Use barely there pieces in shimmering silver and the odd dash of colour to make sure this theme swims rather than sinks. Don’t go overboard with ideas – dress flowergirls and pageboys in sailor outfits and bridesmaids will look fab in flattering navy with a white or scarlet sash. Tables can be decorated with centrepieces of driftwood, shells and tealights, using anchor charms to secure place settings. And if you really want to push the boat out – host your reception at a lighthouse!
Dress – Silver grey duchesse satin corset and bias cut skirt. Hand beaded with antique coral, freshwater pearl and shells. ‘Coral’ at Allison Blake Designs
Necklace – Bring a hint of red to your outfit with a chain that will complement the dress’s red embroidery. Ivory and amber cord necklace by Jolie Bijoux £18 at Treasure Box
Earrings – Starfish earrings are far prettier than the real thing. Rhodium plated clear crystal pave studs, EUR42 from Swarovski (Psst! The matching pendant is EUR66)