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Umbrella Styles

Now, the first question we always get asked by couples looking into having a beach wedding with us is… ‘But what about the weather? Won’t the day be ruined if it rains?’ Your day will absolutely not be ruined in any way, shape or form! Last summer one couple who got married with us, it rained all day. However, this is what they said about their special day – “It was absolutely amazing from start to finish and the best day – despite the weather we had some beautiful pictures and the girls were all amazing. It just goes to show a bit of wind and rain can’t spoil a Beach Weddings Bournemouth day!”

Image Credit : Dru Dodd Photography

But if you are still worried, then maybe invest in some wedding umbrellas as a back up. There are some beautiful options available and we think they create some really great photo opportunities, whether its to provide cover from the rain or provide shade from the sun. Umbrellas can be fantastic for parasols too. We do have a few of our own that we keep on the wedding hut but if you would like to buy your own or would like some to match your styling then there are some ideas from you below.

This beautiful shot is one of our couples who had a wonderfully sunny day so used a lace parasol- I think you’ll agree that the addition of the umbrella really makes the photo.


Image Credit : Christian Lawson Art Photo Design

Lace parasol- fabulous for a vintage theme but would suit any theme. Lace parasols are very romantic and look wonderful in photos. You might be busy worrying about the rain but don’t forget the sun does come out during the summer! You might need a parasol to keep the sun off of you if it is sunny as otherwise you may get quite hot in your wedding dress.

Image courtesy of Azzura Photography

Image Credit: Azzura Photography 

When Nadia and Saabe married with us they were expecting a rainy day so brought this lovely umbrella with them – then the sun shone down on them for their gorgeous beach ceremony!

Image courtesy of Kip Beelman Photography

Image Credit: Kip Beelman Photography

Image courtesy of Olivia Leigh Photography

Image Credit : Olivia Leigh Photography

Image courtesy of Randal Kurt Photography

Image Credit: Randal Kurt Photography

Here are some of our favourites : –

Pretty white with ruffles- we have some very similar to this. White always looks very beautiful and romantic.


Very stylish and vintage with stripes and spots


A beautiful pagoda umbrella which comes in lots of different colours so you’ll be sure to find one that matches your theme! Umbrellas or parasols and be great for a splash of colour in your photos too.


Love this- very romantic but subtle with the heart shaped petals sprinkled across the umbrella


We also have a couple of these umbrellas at Beach Weddings Bournemouth- they really are very beautiful and will suit any style wedding


Beautiful paper parasol with Chinese style detailing- this is a beautiful romantic addition to a wedding

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A little bit of fun – One of our brides with her bridesmaids with their heart shaped umbrellas- these come in lots of colours- a red or pink one would look really fun!

Image Credit: Jodie Morris Photography

We can’t wait to see some fabulous photos with umbrellas used as props this year. x

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The start of the 2013 Beach Weddings Bournemouth – second season

This season looked like a very exciting one back when we started in April.  We knew fairly early on that we would be completing around 60 weddings by the end of our second season, so we have had a lot to keep you updated on and its going so fast we have had no time to blog! So, for the summer we thought we would give you a little round up of our weddings going back to the beginning of the season so you don’t miss out on seeing any of our beautiful brides in their beautiful dresses or seeing the gorgeous décor in the marquee.

The very first wedding of the 2013 season was on Saturday 13th April. This was the very intimate wedding of Caroline and Kevin who were joined by just sixteen guests. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind to them but they didn’t let this get their spirits down and their guests enjoyed fish and chips and an afternoon of fun with us. Caroline later emailed to say she wouldn’t have changed a thing about the day, not even the weather- which just goes to show you really can have a fabulous wedding day no matter what the weather.


Image courtesy of ianH Photography

The second wedding of the season threw us straight in at the deep end with a ceremony for two hundred people- our biggest yet! Sonja and Andrew married with us on Friday 19th April and had a ceremony on a lovely sunny day followed by photos on the beach before going back to Andrew’s parents for their reception.


Image courtesy of Simon Allen Photography

Our third wedding was the following day, Saturday 20th April and again threw us in at the deep end with 150 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast- the biggest catered wedding we have ever held. Amy and Dean are a lovely, fun loving couple who loved every minute of their day. The weather couldn’t have been better with bright sunshine, which matched Amy’s colour scheme of sunshine yellow and her bright personality. They are a couple very much in love and we could compare her to Tigger from the moment we greeted her at the cliff lift, she was bouncing up and down with excitement all day! As the sun started to set across the bay, Amy and Dean and the wedding party wondered down the prom to Key West for their evening reception.


Image courtesy of Anna Morgan Photography



Image courtesy of Anna Morgan Photography


Danielle and Ben married with us on Thursday 25th April in possibly one of our most intimate ceremonies so far. Danielle and Ben were joined by just their very closest family and a couple of friends. The morning was incredibly foggy but luckily the fog cleared for the afternoon to reveal beautiful blue skies. Ben chose the couple’s music as a surprise for Danielle and hired live acoustic singers to sing during the ceremony and entertain the guests during the drinks and canapé reception on the sand. The couple and their guests walked just down the prom to Westbeach for a meal to continue the celebrations after they left us, allowing them the chance to get some beautiful romantic photos at sunset!


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


Friday 26th April was the wedding of Kate and Rob- yet another beautiful, fun loving couple (we do love our couples!) Kate looked stunning but wasn’t going to let wearing a wedding dress get in the way of her having lots of fun. During the drinks reception, the games came out including sack races and even tug of war- which the Bride and her girls won I must point out! Go the girls! Kate and Rob were also the first couple to hire our ice cream bike so it was a very exciting day! They enjoyed a relaxed BBQ followed by some hilarious speeches! We absolutely loved Kate’s colour scheme of pale blue and white- it looked beautiful in the marquee with stunning flowers by Arcade flowers and the handmade hessian table runners and bunting really finished the look off. They continued the celebrations with a beachy theme by heading down to Key West at the end of the pier for their evening reception.


Image courtesy of Frances Taylor Photography


Image courtesy of Arcade Flowers

The last wedding of the month was Saturday 27th April which was yet another wedding full of surprises! Caroline and Ross were joined by sixty guests for their ceremony and wedding breakfast. Caroline and their guests had a huge surprise when at 3pm a very low flying plane flew across the marquee and Ross revealed he had organised a surprise private air display. The display lasted around ten minutes and had the guests (and the staff!) wowing in amazement at the stunts. Caroline and Ross enjoyed a very special day with us before heading off in a beautiful vintage car for a trip to Sandbanks for some time by themselves (another surprise by the groom) before heading to the Highcliff Marriott for their evening reception.

carolineand ross

Image courtesy of ianH Photography

PWM - Marquee

Image courtesy of ianH Photography

On Sunday 28th April, we held our Spring open day which was a huge success, with us welcoming over 400 people to the venue to have a look around and see how the venue could work for their wedding. Our ice cream bike was on show on show for the first time and we were joined by some fabulous suppliers who chatted to our couples and visitors. Thank you to Coastal Creatives and Arcade Flowers for styling the venue, Lisa Notley for displaying her amazing cakes, English Oak Vineyard for letting our guests sample some of their Dorset bubbly, Alani string quartet for entertaining our visitors, photographers ianH photography and Fiona Moorey photography for representing our recommended photographers and taking some great images from the day and last but by no means least, our Chef Matt and the Fish Face team for providing canapés and talking to our couples about the menu choices. Our next open day will be Sunday 13th October, so if you didn’t make the spring open day come and see us in the Autumn. If you can’t wait that long, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a private viewing.


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


Image courtesy of ianH Photography

Just a few of our early weddings we love sharing with you and lots more to report back from this season as things start to quieten down for the Autumn and Winter.  We can’t wait for the rest of the season! We get to know all of our couples really well so we love seeing all your plans come together on the day and sharing your happiness. We look forward to sharing all of our May and later weddings with you in a few weeks.


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Cerise and Orange styling

Now, you may have noticed we are big fans of Pinterest! If you’re not already following our boards, follow us!



And if you’re not on Pinterest, come on over and have a look and sign up- we guarantee you will love it! It’s a great way to collate all of your ideas and find inspiration but also a great way to keep up with the latest fashions in every walk of life, be it clothes, home ware or weddings. We have noticed quite a trend for cerise and orange themed weddings over the past few weeks and we love it! So we thought we would indulge ourselves and you in a little cerise and orange mood board to give you inspiration for your wedding or event. This look would be gorgeous for a Beach Wedding- so fun and tropical yet still sophisticated and luxurious. The marquee provides you with a blank canvas so as far as your colour scheme goes, any colour scheme will suit the venue. Our coconut matting flooring would just finish off this tropical paradise. We would love to see one of our couples be brave and go all out with this cerise and orange colour scheme- it would look fab!

Cerise and orange moodboard

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Cocktail menu-

Cerise floral table centres-

Orange and cerise pew ends-

Orange invitations-

Orange and cerise table scape with cerise chair sashes-

Cerise wedding dress- Zahaird Murad

Orange and cerise petal aisle-

Orange Bridesmaid dresses-

Orange pocket hanky-

Orange and cerise table

Cerise menus-

Cerise and orange table scape with menus laid on top of cerise napkins-

Tequila sunrise-

Orange and cerise table scape on wooden table-

Orange and cerise bouquet-

Orange and cerise outdoor ceremony-


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Royal Britannia

Kate and Tim were married on Bournemouth Beach on Saturday 27th October 2012. They married at Beach Weddings Bournemouth, the only place in England and Wales where you can have your legal ceremony on the Beach, making it a truly unique venue. For them it was very important to have all their friends and family with them to be part of their wedding day yet dreamed of getting married on a Beach. Therefore Bournemouth was the perfect option. It meant guests had to travel a little way in the car but it meant that they could all be there as their was no flying involved and therefore no expensive plane tickets and their more elderly family could still join them. Better still, no crumpled wedding gown!

Kate and Tim are both police officers so had a busy summer being involved with some of the UK’s most spectacular events such as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics. They had been plagued with patriotism and British fever so with this in mind they chose a Great British theme for their special day. It was the last weekend of October but although it was a little chilly they had a glorious sunny day so the guests could enjoying the sand and the sea.

Kate and Tim and their guests stayed at a Hotel just a short while along the seafront so they decided to hire a Big Red London Bus to transport everyone to Beach Weddings Bournemouth to get the theme off to a Great British start.


The guests loved it as it was so unusual and an old fashioned style bus which was very nostalgic and brought back some memories for lots of the guests!

The ceremony took place in the Wedding Hut, a converted beach hut, and Kate and Tim said their vows under a beautiful driftwood arch. The Wedding Hut was decorated with very romantic and seaside themed décor with a navy and white striped table cloth with anchors, wicker storm vase candles and red, white and blue flowers. The guests were all seated in a magical marquee which was built up against the Wedding Hut and was dressed with bunting and décor all in the Great British Theme.  The sides of the marquee had window walls so there were beautiful sea views, making it all the more romantic and whimsical. The ivory linings of the marquee and the white chairs made the venue look dreamy and unlike any marquee you had ever seen before and the light flooded in on a beautiful October day.


The aisle was lined with zinc buckets of gypsophila and the chairs had wicker heat pew ends tied with red, white and blue ribbons.


The Bridesmaids all had red polka dot dresses on, in keeping with the Great British Theme and Kate made a grand entrance with her Dad to Ellie Goulding’s Your Song when the curtain was pulled back to reveal her in her beautiful gown and amazing Union Jack shoes!

The ceremony was beautiful and very emotional at times

Kate and Tim left the ceremony in a sea of bubbles (as the ceremony is on a beach, paper confetti is not permitted so couples choose real petal confetti or bubbles, so they opted for bubbles and gave bubbles to blow to each person as they left).

After the ceremony it was time for the drinks reception on the golden sands of Bournemouth Beach where the guests were greeted with an old British favourite – Pimms! Buckets and spades were put out for the children and Giant Jenga, Giant noughts and crosses and Hoopla were there to keep children and adults alike entertained! The drinks reception also gave Kate and Tim an opportunity to have their photos taken against the wonderful back drop of the sea and the Dorset coastline with Old Harry Rocks in the background.

 Then dinner was served. Being by the seaside and having a Great British Theme, the guests were treated to good old fashioned Fish and Chips served with Kilner jars filled with pickled eggs and gherkins and not forgetting the white bread for those all important chip butties! Dessert was a specially requested Eton Mess to keep in with the theme with coffee served with mini seaside rock.  Continuing the theme, each table was named after a British Olympian including the likes of Jessica Ennis,  Mark Cavendish and Paralympian  Ellie Simmonds.

Kate and Tim and their guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Beach and even managed to go for a quick paddle in the sea! They then went back to the hotel for their evening reception where yet more food and a band awaited them after a walk along the beach. Their day was magical and very unique.

We had a wonderful time being part of Kate and Tim’s wedding! It was a fun day for all. Congratulations to Tim and Kate, we wish them all the best for the future.


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2012 – This was our year!

2012 has been hugely exciting for us, marking the first season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It has been a tremendous year with lots of beautiful weddings and lots of wonderful couples  and their families. Being the one and only place in England and Wales that you can legally get married on the beach, we have thoroughly enjoyed getting this unique venue off to a fabulous start.  Its been hard work but we have loved every minute of it!

Image courtesy of ianH Photography

The year got off to a start with Melanie meeting Michael Underwood down on the beach to film the VT for the launch of the Daybreak competition, ‘Here comes the tide’ to win the first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding. Viewers were invited to enter the competition with the production team then shortlisting it to a final three couples. Viewers then voted for their favourite couple to win the competition.

Melanie with Michael Underwood

Frazer and Kate were announced as the winning couple and on Friday 27th April we had our first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding! No pressure with all the TV cameras, press and the hundreds of thousands of people watching at home! Our first wedding was a huge success and even the weather stayed clear for us! Congratulations Frazer and Kate.

The Daybreak wedding as it has become known was followed by an open weekend on the Saturday and Sunday to welcome all of our couples that had booked and were looking to book for the summer to come and view the venue as it was only the second time it has all been put together. All I can say is we were over whelmed by their reactions when they walked in with everyone commenting on how beautiful it all looked!

This weekend was also host to our first Baby Naming ceremony. This was a very special day, a fantastic alternative to a christening in a stunning setting. It was extra special as it was a double naming ceremony for Evie and Sebastian. Afterwards guests were treated to a champagne reception and canapes. If you would like more information about Baby naming ceremonies at Beach Weddings Bournemouth then please contact us on 01202 788271.

Each and every wedding has been truly unique and amazing to be a part of so here are some more photos of our couples from our first season. (Please forgive us for some of our amateur photography below- unfortunately we don’t have professional photos of all our couples!)

Anna and Richard who were our first couple to marry after the Daybreak wedding


Richard and Kirsty


Michelle and Adrian


Pramood and Hulya- Image courtesy of Bridle Photography


Tyrone and Gemma


Tiffany and George


Kevin and Amy


Helen and Andy


Clive and Juli

Clive and Juli were our first couple to have a vow renewal with us on the Beach. It was a little chilly on the day but it still a wonderful day enjoyed by all. The guests had Champagne afternoon tea following the ceremony and the children all enjoyed a tea party on the decking. Diana Saxby conducted a very personal and emotional ceremony which she had written just for them. If you are interested in having a vow renewal with us at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Please contact us on 01202 788271.

Rebecca and Enzo


Jason and Christine


Michael and Bo- Image courtesy of Emma Lucy Photography


Richard and Jeanne


Carl and Debbie


Dan and Tabitha

Ros and Mark- Image courtesy of Sandie Kettle


Dan and Sophia


Jenny and Dan


Martina and Nicholas- Image courtesy of Lenka Grossmannova


Lisa and Charlie


Lee and Gemma


Amy-Jo and Jonnie


Mike and Vicky


Rajmund and Renata


Debbie and Terry


James and Denise


Chris and Ceri


Lucy and Tim


Emma and Simeon


Tracey and Andrew


Aurelie and Steve


James and Kirsten


Jenny and Graham
Kate and Tim

Congratulations to all of the couples who got married with us this year- it was an absolute honour to be a part of each and every couple’s wedding. We had such fun at every wedding! Also congratulations to Gemma and James, Sean and Ruth, Michael and Susan,  Martin and Susan and Louise and Richard who also got married with us this year but unfortunately we don’t have any photos of your weddings! Congratulations to Jon and Claire too who renewed their vows with us over the summer. Best wishes to you all for the future- keep in touch!

The icing on the cake for us this season was being shortlisted as a finalist for the Tourism Award at the Dorset Business Awards. The award recognises success and contribution to the tourism industry in Bournemouth. Unfortunately we didn’t win but after only one season we were very proud to get as far as we did and to have our achievements recognised. It was a huge pat on the back for us and we couldn’t be more pleased!

A huge thank you to Ian Hamilton who started the season with us for the wedding of Kate and Frazer and ended it with the wedding of Kate and Tim – such a pleasure to work with you so often this season.

With our first season over, we can’t wait for the second now which starts in April. The first season just flew by and we’re really missing being down on the beach! We’re now busy eagerly planning the Beach Weddings for next season- lots of exciting weddings coming up to share with you all!


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Happy First Birthday – Beach Weddings Bournemouth

October marked a whole year since Beach Weddings Bournemouth was launched! It was also the fourth birthday for the sister companies of Beach Weddings Bournemouth, Bellissimo Weddings and Simply Events. To celebrate we threw a party on the beach and our guests were invited for Afternoon Tea and Bubbly on the Beach!

A huge huge thank you to Ian Hamilton of ianH Photography who was our official photographer for the day! He was on hand to capture all the special moments of the day and has provided us all of the below photos. We can’t thank you enough Ian for your continual support throughout the year. We look forward to working with you for many more years to come!

The planning for the party stared early in the summer and all the guests were sent invitations in the style of seaside postcards

Then we started to design the styling of the day. We quickly decided on a theme of ‘Seaside chic’, incorporating a subtle nautical theme. Nicolle earned herself a reputation as a young Martha Stewart as she spent weeks preparing all of the styling for the event. Pinterest proved to be an invaluable tool to create moodboards with ideas for the styling of the event. We find Pinterest a really useful tool on the Bellissimo Weddings side of the business to help our couples envisage what their day will look like. We used Pinterest to make suggestions for styling and share ideas. Nicolle sewed all the table runners and table cloths after a trip to a fabric store  with Melanie to choose the fabric. She also made flags which lined the coconut matting pathway to welcome guests.

One of our marquees laid out with long tables for a more chic / corporate feel for the day with our Seaside Chic styling by Nicolle

The week running up to the party, we were all getting quite excited about it all coming together just as we had envisaged. On the morning of the party we all arrived at the beach bright and early to start the set up.  We decided to lay the tables out in three long rows rather than using round tables. We have seen lots of photos of this table layout on other blogs so have been dying to try it ourselves!

We’re well known for being perfectionists so we spent hours making sure everything was just right! On the tables we put zinc buckets crammed with busy gypsohila which was expertly arranged by Melanie! Arcade flowers also provided us with two large pedestal arrangements to stand on the decking. We wanted do as much of the styling as we could, as its not very often we get to be this involved but we thought it was a little ambitious for us to tackle the pedestal arrangements so that was best left to the experts! Blue and white star fish were also scattered along the tables to bring in the seaside theme. these had Navy and white striped ribbon bows tied to them with brown luggage tags that had Happy Birthday printed on them.

Arcade flowers also provided us with the white and blue paper lanterns we hung from the ceiling of the marquee to carry the theme throughout.

Melanie Director and Senior Planner with Matt our Head Chef

Once we had finished the styling of the marquee, we then all headed up to The Highcliff Marriott Hotel where Laura and Tara were waiting to pamper us and do our hair and makeup for us to get us in the real party spirit! The Marriott very kindly allowed us to use a room and Laura from Hair by Laura and Tara from Makeup by Tara had very kindly offered to do our makeup which they did a superb job of! They often do our Bride’s hair and makeup and made sure that it was windproof for us as the weather wasnt being terribly kind but it was so nice for us to be pampered so thank you kind ladies for looking after us.

When we got back to the marquee, Ian Hamilton was waiting for us to do a bit of a photo shoot which was also great fun! Even little Mollie, Melanie’s Westie got in on the action!

Mollie sporting her little ribbon to match the colour scheme of the day – very fitting

We expanded the drinks marquee so it was twice the size so we would put comfy sofas and cube seating into it with a coffee table for our guests to relax. We can do this for your wedding too so please enquire with us if you are interested in doing this.

The drinks marquee / breakout space shown as a double size for this event with left hand side as the bar and the right hand side with furniture for a chill out lounge for your guests – looking out to sea

Nicolle also handmade menus for the tables so the guests could see what was on offer for them. The afternoon tea provided by Fish Face was just delicious and was a real hit with all our guests!

Nicolle’s handmade table stationery

Afternoon tea by Fish Face mmmmm

Throughout the afternoon, ianH photography was on hand to take photos of all our guests, so here are few fabulous photographs of our guests who came along to help us celebrate

Lainey and Hannah from our recommended evening venues, Westbeach and Aruba

Two of our recommended photographers, Fiona Moorey and Anna Morgan

The ladies from Something Borrowed magazine, Sam and Eleanor

Kate and Tim, the last couple of the season to get married with us two days after the party!

Melanie with Simon the GM of the Norfolk Royale Hotel, one of our recommended evening venues

The ladies from Coastal Creatives, Louise and Rachael who style some of our weddings

Jason and Catherine from Dorset Dub Hire who we recommend for camper van hire to arrive at your wedding

Our guests were treated to the amazing Katie Francesca singing all afternoon. She is fabulous and available to sing at your Beach Wedding

Melanie gave a little speech thanking everyone for coming and updating everyone on the hugely successful first season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. She even gave Nicolle and Natasha little gifts thanking them for all their hard work.

So then Nicolle and Natasha surprised Melanie with a bouquet of flowers with a little help from the lovely Arcade Flowers ladies! Natasha was even brave enough to make a little speech thanking Melanie herself! Well done Natasha.

The fabulous Lisa Notley provided us with a fantastic 1st Birthday Cake. Whilst it looked amazing, being an exact replica of the Wedding Hut, it also tasted amazing! Thank you Lisa – such a wonderful gesture.

Melanie, Natasha and Nicolle cutting the cake- we did feel quite bad about ruining the beautiful wedding hut!

We were very sad when it was all over but we all had an amazing afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate! And thank you to every one who brought us cards and gifts. We have been over whelmed by all your continued support in our venture and we look forward to working with you all again next year.

Heres to another successful year of Beach Weddings Bournemouth! We can’t wait for April to start our next season of lots more stunning weddings!


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Choosing your Bridal Bouquet – The Arcade Flowers Guide

Our recommended florists, Arcade Flowers have some wonderful advice for you on how to choose your Bridal Bouquet- Thanks ladies, some great advice! Arcade flowers can provide some great packages for your Beach Wedding and will even deliver them down to our site at the crack of dawn to ensure they look perfect just before your ceremony. Contact them to find out more.

Most brides choose to carry flowers on their big day. Traditionally, the wedding bouquet was not carried for aesthetic purposes; fragrant flowers and herbs were carried to mask the smell of body odour when bathing was not a daily occurrence and also to ward off evil spirits! Today, fresh flowers are used to add a natural element to the proceedings, compliment the colours and style of the day and also give the nervous bride (and bridesmaids) something to do with their hands!

When deciding on your blooms, think about whether you would like to keep them subtle or make more of a statement…

A classic bouquet in creams and green, by Arcade Flowers. Image courtesy of Ian H Photography

Bold ‘colour pop’ bouquets by Arcade Flowers. Image courtesy of Big Bouquet Photography

Think about colour, texture, fragrance, the season, your favourite flowers and family traditions, the style of your venue and dress, as well as the overall feel of your day, be it casual and relaxed or a more formal event. When coming to meet your florist be sure to convey all of this information to give us the best possible chance to create your perfect bouquet. Bring lots of pictures along too. Even if you don’t know why you like a certain image, it will help us to get inside your head and realise your vision. For a beach wedding you might choose a natural and rustic hand-tied posy of seasonal summer flowers- perfect for a romantic wind-swept look.

Frothy white Astilbe with blue Echinops and Thistle to echo the sea, by Arcade Flowers

Early-summer mixed flower bouquet with rustic twine binding, by Arcade Flowers

Finally, if budget is a concern, try not to scrimp on the flowers you carry. The bridal bouquet is your ultimate wedding day accessory and will feature in a good proportion of your photographs, so make sure you get it right and try to cut back on something else which perhaps wont feature in so many photographs!

All the team at Arcade Flowers


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B-e-a-utiful Bunting!

Quite a few of our recent weddings at Beach Weddings Bournemouth have had bunting to style their marquees and we LOVE it!

Bunting adds height to the styling of your marquee as it brings colour above table height. Bunting looks fab in any venue but works particularly well in marquees as it adds colour to the ivory livings which although very beautiful can look a little plain. Putting up bunting in our smaller drinks marquee for your drinks reception also works really well as then your theme runs throughout the venue. As the drinks marquee is a space for mingling there are no tables and chairs to dress so putting up bunting really brightens the space and ties it in to the main marquee. If you do opt for bunting, be careful not to make the tables too busy or full of colour or the room can feel over powered and cluttered!

Theres bunting available to fit every theme and colour so here are a few of our favourites. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for then try making your own! The time and effort taken to make bunting gives it a really personal feel.

Coastal Creatives made this beautiful vintage bunting for one of our couples. They have bunting available to hire in lots of different colour schemes and make it all by hand themselves! If they don’t have bunting already made to match your colour scheme then they will make it for you!



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This gorgeous floral bunting would compliment any colour scheme and would look great for a vintage themed afternoon tea!

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 This hessian and lace bunting is very elegant and understated and would be great for a rustic wedding.

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 Bright and beautiful! The tropical colours are perfect for a summer wedding.

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 This chalk board bunting is brilliant! Personalise your message or even use it as an alternative to a guest book and ask your guests to leave you a message on a triangle of bunting. It will create something beautiful for you to display in your home after your special day, but make sure you use a chalk pen so the writing doesn’t rub off!

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Heat shaped bunting- perfect for a wedding!

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Personalised bunting will give you a special keepsake from your big day. It would look wonderful hung above the top table.

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Bright but subdued, this pink and yellow bunting has a very tropical feel yet isn’t too in your face.

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 Has the Jubilee and the Olympics got you feeling all patriotic this year? The Union Jack in this bunting makes it perfect for a village fete themed wedding.

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 This fun bunting would be perfect for afternoon tea

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 The colours in this bunting makes it perfect for a nautical themed wedding

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This bunting would be perfect for a vintage tea party! And whats more its made by a local Dorset company, Its All About Bunting

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 Great for a beach wedding, this bunting has been inspired by deckchair fabric


Pew end passion

Pew ends are great as they allow decoration and your theme to be incorporated into your ceremony and can make it look really magical and romantic. Pew ends are often overlooked or not thought about but we love them! They can really bring a whole theme together and ensure that it runs throughout the whole day, not just for the wedding breakfast. At Beach Weddings Bournemouth, having pew ends allows you to personalise the blank space that the beautiful marquee offers.

During our first season, we have seen some beautiful pew ends and even some home made ones!

Floral pew ends are always a winner- Arcade flowers have made some very stunning displays in zinc buckets for us this year- they look very striking!

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Beautiful pink roses in cute pails by Arcade flowers

We loved these sunflowers at Gemma and Lee’s wedding- the Sunflowers were grown in Gemma’s Grandad’s garden which was a lovely personal touch.

These rustic rose plants were a beautiful touch at Lucy and Tim’s wedding- its an unusual idea to have whole plants as pew ends as opposed to just the flowers but it looked great and they were perfect for then using as the table centres for the wedding breakfast.

Having said that using whole plants as pew ends is an unusual idea, it has been popular at Beach Weddings Bournemouth this year! Louise and Richard chose these wonderfully romantic daises with little windmills for that seaside touch!

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Jam jars are the perfect size for pew ends and give a really nostalgic feel. One of our couples used baked bean cans to make their pew ends- they looked great with brightly coloured ribbon wrapped around them.

If you don’t want floral pew ends, hanging decorations look great too. You can use just about anything you wish which means you can always find something to suit your theme!

Heart shaped pew ends are very popular- here are some of our favourites.

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 These driftwood hearts are very rustic

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 Give your ceremony a nostalgic feel with these cushioned envelope print hearts

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 Is travel a passion of yours? These World map hearts could be perfect if you are having a travel theme to your day.

These silver heart pew ends are very simple and contemporary but striking. They can be hired from Beach Weddings Bournemouth so please contact us for more information. We can even change the colour of the ribbons to match your colour scheme.

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 This red and gold heart is very romantic and would be perfect for an Autumn wedding

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 Love these bronze hearts! Simply gorgeous and such a statement.

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 This shell heart would be perfect for a beach wedding!

These white wicker hearts are very magical and serene. They can also be hired from Beach Weddings Bournemouth- please contact us for more details.

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 These gorgeous wire hearts with bells are something a little bit different and give a modern but equally rustic feel.

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These pewter coloured metal hearts are very sweet and will give your ceremony  a bit of a folky feel with the hand finished detail.

Flowers or hearts not for you? There are other alternatives available.

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Birds are very fashionable at the moment and these silver birds wouldn’t look out of place for either a modern or a vintage themed wedding.

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 So, maybe not suitable for a beach wedding but if you’re having a Christmas wedding then Christmas stockings will look very cute and festive as pew ends.

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These beautiul starfish and Seagrass pew ends were made by Coastal Creatives for our Autumn Open Day. They have a beachey feel yet still feel very romantic, especially teamed with the soft and whimsical bunches of gypsophila by Arcade flowers

Want a real nautical theme to your wedding day? These glass buoys look great and very nautical.

These mini windmills are just perfect for a seaside themed wedding and perfect for keeping the little ones happy after the ceremony.


Hope we’ve given you lots of ideas!


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Vintage at The Seaside

This lovely little blog has been written by Carrie from Simply Love Vintage, one of our recommended suppliers for Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Simply Love Vintage provide vintage crockery and styling and will come and set up everything for you! Carrie was down on the beach with us on 10th August styling a very small and intimate wedding for just 20 people for the lovely Debbi and Carl. This is her take on the day! Thank you Carrie for sharing this with us! Hopefully it will be the first of many! A big thank you must also go to Christian Lawson who has very kindly let us use his photos. Enjoy!

Our pre-loved vintage crockery and styling adds the finishing touches to weddings and any special occasion, in any venue, whether it be contemporary hotels, village hall, clients’ own homes and gardens or even a beach wedding setting.

We could not wait for the day to arrive for us to be involved with the styling and finishing touches for our first Beach Wedding ceremony and beach BBQ  on Bournemouth beach this past weekend.

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Image courtesy of Simply Love Vintage

Our clients, Debi and Carl live and work in Manchester but there was no doubt in their minds that they wanted a beach wedding without spending an absolute fortune by travelling abroad.

Debi also has many happy memories of spending precious times as a child growing up and holidaying with her late grand-parents in Poole and Bournemouth, and again this was another ‘tick in the box’ to have a beach wedding on Bournemouth’s golden sands.

Debi wished us to incorporate some very personal touches into her wedding and these were concentrated with her flowers and the crockery. Debi’s late grand-mother had Anemones in her 1930’s bouquet and Debi requested that we also include these in her bouquet, her bridesmaids, and her table decor.

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Art Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

The vintage crockery also was another nod to happy times spent with grand-parents  and fitted the wedding theme perfectly. We had so many lovely comments from our bride & groom, her mum and dad, together with close family and friends on how ‘beautiful’ it all looked and how it was these pretty details that revived such happy memories for Debi of past years with her late grandparents with everyone experiencing the joy and emotion of such a beautiful wedding day on the beach.


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Firstly, we must also add that it was fabulous to work alongside Matt of Fish Face (the resident caterer) – and my mouth was watering most of the time with the many delicious aromas drifting out of the catering tent, together with the fabulous team at Beach Weddings Bournemouth (Melanie and Nicolle) whose professionalism is second to none.

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Secondly, Christian Lawson the wedding photographer who has captured some wonderful images of the day of our couple Debi and Carl. It was our pleasure guys to work alongside you and hopefully it will be the start of many more vintage style beach weddings!

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Lastly, we wish Debi and Carl many happy years together, a huge congratulations from us and a big thank you for including us in your special day.

Simply Love Vintage x

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