Elopements can be a great option for couples on a time crunch or those needing to keep their wedding costs down.
There are so many great settings for a small wedding. Whether you want a city hall, forest, or park ceremony, there are all kinds of flower arrangements that can complement the minimal vibe of an elopement.
Choosing a wildflower arrangement is a colorful way to go. They tend to match the setting well in outdoor, natural locations, which are common for elopements. The best part is that you can get really creative with pairings: wild flowers of all kind, vegetables, and beyond. There are few limits!
The arrangements pictured above are made up of allium, California poppies, radishes (the actual vegetables), larkspur, zinnia, onion flower, peonies, sword fern and silver dollar eucalyptus. This collection reads wild, free, and playful. With the backdrop of mountains or a forest, you can’t go wrong with a wildflower arrangement.
Air Plant Arrangements
For couples inspired to elope as a way of saving money on ceremony costs, an air plant bouquet could be a good option.
As air plant arrangements can last well beyond the ceremony, this floral style accomplishes multiple goals: they provide flowers during the wedding, as well as a free piece of decor for your home afterwards.
Air plants can last as long as you take good care of them and will add an unworldly feel to both your ceremony and your home! Though air plants don’t have much of a variety of colors, they certainly have a fantastical array of sizes and shapes. Use these spidery plants to supplement your modern, simple elopement.
Succulents are a hot commodity right now and for good reason. These easy-to-care-for, interesting looking plants offer a solid base of simple colors to play with: from grays to greens to purples and reds. Like wildflower arrangement, they also fit well with the vibe of an outdoor elopement.
The size and types of succulents vary vastly and give a great shape and texture to your design.
Included in this arrangement are air plants, succulents, yellow button mums, trachelium, moonvista carnation, brunia berry, seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus and pittosporum. A bouquet along these lines could give your ceremony a modern, minimalist vibe.
Featuring one type of flower and color for your arrangement can work to really make your big day simple and elegant! This approach aligns really well with the scaled-back, minimal nature of an elopement.
When it comes to single selection arrangements, we love poppies. These large, graceful flowers have a nice variety of colors to choose from: from deep red, to soft pink, to blistering tangerine. When you put them together in one bouquet, it looks like a sea of lovely, bold color.
Who said pine needles can’t create a lovely bouquet? With the right eye, arranging forest plants together can create a luscious, diverse, and creative arrangement. If your wedding is in a rustic or natural setting, an approach like this can make a lot of sense.
And don’t forget the mushrooms! Those fungal friends will surprise you with how they can make your arrangements pop.
Whether you’re eloping in a city, on a mountain top, or anywhere in between, there’s no shortage of ways to spruce up your big day with flower arrangements that fit the mood and setting of your elopement.
Janessa White is a wedding concierge for Simply Eloped, where she helps couples in New York and New Orleans plan minimal weddings and elopements.