August 6, 2010
For brides that like to troll the blogosphere, you’ve probably noticed a growing wedding ceremony trend. From hilly plains and dreamy woods to restful country sides and backyard barbeques, couples are saying “I do” under the grandest, most breathtaking trees ever. And it’s no wonder why; not only do these majestic timbers represent life, strength and new beginnings, they also set a magnificent stage for outdoor weddings to shine.
Tree ceremonies are also an incredibly cheap solution for wedding day settings, as well as Mother Nature approved selections! Once a couple has found their perfect, nuptial knockin’ tree, it’s time for them to start planning the ceremony. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Pick a Tree, Any Tree. Well, not any tree. Many couples luck out and discover leaning trees or trees with an amazing shapes and size, but the most important thing is finding the perfect size and shape for you. Selecting a massive tree could be just the ticket to leave your guests in open-mouthed marvel; while selecting smaller, spring blooming trees leaves potential for bright-eyed and bushy tailed friends and family. Be sure to consider the time of day you will be getting hitched, and where the sun will be shining in relation to you and your guests. Keeping the theme of your wedding in mind, the ceremony tree could be loved up with décor. Consider these:
- Nail vintage picture frames to the trunk
- Hang colorful pomanders or lanterns from the branches
- Weave streamers in and out of the limbs
- Dangle chandeliers
- String thread around the trunk and clothespin photos to it
- (Property rules permitted, of course) Carve your initials inside a heart for an extra special touch
- I mean really… the potential is limitless!
Aisle Style. Keeping in line with the outdoor theme, most brides tend to deck the aisle out with very rustic and natural details. For the aisle floor itself, line the sides or completely cover with a thick bed of flower petals. This is sure to establish a stunning walkway for the bridal party, as well as a diva-riffic backdrop for photos! For accents, many couples have gotten really creative and dotted the aisle with lanterns, flower pots, hanging bouquets and tree stumps to really emphasize the natural beauty and nostalgic nature of the venue.
Programs! Get Your Programs! To avoid the program graveyard that inevitably happens at the end of any ceremony, make your programs useful. Hand out the day’s agenda on seeded, plantable paper. This will seamlessly complement the tree theme of your ceremony and provide a fabulous way for guests to go green. Another sure-fire way to please guests is to double up your programs as fans, too. This is a marvelous DIY project, and your over-heated guests will thank you. (Check out our DIY program fan ideas at Marilyn’s Keepsakes.)
Beyond tree themes and décor, these poetic timbers also signify a number of wonderful things such as life, strength, comfort, and good fortune that would make a perfect foundation for your wedding vows. So, go ahead… go green… and get down with your tree huggin’ self!