Nautical Theme Wedding Invitations

by mihgasper

Nautical theme is one of the most traditional themes for weddings. Blue and white are also most popular wedding colors. Let's introduce both with themed invites!

When we decide for a themed wedding, we are aiming to set the tone for the whole series of events, from decorating the reception hall to the finest detail as a wedding ring pillow.

Combination of classic white with navy blue is easy on the eyes and gives plenty of opportunities to express your creativity with accessories. It's up to you how far will you go.

You can choose seafood for your wedding party or opt only for embroidered life preservers on the napkins. But in any case everything will start with invitations. All right, with save the dates, actually, but the part with invites is the one where things become really serious. If not before, you have to choose a theme by then and from then on you have to stick with it.

Sending nautical wedding invitations can be great start into magical experience of the biggest day in your life. There are so many emotions involved, you simply can't pay attention to every single detail, but with few general guidelines and enough time for preparation, everything should be running smoothly and every minor disturbance will be likely solved without a hassle.

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Sunset at the sea is among most romantic sceneries

Wedding invitations with a nautical theme are always in fashion

In blue and white as dominating colors

Symbols, typical for nautical (navy) theme

Most popular nautical themes always involve anchors, knots, sailing boats, compasses and similar elements with strong symbolic meanings. If you spend some time to exploring the ideas, you'll soon find the right vibe which suits your personality and create an event of your lifetime.

You can start with one of major moments or items - the wedding vow or bridals bouquet - and develop a major theme with numerous tiny details to express your sense of humor or emphasize the importance of this particular day.

At nautical weddings use a lot of white and blue colors with a pinch of gold, yellow, orange or brown.

Or you can start start with a huge list of ideas, related to the chosen theme (nautical in our case) and than carefully select what you feel could work for you, what is out of question, and what might work, but needs some fine tuning.

The final result will be unique creation reflecting personalities of the newlyweds. It doesn't matter what will dominate, mystical seahorses or colorful maritime flags, optimistic lighthouses or simple white and blue striped motifs, your wedding is your job, your responsibility and of course your joy.

Invitation represents so much more than a simple piece of paper with necessary information, we have to be extremely careful to follow the written and unwritten rules of the etiquette. Invitations, save-the-date cards, RSVP, thank you notes, ... It's easy to make a mistake, but with this comprehensive and to the point guide everything will run much more smoothly.

Knots are closely related to the weddings

How to properly write a wedding invitation

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Did  you know, for instance, there are specific rules for writing for each level of formality? Ultra formal and formal can differ from casual like day and night.

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Few words on addressing etiquette

Navy blue on sandy white works great at navy themed wedding
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Few tips on wording on invitations

Sending an invitation is traditional and formal act, so apply these rules:

  • Addresses on envelopes should be written by hand. If for some reason you can't write them or hire somebody else to do that instead of you, there is printing software to help you address the envelops in functional and aesthetic way.
  • Always use full names and addresses. Apart from obvious practical reason to avoid misunderstandings, it is also a way to be polite and respectful at the same time. There are also few exceptions from this rule, where abbreviations could be used, but this is beyond the goals of this article, so in general - write names and titles in full, including middle names.
  • Wedding invitations are traditionally sent in two envelopes. The outer is fully addressed to the invitee or invitees (Mr. and Mrs. John Smith + full address) and the inner, which is never sealed, the last names only ( Mr. and Mrs. Smith without address, but with the option to add children's names, if necessary).
  • When addressing unmarried couple, living at the same address, you can use the same envelope, but their names should be written separately in alphabetic order. When we address children, they should be ordered by their birth date, older first.
  • If we invite a single person, we can include 'Please, bring a guest' on the inner envelope or send separate invitation, depending on specific situation. If we don't want children or somebody else to be present at the wedding, and this is maybe not clear to the invitee, explain that personally or by phone, not in the official invitation.
  • Never ever, mention wedding repository, if any exists, on official invitation. Spread the word in other ways. By mouth is traditional, through your wedding site is more contemporary (and, by the way, this may be mentioned on your stationary).

Detailed map is often part of wedding invite

Wedding invitations with nautical theme

One great idea can initiate a whole avalanche of events leading to the most unique wedding experience. Watch some of these astonishing creations with algae and shells and let your creative juices flow.

Remember: everything related with the see can be used, you are by no means limited with white and blue, because the ocean hides many treasures of all possible colors. Just keep in mind these two most classic wedding colors should dominate the general appearance.

Elegant and classy feeling achieved with combination of white and blue can be refreshed with carefully chosen details in more energetic colors (red, yellow, orange and brown). The most popular accent is gold.

Think about ribbons on centerpieces, representing sun rays or berries in bouquets, which add life to peaceful, yet always lively sea life.

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Updated: 05/19/2016, mihgasper
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mihgasper on 12/22/2022

I hear you, DerdriuMarriner. At themed weddings there are always a few alternatives to cover guests with their specific diets, allergies etc. One option is definitely to serve 'not-seafood' in containers shaped as small ships or offer finger food in form of seafood. Even fish fingers can come handy. Imagination is your only limit.

DerdriuMarriner on 12/21/2022

Not everybody likes seafood. What would be an alternative to serve along with the seafood that seafood-lovers would eat and enjoy?

mihgasper on 01/07/2016

You are right, CruiseReady, the wedding etiquette can be pretty confusing. Thank you for your comment!

CruiseReady on 12/30/2015

Those tips about invitations are really useful for a newly engaged couple. So many people don't know about all the proper rules for things like this!

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