When I think of a tropical wedding theme, my mind brings me to sunny skies, the warm summer breeze and the smell of the ocean. This wedding theme is often a great choice for wedding couples who are after a relaxed informal setting to their day’s celebrations.
Your ceremony would most likely be held outdoors, for example on the beach, on the lawn or terrace of a waterfront venue. Followed by reception at a modern venue.
You could even be celebrating your nuptials at a yacht club, golf club, or somewhere as unique as an art gallery.
Moreover the tropical wedding theme could also be a perfect alternative to the usual rustic theme you see for a backyard wedding!
Tropical Wedding Venues
Potential wedding venues suitable for a tropical wedding theme in Sydney include:
- The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
- Auburn Botanic Gardens
- The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
- Deckhouse Woolwich
- The Art Gallery of NSW
Wedding Colour Themes
Go classy white and green, or bold and bright with vibrant tropical colours. Even with a tropical wedding theme, you can personalise it to suit your style by using very different colour palettes.
Classic Tropical, which is predominantly white and green. You can even give it a twist by adding a touch of gold in your invites or wedding décor.
Modern Bright Tropical – bold vibrant colours such as pink, orange and purple will instantly bring fun vibes to your wedding style.
Invites, stationery and wedding styling
Let the tropical theme inspire your wedding invitations, stationery and styling for the day.
For instance, rather than having your menu or guest wedding place cards printed on paper, why not use tropical leaves with gold calligraphy instead?
Large green monstera leaves can also be used as place settings (in place of charger plates) or table centrepiece decorative elements.
Wedding Flower Choices
For wedding flower bouquets or table centrepieces, popular flowers for a tropical wedding theme are usually those associated with the tropics such as strelitzia (birds of paradise), orchids, jasmine, anthuriums, water lilies, flowering ginger, pineapple flowers and siam tulips.
Some natives like pincushions and protea work well too when mixed in together with tropical greenery.
If you’re thinking of going the more sustainable route, then bromeliads offer a wonderful alternative as wedding décor that goes well with the tropical wedding theme. After the event, bromeliads can be re-planted in your garden or gifted to your wedding guests.
If you’re not into flowers, using only greenery at your ceremony and reception is also a fabulous option for this theme – play with textures and different shades of green. If you like to inject a little colour, then foliage such as calathea, croton or the ti plant are great choices.
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What Flower Arrangements Would You Need for the Wedding Ceremony?
If you’re planning to hold your wedding outdoors, then you can rely on nature to provide a beautiful setting to your ceremony.
You could even do away with elaborate flower arrangements, particularly if you’re looking to save some money on wedding costs. The best investment for your wedding ceremony would be a wedding arch which will make for great pictures to frame your nuptial pics as you exchange vows or for photos with family and friends afterward.
And don’t forget to have an alternative plan ready for inclement weather if your wedding is held outdoors.