As green weddings become increasingly popular, many brides wonder about alternatives that can be used to replace fresh flowers. I thought it would be helpful to discuss some non-flower options.
If you are having a spring, summer or fall wedding in a beautiful outdoor location that has majestic trees, flowering shrubs and beautiful flower beds, you may opt not to have flowers during the ceremony. Ceremonies are brief and all eyes will be on you. In all likelihood, your guests won’t even notice that you didn’t add flowers.
It can also be fun to think outside the box and add your own creative touch. For example, brides can go down the aisle holding a bible, a family heirloom, an ornate fan, or a gorgeous parasol. The bridesmaids can also carry fans or parasols. Your options are limited only to your imagination. Think of your theme and see how creative you can be.
For a church wedding, instead of decorating with flowers, you can place large potted ferns up at the altar. You can also add candles. These items are inexpensive and very elegant.
When it comes to reception décor there are many alternatives other than flowers. As more brides go green, other options present themselves. Consider plants, such as African Violets, in beautiful flower pots as centerpieces. There can be one for each place setting and the plant can double as a favor. Candles in tall candelabras, glass bowls filled with floating candles, votive candles, and ostrich plumes in eiffel tower vases all make elegant, creative alternatives. Work with your theme and discover your creative options. The only caution is not to leave this to the last minute. Start a week or two ahead of time so that you aren’t stressed with doing centerpieces right before your wedding.
Think outside the box and make a list of your ideas. Having a wedding style that is uniquely yours will add to your special day.