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Forget the flowers

Alternatives to floral decor


No flowers, no problem

Flowers have always been an integral part of any wedding. Bringing colour, fragrance and beauty, they provide a soft, natural element to the day. But maybe you’re not a fan of tradition. Or flowers! Or maybe there are some allergies that you really don’t need to be fighting on your big day! So here’s some alternatives to ensure your day is still beautiful whilst remaining floral free.

Go rustic

Driftwood gives a really gorgeous texture to decor and provides eye-catching centrepieces. Pair with succulents or candles for an added dimension.

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Light a lantern

Metal lanterns can fit with so many themes. Vintage, chic, boho or a beautiful Moroccan vibe – hang them from trees or line your aisle with them. You can even fill them with foliage, fairy lights or candles. So many options!

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Go fishing

Add some movement to your centrepieces with live fish. Gorgeous goldfish add colour and interest to a table. Just make sure they’ve got good homes, post wedding!

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Candles galore

A traditional candle can be such a pretty, elegant choice of decor. With weddings, the more the prettier and the bigger, the better. If you’re going for candles, really go for it! Use nothing but the wax marvels and make sure they’re beautifully scented. Hang them, stack them, line them…

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Sprinkle some fairy magic

Fairy lights are just magical. Used well they can create the most dreamy atmosphere. Nets of little lights cast a breathtaking light and make a great backdrop. Wrap strings round trees for an outdoor wedding and hang them from the ceiling indoors in rows for gorgeous detail. You can even stuff them in jars for cute centrepieces.

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Shell out

Beach weddings bring their own theme, but stick to a classy, chic decoration and be picky with your shell decor. Impressive shells and washed up coral make spectacular centrepieces and polished oyster shells make the perfect place names.

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Up and away

Balloons may not seem the classiest decor, but they don’t have to just be reserved for kids birthday parties. Filled with glitter, feathers or snow, huge balloons are a fabulous prop for photos and combined with soft fabric actually make really effective centrepieces. A rainbow of balloons is visually striking as well!

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Tickle your fancy

Soft and versatile, feathers can add a gorgeous luxury texture to the decor. Create a feather bouquet or striking centrepieces. Team with metallics for a truly chic display.

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There are so many alternatives to flowers, it’s worth considering a different option. Ribbons, books, birdcages – there are plenty more ideas! But if you just have to include some beautiful blooms in your day there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate some of these alternative ideas too. It’s your day – fill it with your personality!

For more decor ideas, visit our style and themes page.

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