If you’re considering your waste at a wedding or perhaps you just don’t love the look of an abundance of flowers, maybe you even have harsh allergies – whatever the reason for sparing your use of cut florals on your wedding day, you have lots of alternatives! Here are some of my favorite ways to dress up a space without using a lot of flowers. Hint, many of these are also cost-savers too!

Candles everywhere! Nothing says romance like a room full of candles. Flowers are not needed when the mood and natural light is set just right.

Photo by Ashley Sawtelle

Pampas Grass. Okay, this one is a grey area, it’s actually a flowering plant, but if you don’t love the look of traditional florals, this trend is perfect! It works in event decor both dried and fresh, just pick your preference.

Photo by Cork Creative

Fresh vegetables (and fruit too!). Baskets full of fresh produce or mixing in colorful and uniquely shaped veggies like artichoke and eggplant dress up any table with dimension. Depending on how you set the table, these could double as gifts. Shop seasonally and fill lots of small baskets with strawberries or lemons for a single focal color and invite guests to enjoy them at home after the event is done. Less waste and more taste!

Potted plants. Depending on where you wed, you might be able to rent your potted plans, reducing your use even further. But if you do have to buy, encourage guests to take the small pots as favors and you can decorate your backyard with the big!

Greenery, garland and leaves. If the look of florals isn’t your favorite, consider going green – greenery that is! Leaves tucked into napkins, garlands draping down the tables, even a fireplace mantel dripping in greens, there are so many ways to cut the color of flowers for something more minimalistic and beautiful too. You can even forage for your own leaves (location permitting), so each place setting is unique to your event and personal experience.

Photo by Ashley Sawtelle
Photo by Frances Photography

How will you be designing your wedding day?

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