Thematic: Nautical & Nice

This post has been coming for about a month now. Every week it was delayed, I managed to find more cool things to add to it. So be prepared: this one’s going to be epic.

I’ve always had a thing for anything nautical. Maybe it’s my obsession with the sea, maybe my love of stripes, or maybe just the fact that navy and white are so classically cool. Whatever the reason, I’ve got a crush on Nautical. Not everyone is so keen on such a classical style though, and I have to admit shipboard chic has been done to death a bit lately. But Nautical doesn’t have to naff or boring.

Here’s a few ideas to keep a Nautical wedding nice and fresh…

First off, your invites can be kept classy without being dullsville—it’s all about the layering and extra touches. Add a gold border and a couple of pockets to your invite, so it becomes a bounty of surprises. Or line your invitation envelopes with nautical paper, and use envelopes instead of the standard white ones to give your invites a bit of extra class. Try using nautical stripes as a background, rather than the main feature of the invite, or create a round invite—it’ll look like a ships porthole window, and stand out against all the clutter and other invites on your guests fridges or noticeboards.

Clockwise, from top left: Souash’s wedding invites via Wedding Bee; Nautical Collection Wedding Invitation from Orachard and Brown; Nautical Wedding Correspondence from Dawn correspondence; Navy and White Circle Invite via One Wed.

Next port of call (like my pun?) has to be what to wear. I gotta say, so many times as a wedding the groom and his boys get overlooked—stuck with your average suit and tie or bowtie. BORING! Why not style it up a bit with a brighter coloured tie—maybe even something with little anchors or boats on it—and give his men something similar, even the same just in a different shade. A cute cufflink is also a great way to jazz up the old suit—keep it nautical with silver sailor’s knots, or navy and gold anchors. And, for real, boutonnieres are the shiz! But why not add some plain rope to the good old flower for a bit of seaward charm.

1. Boy’s Bowtie in Nautical Orange Anchors from Little Vy; 2. Nautical Cufflinks via One Wed; 3. Sailor’s Knot Boutonniere via Vici Tanners’ Pinterest; 4. Navy Preppy bowtie via Erica Morse’s Pinterst; 5. Sailor’s Knot Solid Silver Cufflinks from Grovesnor.

Speaking of charm, the little number below would make the most charming bridesmaid dresses for a nautical wedding, and your girls can wear them again, and again, and…you get the picture. Team them with some cute white heels and a pair of nautical earings, and your ladies are ship-shape. For the bride, I can’t go past a pair or pretty striped heels—they’ll look great with your dress, and aren’t going to sit in the back of your wardrobe forever like the typical bridal heel would. And don’t forget jewellery! A thin bangle with an little anchor on it gives a nod to the theme, while remaining classy and refined.

1. A Wear Cut out Detail Dress from Asos; 2. Gold Anchor Bracelet from Frosted Willow; 3. Anchor Stud Earings from Cynical Redhead; 4. Evie Stripe Peep-Toe Pumps from J.Crew.

Flowers. I love flowers, but they don’t always have to be fresh? Throw tradition to the wind and go with navy silk flowers to really make a statement and ensure your bouquet last more than a day. If you’re set on the real deal, scale down your bouquets and tie with a pretty nautical ribbon for a traditional affair. For something a little more memorable, why not go a ‘flower ball’? Tied with a pretty ribbon, a flower ball is much easier to hold—and think of how much further can be tossed than a bouquet!

Weddings are so often centred around daytime ceremonies, but why not tie the knot in the evening? Seat your guests as it’s getting dark and your bridesmaids can walk down the aisle carrying lamps before hanging the around the alter, creating a soft spotlight as you say your vows. Beautiful, no?

1. Nautical Bouquet via Melanie Bloomer’s florals; 2. Navy blue Silk Rose Toss Bouquet from The Bride’s Bouquet; 3.‘Flower Ball’ made from miniature mums, via Bella Botanicals; 4. Antique Brass Chief’s Oil Lamp – 15” from Handcrafted Nautical Décor.

Speaking of beautiful, this chandelier! Wow! For a super glamorous affair, this would be absolutely amazing as a centrepiece. And for anyone, a pair of pretty nautical armchairs would make delightful Bride/Groom seating, and a great living room piece afterwards. Don’t forget, it’s the little touches that count. So, how about a ship’s wheel as the centrepiece for each table setting—entwined with flowers, or shrouded in candles, something as simple as this can look incredible. Create individual tables with anchored dinner bells, large rope sailor’s knots, or even round mirrors trimmed in heavy rope.

Clockwise, from top left: Hans Van Bentem Chandelier Ship via Take Sunset; Sessel Corsair from Masons Du Monde; Solid Teak Ship’s Wheel – 13” from Robin’s Dockside Shop; Brass Dinner Bell from Portuguese Vintage.

And don’t forget the cake! Add a nautical touch with navy and white striped ribbon trim for a simple and elegant cake. White on white motifs can tie in your theme without making a cake look too busy. Or top a plain white three-tier with flowers matching the bouquets for a simple and stylish number.

Left to Right: Nautical-themed cake via Tanya Foreman’s Pinterest; Elegant Miller + Miller Wedding Cake from Miller + Miller.

Lastly, find a pretty nautical quote that resonates with both of you and hand it somewhere special on the day. Afterwards, you can move it to your favourite room—perhaps the bedroom—as a reminder of your wedding and all the wonderful moments of the day.


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