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Posted: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013

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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

A week has passed since our trip to Georgia Aquarium, but I’m still feeling inspired by the amazing oceans views. If you’re looking for a fun and unique locale for your wedding, I can’t imagine a more perfect location than an aquarium. Not only does the graceful sea life make for an incredible backdrop, but it’s great entertainment for your guests too.

An aquarium setting will create an ocean feel for you, but if you are passionate about the beach or marine wildlife, here are a few other ways to incorporate an underwater feel to your wedding.

Bridal party attire: Add a little flare to the groom’s and the groomsmen’s attire with these Trout Bow Ties from Collared Greens. For your bridesmaid dresses, pick colours like sea foam green or ocean blue to tie in the underwater feel.

Bridesmaid gift idea: The beautiful starfish pictured above, from The Sparkle Tree, is the perfect touch for your bridesmaids on the big day. Complete with a pair of freshwater pearl earrings, your ladies are bound to wear this set after the wedding as well.

The Dress: With the venue speaking for itself, you could wear any dress style for an aquarium wedding. However, I have a preference for this stunning mermaid gown from Lazaro. The organza and lace bottom reminds me of a shell you’d find on the beach.

Invitations: For an underwater feel, consider any design that accents the ocean waves or wildlife. I particularly recommend the above Filigree Sea invitations and save the dates from K ella Company. I love how the wave design flows gracefully on the page. If you'd like to do something a little different for your save the dates, you may also consider mimicking the aquarium's tickets. It will make for a great way to introduce the venue!

Table decor: Take bare branches and paint them to look like coral. Not only does this look create a tasteful underwater feel, but it’s cost effective too. To give the design a little added elegance, consider hanging tea lights and pearls from the branches. If you're looking for a heavy ocean feel, you may want to use these hanging tea light holders that could pass for bubbles.

Venue choices: Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta), North Carolina Aquarium (Roanoke location), and South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston)

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