Wedding Garland 101: A Beginner's Guide

Looking to incorporate wedding garland into your big day? Find out how from the design experts at Zola.

By Deanna deBara

Wedding Garland
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A big part of planning your wedding is figuring out your wedding style—and then choosing your flowers and decor based on that wedding style. But what if you’re struggling to pin down something specific? Consider wedding in garland—a beautiful piece of decor that works for any style.

Depending on what kind of garland you use and how you incorporate it into your design, you can create a look that feels whimsically boho, romantic and classic, modern and sophisticated, or just about anything in between.

But if you’re not hip to all things wedding garland, knowing which garland to choose and how to use it can feel confusing. Should you go with all greenery? Should you incorporate florals? And where, exactly, do you put the garland?

Here we’ll cover everything you need to know about wedding garland, so that you can choose the perfect one for your special day.

What Are the Different Types of Wedding Garland?

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding garland for your big day, you’ve got options. Some of the most popular wedding garland types include:

  • Greenery: Wedding garland constructed out of greenery (like ivy, willow, or eucalyptus) is a popular choice for rustic weddings.
  • Florals: Elaborate floral garlands (for example, a garland constructed out of roses) have a more romantic feel that lends a sense of drama to your wedding decor.
  • Greenery With Florals: If greenery feels too simple, interspersed florals add visual interest and ensures the garland feels consistent with your wedding style (for example, if you’re going for a romantic look, you might incorporate peonies or hydrangeas in your garland; for a more rustic look, you might try dahlias or ranunculus).
  • Additional Materials: To give your garland a unique look, you can also incorporate different materials, like ribbon or fairy lights, into any of the styles above.

Where Do You Get Wedding Garland?

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When it comes to the wedding garland you need for the perfect wedding decor, you have a few different options.

  • Florist: Most wedding florists can create wedding garlands that match the rest of your floral design‚ whether that’s something simple (like a eucalyptus garland to run the length of your dining tables) or something more elaborate (like a floral garland to cascade down from the ceiling).
  • Etsy: If having your florist craft garland out of fresh flowers and greenery isn’t within your floral budget, Etsy has a ton of gorgeous wedding garlands made from artificial materials. And many of them are so realistic, your guests will never know the difference.
  • DIY: If you’re a crafty bride, flex those crafting muscles and DIY your wedding garlands.

What Are Some Different Ways You Can Incorporate Wedding Garland Into Your Event Design?

Now that you know what types of wedding garland are available (and where to get them), let’s jump into how to incorporate garland into your wedding design.

Line the Aisle With Wedding Garland

Looking to take your wedding decor to the next level on your special day? Line each side of the aisle with wedding garland to add visual interest to your ceremony space—and make your walk down the aisle even more beautiful and impactful (if that’s even possible!).

Use Wedding Garland on Tables

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If you’re planning to use long or farm-style tables at your wedding, running beautiful garland down the center is a great alternative to larger, more elaborate centerpieces (without sacrificing style or impact).

Spruce Up Your Wedding Arch With Garland

Wrapping garland around the sides, or top, of your wedding arch is a great way to incorporate garland into your ceremony space—and give yourself a gorgeous background to say your “I dos.”

Use Garland to Create Visual Interest Above Tables

If you’re hosting your wedding at an indoor venue (or outdoors with a large tent), you can also hang garland from the ceiling (either in a cascading fashion or attached to a chandelier or light fixture) to add visual interest above your dining tables.

Choose the Perfect Wedding Garland for Your Big Day

Wedding garland can go a long way in making your wedding feel stylish, well-designed, and uniquely you. And now that you know everything there is to know about wedding garland, you have all the information you need to choose the perfect wedding garland for your big day. Now get out there and find the perfect vine.