We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Flowers!
I’m going to preface this by saying, I love flowers. There are a zillion different kinds in any color you could possibly imagine and most of them smell great. There is nothing wrong with the flower. I take that back. There is one thing wrong with them… they are EXPENSIVE! They get increasingly expensive when you buy hundreds of them. Strange how that works, right? Here’s the thing though…you don’t have to have them at your wedding if you don’t want to! Check out these non-flower alternatives that will keep your wedding looking (and smelling) crisp and fresh!
You can use candles the same exact way you would use flowers. You can buy them by color, size, and smell! Coordinate the colors of the candles with those of your wedding. If you don’t want to be matchy-matchy then opt for elegant and go with all white.
Size DOES matter! Large candles can be used as centerpieces or at the altar, while smaller candles can be used along walkways or scattered about tables. Don’t forget to put some in the bathrooms too, because, you know…it’s the bathroom. If you’re worried about a potential fire hazard, or your venue doesn’t allow open flames, use the battery operated tea lights. Stick them on window sills or around your yummy treats on the dessert table.
Having a beach themed wedding? Find candles that smell of the salty ocean, or suntan lotion to put your guests in the moment. Having a fall wedding? Use apple or pumpkin scented candles.
Wondering what you’re going to carry down the aisle if you don’t have flowers? Find a baker to whip up some cupcakes that LOOK like flowers. If you’re not into sweets, but have a love for the meats, make a bouquet out of beef jerky. That’s right. There are companies that specialize in beef jerky flower bouquets. How great is that? If jerky’s not your thing either, carry a fruit bouquet. I know when I was walking down the aisle, I got a little hungry and wished I had a snack. It was a long walk, don’t judge.
Just because you’re skipping the flowers, doesn’t mean you have to toss the vases. Use them as the focal point instead. An eclectic mix of old and new in various patterns, shapes and sizes, will surely drop some jaws. Find different textures too. Concrete, wood, colored glass, or etched glass make for an amusing palette to get your guests talking. Try using non-traditional items as vases. If you’re going for the ‘woodsy’ look, use tall logs with a candle cradled in the top. Or embellish your reception with planter pots filled with succulents.