DIY Greenery Decor Ideas for Your Wedding Reception + Ceremony

If you want to bring instant freshness to your wedding day setting, one secret is to use greenery! It can create a garden look in an indoor venue or evoke a tropical, woodland, boho, or even zen vibe to match your chosen wedding theme. It all depends on what kind of leaves you decide to work with and how you apply them. Greenery can also offer a cost-saving option as compared to expensive florals, as you can use faux leaves in silk or paper—or even fresh “foraged” cuttings from your garden.

Here are 10 gorgeous ways to “go green” with your wedding day decorations!

Frame your seating chart in a border of leaves.

1. Frame your seating chart in a border of leaves.

Create the look of a whimsical garden trellis for your wedding seating chart. Simply criss-cross lengths of ribbon to demarcate the spaces for the table assignment lists. Then pin, tape or glue a border of faux leaves in varied shades of green following the outer wooden frame.

Form your couple’s monogram from a leafy garland.

2. Form your couple’s monogram from a leafy garland.

For your couple’s chairs at the reception, take artificial vine garlands, cut them to the desired length, wind green craft wire and form them into your initials. The same idea would work for spelling out the words Mr. and Mrs. or LOVE.

Arrange centerpieces of assorted leaves.

3. Arrange centerpieces of assorted leaves.

Centerpieces don’t always have to be made with flowers. Depending on your wedding theme, you could use palm leaves, eucalyptus, magnolia leaves, oak or maple leaves, even bunches of wheat. Add a hint of glam with candles on candle plates , and no one will even miss the flowers!

Create an accent piece for a guestbook table or welcome table with bougainvilleas and leaves.

4. Create an accent piece for a guestbook table or welcome table.

It couldn’t get simpler than a leafy cutting placed in a decorative container, such as a glass vase, a shapely bowl, or a country basket. If used for a table displaying your wedding guestbook or serving wedding cocktails, pair the centerpiece with a sign in a stylish frame.

Craft a simple candle centerpiece with bamboo leaves.

5. Craft a simple candle centerpiece with bamboo leaves.

For an Asian-inspired theme, create a serene zen ambiance with centerpieces featuring floating or pillar candles accented with real or artificial bamboo leaves.

5 More Gorgeous Ways: Greenery for Your Wedding

Gorgeous Ideas with Greenery for Your Wedding

1. Line your ceremony aisle and chairs with foliage.

Skip the traditional flowers and ribbons. Instead, create aisle decor out of leafy vines draped from row to row of the ceremony chairs.

2. Craft greenery hoops for a whimsical backdrop.

By attaching greenery to varied sizes of embroidery hoops, you can create a lighthearted hanging backdrop for an outdoor wedding.

3. Hang greenery overhead as ceiling decor.

Leaf-covered chandeliers have become quite popular for farm or barn-themed weddings—or even for rustic-industrial ones as shown.

4. Lay a leafy garland as a table runner.

A stunning alternative to a traditional centerpiece is one that extends the length of the table—and is made entirely of foliage. Gold votive candle holders make lovely highlights.

5. Make a wedding wreath out of seeded eucalyptus.

A wreath can grace your wedding decor any season of the year! Especially one as gorgeously rustic as this, that you can DIY following the tutorial by Janie Medley (see link in the credits below).

Credits: 1 – Rylee Hitchner Photography, via Elizabeth Anne Designs / 2 – Alicia Jayne Florals / Birds of a Feather Photography, via Wedding Chicks / 3 – Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Kate Osborne Photography, via Once Wed / 4 – Andrea Layne Floral Design / 5 – Janie Medley / Marvelous Things Photography, via Project Wedding

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