If you’re dreaming of a exotic beach party wedding, but set in the UK, never fear – it can be done! Here’s how to create the tropical wedding theme of your dreams…
Two things will help your wedding theme feel more tropical: water, and greenery. A beachside venue will transport your guests for a far-flung island feel, but if you’re too far in-land, then a venue with a pool can transform your outdoor space. Alternatively, opt for a venue with a lush, tropical garden for the perfect backdrop for your big day. Orangeries and greenhouse venues are ideal – the Eden Project in Cornwall even boasts the largest indoor rainforest in the UK!
Speaking of greenhouses, your flowers should reflect your tropical wedding theme! It’s the quickest and easiest way to give your whole bridal party (not to mention your bridal look!) a tropical twist. Bright colours with plenty of lush foliage is a good base to work from; blooms like orchids, lilies, birds of paradise and craspedia will look fabulous paired with palm fronds and succulents.
This is where the fun really starts! Tropical weddings mean bright, colourful and fun – how far you take it is up to you. If you’re going for kitsch, then flamingos, parrots and tropical fruits should be your order of the day, with leis for your guests and colourful sunglasses for favours. If you’re going for elegance, then sticking to plenty of candles and exotic blooms should see you right, with gold-sprayed pineapples for a modern touch.
Your wedding stationery is a great way to give your guests a hint of your wedding theme before the big day. You can keep it simple with outlines in pastel shades, or go full-on with bright and bold patterns. If you’re holding a waterside day and there’s a chance of swimming, make sure you tell your guests this in the dress code!
Food and drink
When it comes to a tropical wedding theme, what other option is there but delicious fruity cocktails? You can either have a single signature cocktail for the day, or have a cocktail bar with plenty of fun and frivolous garnishes and picks. The more colour there is, the better they’ll look in photos!
For the menu, you can either keep things casual with a Caribbean-inspired barbecue with plenty of tropical slaw, or go classic with seafood and lots of fresh, zesty salads. Finish with a tropical fruit platter and a sweet option containing lime or coconut, like a key lime pie.
For more theme ideas, check out our Details and Themes section!