Take the literal translation of tying the knot and infuse a nautical theme into your nuptials. Especially popular during the summer months, maritime weddings can range from preppy New England style to blue-and-white classic. Last week, we talked about how to look seaside chic with your wedding day ensemble, so today we’re moving to the wedding day details.

What we love about this theme is that it comes with several symbols—knots, anchors, stripes, compass—making it customizeable for each couple’s personality. Stripes scream elegant affair while the anchors add a sense of playfulness. Mix and match motifs to create the right setting for you. 



Set sail on the tone with save-the-dates and invitations illustrated with nautical flair. Go from elaborate, such as the compass-themed stationery suite featuring treasure map-inspired directions from Grapevine Paperie (center) or stylishly subdued such as the invites from Make Merry (left) and Outvite (right).



The simplistic style comes across beautifully in wedding cake designs, with small details making a big statement as seen in this preppy confections.

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Colorful blooms can be tied into the theme with ribbons, or create a bridal bouquet out of boating rope for a unqiue option.

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Table numbers are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to enhance your theme, rom rope to boats to sailing chic stationery.

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Spell out your monogram or love messages with maritime flags in your decor, while adding nautical flair to your walls or getaway car with life preservers.

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Send guests away with some sea-inspired gifts, such as these compass place cards that double as favors, boat wheel magnet or coastal coasters.

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