Tropical Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Updated November 8, 2018

Tropical Reception Decor

Open your imagination to the many ways to create unique focal points that set a lush tropical mood. Fresh florals are the easiest way to create the mood, but shells, fruit, candles, and water can help you make a fantastic centerpiece for your tropical wedding that match your wedding reception venue.

Traditional Combined With Tropical

Blend traditional wedding roses with tropical looking orchids or irises for an interesting decoration. Bright colors, like reds and pinks, are the perfect colors. Oranges, greens, and yellows are also fitting colors to use in your centerpiece.

Place the blooms in shallow glass dishes or just cover foam blocks completely for a purely floral look.

Message on a Leaf

Take a gold permanent marker and write a welcome message to your guests on a large tropical leaf. If your candle holder and colors feature silver, use a silver marker instead of gold or copper. Place it next to a vintage candle holder and set it in the middle of the table.

Candle centerpieces are classic, and you can always alternate them with flowers for a bright design.

Tall Florals

Tall and elegant, lovely heliconia blossoms make unique reception arrangements. Flowers like the bird of paradise or miniature palms also like nice as tabletop focal points. Wrap the centerpiece containers with sumptuous fabric or textured paper to match the wedding scheme. Bright red flowers against medium or dark green foliage makes the centerpiece pop.

Tropical Flora

The tropical islands and rainforest areas are known for their abundance of unusual fruits and flowers. For this centerpiece, mix a variety of tropical fruits with fragrant, showy flowers. An arrangement could be a simple bowl of small fruits and blossoms or an elaborate urn loaded with rare produce and fauna.

Tropical Goodies

Not every couple wants tons of flowers at their wedding reception, especially if difficult logistics are involved. In cases where the budget is tight or you have guests with allergies, substitute local tropical goodies for floral arrangements. Artfully display a pineapple, sea shells, and fragrance-free candles to make a stunning decoration.

Assorted Greenery

If flowers aren't your thing, don't worry. A tropical centerpiece can focus on the various green leaves and fronds found on your favorite tropical plants. Place them in a tall vase and accent with small candles.

A tablecloth featuring a tropical leaf pattern is the perfect choice for this centerpiece. It adds a modern, fun flair to the tablescape.

Water Displays

Some long-stemmed tropical flowers hold up well in water filled centerpieces. Arrange several slender floral wands in a cylindrical glass vase. Use sand in the bottom to weight the vase and make it look more exotic.

If your reception will be in the evening, utilize floating candles at the top of your display for a romantic ambiance.

Frangipani Flowers

Bright pink and yellow frangipani blooms stand out against the smooth white pebbles in this centerpiece. Filled with water and set in a classic black candle holder, it's an option that's so easy, anyone can make the tropical DIY centerpiece.

If you're wearing a fresh floral headpiece, take this concept and use the blooms from your accesory in your reception centerpieces for a cohesive theme.

Container Groupings

Place an odd number of containers in the center of a table and fill them with tropical greenery, unusual flowers and exotic candies. In this arrangement, the tropical table arrangement is surrounded by buckets of salt water taffy.

Another idea for a grouping display is to use pillar candles of varying heights. Cover the bases of the pillars with hibiscus, azalea and oleander flowers.

Fish and Light Arrangements

Live fish like hearty betas make gorgeous displays with natural movement. A medium-sized rounded fish bowl makes a nice setting for this exotic table topper. Float a candle at the top for a romantic lighting option. After the ceremony, send the fish arrangements home with relatives and friends who would care for them.

A tropical centerpiece is the right one for your wedding whether you're in a tropical locale or just on your favorite beach. Look for exotic beach wedding decorations to complete your reception décor.

Tropical Wedding Centerpiece Ideas