You’re a classy bride, right? So why is it you can’t find any inspiration for your destination wedding cake that doesn’t have seashells and waves out the wazoo? There is a VERY fine line between classy and kitschy when it comes to beach wedding cakes. To make the planning a little easier, we’ve collected 13 of our favorite beach wedding cakes that don’t scream “I’m a tourist!”
This pink beach wedding cake doesn’t scream “beach,” but that’s exactly the point. It’s tropical, floral, and breezy without whacking you over the head with its beachiness.
Paisley is a super creative way to invoke a sense of movement and water in your beach wedding cake. The blue teardrops immediately calls water to mind, and the cascading pattern looks both sophisticated and modern. Again, it’s a hint of the beach, not a full-on underwater wonderland.
This cake is all-the-way class. First, it’s all white, which instantly adds some glam to your wedding. Second, there are beachy elements to it, though it is still a traditional wedding cake. Third, seahorses are a little-used idea in beach weddings, making it totally appropriate and still quite unique.
I love the blue ombre on this cake. Again, the blue makes you think of water, and the white lends itself to puffy clouds or foam as the water meets the sand. The different sized layers and clean lines are utterly modern, making it the perfect mix between traditional beach wedding and modern glam.
This cake is one of the more overt examples of a beach wedding cake. My recommendation? Lose the “sand” (brown sugar” at the bottom and the cluster of seashells up top, and you’re good to go. The patterned fondant makes you think of waves, and the blue ombre treatment evokes the sea and sky, like the cake above. A cute late-night snack is sand dollar sugar cookies in brown sugar, as shown right.
Again, another more explicit beach-themed destination wedding cake…but I like this one because it brings in more than just seashells. The picket fence makes me think of summer at the shore in Assateague, and the Adirondack chairs are a really adorable touch. If this were my cake, I’d cut back a bit so it’s not so busy…lose a few seashells, maybe. Overall, a great, less traditional take on the classic beach wedding cake.
Can you tell I like ombre? Out of the 10 cakes here (and yes, one is my actual wedding cake), I like this the best. It’s as classy as they come, but it still is very obviously for a beach destination wedding. Coral, like seahorses, is almost never used in beach wedding decor, making it a great alternative. The sparse decoration on this cake leaves room for it to breathe, giving it a feeling of elegance.
Wow, this cake is busy! If you’re looking to make a statement, this is it. A Hawaiian-themed beach wedding cake is only appropriate in some settings, of course, but if you are hosting a casual beach wedding in, say, Hawaii, this is perfect. No sand, no seashells, no blue…but still undeniably for a destination wedding.
Though this blue beach wedding cake uses the seashell motif that we’ve avoided for many of these cakes, it ups the ante by incorporating them into the pattern of the cake itself and not simply setting them on each layer or sprinkling them around the foot of the cake. The cascading sugar shells feel more purposeful and modern this way.
This design is a bit scaled back from the Hawaiian print from earlier, but it’s the same idea. Hibiscus and starfish call the beach to mind, but in a subtle way.
This sculpture…I mean cake…is a complete work of art. Mosaic tiles repeat a wave pattern, while seashells keep the look from being too stark. It’s perfect for even the fanciest destination wedding.
This giant mosaic flower, set in blue, hints at a beach wedding without going too far.
This one’s hard to picture, I know…but imagine it in beachy colors. The mosaic pattern is instantly beach chic, and the flower calls out the tropics. The curlicues add movement and could represent grass on a sand dune or seaweed swaying in the ocean. It’s there…it’s just understated.
I hope this proves that a beach wedding cake doesn’t have to beat you over the head with seashells or overdoing the cheese factor. Do any of these cakes work for you?
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