6 Ways to Use Mini Trees as Unexpected Wedding Decor

Topiaries can make a big impact

Christian Oth Photography

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.

See more: 8 Creative Ways to Use Trees in Your Wedding

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Olive Topiary

Thanasis Kaiafas

For their wedding in Santorini, this couple wanted an elegant Mediterranean vibe and decorated each reception table with an olive topiary instead of floral centerpieces. Rounding out the tablescape were smaller arrangements of greenery and white blooms; choosing simple terra cotta pots for all of the arrangements helped create a cohesive look.

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Reception Tent Entrance

Rebecca Yale Photography

Make the entrance to your reception stand out by framing the tent opening with lush garlands of greenery and a pair of tiered topiaries.

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Topiary Centerpieces and Roses

Christian Oth Photography

The manicured look of a topiary plant is perfect for classic, traditional weddings—they add a great architectural detail to your dinner table. Add softness by pairing the topiary, like this myrtle variety, with a smaller floral arrangement of cream-colored roses arranged in a polished julep cup.

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Ceremony Aisle Topiaries

Anna Jaye Photography

This couple tied the knot at the groom’s grandparents’ farm in Oregon and wanted their wedding décor to complement the rustic setting. For the ceremony, they lined the aisle with ball-shaped topiaries—with the bases wrapped in cream-colored linen—which looked elegant yet still country.

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Topiaries and Bud Vases

Judy Pak

If your wedding style skews clean and modern, then you’ll love this elegant garden-inspired tablescape. Formal, cut-crystal candlesticks and vases were combined with potted myrtle topiaries at varying heights; also in the mix were bud vases filled with green and white spring blooms that included sweet peas, muscari, garden roses, ranuncluses, lilac, parrot tulips, and hellebores.

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Ceremony Aisle Topiaries

M & J Photography

For this couple’s magical outdoor ceremony in France, they chose white Napoleon chairs, a simple aisle runner, and a pair of extra-tall topiaries to mark the ceremony aisle.

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