Archive | July, 2012

Ahoy there me hearties!


Do you want to really embrace the location of your Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding? A nautical theme is not only in keeping with the location but can look very classy too.

We initially have created a general mood board to inspire a nautical theme.


Whilst a nautical theme can look great for your Beach Wedding attire and accessories, this blog is going to focus on nautical styling for the dressing of your wedding. A nautical theme for attire and accessories will follow at a later date.

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This chair sash is very simple but sooo effective! It really emphasises the classiness of a nautical theme.

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A simply stunning cake! This take on the theme uses the nautical theme as inspiration but with a bit of a twist! It has real wow factor but without being over the top and too fussy.

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Lobster and crab pots are great props to dress your Beach Wedding. Very rustic and nautical! Why not pop down to see your local fisherman and see if he would be willing to hire a couple to you for the day! If not there are companies you can hire them from.

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A very sweet driftwood heart to hang. This would look beautiful hung in the middle of the Bride and Groom behind the top table. Driftwood looks very wild and romantic.

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This would be a great welcome for guests hung in the entrance porch of our Beach Weddings Bournemouth marquee! Or why not hang it in the middle of the Bride and Groom behind the top table- it would create a great focus point and you would capture some great photos of the Bride and Groom sat in front of it. A real piece of nautical memorabilia.

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Great idea for table numbers and a wonderful keepsake for you after your special day too!

Bunting works great to dress a room as it gives height to the room! Most styling is on the tables but its amazing how much difference dressing the ceiling can make- it really brings the whole space together.  This bunting is our very own which is in our Wedding Hut to dress it for your day as standard which was made by those talented ladies at Coastal Creatives

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This is a fabulous idea. Use starfish as favours or as name places or both! Table look great laid up with these placed on every place on top of white folded napkins. Guests really appreciate little touches like this (especially if they can take them home!) and the children will love them too!

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These navy and white striped hearts would be the perfect pew ends for a nautical themed wedding. We’re big fans of pew ends at Beach Weddings Bournemouth- they look great and add a really personal touch. Once the ceremony is finished they would look great pinned to the front of the top table or the present table.  We are currently having some made by a very clever lady we will be using for fabric pew ends so watch this space for images of some delightful hearts and ideas which you will be able to hire through ourselves or buy.

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Start as you mean to go on- its a great idea to incorporate your theme throughout your whole wedding. Start your theme with your save the date card and invitations and give your guests a sneak preview of whats to come! It will get them really excited about being part of your special day. You can have some fun with your save the dates as they don’t need too much information so be creative and give your guests something fun to keep. Love these sail save the dates- very classy but fun at the same time!

A driftwood chest like this one we have at Beach Weddings Bournemouth is great for guests to leave your cards in. Or fill it with treasure and chocolate coins! The big kids will enjoy that just as much as the littlies!

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For something a bit quirky, a message in the bottle can be fun and you make it yourself too, meaning you can personalise the message and make it inexpensive at the same time! This can also be a great alternative to a guestbook- leave some paper and a pen on each table and then get your guests to each post their own message into the bottle for you to look back on.

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A simple change in the colour of the napkins can make a huge difference to the overall styling of the room. These blue and white striped ones are fab and add charm to your tables. The way the cutlery has been laid looks like a ships wheel, a very small change but a very big impact. The striking design allows for a very simple place name, perfectly finishing off this rustic nautical look.


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A ships anchor is the epitome of nautical memorabilia. It would look great laid out or propped up in the corner of the room.  This carved driftwood anchor is a great option as it is much lighter and so easier to transport and it incorporates lots of nautical themes- anchor, driftwood and rope effect carving.

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These oars would be great props to lean in the corner of the room.

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Or go the whole hog and have a real boat to dress your room! Need we say more?!

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Well yes actually, we must! Try a boat full of beer! Looks great and practical too! The novelty will really get your guests talking and its something they will remember about your day for a long time afterwards.

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We really love lanterns at Beach Weddings Bournemouth- with lit candles they add softness and warmth to a room or fill them with shells and starfish like these and they make great centerpieces for your tables. They look amazing when used to line the aisle as well, creating a beautiful path for the Bridal entrance. We can then move them to your tables for your wedding breakfast.  We can also place larger lanterns on the decking and we have two lanterns you can have either side of the Registrars table during your ceremony.  We can now offer a lantern / candle package at Beach Weddings Bournemouth with silver nautical design as above and also white wooden edged as shown above right and with all different coloured votives / tea light holders complete with candles for your tables – so we can do all the hard work for you – enquire for further details.

We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas! If you want a classy beach theme, nautical is the way to go- it looks very elegant and chic!



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Part II ITV’s Daybreak Wedding- The wedding itself


The wedding day arrived and the beach was alive with hustle and bustle very early in the morning.  We are always very lucky with our beach weddings  that the seafront team work hard and start early to get the beach prepared for weddings and today was no exception. The tractors were out early and we were thankful for that to make sure that the beach was well groomed for the imminent arrival of one very special couple.

Kate and her bridesmaids were up early and being pampered by Kate Middleton’s hairdresser Richard Ward no less who created an elegant style for Kate with her hair up and dotted with beautiful wired rose buds.

    And our very own Laura Mackenzie who styled the Bridesmaids hair who wanted soft blow dried hair.

The wonderful and super talented photographer Ian Hamilton was appointed as the official photographer for Kate and Frazer and started work early taking bridal preparation shots at The Marriott Hotel whilst Kate was getting ready and being interviewed by Angellica Bell with live streams going out to ITV.  With all this in mind Kate was very much a calm bride and just took the day in which is a real surprise with all that had to be taken into account. Surrounded by TV crew and presenters and lots going on its enough on a “normal” wedding day but Kate had so much more to contend with and dealt with it all incredibly well – such a pleasure to be around.

Angelica Bell helping Kate with her stunning Amanda Wakeley gown

Down in the marquee Melanie was on hand to greet Frazer and his Groomsmen and we spent the final hour tweaking the marquee and the ties and buttonholes and making sure that everyone was well prepared and calm – Frazer was so calm and chilled that we had to keep checking that it was his wedding day!  No nerves at all it seemed – just enjoying the moment.

Melanie ‘backstage’ with Angelica and Michael with the TV crew getting ready to go live on air
Frazer and the Best Man pre-ceremony- and an appearance from the family dog too of course!

Coastal Creatives made this for Kate and Frazer as a gift to mark their beach wedding day
Relaxed and calm were the boys!

The stunning pew end flower buckets were from our recommended Beach Wedding florists Arcade Flowers – trimmed with blue candy striped ribbon to finish the look.


When Kate arrived we had been so lucky all morning that no one had been caught in the rain.  The press decided that they would print pictures the following day stating that we had been showered all day but in fact we were extremely lucky!   Our pretty white umbrellas were used to keep people from peeking pre ceremony and to prevent the wind from getting at that wonderful hair do!

The Bride, Kate and her stylists arriving at the marquee


Kate looked absolutely stunning in an Amanda Wakeley gown and just inside the marquee had some last minute hair and make-up tweaks and was ready to walk down to the aisle to her friend Lucy singing Eva Cassidy’s “take my breath away” which created an emotional and surprisingly private feel to the occasion although the ceremony was being streamed to millions of people across the country!

Lucy preparing to sing for the ceremony

Frazer’s face when he first saw his bride was an absolute picture.

ITV Floor Manager greeting the Bridal party as they start to walk down the aisle live on ITV breakfast television

Now viewers on the morning will have noticed that the programme actually cut short during the official ceremony.  The reason for this (and they say never work with animals and children!!) was that the two adorable children shown below were unfortunately a little late doing their thing walking down the aisle which made the ceremony run a little late and when ITV have to go to an ad break then there is no other choice!  So cute though don’t you think! 

The beautiful “three Rachels” bridesmaids looking stunning during the ceremony


On the decking of the Wedding Hut, surrounded by sand, Kate and Frazer said their vows to each other and the moments were extremely heartfelt and tender and it was a true privilege to share those moments. The guests in the marquee were still whilst watching on.

The moment that Kate arrived to Frazer to marry

Stunning image of Kate during the ceremony

Family look on with teary eyes during the ceremony
Signing of the Register inside our Wedding Hut after the ceremony

Great picture of the new Mr and Mrs Seed after the ceremony
Kate and Frazer enjoying some fun moments with their Bridesmaids after the ceremony and after the TV crew had left

Guests were treated to breakfast canapes

After the ceremony the couple went live to the ITV studios to give their feelings on the day so far and were given a fabulous cruise honeymoon as a complete surprise!

In the marquee after the ceremony, guests were treated to Champagne and yummy canapés prepared by our caterers Fish Face Events.

Melanie with the newly weds

Guests make their way from our beach venue up the cliff lift to The Marriott Hotel to continue their celebrations

It was such a pleasure to have this as our first official wedding on the beach and Kate and Frazer and their families were a real pleasure to deal with.  Not one to want to take the easy route, having our first wedding live on national TV broadcasting to the nation in not the best weather we could have asked for but it was all amazing experience and we have to say that we were thrilled with the way it all went and looking back on the last few months now that we are well into our first season it was such fun and we really loved every minute – thanks to everyone who made it possible and particular thanks to Ian Hamilton of IanH Photography who did such a superb job in shooting this wedding with very little notice, early starts, long days and having to dodge in and out of TV crews to get the pictures and boy did he get the pictures – finishing with this – one of our favourites – taken as the Bride and Groom made their way into dinner at The Marriott Hotel – simply beautiful.

All the Beach Weddings Bournemouth team


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Part I ITV Daybreak Wedding- The Preparations

The last few months with Beach Weddings Bournemouth has been something of a whirlwind to say the least which is the reason for the lateness in blogging about a really exciting development with our very unique beach wedding and event venue!  Since the end of 2011 we worked closely with ITV to bring a competition to their morning programme, Daybreak, and in February we were visited by a small crew and presenter, Michael Underwood, on the beach when they came to film a VT to launch the competition which they aptly named “Here Comes The Tide”

After hundreds of applications from couples who had a romantic story or a connection to Bournemouth these were selected down to the top 3 and their stories were each shown on the programme in April where the viewers could then vote for their winning couple.

Melanie with Michael Underwood during filming of the VT for the "Here Comes the Tide" competition launch


On 19th April 2012 Michael Underwood visited the home of Kate and Frazer live on Daybreak to announce they were the winners of the competition as voted by the public and that they had won the opportunity to be the first couple to marry on a beach in England and their wedding would take place a week later!

So we began with the final week’s preparations for their wedding and with the weather not looking at its best for April we had our work cut out. We have a strong and highly supportive team of suppliers and the way that our marquee based beach venue is organised we build everything for the worst case scenario with weather and if the sun decides to put in a glorious appearance we can easily take off the sides of the marquee to open it up but if there is a shower or windy conditions our marques can withstand it.



Now this amateur image taken on a Blackberry pre the start of the build of the marquee does not look all that fabulous does it!  Well its purposefully included to show you what a transformation was created in some of the worst April conditions we could have imagined so read on!

Midway through the morning of day one of the build the sea is still progressing far too far up the beach for our liking but the sun had decided to make something of an appearance.  The marquee team from Maidmans Marquees were working very hard to get this job completed as were the Bournemouth Council Seafront team – building a little sand wall along side the marquee to help with some of the wind and sea which was coming right for us!


So it was up!  Against all odds the guys had managed to get the marquee up so then internal works could begin on day two for things to start to take shape.  Linings go in next and then the coconut matting carpet overlay on to the hard all weather flooring – great for those ladies heels!

Linings are up, bunting starts to make an appearance and the guys are putting the finishing touches to the carpet.


And then the floristry begins!  Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers arrive to start working their magic with all things floral!


Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives even managed to find time to squeeze in a coffee!

Our marquee company Maidmans Marquees who kindly supplied the marquee for the winning couple worked incredibly hard to ensure that the structure went up in the strongest winds.  Working against all odds the team (kept happy with copious amounts of coffee, cakes and fish and chips late on Thursday night to keep them working!) pulled off this difficult job and made it look amazing.  The wall of the marquee on the sea side was a complete window wall (as with all weddings) allowing a stunning view of the sea no matter what the weather.  The rear of The Wedding Hut was enclosed last minute due to the unseasonal weather which would have prevented a clear sound signal for transmission of the ceremony live to the nation.  This is something that we can add in to couples wedding plans if the weather does seem to look difficult in the future as well.

These are some images of how things were looking when the TV crews arrived on the beach the day before the wedding to set up their gear – and boy there was a lot of gear!



We cannot thank the team enough who helped put the marquee together and make it look beautiful who were Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives and Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers – both recommended and valued suppliers of Beach Weddings Bournemouth.  The design scheme for the marquee agreed in advance and created by Coastal Creatives with floral designs and creations from Arcade Flowers and this was The Great British Seaside with an elegant feel and use of pastel shades and soft English flowers.  Louise from Coastal Creatives (with her Mum!) made metres and metres of stunning bunting which adorned the marquee and this was put up on the Thursday.


Arcade Flowers had worked incredibly hard to create the most stunning floral arrangements.  The white wooden chairs had nickel bucket pew ends with stripey blue and ivory ribbons.  The front of the marquee and the top of the cliff lift had large versions of these buckets with large silver windmills and soft moundy flowers at the base to match the rest of the themes. We had two tables dressed in the marquee for those guests who wanted to be seated after the ceremony to enjoy their canapés and champagne.  Coastal Creatives and Arcade Flowers did a great job in delicately yet effectively dressing these tables to match the overall design scheme of the marquee.

Now, the brides bouquet (and matching smaller bouquets for the three Rachels / bridesmaids) what can we say – simply dreamy – well done Arcade Flowers for the most stunning creations known to man and these photos simply dont do them justice!


 We had a full rehearsal on the Thursday night with the ITV crew and Kate and Frazer and their family which was a great opportunity for them to see the marquee (albeit not quite finished at that point)  and the way that the day would run.  The bride and groom then enjoyed  the evening with their guests before an early night as the day started very early!

Down on site after the rehearsal took place we worked late into the dark of the night to finish the marquee.  The catering team were arriving to set up the kitchen and deliveries galore were being made.   

What an exciting day of preparations this was but extremely hard work for all the team involved but so much excitement was in the air for the following day.

Huge and heartfelt thank yous go to one of our biggest supporters IanH for working so hard on shooting some of these images above in the rehearsal and then went on to cover the wedding itself for Kate and Frazer – but more about that in Part II.

For more information on Beach Weddings  Bournemouth  please contact us

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Beach Wedding Favours


Wedding favours are small gifts or tokens of appreciation given to guests by the Bride and Groom as a thank you for sharing their special day. Wedding favours can be expensive but they are an added touch that we really think is worthwhile. Just a small inexpensive favour will be really appreciated by your guests and will give them something to remember your special day by.

As well as giving your guests something to take away from your big day, favours can also be central to the dressing of your venue. The colours and detailing of your favours can make a real difference to the overall decor of your wedding.

Giving a small gift to every guest can be expensive but it doesn’t need to be. Guests will appreciate the gift, no matter what the price tag. To save money, why not make your own? Not only could you save money but homemade favours can also feel more personal. Homemade goodies such as biscuits or jams work very well. Alternatively, confectionery always goes down very well so buy some sweets and wrap them in parcels with ribbon yourself. This way you can match them perfectly to your theme or colour scheme.

Take a look below for a few ideas and some inspiration for favours for your Beach Wedding.

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We love these starfish shaped bottle openers as favours. They perfectly suit beach weddings, and would look very classy and decorative placed on white folded napkins on your tables. Whats more they suit both male and female guests and are something useful that they can take home with them. Even if they don’t get used as bottle openers after the day, they still make a very pretty home accessory.

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On a similar theme these starfish bottle openers also look great and are useful too. Why not alternate these with the starfish bottle openers to ensure couples do not go home with two of the same thing.

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These beach huts would look great led down on folded white napkins, really bringing the beach theme into your wedding decor. They are magnets so your guests will think of your special day every time they open the fridge!

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These lighthouse tea light holders are very cute and really chic! A great keepsake that guests can take away and display in their homes.

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These mirrors might not be the most male-friendly favour but the ladies will love them! If you’re going for a nautical theme, these will look great on the tables.

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We love the idea of personalised rock! Its a personal touch that offers guests a real momento to take home from the day. What better to take home from a day at the seaside than a stick of rock! Both adults and children will love it! You can choose the colour of your rock to match your colour scheme and then choose any flavour you like. Some places can even print your guests’ names on the labels so that the rock can be used as place settings too, saving you having to source these elsewhere.

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These mini white pails would look gorgeous on your tables at your Beach Wedding. These candy pebbles really look the part but you could fill them with any sweets you liked. The great thing is that these mini pails are available in just about any colour so you are guaranteed to find some to fit your colour scheme. Confectionery always goes down well with guests- although they may not be able to resist it long enough to take it home! Just be aware that for Beach Weddings, chocolate might not be the best idea! If its a warm day it will melt before your guests have a chance to tuck in.

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Whilst children at your wedding would probably love a stick of rock, there are some favours that wouldn’t be suitable for them so why not replace them with something more child friendly like a bucket and spade! Then when they get bored, they can go outside and build sand castles. Why let have the children have all the fun? Give buckets and spades to all of your guests and have a bit of fun! Get all of your guests outside to have a sand castle building competition, they will love returning to their childhood for a few minutes!

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Are you real beach lovers? These Camper van money boxes are really fun and colourful if you’re opting for a bright and bold colour scheme. Another great idea to give to children at your wedding if your adult favours aren’t appropriate for them.

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These treats look really yummy but they’re actually soap so something useful for your guests to take home with them. They’re fun but still classy and will look great placed on white napkins. These will look really pretty but add a bit of fun if you’re opting for a more traditional romantic pale pink and cream colour scheme.

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We have noticed that an emerging trend for wedding favours has been to give guests charity pin badges. Whilst we don’t think favours are a waste of money, some people do but still want to give guests something and we have to say this is a really good idea. Its a cheaper option, but not only that you are donating money to charity at the same time meaning others are benefiting from your special day, whilst your guests are still getting a token of your appeciation. This RNLI pin badge is a great option as it is still beach themed!

Have fun choosing or making your wedding favours, we hope we’ve given you some inspiration!

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