For a bit of fun, what about a tropical wedding theme? We are sometimes low on sunshine in the UK but you can get a really tropical theme for your wedding (without it feeling like an 18-30 holiday!) by clever use of colours and accessories. Choose turquoise shades for your table linens and contrast with sunset ombre toned chair sashes or have each table in a different tone from sunshine yellow through to deep orange. Use flower leis for decorations, table centres or to present to each guest as they move along the receiving line if you are having one, as they are traditionally given as a sign of affection. Paper leis are inexpensive, but real flower ones made traditionally from carnations, pua kika blossoms, jasmine or orchids could be a luxurious touch just for the newlyweds.
Colourful cocktails could be served at the reception, with the obligatory paper umbrellas or consider hiring a cocktail bar and mixologist for something a little more sophisticated; sure to be a talking point with your guests. Decorate the venue with hired tropical palm trees real or artificial, ferns or giant yuccas to create a real atmosphere and package guest favours in half coconut shells for a little touch of kitsch. Floral arrangements could easily be displayed in hollowed pineapples for a natural look, or use striking tropical stems such as heliconias, strelezias or orchids for a real statement display and a beautiful backdrop for your photographs.
Tropical island names, fruits, plants, fish or birds can be used for the table names with place settings to coordinate using small models, shells, leaves or bright coloured feathers with guests’ names on. If you are having a tropical honeymoon you could also consider using names of the places that you will be visiting or land marks from the island setting.