All-white tropical wedding with white canopies over seating at beach in Turks and Caicos | PartySlate
photographer: Brett Matthews Photography | planner: Amy Katz Events | floral: Flowers by EA | venue: Grace Bay Club
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Paradise Awaits: 10 Tropical Wedding Ideas

All-white tropical wedding with white canopies over seating at beach in Turks and Caicos | PartySlate

Give your friends and family an unforgettable experience with a wedding in paradise. Tropical weddings range from destination celebration to tropical wedding themes closer to home. 

We asked renowned wedding planner Amy Katz, of Amy Katz Events, for insider tips on how to host a tropical wedding — with or without the beach. Katz tells us, “I think that you can create any type of environment within a venue, it just takes some creativity and vision! The vibe has to start from the guests first introduction to the wedding.”

We’ve also searched through thousands of real weddings on PartySlate to find the best tropical wedding ideas. From beachside ceremonies to Midwest ballrooms filled with monstera leaves, here’s how to set the scene for a wedding in paradise.

1. Keep the Palm Trees in View

Nothing says paradise like palm trees swaying in the breeze. Whether you exchange vows with your toes dipped in the sand, or head indoors for a ballroom celebration, keep the palm trees in sight. 

Host your celebration at one of our favorite beach wedding venues for a setting that organically incorporates palm trees into the backdrop of your celebration. You can also work with a talented wedding planner and florist to create your own paradise — with or without the beach.

Wedding ceremony surrounded by palm trees at The Breakers Palm Beach | PartySlate
photographer: Tina Blanco | 59 & Bluebell Events See More
Jewish wedding ceremony with palm trees at Indian Wells Golf Resort | PartySlate
photographer: Matthew David Studio | The Lighter Side See More
Beach wedding ceremony with palm tree backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Jessica Bordner Photography See More
Tented wedding with tropical palm trees inside | PartySlate
photographer: Merari Teruel | Melissa Davis Designs See More

2. Set the Tone With Tropical Wedding Invitations

Create anticipation for your celebration before it even begins with tropical wedding invitations. Laser-cut invitations bring a modern vibe while custom artwork offers the opportunity to incorporate your wedding colors (and even your wedding venue) into the design. You can find your invitations and print company with PartySlate’s curated vendor directory. Make sure to use the filters to narrow your search.

Laser-cut green monstera leaf tropical wedding invitation | PartySlate
photographer: Stanlo Photography | KeAira Chantell Events See More
Tropical wedding invitation suite with peach and aqua colors | PartySlate
photographer: Becca Borge Photography | Eau Palm Beach See More
Wedding invitation suite featuring Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | PartySlate
photographer: Heather Kincaid | Geller Events See More

3. Offer Shade with Canopied Ceremonies

It might be hard to imagine such a thing as too much sun, especially if you live in the Midwest like many of us at PartySlate. However, guests at your tropical ceremony will appreciate the comfort of a shaded canopy. Work with a talented rental company to create protective shading that doubles as stunning décor. Trust us, your guests will thank you.

All-white tropical wedding with white canopies over seating at beach in Turks and Caicos | PartySlate
photographer: Brett Matthews Photography | Amy Katz Events See More
Rustic wedding canopies at beach wedding ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: The Grovers | Montage Kapalua Bay See More
White wedding tent for tropical nikkah ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: MP Singh Photography See More

4. Fill Your Bouquet With Tropical Blooms

Paradise is in the details. Perfect your tropical wedding bouquet, boutonnière, or leis with bright blooms. Some of our favorite tropical flowers include protea, anthurium, birds of paradise, and ginger lily. We also love how more traditional blooms like calla lilies can create a beautiful contrast with brighter florals.

Pro tip: Make sure to ask your wedding florist which blooms are in season for your wedding date.

Tropical wedding bouquet with pink ginger, white calla lilies, and green fronds | PartySlate
photographer: Sunny Lee Photography | Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harbourside Place See More
Two grooms wear white and green tropical leis | PartySlate
photographer: Simple Moments Photography | Each & Every Detail See More
South Asian bride walks down the aisle wearing blue dress and holding tropical bouquet | PartySlate
photographer: Haring Photography | Eventrics Weddings See More
Wedding party hold tropical bouquets with giant green leaves, birds of paradise, and white blooms | PartySlate
photographer: Caroline Lima Photography | Chic Bahamas Weddings and Events See More

5. Bring Palm Fronds and Monstera Leaves Front and Center

Don’t underestimate the beauty of natural greenery. We love how palm fronds and monstera leaves can transform any event space into a tropical paradise. Lush foliage beautifies everything from your wedding arch to centerpieces. For heightened elegance, consider adding orchids or softer floral details to the surrounding greenery.

Two grooms touch foreheads at modern sweetheart table with tropical wedding centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Chantal Pryor Photography | The Penthouse Hyde Park See More
Tropical ceremony with modern white sofas and lush monstera leaves and palm frond foliage | PartySlate
photographer: Jonathan Scott Studio | Guerdy Design See More
Monstera leaf with white orchid tropical wedding centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Jose Ruiz Photography | Blue Thistle Productions See More
Tropical wedding arch of lavish monstera leaves | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Tai Flora Luxe Planning See More
Bride and groom kiss in front of circular gold wedding arch decorated with monstera leaves and white orchids | PartySlate
photographer: La Vie Studios | Bill Hansen Miami Venue Sourcing & Production See More
Tropical lucite wedding seating chart with monstera leaves | PartySlate
photographer: JSP Studio | Eau Palm Beach See More

6. Set Your Tablescape With Woven Place Settings

There’s a good chance that guests will spend at least half of the wedding reception at their table. Make sure to create a beautiful and curated space where they can wine, dine, and converse. Wicker place settings bring a tropical vibe to your wedding reception table. We especially love how the neutral fibers allow brighter napkins and florals to pop.

Wedding place setting with wicker plate charger and lime green napkin | PartySlate
photographer: Jose Ruiz Photography | Blue Thistle Productions See More
Tropical tablescape with bright flowers and wicker plate charger | PartySlate
photographer: Viviana Vieto Photography | Tropical Occasions See More
Tropical reception table with wicker charger plate, white napkin, and white orchid centerpiece with greenery | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Chic Bahamas Weddings and Events See More

7. Seat Guests in Tropical Rattan Seating

Show guests a look they haven’t seen before with custom seating. We love how rattan seating brings an instant tropical vibe to your wedding ceremony or reception. Consider rattan thrones for you and your beloved and rattan dining chairs for your guests. We also love how rattan chairs can be combined with other seating styles for an innovative look. Make sure to use PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find an available rental company near you.

Tropical boho wedding with rattan throne chairs and pink velvet seating | PartySlate
photographer: Hannah Costello Photogrpahy | Nicole Alexandra Events & Designs See More
Rattan chairs for beach wedding ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: Moni Adri Photography | Banyan Tree Mayakoba See More
Sweetheart table with rattan seating and monstera leaf décor | PartySlate
photographer: Julie Skarratt Photography | Blue Thistle Productions See More

8. Accent With Citrus and Fruits

Think beyond floral and foliage with bright and colorful tropical décor. Use citrus and other tropical fruits to embellish everything from your wedding tablescape to wedding cake. We especially love how fruit can elevate any wedding style — be it rustic, modern, or boho.

Tropical courtyard wedding with fruit centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Reem Photography | Déjà vu Sweets See More
Modern wedding reception table with gold circular candle holders and pink and green pineapple décor | PartySlate
photographer: Sugarfree Studio | LEVEL THREE See More
Wedding table with fruit centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Krystal Productions | Romantic Cabo Weddings See More
White wedding cake with coconut and orange floral decorations | PartySlate
photographer: Becca Borge Photography | The Betsy – South Beach See More
White wedding cake with fruit décor surrounded by white tapered candles | PartySlate
photographer: Reem Photography | Déjà vu Sweets See More

9. Keep Guests Refreshed With Tropical Cocktails

Is it really a tropical setting without a tropical cocktail? Keep palettes refreshed with colorful cocktails and mocktails. Capture a tropical vibe with the addition of fruity garnishes and bright hues. Make sure to hire a professional bar service to keep the drinks flowing seamlessly — and with Instagram-worthy results.

Yellow tropical cocktails with green and white stripped straws and limes | PartySlate
photographer: Cristina Isabel Rivera | STYLE Catering, Inc. See More
Man in black dress shirt and tie holds white tray filled with cocktails with mint leaves | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Plan Design Events See More

10. Illuminate the Night With Vibrant Lighting in Citrus Hues

Make wedding lighting a top priority. We love how lighting can transform any event space into a tropical destination. Go with bright, citrus-color hues to illuminate everything from tablescapes to the dance floor. Moreover, you can find an experienced lighting company with the help of PartySlate’s curated directory.

Wedding tent with gold lighting and string lights | PartySlate
photographer: Ravanui Lucas | Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora See More
Outdoor wedding with green and orange uplighting | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Tai Flora Luxe Planning See More
Outdoor wedding reception with pink uplighting and string lights | PartySlate
photographer: Chaz Cruz Photographers | Chic Bahamas Weddings and Events See More

People Also Ask…

How do you create a tropical wedding vibe in a non-tropical locale?

Amy Katz of  Amy Katz Events tells us, “The vibe has to start from the guests’ first introduction to the wedding. The invitation should have a tropical theme to allude to the wedding day theme. From there, the escort display should be tropical, whether there are seashells holding the escort cards or palm trees lining the entry hall. The options are endless.”

We also recommend transforming your venue into a tropical paradise with lush monstera leaves, palm fronds, and bright tropical wedding flowers. Elevate your reception tables with tropical wedding centerpieces that feature everything from hot pink orchids to wicker details. Conclude the evening with a tropical wedding cake accented with coconut, pineapple, or grapefruit. 

What do couples need to consider when hosting a tropical beach wedding?

Katz shares, “If you are planning to host a wedding out of the country, I suggest finding an experienced planner and venue contact to assist with every aspect of planning. Destination weddings can be full of hoops that are tricky to jump through.” 

She continues, “Most islands have preferred vendors who are the experts when it comes to the food, flowers, lighting, tents, weather, etc. Utilizing these vendors will give your wedding a natural feel and help to set the tone you are trying to achieve.”

Lastly, she tells us, “We find that weather at the beach is always unpredictable, so it is nice to have vendors who understand the climate. You should also always consider what you are asking of your guests. If you are asking them to travel, it is nice to provide additional events and activities for them along with welcome gifts and beach necessities like sunblock, hats, bug spray and beach towels!”

Where can I find more inspiration for my tropical wedding?

PartySlate is here to guide you from the moment you get engaged — through your showers, bachelorette party, welcome dinner, and all the way to the end of your wedding weekend (and every milestone life event thereafter). Click on the following to find timeless ideas, the latest wedding trends, and the best venues for a tropical wedding.