Romance in the Sun and Surf
Beach theme vow renewals have become a popular option for a romantic and fun destination vow renewal and second honeymoon combination, as well as a lovely option for couples who live near the beach.The dramatic natural scenery of the coastline and the laid back feel of the beach lifestyle add unique charm and style to these events. Finding the perfect spot for your celebration should be easy with thousands of coastal beaches and countless beach resorts to choose from coast to coast in the United States and all over the world. Just think – Marco Island, Myrtle Beach, Cape Cod, the Bahamas, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Saint Lucia are all wonderful options. Any couple who enjoys the ocean should have no problem planning an inexpensive get away for an intimate yet entertaining event or grand, luxurious celebration with a large guest list.
Where to Start
The beach theme has many things to offer, and it can often be confusing to figure out exactly where to start. Decide which elements you would most like to include in your vow renewal – seashells, starfish, sand, fish or other sea life could be a starting point in narrowing the focus of your theme.
Simple or Elaborate – You Choose Your Style
There are a variety of ways to plan your beach vow renewal too. You can have a formal vow renewal theme simply by adding rich colors and elaborate decor to the chairs, tables, and tents that will be arranged on the sandy floor. Top that off with everyone in the vow renewal party in formal wear, and you’ll have a colorful and expensive looking celebration by the sea. You can also go more casual with bare feet and a simple strapless dress or sundress-style dress with your husband in a simple suit.
Themes and tips for unique beach vow renewal
Dunes Beach Vow Renewal
This outdoor beach vow renewal idea adds a bit of nature into your celebration. For invitations and response cards, you can use ivory cardstock with green or tan sea oats imprinted on the paper. Centerpieces are a mix of white flowers (baby’s breath, roses, stephanotis, calla lilies, or lilies), long grasses and tea lights. Décor can include wreaths made from long grasses with seaside elements (like starfish) and driftwood placed in the major areas. Tables can be named using natural seaside elements (for example: “driftwood”, “sandpiper” and “sand dollar.”) You can continue this theme by using candles set into mini beach pails for favors.
Beach Shell Vow Renewal
Shell shapes, colors and textures form the basis for this beach vow renewal idea. Stationery is on pale pink or white cardstock with shell accents. Flowers are in white, pink and peach hues with small seashells placed throughout. Some flowers that may be used are roses, peonies, calla lilies, gerbera daisies, alstromeria, sweet peas and phylox. Décor can be seashell garlands and wreaths as well as large peach candles in hurricane glasses. Table names are types of shells like “conch”, “sea urchin” and “starfish.” Favors can be seashell shaped chocolates in decorative boxes.
Tropical Beach Vow Renewal
This outdoor beach vow renewal idea takes on the feel of a tropical island in the Caribbean or Pacific. Colors are vibrant pink, orange, red and green. Stationery is printed on deep red or bright orange cardstock. Flowers for centerpieces and bouquets are orchids, roses, tuberoses, plumeria, and lilies accented with bamboo and palm leaves. Ceremony and reception décor consists of paper lanterns, floating candles in pink-hued water and large palm leaves at entrances. Tables can be named after tropical flowers like “hibiscus.” Favors are woven flower or kukui nut leis.
Nautical Vow Renewal
Beach vow renewal ideas for this theme are nautical and preppy. Colors are navy blue, red, white and yellow. Stationery should be navy colored ink printed on crisp white paper. Centerpieces are white and yellow flowers (roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, daisies, ranunculus and stock) in vases sitting upon small fish nets. Décor consists of striped table linens, nautical flags, painted wooden buoys and rope tied into sailor knots. Table names are famous American port towns like “Newport”, “Nantucket” and “Cape Cod.” Favors are miniature sailboats.
Decorating: If you are holding your vow renewal and reception on a beach, minimal decorating would be ideal as you have the view of the water to add to your theme. Fishnets adorned with seashells and starfish will also add to your theme. If you will be having tables, they can be covered in a complimentary color (blues and greens).
Favors: Favors are one area in which many couples with a beach-themed vow renewal get stuck. Small ocean, scallop shell favor holders, or view box favor holders can be used to hold candy, and can even be wrapped in tulle and tied with a bow. Candles are becoming a popular choice for favors, and seashell shaped candles are easily found in the marketplace. You can also purchase soaps in the shape of shells, such as this example from The Personal Touch. Even a larger shell could house candy or potpourri.
Centerpieces: A grouping of various large seashells is one idea for centerpieces. Along the same vein, you could use large shells that have been turned into candles. Another idea is that of the seashell topiary.
Cake and Cake Toppers: Why not design a sandcastle cake to complement your beach theme vow renewal? A delicious sand-colored buttercream icing topped off and surrounded with candy seashells will take your guests by surprise!