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Ship ahoy brides! How to create a nautical-themed wedding

Published: 
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ravi Lalla and Anuradha Sukhoo were married on April 21.

I’ve always loved the colour navy blue and lately, it got me thinking about nautical-themed weddings.
This theme favours a navy blue dominant colour scheme. It is ideal for weddings in the Caribbean—either providing a crisp foreground colour to a garden locale or by being the perfect complement for destination weddings, weddings near the seaside, pool, on a boat, at a yacht club, or on the beachfront.
In general, a nautical theme may be best suited for a bride who is classic, timeless and minimalist in her approach to her wedding look. Even brides who would like a Carnival-themed wedding can take a more vintage approach to it, because of Trinidad and Tobago’s rich history of “sailor mas.”
It may not suit brides who favour a more elaborate, feminine or opulent wedding style.

 

Here are some ideas to get you started on your nautical-themed wedding:

 

Colour combinations
Navy blue traditionally pairs well with white, sand, grey, red, gold or yellow. However, for a more modern approach, combine it with celadon green, blush pink or fuchsia pink.

Invitations
These can feature motifs such as stripes, maps, rope knots, anchors, compasses, starfish, lighthouses or boats. You can even use the “message in a bottle” type of invitation, which would make the theme more authentic. 

Ceremony
Instead of lighting a unity candle or having a sand ceremony, you can “tie the knot” by using two pieces of rope, to form a lovers’ knot, which is strengthened when pulled.

Décor
Tablescapes or centrepieces for a nautical-themed wedding can feature: hurricane lamps, beach sand, sea glass, coral, fishermans’ netting, life preservers, fish bowls, driftwood, shells, or tiny boats made out of paper or wood. Overhead, creative brides can decorate using nautical-styled bunting, flags, or make mobiles or windchimes out of seashells and driftwood.

Food

I’ve always loved the colour navy blue and lately, it got me thinking about nautical-themed weddings.
This theme favours a navy blue dominant colour scheme. It is ideal for weddings in the Caribbean—either providing a crisp foreground colour to a garden locale or by being the perfect complement for destination weddings, weddings near the seaside, pool, on a boat, at a yacht club, or on the beachfront.
In general, a nautical theme may be best suited for a bride who is classic, timeless and minimalist in her approach to her wedding look. Even brides who would like a Carnival-themed wedding can take a more vintage approach to it, because of Trinidad and Tobago’s rich history of “sailor mas.”
It may not suit brides who favour a more elaborate, feminine or opulent wedding style.

Here are some ideas to get you started on your nautical-themed wedding:

Colour combinations
Navy blue traditionally pairs well with white, sand, grey, red, gold or yellow. However, for a more modern approach, combine it with celadon green, blush pink or fuchsia pink.

Invitations
These can feature motifs such as stripes, maps, rope knots, anchors, compasses, starfish, lighthouses or boats. You can even use the “message in a bottle” type of invitation, which would make the theme more authentic. 

Ceremony
Instead of lighting a unity candle or having a sand ceremony, you can “tie the knot” by using two pieces of rope, to form a lovers’ knot, which is strengthened when pulled.

Décor
Tablescapes or centrepieces for a nautical-themed wedding can feature: hurricane lamps, beach sand, sea glass, coral, fishermans’ netting, life preservers, fish bowls, driftwood, shells, or tiny boats made out of paper or wood. Overhead, creative brides can decorate using nautical-styled bunting, flags, or make mobiles or windchimes out of seashells and driftwood.

Food
Try easy seafood dishes such as: ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices and seasoned), accra, crab cakes, clams, oysters, mini shrimp cocktails served in shot glasses or grilled items.

For more nautical-themed wedding inspiration, visit my Pinterest board here:   http://pinterest.com/trinidadwedding/nautical-themed-wedding/ or join me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinidadweddings

Try easy seafood dishes such as: ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices and seasoned), accra, crab cakes, clams, oysters, mini shrimp cocktails served in shot glasses or grilled items.

For more nautical-themed wedding inspiration, visit my Pinterest board here:   http://pinterest.com/trinidadwedding/nautical-themed-wedding/ or join me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinidadweddings