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Whether you’re getting married on the sands of Maui or some other sun-kissed shore, or you simply love a laid-back tropical vibe, our DIY inspiration will decorate your day in a way that’s tastefully tiki and guaranteed to be terrific.
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Say “mahalo” to guests—that’s “thank-you” in Hawaiian—with bags of sea salt in cut bamboo cups. Top each with a mini wooden spoon and a grateful tag. To make the tablecloth, we designed a pattern based on the breadfruit, a popular South Pacific staple, and sent it to Spoonflower, which printed it on cotton.
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While island-hopping, we found that many seaside venues have a bamboo ceremony arch similar to this. One way to elevate it, Polynesian-style, is with DIY garlands made from a sand-friendly staple: grass skirts!
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Outfit your ring bearer in a white ensemble accented with easy-to-make add-ons that lend a luau-ready look. For the mini-man bow tie, loop raffia ribbon around your fingers about 15 times, slip it off your hand, gather the loops in the middle with another piece of raffia, and tie to secure. Cut the two ends of the loop to make a bow-tie shape. Place it around his neck by threading a thicker, sturdier ribbon through the center of the finished bow. For the ring perch, trim raffia fringe to 2 inches and hot-glue it to the edges of a burlap pillow.
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This loose, cascading bouquet lets you carry the lush, natural beauty of the archipelago down the aisle. Plus, none of its buds—from the array of crisp white phalaenopsis, lady’s slipper, dendrobium, and cattleya orchids to the green passion vine—will wilt in warm temperatures.
The Details: Samuelle Couture “Cecelia” gown, $10,000; samuellecouture.com.
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Welcome guests with stationery that reflects Hawaii’s chill ambience. Mama’s Sauce letterpressed the neutral-tone invite, reply card, and earbuds card, all of which also feature blind embossing in that breadfruit pattern. The flat-printed itinerary unfolds to build anticipation for your wedding weekend in the sun.
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There’s no rule that says warm-weather cocktails must be served with tiny umbrellas. We updated tiki-bar faves with unexpected (and tastier) local garnishes, including passion fruit seeds sprinkled into a Passion Fruit French 75, a lychee resting on the rim of a Lychee and St-Germain Fizz, and a round of dried pineapple brightening up a Pineapple Coconut Mai Tai.
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With waterfront views, every seat is at a VIP table. Make the bride and groom’s chairs extra special by draping them with a stylish mix of monochromatic leis and garlands, including (from top) a tuberose lei, wooden beads, a cut grass skirt, a Micronesian ginger lei, more wooden beads, and a spiral orchid lei.
The Details: Leis, from $16; hawaiianleicompany.com.
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This tablescape is breathtaking enough to draw eyes away from its scenic backdrop. Even better, it’s a cinch to put together (the vessels are lightweight and ship anywhere affordably). We turned cut gourds into all-natural vases, filling them with phalaenopsis orchids and tropical leaves. Letting them take center stage, we set the rest of the table with simple glasses and silverware atop a breezy linen tablecloth.
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At each placesetting, a favor box woven from lauhala straw rests on a breadfruit-printed napkin.
The Details: Favor box, from $2; alohagiftsfromhawaii.com. Ribbon (on favor box), $3/5 yds; save-on-crafts.com. International Silver Co. “1810” flatware, $1,320 for a 5-piece setting; lifetimesterling.com. Pillivuyt “Basketweave” dinner plate, $112 for 4; williams-sonoma.com.