Ideas for a Lighthouse Wedding

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Lighthouses make an attractive theme for weddings. Host your wedding ceremony or reception at a working lighthouse for a breathtaking venue. Or, if you can't actually have your wedding at a lighthouse, if there's one nearby, it will make a lovely backdrop for your wedding photos. However, if your event isn't taking place near a real lighthouse, you can still use a lighthouse as your central wedding theme. Incorporate a lighthouse in your wedding invitations, decorations, cake, favors and other aspects of the wedding decor.

Invitations

  • Create a lighthouse-themed wedding invitation to give guests a glimpse of the theme. Make a simple, yet elegant invitation utilizing a lighthouse silhouette image. Create an invitation with a word processor or graphic art program. Put a simple silhouette image of a lighthouse on the top of the invitation. You can find these images in clip art collections. Add wedding details and print the invitations. Cut the invitations and mount them on card stock in wedding colors.

Decorations

  • Make the lighthouse theme evident in your church and reception decorations. Choose a color scheme that supports a lighthouse theme. A palette of blues and sandy brown works well. Use a lighthouse image on the wedding programs. Carry the lighthouse theme into your reception decorations. Use lighthouse candle holders as your centerpieces. Surround the centerpieces with flowers in wedding colors, or spread a handful of sand around the base and scatter some shells on top of the sand. Create a lighthouse as visual focal point for the room. Draw, cut out and paint a lighthouse image on a foam board for a wall decoration. Have a flashing light at the top of the lighthouse.

Cake

  • Find a baker who can create a lighthouse by stacking layers of cake and sculpting them into a lighthouse shape. Add some fiber optic lights at the top to serve as the light, or use flowers as a topper. Another way to carry out the lighthouse theme on a wedding cake is to use a lighthouse cake topper on a traditional, stacked cake. You can buy a lighthouse topper at a wedding supply store or create your own with balsa wood.

Favors and Other Ideas

  • Carry the lighthouse theme into every aspect of the wedding, including the favors. Have an artist paint a picture of a lighthouse, and reproduce the painting to create souvenir postcards for the guests. You can also frame copies of the painting to give as gifts or use the image on a magnet for guests to use on their refrigerators. Other favor ideas include lighthouse-shaped soap or a truffle box filled with chocolates and sealed with a lighthouse sticker. Also, create thank-you notes keeping with a lighthouse theme. If the invitation or wedding program featured a lighthouse image, use the same image for the thank-you notes for continuity. A photo of the bride and groom in front of a lighthouse is also a nice touch for thank-you notes.

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