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February 23, 2018  RSS feed
Weddings and Engagements

Text: T T T

Whisk your wedding to the islands without leaving home


What screams tropical wedding more than a color scheme filled with bright pops of pink, luscious green and tan (reminiscent of sandy beaches, anyone?)

The Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas specializes in tropical-themed weddings, and to achieve that aesthetic, it’s all about decor, said Michelle Goldberg, Tropicana’s marketing projects manager. “Whether you choose to get married indoors or outdoors, you can always add exotic foliage, a bright color scheme and Chivari chairs to achieve a tropical setting for your wedding.”

The lush floral

For that exotic feel, it’s all about bringing the tropics to your theme with the right floral choices. Create an island aesthetic by decorating with palm leaves and bright, colorful flowers such as orchids, birds of paradise or ginger flowers.

Hala Tropical Flowers, a 10-acre tropical flower farm on the island of Hana, Hawaii, specializes in helping bring the abundance of lush floral of the island to any bride and groom.“For a bride planning a tropical themed wedding, I recommend using some of my favorite pink flowers like orchids, pink ginger and King Protea,” said Hala’s florist and designer Jessica Keay.

Adding whimsical flowers like white torch ginger and tubarose can add to the fun island vibe, while garden roses can add a touch of romance, she added. Eucalyptus and heliotrope plants are also some of Keay’s favorites for adding tropical greenery.

Aside from obvious floral elements like bouquets, many tropical-themed weddings also feature orchids and greenery in other decor elements – palm leaves are especially striking as escort cards or as part of tablescapes, while they can also adorn tropical wedding cakes.

Fun, pineapple-filled decor

What’s the hottest wedding decor trend of the year? For Tropicana’s Goldberg, it’s definitely the pineapple. Use the quintessential tropical fruit to add a pop of the islands or a pop of color (think attention-getting gold or bright yellow-painted pineapples) and think beyond pineapples by including other on-theme fruits like bananas, mangoes, papayas or eye-catching Buddha’s hand.

For even more tropical flair, include decor elements like flamingos, colorful leis, sand dollars (great for escort cards or table cards), seashells or candles. For fun while striking a pose, set up a photo booth with tropical props like sunglasses, straw hats and coconut bras.

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