mossy tablescape with candles

I was talking the other day with a friend about recent wedding trends, mentioning the move towards all-greenery tablescapes. She looked horrified and proclaimed a wedding without flowers boring and depressing. To her, a wedding without lush, floral centerpieces in a multitude of colors was no wedding for her, thankyouverymuch.  And to each her own.  But I am loving ( I might even go so far as adoring) this greenery trend.  Sure, it's a little nontraditional, but it is vibrant and lovely. Plus, the practical side of me that it is equally easy to achieve during every season (because it is rather unfair that winter brides have to deal with unpredictable weather and out-of-season flowers, isn't it?).

Above, check out this mossy tablescape (above). Out of all the greenery shown here, I have to admit that moss is my favorite. It creates soft texture and allows you to seamlessly introduce other elements like rocks and candles without too much fussing.  If you like this look, but don't want this much moss encroaching into guests' place settings, use a planter instead as shown below.

rustic planter in center of table

If you want to "green" up your greenery centerpieces, keep them in the pots so that you can reuse and plant them after the wedding. These herb centerpieces in planter boxes (below, left) smell delicious and you can use them in your homemade red sauce when you get back from your honeymoon.

herbs in planter box as centerpiece
table decor with lush greenery

If you like a less structured feel (above, right), keep plants loose (but their roots damp) and have a green-thumbed bridesmaid throw them in a planter for safe-keeping after the reception.

leaf and vine covered chandelier

Want your guests to feel like they have stumbled into a forest grove?  Remember to use your vertical space. This rustic chandelier is even more charming when covered in ivy (above).

Ferns are an affordable and plentiful option for your green table decor.  I love this place setting (below) with the simple white square plate against the ferns, moss, and mushrooms. It's a beautiful blend of natural and modern.

fern and plant table decor
fern at place setting

If you are loving this trend, but want to use a lighter hand, employ more editing. Use a simple fern frond at each place setting (above), and instead of a thick "runner" of moss and ferns, keep plants separated in bud vases and bell jars (below).

plants under bell jars

You can also just use small green touches of moss in and around candleholders. As always, just make sure you are being fire safe (because I believe in common sense disclaimers).

minimalist green table accents

If you love greenery, but can't bear to go without flowers like my friend, opt for some small white ones. The table decor will still read "green" but the flowers will give you additional soft texture.

greenery and white flower tablescape

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