Bouquets, floral centerpieces, petal-sprinkled aisles, boutonnieres, corsages, you name it — flowers have been part and parcel of weddings since the stone ages it seems.
But, opting for a flower-free celebration can be a great opportunity to unleash your decorating creativity.
There are some great alternatives to bring the wow factor to your special day, and our supplier community is bustling with the best. We’ve picked out the most creative non-floral decor ideas from our #GUESTLIST stylists!
Not everything’s black and white – or is it…
Whether you’re a forward-thinking trendsetter who loves pampas-lined aisles and balloon-backed archways, or a traditional romanticist who dreams of crisp white linen, wedding decor can be exactly what you make it, and that’s why we love it.
In fact, there’s been a boom in bold, bespoke, and alternative wedding day styling, with couples challenging traditional décor.
Here, Kat from The Whole Sch-Bang talks us through an amazing alternative monochrome setup she styled at Charlton Hall.
Best for: Vintage-style lovers with an autumnal or beach wedding
Wood as an earthy element is easy to source, as well as very cheap, and will slot seamlessly into your wedding if you’re after a vintage vibe.
Take a look at these fabulous wooden installations from plywood-perfectionists Low Fell Hire Company…
Perhaps you could use reclaimed old oak tree stumps as quirky centrepieces, or old barrels as tables for people to mull around with a drink or two?
Browse Low Fell’s Wedding Packages here.
Lanterns and candles
Best for: Intimate luxury lovers at a winter or autumnal wedding
Another option to add some luxury without the blooms is by adding extra light, in the form of lanterns and candles.
There’s nothing quite like candlelight to create a warm, intimate glow and instill a romantic atmosphere. They’re also a great addition to your aisle style. Line up pillar candles to create the marriage walk of dreams. There won’t be a dry eye in the house, plus, there’s less cleaning up!
North East decor divas Wild and Wonderful will kit out your venue with candle class – as evidenced in our exclusive ‘Modern Fairytale’ shoot at Ellingham Hall for Belle Bridal Digital…
Or, seek out Cumbria-based stylists The Memory Knot Company for jaw-dropping table candelabras to light up your night with dramatic glamour.
Best for: Natural nuptials with a spring or summer outdoor wedding
Even without the flowers, foliage can still add that natural elegance and green accents that so many couples look for, especially at spring or summer weddings.
Choose between leafy, green preserved boxwoods and faux boxwoods with a lively, realistic look. Use the vines as a table runner, chair decoration, or even use sprigs of eucalyptus for trend-setting table setups.
Demonstrated perfectly by Very Eventful…
Best for: Adventurous, outdoorsy couples at a summer wedding
Want to add a touch of the beach to your special day?
Shells and other sea-like ornaments are a great way to instill a nordic vibe to your nuptials.
Scatter seashells or conch balls over your tablescape for little touches of detail, and use delicate vintage boho white tables and chairs – like these from Guest List boho styling icons, Pretty Vintage Hire…
A flower-less wedding isn’t power-less.
In fact, it paves the way for trendsetting styling to really wow your guests.