The beach lends itself to both formal and casual wedding finery, so you could opt for something in the middle. For the fashion-forward bride or for a bridesmaid look, an ombré dress by Erin Fetherston will make a chic statement. For the groom and groomsmen, choose light linen suits paired with a bright and fun Aloha shirt from Roberta Oaks. No matter where you shop, make sure to pick natural, breathable fabrics. Things get hot in the tropics, so comfort is key.
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 local leaves and accents of vibrant flowers.
Add some oomph to your reception with a showy and beautiful dessert. This hummingbird cake has all the right flavors and could stand in for a centerpiece—it’s that pretty.
If you prefer to go classic with your cake, opt for a simple white frosting and a tropical-inspired cake topper.
Send off your guests with a sweet treat. Compartés makes a fabulous piña colada milk chocolate bar that comes in 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 and carry them home in their suitcases.