Beautiful palm trees, open tropical palapas, beach bonfires...I love destination weddings! They are such a change of pace from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
One thing I notice about the tropical destinations is that the buildings and surrounding areas have SO much color!
Typically our weddings will be under an open air palapa so we can see the gorgeous landscape. It also means that we might have less decor.....sometimes not ;)
We still really like to bring in nice linens, and we typically will carry those with us from the states. Yes, nothing like carrying those dirty linens back through customs...nobody wants to look through those?!?!
Usually you'll work with your on site wedding contact to coordinate the flowers...unless you speak the local lingo. In Mexico we've found some fabulous florists who speak English very well and are amazing floral designers! The one thing I have to say about those destination florists is they really seem to give you a lot for your money.
Make sure you check with your florist to get a list of what they can get locally. I was surprised many years ago when I started doing destination weddings to find that the tropical flowers I'd expected to get in tropical climates were not readily available or cost effective.
Getting the decor decisions finalized in foreign countries can be challenging at times, and one thing you want to keep in mind is the amount of time you have to set up the reception room. If you are at an all-inclusive resort keep to simpler decor as usually you don't have much time to set up and you don't want Aunt Susie missing you walking down the aisle because she's sweating away hanging lanterns for ya.
So much inspiration for tropical locales!
I look forward to posting pics from our El Careyes wedding next week!