Being shipwrecked may not seem like the most obvious theme for a wedding. However, once I began looking at the various seaside decor elements that could make up this theme, it became clear that a Softly Shipwrecked Wedding could be romantic, beautiful, and chic. Read on to see how I used a watercolor aesthetic, floaty fabrics, and rugged natural details to create this nautical themed wedding that feels anything but cheesy.

Reel Guests into the Reception

I wanted to hook guests with the theme as soon as they walked into the room. That’s why I created a DIY Nautical Seating Chart that incorporated fisherman’s netting, beautiful blue ombre seashells, and elegant florals. Find out how to create it HERE.

Tidal Table Settings

I used more fisherman’s netting, this time adding some natural cording, for my chair backs and for my table runner. Then, along the runner, I added various greens, blush florals, blue orbs reminiscent of sea glass, sea shells, and blue ombre table numbers wrapped in white cording. Finally, in the center of the table, I placed a piece of driftwood, adorned with sea greens, succulents, blush florals, sea sponges, and starfish.

The place settings stayed fairly simple with a clean blue and white color scheme. Plates with detailed edging and soft blue flowy napkins added elegance. Then, I added a metallic element to the place settings by using silver flatware, placing a silver chocolate fish favor on each person’s plate, and using a silver font on white seashells for place cards.

Last but certainly not least, I created a delicious lemonade-based Blue Ombre Cocktail that looked perfect for my seaside table. Get the recipe HERE.

Salty Souvenirs

Finally, for a unique ocean-inspired wedding favor, I created DIY Infused Salts. These little bottles sat in a galvanized tray filled with sand, looking like they washed up on the beach. I then set the tray on a favor table covered with smoky gray chiffon and more nautical-themed items. These included a chic striped sailboat centerpiece and more driftwood. Behind the favor table, I hung more fisherman’s netting, and a sign telling guests to “Be Shore to Take a Favor”. You know I can’t resist a good pun! Find out how to make the DIY Infused Salt Wedding Favors HERE.

Guests will be fantasizing about the romance of being on an island escape by the sea at this Softly Shipwrecked Wedding. You can get all of the additional details for how I created it, and see the stunning silver and gray cake table I styled, on Fun365 at Oriental Trading. Everything you need to See It, Shop It and Make It with the click of a button! I hope you enjoy all the DIY’s and ideas as much as I enjoyed creating them.

As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all project ideas and any opinions expressed here are my own.  For further information on our disclosure policy please check out our disclosure page.

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