One of the most delightful parts of planning a wedding is picking out all the visual elements, like décor (from fresh flowers and lush greenery to moody lighting, patterned linens, and pops of color), stationary, and the menu. And speaking of pops of color, we love to see couples use fresh citrus at their weddings. These colorful fragrant fruits can freshen up a space by simply existing. On top of that, citrus can be an affordable way to brighten up your space—and a little goes a long way.
From bowls of fresh lemons on your reception tables to using illustrations of citrus slices in your wedding invitation suite, these simple, bright fruits add a touch of cheer wherever they end up throughout your celebration.
If you're looking for ways to use citrus in your wedding décor, cocktails, or staionary check out these ideas for inspiration.
Mix Citrus and Candles
Small tangerines look stunning sitting on this wedding reception bar, tucked against lit candles of various heights. Place a lush floral arrangement with white or light-colored hues on the bar, too, to compliment the bold colors of the citrus.
Add Citrus Accents to the Cake
How sweet does this three-tier wedding cake look accented with little tangerines? The white cake is the perfect backdrop for these stunning little oranges.
Use Citrus-Inspired Escort Cards
Get creative with your escort cards! This couple chose to create escort tags that were cut in the shape of oranges, with light orange font and green accents. The result is delicate and simply stunning.
Pick Citrus Colors for the Table Design
A great way to incorporate citrus into wedding decorations is to mimic the shapes and colors—think bright oranges and yellows. We love this cocktail hour setup, which features circular tables set with bright orange tablecloths.
Feature Citrus in Floral Centerpieces
Adding citrus to a floral centerpiece creates such a fresh vibe, like these arrangements with pink flowers and lemons—we love how the attached leaves look, too!
Use Citrus Colors in Your Menus
Even if you don't use physical citrus in your menu stationery suite, you can still take inspiration from these vibrant colors to brighten up the look. This couple chose yellow, orange, and pink for a stunning menu suite, accented with orange flowers and a bright red paper napkin.
Add Sliced Citrus to the Reception Tables
Consider using sliced oranges—both dried and fresh—to decorate your reception table. This freshens up the overall look, and pairs beautifully with brightly-colored flowers.
Serve Citrus Cocktails
One of the best ways to feature citrus in your wedding? Citrus-themed cocktails! We love the look of these dark-red cocktails with a fresh slice of lemon on top (and they photograph beautifully).
Feature Fruit Trees
Go all-out with lemons! This couple used small lemon trees to decorate their reception table, as well as loose lemons scattered around potted herbs and greenery. The result is beautiful, and probably felt like dining in a lemon grove!
Consider Citrus Liqueur as Wedding Favors
If you're having a destination wedding in a place where citrus is abundant, opt for a citrus liqueur, like limoncello, as wedding guest favors.
Use Citrus as Place Cards
Smaller citrus, like lemons or limes, are perfect for place card holders during the reception. Considering tying name cards to a lemon, or using a pin to fasten a small ribbon with each guest's name to the fruit.
Add Citrus to the Welcome Bags
If you're planning to give welcome bags to your guest, consider adding fresh oranges to each bag—not only does it look gorgeous, but it's a great snack!