A beach wedding is the perfect opportunity to move away from traditional formalities and have that casual or rustic wedding you've always wanted. Use invitations that reflect the type of wedding you want to have. This is a great way of giving guests the heads up about what to expect on the big day. Handmade invitations will go the extra mile to convey a free-spirited, young vibe.
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Beach Postcard Invite
A postcard-style wedding invitation provides a great opportunity to add a tropical image that will make your guests long for sun, sea and sandy shores. Use a vintage-style sepia photo for a classy effect or a saturated colour picture for a fun, holiday vibe. A photo of the happy couple with a beach background will also work well. Make sure that the postcard is made from high-quality paper and includes decorative borders around the photo. Place the "save the date" text above the image and the wedding date below. Design the back of the invite as you would a normal postcard with further details and the recipient's address.
Use a standard wedding invite and place inside a decorative matching envelope. Wrap a large ribbon around the envelope and use a glue gun to attach a starfish to the knot of the bow, for a dramatic but classy, beach-themed finish. Send the completed invite in a small decorative box. Remember to pick a ribbon that matches your wedding colours.
Sand Vial Invite
For a genuinely beach-themed invitation, replace the starfish with a vial of sand. Wrap a large ribbon around your traditional wedding invite and tie at the front in a bow. Choose a vial containing just one type of sand, or you may choose a decorative sand vial with colourful layers and images crafted to the side of the glass. Attach the sand vial to a thread and sew to the underside of the bow's knot. The vial should hang about an inch below the knot of the bow. Mail the invite to guests in a small box.
Use plain, cream-coloured wedding invites; pick out beach-themed graphics and indentations to print onto the invite, for a fun and colourful addition to an otherwise traditional look. Options can include a large palm tree that wraps around the text of the invite, sea shells or fish.
For a fun invite that is particularly appropriate for a younger couple, have the "save the date" text printed onto flip-flop shaped cards. Glue the cards to the back of an actual flip-flop for a snazzy invite that your guests are sure to remember. To mail-proof the invite, use a small flip-flop sized box and place a sheet of cream-coloured tissue inside. Add the flip-flop to the box and cover with small polystyrene balls. Cover with tissue paper and place the lid on the box.
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