If you want to have a tropical wedding reception theme then you are probably a joyful person that likes fresh and vividly colored settings and sharing this side of your personality with your guests is a wonderful idea.
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Usually tropical themes are destined to the ones that love to travel and who would also love to have a destination wedding on a remote island somewhere, but if you cannot afford to take all your attendees to that corner of heaven you can also organize your big event on a nearby beach. After all, weddings are all about the ambience and the mood set with the help of the decorations so they are the ones that ought to be your focus.
The first means of creating a tropical venue is by using exotic flowers such as orchids, for instance. They are fresh delicate flowers that make wonderful centerpieces. You have the option of placing them in a small number in tall vases or you can put them in a greater number in glass pots. The napkins or the table cloths can feature the same colors as the flowers or they can create an impressive contrast.
The formality of the event will dictate the color scheme. As such, if you wish to keep some traditional elements into your tropical themed reception the decorations will be in black, white and grey or an ombre style created with these shades. If you wish to host an event that exudes non conventionalism you could use a variety of colors and nuances such as pink, lavender, peach, sand or yellow. Do keep in mind, though, that the flowers will always come with green leaves so make sure you create a balanced color scheme, do not think that splashing random colors in random corners will make the venue exotic.
A tropical themed wedding usually takes place outdoors, so you should take as much advantage as you can from the natural environment. Your only job is to enrich its charm by embellishing your décor with the most beautiful elements it has to offer.
Keep in mind that a theme of the kind refers to a relaxed, cozy event, therefore it would be completely purposeless to have sophisticated or luxurious adornments. Rhinestones or shiny fabrics should definitely be off the options list. Think of the best way of creating an airy, open reception rather than about means of impressing.