Green Wedding Decor – Live Trees

trees-wedding-decorWilliam and Kate’s wedding has inspired all of us with the sheer amount of style they managed to create – style not always being what you’d associate with royal weddings – glitz yes, glamour yeah, but style can often be more elusive. For some it is the dress that will be remembered, and the chief bridesmaid’s dress too… but for me the truly memorable element was their commitment to a green ethos with their wedding decor. Seeing Westminster Abbey filled with live trees, rather than hothouse flowers  – the froth of green leaves and soaring branches dwarfed by the vastness of  the cathedral, and knowing that those trees would then be planted out to live on as a lasting memorial to the day, is really special.

If you are thinking of emulating the royal couple by including large trees as part of your wedding decor, go for it. They make a stunning focus either as an impromptu avenue to walk down to the altar or just a few trees grouped as a backdrop. Even just one large tree as a focal point, carefully draped in white fairy lights can make a beautiful and original centerpiece to your wedding decor.

There are a few points to remember if you are planning on adding large trees to your wedding plans.

Plan where and how the trees will be planted out after the wedding. Live trees are only a green option if they will be looked after and planted out properly after the event. Will you be having them planted in the garden of your future home? Your parents’ home? Or donating them to a tree planting project or a local community school? Who will take charge of the transporting and planting out of the trees when you are away on honeymoon?

Choose indigenous trees that will suit the place where they will eventually be planted. There are plenty of pretty indigenous trees to choose from. Ask the tree nursery for advice on which trees suit the conditions of the future planting site.

Think about the logistics of getting the trees into place before the wedding. Very large trees, such as those in Westminster Abbey, will probably need lifting equipment to position them. You may need special permission from your wedding venue to get access for this. If this isn’t possible, select trees of a more moderate size that can be carried in by hand. These can still be big enough to be dramatic and used to great effect. Again get advice from the tree nursery, as to the transport requirements for each size of tree before you order a whole forest!

Choose a local tree nursery that specializes in large trees and arrange transport, delivery and positioning with them.

When planning your tree wedding decor make sure there will be enough time to put it all in place. William and Kate’s trees were positioned in Westminster Abbey three days before the wedding. A wedding venue that has multiple weddings booked on the same day or weddings booked in all weekend may not look too kindly on huge trees being hauled in.

If you have a wedding planner talk over the idea with her and get her to work out the logistics for you, so you can go for the ultimate in green fairytale wedding decor!

Beach Wedding Ideas and Themes

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Beach brides are seriously lucky ladies! There are so many gorgeous beach wedding ideas out there. Go girly with floaty fabrics or take the laid-back approach and get hitched in a pair of bridal flip flops. When it comes to theming, colours and decor, you have a ready-made backdrop. From the tropical palm trees and picture postcard blue skies of Sri Lanka to the dramatic black volcanic sands of the Canary Islands, or South Africa’s picturesque sandy beaches, there are some awesome settings to take advantage of.

Beach wedding ideas don’t necessarily have to involve the more obvious emblems.

Starfish, sand and shells instantly spring to mind but there are more to consider if you want to do something different.

Oysters and pearls are a good place to start. There are many different types of pearl, from Tahitian black to freshwater, golden and white South Sea. The beauty of incorporating pearls into your beach wedding ideas is the ability to fake it and get away with it! Fake pearls look fab and can be used on tables, in favour boxes and of course – round your neck.

Blues, greens, oranges and coral pinks are all traffic-stopping colours that evoke images of the beach, ocean and marine life. Beach wedding ideas don’t necessarily have to feature specific sea-themed decor. A strong colour scheme will do all the talking. I recently saw photos from a lovely beach wedding where the couple simply used blue and white draped fabric to create the look and sensation of rolling ocean waves.

Floating candles, freestanding lanterns and fairy lights can all be used to reflect the ocean. When it comes to budget busting beach wedding ideas, lighting is the way to go. For centrepieces, place mirrors underneath glass bowls and add floating candles. Line the entrance to your evening reception venue with lanterns. Strings of clear fairy lights are my all-time favourite cheap but chic wedding decor tools. They can be draped along ceilings to create the under-the-sea effect and cost next to nothing.

If you’re looking for beach venues in South Africa how about one of these for starters:

a private island with its own sandy beaches near Plettenberg Bay

a spa hotel overlooking the sea in Arniston

a beach hotel with views of Table Mountain

or browse more enticing wedding venues to find the right one for you.