Branching Out

Wedding Design

Last week we shared a glance of how amazing ferns and other foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the gallery.

fern foliage and branch wedding ideas

From Sarah: It may seem funny to start talking about spring right now, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of brides right now who are sifting through fall inspiration boards while trying to plan their spring 2013 weddings. This is for you!

large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage

Spring weddings are such an indulgence. Everyone jumps at the chance to wear light airy and bright colors as soon as they can. Spring bulbs are bright and cheery, and I we want to use all of the pastel and bright colors that are finally available. In our haste to use all things spring I think color palettes sometimes get circus-y rather than showing how delicate the season is. So, today I have a subdued spring color palette that still evokes the light and airy qualities we love about spring. Spring is colorful, but I like the idea of indulging in the muddy colors that are surrounding you in the early spring. The wet leaves and moss that have been hiding under snow all winter show themselves, and that was the real inspiration for this arrangement- the putty colored greens, and the robin egg blue that has a hint of gray. Ferns (as demonstrated by Hey Look’s tablescape) may be enough for your entire tablescape. Here I mixed them with a few other spring flowers, bulbs, and different kinds of moss.
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage


foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the View all images in the gallery

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

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14 comments
  1. Sarah Donovan

    these are stunning!

  2. Nina

    Ohh so true, Ultimately I do the same, using every container to put flowers, I love specially the plastic bottles from shampoo, juice, clean products, some of then are so beautiful and the best they are free . like this one do you recognize the bottle? haha (it`s from shampoo)

  3. Allison

    i love how this type of decor is becoming more and more popular. it’s like the bride picked them on an afternoon stroll through a field as the summer sun was glowing in the flowing grass. dreamy!

  4. Aadams1

    It’s an amazing flower decorations. It’s used more wedding receptions and bridal parties. i like this very much for nature works.

  5. Simon

    For our August wedding we used cornflowers from our own garden (a doddle to grow!) and flowers from the bride’s mum’s garden, all bulked out with some shop-bought foliage. Inexpensive and beautifuly personal.

  6. Hannah @ Sparrow+Spark!

    I love the ferns! I love this so much more than perfectly staged bouquets and centerpieces.

  7. Isabel DreamWeddingItaly

    Wonderfull! I really love the way the plants complete each other, especially that sparkle of color from forget me not… Great! thanks for sharing!

  8. Hens Night Invitations

    Ferns look so pretty.

  9. Wedding Invitations Sydney Online

    This is so simple. Loving the ferns.

  10. Party Invitation Templates

    Now here is a theme with a difference. Loove the uniqueness.

  11. Calie Rose

    Ferns are a great idea! I love the simplicity yet naturalness of the look. They are beautifully designed Sarah.

  12. Luna Brown

    What a great photography, I like your style, it looks so wonderful and romantic.

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