Whether it was by powers of visualization, divination, or just a plain old job well done, Melissa’s destination-themed wedding was a dream come true, landing her a grand prize honeymoon!

Here’s how you can recreate this winning wedding:

Venue
Melissa made a splash with a venue on the water that brought her tropical theme to life.  Keeping things breezy was easy, with airy white lanterns hanging overhead.  While it may not have been by a seashore, she had sea shells a plenty in exotically inspired flower arrangements, dangling from trees, and ornamenting all surfaces as far as the eye could see.

  • Splurge:  A waterside venue is a surefire way to bring an island feel to your day, to go the extra mile jazz up cocktail hour with complimentary boat rides for your guests!
  • Save:  Bring the beach inside with sea inspired centerpieces.  A hurricane vase filled with sand, shells, a few waterproof blooms, topped with a floating candle is romantic, whimsical, and reminiscent of paradise.

Food
Keeping her guests well-fed was no problem for this bride with passed hors d’oeuvres, and a hearty entrée, but it was the finishing touches that put Melissa over the top in points.  A sandcastle cake provided a sweet twist to a taste of the tropics while a brownie sundae dessert, drizzled with caramel, delighted the guests.  To keep them satiated well into the wee hours, the late-night sweet and savoury buffet wowed with poutine, pizza, pastries, a s’more station and more!

  • Splurge:  Interactive dessert stations are fun as well as delicious, and can look amazing to boot!  Consider an ice cream buffet served in ice-sculpted buckets, or a mini s’more roast with a variety of creative toppings to dazzle your taste buds.
  • Save:  Steal Melissa’s idea of themed treats and combine it with late night sweets – instead of a sandcastle cake and late dessert bar, try theme shaped cookie or cake pop favours that can be a snack or taken to go.

Dress
Melissa’s dress was a strapless, dropped-waist ball gown, with crystals shimmering on the bodice, and a full tulle skirt.  A satin belt cinched her waist with a crystal buckle, adding a sophisticated touch to this romantic dress. Sparkling traditional and true for her ceremony, Melissa completed her look with an elegant updo.  Loosening up to dance the night away, this bride let down her locks with flirty flair to party on at the reception.

  • Splurge:  Keep your hair stylist and makeup artist on hand for after the ceremony to switch your look from modestly romantic during the day to dramatic and glam at night.
  • Save:  Opt for a loose bun or chignon to pair with your veil that is easy to let down later.  For an easy makeup tweak, switch to a bolder lipstick for the party, like fire truck red – VA VA VOOM!

Overall
Steel drum performers had guests bumping to Caribbean beats, while flip-flop favours, and a beach backdrop photo-op completed appearances for this four-star destination-themed wedding.  Island names took the place of table numbers, accompanied by information pamphlets that took the guests minds abroad, no passport required.

  • Splurge:  Photo booths are still among the hottest of trends, but personalizing your backdrop and props to match your theme is a unique touch sure to make yours stand out above the rest!
  • Save:  Do it yourself by creating your own backdrop and props that guests can help themselves to with their own camera, or have a friend or family member volunteer for an hour to snap the pics with either a Polaroid or digital camera.  You can always post or print the pictures up later, and even send copies with your thank you notes.

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Written by Four Weddings Canada.