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Beautiful settings often mean couples can get away with minimal décor at their outdoor weddings. Winding paths, pretty gardens and mature trees make the perfect minimalist backdrop for a simple ceremony. Unfortunately, mother nature doesn’t always allow for outdoor weddings, especially in Buffalo. Snow, rain and wind can keep couples away from the natural beauty of their venue in any season.

To combat the additional planning it can require to decorate a sparse indoor venue, bring nature indoors! Adding greenery, whether real or artificial, adds texture and life to your space. Potted plants, bouquets and garlands soften spaces with natural volume. Dress up your indoor ceremony, cocktail hour and reception venues by adding greenery in both large and small installations.

  • Start with a large arch over the spot where you’ll be exchanging vows. Draping greenery offers more affordable coverage than flowers, without sacrificing the natural movement and volume of a living arch. After your ceremony, move the arch so that it highlights your sweetheart table or place at the head table.
  • Fill in empty corners with potted plants, which could even include small trees. Vary the height of these plants and their containers. For an even more dramatic space, choose a short wall to transform into a living wall, framed on each side by a corner filled with greenery. Your guests will be lining up for photos among the plants all night.
  • Smaller installations help add life to other spaces throughout your venue. Line your ceremony aisle with garlands, or lanterns or candlesticks topped with greens. Similar arrangements will feel at home in your tablescapes. Drape a garland down the center of your table. You can also opt for true centerpieces, even with minimal florals. Use bouquets of greens or small potted plants (which also double as eco-friendly favors).
  • Add to the impact of your greens by coupling them with other décor elements. Top your signage and chandeliers with voluminous living accents. Hanging window frames and hoops are stark on their own, but become lively when paired with garlands.

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