No one can disagree with the fact that flowers are lovely. They’re also super pricey, however, and if you’re planning a wedding right now this fact has probably become all too clear to you. While you can always figure out ways to make your floral budget work within your overall wedding spending, there are a few easy solutions to providing lovely color, texture, and decoration to your wedding day without shelling out major bucks. You could cut back your florals to just a few chosen blooms here and there, but then you might ask yourself, “Will anyone even notice this single rose on the table?” Or you could investigate alternative types of flowers—namely, paper flowers. Just as eye-catching but a fraction of the price, paper wedding flowers are a very cool decorative statement when done right. They’re also fairly easy to DIY for you artsy types out there, not to mention they will last practically forever if you treat them carefully (unlike cut flowers, which might not even make it through the ceremony before wilting).
To help inspire your paper garden fantasies, we’ve rounded up five examples of Zola Real Weddings where paper wedding flowers make just as bold and beautiful a statement as the real deal. Scroll down to smell the (artful) roses.
Talk about “wow” factor: to create a major décor statement in their industrial Chicago venue Bridgeport Art Center, all Zola couple Claire & Eric needed was a single wall of (incredible) paper blooms. Stretching from floor to tall ceiling, this narrow stretch of lavender and peach paper wedding flowers in various, intricate shapes creates an incredible backdrop for the evening’s memorable moments. After using it as a focal point behind their ceremony, the couple posed for a few portraits before positioning their sweetheart table (as well as their cake table) in front of this climbing paper garden to maximize the wall’s photographic potential.
Similarly to Claire & Eric, Zola couple Emma & Brooks chose to create a stunning paper flower wall at their classically elegant Charlottesville wedding. Instead of using these paper wedding flowers to frame their ceremony and reception, however, Emma & Brooks chose to use them as a textural backdrop for their MoxBox photo booth. In monochrome white, the dimensional layers of paper roses, dahlias, and daises truly pop in front of the camera, adding even more whimsy and playfulness to their awesome photo booth pics.
If you’re musical, artistic, and not afraid to think a little bit outside of the box, consider crafting paper wedding bouquets from sheet music, like Katharine & Bradley did for their June wedding. Katharine’s bridal bouquet—a collection of sheet music-magnolia blooms—is completely different and completely beautiful. Each of her bridesmaids carried a similar handcrafted flower with trailing purple ribbons, coordinating perfectly with the wedding’s color palette. And the gents were left out either: Bradley and his groomsmen also wore sheet music boutonnieres. These paper wedding flowers look so fresh and sweet, it’s a wonder that more couples don’t use the score to their favorite love song (or how about their first dance?) in place of real petals.
Zola couple Caylan & Dustin also used sheet music to create paper wedding flowers at their dreamy California nuptials, but focused the artsy blooms on a high-impact piece of reception décor. Check out these music-inspired paper fleurs climbing their way up a tree trunk at their outdoor wedding—they take Caylan & Dustin’s bohemian-chic wedding vibe to a whole other level.
If you’re going to have a rock ‘n roll elopement in Vegas, you bet that your offbeat, funky, super-chic style is going to influence every element of your wedding day: your dress (gold sequins), your shoes (bedazzled red pumps), and your bouquet (graphic paper roses). Erin & Michael’s photographic romp through Las Vegas is pretty darn perfect, but Erin’s playful paper bouquet—composed from book pages, colorful solids, and patterned papers—bring an extra layer of artistic rebellion to their non-traditional wedding.
Like Erin & Michael, JeriLyn & Randy went beyond traditional wedding attire and décor by throwing a themed marriage celebration in Mesa, Arizona. You see, this isn’t just any regular bride and groom. These two are heroes…superheroes. Their superhero-themed wedding just wouldn’t fly with regular old flowers. Obviously, fitting to the theme, they punched up their florals a notch with paper wedding flowers composed from, you guessed it, comic books.
The last Zola couple in our list is certainly not the least when it comes to embracing paper wedding flowers throughout their entire day’s décor. Rachael & Luke add whimsy to their vintage-inspired wedding by incorporating paper flowers in their bouquets, boutonnieres, and table arrangements. They also used a cascading arrangement of paper flowers to decorate their ceremony chuppah, not to mention the incredible display of paper flower wonder that can be seen in the hanging “chandelier” made from streamers of paper blooms. Check it out!
So what do you think—are paper wedding flowers in your future? Leave a comment below if you’re into the idea, and share your ideas for how to save a little cash (and add a little flair) by incorporating paper flowers with other Zola couples!