Anchor decor. Wind can topple tall floral arrangements, blow out candles and send other table elements flying. "Stay away from glass vases, which can easily break in the sand," warns Bussen. If tall centerpieces are your dream, Helmstetter recommends having the florist secure them to the table with heavy objects. "She can always cover these mechanics by lining the vases with ti leaves, palms or other natural elements." For lighting, "use hurricane-style lanterns or LED candles, which are flameless and longlasting," says Bussen. When wind-proofing place cards and favors, a little creativity can go a long way. "Tie sea horses to each place card," Helmstetter suggests, "and weigh your menus and napkins down with maracas or coconut shells."