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Tropical Wedding Trends for Summer

- Giles Smith 27 Apr 2017
Tropical Wedding Trends for Summer
Photo credit: @ocean_dreamerr | Pamakane Pico the founder of Oceandreamerflorals

With summer not too far off on the horizon, that means wedding season is also quickly approaching! While the summer months are always a popular time to say “I do” that doesn’t mean you need to hang on to the same old nuptials. 

While there’s nothing wrong with time-honored traditions, this summer, we’re expecting to see a vibrant shift in the way brides and grooms are celebrating their love, with more tropical influences than ever before.

We’ve scoured the top bridal magazines, spoken with expert wedding planners, and even chatted with some brides-to-be to hear exactly what is trending for the remainder of 2017. Read on to see some of our top picks and let us know which are your favorites!


Trend 1: Unique Beach Destinations

 Beach Wedding

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Some brides have always dreamt of the idyllic church wedding, but in recent years, summer beach weddings and far-flung destinations have been all the rage. Industry experts say that brides are now seeking out truly off-the-beaten path beaches to celebrate their special day – from glamorous islands like St. Barts and Martinique to more approachable destinations such as Grand Cayman and the Islands of Tahiti. So if someone you know is planning to tie the knot soon, it would be wise to start saving for the flight now!


Trend 2: Creating Moments of Surprise

tropical hideaway

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Of course people will always opt for the aforementioned chapel or ever-popular vineyard setting, but people are also choosing to create refreshed moments of surprise in their wedding venues. Instead of snapping photos in the shabby-chic barn on property, wedding planners are seeing a spike in requests for one-of-a-kind “moments” of surprise. Popular options are sting-lit small rooftop spaces, tree fort-inspired conversation areas, and dreamy, open-air gazebos lining the water’s edge. Having these moments set up around the venue will help people feel comfortable and keep the flow of the evening flowing – especially helpful for big weddings with lots of family and friends from all over the country (or world) in attendance.


Trend 3: Classic Florals Meet Exotic Blooms

Tropical Wedding Flowers

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Soft-petal flowers, such as peonies, dahlias, and garden roses have been en vogue for quite some time and, until recently, have been commonly paired with leafy greens such as eucalyptus and lamb’s ear. And it’s easy to understand why. These full blooms are timeless and epitomize romance, but the newest floral trend includes pairing these beauties with more exotic blooms to really make a statement. Floral shops are seeing an increase in demand for flowers such as king proteas and birds of paradise for summer weddings. These whimsical options are popular because they’re out of the ordinary, but still have a sophisticated yet whimsical feel. But just because these arrangements might differ from the traditional displays doesn’t mean your second cousin isn’t going to try to bring a bouquet home at the end of the evening.


Trend 4: Boho-Style Table Settings

 Boho Wedding Tablescape

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Brides in the past longed for the perfectly styled table settings to show attention to detail and ultimately blow their guests away. Nowadays, couples are veering from tablescapes that look too organized or expertly put-together. Instead, they’re choosing to go with a more free-flowing aesthetic – a sort of organized chaos if you will. The trend is thought to be influenced by the Boho trend that’s taken hold in fashion and home décor recently. Wedding planners are accomplishing this effortless but elegant look by introducing eclectic pieces, utilizing a mix of containers, and – as noted above – incorporating unique floral arrangements to get people talking. Of course, succulents are always an easy way to introduce some table diversity that’s adorable and affordable.


Trend 5: Pink and Pops of On-Trend Color Palettes

Tropical Wedding Table Setting

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Pink is still considered as the “it” wedding color, but brides are modernizing the trend by varying shades, finding statement pieces to showcase the hue, and complementing it with other on-trend palettes. Greenery, Pantone’s “Color of 2017” is a color on the rise for its refreshing and organic appeal (in fact, you can see more of our favorite Greenery-inspired products here). Another favorite option is choosing a color that represents neutral territory, such as charcoal, blue-greys, and grey-browns. The professionals say these can be easily incorporated into any wedding through colored stemware, custom table runners, or handmade place cards.


Trend 6: Island-Inspired Passed Hors D’oeuvres

 Tropical Wedding Party Hors D'oeuvres

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One of the best ways to bring a tropical summer wedding theme to life is through the menu! More and more people are sourcing local purveyors to serve inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktail lists. Think shrimp and pineapple canapés paired next to rum cocktails sweetened with local honey and served in coconuts (and don’t forget the tropical flair)! Another option that’s both healthy and delicious is to cut back on the standard sugary desserts like cake pops and cupcakes, opting instead to serve local fruit, such as watermelon wedge popsicles or mango kiwi kabobs – sure to please both adults and children in attendance.


For more inspiration, feel free to follow our Pinterest page, including our Summer Tropical Food board and Tropical Wedding board. And while you’re at it, might as well start brainstorming the perfect wedding gift – and our online shop is a great place to start if you ask us!