Whether flowers aren’t your vibe or you’re looking to decorate your wedding on a budget, floral alternatives are a creative way to style your day! Even if you’re a big fan of flowers, unfortunately, you may not be able to access them in 2020 and 2021 weddings. COVID-19 is impacting the wedding industry in a variety of ways, from weddings being postponed to small businesses hurting. One aspect you may not realize is being affected are flowers! Wedding florists, who have been hit some of the hardest by the pandemic, have not only lost business but are seeing a shortage in flowers as wholesale businesses were shuttered during quarantine. With fewer flowers available, we wanted to offer up some of our favorite alternatives to using flowers throughout your day.
Not convinced you can decorate without flowers? These floral alternatives will change your mind:
Dried flowers, pampas grass, and leaves
Candles and lanterns
Read on for examples of these floral alternatives in use plus some of our favorite shops + products to use in your wedding.
DRIED FLOWERS, PAMPAS GRASS, & LEAVES
Okay, okay, we know this is supposed to be a floral alternatives roundup, but hear us out. While fresh florals might be hard to come by due to COVID, dried florals are a beautiful alternative that also happens to be trending this year! From fluffy pampas grass to dried palms to exquisite arrangements crafted from dried flowers, you don’t have to rely on fresh blooms when decorating your wedding. Dried botanicals can have a big impact on your wedding style, too, whether you’re going for an edgy moody vibe or romantic fairy tale look.
CHECK OUT OUR FAVORITE ETSY SHOPS FOR DRIED LEAVES + PAMPAS GRASS:
When designing your wedding, don’t forget to start with a strong foundation! Linens like patterned table runners or bold napkins in your wedding colors can be a great way to infuse your personal style into your decor. Plus, your table settings need napkins anyway, so why not make them a memorable part of your design!
Wedding decor doesn’t have to be so serious, so consider adding a playful element to your day with a neon sign! Lots of wedding rental companies have romantic neon signs you can use, but if you’re down for the investment we love the idea of getting a personalized neon sign you can display in your home after the wedding is through. Pro tip: neon signs make a great addition to your sweetheart table setup or as part of the display above your dessert table or reception bar.
Say yes to styling and ambiance with a collection of candles and lanterns around your wedding space! There’s nothing more romantic than dining by candlelight, so don’t be stingy. Candles can also be the answer to two big styling issues when decorating your wedding: contributing to your color palette and creating levels in your decor. Use candles in hues from your palette at varying heights to create visual interest throughout your design. Lanterns and other candle holders can also help you carry out your thematic vision, whether it’s rustic, Moroccan, modern, or bohemian.
Looking for a solution that’s chic and natural? Terrariums are the answer you’ve been looking for! Terrariums make great centerpieces or decor on your dessert or gift tables, plus they can serve double duty as favors for your guests at the end of the night. Keep them simple with a succulent or air plant in a diamond-shaped glass terrarium or make a major style statement with an assortment of plants inside of unique geometric shapes. Pro tip: consider hanging small terrariums from an arch or the ceiling to help fill your space.
No matter your venue, adding greenery to your decor creates a lush environment for tying the knot. From tropical fronds to fresh eucalyptus to putting your favorite houseplants on display, you not only incorporate natural elements but also carry out a theme by curating greenery to match your intended vibe. Use leaves sparingly and intentionally for a minimalist look or go big with full garlands on tables and arrangements hanging from the ceiling.
We love elopements! There’s something extra special about dedicating an entire day (or weekend) to just you and your person. Whether you’re dreaming of climbing a mountain, saying your “I do’s” in the jungle of Tulum, dancing in the streets downtown, or anything and everything in between—we want to show you that less can be oh-so much more. These intimate elopements are sure to drive your hearts wild and give you all the inspiration you could ever need to plan a day that’s uniquely you!
CHELSEA AND CARLTON’S YOSEMITE ELOPEMENT AT SUNSET
Why we love it: The couple started their day cozying up in their dreamy little cabin before heading out to the park where they exchanged handwritten vows and hiked to the top of Taft Point just in time for some killer, and totally romantic, sunset photos. Pro tip: get a photography team who will attach your bouquet to your backpack in the most awesome, “adventure bride” way.
Why we love it: Lindsay and Baxter travelled from California to Lisbon for their countryside elopement at Casas Caiadas in Alentejo — and it’s everything sweet, sentimental elopement dreams are made of. Is there a better way to celebrate love? We’re obsessed! These cool kids set the bar high with their bold and unique wedding outfits. Lavender cowboy boots? Say what?!
Where it took place:The Louie, New Orleans, Louisiana
Why we love it: Oodie and Nicole’s wedding day was not only full of lots of love and style, but creative, sentimental ideas. We love how these two read letters from loved ones on the morning-of and that they fit in a game of gin rummy (a staple in their relationship) before the big “I do.” If you’ve ever dreamed of a New Orleans elopement, or anywhere for that matter, we know you’ll be inspired by Nicole and Oodie’s colorful, mid-century day!
Why we love it: There truly aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe the beauty of this day, but we’ll try to fit in as many as we can. The execution of every detail has us obsessed! If free-spirited vibes are your thing, you’re going to love the dried floral ceremony arch, Corina’s boho dress, and the fact that the duo toasted tequila shots post-ceremony.
Where it took place: Tabernas Desert, Tabernas, Spain
Why we love it: We’re totally obsessed with how this couple brought their personalities into the mix on their special day. On the morning of their elopement, Aïda and Ismael got ready together at a rustic-style building that used to be part of a western movie set. It was a perfect, moody space that gave off all those vintage rocker vibes! If you think their pre-ceremony location is cool, just wait until you see the vast desert where the couple shared their vows—and ceremonial vodka shots—under the golden Tabernas desert sun.
Where it took place: Florence and Dolomites, Italy
Why we love it: Alexandra and Leif’s emotional Italian elopement is everything our music and mountain-loving hearts needed. The couple decided to elope in their favorite places in the world: Florence for their getting ready location and the Dolomites for a sentimental ceremony. If you’re into vintage fashion and unexpected surprises, you will surely be inspired by every little thing about this special day.
Why we love it: We can’t imagine a more romantic, picturesque place to exchange vows than with hundreds of colorful hot air balloons floating in the background as the sun rises over the Cappadocia landscapes. Louise and James wanted their outfits to match the scenery — and we’re obsessed with how they pulled it off!
Where it took place: Laguna de Los Tres and El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina
Why we love it: Adri and Eric’s Patagonia elopement is literally everything you need for wedding location, bridal style, and couple portrait inspiration! The lakeside locale and the painted sky made for the most picture-perfect place for the couple to exchange vows. And the fact that the bride didn’t let a little hiking get in her way of rocking a gorgeous Rue De Seine gown made us love this couple even more! If an epic elopement filled with unbelievable scenery and romantic moments is what you’re after, take notes from this adventurous duo’s day.
Why we love it: With dramatic florals and a spooky sweetheart table, Asia and Ana’s Tulum elopement was something out of a mystical dream! When it comes to style, this couple has got it going on — we love Asia’s lacy, boho dress and Ana’s custom suit. If you’re into witchcraft inspired decor, you’ve got to see the sweetheart table the couple dined at for a most romantic candlelit dinner. From a beautiful Shamanic ceremony to the coolest, moody couple’s portraits, we’re obsessed!
Where it took place: Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, CA
Why we love it: We’ve never seen a Big Sur elopement like Madison and Kanyon’s Big Sur elopement, and we are so here for it! If you haven’t already noticed, Madison’s captivating, three-piece, custom made gown has the most dramatically awesome train we’ve ever seen. With a dress like that, you must have a bouquet that lives up to it, and Love in Bloom did not disappoint with an absolutely stunning bouquet. This couple shows that all it takes is a little drama and carefully chosen details to make an already picturesque location even sweeter!
Why we love it: Jodi and Zach’s elopement in the Scottish Highlands had everything we love about adventure elopements: breathtaking scenery, unique style, and sentimental details. The couple and their guests spent an entire week bonding and falling even more in love with Scotland. Then, on their actual wedding day, they all trekked deep into the lush forests and fully embraced the unpredictability of Mother Nature as they exchanged vows, sang, and danced their way into married life!
LAUREN AND MELISSA’S WILD AND FREE NEW ZELAND ELOPEMENT
Where it took place: Auckland Courthouse and Piha Beach, New Zealand
Why we love it: Lauren and Melissa’s elopement was a wild and free celebration in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world! The couple truly spent day-to-night celebrating their love. Lauren and Melissa chose to do their first look backed by an epic view of the sea and couples portraits by an stunning waterfall. Then they headed to the courthouse to officially tie the knot and immediately headed for the black sands of Piha Beach to exchange vows and take the most stunning sunset photos! In case there was any doubt fairytales can come true, this elopement is proof that they most certainly do!
Why we love it: The couple, who were planning a more traditional wedding for later in the year, got to also plan a bohemian elopement with only their trusty dog by their side.They went back to where it all started near the Buffalo River to exchange vows and eat cinnamon rolls in the grass. From the autumnal florals designed to the mini tent and picnic set up, everything reflected the bohemian vibe Gracie loves and the couple’s laid-back personalities.
ASHLEIGH AND AARON’S BOHO GLAM PALM DESERT ELOPMENT
Where it took place:Palm Desert, Palm Springs, California
Why we love it: What’s better than a Palm Desert elopement? A Palm Desert elopement that includes a fabulously beaded and tasseled bohemian gown, of course! Ashleigh and Aaron’s low-key wedding day was the perfect representation of them as a couple. It was so low-key, in fact, they didn’t even know the ceremony location until they arrived! With palm trees and desert views as far as the eye can see, they exchanged vows and toasted to forever with donuts and champagne. Then they ended the day eating tacos and drinking beer at The Ace Hotel. No fuss, no frill; just tons of love and off-the-charts style!
CHARLOTTE AND JAMES’ CLIFFSIDE SANTORINI ELOPEMENT
Where it took place: Santorini, Greece
Why we love it: Charlotte and James certainly epitomized the less-is-more style in their Santorini cliffside elopement! They tied the knot with the caldera behind them and nothing more than a wooden A-frame backdrop and two white rugs to frame their ceremony…and the finished look could not have been more romantic. The rustic setting, the bride’s sweet boho style, the couple’s sweetheart reception, and the pink hues of the Grecian sunset all came together to create a truly breathtaking destination elopement!
Where it took place: Loveland Pass, Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Why we love it: Megan and Cameron’s incredible, wintry Loveland Pass elopement proves that good things come to those who wait! After a whirlwind romance and an epic engagement, this adventurous couple wouldn’t settle for anything less than an exquisite setting for their special day, which made the snow-covered Rockies the perfect choice. The couple’s day included a self-solemnized ceremony, a champagne toast, and a cake cutting on the back of their tailgate — and that simplicity couldn’t have been more charming!
JULIE AND CALVIN’S YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ELOPEMENT
Where it took place: Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, California
Why we love it: Julie and Calvin’s bucket list included a trip to Yosemite National Park, so they decided on a Yosemite elopement to kick off their marriage on an epic adventure together! The couple spent over 10 hours exploring on the day of their elopement — and it’s one of the most incredible expressions of love of you’ll ever see. Julie, Calvin, and their rockstar team hiked and took in breathtaking views at every turn. It was a true sight to see and remember for the couple.
Why we love it: From the lush, tropical floral installations and bouquets to the sweet “We eloped!” stationery, every single detail was perfectly curated to fit both the vibe of the venue and the couple’s fun-loving, carefree personalities. We love the sweet touches of beautifully handmade decor from Tulum, as well as the jungle landscape and every little item that made the couple’s sweetheart table oh-so-perfect.
Why we love it: After seeing Karla and Brian’s Buoakirkja Black Church elopement, it’s safe to say we will always fall crazy in love with Iceland weddings! Between the tiny painted church in the middle of nowhere and the photo ops from the beach to the waterfalls, in the snow and among the horses, this elopement can really only be described as epic. The biggest surprise of the day came at the very end, though, when Karla and Brian got one last photo in the glow of the Northern Lights — a picture-perfect end to a perfect Icelandic elopement!
Where it took place: Private Estate, Ojai, California
Why we love it: With a ceremony in a yurt and a sweetheart picnic with beer and chocolates, Samantha and Jonathan’s Ojai elopement was free-spirited and whimsical to the core! In keeping with the bohemian theme, Ojai Blooms created wild and organic floral designs in white and ivory and added tons of greenery for a lush, overgrown feel. White Sage Wedding & Events then added macrame, candles, and rugs to round out the bohemian vibe. If you’ve been looking for a charming, off-the-charts adorable bohemian elopement inspiration, look no further!
You don’t need a telescope to see these celestial wedding ideas! Bring one the most popular 2020 trends to life in just a few easy steps or add a little cosmic flair to your day without going all in. From decorations on your tables and hanging from the ceiling to your makeup and accessories, we’ve rounded up our most out-of-this-world celestial wedding ideas.
Get your inspiration from our celestial wedding ideas including:
Wooden Crescent Moon Cutouts
“Love You To the Moon & Back” Cake Toppers
Festival-Inspired Star Face Glitter
Hanging Tin Star Lanterns
Zodiac Place Cards
The answer to your wedding decor questions is in the stars — and this post! Scroll on for a roundup of our most cosmic ideas + products you can shop to bring the look to life!
If you’re like us and celestial-themed anything makes your heart skip a beat, then get ready to fall head over heels for this astrology wedding inspiration shoot! The planning and floral geniuses of Sonnet Weddings brought natural tones, organic textures, and celestial details into the iconic black barn at Spain Ranch and the result was nothing short of stunning. On top of that, the Alexandra Grecco cape the bride wore made her look like a goddess! This shoot was simple yet expertly executed, and The Johnsons Photo captured it all brilliantly to show off every incredible detail.
Gracie and Mo’s sweet elopement at the Buffalo Outdoor Center and their story of “the year of weddings” has us seriously reconsidering the idea that your wedding day has to be just that, one day! The couple, who are planning a more traditional wedding for later this year, got to also plan a bohemian elopement with only their trusty dog by their side. With The Dogwood Collective in tow, they went back to where it all started near the Buffalo River to exchange vows and eat cinnamon rolls in the grass. Sonnet Weddings made sure every last detail, from the autumnal florals designed by Faith Hundley to the mini tent and picnic set up, had the bohemian vibe Gracie loves and reflected the couple’s laid-back personalities.
Our actual legit wedding date hasn’t happened yet. We got engaged in Santa Fe, NM where my fiance’s godfather lives, and he told us that we’d have multiple weddings during this season. I laughed and didn’t really know what he meant! That night at our engagement party, he had a surprise dinner guest: a Buddhist monk…to marry us! He recited the Loving- Kindness Mantras then we said a few vows. We still have the marriage certificate.; we just haven’t signed it.
When we got home to Arkansas, a photographer reached out to us about doing an elopement. It was such a sweet gift and I thought back to the comment of, ” You’ll have multiple weddings during this season.” Mo and I traveled in a van for 18 months and everyone thought we’d just elope on our trip. I’ve always dreamed of a bohemian elopement but I know that having an actual wedding with friends and family would be special. So, I got to have my cake and eat it too!
I want my actual wedding day to be more traditional and classic but I love a good bohemian elopement and I’m so excited that I get both. Why do weddings just have to be one day? We’re making it a year of multiple celebrations rather than putting it all in one day!
The most important part of planning the elopement to me was making sure that it was 100% us and at a spot that’s special to us. We picked the Buffalo River because that’s where our first date was almost 6 years ago and where we found our dog almost 4 years ago. An elopement there is perfect!
Our best advice? Do you. My parents cringe when I say we’re having multiple weddings. At the end of the day, it’s you and your partner. Wear the dress you want, have the flowers you like, eat the food you like. It’s not about them; it’s your day!
I think the most memorable part of the day was waking up, starting a fire and just relaxing. You don’t get to do that at a big wedding. I think that’s what’s so special about elopements.
We just had music in the background at the elopement and will have a band for the big wedding. Mo has a great Spotify playlist that we’ve been adding to throughout the years, which is of course what we were listening to.