25 Beach Wedding Favors Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Beach-themed wedding favors are perfect if you’re having an ocean theme, or if you’re getting married by the sea. Here are our top beach-themed favors to sail off on.

By Jennifer Prince

Beach-Themed Wedding Favors
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The First Look ✨

When people want to relax and get away from it all, they head to the beach. After all, the ocean is such a connecting point for many. Some grew up going on oceanside family vacations and others are lucky enough to live by the sea. No matter your experiences, the ocean seems to call to us all. If you want to capture this feeling for your wedding day, here are 25 beach-themed wedding favors that guests will love.

Considerations With Beach-Themed Wedding Favors

Yay! You’re getting married with an ocean view, and beach wedding favors are just the beginning. But, before you get too far into planning your guests’ thank you gifts, here are a few things to consider.

Choose Destination Wedding Favors Carefully

If you and your guests are traveling for a destination wedding, select favors that will travel well. Items that are too large, breakable, or cumbersome may get left behind, which isn’t the gift’s intention.

Be Mindful of the Weather

Imagine this—you’ve invested in the most beautiful, seashell-shaped beeswax candles to set at each outdoor place setting. But, by the time that you get to the reception, they are a melted mess—yikes! Candles and chocolate beach-themed wedding favors are best kept indoors.

Get Beachy With It

Whether you’re at the beach or just utilizing it as your theme, fully commit from start to finish. From your save-the-dates to the thank you gifts, tastefully incorporate the sea into your wedding. Beach-themed wedding favors can leave a lasting impression and remind your guests of days spent by the ocean.

25 of Our Favorite Beach-Themed Wedding Favors

1. Unique Beach Towels

Whether you choose luxe Turkish towels or terry cloth ones, consider giving your guests something to use at the beach. Find quality towels in your wedding colors or bold tones that are beach appropriate.

2. Cozy Blankets

Everyone loves party favors that can be used and reused time and time again. And while the beach does automatically lead to the idea of towels (see above), don’t discount this cozy alternative. Summer weddings on the beach may be warm, but nights on the coast can get chilly. For these cases, provide each of your guests with a nice warm blanket folded over the backs of their chairs.

3. Quality Beach Bags

Are you having your wedding far from home? Opt for practical destination wedding favors, such as an upscale welcome bag in the form of a beach tote bag for each guest. You could go the extra mile and give everyone a tote with their name (or monogram) on it for a personal touch. Pro tip: These also make for wonderful gifts at a bachelorette party or as bridal shower favors.

4. Disposable Cameras

Certain gifts might have an expiration date, but memories are forever. With this in mind, give your guests the gift of long-lasting memories in the form of a disposable camera. This will allow guests to capture your wedding celebration through their own eyes, as well as develop the photos and keep them long after the night is over.

5. Reusable Water Bottles

More and more, guests are becoming appreciative of practical wedding favors. We can’t say we blame them. For the couple or guest list that’s eco-conscious, stylish, and perhaps needs a little help staying hydrated, consider gifting reusable water bottles on your big day. Purchase them in your wedding colors (or attach personalized labels) and display them on a table at your reception for loved ones to pick up.

6. Sunscreen and Lip Balm Minis

Speaking of practical, prepare your guests for the sunny, beachy celebration ahead with beach party favor boxes. Include beach and summer weather must-haves, like sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and hand fans. Place these items into a box or gift bag, attach a small note, and you’re good to go.

7. Nice Flip Flops

Encourage your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and others to kick off their heels, dress shoes, or whatever else and slide into a pair of comfortable flip flops. If possible, ask for everyone to submit their shoe size a few weeks before the wedding takes place, then gift everyone a nice pair (read: not the kind you put on after a pedicure) to slip into during your wedding reception.

8. Natural Cooling Spritz

The web is filled with recipes for cooling sprays, otherwise known as “air conditioning in a bottle.” Provide your guests with a bit of relief in natural scents of peppermint, lavender, or cucumber. Cooling sprays also make excellent DIY beach wedding favors.

Beach-Themed Wedding Favors Photo Credit // Allison Hanson Photography

9. Paddle Fans

Many fair trade companies offer handmade, woven paddle fans unique enough to double as beach-themed wedding favors. Your guests will appreciate the opportunity to create their own breeze on a sunny, hot day at the beach.

10. Gourmet Sea Salt

Sea salt is an excellent ingredient for cooking, and most folks consume it daily. Guests can take gourmet sea salt and use it to cook or sprinkle on their food. What a practical, yet tasty treat for a classy beach theme. wedding.

11. To-Go Drinks

Send your guests off with a refreshing drink to-go. Purchase a large pack of canned wine, ciders, or your favorite beer and attach a reusable straw to the side via ribbon or twine. Then set them out in a table in a stunning display next to your guest book, encouraging guests to take one as they enter or leave. You can even include a bottle opener or wine stopper with each drink, if budget allows.

12. Local Fresh Fruits

If you’re hosting a destination wedding, consider giving your loved ones the tastes of the area. Prior to your wedding day, shop around the local markets and purchase the best looking fruits (and perhaps other specialties, like spreads). Place an assortment of each into takeaway bags that you can then offer to guests.

13. Custom Beach-Themed Candy

The options are seemingly endless when you’re working with food. Selections include sea glass candy, starfish wedding favors made out of chocolate, or rock candy in nautical colors. Sending your guests off with edible beach wedding favors is a delicious choice, and it's a great idea to add to your wedding theme. But, remember to save the chocolate favors for indoor receptions.

14. Royal Icing Cookies

Chat with a baker about making lovely, beach-themed wedding cookies. Giving your guests a bag filled with miniature cookies in the shapes of shells, sand dollars, and dolphins is a great beach wedding favor idea. Or, go all out and present attendees with a single, large sandcastle cookie.

15. Beach-Themed Soap

Whether you find hand soaps in the shape of starfish or sand dollars, or bars that simulate waves, think about soap. Not only is soap a practical gift, but you can try to make them as DIY beach wedding favors beforehand.

16. Bath Salts

Not to be confused with the aforementioned seasoning, bath salts are a mixture of pulverized minerals that dissolve when added into water. They’re meant to replicate the luxury of a hot spring or spa experience, making them a top-tier beach themed wedding favor. What’s more, they often come in small glass containers, corked at the top, which looks especially on-theme. Attach thank you tag and they’re ready to go.

Beach-Themed Wedding Favors Photo Credit // Corey Brandon Photography

17. Handmade Natural Candles

Contact a local candle maker who uses natural ingredients, such as beeswax or soy, to make personalized candle favors for your wedding guests. These small companies will often even create custom fragrances that will remind you of the sea. Just be sure that they are in jars (not candle holders like votives or tea light holders), so that melting isn’t an issue.

18. Personalized Luggage Tags

Another keepsake you can offer your guests is personalized luggage tags. These are especially appropriate if you and your guest list will be traveling by airplane to get to your wedding destination. You can find an assortment of customizable tags online, from those with fun sayings (“and so the adventure begins,” “bon voyage,” “love is a journey”) to those with monogram and initial options, all in a variety of colors. We recommend these customization options, as opposed to including the couple’s name or wedding date. This way, the design represents your special day without impeding on repeat use.

19. Summer Hats

Daytime ceremonies on the beach mean the sun will probably be high in the sky. Protect your friends and families from the glare and heat by gifting them a type of summer hat. These can range from sun hats, to baseball caps, to visors, to bucket hats. We recommend offering a couple styles in a few different sizes, if possible.

20. Sunglasses

In our experience, the single item that most people forget the most when they go to the beach are their sunglasses. Been there, done that, and lived to regret it. Cover all of your and your guests’ bases by offering up pairs of sunglasses as a beach wedding favor. Plenty of affordable and customizable options can be found online on websites like Etsy, ensuring that you find the style that’s just right for your celebration.

21. Themed Bottle Stoppers

Are the bride(s) and/or groom(s) big on wine? Bottle stoppers are available in a vast amount of designers, including those that easily work into a beach wedding theme. Search the internet or your local home goods stores for those that feature a design with coral, a lighthouse, a starfish, a shell, or similar on top. Then, gift to all of your wine-savvy loved ones.

22. Seashell Place Cards

If you love wedding favors that do double duty, this one’s for you. Hire a professional calligrapher to write each guest’s name on a seashell. Gold handwriting looks elegant on oyster shells, and a personalized wedding favors can be extra meaningful. Place them out at each guest’s seat or in a nice looking gift box.

23. Sand Dollar Coasters

If transporting delicate shells simply sounds undoable, consider instead giving your guests sand dollar coasters. These coasters are usually encased in a resin coating or are designed to look like real sand dollars when they aren’t, meaning they aren’t likely to crack or break in transport. Set a single coaster (or set) at each table setting, either wrapped with a ribbon or in a gift box. That way, guests are aware that they’re a gift they can take home.

24. Compasses

A nautical wedding favor for a sea-faring couple, a small compass as a wedding gift is charming, on-theme, and entirely unique. What’s more, it’s unexpected, meaning you’ll get to watch your friends’ and families’ faces light up as they’re greeted with the stylish favor.

25. Mini Treasure Chests

Mini treasure chests are a fun take on beach wedding favors that can go with tons of pirate-inspired wedding decor. Use them to hold other small gifts—such as breath mints, small sea shells, and a thank you note— or as place card holders.

Beach Wedding Sayings for Favors

If you don’t necessarily want to get beachy with your wedding favors, you can go for something more traditional. Then, add one of our on-theme beach wedding sayings to favors to align just about anything with your oceanside theme.

  • Now there’s two less fish in the sea.
  • We anchored our love.
  • High tide. Low tide. I’ll be at your side.
  • Have a shell of a time at our wedding!
  • Catch of a lifetime.
  • Wedding cake by the ocean.
  • Stay salty.
  • When our vows are done, let’s enjoy the sun.
  • Everything’s better at the beach.
  • Hand in hand while on the sand.
  • We tied the knot.
  • We did it on the beach!

So, are you headed down to the beach? If so, giving guests beach-themed wedding favors as a thank you gift is perfect. It’s as simple as using our suggested gifts or merely incorporating a cute saying on your gift tag. Either way, your guests will enjoy celebrating with you, while having a beachy and unique wedding favor to take home.

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