Summer’s warm embrace brings with it wedding season and when the mercury soars outside, there’s no better place to tie the knot than beside the sea. Overlooking one of WA’s most-loved beaches, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel is the perfect destination for a Montauk inspired declaration of love with the scent of salt water heady in the air.
Taking sartorial cues from Long Island’s fashionable Montauk region, a secluded surfer’s paradise known now as ‘The New Hamptons’, we’ve wrapped up our favourite coastal wedding ideas for chic yet laid back celebrations of love.
Invitations – Wedding invitations and save the date cards should reflect the overall tone of your big day, giving loved ones a taste of what to expect, so it’s important to select a style that captures the essence of your coastal celebration. A good starting point is to mimic the hue of beach sand and the inviting tone of the ocean with an off white and soft blue colour scheme. Add to the laid back seaside vibe with hand lettered details, watercolour finishes and gold accents for a touch of luxury.
Decor – Soothing white and blue tones also lend themselves to whimsical coastal table decor. Bring the ocean to the table with textural tablecloths adorned with tactile treasures such as coral and driftwood as a centrepiece. Continue the organic flow of decorations with clusters of candles at different heights and glowing lanterns to create focal points throughout your venue.
Add a dose of Montauk elegance to your place cards by opting for shells or driftwood adorned with your guests’ names. A stylish and cost effective alternative to custom printed paper place cards, this unique style doubles as a take home present for your guests to treasure for years to come.
Florals – Many brides-to-be spend the majority of their wedding budgets on flowers, only to have them wilt hours after the celebration comes to an end. Ensure your florals have more longevity than most by combining your favourite blooms with beachy succulents.
A cost effective alternative to peonies, poppies and other popular wedding flowers, silver-toned succulents look great when displayed alongside other natural elements like driftwood and shells. Whether arranged in individual glasses with rocks or smoothed glass collected from the beach, or positioned atop a weathered piece of driftwood, succulents are a long-lasting and unique alternative to expensive blooms.
Our go-to WA florists include Fox & Rabbit, Sheridan Tjhung and Natural Art Flowers.
The Venue – Nestled just a stone’s throw from Cottesloe Beach, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel offers a variety of spaces suited to a Montauk inspired seaside soiree.
Enjoy uninterrupted views of the coastline on a private balcony in our stunning Sunset Room. Suitable for a sit down dinner or a cocktail style reception, the Sunset Room boasts a private bar, dance floor, private lobby and a bridal restroom.
For a seated reception for up to 150 guests, or a cocktail reception for 30 to 250 guests, it’s hard to go past The Pavilion at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. A wide open space with a high ceiling (so you can get creative with lighting or hanging decorations), The Pavilion is perfect for brides seeking a long table, banquet style reception.
Located outside with an exclusive entrance, private bar and restrooms, the Pavilion is ideal for balmy summer weddings under the stars.
Dress Code – While many weddings demand a fairly formal dress code, a beachside celebration comes with a more laid back approach to fashion.
Grooms can swap a tight fitting suit for a more casual look with linen pants or chinos folded to the ankles with a sand coloured blazer over a soft white shirt. Australian brands including Country Road, Calibre and Montagio stock an array of options for fashionable fellas who want to inject their ensemble with understated coastal sophistication.
Brides can also adopt a coastal chic approach to their wedding attire by selecting between an embellished, flowing, floor length gown or a simple, fuss-free contemporary style.
Eclectic fabric combinations including sequins or hand sewn embellishments speak to the sparkling light that bounces off the ocean, especially when executed in beautiful tones such as pale blue, creamy white or soft grey. On the flipside, brides-to-be seeking something less fussy will love WA based bridal brand Lola & Varma. Catering to women who favour clean lines and simple silhouettes, Lola Varma is a one stop shop for brides wanting uncomplicated Montauk elegance.
At A Glance: Montauk Musings
Tunes: Passenger, Vance Joy, The Sturdy Souls, The Lumineers
Mood: Effortlessly elegant, laid back, simple yet sophisticated
Palette: Chalky white, nude, silvery-green, pale blue, sand
Shoes: Gold sandals that transition seamlessly from a beachside ceremony on the sand to a night on the dance floor
Dress: Lola Varma, One Fell Swoop or Rue de Seine for the bride. Calibre, Country Road or Montagio for the groom
Hair: Textured waves or an effortlessly elegant low bun with flyaways
Picture Sources: A Fabulous Fete, Weddingomania, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Once Wed, Nouba, Lola Varma