by Shelby Ferguson
For most of us, when we envision wedding décor, the first thing that comes to mind is flowers. On occasion, people will mention how unimportant flowers are, they’re just going to die. This is not something you should tell your florist. We eat, sleep and breathe flowers. But I get what you’re saying… there are more pieces to the décor story and there even parts that you might want to reuse or save for a time down the road. If longevity of your wedding décor is a must, I’m going to share a few ideas on how design and create a beautiful wedding with items that will still be in your home by the time your first anniversary rolls around.
1. Use Potted Flowers or Herbs
I personally love a table lined with potted plants. It gives you the look of fresh, vibrant blooms and foliage without sacrificing the life of a plant. You can later add these into your gardens, offer them up as favors to guests or do a little cooking with fresh herbs.
2. Incorporate Lanterns, Hurricanes or Other Candle Décor
Candles exude romance. Clusters of flicker flames at a romantic celebration cannot be beat. And then you have some beautiful lanterns to decorate your mantles and coffee tables, some hurricanes to add to your holiday décor, or gifts for family and friends to remember your special day with.
3. Choose Items that Mix with Your Personal Style
Sometimes your wedding style flows seamlessly with your personal décor style. To me, this just makes sense. It means that your wedding truly is a reflection of YOU and not necessarily a Pinterest post. So if your home décor is naturally rustic, choose more rustic pieces (crates, burlap pillows or bushel baskets) to use throughout your design. If your home is more Hollywood Glam, Art Deco, traditional, or filled with vintage treasures, carry this style over into your wedding décor. This way you’ll be able to utilize any picture frames, cakes stands, or small accent trinkets that you may purchase for your wedding day.
4. Color Coordinate
This sort of coincides with my last point, but choose a color scheme for your wedding that will match your personal or home style. For example, if you have a soft white and neutral home, you might want to steer away from bright orange lanterns – unless of course you don’t care to ever see them again. This will help you two fold. One – décor can be reused in your home. Two – the pictures will be more beautiful to print and display, matching the overall color palette of your home space.
5. Be Thoughtful about Your Signage
If you greet your guests with a sign that simply reads “welcome”, you have the opportunity to reuse that sign on the front of your house, in your entryway or elsewhere in your newly established home. Whereas, if it reads “welcome to our wedding," the odds of you ever displaying that sign again are very slim.
And if you do choose to use traditional floral centerpieces (which I highly recommend), consider purchasing your containers from your florist, which will allow you to share the flowers with your guests, donate them to a local hospital or nursing home or simply let them live on for a few more days on your kitchen table. Remember that beauty is fleeting and we should appreciate it while it lasts.
Shelby is lead wedding planner, artistic director and floral heart behind The Day's Design. She delights in celebrating romantic, natural and fancy free occasions throughout Northern & West Michigan. When she's away from her design work, you'll find her at home with her hubby and two beautiful baby girls, daydreaming along the shores of Lake Michigan, strolling through local antique stores, picking wildflowers or blogging more about wedding and life adventures at The Day's Dream blog.