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Tropical Beach Wedding Inspiration

Madeline Trait

The Attire

The beach lends itself to both formal and casual, so you could go for something in the middle or a little of both. For the alternative bride or for a classy bridesmaid look, an ombre dress by Erin Fetherston will definitely turn some heads. For the groom and groomsmen, choose light linen suits paired with bright and fun Aloha shirt from Roberta Oaks. No matter where you buy your garments, make sure to choose natural, breathable fabrics. Things get hot in the tropics, so comfort is key. 

The Decor

For the ceremony, a special backdrop such as an archway adorned with tropical leaves makes a great, inexpensive focal point. For the reception, create your own tropical terrarium, or gather an eclectic mix of containers and candles and fill them with tropical leaves and accents of bright tropical florals.

The Tables

For your place settings, opt for light linen napkins and an easy escort card holder from Makekind. Keeping the tables simple will allow you to dress up bright, tropical cocktails with big pieces of fresh fruit—an absolute must for a beach wedding.

The Cake

Add some oomph to your reception with a showy and beautiful cake. This hummingbird cake has all the right flavors and could stand in for a centerpiece—it's that pretty.

The Topper

If you prefer to go classic with your cake, opt for a simple white frosting and a tropical-inspired cake topper

The Favors

Lastly, send your guests off with sweet treat. Compartes makes a fabulous piña colada milk chocolate bar that comes in fun, beach-inspired packaging. Another great parting gift is a beautiful Turkish beach towel. Guests can use them to lie in the sand and watch the stars at the end of the evening, then easily fold them down and carry them home in their suitcases. 

Want more inspiration? Check out my beach wedding Pinterest board! And don't forget to browse my selection of cake toppers!

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