There’s no denying that the concept of an under the sea wedding theme can be perfect to draw in the beauty of the sea and its wildlife, no matter where you are.
And the truth is, not everybody can swing a fancy destination wedding on a beautiful island somewhere, although it would be lovely if they could. The beauty of an under the sea wedding theme is that you can bring hints of the sea into your wedding wherever you are, and you never have to step foot on an island.
An under the sea wedding theme is both unique and memorable, and, depending on how it’s done, you can make it a fun and quirky event, or you can make it an event that oozes elegance and ocean charm.
It’s a wedding theme that also offers great flexibility in your color theme and decor options, many of which are simple and inexpensive. This makes it a perfect theme for the budget-minded.
Additionally, an under the sea wedding theme is both on trend and current, which makes it a popular choice for couples that love tradition, but don’t mind giving those traditions their own modern twist.
Choose a Beneath the Sea Wedding Color Palette
There are a wide variety of colors to choose from when planning a sea-themed wedding. Some of the more popular color combinations include seafoam green paired with pink, or bright blue paired with a neutral color such as tan.
Other options for your wedding color palette might include:
Vivid blues, such as aquamarine, teal, and turquoise, like the colors of seawater.
Deep greens and reddish-brown, like the colors of kelp and seaweed.
Bright colors, such as orange, yellow, and shades of pink and red, like the colors of many fish and coral reefs that are found beneath the deep sea.
Design Your Under the Sea Stationary
Your save-the-dates and wedding invites are some of the first things that people will see when you start inviting them to the wedding. Sure, they don’t have to match your theme and color palette, but it does help to give guests a glimpse of what to expect on your big day when they do. Think of these little touches as a foreshadowing of one of the biggest days of your life.
Watercolor trends are extremely popular with sea themes. You can find many designs that allow you to make your wedding invites, save-the-dates, and other stationery, such as thank you notes and favors, look like dreamy swirls of ocean and sky for a very abstract, yet dreamy, romantic vibe.
Or, you can use colors with graphics, such as seahorses, designs of rolling waves, seashells, or even long strands of floating seaweed to hint at the sea and the mysteries it contains.
Choose Under the Sea Themed Wedding Attire
Your options are virtually limitless with an under the sea theme for your wedding day and attire. You can go with a wedding dress that is incredibly casual, such as a light and flowing slip dress, to something that’s exquisitely decorative.
It’s just a matter of finding a dress that suits your personality and style. Some popular choices are a traditional fishtail wedding dress or a modern two-piece with a misty tulle skirt.
For those who want to embrace their inner mermaid and make a huge proverbial splash, a sweet mermaid design wedding dress with over-the-top glitter and sequins is a stunning choice.
Outfit others in your wedding party with complementary colors and styles that suit your under the sea wedding theme and the level of formality you’ve decided on for your wedding celebration.
Choose Under the Sea Themed Hair and Accessories
Ask your wedding hairstylist to create a long and flowing mermaid-inspired look, using loose waves and curls, with just a touch of bling for added glamour. If your hair isn’t naturally long, you can ask for extensions for your big day to help you achieve the look.
Even if you go for a simpler wedding dress, like the two-piece tulle number, long flowing hair is paramount for a quintessential beach and sea vibe.
If you really dislike the idea of long, flowing hair, you can add starfish hair clips to complete almost any style, even a messy updo, or you can try replacing other, more traditional hairpieces, such as a princess wedding tiara with a sea themed tiara. Both work well, whether with hair that’s long or short.
Choose Under the Sea Theme Wedding Decor
Your wedding ceremony and wedding reception can be as elegant and elaborate, or as laid-back and casual as you like. Some may choose to have their under the sea themed wedding at a venue such as a park, beach, backyard lawn, or even on a dock somewhere overlooking a beautiful body of water.
While venues like this can lend extra authenticity to your wedding theme, the real magic happens with your wedding and reception decor. Your decor is what helps bring your under the sea wedding theme to life.
Whether you go with bright corals or cool blues in your color palette, or something else, use those colors to help come up with creative table decor.
You might try these ideas for a table centerpiece:
Large conch shells
Intriguing pieces of driftwood
Starfish anchored in bowls of sand
Tea light and candle arrangements with dried seaweed
For seating decor, you can tie bows of linen in colors that match your theme, and create little arrangements of mason jars filled with sand that feature sea creatures such as squid and starfish to line the aisle.
How to Create an Under the Sea Wedding Theme