The 6 Chicest Cakes for Your Destination Wedding

Impress your guests and highlight local flavors with these pretty confections

One surefire way to up the ante at a destination wedding reception: feature the foods, flowers, and other ephemera that make the special spot where you’re saying your “I dos” famous. The pièce de résistance (aka your wedding cake) is the perfect moment to showcase seasonal elements like fruit and fresh blooms that are native to the region. Whether you’re exchanging vows by the ocean at a Caribbean resort or walking down the aisle at a mountaintop chalet, do a little research about the area where you’re getting married (taste-testing, anyone?) and let your creativity run wild!

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Romantic Amalfi Coast

Fresh lemons (a mainstay of this picturesque, Southern Italian coastline) are a perfect accent to this elegant cake. Make sure to spotlight tangy citrus notes in the flavor profile by using lemon curd or blood orange-infused filling, or feature a light, herbaceous flavor like rosemary in the cake itself.

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Beach Party in Tulum

Fresh bougainvillea blooms (native to equatorial climates like Mexico) add a lush, colorful touch to a simple buttercream cake. Go for a classic Caribbean cake flavor like tres leches or riff on a spiced Mexican hot cocoa with a chocolate-cinnamon-chili cake.

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Retro Palm Springs

Tropical monstera leaves in a graphic pattern add a mid-century modern touch to this modern multi-tiered cake. A pale pink interior (strawberry or pink lemonade-flavored) is a great contrast to the bright green leaves, and amps up the cool, 1960s vibe.

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English Garden Soirée

Overflowing with berries and roses, this naked layer cake has a luscious, handmade (and dare we say—delicious) look and feel. Go with a subtle rose flavoring or a berry-studded fresh cream to accentuate the fresh-from-the-garden vibe.

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Rustic Summer in Provence

Springs of lavender and olive leaves adorn this South-of-France inspired tiered cake. For the flavors, single out delicate floral notes of lavender or consider an aroma-rich, olive oil-infused cake (it’s delicious, really!).

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Southwestern Desert

Fresh succulents (which come in a range of tones, from pale green to soft purple) accent this nearly naked cake. For the cake itself, stick with simple flavors or surprise guests with a Southwestern-style prickly pear jam in one of the layers.

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