Flowers are, of course, a beautiful way to decorate your ceremony and reception spaces, but if you’re looking for something a little more unexpected, consider the topiary—aka, a mini, potted tree.
Though the word might bring to mind ultra-formal European gardens filled with ornate shapes and manicured hedges, when used at a wedding, topiaries can give your celebration an elegant, garden-like feel. The end result: a tablescape that’s chic but not overly stuffy.
Topiaries are traditionally made from plants like ivy, boxwood, and myrtle, but these days, we’ve seen them sculpted from miniature olive trees and even fresh rosemary. Place potted topiaries on reception tables instead of a floral centerpiece to give your reception an airy, Tuscan-garden feel. Or use a pair of tall, ball-shaped topiaries to mark the ceremony altar or aisle. Best of all, these topiaries can be used post-wedding at home or in your backyard. Need some inspiration? Keep reading for our favorite ways to incorporate topiaries into your wedding decor.