Beach-Themed Indoor Wedding Reception Ideas


Don't run the risk of a rain-out for your beach-themed wedding reception. Instead, choose an indoor venue where the party can go on regardless of the weather. There are a lot of ways to decorate your indoor wedding for a beach theme. From fun and whimsical to absolutely elegant, you can plan a beach-themed indoor wedding to suit your individual taste.

Choose your Venue

  • Choose the venue for your wedding with the beach theme in mind. Decide whether your reception will include beach-themed activities which might require a special type of venue. For instance, try holding your indoor beach wedding reception in a gym or other location where you can set up volleyball nets for beach themed activities. For a more traditional wedding reception, you might choose a trendy spot someplace near a wharf with an ocean view.

Beach Decor

  • Your beach décor may include lawn chairs and picnic tables in place of your usual wedding tables. Use netting and anchors to decorate the venue. For centerpieces, put a message in a glass bottle with a bit of sand. If you are planning a casual beach-themed indoor wedding reception, use whimsical picnic plates and flatware in place of fancy china. A tiki bar, parasols and colored paper lanterns are another great touch. You could fill either galvanized pails or plastic beach pails with sand and insert tapered candles for centerpieces. Small fish bowls complete with live beta fish are another option. Add small table top tiki torches to all of your tables if your venue allows for this. Place several small blowup swimming pools on tables and have your guests place their gifts inside. Use a tackle box for a wedding card holder. And don't forget your tropical flowers. Try renting a couple of potted palm trees and other tropical plants to add to your décor. Write your guests' names on miniature beach balls in place of traditional place cards.

The Menu

  • Fish is a must for any beach-themed wedding. You could choose a casual buffet-style fish fry or a more elegant seafood dish served by waitstaff. Another idea is a beach picnic menu or beach barbecue complete with hot dogs, ribs and a variety of cold salads. A chocolate fountain with fresh fruit is another excellent addition to the menu. Add a lighthouse cake topper to your wedding cake, or just order a cake made to look like a lighthouse. Sand castle cakes are another great option for your beach-themed cake. Or, how about a tall lighthouse cake surrounded by smaller sand castles? And don't forget to add tiny beach umbrellas in all of your drinks. These versatile little umbrellas would also be adorable on top of individual wedding cupcakes topped with brightly colored frosting.

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  • Photo Credit beach wedding image by chinatiger from View of the beach of Caesarea. Old buildings on the beach image by L. Shat from message in a bottle image by William Berry from on the menu image by Allyson Ricketts from
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