The bride and groom from this morning’s wedding used, amongst other materials for their handmade decorations, artichokes. It blended with their rustic beach feel perfectly and is a much more affordable alternative to floral centerpieces. We’re going to show how they incorporated them in two different ways: in their ceremony decor and centerpieces. They’re the bee’s knees in bouquets, and can be used in a slew of ways for your wedding table too.

Artichokes as hanging bud vases:
DIY Artichoke candle holders and centerpieces

They used them to decorate the ceremony aisle hanging from Shepard’s hooks. They turned the artichokes upside down, wrapped the stems with twine and added flowers at the top. They would look adorbs hanging from reception tables or altar too.

Artichokes as candle holders:
DIY Artichoke candle holders and centerpieces

These barely need any instructions. After you cut one bottom flat for the base and hollow them to fit your tea lights, rinse them in lemon juice to avoid oxidation (thank you Bridal Cookie for the tip).

All photos by Marissa Rodriguez.

18 comments

Comments (17):

  • Wedding Republic on December 12, 2012

    Love the candle holder. Great idea!
  • Wedding Favors on August 21, 2012

    This is a great idea! Our blog readers would love it. Let me know whether I can post it on our blog.
  • Scott on December 24, 2011

    Go Green and you can eat it too!
  • The I Do Guide for the DIY Bride on November 14, 2011

    Shephard's hooks can get expensive, but you don't have to buy them new. You can pick up hooks at yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, etc. and then just use a can of spray paint to make them all match.
  • JAF Gifts on November 14, 2011

    Those hanging bud vases are such a swell idea; they look really good! C:
  • Julia on November 13, 2011

    Very pretty idea! ...and they are cheap and easy, the three things I like most when decorating.
  • Alicia on November 12, 2011

    I love these creative ideas. Vegetables can be affordable and fun. I have always loved kale or cabbage in floral arrangements as well.
  • Kira Z Hug on November 12, 2011

    Love this trend. Seems like couples are favoring produce over floral accents. Delish!
  • Sean Gannon on November 11, 2011

    What a great idea. Very original. Sean
  • Kristine {In Love, Engaged} on November 11, 2011

    I love when I see artichokes used in bouquets or centerpieces. They really are a beautiful addition. And these ideas are so cool and unique!
  • Cheri (WoodsyWeddings) on November 11, 2011

    Awesome idea! I bet the candle holders would work well for Thanksgiving, too...
  • DIY Favors on November 10, 2011

    How creative! I've never seen anything like that, and I love the idea. Who knew artichokes could look so pretty?
  • Kate (Floret Cadet) on November 10, 2011

    love those shepherds hooks!!!
  • lydia {ever ours} on November 10, 2011

    such a cute/clever idea!
  • katie [the bright life] on November 10, 2011

    What a clever idea...I love that natural green color of the artichoke with those creamy peachy flowers...gorgeous! XO, Katie
  • Bonnie on November 10, 2011

    I used artichokes in the bouquets I recently made for a friends wedding (see the blog post), but I wouldn't call them a way to save money! At $3 each from the wholesale florist, they certainly weren't a bargain. I would also warn that the insides can be really sharp, and they aren't the easiest thing to deal with. That said, they're super cute, so best of luck with your DIY!!!
  • Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! on November 10, 2011

    Really sweet idea! I love artichokes- they're such a pretty food!

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