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 centerpieces. Include a few colorful flowers and you’ve got a gorgeous centerpiece 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.

Congratulations! You’re engaged. Now it’s time to start planning your wedding. Most women aren’t even sure where to start and it can be a little overwhelming at first. By sticking to these simple steps, you can get the big stuff out of the way before worrying about the smaller details.

Engaged Couple
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Picking the Date

The first step is to choose the best date. Talk it over with your fiancé and choose a date that is special to both of you.

Create a List of Needs

While talking with your fiancé, create a list of the things you MUST have in order to get married. This will include things like the dress, the tuxedo, the officiant, a venue, etc. Remember that this list is only for the things that are absolutely necessary for getting married.

Wedding Dress
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Make a Budget

You probably already have a good idea of what you can afford to spend on your wedding. By creating a budget, you can plan your wedding without having to go into debt.

Plan Your Theme

Now that you’ve got your budget together, decide on a theme. Do you even want a particular theme? Many brides choose themes like these:

  • Victorian
  • Literary
  • Tropical
  • Rustic/Barn
Barn Wedding
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Create a Timeline

Creating a timeline will help you stay on target so you can have everything completed by the big day. On your timeline, you’ll want to list everything – from all of the dress fittings and makeup trials to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, vendor meetings, etc.

By following these 5 steps, you can stay organized and ensure that everything’s covered without getting too overwhelmed to enjoy the process.

If you’ve seen those cute DIY vintage wedding signs floating around Pinterest, you know how adorable they look at a rustic or even a shabby chic wedding. The great news is that they’re super easy to make, even if you don’t have any vintage wood lying around.

Vintage Wedding Signs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coffee grounds (you can use the ones you brewed coffee with already)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 White paint marker (to create the lettering on the sign)
  • 1 sign post or easel
  • 1 steel wool
  • Nails and hammer, or staple gun
  • 1 2×2 wood post (only $3 at Lowes or Home Depot)

Okay, now what?

  1. Start by adding the coffee grounds to the vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight until the vinegar soaks up the color of the grains. Don’t be stingy with the coffee grounds.
  2. Use the steel wool to apply the vinegar mixture to the wood. Rub the steel wool against the wood in circular motions, allowing the vinegar to stain the wood. The result will be a deep, muted brown that looks like vintage varnished wood.
  3. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
  4. Start painting! (You may want to write our your text in pencil lightly first to make sure your spacing works well)
  5. Nail or staple the wood to your post, or set on easel.

You can also embellish the sign with ribbon, bows, flowers or lace to make it more unique.

It’s just that easy – and your sign will have that same vintage look but without the years and years of aging. These signs are great for pointing out various parts of the wedding (food, restrooms, dancing, etc.) and are really impressive!

Vintage Wooden Wedding Sign
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Winter weddings are magical, and the perfect wedding color palette can make it even more amazing. If you haven’t quite decided on the wedding color palette for your winter wedding, these 5 ideas should provide you with some inspiration.

Blush Pink, Silver and Gray

These colors are perfect for winter, as they have a certain “frosty” feel. They’re also great for the bride who wants a bit of a feminine feel for her wedding. The pink and silver colors also provide a lot of fantastic possibilities when it comes to bridesmaids’ dresses and décor.

Blush Pink, Silver and Gray Color Scheme

Gold, Teal and Ivory

This couple used a muted teal combined with pretty ivory and luxurious gold to create the perfect winter wedding color palette. The result of the color combination is a vintage feel that is really great for the winter season.

Gold, Teal and Ivory Wedding Colors
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Cranberry, Taupe and Gray

This wedding color palette is festive and beautiful; perfect for winter. The base colors, which are taupe and gray, provide a neutral foundation while the cranberry gives the perfect pop of rich color.

Cranberry, Taupe, and Gray Winter Wedding Colors
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Mocha, Blush and Sand

This color palette really brings some beautiful warmth to a winter wedding. It’s also perfect for finding adorable bridesmaids’ dresses. Because these are all neutral colors, they work well within any setting and with any theme you might choose.

Mocha, Blush, and Sand Color Palette
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Red and White

What says winter more than red and white? Red and white provide a very peppermint feeling to a wedding, which is excellent for winter. Plus, there is a lot  you can do with this color palette and décor items are easy to find!

Red and White Wedding Colors
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These are just a few winter wedding color palette ideas that will give you inspiration as you plan your own beautiful winter wedding.

So you’ve heard of these brides who end up creating everything themselves and getting married for $30 and throwing a reception for $12.50. Whether you’re trying to save money or you’re eco-conscious, you too can create some fantastic wedding items using recycled stuff. You may not get away with a free wedding, but you can certainly conserve. Here are 5 DIY ideas for a recycled wedding.

Recycled Invitations

Find your favorite homemade paper tutorial and create some beautiful recycled invitations. These are perfect for any theme and will lend an artistic feel to the invitations, impressing your guests. Plus, you won’t be contributing to paper waste.

Recycled Paper Wedding Invitation
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Recycled Centerpieces

Collect a bunch of glass containers and then spray-paint them all the same color. Use them to hold your wedding flowers or even as candleholders for your centerpieces.

Recycled Centerpieces with Glass Jars
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Recycled Lanterns

Your old glass jars can be cleaned and painted with whatever color paint you’d like. Then, use gold or silver puff paint to create filigree designs. Tie thin wire around the top and hang for a recycled lantern that is very boho-looking.

Recycled Lanterns with Mason Jars

Recycled Bouquet

Look through old clothes and even bedding to collect fabric. Then, find a high-quality fabric flower tutorial and use the fabric to create fabric bouquets. You can create an eco-friendly bouquet and get rid of some clothing clutter at the same time.

Recycled Fabric Bouquet
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Let these DIY eco-friendly wedding projects inspire you to come up with a way to recycle as many aspects of your wedding as possible.

Though most of them weren’t overly extravagant, the 1930’s brought some of the most beautiful weddings in the history of the US. If you’re considering going with this theme, you’re in for a real treat. Here are some wonderful visual aids that will help you gain inspiration for this theme.

The Dress and Apparel

As you can see in the 1930’s, apparel was fairly simple. Brides wore mostly sheath dresses though some were embellished with decorative ruffles. Brides wore larger headpieces that were elegant and beautiful, sometimes plain and sometimes covered in flowers.

1930's Wedding Attire
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1930's Style Flapper Wedding Dress
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The Cake

This beautiful cake pulls from the 30’s era and is absolutely gorgeous without being too overwhelming. It’s embellished with charming golden bows and blue ribbon.

Nautical Wedding Cake

Wedding cake toppers in the 1930’s were usually made from bisque or celluloid, and were traditional figurines depicting the bride and groom.

1930's Style Cake Topper
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The Décor

The décor in the 1930’s was simple and pretty. Linen tablecloths, silver, pretty vases; these are examples of what brides would use to decorate in the 30’s. There was still a bit of a flapper-era vibe at that point, so some brides used feathers and tassels.

Vintage Wedding Decor
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Vintage Wedding Items/Flapper Era

These are just a few ideas to get you started planning your gorgeous 1930’s wedding. Not only will it be a lot of fun, but you’re sure to impress your guests.

If you’re looking for genius centerpieces that are fairly unique, these are perfect. These plaster-dipped flowers look like expensive wedding décor purchased from an upscale store, but really, they’re just artificial flowers dipped in plaster and dried. It’s not difficult to create these, but it may take a little practice to get it right, so you’ll want to do these well in advance.

Plaster Dipped Flower Votives
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What You Need:

  • Artificial Flowers of Your Choice
  • Plaster
  • Bucket for Mixing
  • Water
  • Hot Glue
  • Wire Cutters
  • Votive Candle for Sizing
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Wax Paper

Note: you can tint your plaster if you’d like flowers in different colors, or you can stick with white if you prefer.

How to Create Them:

Start by taking a few of the petals from the center of the flowers. You want to create a little hole where you can sit a votive candle once the flower has been dipped. You may need to use the hot glue to hold the petals together once you’ve removed the center pieces of the flowers. Prepare each of your flowers first, as the plaster will dry quickly and you want to have each flower ready to dip before mixing the plaster.

Next, go ahead and mix the plaster up according to the directions. Place it in the bucket for dipping so you can get your flowers dipped quickly. Put out a large piece of the wax paper to place your dipped flowers on. Now, using the bottom stem of the flower, dip it into the plaster and spin it all around to make sure it’s fully coated. This includes between the petals and all over; it may take a little time to get each bit of the flower.

Once the flower is fully coated, remove it from the plaster and place it on the wax paper to dry. You can use the small rubber bands to shape the petals of the flowers after they’ve been dipped if you want to. These are a lot of fun and when they’re done, they look really fantastic!

Check out the full tutorial at Design Mom.

If you’re researching décor ideas for your fall wedding, then you’ll really appreciate this post. We’ve compiled 5 beautiful fall décor ideas that aren’t difficult to create and aren’t expensive, either. Allow them to inspire you as you plan your fall wedding!

Glitter Pumpkins

For this, you can use pumpkins of any size. Simply cut out a spot in the top for a candle to fit; votive or pillar, whatever you desire. Then, brush on craft glue and sprinkle glitter all over the pumpkin. Allow it to dry for several hours and you’re good to go!

Glittered Pumpkins
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Wheat Bunches

Instead of placing flowers on chairs or down the aisle, use bunches of wheat tied with ribbons.

Bunches of Wheat for Wedding Decor
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Mini Pumpkin Escort Cards

Purchase mini pumpkins and cut a slit in the stem for your escort cards to slip into!

Mini Pumpkin Place Card Holders

Candles and Berries

Group pillar candles together and place them on beautiful plates in your color choice. Then, surround the candles with colored fall berries. The look is whimsical and beautiful!

Candles with Berries
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Jar Candles

Place small pillar candles in jars and surround them with various fall items. You can use berries, candy corn, popcorn kernels, etc. You can really personalize this idea and make it your own.

Jar Candles with Berries

These are just a few ideas for beautiful fall wedding décor that are inexpensive and fun. Allow them to inspire you as you plan your fall wedding.

Whether you’re looking for some great décor ideas or you want to save some money, you’ll love this post. These 4 genius wedding ideas will inspire you as you’re planning one of the most special days of your life!

Inexpensive Bracelets on Candles

Use inexpensive bracelets and place them on pillar candles to decorate them. Use big blingy ones like these in the picture or use beaded bracelets in your wedding colors. Either way, this is a great and inexpensive way to add beautiful details to your wedding!

Candle Decor
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Cinderella’s Shoes

Use a glass display dome to display your wedding shoes just like Cinderella’s glass slipper! This is such a wonderful way to hang onto a memento from your wedding. Placing this next to a wedding photo would be a wonderful little tribute to your special day.

Cinderella Wedding Shoes
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Program Fans

For an outdoor wedding, have your wedding program printed on fans! Guests can read the program and use the fans to keep cool while enjoying the ceremony.

Programs as Fans
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Stepping Stones

Have hearts cut from wood and paint them in your wedding colors. Your bridesmaids can stand on these to keep their heels from sinking into the grass and to show them exactly where to stand!

Heart Stepping Stones
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These great ideas are just small examples of what you can do on a budget to really impress your guests!

Autumn weddings can be absolutely beautiful, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. There are some great décor ideas that you can use to create rustic charm for your wedding, even if you’re on a budget. Check out these 3 rustic and fun ideas.

White Pumpkin Centerpieces

These are super easy to create. All you have to do is buy the white (princess) pumpkins and cut the top off. Scoop out the insides and insert a small container to hold water. Then, fill with your favorite white flowers. It’s easy and beautiful.

White Pumpkin Wedding Centerpieces
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Autumn Leaf Border

As you prepare the area for your wedding ceremony, save those leaves you’ve raked up. Line them up down each side of the aisle and you have a beautiful autumn leaf border for the aisle. The colors are fantastic and it’s free.

Autumn Leaves Aisle Runner or Border
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Apple Vase Focal Piece

If you need a few great focal pieces throughout the room, try this idea. Simply purchase a wide, tall vase and fill it with beautiful apples. You can use real apples or fake apples; whatever best fits your budget. The result is a beautiful focal piece that is perfect for autumn.

Apple Vase Decor
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As an extra tip, autumn weddings can be done inexpensively if you utilize nature’s décor. With the variety of beautiful items available during the autumn season, there is a lot to choose from. Think colored leaves, acorns, branches, etc.