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The great outdoors provides a wealth of inspiration for wedding décor, but not all weddings have the option of al fresco seating. When the temperature drops to freezing, the last thing wedding guests want is an outdoor ceremony amidst the icicles. So how can a bride who adores the outdoors incorporate natural elements into the wedding? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the issue.
First, work with your florist to devise a décor scheme that incorporates rustic, naturalistic accents to your venue. Consider commissioning an arbor or chuppah out of intertwined branches and vines. Embrace organic accents such as crisp, vibrant leaves combined with full boughs to serve as wall adornments, and add abundant blooming touches to your table centerpieces. If you have sufficient room in your nuptial budget, you may even wish to place small, potted trees amongst your reception tables or line your aisle with lush greenery. If you are more entranced by flowers than branches or boughs, create a floral wall with your favorite blooms to serve as an aesthetic focal point for your celebration. You may also wish to incorporate nature into small details such as your place card table by inscribing each number and name on a wooden slab, and present the collection amidst plantings or moss.
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Furthermore, seek a wedding venue with resplendent views of the great outdoors to serve as a backdrop for your fete. Whether your preference is a hotel ballroom with a sweeping panorama of the surrounding foliage or a glass-enclosed greenhouse on an estate property, your location should embrace the outdoors in some small manner even before you add decorative flourishes.