We went to a casual wedding on a public beach in Sarasota, Florida, a few years ago.
It was a holiday weekend, and we were surrounded by hundreds of partying sunbathers. The music was booming, and the air was thick with spicy BBQ.
We were convinced the nuptials would be drowned out… but something magical happened.
As the bride walked barefoot down the sand to meet her groom, everything went quiet, and the whole world seemed to stop and watch their vows. It was one of the most romantic weddings we’ve ever attended.
Maybe you’re planning a tropical destination wedding, or possibly a closer option like a lakefront cottage or a ceremony on a nearby stretch of shoreline. Either way, a wedding cake with beach-themed elements is a glorious way to kick off newlywed life on the sand, not to mention a fitting reflection of the beauty of your setting.
So whether you have visions of an easy-breezy cake topper, a stand-out cake stand, or a simple handful of sugared sea shells on wispy white frosting, here are 28 beach wedding cake accessories and ideas to inspire you!
A Wave of Wedded Bliss
This decorative cake stand is simply beach wedding perfection.
The beautiful ocean waves are so exquisitely painted that this cake stand really does double as a piece of artwork.
‘Wood’ You Marry Me
This centerpiece cake stand is made of natural fine-grained and warp-resistant Paulownia wood, and each piece is unique.
It’s sturdy enough for your lakeside event, but it’s equally lightweight and portable.
The icing on the cake? This stand could easily become an accent piece for plants or candles, long after your wedding!
Cake Topper for Summer Surfers
This beach-inspired wedding cake topper is priceless for true beach lovers (the couple that surfs together stays together!).
The detail here is amazing! Made of fine porcelain, everything from the groom’s golden wedding band to the bride’s glazed dress is hand-painted.
‘Shell’ We Dance?
A bride and groom dance in the waves, she’s holding her dress as they tenderly embrace within a shell cocoon; this cake topper might actually make your heart skip a beat.
When you look closer, you see how the groom’s pants are casually rolled up, with tiny shells and flower details around their bare feet.
The finishing touch is the romantic French pearl trim around the base… just exquisite.
The Most Touching Cake Topper
You may need a tissue to dab your eyes when you see this romantic cake topper.
Every one of these toppers is a hand-painted cast based on the artist’s original carving. As you turn the piece around, you get a different view of the young lovers with their foreheads touching, their hands clasped, and their palms joined.
This lead-free cake topper is food-safe, but the paint isn’t waterproof, so wipe the base with a damp cloth to clean it, and please don’t dunk it into the water!
DIY Flair for Your Beach Wedding Cake
A beach theme is a perfect excuse to DIY some funky wedding cake decoration!
Sugar decorations like these seashell and starfish kits are inexpensive and so much fun for a wedding party to decorate with edible sparkles or food coloring sprays!
Throw them all on your wedding cake, or use them selectively on dessert cupcakes… endless possibilities.
Your Surfside Server Set
Simple touches are often all you need at a casual wedding, and this rustic server set will not go unnoticed.
This affordable set features a serrated knife, a pie slicer, and a pair of champagne flutes for newlywed bubbly.
Wrapped in jute rope with hints of lacy detailing, this is rugged romance at its finest.
Adorable Adirondack Chair Cake Topper
There’s just something romantic about a beach chair facing the water on a lakefront dock. So check out these tiny Adirondack chair cake toppers!
If you want to add more details to the top of your wedding cake, you can order palm trees, sandcastles, even flip-flops for a touch of humor.
Beach Cake Bling Topper
Glitter lovers, we’ve got something for you too!
This “Two Hearts One Love” wedding cake topper has all the rhinestone flare you need to bling up your cake by the ocean.
The Cake Stops Here
You newlyweds will photograph beautifully holding this beach-themed sign over your wedding cake with the sand and waves as your backdrop.
Plates With a Purpose
These biodegradable paper plates make eco-friendly sense for a beach buffet reception.
The splash of teal design looks beautiful and the square shape accommodates more cake and ice cream per guest!
Colorful Shell Cake Set
This four-piece wedding cake service set is adorned with simple ivory ribbons…
But the standout details on each piece are the handmade, encrusted abalone shells glowing with iridescent silver, blue, pink, and green—the effect is unique and so stunning.
Be the Cake Topper
It doesn’t get more personalized than this!
Send a photo of yourselves to this artist and a miniature you is created in a beach setting!
The artist ensures 100% handmade quality using the best clay materials so your “mini-us” cake topper can last a lifetime.
Shine Your Love Light Cake Topper
This customized acrylic cake topper is sturdy but sweet!
Your names and wedding date are laser-etched on the topper as a permanent keepsake. It also comes with an LED light (2 batteries are included).
After dark, it’s romantic to see lights twinkling by the water, and your topper lights up in a variety of colors to suit your wedding palette!
Make It Fake by the Lake
Fake cakes are surging in popularity because they’re light to transport and look fantastic in person and in pictures, not to mention they’re cheaper than edible cake! For the best of both worlds, most couples add an edible layer on top for their cake-cutting moment.
This naked foam cake is effortlessly classic, perfect for an easy breezy beach wedding. Dress it up with custom details like fresh flowers, shells and make it drip with faux icing.
Or Make Your Cake and Eat It Too
There’s some seriously inspirational stuff online about amateur bakers who finally followed their dreams and tuned in to a whole new world: making gorgeous cakes!
If you already like to cook or bake, why not blow off some pre-wedding steam by trying your hand at making a cake for your tropical wedding?
Be sure to start well ahead of time with some practice baking, and of course, enlist your family or wedding party to help make your dreamy confection a reality.
Tools of the Cake Trade
Talk about impressing your new in-laws… you can create a tiered wedding cake for your beach nuptials, and you don’t need to go overboard with the recipe or the decorations!
Cruise through YouTube videos with the search term “simple wedding cakes.” You’ll also find recipes online for angel food cake with strawberries, fresh mint, and rich mascarpone whipped cream that is easy to pull off with a little practice!
An Anchor Cake Topper
Are you boaters having a casual wedding dockside at your local marina? This classy cake topper with its nautical-inspired anchor is perfect for a waterside cake design.
You’ve also got some options with the décor: colors like silver, gold, rose-gold, or if you want to spray paint it yourself then teal is a perfect color choice. You can even go glittery!
Stunning Seashell Cake Stand
An artisan makes this two-piece cake stand with care.
The natural wood tray wrapped in burlap accent rope is set atop a “bubble round” glass pedestal filled with various natural seashells and sand.
The glass pedestal is available in three diameters to accommodate the size of your wedding cake, and the whole stunning look is ideal for an oceanside wedding.
A Slice of Pearls
Boho beachgoers, this wedding cake cutting set is all you!
It’s handmade with non-toxic materials, pearly details, and cut-out lace. It can also be customized with laser-etching in the font of your choosing.
Say It With Starfishes
Anyone for a fun cake topper that’s totally cute?
The bridal couple on this topper is two starfishes decked out for a wedding (top hat and bowtie for the groom… veil, and pearls for the Mrs!). They’ve both got a teeny champagne flute ready to toast, and there’s a precious little bouquet there too.
Funky Flamingo Topper
These colorful flamingos are decked out like a veiled bride and a bow-tied groom (although the colors, bowtie, or newlywed pairing can be customized to match your love!).
Unique details include velvety flocking on the birds’ necks and bodies covered with real feathers!
Undersea Elegance Cake Topper
As a kid, did you love searching the shore for seashells and sand dollars?
Revisit sweet childhood memories with this nautical cake topper full of unique and authentic shells; a custom-made masterpiece that will fit with any beach-themed wedding cake.
Sparkle on the Shoreline Topper
One more nod to beachy bling with this handmade anchor of wood covered with sparkly Swarovski crystals.
The base and crystal (or pearl) colors can be personalized to your wedding palette; simply gorgeous!
Beach Cake Bobbleheads
Who will ever forget these newlywed bobbleheads?
This bobblehead pairing is fully customizable (physical characteristics, attire, accessories, how the couple is posed), and even the most minor details can be requested.
This is the most adorbs way possible to decorate your beach wedding cake!
Just Married Cake In a Jar
Sandy beach nuptials take on a just married picnic vibe when you serve specially-made cake in a reusable mason jar!
These custom cakes are good for 10 days out of the fridge, 3 weeks refrigerated, and can be frozen for up to two months.
The flavors to choose from are mouthwatering! They include red velvet, triple chocolate, vanilla or chocolate raspberry, chocolate caramel or peanut butter, and very vanilla (vanilla cake with Bavarian cream filling and sweet vanilla buttercream frosting… our beach wedding favorite).
Sticking With One Sweet Tradition
If your heart’s desire is a super-cazh sandy beach wedding, you may still be thinking about including one nod to tradition, so why not order a small, traditional wedding cake?
When your beach wedding reception is a breezy buffet style, a small piece of traditional wedding cake will be appreciated among the BBQ burgers and shrimp.
This cake offers “secret ingredients” in addition to juicy red glace cherries, raisins, sultanas, and marzipan royal icing.
Each cake is infused with a bottle of brandy and matures for three months (the sponge is “fed alcohol” every week to ten days). We’re getting the warm and fuzzies just thinking about how good this will taste!
Artful Cake Topper To Imitate
One-of-a-kind creations like this will have you scrambling to make sure your wedding is as beautiful as your cake topper!
Our 5″ bride and groom stand lovingly under a 6″ pergola adorned with sequined tulle, flowers, and shell details. The base of this topper is like a natural sandy beach with seashells.
Laidback, but fairytale-esque; you’ll cherish this piece for a lifetime.