12 Decor Ideas That *Aren’t* Seashells for Your Shore Wedding

You can do better than conch shells and starfish.

Look: Just because you’re getting married at the beach doesn’t mean you’ve got to stick starfish on your candle holders and calligraph sand dollars for escort cards. You’re more creative than than that! Here are 12 other beach decor ideas for your Shore wedding, guaranteed to make things feel modern, fun, and, most importantly, a little more unique.

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Palm Fronds

palm frond wedding invitation

Photograph by Peach Plum Pear Photography

Oversized leaves look cool on invites and, come reception, pair wonderfully with lucite and matte white for a sleek and modern vibe.


ombre seating chart

Photo by Peach Plum Pear Photography

Evokes the waves crashing on the shore, especially when done in shades of blue.


copper wedding welcome sign

Signage by House of Catherine. Photo by MLE Pictures

Looks cool against white furniture, which is easy to come by down the Shore.


driftwood wedding decor

Photo by Krystin Hogan

The beachside version of a rustic wedding replaces unfinished wood disks with elegant driftwood.

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass Wedding Decor

Photo by Redfield Photography

One of 2019’s biggest wedding trends also happens to be perfect for weddings at the water.

Sea Glass

sea glass bottle table numbers

Calligraphy by Lewes Lettering Co. Photo by Brett Thomas

The easy romance of the coastline is best conveyed in semi-opaque hues of blue and green.


boho macrame wedding ceremony hanging

Ceremony hanging by Honeydoo. Photo by Brett Thomas

Bring out the boho vibes for your Big Day with knotted twine accents dotted with bright blooms.

Sea Grass

tropical wedding tablescape

Design by Shannon Wellington. Photo by Magdalena Studios

Sea Grass chargers add instant island flair to to a tropical-themed tablescape.


flamingo wedding decor

Photo by Breanne Furlong Photography

Speaking of tropical: how fun are these Prime-able flamingo statues?


seersucker bow ties

Neckwear available at The Tie Bar (Center City). Photo by Brett Thomas

Everyone’s expecting yellow or pink. Take an upscale approach to prep with muted shades of navy or slate.

Papel Picado

papel picado ceremony backdrop

Design by Clover Event Co. Photo by Magdalena Studios

East Falls-based Mexican-American artist Karina Puente free-cuts folk art patterns onto custom-dyed paper sans any pre-drawn patterns. She works with couples to create ceremony backdrops, ceiling installations, table runners, and more.


flag wedding decor

Photograph by M2 Photo

Vintage options are a relaxed alternative to yacht-club-favored nautical flags.

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