Ecofriendly wedding decor is a well-established practice in nuptial design, but a new microtrend is taking root for 2017: trees. In lieu of traditional floral vignettes, more brides are now favoring trees for adorning their wedding venues. While transporting a live oak or maple tree into a church for the processional isn’t a feasible option, there are plenty of other ways to incorporate this year's tree trend into your wedding. We consulted with three expert florists and nuptial designers to find out how.
1. Beautify With Birch Saplings
Ron Wendt, founder of eponymous event-design company Ron Wendt Design, recommends enhancing a wedding venue with the delicate, rustic allure of birch saplings. “I recently did a wedding in a large tent behind a home in the Hamptons. I wanted to bring warmth to the tent, so we brought in birch-tree saplings,” Wendt explains. “I tied them with jute rope to the wooden Sperry tent poles. It created the atmosphere of an enchanted forest for the bride and all of her guests.” To fashion your very own fairy-tale wedding, try incorporating young trees into your venue.
2. Favor Fragrant Flowering Trees
Nicole Corrales, the flower project manager behind NYC Flower Project, recommends allowing all senses to aid in the selection process. "Our 2017 clients desire more symbolic decor, such as live plants and trees,” Corrales shares. “They give life and air and represent a new beginning in their lives!" In particular, the floral expert recommends myrtle trees or flowering jasmine, the latter of which can be planted in ornamental pots and trained to grow vertically, much like a tree.
3. Weave Branches Into Centerpieces
Trees may be a bold and beautiful accent to add to one’s wedding decor, but they are not especially cost effective for budget-conscious brides. As an alternative, Kalena Patton of Brooklyn-based floral design company Sprout Home recommends enlivening centerpieces or adding drama to vases by weaving in a single branch. “We love the ease and movement large, wild branch arrangements bring to celebrations," Patton says. “Most branches have beautiful, natural lines and shapes that are emphasized by their simplicity and stature. We are especially fond of spring branches like mock orange, dogwood, and cherry trees styled in antique urns or glass vases.”
4. Fashion Your Own Forest
For fans of lush greenery and verdant locales, why not build a spectacular jungle setting with a sea of trees at your venue? The sky is the limit in terms of color, height, and type of tree. “For lush event focal points, we love combining potted plants and trees at varied heights to create a dense, overgrown look,” Patton advises brides. “My favorite is combining tropical plants like large fishtail palms, areca palms, and colorful bromeliads with ferns of different textures and tones.”