Beach brides: how to find inspiration for beach-themed wedding stationery

Maybe it’s in an English seaside town, or in the hot sun on a sandy beachfront? Near to home or far away, beach weddings are always popular, and you can really have fun with the stationery! We've spoken to Amanda Appiagye from Cards & Cotton about her beach themed designs:

These invitations were designed with an English seaside wedding in mind, but could be adapted to suit any costal destination. Your wedding stationery should give your guests a little glimpse of the day to come, so having a design in keeping with your wedding colours or theme is the perfect way to do this.  

Inspiration can come from many places, but for this collection, I gathered several beach or costal wedding photos, and then used the website to find some colour palettes to inspire the design. If you are unsure which direction you would like to take with your wedding invites, I always ask clients to send me a few photos that inspire the colours and themes for their wedding. Even if you are unsure what kind of invitation you want to go for, this is a great way to narrow down your choices.  

For the main colour, I went for a beautiful pale blue, which reminds me of a cloudless sky on a hot summer’s day. For the second option, I opted for the brown Kraft card, as the flecks make it look like a sandy beach. I chose a darker deep blue and an ice cream pink as the accent colours, which I brought in using the twine and stickers.

For the most part my designs start with a sketchbook, so for this range I started sketching and doodling anything related to the beach, seaside or ocean. I decided on using three hand drawn illustrations, a boat, a beach hut and an anchor, circled with a wreath of seaweed to create a logo, which would be on the back of the invitations as well as on the belly bands, order of service and various other wedding stationery items. A logo is a great way to bring all your stationery together to create a cohesive look, you can use it on everything from envelopes and the backs of your cards to stickers and tags! It could be an image of your liking, a venue illustration or even just you and your future spouses initials.

Top tips!

Give yourself enough time

It might take you longer than you think for your wedding stationery to come together. When you consider all the different elements, including rsvp, information cards, and even possibly maps, there is a lot of work especially if you are having a range designed for you. You’ll also want to make sure you give yourself enough time to allow for a change of mind on a typeface or a colour scheme!

Don’t limit yourself

Whether you design the invites yourself, take an off-the-peg range and have it personalised with your own information, or get them custom designed for you, think bigger than the basic wedding invite. Be creative; professionally printed table plans, belly bands, maps, stickers, favour labels, and name places all add to the feel of your day. This is now even simpler with the new Wedding Collection available, meaning you just have to pick the right paper and sizes for each item. 

Make it personal

Think about the little details that will make your invites unmistakably yours. People often forget about things like the backs of the invites. You might want to leave them plain, or have extra information on the back, but it’s also a great place to have a fun little detail or pattern that makes it unique to you. We offer lots of ways to personalise your invitations, to make them special to you and your guests. One simple way is a custom wedding venue illustration as in the image above. If you don’t have a large budget, this can be a cost effective way to personalise your stationery without having a suite custom designed for you.


Be yourself and keep calm

Last of all, it’s your wedding day so if you want to be a bit different, go for it!  Don’t be governed by what a magazine, a blog or anyone else tells you that you need to have for your wedding. Yes you will want to get the wording right, and choose the exact colour to match your scheme, but don’t fret about every little detail so much that you end up not enjoying the process. Be yourself, keep calm and that will shine through your whole wedding, including your stationery.


Cards + Cotton offer ready-made, personalised wedding stationery collections as well as bespoke wedding stationery. We also produce personal stationery, greeting cards and gift items.



David Brookes
12 Feb 2014 12:34
Love the use of kraft paper
Alex Wilkie
12 Feb 2014 16:47
the basic illustrations are a terrific touch
17 Feb 2014 15:40
oooh I'm planning a vintage seaside family party soon, love these ideas!
20 Feb 2014 15:12
Nice use of kraft cardstock - works well with the navy blue.
Karla Hall
20 Feb 2014 20:42
Love these vintage designs, you're so talented. I find that the Kraft card at is perfect for a vintage look and feel.
22 Oct 2015 08:39
Super graphics and love the invite designs :)

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