Our Favorite Design Tips for Your Bahama Destination Wedding

When you choose the Bahamas as your wedding destination, you choose one of the most beautiful backdrops for your celebration.

A vibrant yet natural color palette and lively island energy can inspire styles ranging from modern minimalist to classically chic.    

Whether you’re looking to embrace the islands into your wedding design fully or want to pair it with something more traditional, we’re here to inspire your vision and share some tips for how to get started designing your dream Bahamas wedding.

Bahama Wedding Design Ideas

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Color Story

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The color palette plays a key role in your wedding day design. Because the scheme you settle on will help anchor your other decor components.

When designing any event, you want every element to be cohesive, from the florals to the linens you select. Creating something cohesive becomes much easier when you know your color vision. 

Depending on your style, you might embrace the Bahamas’ bold colors by incorporating turquoise, coral, peach, pink, orange, yellow, and green into your design pieces.  

Or keep things classic with an all-white color palette, perhaps with an accent shade of gold or silver.

We’ve also created tablescapes featuring earth tones and deeper shades of coral and green.

The trick to curating a cohesive combination is to choose one primary hue, two secondary hues to support the main, and an accent color. This rule of thumb will ensure everything blends seamlessly.

Tropical Florals

Tropical flowers
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The tropics burst with exotic blooms and luscious green to inspire your wedding decor. 

Tropical foliage-accented arches are a beautiful way to frame your altar. And lining the aisle with plants or potted flowers is a lovely way to “dress up” a ceremony on the sand.  

Our favorite island florals are orchids, palms, heliconia, ginger flower, protea, and anthurium lily (aka flamingo flower).

Of course, you do not have ​​​​​​​to use tropical foliage just because you’re getting married in the Bahamas. But it’s a beautiful and easy choice for your bouquets and centerpieces. And they blend beautifully with more traditional wedding flowers like orchids and roses. 

If you truly want to wow your guests, consider floating centerpieces. We can’t get enough of these beauties, and it’s easy to see why. As friends and family approach the table, they see glass bubble candle holders hanging delicately from greenery-wrapped frames – each candle lit and each centerpiece like a doorway into a tropical wonderland.


Design Tips for Bahama Destination Wedding
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Design Tips for Bahama Destination Wedding
Photo by Caroline Lima Photography

Guests always appreciate a little guidance. And a thoughtfully placed and well-designed sign is just the way to show them the way!

Consider a frosted acrylic base with metallic writing for a modern signage option. 

Or wooden signs with cute phrases (shoes dis way, vows dat way, party ova here) that embrace the island vibes.   

Signs can be soft, too. Printed linen is a unique way to display information and works wonderfully in an island breeze. ​​​​​​​​

Specialty Linens

Design Tips for Bahama Destination Wedding - Specialty linen
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Designing a dynamic tablescape for your destination wedding is about creating an experience. How do you want your guests to feel when they sit at the table? How can you ignite their senses before the food is served?

Linens are a key element. Play with patterns and textures and ensure everything flows in a seamless style. 

Some of our favorite details:

Mixing and matching complimentary patterns like stripes and pineapples

Light fabric draped over farm tables

White cloth-covered tables with colorful centerpieces  

Bold-patterned napkins with the menus tucked in

When the cake perfectly coordinates with the linen

We also love a tropical-infused tablescape! And we are happy to bring the Bahamas to your cocktail and dinner tables.  

Fanciful Extras

Flamingo at your wedding
Photo by Alfred Anderson Weddings

Did you know that the flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas? Even more interesting is that you can “flamingle” with the flamingos at your wedding. Book a pretty pink pair for pictures at your cocktail hour and give your guests a unique experience at the same time.

Even if you don’t have live birds at your wedding, you can incorporate flamingos in your design through linens and centerpieces. Pineapples are another popular motif that we use in centerpieces. For the Bahamian people, pineapples represent friendship, so they are a lovely expression of fellowship when placed at the table. 

Lighting is another important design aspect. One of our favorite tips to create visual interest is to draw the eyes up by hanging installations. A beautiful example is when one of our couples accented woven chandeliers with cascading tropical greenery. Talk about wowing the guests! Goodness! There are so many wonderful design options for your Bahama destination wedding. And you may have many ideas of your own. Reach out, and let us know how we can help you design the wedding of your island dreams.