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13 Stunning Beach Weddings

Romantic Caribbean Beach Wedding: Photo courtesy of Colin Cowie Celebrations

From miles of soft sand to the hypnotic sound of crashing waves, there’s no arguing that a beautiful beach is a perfect place to hold a wedding ceremony or reception. Whether you choose to stay in the States or take your beach wedding to the Caribbean, you’ve already got the perfect backdrop for a memorable party that can easily be enhanced with the decor of your choosing. But make no mistake: not all beach weddings are alike. As proof positive, we’ve rounded up 13 stunning celebrations and beach wedding ideas that showcase the creativity and inspiration of some of the best pros in the industry.

Romantic Caribbean Wedding

Photo courtesy of Colin Cowie Celebrations

This romantic Caribbean beach wedding from Colin Cowie Celebrations took place at the stunning ALBANY Resort in the Bahamas. The ceremony featured an impressive pink and cream floral covered arbor, an array of lace and sequin chair backs and a custom monogrammed linen aisle runner. Next, guests enjoyed delicious sunset cocktails on the beach. A lively Bahamian Junkanoo troupe then led guests through hand-strung orchid curtains into the reception tent, which featured blush rosette and gold metallic linens, white shell floral containers and a stunning floral runner set on the couple’s head table. Following an exciting fireworks display, a series of gold glitter flares were set off for the newlywed’s “grand exit” moment to cap off this glamorous celebration.

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Festive Cozumel Wedding

Photo courtesy of Shannon Skloss

Inspired by the cool blue tones of the ocean and the vibrant pink bougainvillea plants of the island, Rachel Burt of As You Wish Events and Cesar Diaz of Bella Flora of Dallas designed this event to play off of both the serenity and playfulness of Cozumel, Mexico. For the welcome dinner, As You Wish Events incorporated traditional yet colorful elements like papel picado flags, striped Mexican blankets and earthy wooden chairs. Local breakdancers and fire dancers performed as guests sipped on gigantic margaritas.

As the beach wedding weekend continued, guests were welcomed to the ceremony with pina coladas served in coconuts. The floral arch in the ceremony captured the essence of the island perfectly, complete with flowing white drapery and a canopy of white, blue and pink toned floral mixed with tropical greenery. At cocktail hour, a mariachi band livened up the crowd as guests mingled by the pool. The reception boasted sparkly white linens, white Chivari chairs and simple centerpieces all flooded by blue moving lighting to create an ocean-esque ambiance throughout the space.

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Plaza Del Mercado Tropical Wedding

Photo courtesy of Don Mears Photography

It’s not every day that a couple can say they met on Mount Everest, but that’s Tiffani and Scott’s adventurous love story, which was captured by Don Mears Photography. With the spirit of wanderlust and the heart of the people who mean the most to them, they chose the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico as their destination wedding location as it captivated the essence of what they wanted in a wedding day: personal elegance with global flair.

With mini Mount Everest backpacks filled with travel treats as welcome baskets, hourly notes/gifts from Scott replaying relationship memories and decorative Nepalese prayer flags, there were beach wedding ideas and personal touches that truly made Tiffani and Scott’s wedding a celebration of “us.” Set against a backdrop of vibrant shades of purple and teal and an ocean view, it was an unforgettable experience for all in attendance.

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'70s Glam Beach Club Wedding

Photo courtesy of Yvette Roman Photography

Warm and inviting, chic and residential, this beautiful beach wedding from Kristin Banta Events gathered inspiration from late 70’s Vogue and the French Riviera. Servers greeted arriving guests at the Jonathan Beach Club with tray-passed frosty beverages before they walked out to the sand deck to take their seats amongst French bistro style chairs on the sand. A string trio played contemporary arrangements as they awaited the ceremony in view of the Santa Monica Mountains and crashing waves. The couple was married under a tailored natural tweed chuppah, draped at the four corners with rich cappuccino dupioni and woven braid tie backs, the aisle entrance adorned with tall floral arrangements in shapely vases.

Following the ceremony, guests were invited into the cocktail area, a canopied deck featuring a custom bar with a natural linen front and wooden top along with a back bar unit crafted from warm wooden shelving and a rose fabric backing housing florals and candles. Guest’s table assignments were posted on a curtain of large capiz-shell tiles against a delicate blush drape. Next, everyone was welcomed into the ballroom where they entered a scene that was completely transformed into a warm, intimate, residentially inspired space.

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Romantic Pink and Gold Wedding

Photo courtesy of Lauren Muckler Photography

Pam and Rocky celebrated with 80 of their closest friends and family in Cancun for their beach wedding planned by Kate & Company. A week of the Mexican sun left their guests feeling relaxed and ready to party for their rooftop reception, complete with a fire-dancer and cigar roller. A beautiful tented structure covered the guests from the glowing sunset while creating a beachy ambiance.

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Ocean Monochrome: Miami Beach Wedding

Photo courtesy of Ripe Resolution

Married in the sand with the organic backdrop of the Atlantic ocean was always a dream for this bride. Chris Weinberg and her team designed, produced and managed multiple events, in multiple locations including a welcome dinner, welcome cocktail party after dinner, beach and pool day, basketball game, rehearsal dinner, rehearsal night cocktail party, wedding and farewell brunch.

The Ripe Resolution photography team captured the details of the beach wedding weekend, where guests were instructed to wear black and white to the wedding and were given flip flops to walk on the sand. The wedding took place just before sunset, followed by poolside cocktails under a grove of trees. Guests then entered the lounge decorated ballroom for a tapas style informal dinner, DJ with live musicians, LED wall, mixology bar and oversized white dance floor where they danced all night.

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Romantic Cabo Wedding

Photo courtesy of Meggie Francisco Events

Megan Sherrod and Jeremy Anderson were married at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, a gorgeous all-inclusive property in the Pedregal area of Cabo San Lucas. With crashing waves and dramatic rock formations, this resort was the perfect location for a simple, carefree and beautiful destination beach wedding. Planned by Meggie Francisco Events, the ceremony took place on the Cabo beach directly behind the resort. Because the resort is built into the side of a mountain, there is a large, dramatic stone staircase that led the bride to the ceremony. From the pale ocean-blue linens from La Tavola to the marble candleholders at the reception to the floating chiffon hanging from the ceremony arch, every element was designed to create a calm and clean look, allowing the gorgeous beach location to speak for itself.

Located on the lower level of the sky pool with expansive views of Cabo’s desert-like terrain and swelling waves, the cocktail hour set the tone for the rest of the evening. The reception tables surrounded a dynamic light-up dance floor. To add a feeling of intimacy, paper lanterns were strung above the center of the reception. At the end of the evening, the couple and their guest sent paper lanterns off into the night sky.

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Intimate Beach Wedding

Photo courtesy of Blue Glass Photography

Located at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, “Blue romance” was the theme for Lamerial and Finley’s wedding, drawing on the brides’ wish for a small, intimate and beach-inspired celebration. The couple exchanged vows with their toes in the soft Caribbean sand, under a bamboo arch draped in white chiffon and accented with blue Dendrobium orchids, white spray roses, blue hydrangeas and Ruscus leaves to complement the dramatic blues of the Caribbean Sea. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a signature blue cocktail that was topped with an edible floating blue orchid.

The beach wedding reception took place under the beach gazebo, a stone’s throw from the lapping ocean waves. The gazebo entrance was lined with flickering lights of tiki torches and glass cylinders of various heights, filled with floating orchids and pillar candles. Acrylic Chiavari chairs, white Capri linens, glass beaded chargers and custom printed menus greeted guests as they arrived at the gazebo for dinner and when dinner was underway and the sun began to set, blue light radiated from the gazebo. The evening concluded with a moonlight bonfire under the open Caribbean Sky.

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Oceanside Laguna Beach Wedding

Photo courtesy of Aaron Delesie

International Event Company was behind this gorgeous outdoor ceremony and indoor reception for this beach wedding at the stunning Montage Laguna Beach. An abundance of white roses decorated both spaces, making it feel like a fairytale. At the end of the aisle, a commanding white-rose clad chuppah (with views of the ocean behind it) was the center of attention. Elegant white chairs were used at the ceremony, while the outdoor cocktail hour also included white couches and lounge-like furniture arranged for perfect views of the water.


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Chic Costa Rica Beach Wedding

Photo courtesy of Jenny Martell Photography

Sue Kelson Events executed this beautiful beach wedding, which was held on a peninsula located at the edge of the Pacific. The bride’s color palate was all white with pops of shimmery golds. Guest attire for the shoes optional ceremony was chic beach white, as were the matching white tufted benches that were arranged on Blanca Beach for the ceremony. At the end of the aisle, a gorgeous altar fashioned with driftwood and filled with white garden roses awaited the bride. The bridesmaids wore matching Jovani white gowns, and the bride was stunning in her Galia Lahav gown.

The cocktail party and dinner was on Virador Beach. The beach wedding ideas and theme of all-white came alive where the white dinner tables were filled with flowers from end to end. Vases of pure white lilies, roses and orchids adorned the tables, along with succulents and shimmery gold candles. The place settings were laid with gold rimmed chargers a piece of driftwood scripted in white lettering for the place cards. The bride and groom sat in large King and Queen tufted chairs, while their guests sat comfortably in modern Louis XV style chairs.  The beach was glowing with candlelight from the tables, large chandeliers hung overhead in addition to string lights and up lights on the trees in a champagne white color.

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Vibrant Hindu Beach Wedding

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography

Each event that took place during Sweta and Mike’s memorable Cancun destination beach wedding weekend was beautiful in its own way. The combination of uniquely classic outfits from two different cultures and a beachside sunset made for a truly breathtaking experience.

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Beautiful Tropical Wedding

Photo courtesy of That First Moment

The bride envisioned a beautiful and romantic beach wedding. Given the gorgeous venue, this would be an easy task, but the challenge arose in keeping the event private for her intimate celebration when the restaurant was open to the public.

Tropical Occasions designed a lighting installation assembled by Cabo Luna Event Rentals that included fans of twinkle lights overhead, and vertical strands hanging down behind flowy white curtains. Not only did this create privacy for the wedding reception, it also provided a stunning backdrop for the bride and groom. The magnificent Banyan tree was the focal point of the ceremony. Macramé accents with ivory and pink floral added color and whimsy to the clean white of the Chiavari chairs. The handsome locally made Guanacaste wood tables from Los Primos Designs were adorned with breezy white chiffon runners, soft flower-filled glass vases and gold details. The design primarily was created using roses, freesia, lisanthus, snapdragon, dendrobium orchids mixed with lambs ear, eucalyptus, baby fern and citrus leaf.

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Tented Miami Beach Wedding

Photo courtesy of Donna Newman Photography

Paulette Wolf Events helped to create this colorful beach wedding, which was held at the Setai hotel in Miami Beach — though the ceremony took place nearby at Temple Emanu-El. The exquisite wedding had magnificent lighting, creative food and fabulous floral centerpieces. The reception tent was flipped overnight into a chic beachside brunch the next morning.

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