New England is know for several things, the beautiful coastline of the North Atlantic, clam chowder (or chowdah) and that classic preppy style. When you mix the Lily Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines and Sperry’s with the gorgeous coastline, the preppy nautical style emerges. A mix of quintessential New England coastal charm and traditional elements, preppy nautical style is perfect for those in love with everything New England. Preppy style can be overwhelming for some but we have some tips to keep that preppy style classy and elegant.
The color palette for a preppy nautical wedding is pretty straight forward. Navy and ivory are the classic neutrals. Base the rest of your color palette around them and then choose other classic preppy colors to act as accents. Kelly Green, rose, or watermelon pink are perfect choices. Then add either silver or gold as your metals, choose one, not both.
The coastline should definitely be a part of your nautical themed wedding. For a ceremony space, something on the water is ideal. Make it the backdrop for your vows. What better place to say “I do” then the vast and endless Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop?! Whether you are barefoot with your toes in the sand or in an elegant country club with a view you can be sure your preppy nautical theme will be well represented. You can even cheese it up by saying that the ocean represents your love for one another, immense and endless.
Preppy style is all about clean and simple pieces with pops of color. Keep the table scape simple with farm tables. Add a navy and white striped runner, some gorgeous flowers (hydrangeas are perfect and so New England), simple white plates and either silver or gold flatware. Add a pop of color to the table with napkins in your accent colors to encapsulate the perfect preppy nautical look.
Continue the preppy nautical influence by adding fun additions like a boat filled with seafood at the reception or nautical flags at the entrance. Remember to not overwhelm guests with too much of a theme. Simplicity is key, little nautical details can really help to take the theme from start to finish. Custom rope patterned pillows or anchors on your menus keep the theme present without taking away from the most important part of the wedding; You!!