When we lived in the USA, we celebrated our 1 year anniversary and MrB spoiled me with a stunning Tiffany & Co starfish pendant. I have worn it ever since only taking it off when I have to.
As we were planning our wedding we didn't want to use too many cheesy beachy things. We saw a picture of a groom at a beach wedding wearing a starfish buttoniere. We really liked it but had already decided on a wire guitar shape with succulents. But as we hadn't ordered or paid for these, we decided we still had a chance to change our minds. And so the hunt began, in Joburg, for starfish that were fake (no damaging the seas for real ones!) and that were the right size and affordable. While visiting MrB's sister for her engagement party, we spotted a string of bright blue starfish in her beach themed bathroom. Winner! but blue.....mmmm.not sure. Turns out, nothing a little bleach and sunlight couldn't fix. (We soaked them for about 3 days - they went pink (panic!) and eventually white)
My friend went to Durban and came back with a large starfish which our photographer used for the classic ring shots. A nice little way to tie it together.
We were stuck on what wedding favour to use. The personalised M&M's from the UK were turning out to be a nightmare. Too much admin, too risky getting them here with a guest days before the wedding. So we decided on some homemade biscuits in starfish shapes. I spent hours icing the biscuits to give them some colour and to add to the starfish appearance. We crushed biscuits and mixed gold dust to make it look like sand. Apparently they were very tasty and a few guests commented on how cool they looked.