14 Reasons Why Tropical Foliage Is the Latest Wedding Trend We Love
Say "I do" to lush botanicals.
Published Aug 5, 2017 8:00 AM
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Tropical decor is a major wedding trend. Whether you’re planning a beachside ceremony in Bali or a low-key elopement in Kauai, the landscape abounds with inspiration. One of our favorite ways to infuse equatorial flair? Local flora. Think banana leaves, monstera, split leaf philodendron, palms, and elephant ears.
An altar fashioned out of areca palm fronds, like this one from Xochitl Botanics, is the sublime structure for an ocean-front ceremony in Tulum, Mexico. For a full wedding rundown, visit the bride’s blog, Hannah Shelby.
Photography: Sean Cook Weddings Venue: Sanará Tulum Planning and design: Destination Weddings Tulum Florals: Xochitl Botanics Decor rentals: Archive Mexico Hair and makeup: The Styling Trio Dress: Inbal Dror
Who says your bouquet has to include blooms? This verdant, all-green arrangement by Tumbleweed Floral Truck proves that you don’t need forals to make a major impact. For more inspo from this exotic editorial shoot, visit 100 Layer Cake.
Paradise found! These beautiful botanical-adorned bride and groom seats are giving us major vacation vibes. Xochitl Botanics was behind the greenery design. And these chic, bamboo chairs are rented from Archive Mexico. Full details are available on Hannah Shelby.
Low-set centerpieces—composed of fresh stems and leafage—serve as the focal point for the table, while ensuring that guests can converse and actually see one another. Silver votive candles amp up the romance.
For a less formal affair, consider serving food family style. Add a tropical touch to your tabletop with white fabric runners and glossy monstera leaves a la Sugar & Cloth.
Leafy Cake Toppers
Mix-and-match bud vases and a variety of vegetation give this tablescape a laid-back vibe, while still feeling fresh and unfussy—perfect for Vanessa and Kelly’s Palm Springs wedding. See more on Carats & Cake.
Your invitations are an opportunity to set the tone for your special day. The oceanic color palette and watercolor of these Euclid + Jayne invites just scream destination wedding.
If you’re keeping the guest list small, consider swapping escort cards for a seating chart, like this stunner from Highland Avenue Events—complete with palm print inlay and a gold frame.
Palm Place Settings
Custom Game Boards
Let the games begin! This custom, Hawaiian-inspired pink and green cornhole board is perfect for an afternoon of lawn games.
Dreamy Cake Display
Parisian-meets-tropical chic for this fête at L’Hôtel d’Evreux in Paris, France. Palm embellishments and greenery ensure this Synie’s confection is ready for its 15 minutes (AKA the cutting of the cake).
Celebratory Hanging Installation
Set the stage for an evening of fun with signage. This showpiece from Corfu Wedding Planner comes together with lush leaves and a celebratory quote.
This Costa Rica destination wedding was all about tropical minimalism. A clear glass menu—accented with gold calligraphy and split-leaf philodendron—beautifully captures the theme. View the full affair on Ruffled Blog.