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Our Top Beach Wedding Decor Ideas of 2019

Planning on saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand and the soothing sounds of lapping waves in the background? With a beach wedding on Hilton Head Island, you already have one of the most beautiful backdrops that Mother Nature can provide so all you need are some romantic design elements that will make your beach wedding truly one-of-a-kind.

Check out some of the top beach wedding decor trends we’re seeing so far this year and see how simple it is to take your wedding decor from beach to beach chic!

Floral Backdrops

Floral design: @berrylesfleursbiarrotes | Photo: @yorisphotographer

Floral backdrops, infinity arches, and moon gates, oh my! Romantic backdrops designed using a mix of flowers and grasses are one of the easiest ways to jazz up any beach ceremony. Their ethereal, bohemian vibe and soft, romantic look make them great for multi-purpose use after your ceremony is over simply move the piece and use it as a photo booth background or a frame for your head table or cake stand. This design element is easily customizable, too, so you can work with a florist to create a piece that represents your wedding style, color, and theme. If you would really like to stay on trend, we recommend designing a floral backdrop created out of pampas grass.

DIY Signage

Photo: @BrandonKiddPhoto

From the ceremony to the reception, DIY signage is a great way to add practical yet cost-effective flare to your wedding day. Lean in to your beach location with simple, hand-written signage on pieces of driftwood. Or stay on-trend with letter boards these offer a minimalistic look and can be paired with any color palette or decor theme.

Rattan and Wicker Accents

Photo: Sean Cook Weddings

If you are going for an earthy vibe at your wedding, you’ll want to hop on the rattan/wicker bandwagon. You can introduce this design element in small or large accents depending on your taste. We recommend adding touches of this woven design to your big day to add a modern, yet casual feel to your ceremony or reception. From creative seating charts to the seats themselves, the opportunities are endless.


Photo: Kerry Patel Designs

As timeless as weddings themselves, candles have always been used to create a romantic atmosphere. There is just something special about that flickering flame of golden glow! To modernize this effortless decor item, we’re seeing a lot of couples using a mix of tall, short, and medium-sized candles throughout their ceremony and table décor. Choose mix-matched tapered candles in the color of your choice to highlight your ceremony aisle, your guest dining tables, or simply to fill an unwanted empty space.

Natural Touches

Photo: @joielalaphoto

With most destination weddings, you are going to have an array of local, beautiful, natural elements around that you can use to spruce up your décor in an instant. Washed-up coral, colorful sea glass, stained driftwood, bleached rope, and seashells are all a great way to add to the beachy ambiance of your big day. These are local, personal touches that you can implement into your table settings, chair decor, or your DIY signage!

Learn more about weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and start planning your perfect wedding decor by getting in touch with one of our wedding specialists — and be sure to share your wedding photos with us on social media using #PalmettoDunes.



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