If you’re planning a beach destination wedding, the one color to keep in mind for your decor is white, which creates not just an air of luxury and celebrity wedding style, but lets the natural colors of your wedding setting stand out as a beautiful background… the crystal blue sea and perfect blue sky in daytime, the vibrant hues of tropical flowers in trees on and around the beach, the beautiful sails of boats gliding by. White curtains flutter in the ocean breeze, adding an ethereal look to your beach wedding atmosphere.

The browns of the furniture shown here work much like fashion, a stylish neutral that shows off the colors around it, and brings in the natural elements of beachwood, driftwood and the tiki torches just waiting for nightfall to illuminate your wedding scene.

The elegant beach wedding setting here is shown courtesy of Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, the elite island destination off the coast of Antigua, where celebrities have married and members of the British royal family have vacationed.

White becomes the unifying effect tying in the different shapes and designs of different structures, like the entry tent here, the rectangular station with the draped fabrics, the reception area with the gazebo-style structure, chandeliers and tables.

Hanging lights, including chandeliers and strung fairy lights on the support poles and creating an open-air ‘ceiling’ to the space bring in a coordinating fiery yellow color that matches perfectly the hues of the sun setting over the ocean, the same golden shade glittering on the ocean…

White chair covers add that finishing touch to the white-hued and neutral-accented table settings, and notice the different sizes of tables for the perfect, personalizing seating arrangements.

The white creates a ‘room’ effect in the middle of nature’s splendor, with coordinated lighting carried out to the ocean’s edge.

A ship in a bottle adds a touch of whimsy to your pure elegance scene, perhaps a reflection of your personalities and an homage to the nautical history of your beach setting. That’s not just decor, but a take-home favor working double-duty as well. And the glass of the ship in a bottle adds extra visual punch to the stemware on your table, all of which reflects the flickering candle lights and overhead lights as the sun sets into the evening hours of your wedding celebration.

Still want a pop of color? Look at how those yellow florals stand out with the golden shade of the lighting fixtures, the paler sand shade underfoot, and the fire of the torchlight.

Yes, those are cushions on the floor, a top trend in beach weddings, given more pop to their white and tan shades with sewn-on, shimmering pastilles of gold.

And a curtain of shells helps define your open-air beach wedding ‘room,’ complete with island-perfect ‘up-lighting’ provided by candles in sand-filled glass containers in varying sizes.

There’s so much detail here, created by the Jumby Bay team, yet the ‘less is more’ approach is always your best approach when your setting has so much detail of its own. And white decor of daytime turns golden and sand-colored at night for a magical scene in shades that relax as well as impress. So it’s a color that changes with the setting sun… and then coordinates with the jaw-dropping sight of a perfect, starry sky above.

All images courtesy of Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort

Ms Gingham says: How divine and ethereal does this look. I just love it!

About Sharon: Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including her newest: “Bridesmaid on a Budget”, “Smart Guide to Wedding Weekends”, and “1001 Ways to Save Money and Still have a Dazzling Wedding”. Her two books for the mothers of the bride and groom are bestsellers, and she has appeared on such top shows as Good Morning America, ABC News, Lifetime, Inside Edition and more – sharing tips and insider secrets to help you plan your dream wedding on a budget, personalized to your love story. Visit her site Sharon Naylor for more on her books, free worksheets and appearances. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Joe and is at work on her next two wedding books.

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