What a perfect setting for this bride and groom.
Have a look around at all the most stylish weddings and you’ll see that many of them have an abundance of greenery, foliage!
Trailing around lanterns, winding up archways, cascading along tables… all looking completely wonderful.
Using foliage at a wedding is:
- Inexpensive. You can bulk out blooms with branches of green and nobody is any the wiser. And it doesn’t look as though you have skimped.
- Good-natured. If you’re marrying on a hot day, well-chosen foliage won’t wilt, it just needs a spray of water to keep it looking fresh.
- A way to make your wedding smell fabulous. Think of sprays of pine or eucalyptus, which also has the advantage of repelling flies at an outdoor wedding.
If you’re keen on the idea of a living wall, talk to your florist or venue stylist and discuss the options. A living backdrop doesn’t need to be made up of just roses!
Wedding arches and trees
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton both used foliage at their weddings, and very memorably.
Ms Markle had foliage-covered arches at the entrance to Windsor Chapel, with scented white roses. Very romantic.
The Duchess of Cambridge dressed her aisle with trees, creating a forest effect as she walked towards her husband-to-be.
Greenery and tables
Rather than worrying about flowers on your tables and whether you can afford the centrepieces you want, whether the blooms are in season and whether guests will be able to see clearly over the arrangements to converse, you could intersperse trailing greenery the length of the table with tea lights on a long table. It will lengthen the room and make it appear more spacious and on a round table it will create a focal point.
Your wedding aisle
Here’s another opportunity to use greenery. Your wedding aisle is going to be one of the big focal points on your day, if not the biggest, and so you need to make sure you have made the most of its decorative opportunities.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, as below, where our stylist has arrayed lanterns at the end of rows of chairs, and completed the look with a ‘rope’ of greenery and florals to connect them.