ideas and accessories to inspire you.
A riverside venue, with its peaceful views and calming outdoor space is perfect for anyone who loves to be near the water. At the Swan at Streatley you can take your vows in an intimate ceremony on a unique 19th century barge on the river, surrounded by sweeping lawns and weeping willows. This venue is a stunning setting for your ceremony and reception and a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photos.
A wedding abroad on the shores of the ocean or on a cliff top simply has it all – the setting, the sand, the sea and the sun. If you’re dreaming of an intimate fairytale wedding in a faraway place then a beach wedding abroad is for you.
When you get married abroad not only can you work on your tan before the wedding but you’ll be able to enjoy a built-in honeymoon immediately after. For more inspiration on where to get married overseas please visit our Weddings Abroad section.
British seaside weddings
For a thoroughly British wedding, get married at the seaside for coastal beauty and beautiful British beaches. Brighton Pavillion is a breathtaking seaside wedding venue as is the grand Fowey Hall Hotel in Cornwall, below. British beach weddings are always a risk with the weather so invest in an Edwardian ivory umbrella or two just in case. And remember, if it rains on your wedding day it is meant to be good luck.
Theme it vintage for Victorian seaside settings and serve traditional fish and chips, or a sophisticated seafood variation on the theme, for your wedding breakfast. Find your nearest seaside wedding venue with views of the sea or access to the beach in the Venues Directory.
Beach theme table decorations
Dress your venue with beach themed table decorations and venue decor like these cute starfish favour boxes which are lovely filled with chocolate shells. Pretty coral, starfish and beach theme designs for your place card holders and table centres alongside sea blue disposable cameras on each table will set the scene perfectly.
The sand ceremony is an unusual idea that brings a lasting symbolism to your marriage. In front of your guests, you take it in turns to pour different coloured sands into a glass vase to symbolise the joining of your union. The glass vase of mixed sands is not only a very moving visual declaration of your love for each other but becomes a very special keepsake and a constant reminder of your marriage.
Look to nature for your wedding inspiration. Whether it’s bucolic touches like woodcut or etched effect stationery, hand-woven flower arrangements or natural materials like linen, the rustic country theme is…
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.