By Lindsay Cohn

Published on August 5, 2017

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Photography by Anna Delores Photography

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.

From island-influenced centerpieces to botanical bouquets, there are plenty of ways to showcase tropical foliage. Here are all the reasons to say “I do” to these party-ready plants.

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Photography by Sean Cook Weddings

Palm Altar

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

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Photography by Cari Courtright

Verdant Bouquet

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.

Photography: Cari Courtright

Venue: The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina

Forals: Tumbleweed Floral Truck

Dress: Lovely Bride

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Photography by Sean Cook Weddings

Botanical–Backed Chairs

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

Photography: Sean Cook Weddings

Venue: Sanará Tulum

Planning: Destination Weddings Tulum

Florals: Xochitl Botanics

Decor rentals: Archive Mexico

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Island-Inspired Centerpieces

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.

Photography: Anna Delores Photography

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Planning and design: Hearts of Gold Events

Florals: Primary Petals

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Live Tablerunner

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

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Leafy Cake Toppers

Proof that you can execute this theme in a modern way. Ma Petite Maison Cake Design gave this classic three-tiered wedding cake an equatorial upgrade with local plants.  

Photography: Cari Courtright

Venue: The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina

Florals: Tumbleweed Floral Truck

Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cake Design

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Photography by Ashley Kelemen

Tropical Tablescape

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.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen  

Venue: Colony 29

Planning and design: Lace and Likes

Florals: Siren Floral Co

 
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Photography by Cari Courtright

Beachy Invitations

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.

Photography: Cari Courtright

Venue: The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina

Florals: Tumbleweed Floral Truck

Invitations: Euclid + Jayne

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Photography by Sophie Epton Photography

Seating Chart

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.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography

Venue: The Driskill

Planning and design: Highland Avenue Events

Florals: Botanical No. 9

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Palm Place Settings

Fan palms adorned each guest’s place setting at this breezy bash at Sanará Tulum. Read more on Hannah Shelby.

Photography: Sean Cook Weddings

Venue: Sanará Tulum

Planning and design: Destination Weddings Tulum

Florals: Xochitl Botanics

Decor rentals: Archive Mexico

 
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Photography by Anna Delores Photography

Custom Game Boards

Let the games begin! This custom, Hawaiian-inspired pink and green cornhole board is perfect for an afternoon of lawn games.

Photography: Anna Delores Photography

Venue: Olowalu Plantation House

Planning and design: Belle Destination Events

Florals: Mandy Grace Designs

Calligraphy: Alannah Rae Calligraphy

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Photography by Sandra Aberg

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).

Photography: Sandra Åberg Photography  

Venue: L’Hôtel d’Evreux

Planning and design: Fête in France

Florals: Madame Artisan Fleuriste  

Cake: Synie’s

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Photography by Les Anagnou Photography

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.

Photography: Les Anagnou Photographers

Venue: Pazuzu Corfu

Planning and design: Corfu Wedding Planner

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Photography by W&E Photography

Floating Menu

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.

Photography: W&E Photographie

Venue: Reserva Conchal

Planning and design: 419 Weddings

Florals: Embrujos