Even if you can't have the tropical destination wedding of your dreams, you can certainly choose a wedding color palette and style that transport your guests to the sexy, sweltering island of Bali!
Perfect for a summer wedding, this bright and cheerful color scheme is not for the faint of heart (no abundance of pastels here!), and we hope your fiancé isn't afraid of a little pink, because there will be no shortage of it! Choose a range of pinks, from something hot, poppy and bright à la this amazing Milly ensemble (perfect for your honeymoon!), to a pink that is slightly more muted, and temper it with whites and pops of a mango/peachy tone and gold accents.
Don't go too overtly tropical with your flowers, (no birds of paradise, please!), but a pretty orchid here and there give just the subtle nod you need. Choose a variety that is all white with a brightly colored center. For paper goods, we love this Ikat inspired invitation from Paperless Post — a modern design and font with just the right amount of color. If you're so lucky as to be able to look for a venue that echoes the Balinese feel you're going for, look for something with lots of teak wood details and floaty white curtains. For your reception décor, these little gold lotus tea lights would look perfect on a dark wood rectangular table, clustered among a runner of brightly colored loose flowers.
For your style, the name of the game here is effortless. You want a wedding dress that's simple, chic, and light, and could be worn on the beach (even if it isn't going to be) — a classic slip dress would be perfect. These sandals from Aerin work with their orchid motif, which feels tropical, but because they're white we're still getting a bridal vibe.
For your cake, remember to steer clear of corny and don't adorn your entire cake with hibiscus, have your baker do a subtle creamy base color and a cluster of delicate fondant flowers on the top two tiers in shades of peach, orange, and blush. For registry, bamboo inspired flatware in gold is the way to go — you'll feel like you're in Bali every time you sit down for a meal as a newly married couple! Lastly, treat your guest to favors they'll actually want to take home, like these beautifully packaged teas from Tea Forte — they'll think of your wedding every time they sip on their mango peach iced green tea!
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"Bamboo d'Oro" flatware, $125, Ricci Silversmiths available at Gracious Home; "Tea Over Ice" mango-peach tea infusers, $12 for five, Tea Forté; Sandals, $390, Aerin; "Ikat Arrow" invitation, starting at $1.45 for print and $0.25 online, Paperless Post; "Dahlia" tea-light holder, $25 for two, CB2; Cake, $9–$14 per slice, Nine Cakes