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Unique Beach Wedding Décor

A beach is the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding and reception. With plenty of sunshine, water and sand, your beach only needs some unique décor to make it outstanding. Consider these unique ideas for beach wedding décor when planning your romantic beach wedding.

Abalone Shells

Abalone shells are a wonderful decorative accent for a beach wedding, and feature a gorgeous mother-of-pearl coating on the inside. They can be placed on tables, filled with a little sand, and then used to hold candles. When turned upside down, they make such a great container that they can also be used to hold tiny flower arrangements for each guest.

Abalone Shell Alter Decor
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Abalone Shell Chair Decor
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**Driftwood** Driftwood is a beautiful and natural accessory that can be used many different ways for beach wedding décor. Brides can glue tealight candles to larger “branches” of driftwood for an elegant candle display, and bundles of driftwood can be tied with raffia and placed as table centrepieces. Include a few colorful flowers and you’ve got a gorgeous centrepiece that works very well for a beach wedding.
Driftwood and Flower Centerpiece
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Driftwood and Flower Aisle Decor
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**Umbrellas** Umbrellas can make an ordinary beach wedding into an extraordinary affair. Large umbrellas can be purchased or rented to provide shade for guests as the couple says their vows. Colorful drink umbrellas can also be used to decorate tables and dress up foods in a tropical beach wedding.
Parasols for Wedding Guests
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Umbrella Wedding Decor
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**Large Garden Poles** Garden polls with hooks normally designed to hold planters can double as lantern or hanging candle holders at a beach wedding. They’re great as aisle markers that the bride will walk through as she meets her future husband at the altar. Although they traditionally come in black, they can be painted in the bride’s wedding colors easily.
Garden Pole and Flower Aisle Decor
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Garden Pole Aisle Decor
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**Messages in a Bottle** Few things are more romantic than a message in a bottle, and they make fantastic beach wedding décor. They can be used as table décor, and with careful construction, can even be used as place cards for each guest.
Message in a Bottle Decor
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Beach weddings are beautiful and memorable, and with the right décor, can be breathtaking. Consider these décor elements for your beach wedding, and let your creativity and imagination run wild.
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Wedding Tips: How to Look Your Best on Your Big Day

Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day, especially when the photographer starts snapping pictures. If you want to ensure that you are glowing on your big day, you should start a few months in advance. Here are some tips for looking great for your wedding.

2-3 Months in Advance

If you want to lose a few pounds before your big day, now is the time to start. Increase your exercise regimen to include a 15 to 30 minute brisk walk each day, and start eating lighter. Avoid sugary and fatty foods and snack more on vegetables and fruits. You can also burn more calories by making your day a little bit harder. For instance, take the stairs rather than the elevator, swim for an hour each day and park further out in the parking lot when you go shopping.

Woman Exercising **1 Month in Advance** You’re probably considering a spray tan or several afternoons in the tanning bed to give you a healthy glow before the big day. If you’re going to start tanning, you’ll want to start now, and visit the tanning bed 1 to 2 times a week. If you’re going to get a spray tan, try one now so you know it’s not going to be too orange or streaky for your wedding day. If you want a brighter smile, now is a great time to consider having your teeth whitened or using an at home whitening kit.
Woman getting a Spray Tan
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**1 Week in Advance** Now is when you should get your final spray tan. You never want to get it the day before, just in case the tan doesn’t work out well. Getting it now gives you a week for it to fade slightly. If you’re considering having a haircut, now is the best time to get it. Again, doing this the day before could create panic if the haircut doesn’t turn out how you planned.
Wedding Day Haircut
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2 Days in Advance Exfoliate your skin thoroughly now, so it has time to heal and any reddening can fade before the big day. You’ll want to do your manis and pedis now, too, so your fingers and toes look great (especially if you’re wearing open toe shoes). Now is also a great time for waxing to make sure your skin is smooth, silky and hair-free.
French Style Mani Pedi
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If you follow these tips, you’ll have the day before to relax before getting make-up and hair done the morning of your wedding, and you’ll look fantastic for your groom and your wedding pictures.
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Fun Wedding Diary: Future Gift

Here’s a wonderful idea for soon-to-be brides that plan on having a family. Create a wedding diary to give to your oldest daughter when it’s time for her to start planning a wedding! It’s a super special gift that she’ll absolutely love. Here’s how to do it.

The Book

Purchase a small scrap book with plenty of pages and make sure it’s acid-free paper so it will last a long time without fading or turning yellow. There are many different kinds of books, and you can even get one embossed with your name and wedding date.

Wedding Scrap Book
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What to Add

As you go through the wedding planning process, make little notes and tips that will be useful for your future daughter. You can add magazine clippings, pictures from brochures, pictures you’ve taken yourself or other little mementos from your planning. Add invitations from your bridal shower, wedding invitations and save the date cards, etc.

Bridesmaids
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Making it Extra Special

When the wedding is over, place a beautiful wedding photo at the end of the book and perhaps an inspirational quote or something similar. This will wrap up the book and create the “happily ever after.” This is a wonderful gift that your daughter will absolutely love, and if you don’t have a daughter, it can be a very touching gift for a daughter in law or close family member.

Wedding Kiss

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If you’ve chosen your flower girl and your ring bearer, you’re probably super excited to see them in action. You can make their job more fun and add some cute details to your wedding with these fun ideas!

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl
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Love Note

Send a love note down the aisle with your ring bearer or flower girl and instruct them to give it to the groom. It can say whatever you’d like! Try something like, “I can’t wait to kiss you,” or “I can’t wait to be your wife.”

Banners 

Give the flower girl a flag to carry or if you have 2 flower girls, give them a banner that says, “Here Comes the Bride.” This is super cute and a charming touch to your wedding.

Flower Girls with Banner
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Roses

As the flower girl goes down the aisle with her basket of petals, have her select a few guests to present flowers to! This is a charming gesture and will really delight your guests. You can do the same with the ring bearer!

Themed Weddings

Make the most of your themed weddings by dressing your flower girl appropriately. For instance, for a country wedding, dress your flower girl in cowgirl boots and a tutu! For a hollywood wedding, give her oversized sunglasses and a head scarf. This is super cute and a great way to play up those themes.

Flower Girl in Tutu Dress with Flag
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For Older “Flower Girls”

If you want to include a young girl who is too old to be a flower girl, ask her to be your junior bridesmaid. This is perfect for a girl between the ages of 10 and 16. Her dress can be more age-appropriate, and she could walk hand in hand with an older ring bearer.

These fun ideas will delight your flower girl and ring bearer, and will add a touch of charm and a lot of “cute” to your wedding!

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Wedding websites are the perfect way to provide information to friends and family members who will be attending your wedding. It gives them a centralized location to obtain information, such as the time and place, where you’re registered, and additional important information. Here are a few tips for utilizing your wedding website to its full potential.

RSVP

Many wedding websites will give you the option of allowing guests to RSVP through the website. This is a wonderful idea because it’s so simple that many guests are likely to RSVP quickly. It gives them an additional RSVP option and allows you to determine more quickly how many guests are attending.

Wedding Website RSVP

Maps

One of the benefits of a high quality wedding website is the ability to upload maps. This is a wonderful help, especially for guests who will be attending from out of town. Maps can outline the ceremony and reception sites, as well as local area hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.

Wedding Website Maps

Mailing Lists

Another huge benefit of wedding websites is the ability to create a mailing list. You can have guests sign up so that they can quickly receive information as soon as it is posted. This might include information regarding meal choices, attire, location or anything else. It’s beneficial and convenient.

Wedding Website Mailing List

Photos

Photos are an integral part of a wedding website, and will allow your family and friends access to a sweet, intimate part of you and your future spouse’s life. You can include photos like the engagement photo, a series of photos outlining your relationship, wedding planning photos to get tips and advice, and more.

Wedding Website Photo Albums

Overall, the benefits of a wedding website are substantial. It allows friends and family the ability to keep in touch even during the months that you’re extremely busy planning your wedding.