Though my upcoming wedding will take place in the Fall, it will be located in my hot hometown, Miami, FL. It’s humid and warm, but the city offers epic wedding venue options like ballrooms with views of Biscayne Bay, aqua beaches and tropical gardens. My fiancé and I chose the “tropical garden route” without neglecting the coastal environmental elements of Miami. That’s what makes Miami so enchanting; its bright jungle landscape is paired with its Caribbean beaches.
Imagine coconut trees, magenta bougainvillea, a gazebo, dark green avocado trees, a lit up swimming pool, strings of lights and guayaberas. This is how we envision the ambiance of our wedding. Initially, I was obsessed with the shabby chic style, but then as I studied the style more closely, I realized that its inclinations toward lace, distressed furniture and pastels seemed out of place down here. That’s when future hubby and I concocted the phrase “bungalow chic.”
With shells and orchids under the same canopy, we weren’t exactly sure what to call the attire we desire for the wedding because it’s not a traditional wedding nor is it a beach wedding. Suddenly, we came across the phrase “Tropical Chic” in an invitation to a cocktail party.
The party took place at an historical estate on the Bay, but in the lush garden courtyard. The garden trees were lit up. Women wore bright cocktail dresses. Men wore refreshing linen. The details of the home were coastal with old sea shells integrated into the walls and ceilings. This was it. This was our style. Tropical Chic.
“What in the world is Tropical Chic?” asked my fiancé’s mother the last time she came down to visit us. Naively, it didn’t occur to us that my fiancé’s family from out of state would have no idea what this form of attire means. As we tried to explain, his mom looked more and more confused. It became a running joke, but, seriously, we had to do something. So, I took it upon myself to make some visual aids to post our wedding website.
I’m hoping the images I compiled for the collage can offer some sort of clarity to the style. If you google ‘Tropical Chic” there’s hardly any structured explanation of the style. It seems to be a tropical translation of semi-formal.