How to Plan the Perfect Tropical Destination Wedding

April 15, 2015 0 Comments

Spring is out in full force, with summer lingering just around the corner – and its got us thinking about tropical destination weddings! Our whole team has been traveling to warm locales recently, and we agree that there is nothing quite like a beach wedding to ring in the beginning of a sunny and wonderful marriage.

Here are our top five tropical destination considerations and inspirations for your spring or summer wedding:

Consideration #1: Destination location – the place you choose to get married will affect a number of other wedding particulars (like local cuisine, weather, florals), so be sure to do your research when deciding between destinations like Hawaii, Mexico, and the Bahamas.

Photo by Steph Bond

Photo by Steph Bond


Consideration #2: Wedding size and matching venue – are you more the small bespoke event or full family affair type? Either way, there is a beach or garden lawn in paradise that is perfectly tailored to your needs and wedding party, from 1 guest to 500+!



Consideration #3: Attire and dress code – if you’re having a beach wedding, you have an opportunity to play with color, silhouette, and your overall wedding day look! Opt for lighter weight fabrics or shorter dresses in humid climates, and remember that the comfort of your guests should be high on your list of priorities.



Consideration #4: Locally sourced and appropriate décor – the tropics are known for bright colors, abundant flora and fauna, and breathtaking landscapes, so take advantage! A bright bridal bouquet sporting both succulents and local flowers is a great way to incorporate the destination into the décor, and create a seamless wedding look. Your photographer should be experienced in outdoor photography, your caterer should offer destination-infused fare, and your wedding should reflect your location and style as a couple.


Consideration #5: Tiny details – use these to make the wedding your own! Not into fiesta colors or tacos + tapas? Choose a resort theme or make your décor scheme flamingo pink with hints of palm! This cake topper pulls the look together, and takes a standard naked cake to next-level tropical paradise!


Photo via Swooned

Photo via Swooned

Consideration #6: Guest experience – they have travelled across land, sea and maybe even continents to join you in the celebration of your marriage. Guests often tend to do less research and planning when traveling for a wedding than they would for their own personal vacation, so be sure to set them up for a smooth experience. It’s all in the details: sending your save the date well before the typical 6 month deadline, welcome bags with thoughtful details like a clear itinerary of the wedding events, things to do in the area and maps with instructions on getting to the wedding (don’t expect them to rely on google)!


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