If you're dreaming of exchanging your vows seaside, or beachside, a nautical-themed wedding might be a good fit for you. From the classic coastal color scheme of navy, red, and white to nautical motifs like stripes, rope knots, anchors, seashells, and nautical flags, the wedding style calls to mind a connection to sailing and the sea. Browse our nautical-themed wedding photos for inspiration and work the ideas into your own wedding details.
Beach Wedding Invitations That Set the Mood for a Seaside Soirée
From the colors to the motifs, there are many options for announcing your big day with the ocean as a backdrop.AdvertisementAdvertisementGallery
Nautical Wedding Invitations Perfect for an Oceanside Celebration
This maritime stationery has earned its sea legs.
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Nautical Wedding Ideas
A Blue-and-White Nautical Wedding in Newport Beach
On July 28, 2012, Newport-native Taylor and Orange County-bred Greg tied the knot in Newport Beach, California, and celebrated the closeness of the Pacific and bay with a nautical palette and theme to match.
A Classic and Stylish Nautical Wedding in Newport, Rhode Island
Wedding Colors: Blue and White
It's a match made in the heavens. Think dreamy clouds and powder-blue sky, pearly stars on a velvet-blue backdrop. Here on earth, both hues have long been dear to brides. "Marry in blue, lover be true" was a popular refrain in the early 1800s; the color was thought to confer an aura of innocence. In 1840, Queen Victoria chose white when she wed, and brides ever after have followed suit. Like true love, this color scheme is by turns fantastically romantic and charmingly fresh. Look to nature and everyday objects for ideas, and use them to compose your own rhapsody in blue -- and white.
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A South-Meets-East Coast Nautical Maine Wedding
These grooms took inspiration from their upbringings and the surrounding landscape for their New England fête.Gallery
A Southern-Meets-Dutch Wedding in South Carolina
This casual, coastal fête's details made for a uniquely nautical affair.Gallery
A Multi-Day Wedding in the Maldives
This couple returned to the site of their first real vacation—The Maldives—for a weekend in paradise.Gallery
A Blue-and-White Nautical Wedding on The Cape
Driftwood and oyster shells added natural elegance to this nautical wedding.Gallery
A Tropical Wedding in Hawaii with Punches of Pink
A California couple spent a decade waiting for the right moment to get married. When they found the ideal locale in Hawaii, they knew it was time to ride off into the sunset together.Gallery
Go Inside Margo & Me's Jenny Bernheim's Dreamy Pre-Wedding Boat Ride
The soon-to-be wed twosome kicked off their destination wedding with a sail on the Seine River.Gallery
Get Inspired by This Couple's Crazy-Fun Destination-Wedding Weekend
Kristen and Jonny celebrated their love of Nantucket, entertaining, and each other before becoming husband and wife.Gallery
Olivia and Tyler’s Black-Tie Wedding in Their Family’s Seaside Home
“We kept going back to this old-world elegance,” the bride says of the décor at this ultimate house party in Newport, Rhode Island. “We wanted it to feel like you were at a coastal estate, regardless of place or time.”Gallery
Lindsay and Garrett’s Martha’s Vineyard Wedding
Even the rain couldn’t stop this destination celebration from feeling like a relaxing holiday retreat.Gallery
Jocelyn and Graham’s Elegant Martha's Vineyard Wedding
The duo met on the Massachusetts island and tied the knot not far from their home, with a late-summer celebration.Gallery
Danielle and Stan’s Nautical Rehearsal Dinner in Napa Wine Country
Danielle Gold and Stan Zienka kicked off their wedding weekend with a lobster boil at Medlock Ames in Healdsburg, California.Gallery
Gillian and William’s Nautical New England Rehearsal Dinner
The night before their wedding, Gillian and Will hosted family and close friends for an intimate dinner at Sails restaurant in Rowayton, Connecticut.See More