Wedding How-To: Planning Your Theme Around Your Location

From intimate country weddings to far-away festivities, a destination wedding is a beautiful and fun way to celebrate your wedding in style. Many times, destination weddings are more affordable for the bride and groom, more memorable for the wedding party, and offer guests the chance to unwind somewhere new. Below are four popular types of destination weddings, (beach, mountain, country and city), and tips to help you plan your theme around them.

Beach wedding decor

Welcome guests with an customized easel or rustic garden sign.

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Opt for understated decor like a burlap and candle table setting. Or add pops of color with a rich tablecloth and tinted glass bottles.


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Plan on a few tropical flowers, or a seashell table setting.


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Let starfish lead the way to the altar.



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Display shell chandeliers from your wedding pergola.


Chenin Boutwell


Keep guests cool by tying a colorful ribbon around program fans.


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Mountain wedding decor

Hosting a fall wedding in the mountains? Surround your pews with native grasses. Or, opt for native flowers in mason jars.


James Christianson


Elevate your table decor with tree trivets. Feeling a bit daring? Add a bit of wildlife to your table setting.


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Display seating assignments inside a rustic arrangement of succulents.


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Country wedding decor

Showcase your desserts on a wine barrel dessert bar or a rustic antique painted table.


Katie Jackson Photography


Mix and match candle holders for a warm and interesting glow.





Decorate your reception chairs in soft peonies and rustic eucalyptus.


Christina McNeill Photography


Hang paper, fabric or burlap banners from trees.




Dance under paper lanterns.


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City wedding decor

Display your initials in lights or on a custom aisle runner.


Rachel Pearlman Photography


Bring the city skyline indoors by decorating with modern silver candle votives.

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Decorate your reception chairs with whimsical fabrics.

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DIY your table with Japanese washi tape.

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Carry your color through with upscale and dramatic hanging flowers and lights.

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Have a favorite destination wedding decor idea? Tell us in the comments below!