How To Use Greenery In Your Wedding Ceremony Backdrop (What You Need To Know)

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Kelly and Jon Wedding - Chuppah Detail - Maritime Parc - Yumi Matsuo Studios

Kelly and Jon Wedding – Chuppah Detail – Maritime Parc – Yumi Matsuo Studios

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.

 

Emily and Felix Wedding - Flower Arch - 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Susan Shek Photography

Emily and Felix Wedding – Flower Arch – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Susan Shek Photography

 

Emily and Felix Wedding - Wedding Ceremony Greenery - 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge - Susan Shek Photography

Emily and Felix Wedding – Wedding Ceremony Greenery – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – Susan Shek Photography

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.

 

Emily and Michael Wedding - Bride and Groom Flower Archway - New York Botanical Garden - To The Moon NYC

Emily and Michael Wedding – Bride and Groom Flower Archway – New York Botanical Garden – To The Moon NYC

 

Emily and Michael Wedding - Wedding Ceremony Greenery - New York Botanical Garden - To The Moon NYC

Emily and Michael Wedding – Wedding Ceremony Greenery – New York Botanical Garden – To The Moon NYC

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.

 

Nicole & Matt Wedding - Flower Arch Ceremony - Houston Hall - Jaylim Studio

Nicole & Matt Wedding – Flower Arch Ceremony – Houston Hall – Jaylim Studio

 

Nicole & Matt Wedding - Wedding Ceremony Greenery - Houston Hall - Jaylim Studio

Nicole & Matt Wedding – Wedding Ceremony Greenery – Houston Hall – Jaylim Studio

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.”

 

Corinne and Kevin Wedding - Ceremony Atmosphere Flower Arch - New York Historical Society - Love In Theory

Corinne and Kevin Wedding – Ceremony Atmosphere Flower Arch – New York Historical Society – Love In Theory

 

Corinne and Kevin Wedding - Wedding Ceremony Greenery - New York Historical Society - Love In Theory

Corinne and Kevin Wedding – Wedding Ceremony Greenery – New York Historical Society – Love In Theory

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.

 

Cara and Vince Wedding - First Kiss - Laura Huertas Photography

Cara and Vince Wedding – First Kiss – Laura Huertas Photography

 

Cara and Vince Wedding - Wedding Ceremony Greenery - Laura Huertas Photography

Cara and Vince Wedding – Wedding Ceremony Greenery – Laura Huertas Photography

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.

 

Elaine and LiRen Wedding - Wedding Ceremony Greenery - Tribeca Rooftop - Jaylim Studio

Elaine and LiRen Wedding – Wedding Ceremony Greenery – Tribeca Rooftop – Jaylim Studio

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.

 

Jillian & Sean Wedding - Ceremony - Guastavinos - by Joseph Lin

Jillian & Sean Wedding – Ceremony – Guastavinos – by Joseph Lin

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.

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