Transparent tented wedding in Hamptons with light blue and apricot-colored shawls intermittently draped over seating | PartySlate
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Preppy Weddings Are In — And These 9 Ideas Prove It

Transparent tented wedding in Hamptons with light blue and apricot-colored shawls intermittently draped over seating | PartySlate

Preppy weddings capture the laid back elegance of a New England summer. Imagine the finer things in life, without all the fuss. A preppy theme takes inspiration from both weekend clambakes and the most sophisticated soirées. Think clean lines, classic florals, and nautical décor elements that capture the beauty of the Atlantic. 

We’ve searched through thousands of real weddings on PartySlate to find our favorite preppy wedding theme ideas. From tranquil blue wedding hues to fresh seafood straight from the ocean, here’s 9 ways to elevate your wedding day with a classic preppy style. 

1. Go With a Preppy Blue Wedding Palette

Your wedding colors set the mood and tone of your celebration. Capture the understated elegance of a preppy wedding with a blue color palette that ranges from pastel to navy. For couples exchanging vows on the ocean, discover how to bring a preppy twist to your nautical wedding colors.

Nautical coastal wedding reception with blue linen and blue and white chinaware | PartySlate
photographer: Sara Wight Photography See More
Blue and white wedding invitation suite | PartySlate
photographer: Cameron Clark Photography See More
Blue and white wedding invitation with gold seal laid out on navy linen napkin | PartySlate
photographer: Michelle Schapiro Photography | Sara Kovel Events See More
Blue wedding cake with lacy white frosting | PartySlate
photographer: Randall Gee | Each & Every Detail See More
Blue and white wedding escort cards and hydrangea centerpiece | PartySlate
photographer: Judy Pak Photography | Double G Events, Planning + Design See More
Ballroom wedding with white and blue preppy wedding centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Greer Gattuso | Vicki Evans Events See More

2. Incorporate Fresh White Wedding Florals

Keep the vibe cool and classic with fresh white floral décor. Some of our favorite white blooms include carnations, ranunculus, roses, gladiolus, and hydrangeas. You can also mix in fresh greenery for a softer look. Lastly, don’t forget to use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find an available wedding florist near you. 

Couple walks down wedding aisle while guests hold blue and white umbrellas | PartySlate
photographer: Emily Tebbetts Photography | Tasha Bracken Events See More
Preppy tented wedding with green and white centerpieces | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Birch Design Studio See More
Bridal party in powder blue dresses hold white floral bouquets | PartySlate
photographer: Emily Ann Hughes | Stunning and Brilliant Events See More

3. Create a Classic Vibe With Striped Patterns

Clean-cut patterns are a preppy staple. Bring this refined look to your wedding celebration with pinstriped linen tablescapes, bow tie embellishments, and striped lounge areas. You can also incorporate stripes into everything from your wedding invitations to signage.

Preppy nantucket wedding with blue and white stripped reception tables | Partyslate
photographer: Cameron Clark Photography See More
Blue and white striped lounge area | PartySlate
photographer: Jessica Eileen Photography | Life In Bloom See More
Blue wedding reception table with blue and white stripped linen and blue party favor box with a blue and white striped bowtie | PartySlate
photographer: Hillary Muelleck Photography | Nuage Designs See More

4. Pitch a Preppy Wedding Pole Tent

Take your celebration outdoors with a tented wedding. Pole tents, especially, lend a preppy vibe to your surroundings. These soaring pitched roofs create unique opportunities for décor such as suspended greenery or lanterns. Use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find tent rentals near you. Make sure to click into a company’s PartySlate profile to see real examples of their work.

Boston waterfront pole tented wedding at sunset | PartySlate
photographer: Collin Pierson Photography | Michelle Durpetti Events See More
Tented wedding in Martha's Vineyard | PartySlate
photographer: Ruth Eileen Photography | KG Events & Design See More
Preppy Blue and White Tented Hamptons Wedding
photographer: Judy Pak Photography | Double G Events, Planning + Design See More

5. Take Your Celebration Seaside

Take your celebration to the coast — be it lake or ocean — with an outdoor ceremony and reception. Seaside nuptials and al fresco dining turn every moment into a picturesque photo op, especially come sunset. Make sure to take a few moments with your beloved (and wedding photographer, of course) to enjoy the sand and surf.

Easy Hampton wedding ceremony on the ocean | PartySlate
photographer: Roey Yohai Studios See More
Preppy blue and white tented wedding reception on ocean | PartySlate
photographer: Judy Pak Photography | Double G Events, Planning + Design See More
Father walks Bride off boat pier | PartySlate
photographer: Anna Guziak Photography | Five Grain Events See More

6. Make Waves With Nautical Décor

Sailboats, steamboats, and yachts evoke the preppy feel of New England. Bring this nautical vibe to your wedding décor with everything from nautical-themed invitations to wedding cake toppers. We especially love how one of the ceremonies below recreated the main mast of a ship as the backdrop for their wedding ceremony. 

Seaside wedding with soaring mast ceremonial backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Sara Wight Photography See More
photographer: Jason Kaczorowski Photography See More
Blue and white nautical wedding invitation suite | PartySlate
photographer: Christy Tyler Photography | LK Events See More

7. Engage Guests With Competitive Lawn Sports

Keep guests engaged with preppy competitive lawn games such as croquet, spikeball, and cornhole. Lawn games are also a great way to get photographs of your guests having fun off the dance floor. You can even incorporate games into your wedding party photos, like one of the couples below.

Preppy groomsmen in blue jackets and white pants play spikeball on green lawn | PartySlate
photographer: Cameron Clark Photography See More
Preppy navy and yellow wedding party playing crochet | PartySlate
photographer: Brett Tyler Studios | National Croquet Center See More
Wedding guests play cornhole and drink | PartySlate
photographer: Christy Tyler Photography | LK Events See More

8. Satiate With a Seafood Spread

From clambakes to plated lobster dinners, nothing says preppy like a seafood spread. Add unique details to your catering display with a giant ice-filled canoe or custom signage instructing your guests how to properly eat lobster. You can find the best caterers for your preppy wedding through PartySlate’s curated vendor directory. Make sure to filter by location and services for the best fit.

How to eat lobster instructions | PartySlate
photographer: Collin Pierson Photography | Michelle Durpetti Events See More
Two men preside over canoe filled with fresh seafood for wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Amy Donohue Photography | Capers Catering See More
Fresh oysters for preppy wedding | PartySlate
photographer: direct image films photo & cinema | Elegant Affairs Caterers See More

9. Say Thanks With Preppy Wedding Party Favors

Show guests how much you appreciate their love and support with thoughtful party favors that reflect your preppy theme. Some of our favorite ideas include custom-made tote bags and classic shawls. Use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find a favors and gifts company near you. 

Transparent tented wedding in Hamptons with light blue and apricot-colored shawls intermittently draped over seating | PartySlate
photographer: Shawn Connell Weddings | Victoria Dubin Events See More
Blue and white party favor custom tote bags | PartySlate
photographer: Jason Kaczorowski Photography See More

People Also Ask…

Where can I find a venue for my preppy wedding?

Head to PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find the perfect setting for your preppy wedding theme. Use the filters to narrow your search by location, guest count, amenities, and more. For an intimate preppy celebration, we especially recommend pursuing the “yachts and boats” category within “venue type.” “Historic estates and mansions” are also a great match for a classic New England-style wedding. 

Where can I find vendors for my preppy celebration?

Find everything from your wedding planner to live entertainment with PartySlate’s curated vendor directory. Use the filters to search by vendor type, location, services, and more. Make sure to click into a preferred vendor’s PartySlate profile page to see examples of their work from real wedding celebrations. You can also contact a vendor straight from the directory.

Where can I find more inspiration for my wedding?

PartySlate is here to connect you with the latest wedding trends, as well as classic ideas that never go out of style. Click on the following for even more curated wedding inspiration.