I invited Kristen J. from the blog Wedding (Version 2.0) to be our second guest blogger and exchange some ideas about decorating a Wedding party. Kristen’s been married for a few years now, but she’s planning the wedding ceremony she never had in the form of a vow renewal.
I simply loved her post about not using flowers to decorate her wedding. It’s her wish and nothing is more appropriate in a wedding than doing what you feel like doing. Here it is, in her own words:
“A flowerless wedding… Can it be done? Should it be done?
In our case, the answer is most definitely… yes! I have never been the type of girl who gushed over the idea of being sent roses. Instead, I would feel bad that flowers had to die just so I could look at them inside my house. Send me a potted plant that I can help to grow and enjoy for years and I’m yours! So, the thought of killing tons of flowers just for a wedding ceremony and reception really rubs me the wrong way, at least when it comes to my own wedding.
The theme of our wedding is the Adirondack woods, so we are going to try to keep the decor natural, without having to kill any plants. Our centerpieces are going to be living terrariums that people can take home with them, which will hopefully continue to live and grow for a long time. We are also intending to use pine cones and leaves in some way on the guest tables at the reception.
At first I tossed around the idea of possibly having a flower bouquet to carry down the aisle, but I was never really sold on the idea. Part of me felt like it was wrong for me not to carry one, but the other part of me rebelled against the idea of doing something just because everyone else does it, and the proverbial “they” say that I have to. In addition, flowers are expensive! Holy cow! Still, I didn’t know what else to do, and I thought it would be weird to walk down the aisle empty handed. Where would I put my hands?
Eventually, after looking around on the internet for who knows how long, I fell back to my old friend etsy and stumbled across something that is perfect for me:
It’s called a Rustic Firefly Lantern and is made by April Hiler Designs. This completely fits our wedding theme, is really cute, and nothing needed to die in order for it to be made! Better yet, it won’t wilt a few hours after the wedding, and I’m sure I can find another use for it! Inside the basket is preserved sheet moss, dried grapevine, and faux fern fronds, along with a little string of LED lights.
Etsy is absolutely full of great items that could be used for a wedding instead of flowers!
It may not be customary or commonplace, but it wouldn’t really be our wedding if we did things like everyone else, now would it!”
And how would you like the idea of fruit centerpieces?