Plan The Perfect Wedding: 34 Ideas for Your Destination Nuptials

Find inspiration for your ceremony and reception from these Four Seasons real weddings from Jackson Hole to Bora Bora.

by Anne Chertoff

Real Weddings at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts offer inspiration for destination wedding details like flowers, cakes and table decorations.

Planning a wedding gives couples the opportunity to express personal sentiments and traditions in the details: a silver bracelet inherited from a great-grandmother, a bouquet of wildflowers reminiscent of a first-date hiking spot, a favourite homemade family dessert instead of a cake.

For everything else, couples can sometimes divine their best ideas from other people’s weddings. To help spark your creativity, we’ve pulled together some of the most beautifully creative touches from weddings at Four Seasons properties around the world. See something you love? Click through to the wedding’s full photo gallery for even more inspiration.

 

Bouquets for every bride

Your bridal bouquet is your most prominent wedding-day accessory, so when deciding what it will look like, keep in mind a few style details:

Here are six bridal bouquets in a variety of styles, thanks to a mix of flower types, colours and stem wrappings.

A Christmastime wedding at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole had a winter-wonderland feeling, with rustic romance as the theme. Romantic details included the bride’s bouquet of pink and white roses interspersed with pink calla lilies and dusty miller.
See more photos from this rustic-themed Jackson Hole wedding > Photography courtesy Morris Weintraub, The Imagewell Photography
Mixing Chinese and Western wedding traditions, this wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing included vintage and quirky elements. The bride carried a bright burgundy-and-green arrangement that complimented her bridesmaids’ dresses and provided a pop of colour against her white wedding dress.
See more East-meets-West Beijing wedding photos > Photography courtesy Williams Lu Photography
Modern elegance was the theme at this Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta wedding, and the pastel colour palette found fresh expression in a bouquet of lush roses and anemones in shades of pink and white.
See more photos from this elegant Atlanta wedding > Photography courtesy Paris Mountain Photography
To help create an ethereal mood for her wedding at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, the bride chose a white rose bouquet finished with satin ribbon and crystal-and-pearl embellishments.
See more photos from this traditional-meets-contemporary San Francisco wedding > Photography courtesy Choco Studio
A wedding at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico, featured bright blue and orange hues. Balanced against that palette, the bride carried a simple bouquet of white calla lilies, traditional in colour but quite modern in silhouette.
See more Punta Mita oceanfront wedding photos > Photography courtesy Evgenia Kostyayaeva, Photoshoots Vallarta
Inspired by the Hawaiian setting and venue, the bride at this Four Seasons Resort Lanai destination wedding carried a cascading bouquet of magenta and cream-coloured orchids that perfectly complemented the groom’s lei.
See more photos from this Hawaiian wedding > Photography courtesy Joanna Tano

Wedding cakes, from classic to contemporary

Among the most central and delicious of wedding details, wedding cakes come in all shapes, sizes and flavours. Choose a classic bridal-white cake, or add colour, patterns and even flowers to these towering confections. Here are a few delectable styles.

Photography courtesy Southern Light Photography
Lace, ruffles and lush, pastel blooms were in abundance at this wedding at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, even on the multi-tiered buttercream-frosted wedding cake dressed with lace appliqué made of sugar, fondant ruffles and clusters of sugar flowers.
See photos from this Dallas celebrity wedding > Photography courtesy Lindsey Brittain, Lindsay Shea Photography; Kat Harris
A wedding reception at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, featured a four-tiered white wedding cake decorated with gold confetti and topped with a gilded custom cake topper with the names of the newlyweds.
See more photos from this surprise wedding party in Washington, DC > Photography courtesy L. Hewitt Photography
With flowers woven into almost every detail, this wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto included a four-tiered wedding cake dressed with a cascade of fresh pink flowers and pearl buttercream accents.
See more photos from this bloom-filled Silicon Valley wedding > Photography courtesy Junshien International Photographers
A dreamy pink-and-white wedding at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara featured a four-tiered wedding cake decorated with pink and white roses.
See more photos from this Southern California wedding > Photography courtesy Mi Belle, Inc.

Choosing the right location

The setting of a wedding sets the mood and character of your special day. As you say “I do,” would you prefer a backdrop of an ocean sunset, a city skyline, a horizon of rolling hills or an interior with textured details? Here are several Four Seasons destinations around the world that offer breathtaking wedding settings.

A traditional Polynesian ceremony at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora took advantage of the destination’s pristine beaches and magnificent sunsets – and even included a photo session with its sea life.
See more Polynesian wedding photos from Bora Bora > Photography courtesy Andreas Kronauer Photography
The setting was English garden–meets–modern romance – created inside the ballroom – at a Four Seasons Hotel Miami wedding and reception. The elegant décor and twinkling lights provided an intimate dining setting.
See more Tuscany wedding photos > Photography courtesy Rochelle Cheever
The setting was English garden–meets–modern romance – created inside the ballroom – at a Four Seasons Hotel Miami wedding and reception. The elegant décor and twinkling lights provided an intimate dining setting.
See more indoor English garden wedding photos > Photography courtesy Rodrigo Varela

Flowers set the stage

Flowers add colour and texture to a matrimonial event well beyond the bouquet, of course. At these three weddings, couples created dramatic floral décor elements that added chic statements to their outdoor settings.

Towering vases of deep purple hydrangeas and orchids line the courtyard for a wedding at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, providing bold colour against the ceremony’s black backdrop.
See more photos from this Parisian wedding > Photography courtesy Dominique Cabrelli, Studio Cabrelli
A wedding at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach evoked an atmosphere of the American South thanks to touches like an antique-style birdcage filled with roses and hydrangeas. Votive candles in green holders completed the vibrant look.
See more photos from this country-chic southern Florida wedding > Photography courtesy April Belle Photos
For an outdoor ceremony on the lawn overlooking Lady Bird Lake at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, the floral designer decorated a white and crystal chandelier with green and white hydrangeas mixed with soft-pink roses. The arrangement was placed over the altar where the couple exchanged their wedding vows.
See more photos from this Texas Hill Country outdoor wedding > Photography courtesy Tyler Schmitt, The Mill Photography Studio

Signage as décor

For weddings and receptions, help your guests find their way with signs that entertain with a cute saying or that elegantly display your names or monogram.

At a surprise wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, a custom marquee-style lighted sign was the first hint that guests would be attending the couple’s nuptials rather than their engagement party.
See more from this surprise Washington, DC wedding > Photography courtesy L. Hewitt Photography
In addition to the rings, the tuxedo-clad ring bearers at this formal Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta wedding also carried a sign announcing the arrival of the bride at the ceremony.
See more photos from this black-tie Atlanta wedding > Photography courtesy Paris Mountain Photography
This couple’s custom monogram was highlighted at a Hollywood-inspired wedding held at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. It showed up in several of the day’s details, including as a light decoration projected onto the venue’s wall.
See more photos from this Seattle wedding venue > Photography courtesy Joe and Jill Hein, Studio Joe + Jill

Stunning tablescapes

While centrepieces have long been a star of reception décor, event designers now see the entire table as a canvas. Reception tables of all shapes and sizes are another medium for expressing your style: Dress them up or down with flowers, linens, candles, china, crystal and flatware to further enhance your wedding’s theme and design.

For an autumn wedding, the ballroom at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze was converted to a garden setting, with a mix of high and low centrepieces and more than 2,000 candles that emulated an Italian al fresco evening for guests.
See more photos from this Italian destination wedding > Photography courtesy Rochelle Cheever
A Hollywood-inspired black-tie wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle featured a metallic and red palette. The floral designer set the couple’s “sweetheart” table with three clusters of deep red roses placed into metallic silver vessels, surrounded by candlelight.
See more photos from this Seattle black-tie wedding > Photography courtesy Joe and Jill Hein, Studio Joe + Jill
Inside the elegant dinner tent at this Four Seasons Hotel Austin wedding reception, tables were set with simple yet sophisticated white floral arrangements dotted with a single pink bloom. The long banquet table featured a mix of high and low floral accents and candles, while the round tables featured only low centrepieces.
See more photos from this romantic Texas wedding > Photography courtesy Tyler Schmitt, The Mill Photography Studio
To enhance the romantic ambience of this Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach wedding, tables were set with wooden boxes filled with lush green and coral-coloured blooms. Candles in mercury glass votives added tableside glow while crystal chandeliers sparkled overhead.
See more photos from this romantic Palm Beach wedding > Photography courtesy April Belle Photos
Tables at a dreamy California wedding reception at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto were dotted with high and low arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and dahlias set in glass and reflective vessels – each illuminated by candlelight.
See more photos from this East Palo Alto wedding > Photography courtesy Junshien International Photographers
Guests at an outdoor wedding reception at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North sat at long dining tables set with high and low floral centrepieces of green hydrangeas and pale-pink and ivory roses, with floating and votive candles throughout. Sequined chair covers and chevron-patterned table runners provided sparkle.
See more photos from this rustic Scottsdale wedding > Photography courtesy Jennifer Bowen Photography

Unique wedding favours

Tasty treats always makes popular wedding favours – something guests can enjoy in the moment or later.

Guests at a Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler wedding made mini s’mores at a bonfire set up just outside the ballroom and were given welcome bags with hot-cocoa mix and local snacks among other treats.
See more winter-themed ideas from a Whistler wedding > Photography courtesy Liz Banfield
A family recipe was included in the favours at a wedding at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach: Bakery boxes containing mini pecan pies handmade by the bride’s mother were handed out with a copy of the recipe and a custom illustration of the couple.
See more photos from this celebrity Palm Beach wedding > Photography courtesy April Belle Photos

Creative seating cards

When you have more than a couple dozen guests at a wedding, it’s helpful to assign seating – and seating cards provide one more opportunity to get creative! Work with your stationer, floral designer and event planner to come up with imaginative ways for guests to find their seats.

Inspired by the beachfront location, the traditional hand-calligraphy place cards used at a wedding at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, México, were anchored in sand and accented with starfish.
See more photos from this beach-themed Mexico wedding > Photography courtesy Evgenia Kostyaeva, Photoshoots Vallarta
At a destination wedding at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, seating card assignments attached to compasses pointed guests to their tables and served as handy keepsake wedding favours.
See more photos from this Costa Rica oceanfront wedding > Photography courtesy El Velo Photography
An autumn wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Austin included pumpkins in a variety of the day’s details. Hand-painted white and gold mini pumpkins held guests’ names and seating assignments.
See more photos from this fall Texas wedding > Photography courtesy Tyler Schmitt, The Mill Photography Studio
A romantic wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto featured seating cards attached to pink carnations, creating a colourful and lush display.
See more romantic Palo Alto wedding ideas > Photography courtesy Junshien International Photographers
A heart-shaped seating card display at a Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara wedding featured guests’ names and table assignments listed on paper arrows.
See more photos from this romantic Santa Barbara wedding > Photography courtesy Mi Belle, Inc.
The country-chic theme at a Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach wedding included seating cards whimsically hung from wire with clothespins and surrounded by small floral arrangements in the wedding’s colours.
See more photos from this celebrity Palm Beach wedding > Photography courtesy April Belle Photos