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The Charm of a Clambake Wedding: Tips and Ideas for Your Big Day

Updated: May 1, 2023


Unleash the fun and flavor of a clambake wedding

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A clambake wedding is a fun and unique celebration of your big day!

If you're looking for something different from the traditional wedding, it could be perfect for you!


Not only will your guests be able to feast on delicious clam chowder and lobster tails (yum!), but they'll also recognize the unique charm that this type of gathering brings.

This type of wedding is laid-back, fun, and full of good food and good vibes!


But how do you go about planning a clambake wedding?


As your partner in clambake gatherings, here are some tips and ideas to get you started.


1. Start by creating a unique menu.

Putting together a clambake for your wedding reception? You’re in for a treat!

Adapting to the theme is what makes menu planning a fun experience.


From traditional New England clambake wedding favorites like mussels, clams, and scallops to more inventive offerings like smoked salmon and lobster tails, you’ll have plenty of options. And don’t forget about the sides—potatoes, corn on the cob, and vegetables like asparagus or mushrooms perfectly complement any seafood feast.


And why not add some fresh fruit salads for an extra burst of flavor?


Whatever your menu includes, guests will surely appreciate all the delicious varieties that come with clambake wedding reception feasts!


2. Have your seafood-themed décor in place.

Celebrate your love with a clambake wedding

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Seafood-themed clambake weddings will bring the energy of a beach getaway to your celebration!


And to make sure your décor reflects the theme, try using natural elements like driftwood pieces found at your local beach or simply placing some seashells around as centerpieces.

Spice up the atmosphere by adding some creative touches, such as fishnets draped from ceilings or even colorful lanterns surrounding tables for truly unique decor.


Don't forget that little details can have a big impact. So have fun giving your guests an unforgettable experience with unique decorations!


3. Incorporate clamshells into your invitations.

Incorporate a wow factor that your guests will be talking about before they even set foot in the venue!


Clamshells are the perfect touch for a nautical-themed wedding, and when used to hold the invitation, it adds a unique and whimsical atmosphere.


By adding strings of pearls or glittering ribbons to complete the look, you will definitely turn some heads!

Not only does it make unwrapping the invitation more exciting for your guests, but it also adds to the overall experience and sets the tone for their big night!


You also can get creative with everything from decoupage shells that resemble roses to delicate, floral designs.


These unique invites are sure to impress your guests, but clamshells provide an eco-friendly alternative to traditional paper cards.


And, of course, your professional invite designer can help you select the perfect type of materials for your special day.


4. Keep drinks light and refreshing!

Celebrate your big day in true coastal style with a clambake wedding

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When it comes to drinks for clambake weddings, keep things light and refreshing with something special and unique. Step away from the usual choices and make your outdoor get-togethers special by serving inventive specialty cocktails.


You can whip up flavorful mojitos using freshly squeezed lime juice, muddled mint leaves, or tantalizing margaritas with a pinch of sea salt on the rim!


And if you're looking for non-alcoholic options, go for flavorful lemonades, or do something really special such as sparkling waters infused with cucumber slices or strawberries--perfect for those long summer days lounging by the pool!


5. Go all out with fun activities!

What better way to celebrate a traditional clambake than with plenty of fun and sun?

Invite your friends and neighbors for an event that’ll leave everyone with fond memories (just be sure there's sunscreen handy if it's sunny out!).


Your guests can get in on some outdoor lawn games like badminton or croquet, while others may want more subdued activities such as board games. In short, creativity should also be encouraged!


With live music playing in one corner and art supplies ready, you’ll have all the ingredients for an unforgettable event.


6. Don’t forget about favors when planning your big day!

Unique and Personalized Favors for Your Clambake Wedding

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Your wedding day is no doubt a special occasion, and while there are many details to consider, one not to be forgotten is favors!


Filling your guests’ favor bags with unique, personalized items is one of the many clambake wedding ideas that can add a unique touch to your big day!

If you have a beach-side event, mini bottles filled with sea salt from nearby beaches and a thank-you note attached are thoughtful, inexpensive gifts.


Alternatively, for vintage charm, opt for small bags filled with old-fashioned candy and breakwater rocks reminiscent of past travels.


Or, for a nautical vibe, fill each bag with breakwater rocks, reminding them of the great memories made at your special event.


So, never underestimate the power of an appreciated favor; it will surely bring a smile to your guests' faces on your big day!


7. Capture every moment on camera. Have fun!

With all the stress of planning a wedding, it's easy to forget one of the most essential things: capturing every moment on camera!


A clambake wedding reception by East Coast Clambakes is no exception; it'll be a night full of special memories and fun candids you won't miss out on!


So don't forget to bring your cameras (or recruit a friend or two) the day of!

Your guests will love snapping sweet shots throughout the evening, and some of which could even serve as future gifts they can give you in years to come.


Whether professional photographs or quick snaps taken between loved ones, making time to take pictures throughout the day will always be worthwhile. You will definitely keep your memories alive by looking back at these photos and videos in the future.


Have fun and cherish every second of it--after all, it only happens once!



Wrapping It Up

A clambake wedding can be the perfect way to mark the beginning of your lives together. You'll be able to create a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates your love with all the charm and rustic beauty of a traditional clambake.


Not only does it come with all the charm of an outdoor gathering like no other, but you’re sure to delight your guests with delicious seafood dishes!


Considering these New England clambake wedding ideas, you can create an unforgettable day for yourself, your partner, and everyone in attendance!


So don’t forget these key tips while getting ready to say “I do” beachside, and enjoy every second of this everlasting experience!


Planning a clambake is no easy feat, and you don't have to do it alone! East Coast Clambakes can prepare everything for your big day!


From ordering the freshest seafood, preparing delicious sides, setting up tables and seating, and even choosing music--we take care of it all!


Reach out to us now for more information on how we can make planning a clambake effortless.

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