Dear friends, wedding decor is one of our favourite topics to cover on this blog and we love to explore the infinite combinations and color-schemes you can choose for your wedding reception theme. We told you how to plan a greenery-themed wedding, a niagara-themed one, and we showed you how to use vintage lighting to give your reception a quaint atmosphere. Our exploration of trends of the season, however, would not be complete without a classic that is set to become particularly popular this year: olive branch wedding decor. What can olive branches add to your wedding? Let’s find out.
Olive trees are millenary plants that have long been associated with positive symbols. Sacred to the ancient Greeks, their branches were fashioned into crowns for the winner of the Olympic games. The olive branch went on to acquire a positive symbolic meaning in the Christian tradition too, representing peace and allegiance. Whichever way you look at it, this humble natural element is a symbol of positivity, which should never be absent from a wedding reception.
Using olive branches as part of your wedding decor is the perfect choice for 2017, as this is the year of minimalism and going green. Give your venue a distinctly Mediterranean vibe: olive branches are both elegant and simple, easy to work into your decor, to give it a unique edge. As more and more weddings seem to go for the olive branch trend, we are discovering infinite ways of using this remarkable natural element to make any venue, both indoors and outdoors, charming and unique.
So, what should your olive branch wedding decor look like?
Olive branch wedding decor
Let’s start at the top: olive branches can feature on your WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS in the form of simple designs or decorations. If you choose this option, make sure you also select a fond that fits the minimal aesthetic that olive branch wedding decor demands.
When it comes to designing your BOUQUET, of course, you will have plenty of opportunities to get creative with your olive branches. For instance, I find white peonies to be a perfect match for them. Flower crowns are also a booming trend this year, popular among brides and bridesmaids alike, and also ideally suited to highlight your olive branch theme.
And now for the actual CEREMONY: olive branches are going to feature heavily here. You don’t really need much for your decor to stand out. Olive branches are both minimal and exceptionally ornamental. If you want to give a stronger Mediterranean twist to the whole event, you might add citrus fruit to the olive branches in your wedding decor: you will get an altogether more colourful and lively effect.
Olive branch wedding reception decor
There are a few simple and effective ways to work olive branches into your TABLEAU DE MARIAGE: you will just need to add a small branch to each card: the effect will be elegant, harmonious and impressive.
TABLE ARRANGEMENT is easily the most visually appealing part of wedding decor. You could choose a simple olive branch runner, with white candles to enhance the atmosphere. My personal favourite type of table for an olive branch wedding decor is dark stripped wood. You could also attach an olive branch to each menu and use a small, name-tagged bottle of olive oil as a placeholder for each guest. Get creative, but keep it simple!
The same goes for you WEDDING FAVOURS: the olive branch theme will prove extremely flexible. If you want to give your guests something deeply meaningful and a symbol of future prosperity, you could opt for small olive trees. As an alternative, you could have small olive oil bottles customised: your friends and family will love them.
Make sure your GUESTBOOK is adequately themed too: your guests will have to get their hands dirty, but the result will be brilliant. Each of them will leave a mark, thus creating the leaves of your olive tree. You will be left with a beautiful picture, made with love.
Last but not least: the WEDDING CAKE. Pick a simple, white, multi-tier cake and decorate it with olive branches, according to the minimalistic and elegant style that has been our trademark so far.
Olive branch wedding decor is a fantastic tool: it will allow you to get creative and experiment with countless possibilities, expressing your unique personality. Just remember that “less is more”.
Are you considering olive branch decor for your wedding?