Summer Wedding Themes: Tropically Exotic

By: Jaclyn Holtzman, Editor, AllFreeDIYWeddings

Super Sweet Pineapple Floral ArrangementWhether you're throwing a destination wedding on the beach or you just wish you were, use the DIY wedding ideas below to make your theme come to life. Vibrant colors, exotic flowers, and sunny surprises will keep the guests on their toes. Present friends and family with personalized sunglasses right from the start to let them know that they are in for a good time. Continue incorporating the theme through details big and small, like the cake, centerpieces, and even your nails. Ideal for summer weddings, this bright and beautiful theme will make your celebration stand out amongst the rest.


We have brilliant ideas for you, from DIY party favors to ways to make your own bouquet just the way you want it. With bright colors abound, smiles are guaranteed to stick around the entire celebration. There's no such thing as too vibrant with this fun theme, so go bold. The DIY wedding projects below are all unexpected and whimsical, ensuring a wedding that everyone will love. When you're willing to step outside the box, wonderful things can happen, as proven by the incredible concepts below.

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Summer Wedding Themes: Tropically Exotic

Table of Contents

DIY Party Decorations

DIY Wedding Escort Card Ideas

DIY Party Favors

Make Your Own Bouquet and Flower Crafts

Summer Drinks, Cakes, and More

Free Wedding Printables


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DIY Party Decorations

Ombre DIY Photo Booth BackgroundDeck the venue with bright and exotic DIY party decorations that are sure to overjoy the guests. From funky vases to gorgeous paper flowers, your space will become a tropical island before your eyes. These exotic wedding ideas are best used in the wedding reception, but we bet they'll go over well strewn about the ceremony, as well, if you'd like to throw a little bit of island-getaway in with your vows. Try pinning some flowers to the ends of the seats next to the aisle, or hanging a backdrop beneath the happy couple and the officiant.


DIY Wedding Escort Card Ideas

Colorful Fringed Tassel Escort CardsHelp them find their seats in the most creative ways with these fun DIY wedding escort card ideas. Bright and beautiful, guests are sure to take these place cards home for safe keeping and put them in a scrapbook. We love the bright and exciting colors of these DIY escort cards, which practically scream "tropical." Even if you're not planning on holding a tropical wedding, any one of these escort card ideas will work splendidly in a summer wedding, or a wedding with a bright and vibrant color scheme.


DIY Party Favors

Flavorful Miniature Limoncello RecipeSay goodbye in an equally awesome way with vibrant DIY party favors. Don't drop the ball on your final impression. You have options, from edible favors to trinkets, and your guests are guaranteed to love whichever you choose. The wedding favors are a fantastic way to tie together your theme, and if you choose a wedding favor that totally contradicts your theme, all you will do is confuse your guests. Be sure to choose carefully, because the favors are some guests' favorite part of the wedding!


Summer Wedding Colors: Yellow

Falling in love with the color yellow for your tropically exotic wedding? Take a look at our page, Summer Wedding Colors: Yellow for a ton of bright and cheery yellow DIY wedding ideas!



Make Your Own Bouquet and Flower Crafts

Coral and Ivory Peony Summer Wedding FlowersMake your celebration smell heavenly and look divine with floral arrangements that stun. Make your own bouquet and flower crafts to ensure that the blooms are exactly how you envision them. Wedding flowers are often the glue that keeps the wedding color scheme relevant to the wedding theme, so for a tropically exotic wedding, you're going to want to focus on yellows, greens, oranges, and reds. Of course, with the right arrangements, you can often make any color work for any theme. You just have to have a basic understanding of flower arrangements. Check out these projects for some ideas.


Summer Drinks, Cakes, and More

Sippable Seabreeze DrinkKeep guests full and hydrated with delicious food and drinks that look good too. These summer drink recipes, wedding cake designs, and dessert recipes will keep costs low but satisfaction high. We don't know about you, but one of the things we look forward to the most when being invited to a wedding is the yummy food and refreshing beverages. You just don't get that kind of royal treatment every day! Imageine a food and drink theme of citrusy juices, spicy seasoning, and refreshing veggies - doesn't it make your mouth water at just the thought?


Free Wedding Printables

Let's Party Bachelorette Party InvitationsForget spending hundreds on your invitations when you can print out equally amazing stationery for free. These vibrantly colored free wedding printables fit right in with this killer theme. Brides are loving printables right now, and we totally understand why. With every other part of a wedding to worry about, from the grand ceremony to the tiny details, the last thing you want to do is fuss over complicated, easily forgettable details of your wedding. These printables will help your tropically exotic wedding planning get just a little bit easier.


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I really love these ideas! I especially love the links to the free wedding printable. I have been trying to find cute wedding diy items that I can do affordably, as I am on a really tight budget. I can see the printable coming in very handy. I also really liked the idea of making a photo booth backdrop. I think that it would be fun to gave a photo area with a themed backdrop and props for my wedding guests to take some silly photos. I think it would make the party very memorable. This article is full.of really helpful tips. It is going on my wedding Pinboard for sure.


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