You Could Be Saving SO Much Money With This Wedding Trend

Perhaps because Pantone has coined it Color of the Year, "greenery" is having a major moment in the wedding industry. Instead of blooming bouquets and ornate floral backdrops à la Kimye, more and more couples are opting for verdant assortments of eucalyptus, ferns, and various herbs to decorate their venues. According to a trends report released by Pinterest, the user search volume for "greenery weddings" on the platform has tripled in 2017.
The reasoning for this shift is a pragmatic one. The national average spending on wedding flowers in 2015 was $2,300, according to a survey by The Knot. This amounts to about 7% of the average total wedding cost. That's quite a sum to spend on something so perishable.
Greenery is a way more inexpensive and durable alternative. The lush and leafy presentation is incredibly photogenic, too — after all, green has long been considered the most relaxing color for your eyes.
We've pulled together 10 greenery wedding ideas to show you how a touch of nature can factor into different parts of your nuptials. Read on for more inspiring images that will render calla lilies and rose hedges so last year.
1 of 11
Wedding cakes don't necessarily have to be towering sensations that are basically statues with icing. A simple white cake — garnished with fine strands of herbs — makes an elegant statement. Rosemary and eucalyptus look amazing on white icing.
2 of 11
Who needs tablecloth weights when a ring of greenery will keep everything in place and enhance the look of cocktail-reception tables?
3 of 11
Let a lush leaf garland guide you down the aisle, and the extra scraps can be repurposed for dressing up the backs of the chairs.
4 of 11
Greenery also makes a lovely table runner, just piled up in a line. Hanging up air plants in different terrariums just adds to the wow factor.
5 of 11
Boutonnieres fashioned with leaves and succulents are easy and cost-effective.
6 of 11
Instead of using expendable all-floral centerpieces, create this more economical — but equally Instagram-friendly — alternative with added candles and a smattering of branches and leaves.
7 of 11
In the mood for a non-traditional bouquet? Put together a greenery-only bunch, like this bride did with ferns and eucalyptus. This flower alternative will stay fresh much longer — and will be equally photogenic.
8 of 11
A chuppah or arch can be the prettiest part of the ceremony — as well as the photo ops. Nothing defines this space more than some greenery cascading around the framework.
9 of 11
Weaving a bit of greenery into your updo will create a more understated and timeless bridal beauty look than, say, wearing a flower crown or a wreath.
10 of 11
Garlands are a great decor detail that easily adds a splash of nature to an otherwise plain design scheme, like pillars and tented ceilings.
11 of 11

More from Living


R29 Original Series