Beach Wedding Stationery With Starfish

by dustytoes

Starfish, or sea stars, are one of the most sought after beach treasures, and engaged couples love to use them to represent their love for the ocean.

We absolutely love it when we stumble across a starfish at the beach. It is rare to find a bleached one (not living) all in one piece since they are fragile and usually break apart from the wave action. I think the fact that they are a rare find is what makes them so popular to collect, and popular for wedding invitations and stationery.

With some imagination, starfish can look like people with their five appendages and engaged couples love to use them in their decorating to represent their love for the ocean.

Starfish Shower Invitations

Starfish bride and groom shower invitations
Starfish bride and groom shower invit...

Save the Date Announcements

Advice on when to send them out.

Send out save-the-date cards months in advance of the wedding day.  How far in advance should they be sent?  That depends on the type of wedding.  Up to a year for destination weddings, so those who will travel long distances will have plenty of time to make arrangements.  Usually six months is enough time, but use your own judgement as you will be the best judge of timing.  The more info guests have ahead of time, the better.

Starfish Save the Dates

Tropical beach save the dates
Tropical beach save the dates

Wedding Ceremony Program Templates

We offer wedding program templates for beach and tropical wedding ceremonies. They can be flat or folded.  Also, fan type programs that are held on a stick.  

Z-fold or tri-fold type programs will have text on three areas and open like an accordion.  At the Sandpiper Wedding store we have tri-fold programs with printing and images on one side of the paper and the programs will be folded after they are purchased.


Handheld Wedding Program Fan

Beach scene and starfish design.
Fan Program
Fan Program

Some Things to Keep in Mind

About "print on demand" products.

The wedding stationery on this page comes from the print-on-demand site.  Designers will add their own unique images to paper and create text templates for the customer to use and add their own information.  Because everything is "printed on demand" shipping may take longer than orders placed at grab and ship places.  Uniqueness takes time.

Each shop-keeper at Zazzle will set his or her own royalty as they choose, so prices will vary.  Also the paper choice will reflect a change in price, with basic paper being the least expensive and the metallic type costing more. 

Although your order will be placed through an individual store, the items will be shipped by Zazzle.  If returns or exchanges need to be made, you will do that through the Zazzle site and not with the shop you purchased from. 

Also, please be aware that it is up to you, the customer, to proofread all text added to any product.  Zazzle does not proofread anything before shipping.

Some invitations and folded greeting cards now come as instant downloads along with the printed option.  See more on each product page.

Seaside Garden Design

Starfish and hydrangea flowers wedding.

Hydrangea flowers and starfish are images I have always used separately to create unique wedding invitation suites. 

The Seaside Garden design is perfect for couples who want to combine their love for the sea with pretty white wedding flowers.

This hydrangea is called "Blushing Bride" and the photo and graphic design is ours alone.

Blue Hydrangea and Starfish Wedding Collection

Seaside Garden Blue Wedding
Seaside Garden Blue Wedding

Wedding Breakfast or Brunch Cards

Invite close freinds and family members to a morning meal with the couple, either before or after the wedding.

Some traditions call for a gathering of close family members and the wedding party to enjoy a breakfast either before the marriage or the morning after the wedding.

Wedding Brunch & Wedding Breakfast invitations to use to invite special guests or family only to do some celebrating either the morning of the wedding or the morning after.

This paper has lots of custom areas of text to be used to invite specific people.  This invitation would go out separately to just the few people included in the celebration.


Table Seating, Place Cards, and Escort Cards

How will you seat your wedding guests at the reception?

Unless your wedding reception will be very small and casual, you will want to make it easy for wedding guests to find their way to their table at the reception.

This can be done in a number of ways, but one popular option is to have escort cards placed near the entrance to the room, tent or hall containing guests' names (usually in alphabetical order) and the table name or number.  This will easily direct them to be seated, by locating their table where the number will be prominently displayed.  Some couple's use a seating chart instead.

Modern brides have come up with unique ways to display the cards, and you will find lots of info online to give you ideas, such as placing them in a box of beach sand, or gluing the cards to seashells.

Saying "Thank You" To Guests and Members of the Wedding Party

Be sure to include everyone who helped make your day special when writing thank you notes.

Once the wedding and honeymoon is over, you may be breathing a sigh of relief and hoping that life will become more calm and relaxing.  And it should, but you will have one more time-consuming task to undertake - writing the "thank you" cards!  Send notes of thanks as soon as possible after the honeymoon is over.  That is when it's time to get down to business and begin your life together.  And speaking of togetherness, both of you should work on writing the notes since you both were the recipients of the gifts. 

Have some wine and make an evening of it and reminisce as you come up with thoughtful wording for each individual card.  A simple, "Thanks for the gift" just doesn't cut it, neither does a pre-printed card - unless you also add a personal note with it.  And don't forget to thank the members of the wedding party, officiant, musicians, etc., if you haven't already.

If you need some inspiration, whether you will be thanking guests for their gifts, or bridesmaids for all their support.

Folded Wedding Thank You Cards

Beach scene with starfish design. Also, comes as an instant download.
Starfish and Sand Dollar Thank You Cards
Starfish and Sand Dollar Thank You Cards

Celebrate a Christmas Wedding in the Tropics

Simple white starfish / sea stars are combined with green holly to create simple, yet lovely, December wedding invitations.  Use for a cruise wedding event, or a marriage held by the sea at the holidays.

Starfish Christmas Wedding

Invitation templates for a cruise, or landlocked ceremony.
Starfish and Ornament Christmas Wedding Invitations
Starfish and Ornament Christmas Weddi...
White Starfish n Holly Wedding Invitations
White Starfish n Holly Wedding Invita...
Updated: 09/30/2023, dustytoes
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katiem2 on 09/22/2012

I shared this with my bf, we've decided if we EVER get married again it would def be a beach wedding, after thinking about it for a while we decided we could have a mock wedding and enjoy all the fun on the beach including a mock honeymoon. This is good for a fun date weekend too. :)K

katiem2 on 05/15/2012

So many people love the beach, it is such a romantic place and a perfect spot for the perfect wedding. Love the invitations. Great ideas for a unforgettable wedding and the honey moon could take place without travel indeed, you'd be there already. I like it!

dustytoes on 05/07/2012

Tolovaj - yes, brides are looking for some very unique ways to invite guests these days. Thank you!

Tolovaj on 05/07/2012

Starfish for wedding invitations? Surprising, but lovely idea. I wish I knew there are so original options for invitation out there when I was marrying...
Well done!

dustytoes on 04/10/2012

Thanks very much Brenda.

BrendaReeves on 04/10/2012

These are beautiful and I love what you've done with your Zazzle shop.

ethelsmith on 04/06/2012

We are about to celebrate our 40 year wedding anniversary this December so no I am not planning such a wedding, or any for that atter. I have to say though times have changed and in the invitation stakes for the better. Some great ideas here thanks

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