Hang around these parts long enough and you’ll quickly realize one thing: we love, love, love a nautical wedding. So today we’re breaking down a fab list of 10 Must-Haves for YOUR maritime-inspired soiree, all with the help of our friends at The Duchess. It’s a step by step guide to that seaside affair you’ve always wanted, complete with a seriously awesome locale. Scroll below for a look.
THE LOCALE TO END ALL LOCALES
You can’t have an awesome nautical wedding without an equally as awesome locale and when it comes to take-your-breath-away venues perfect for saying “I do” seaside-style, The Duchess is IT. Think an ultra-elegant setting with hardwood dance floors, full-service bars and stunning contemporary decor. Not to mention climate-controlled interiors and fab outdoor furniture for lounging under the stars. This is celebrating in style… and then some.
PRETTY PAPER GOODS
You’ll most definitely want every.single.one of your our nearest and dearest on hand to celebrate your BIG moment, so be sure to invite them to the Party of the Century with some pretty paper goods that scream Nautical Chic. I’m talking a gorgeous suite that is most definitely seaside inspired, so your guests know they’ll need to grab those boat shoes and get ready to dance the night away, bubbly included.
A FUN-FILLED REHEARSAL DINNER
Rehearsal dinners are ALWAYS a good time, but a rehearsal dinner pre-nautical wedding? Sooo awesome. Think a lobster or clam bake with the cutest details, all held seaside at a crazy cool venue like the Fish Bar, Pier 81’s IT seafood lounge and rooftop. Starting your events off right has never been more fun… or convenient.
CREATIVE PLACE CARDS
You can’t have a nautical wedding without some sweet rope detailing, so throwing some nods to your boating skills on your place cards is, well… totally awesome. Not to mention that it’s a fab way to add a little touch of your theme to the proceedings without being too over the top. We honestly adore that.
TOTALLY AWESOME ROPE VASES
And speaking of fabulous ways to add some knot-inspired details to your Big Day… DIYing some special touches, like these amazing rope vases, is a definite MUST. You’ll be adding a touch of personalization your guests will absolutely adore, plus you can sit back and admire your hard work the day of. It’s what we call a win-win, loves.
You know we love a stylish groom and it doesn’t get much better than a handsome Mister rockin’ some seersucker. Whether it’s simply a suit jacket or you prefer an all-out ensemble, adding this gorgeous fabric to your Big Day lineup is a definite MUST… and throwing in that dapper bow tie doesn’t hurt, either.
A CRAZY COOL COMPASS
You can’t have an awesome nautical wedding without a little ode to compasses. That’s basically a fact. So why not add those sweet Save the Dates to your lineup? They’re totally unique + seriously stunning AND set the mood the minute your guests receive them. We’re obsessed.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR GUESTS
Start your guests off with the coolest compass ever and send them away at the end of the night with a little pack of helpful items for the day AFTER. Think everything from ibuprofen to a pack of tissues to those much needed breath mints. Trust us, this is a detail your nearest and dearest will LOVE.
Saying “I do” in a nautical wedding just wouldn’t be right without a little anchor love. Add this must-have detailing with sweet DIY pillows, table linens or even place cards or table numbers. Just don’t throw your Big Day bash without one.
YOUR ONE TRUE LOVE
Sure, you need all of the amazing details to pull off a nautical wedding, but the one thing you can’t do without? Your one true love. Because when all is said and done, you’ll be happily sitting on one of The Duchess’ fabulous decks, staring at the breathtaking skyline that is the world’s greatest city (NYC, of course) and sipping champagne while your guests party the night away in high style. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
Contact The Duchess TODAY to begin planning your nautical wedding. Your dream day is waiting, loves.
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