Planning & Inspiration
How To Use Greenery In Your Wedding Ceremony Backdrop (What You Need To Know)
You have researched and pinned ‘all things’ flowers, but have you given any deep thought to the greenery that you will use in your wedding ceremony backdrop? This is a question we ask all of our clients and in most cases, the answer is ‘no.’ Understandably, as leaves and stems usually play a supporting role to the real stars of the show – roses, peonies, orchids, and dahlias. But like any great movie or play, unforgettable wedding decor is dependent on the chemistry between the entire cast.
Ranging in texture, shape, and color, there are many types of greenery to consider for your wedding. Choosing the right greenery to go along with your flowers will only serve to punctuate their blossoming beauty. To help you better understand greenery and how it can be used to take your wedding ceremony to the next level, we are sharing unforgettable backdrops from the Real BB Wedding archives.
Year after year, couples come to us with a wedding vision board filled with white flowers and greenery. What makes this classic New York City wedding theme so exciting to work with is its versatility – it can be tailored to suit just about any decorative style and looks amazing in any venue. Here, lemon leaf, Italian ruscus, and willow eucalyptus are paired with roses and hydrangeas. The mixing of leaves creates texture and dimension, highlighting the crisp white beauty of the flowers while emphasizing the wedding’s elegant garden feel.
Ferns are an excellent choice if you are looking to incorporate special decor details into your ceremony backdrop. Typically, ferns bring an enchanted woodland feel to a weddingscape. But, as you will see, ferns work beautifully in more refined decorative themes as well. Playing into the lush forest that surrounds the Stone Mill at New York Botanical Garden, this secret garden inspired archway mixes plumosa fern, spiral eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus with petal soft roses, peonies, and stock.
Capturing the splendor that only comes with a New Year’s Eve wedding in New York City, this spellbinding arch incorporated plumosa fern, spiral eucalyptus, and parvifolia eucalyptus with magnolia leaves, which are green and yellow with a waxy sheen. The unique greenery in combination with gold painted leaves and burgundy and blush blooms created a scene of magical romanticism perfect for saying ‘I Do.”
Radiating with seasonal floral colors, this festive autumn ceremony at the New York Historical Society drew on the warm gold and green tones of magnolia leaves, pairing them with Italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus – the seeds provided a lovely texture and sage color in combination with the richer greenery.
Sword fern is another delightful detail that we suggest to clients who want to incorporate unique greenery into their wedding decor. For this intimate tent ceremony, the archway highlighted how the pattern of the spear-shaped fronds offers eye-catching contrast against the more commonly used eucalyptus and ruscus, which have small, wispy leaves, and lemon leaf.
With its uniform leaves and soft color, silver dollar eucalyptus is an ideal choice if you want your wedding greenery to have a natural, yet graceful impression. This picture-perfect rooftop ceremony setting featured silver dollar eucalyptus with seeded eucalyptus and lemon leaf, which complemented the white and blush roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and astilbe exquisitely.
Not a flower in sight, and we’re not mad about it. For this modern take on all greenery ceremony decor, a lucite chuppah was decorated with a cloud of lush greenery featuring Israeli ruscus, parvifolia eucalyptus, sword fern, plumosa fern, and lemon leaf.
The role of greenery in wedding ceremony decor should not be overlooked. The different forms, shapes, and patterns of the leaves and stems create a verdant harmony that makes florals pop, illuminating their prettiness and color. We hope the greenery used in our Real BB Weddings inspires you to design the ceremony backdrop you’ve always dreamed of.