Are you an extrovert kind of a bride? Do you love bright colours, sunshine, cocktails and vibrancy? Then you should definitely be considering having a tropical wedding theme. 

How to get the look

Forget pastels, delicate shades and monochrome. This theme is all about COLOUR!

Think about the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean…

Think about turquoise blue, hot pinks, sizzling oranges and tangerine, lime green.

Make a start with your wedding stationery. To get the look from the go, work those all-important colours into your invitations. And put the invitation itself into a brightly coloured envelope.

If you don’t want a rainbow of colours, you could stick to a single bright tone for the lettering on your invitations, which will still set the tropical mood off perfectly.

Floral details

Getting your flowers right is also crucial for a tropical wedding theme.

This isn’t the place for cottage-garden blooms like peonies, daisies or roses. You need to be thinking exotic.

So maybe a spray of orchids for your wedding bouquet. Brightly coloured gerberas. Lilies. These flowers aren’t as expensive as you might think – orchids are available year round and remember you only need one or two sprays for a bouquet. Talk to your florist about your ideas and see what they come up with.

Other flowers that have a tropical look about them are frangipani – delicate white waxy blooms with a yellow centre. You could place a single one in an interesting vase for a perfect table centrepiece. (Gerberas are perfect for this too.)

Your flower can also be built into your theme in other ways. Maybe have it as a motif on cupcakes  – or on your wedding stationery.


Don’t forget to build the tropical theme into your wedding accessories too. You might want to wear a veil to your ceremony, but afterwards when you take the veil off,  why not have a tropical flower tucked into your updo? And of course, tropical flowers in your bridesmaids’ hair would also look wonderful  and on your young flower girls.

Oh, and for bridesmaids frocks, dress them in different bright shades of lime, fuchsia, purple, orange. Or if you’d rather they wore a single colour, you could give them different coloured shoes to co-ordinate with their dresses.

Your bridegroom will probably have his own ideas about what he wants himself and his best man to wear but if you’re having a tropical theme you can suggest touches like brightly coloured waistcoats, cravats, ties and maybe even socks!

If you’re wearing a traditional white wedding dress, you could add a coloured sash or wear brightly hued wedding shoes. (Which are in fact more practical than white, as you’ll probably get a lot more wear out of them afterwards, rather than shoes in a cream satin or ivory decorated with pearls and diamanté which will always look ‘weddingy’.

Our bride here had turquoise blue hair on her wedding day – which suited her style! But you can achieve tropical effects in more subtle ways!

Cakes and Favours

A plain white tiered wedding cake decorated with exotic flowers can look fabulous – talk to your florist again about what you have in mind and let them tell you which flowers would be suitable.

This is also where one of our experienced wedding stylists would come into their own. They’ll be able to take a wedding theme, like this tropical one and really turn it into something special. Interpret your ideas and make them come to life.

They’ll also have a whole array of props to help you get the look. Vases in the right colours and sizes. Cake stands.  (And they’d decorate a wedding cake table fabulously.)  They’ll show you the best way to ‘dress’ your reception too, with coloured chair covers and sashes. If you think your reception room needs a little something extra, they’ll show you the amazing effects that can be created with backdrop light curtains and room draping.

And because our stylists have worked with many different brides before, you’ll find it easy to communicate with them and using a stylist will also take a lot of the stress out of planning your wedding day too.

Your wedding day should look the way you’ve always dreamed of. And we’d love to help you achieve that, bearing in mind your venue, your personal style and tastes and of course your budget.

So get in touch with your local wedding venue stylist today for a chat…