One way to completely transform your wedding decorations is to add elegant touches of greens throughout! Many modern brides are discovering the most gorgeous and unique ways to add natural greens to their wedding – and now you can too! Discover 10 gorgeous ways to add unique greens!
For budget conscious brides adding greens as wedding decorations is a budget-friendly alternative to more flowers. Whether you want to bring the outdoors inside or enhance your outdoor wedding, adding greens as wedding decorations will leave your guests in awe!
For our boho brides, pair your greens with light feminine flowers or simple baby’s breath – for a soft natural look. Natural greens also pair well with neutral colors – for more information on this trend, read our guide on how to incorporate neutral colors into your wedding.
Some of our favorite greens:
- Green vines
- Green Ivy
- Eucalyptus (Any kind!)
- Honey Bracelet
- Lemon leaf
- Bells of Ireland
- Israeli Ruscus
- Olive branches
Shop your greens by season:
When choosing your green wedding decorations, consider seasonal greenery which may be more readily available and abundant. For example for fall, “gloriosa lilies, passion vine, maple leaves, fresh herbs, and dahlias in bark-wrapped vases, along with mushrooms, local foliage, and other forest accents, have a bucolic look,” says Martha Stewart Weddings.
- Flowering quince
- Sweet box shrubs
- Dried leaves
- Chartreuse santini mums
- Wheat/dried grass and other grains
- While not green, acorns and pinecones are great accents in fall
- Corals bells
- Bush morning glory
Remember, a little goes a long way!
The key is to add green touches in a purposeful way so as not to overdue it. A little bit really can go a long way (which is also great for the wedding budget!) “The simpler, the better… greenery, candles, beautiful glassware, and that’s about it!” says The Golden Girl Blog.
10 Ways To Add Gorgeous Greens To Your Wedding Decorations
1. Green Bridal Bouquet
Bouquets are a great way to get creative with your wedding decorations. Using greens instead of traditional flowers in your bouquet is a great way to stand out with a modern look. Our non-traditional brides LOVE these bouquets. Replace your traditional flowers with greens such as eucalyptus (any kind!), honey bracelet, ivy, jasmine, ferns, etc. Greens are also very budget friendly for brides looking to save without sacrificing any elegance! If you’re looking for something in-between, try a mix of light colored roses with touches of green or incorporate greens into your bridesmaids bouquets instead.
Photo: The Celebration Society
2. Green Centerpieces
Centerpieces are a great way to add uniform wedding decorations to your big day. They are also a great way for the bride to DIY her own greenery centerpieces as well, which adds a personal touch to the wedding. Check out these DIY Seductive succulent wedding centerpieces. Succulents are extremely trendy right now – they’re the perfect touch of unexpected greens that will set your wedding apart.
Photo: Rustic Wedding Chic
3. Hanging Green Decor
Greens are so versatile and especially gorgeous when hung! Consider creating a canopy of greens as the signature touch over the Mr & Mrs table, for example. You can DIY your hanging greens wedding decorations or contact a florist for some expert help!
To create the green decor pictured below:
- Glue strands of cascading greens such as fern, ivy or eucalyptus around a long pole that will eventually hang from the ceiling horizontally.
- Drape the ivy strands over the pole in a spontaneous pattern so that the pole itself is completely hidden and so that the ivy hangs down in random places throughout.
- On the two ends of the pole, attach wire to suspend the pole from the ceiling and to complete your hanging decor!
4. Green Bridal Crowns
“Adding greenery to your hair is the new flower crown! More understated and chic than its floral counterpart, it gives your look an elegant touch of olde world charm…..” says Chic Vintage Brides. Gather your favorite greens and florals including ivy or jasmine and weave them around either a circle headband, florist wire or a wide clip to put over an up-do (as shown below). Pair it with braids for a very boho look. It’s both a simple and gorgeous way to add greens!
Photo: Wedd Ceremony
Check out the full DIY floral crown tutorial to create your own!
5. Lush Green Table Runners
These unconventional table runners bursting with luscious plant life as so simple and so gorgeous! Add table runners to a wooden farm table with lights hanging above it for a trendy, rustic look – perfect for boho brides or rustic chic wedding themes! Layer ferns, ivy, jasmine, and other greenery down the center of your tables to create this stunning scene!
Check out this DIY below to create your own green table runners!
Photo: The Bohemian Wedding
6. Green Aisle Runners
Imagine walking through a field of greens – adding greenery along the wedding aisle is one way to create that effect whether your ceremony is inside or outdoors. It’s a simple and elegant look that won’t break the bank and that won’t go unnoticed. Aisle runners made of greens are also create a gorgeous contrast to your white gown as you make your way down the aisle. Achieve this look by gathering long strands of greens such as ivy together to create two long, thick strands. Lay one strand on the left side of the isle and the other on the right and voila!
7. Green Ceremony Arch
A perfect pairing with green aisle runners as mentioned above – dress your aisle up even further with a lush arch made of beautiful greens. A gorgeous touch at the beginning or end of your aisle. Reach out to your local florist for recommendations or go the DIY route by weaving ivy and flowers around a wooden arch. Just watch your aisle become 10 times more elegant!
8. Green Photo Backdrop
Large displays of greens such as cascading green ivy or cascading ferns create a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos for the bride and groom and guests. Unlike traditional photo booths, add hanging greens and flowers to create a unique garden paradise photo “booth.” Of course, no photo booth is complete without props! To compliment this scene, create props out of cut and stained wood. From wooden mustaches to signs with funny phrases, the prop-ossibilities are endless!
If you’re not sure how to create this cascading greens look, ask your local local florist for recommendations – they should be able to help you come up with some local sources that are both sophisticated and affordable. If you plan early enough and give your greens enough time, you can also grow your own cascading greens!
9. Green Tent Entrance
Hold back the tent entrance to your reception with a “garland of leaves to give your guests a sneak peek of the garden inspiration they’ll find inside,” says Bridal Guide. This is a good way to foreshadow the secret garden that awaits and to make the look complete from inside out. All you have to do to achieve this looks is wrap greeery such as ivy or vine plants around the outside of the tent entrance. Any type of eucalyptus plant will work perfect for this DIY as well.
10. Large Leaf Menu Display
“A large anthurium leaf serves as a creative menu display. Elegant, gold calligraphy shines against the vibrant green hues and contrasts with the leaf’s jungle vibes,” says Bridal Guide. This is probably the most creative suggestion on the list of greens though as you can see below, it’s absolutely stunning! To try this look, find a large enough leaf that you can write with gold paint on and display it next to your food buffet or at the dessert table. Simplicity is key – you want to use this to accent in just the right places. If you want to expand beyond just the menu, use smaller leaves to display table numbers.
Photo: Bridal Guide
As you can see there are endless ways to add gorgeous greens to your wedding and make your space feel more natural and organic.
For more inspiration, check out our Greenery and Natural Wedding Decor Pinterest board.
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