By Simon Daukes 



Whether you are having an indoor wedding or an outdoor event, greenery can add a touch of elegance to the simplest or the most extravagant of weddings. Providing an organic rustic vibe, adding foliage can beautifully accent any wedding theme or be used to camouflage any décor lacking in aesthetic. To help you incorporate greenery into your wedding, Simon Daukes, owner and manager of Ash Barton Estate has provided 7 suggestions in today’s guest blog. 


Wind it around the ceremony structure

Create a display out of your ceremony structure by winding garlands of greenery around the frame. Whether it be a circular wedding arch, angular or wedding gates shaped like a heart, adding flowers and foliage will create the perfect backdrop whilst you say your vows. If you have a lot of surface area to cover, choose heavy foliage such as eucalyptus and fern leaves. On the other hand, for a more minimalist look opt for delicate greenery such as ivy.


Use it as minimalist table decoration

Using greenery as your table arrangements can create a lush, elegant but neutral look that compliments any wedding theme. From low-key but luxurious terrariums to extravagant garlands that run across the table, adding foliage can create eye-catching centerpieces within your table decoration.


Rethink the bouquet

When it comes to the wedding bouquet, brides are swapping flowers for foliage. Featuring various textural green elements such as ferns, palm leaf’s, blue thistle and berries, this non-traditional take on a wedding bouquet calls attention to the sophisticated, natural looking bride. This works perfectly if you are having an outdoor ceremony or are taking pictures in a wildflower meadow.


Gift greenery as wedding favors

Plants are not only stylish wedding décor, but they can double up as sustainable wedding favors for your guests too. Gift a low maintenance plant that does not attract many pests such as a succulent. This way your guests can take away a small memory from your special day- all whilst helping the environment and preventing waste.


Decorate the reception chairs

Instead of using the typical chair cover and sash, some brides like the idea of having special chairs for their reception. To give the chairs a contemporary update, try adding bunches of foliage on the back of each chair. Alternatively, you can drape the greenery across several chairs, marking clear seating rows. Whatever you choose, adding some green to your reception is bound to create a sophisticated woodland feel to your wedding.


Enhance signage

Signage is a great way to decorate an entrance or enhance a sweet or drinks bar. Poorly decorated signage can stick out like a sore thumb, as it will not work with the rest of your wedding décor. Drape some greenery or add a garland to each sign to add a unique, fairy-tale look to your wedding.


Drape it down from the ceiling or lights

When considering how to transform a wedding venue, most people focus on the décor at eye-level. However, ceiling décor can add an enchanted, forest charm to your wedding. Whether you choose to hang terrariums or decorate existing chandeliers, foliage that drapes down from the ceiling can create a surreal effect when your guests are entering the space.





Simon Daukes is the loving owner and manager of Ash Barton Estate. Originally, he bought the house in 2009 after spending months searching for a holiday ‘cottage’ in the North Devon area. He  has had a hugely successful career as board director of a number of large businesses including the Haymarket Media Group and the Slow Food movement. Now, his key focus is to keep The Ash Barton Estate running like clockwork for happy brides to have their perfect ‘DIY: decide it yourself’ wedding.





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