5 Ways to Freshen Your Wedding
Fresh is best. And that especially is true when it comes to your wedding style and décor. But why simply rely on seasonal blooms to give your wedding a fresh vibe?
“Fresh fruit and vegetables can add a whole different dimension of texture and color to floral arrangements and other décor throughout your wedding,” says Michael J. Skaff, owner of Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale, Illinois.
To put a garden-fresh feel on your event, consider these inspirations:
Beautify the Bouquet
Give your bridal bouquet pop and a welcoming scent with simple elements like parsley, sage and rosemary. Skaff says any vegetable or fruit will do, depending on your taste.
“For a fall wedding, we used miniature baby eggplants and baby pomegranates to create a purple jeweled tone. You can also incorporate Brussels sprouts or red kale that compliment nicely into a bouquet,” he says.
Entire branches with miniature lemons, limes, pomegranates and other fruit on them are also popular, Skaff notes.
Go small though, he adds. “This will definitely draw attention to the bouquet, which is great, but for a bride, I wouldn’t use a large branch or a huge piece of fruit. Instead, little delicate and tiny fruits and vegetables can be combined with flowers to make a gorgeous yet not overpowering arrangement,” he says.
Liven Up the Ceremony
Whether you’re exchanging vows at a house of worship or an alternative venue, Skaff says there’s plenty of opportunity to add fruits and veggies. He suggests placing wreaths on church doors featuring succulents with fresh items that coincide with the season. For summer weddings, try adding berries and in the fall, consider acorns.
“For winter weddings, you could go for a Williamsburg feel and use lots of walnuts and lemons and limes,” Skaff says. “It’s up to your imagination and how much color and uniqueness you’re comfortable with, but there are no limits.”
Add Dimension to Centerpieces
Avoid cookie-cutter centerpieces by incorporating fruits and vegetables into any size display. Keep it interesting by making each table different. For instance, Skaff suggests kale and eggplant at some tables and pomegranates and Brussels sprouts at others.
Jennie Bellisario, owner of Bellisario Florist in Birmingham, Michigan, suggests incorporating fruits and vegetables into the vase of varying sized arrangements with a fresh floral on top.
“You can also submerge fruits and vegetables in water with a floating candle on top,” she says.
An added perk of this approach is cutting costs. “Fruits and veggies are a bit more cost-effective than some flowers so it’s a way of adding a fun focal point to your arrangements while also saving money,” Skaff adds.
Get Crafty with Cake
Adding edible fruit to a wedding cake with light-colored frosting adds color and elegance, says Skaff, and can help evoke the season. “For a fall wedding, we added beautiful dahlias and raspberries and blackberries to the cake. Nuts and figs can also give a fall harvest feel,” he notes.
In the summer, citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes and oranges, can do the trick.
Make Favors a Favorite
To stand apart from the commonly given candy favors, consider giving apples or other fruit as a favor, if they’re in season and go with your theme. “We’ve also seen personalized fruit and vegetable seed packs,” Skaff says. “My friend who’s a farmer did this as a symbol of growing love.