7 Ways to Add Garland to Your Wedding

Add earthy tones and textures to your celebration with this #nowtrending flower alternative.
by Emma Baty
Kerinsa Marie Photography

Flower costs getting the best of your wedding budget? We hear you! But don't worry. Garlands are taking over the wedding world—and for good reason. They can add a floral feel to reception tables, serve as accents in otherwise plain spaces, and create boho vibes in practically any venue. Check out our favorite ways to make them work for your "I dos."

  1. Trim The Entrance (And Exit)

    Ceremony exit photo
    Corbin Gurkin Photography

    Welcome your guests to your wedding with a decked out entrance. Hang garlands or blooms over the doors to the church or reception venue. Bonus—if you leave through the same doors, you'll have an amazing backdrop for festive exit photos.

    From A Classic, Romantic Wedding in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany

  2. Decorate Your Huppah

    Ceremony kiss under a decorated huppah
    Odalys Mendez Photography

    Some huppahs are decorative pieces in and of themselves, while others need a little more help! Adding a simple garland can be just enough to personalize the canopy.

    From A Chic Pastel Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida

  3. Line The Aisle

    Wedding ceremony seating lined with green garland
    onelove photography

    The aisle is often forgotten—but it can end up in a lot of pictures. Add some visual interest to an aisle runner with strand of greenery and a few statement blooms. Or hang swags of garland on the ends of church pews for just a touch of green.

    From A Classic, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Vibiana in Los Angeles, California

  4. Enhance Table Runners

    Tented outdoor wedding reception with white table runners and garland
    Kerinsa Marie Photography

    Runners are the perfect decor solution for feasting tables because they make a statement while taking up a decent amount of real estate (budget friendly!). Take your runner from pretty to unforgettable by adding a lush garland. The greens will give the table some wow while still allowing guests to talk with ease.

    From A Chic Garden-Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Littleton, Colorado

  5. Accent The Tent

    Green garland accenting a tented reception
    Rebecca Arthurs Photography

    You've got the tent. Now you just need to figure out how to decorate it. Garland adds instant color and texture to any structure—especially a white one where they'll really pop. Line the edges of the tent with greenery and finish with a bunch of fragrant blooms for a luxe touch.

    From A Whimsical, Romantic Wedding at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

  6. Dress Up Your Chairs

    Garlands accenting the newlywed chairs
    Allison Kuhn Photography

    Play up your outdoor surroundings or bring the outside in with some greenery. Hang leafy vines from the backs of chairs to designate the guests of honor. These garland swags can even be tied together for the ultimate sweetheart seat.

    From An Elegant Garden Party Wedding at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina

  7. Festoon The Ceiling

    Tented wedding reception with green garland accents
    Delesie, INC

    Get your guests looking up with a decked out ceiling. Hanging garlands add color and help create a more intimate feel in large rooms or tented spaces. Expert tip: pair with good lighting so they can be appreciated at night.

    From A Preppy, Lilly Pulitzer–Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Atherton, California

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