13 Genius Places To Hang A Wedding Garland

Adorn your wedding with these statement-making floral alternatives.
by Andrea Fowler
Garland wedding decor
Elizabeth Messina Photographers

Garlands are a romantic and natural addition to your wedding day flower plans. The leafy green vines make a lush statement when strung across a ceremony arch, wound around an outdoor chandelier or draped across the back of reception chairs. For an all-green rustic look, ask your florist for sturdy plants like eucalyptus, ferns or bay leaves. For something with deeper colors, consider magnolia leaves, which can vary between a dark green and golden brown. See the best places to decorate with these leafy garlands below!

1. Ceremony Arbor Garland With Fresh Blooms

Wedding ceremony arbor with eucalyptus garland
The Nichols

Whether you're decorating an existing structure or putting together a small arbor, a lengthy strand of eucalyptus leaves adorned with bunches of fresh flowers creates a soft, romantic background for your vows.

2. From Trees in Your Indoor Ceremony

Indoor wedding ceremony with purple uplighting and flower garlands
Shira Weinberger Photography

Trying to give your indoor space some glamorous garden appeal? Bring the outdoors in with big statement trees and drape strands of flowers from the branches.

3. Down The Ceremony Aisle

Green eucalyptus aisle garland
Birds of a Feather

If an outdoor ceremony has your decor competing with Mother Nature's scenery, just embrace it! Add bunches of fresh lavender to lush silver dollar eucalyptus for beautiful (and fragrant) aisle decor.

4. Artful Escort Card Display

Olive branch escort card display
Meg Rush Photo

Create a crisscross pattern of olive leaves for a fresh escort card display. If you want to really get creative, organize the wall into sections using different-colored flowers. (Don't forget a “key" that tells guests which color belongs to which table!)

5. Suspended Over Outdoor Reception Tables

Outdoor wedding reception with white flower garland decor
Elizabeth Messina Photographers

Garlands don't need to be placed with rhyme or reason. If you have cables, rafters or suspended lighting, use them to your advantage and hang different sizes of garlands. It creates the illusion of an intimate, cozy space, especially in an open-air venue.

6. Around An Outdoor Chandelier

Outdoor chandelier with garland of roses and baby's breath
Eilas Photography

A small arrangement of baby's breath, Sarah Bernhardt peonies and Juliet garden roses adds a touch of rustic charm to a glitzy chandelier (and makes for the perfect finishing touch to an outdoor altar).

7. Wrapped Around A Trellis Ceiling

Suspended trellis decor with ivy and hanging bud vases
Oggi Photo

A lattice wall is the perfect structure to adorn with garland. For a more unexpected detail, suspend it from the ceiling and wrap it with ivy for a whimsical look.

8. A Suspended Grid of Garland

Wedding reception tent with a grid ceiling of lemon leaf garland
Liz Banfield Photography

For a truly striking effect, a grid of lemon leaf garlands can transform any space into a secret garden. Crisp table linens and taper candles complete the refined and totally unique style.

9. On the Back of the Wedding Party Chairs

Call attention to your bridesmaids and groomsmen with lush greenery on the backs of their reception chairs. Accent the garlands with fresh blooms that match your wedding color palette.

10. Along the Walls of a Casual Reception Venue

Simple reception decor with green leaf garlands
Zac Wolf Photography

If your venue doesn't have many opportunities for decor (or if your set-up time is too short for an elaborate installation) a simple garland of lush greenery strung along the perimeter goes a long way, and takes minimal time to install.

11. Around the Cake, and Suspended Behind It

White wedding cake with green wreaths
Onelove Photography

Wow-worthy wedding cake presentations are always trending. A background of suspended wreaths and coordinating cake decorations, paired with a pop of shine from the sequin tablecloth, calls attention to your confection in the best way possible.

12. On the Exit Car

White exit car with green garland and roses
Judy Pak Photography

Thinking of making a romantic exit? Give your getaway car a little wedding day makeover of its own with an arrangement of roses and seeded eucalyptus.

13. On the Flower Girl Baskets

Flower girl wedding baskets with light pink rose petals
Judy Pak Photography

A petit accent of greenery around the flower girl baskets lends even more romance to the pretty petals.

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