If you saw Sarah’s DIY Wedding Story on Friday, you may have noticed that she incorporated Apples into her Fall Centerpieces. I love this idea, and the flower and fruit trend has been big this year! So, I am going to share with you, some ways to pair up flowers and fruit, general tips to follow when working with fruit and flowers together, and then I am going to share some of our favorite fruit and flower pears, or pairs rather… 🙂
There are so many ways to incorporate fruit into a wedding. Fruit can be sliced to show off the beautiful colors, patterns and seeds inside (lemons, limes, kiwis and oranges look great in slices) or left whole and polished to a shine (think crisp green glossy apples or lush red grapes). Leave pomegranates and berries intact to reduce the risk of stains. Fruit can also be easily spray tinted or hand painted just about any color, so it can work with any theme and anytime of year. For instance, oranges, lemons, berries and peaches are perfect for summer arrangements, while pomegranate, cranberries, grapes and apples are great for fall arrangements. But, those aren’t rules…fruit and flowers are versatile, so be creative!
Use fruit as a creative seating guide by pinning guest names to a piece or cluster of fruit at the entryway that coincides with the fruit featured in the flower arrangements on the tables. Then display the fruit either in the vase (this works well with most citrus) or spilling forth from the flower arrangement (this works well with grapes, pomegranates or other clustered fruits).
Sources – Clockwise from Top Left: Apple Place Cards, Orange Arrangement with Kumquats, Lemons and Amaryllis, Lush Arrangement with Purple Grapes, Fall Centerpiece with Apples, Fruit and Flower Centerpiece.
When working with fruit and flowers, there are a few general tips to follow. Look for fruit that is hardy, in general thick-skinned fruit will work better than thin-skinned fruit. If the fruit tends to bruise, it might not be the best choice, or just make sure you are very careful. Always start with clean, freshly washed fruit as any dirt will eventually come off in the water and can cloud the vases. When working with smaller pieces of fruit (or slices) in a large vase, minimize the amount of fruit necessary by placing one vase inside another, then fill the outer portion with the fruit and the inner vase with water and flowers. This trick will help slices of fruit stay in place as well. Plus, this works well for berries, pods, sand or any other decorative filler. If you are using fruit in your arrangement and it doesn’t have a natural stem or branch, you can support your fruit with stiff, heavy gauge floral wire. You can also use bamboo or metal skewers, wrap the skewers with green floral tape to make them look like stems.
Sources – Clockwise from Top Left: Modern Lemon Yellow Centerpiece, Citrus Centerpieces, Deep Red Pomegranate Centerpiece, Lemons with Pink Peonies, Green Apple Centerpiece, Holiday Red Berries, Crisp Green Fruit Centerpieces.
Here are a few of our favorite flower and fruit pairings for different wedding looks:
Fill a vase with deep purple irises and dark pink garden roses, then add green or purple grape clusters so that they spill over the sides of the vase creating an old-world, impressionist feel. This look is also great for a vineyard or wine themed wedding.
For a crisp, modern look, pack bright green dianthus into square or rectangular vases, pair with tall, thin vases of mini green apples, white peaches or containers of green dried peas. Add a whimsical touch by adding a few tall stems of Bells of Ireland or Green Goddess Calla Lilies. Or spray fruits of various shapes like pears, apples and lemons all white, then stack together on an antique cake plate for a modern chic look.
For a tropical wedding, use star fruit, cherries and grapefruit paired with unique bi or tri color roses such as Delicious Cherries and Cream Roses or Red Intuition Roses. Then add fun, textured celosia and tropical orchids. Bring it all together in wooden bowls with the fruit spilling forth at the top; then place extra fruit around the bowl so that it looks like it spilled right over.
Delicate, refined blooming cherry blossom branches can easily be paired with containers of cherries and flanking vases bursting with peonies or masses of vintage carnations for a very special spring wedding.
I hope you enjoyed these Fruit and Flower Pairings! Would you use fruit in your centerpieces or your bridal bouquet? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂