A beachside wedding is just about the most romantic way to say “I do,” and an elegant wedding cake to match the stunning affair is a must. With gorgeous shell decorations and botanicals big and small, these coastal-inspired wedding cakes have us dreaming of a ceremony by the shore.

By Mary Tomlinson

Coconut Dream 

Coconut does double duty on this mini wedding cake: large flakes on the outside create soft texture, and a halved fruit on top shines at the center of a tropical floral arrangement.

Shine On

The natural sheen of mussel shells earns them a spot as a full-on cake decoration at every level of this coastal Ireland-inspired stunner.

Love Birds

The plastic star of kitschy yard décor is transformed into an elegant topper—made from hand painted pink paper feathers, Styrofoam, wire, and bamboo—with handmade charm.

Blast From the Past

Old Florida at its most charming! Bright hand-painted oranges plus fresh slices on top means bright citrus vibes all the way.

Go for the Gold

Oyster shells go from earthy to glam with a touch of gold coating.

Mexican Charmer

Supremely simple details on this Riviera Maya masterpiece—pale sunset orange icing in a light ruffle, a single fan palm topper—evoke images of a calm beach scene.

Shell Bouquet

Bouquets aren’t just for flowers—arrange large and small mussel shells to create an artfully earthy topper.

Show-stopping Topper

With such statement-making coral accents, muted blues help to keep this cake from going over the top.

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Watery Wonder

The much-loved watercolor cake trend shines with a light application of coastal blues, greens, and purples.

A Night in Havana

Take a trip to old Havana with this hand painted masterpiece—all it needs is a pale pink Hibiscus bloom on top.

Black (Pearl) Beauty

Black pearls strewn throughout add a moody element to this elegantly simple dessert.

Bold and Bright

A balance of bright tropical patterns on bottom and clean white icing on top makes for a wedding cake in perfect equilibrium.

Modern Meets Beachy

One artfully placed paint-speckled botanical is all it takes for this cake to go from plain to palm-perfection.