36 Ways to Use Leaves Throughout Your Wedding
Flowers are usually a given at weddings, unless you choose to go a more modern or unconventional route. But foliage is pretty as well, and shouldn't be ignored as a form of big-day décor. Before you dismiss anything without petals as an accent and not a main design feature, consider all that leaves have to offer. Like blooms, they add dimension, come in various shades, and can smell good, too. Whether you work with real plants or use them to inspire artwork or installations, leaves will enhance your celebration's decorations.
For a fall wedding in a location where the trees change colors, try embracing the autumnal foliage. Use the red, orange, and yellow leaves in arrangements to give your event a seasonal touch. For more casual affairs—like beach nuptials or pre-wedding events—look to tropical leaves for inspiration. Palm prints are a fun addition to nearly any detail. If you're planning a rustic wedding, natural decorations are a must, and sprinkling greenery throughout your celebration is an easy way to achieve the desired style. Of course, formal weddings also benefit from leaves, and especially elegant, fragrant options like eucalyptus. Leaf motifs are an additional option—use them to decorate your paper goods.
We've rounded up some of our favorite leafy wedding ideas to help you brainstorm. Are you forgoing flowers entirely? Or are you simply searching for creative ways to use organic elements? Whatever the case, there's inspiration for every type of couple. From wedding fashion to wedding stationery, we're helping you incorporate foliage into any (or every) aspect of your big day.
At this fall wedding, arrangements of foliage were placed behind the ceremony's seating. Thistle and other small blooms were added to the mix.
Modern artwork adorned this reception's walls. A few gold leaves were stuck beside white blooms.
These wooden reception tables were topped with playful palm-print runners.
At this celebration, plants were stuck to the walls for decoration.
Palm-leaf wallpaper dressed up this wedding's bar.
Eucalyptus was beautifully placed on these ceremony chairs for a fragrant, understated finishing touch.
Instead of floral centerpieces, try decorating reception tables with leafy garlands. This couple opted for trailing foliage.
Leaves were wrapped around this wedding cake's stand for an organic feel.
This couple made their wedding's staircase look "overgrown" with oak and maple branches, smilax, Solomon's seal, tuberose, dahlias, and garden roses.
This chic ceremony structure was decorated with trailing leaves.
For this wedding with a tropical twist, plates were placed on top of palm leaves.
Leafy illustrations upgrade any type of stationery.
A cool frond hung above a table at this wedding.
This event had tons of lounge furniture, and the seating was accented with banana leaf-print pillows.
This gold arrangement was unexpected and gorgeous.
This flower girl and ring bearer wore crowns of seaded eucalyptus as they walked down the aisle.
Wood and palm leaves made up this beachy structure.
Smilax was used to decorate the wall behind this wedding's lounge.
This pup wore a wreath of foliage for its role in the ceremony.
A magnolia-leaf wreath was attached to the front of this getaway car.
Beautiful leaves were strung around a lighting fixture at this wedding's reception.
This couple tied the knot in front of a creative palm-frond backdrop.