We are totally smittenwith Pantone's color of the year, Greenery, and with this lovely barn wedding featuring . . . Greenery! Bride Jenna added some white to her greenery and the result sparkled in the rustic interior of the barn at Rivercrest Farm, in Dover, Ohio. We adore the subtle khaki green of the bridesmaids' casual dresses, which made their greenery bouquets shine. A painterly gray sky threatened thunderstorms all day but the sun made its appearance just as the ceremony was about to begin. After the hilltop ceremony, guests made their way down to the barn where the cocktail hour took place under a white canopy. Guests found their seats in a display overflowing with seeded eucalyptus greenery (designed by the bride's mom). Inside, the greenery continued at the head table draped in moss and garlanded with more eucalyptus and ferns. See all the gorgeousness captured by Lyssa Ann Portraits HERE *Photos on this page by the Garden by the Gate
How to do a Greenery color scheme for your wedding
With the popularity of the Pantone color of the year, Greenery, I would like to offer a few tips and suggestions, and maybe correct some misconceptions about foliage decor.
If you're a bride who would like to try to DIY your wedding flowers, Greenery is a good choice. Most foliages are pretty un-fussy about their treatment and last quite a long time in or out of water. We suggest that you choose a few items to DIY and hire a professional to do the rest. Perhaps you could put together centerpieces ahead of time and have your bouquets done by a florist. You really have to think about how much time you will have to create your bouquets and decorations on top of all the special events such as bachelorette parties, mani-pedis, fittings, salon visits, bridesmaid brunches, etc. You want to concentrate on getting yourself ready for your big day, staying fresh and relaxed, and not feeling harried or distracted by extra duties. As a wedding florist, I know how long and hard our team works the days leading up to a wedding so it's hard to envision non-professionals adding this to their schedule.
When you decide that you want to make some of your own wedding decorations, you will need a source for the greenery materials. Your choices include online vendors, big box stores, or your local florist. The main drawback to using most online vendors or big box stores is the quantity of each item that you are required to buy. Flowers and greenery are mostly sold in box lots which generally consist of around ten bunches. Bunches vary in size having from 5-10 stems, sometimes more. As a florist who does many weddings, I can tell you that we seldom purchase a box lot of any one item or color. It is also a misconception that so-called "bulk" outlets are giving you wholesale prices. Generally, they are much higher than what your florist would pay. This is where the Garden by the Gate can help you out by not only providing reasonably priced greenery in just the quantities that you need, but we can also offer a lot of advice about what you'll need and how to put together your arrangements. Just call us or fill out the wedding inquiry form on our website.
One misconception is that greenery and foliage is always cheaper than flowers. Some foliages are inexpensive and some are not. Here is a quick list of some foliages you might use.
- Leatherleaf fern
- Variegated or green pittosporum
- Salal (Lemon leaf)
- Ming Fern
- Dusty miller
- Italian ruscus
- Leucadendron (Safari sunset, Jester, etc.)
- Fiddlehead fern
- Sword or flat fern
- Monstera leaves
- Hosta leaves
- Maidenhair fern
- Bay leaves
- Olive branches
- Explosion grass
Eucalyptus and more eucalyptus!There are now so many kinds of eucalyptus greenery to choose from! Most are a little more expensive than your value-priced foliage, but they make a big impression. Here are some varities to try.
- Silver dollar
- Baby blue or silver
- Naked seeded