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A Wedding Without Flowers? 17 Stunning Ways to Make it Possible

Couple poses in aisle at winter wedding without flowers and soft whites, grays and a natural wood palette as well as bare branch trees | PartySlate

As we head into what is being called a “wedding boom” in 2022, we expect to continue to see innovations like micro weddings, event safety protocols, Friday night and Sunday brunch receptions — as well as weddings without flowers.

With increasing flower shortages and costs, non-floral wedding centerpieces and décor will be trending for the foreseeable future. Moreover, non-floral décor boasts many advantages: couples no longer need to worry about whether their bloom-of-choice is in season, nor whether it’s caught in a supply chain lag. Additionally, weddings without flowers are certain to stand out from the crowd.

So now, more than ever, couples want to know, “What can I use instead of flowers at a wedding?” PartySlate searched through thousands of real wedding albums to find our favorite non-floral décor elements. From creative lighting to suspended crystal fringe, there’s no shortage of stunning designs to inspire your flowerless nuptials. 

We suggest that you hire a skilled design and décor team to conjure your creative non-floral vision (as well as offer ideas of their own). Read on for 17 unique ideas for weddings without flowers.

1. Above the Fold With Origami-Inspired Décor

The Japanese art of paper-folding, also known as origami (orizuru in Japanese), originated around the 6th century B.C.E. Because paper was a rare resource, this art form was reserved for use in Shinto shrines and — you guessed it — weddings.

While paper is no longer scarce, the art of origami still evokes the beautiful and momentous. The best part? You can choose the fold to match the style of your celebration — be it artsy, elegant, or modern.

Ceiling installation of bright blue cranes against blue uplighting at wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Blake Gardner | planner: Kristin Banta Events | venue: Cooper Design Space | lighting: The Lighter Side

A Dance of Cranes at Dusk

Los Angeles, CA

Hundreds of bright blue cranes alight on this vast studio space — casting their quiet shadows on twilight-draped walls.

Non-floral wedding décor for origami wedding | PartySlate
photography: Q Avenue Photography | coordination & installation: Jayne Weddings | venue: Lacuna Events by LM

Geometry in Full Bloom

Chicago, IL

April showers bring May flowers. But in this case, paper raindrops bring unique bouquets that never fade.

2. Balloon Wedding Décor, For Once you Popped the Question

Calling all adults: balloon décor is officially trending. Once relegated to kids’ birthday parties or outdoor graduations, this unique design element now elevates weddings of all kinds.

In fact, we love wedding balloon décor so much, we had to devote an entire article to it. Whether matte or shine, cascade or cluster, balloon installations will add a pop of elegance to your nuptials. 

Giant white and gold balloon ceiling installation at rustic-style wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Elaine Melko | planner: Jayne Weddings | balloons: Luft Balloons | venue: Rockwell on the River

Cloudy With a Chance of Balloons

Chicago, IL

This dreamy white and gold balloon installation floats like a passing cloud over this rustic-chic event space.

photographer: Mary Costa | planner & design: Heartthrob Weddings & Events | floral: Tropic of Flowers | balloon arch: Bonjour Fete | entertainment: Lucky Devils Band

A Whimsical Cascade

Malibu, CA

When it comes to innovative design, there’s more than one way to pop. We especially love how the asymmetrical design mimics the natural beauty of the surrounding treetops.

3.  Keep Your Vision Afloat With Non-Floral Pool Décor

Consider hosting your wedding celebration near a body of water (be it a backyard pool or luxe hotel fountain) for infinite design possibilities. Pool décor is an easy way to set your event apart from the crowd — with elements your friends and family haven’t seen before.

While scattered petals are always an option, we suggest thinking outside the box with everything from fun floaties to sophisticated beach balls (trust us, it’s a thing). 

photography: Gianny Campos | planner: Blue Orchid Event Design | floral: Ever After Florist | venue: The Betsy – South Beach

Romantic Heart-Shaped Inflatables

Miami, FL

Heart-shaped inflatables add a romantic touch to this sophisticated, poolside cocktail hour — with breathtaking views to match.

Couple kiss at sunset with pink flower backdrop behind them and pool with illuminated blue orbs in front of them | PartySlate
photographer: Boone Studios | agency: Ink Events & Design | floral: Seed Floral | design & production: Geffen Events | lighting: Wova Events

Illuminated Pool Orbs

Los Angeles, CA

Illuminated orbs float like distant planets across the darkened cosmos — making this sunset kiss even more romantic.

4. Not Afraid to Shine With Crystal Wedding Décor 

They say, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” But crystal décor is something we can all get behind. Sparkling design elements add glamour to any wedding — regardless of the theme or style.

We especially love suspended crystals for their dramatic presentation and dreamy ambiance. Consider using crystal fringe for everything from an exchange of vows to a tented reception dinner — or even a cocktail hour in between.

Transparent tented wedding with purple linen and suspended crystal fringe | PartySlate
photographer: Brian Leahy Photography | planner: event planner: Michelle Garibay Events | floral: Soiree Floral Design | venue: Sweet Oaks Ranch | catering: 24 Carrots Catering and Events

Tented Crystal Fringe

Temecula, CA

Endless blue skies become a blank canvas for this stylish couple — with brushstrokes of suspended crystals perfecting the tableau.

Silver metal chuppah with suspended crystal fringe | PartySlate
photographer: El Marco Rojo | planner: LV Event Designs | floral: flowers: Jose Graterol Designs | venue: Turnberry Isle

Chuppah Crystal Décor

Miami, FL

Ballroom nuptials are anything but boring beneath this modern metal chuppah set aglow with glittering crystals.

5. Tassels are Trending

When it comes to textiles, think beyond table linen. Ribboned tassels lend a dreamy softness to any event space — even industrial lofts. The best part? Tassels are a perfect opportunity to incorporate your wedding color palette in new and unique ways.  

South Asian wedding with pink and orange ribboned tenting | PartySlate
photographer: Peter Nguyen Studio | planner: Eventrics Weddings | designer & lighting: Occasions by Shangri-la | venue: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Vibrant Ribbon Décor

Charlotte, NC

This colorful Sangeet wows with a canopy of pink and orange ribbon — complemented with a backdrop of tasseled fringe.

Ballroom wedding with blue laser lights and chandelier of blue ribbon | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & entertainment: Starlight Music | planner: EKS EVENTS | lighting: Alchemy AV

Beam of Light, Gleam of Tassel

Aspen, CO

Blue ellipsoidal lighting mirrors this tasseled chandelier crowned in candlelight — and turns the dance floor into the focal point of the celebration. 

6. Intriguing Installations for a Wedding Without Flowers

For creative couples, custom-made installations offer originality and freshness to what could easily be the sixth or seventh wedding of the season. Unique designs can accomplish everything from transforming your venue space to capturing the theme or style of your event.

In addition to talking to your wedding planner or finding new ideas from real weddings on PartySlate, look to fashion magazines, art galleries, and architectural elements for additional inspiration.

Outdoor wedding at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with unique black-and-white geometric ceremonial backdrop | PartySlate
photography: Studio This Is | design & decor: Kehoe Designs | venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  

Modern Art Installation

Chicago, IL

This wedding took inspiration from its venue, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and reimagined the traditional wedding arch as something bolder and more modern.

Tented wedding with boxwood backdrop with white garden design | PartySlate
photographer: A Bryan Photo | planner: Sapphire Events | floral: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | venue: Old Ursuline Convent

An Optical Illusion

New Orleans, LA

This elegant tented reception extends beyond the limits of stake or pole thanks to this boxwood backdrop and white detail work — creating a unique optical illusion, as well as the perfect garden photo op.

7. Chandeliers Create the Perfect Focal Point

Lighting fixtures, while primarily used for illumination, can be as decorative as any bloom. Beyond the traditional ballroom chandelier, light fixtures will elevate tented wedding receptions, ceremonial backdrops, and more.

We recommend choosing a chandelier that matches the style of your celebration. For example, choose sputnik lighting for a contemporary vibe or vintage lighting for a more classic or elegant look.

White tented wedding with towering tree décor and geometric chandeliers | PartySlate
photographer: Through the Glass Parris | planner: Jaclyn Watson Events | floral: Nectar and Root | venue: Topnotch Resort

Modern Spherical Lighting

Stowe, VT

Unique spherical lighting, along with twinkling string lights and towering treetops, turns this white tented space into an enchanted garden — without the need for a single bloom.

Chuppah with geometric chandelier | PartySlate
photography: Deepwell Photography | planner: Storybook Weddings & Events | design: HMR Designs | venue: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | entertainment: Arlen Music Productions

Chandelier as Focal Point

Chicago, IL

This simple, yet elegant, chandelier becomes the focal point for a minimalist wedding chuppah — the perfect complement to the venue’s ornate stained glass and textured ceilings.

8. Say Yes to Creative Lighting 

For couples who love floral arrangements (but hate supply chain lags), consider creating floral décor without flowers. How? Use creative lighting projections to evoke petal, stem, stamen, and other floral details.

Best of all, lighting creates an immersive experience for couples and guests alike. See why immersive lighting displays made our top party trends for 2022 list. You’ll also find additional floral-free trends to make your wedding picture-perfect.

Couple dance in fog with golden paisley-patterned lighting projected behind them | PartySlate
photographer: Bucheli Photography | style & design: A Daydream Wedding | floral: Beautiful By Nature | venue: Hilton Sacramento Arden West

Paisley Petal Pattern

Sacramento, CA

Paisley gobo-lights transform this ballroom into a floral dreamscape — the perfect setting for a romantic and unforgettable wedding first dance.

Ballroom wedding with dance floor, purple uplighting, and floral monogrammed gobo | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & venue: Hyatt Regency Bellevue | lighting: Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Monogram Floral Lighting

Seattle, WA

Make monogram lighting your own with delicate floral embellishments that rival any lavish wedding centerpiece.

9.  Cue the Romance With Candlelight

Candlelight creates a romantic mood more than any other décor element. And what’s more romantic than a wedding celebration?

Think beyond candle centerpieces and position candlelight everywhere from the walls to the ceiling. Of course, work with your planner and wedding venue to ensure that you are following all safety protocols.

Custom-made poolside canopy with three tiers of candlelight for outdoor wedding reception | PartySlate
photo courtesy of, planner & design: Colin Cowie Lifestyle | venue: Private Residence | catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering – Los Angeles

Tiers of Candlelight

Malibu, CA

This custom-made poolside pavilion dazzles with three tiers of candle-lit shelving. Suspended crystal beading and votive centerpieces also create a dramatic line of parallel lighting for optimal effect.

Wedding reception with floating candle ceiling installation and mirrored tabletops | PartySlate
photographer: Duke Images | planner: Details Details | floral: Shawna Yamamato Event Design | venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill | lighting: The Lighter Side

Floating Candlelight

Newport Beach, CA

Candlelight mysteriously floats above a mirrored tabletop for double the illumination (and double the wow).

10. Bring Starlight Down to Earth With String Lights

String light tents took over 2021 party ideas — and for good reason. In a year where so many celebrations were scaled back or postponed, string lights kept the magic of this most important milestone front and center.

Never ones to let a good trend go, designers are keeping the beauty of string light décor in vogue with new twists and configurations. From shooting star ceiling installations to twinkling canopies, string lights are reinventing what it means to shine.

Evening wedding with suspended string lights over tablescap | PartySlate
photographer: Birds of A Feather | planner: The Lynden Lane Company | floral: Kevin Lee Weddings | venue: Hotel Bel-Air | décor & rentals: Hire Elegance | lighting: Amber Event Production | tablescape: Theoni Collection  

Shooting Stars

Los Angeles, CA

Hundreds of shooting stars glitter overhead while guests wine and dine within this romantic, cabana-style tent.

Canopy tent with string lights | PartySlate
photographer: Sarah Sayeed Photography | design, décor & floral: Birch Event Design | venue: June Farms | lighting: Dynamic Vision 

Weatherproof Starlight

West Sand Lake, NY

Twinkling string lights line this spacious white canopy tent for a starlit reception — regardless of weather. 

11. A Food-Forward Fête With Fruits and Vegetables

Creative catering displays create an immersive experience for wedding guests. But don’t stop there. Raise cuisine to the level of fine art with unique centerpieces crafted from fruits and vegetables.

The diverse range of color palettes make this original décor element perfect for any celebration — be it rustic, elegant, modern, or tropical.   

Tropical courtyard wedding with fruit table runner for a wedding without flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Reem Photography | planner: Vanessa Hayward | fruits: Sensory Delights Catering | venue: Villa Woodbine | desserts: Déjà vu Sweets

Fruit Table Runner

Miami, FL

A fruit table runner is all the centerpiece we need at this lush courtyard wedding. Even the wedding cake wowed without flowers, using stand-alone fruit details for a simple yet elevated effect.

Eggplant, artichoke & grape wedding centerpiece | PartySlate
photographer: Steven Truman Grey | planning & design: Anthony Taccetta Event Design | venue: The Foundry

Eggplant, Artichoke & Grape

New York, NY

A talented wedding designer can take an ordinary kitchen staple, like this iron fruit stand, and turn it into a stunning rustic centerpiece. We especially appreciate how the dramatic color palette complements the wedding aesthetic.

12. The Simple Beauty of Natural Greenery

While flowers tend to be the celebrities of the natural (and wedding) world, greenery is the faithful sidekick that deserves a cameo of its own. And much like flowers, greenery comes with its own vast array of shapes and shades.

From tropical palm leaves and evergreen needles to garlands of eucalyptus and clusters of sage, there’s no shortage of greenery to suit your wedding vision. 

Alluring and Sophisticated Wedding at The Confidante in Miami, Florida
photography: Beca Hale Photo | planner: Blue Orchid Event Design | floral: Pink Pussycat Flowers | venue: The Confidante Miami Beach | entertainment & lighting: Bay Kings Band

Palm Leaves Aglow

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Not all greenery requires a rustic vibe. This artsy reception keeps things modern with illuminated palm leaves and a backdrop of original artwork. 

Beachfront wedding ceremony with circular arch covered in greenery | PartySlate
photographer: E Hasier Photo | planner: The Wedding Plan & Company

Beachfront Greenery

Los Angeles, CA

Beachfront nuptials come with their own raw beauty; but we love how a delicate arch with tendrils of loose greenery keep this happy couple in focus.

13. Non-Floral Wedding Décor — In Full Feather

From the ancient Egyptians to modern-day influencers, plumage has made its mark on fashion and décor across the centuries. Capturing both the beauty of flight and the power of writing, feathers inspire with their prestige and beauty.

Whether you aim for Art Deco glamour or minimalist elegance, feathers are the perfect substitute for traditional floral décor. While the feathers featured here are all in white, you can see additional examples of colorful plume décor here: Blue and Purple Feathery Centerpieces and Pink and Peach Feathery Centerpieces.

White feather décor at wedding aisle entrance | PartySlate
photographer: Adam Opris Photography | planner: Jackie Ohh Event | floral & décor: Xquisite Events | venue: Private Club

Jay Gatsby Approved

Palm Beach, FL

This all-white wedding ceremony is anything but traditional thanks to lavish feather décor that conjures up the most glamorous Great Gatsby party.

photographer: Peter Wynn Thompson Photography | planner: Naturally Yours Events | floral: Stemline Creative | venue: The Art Institute of Chicago

Light and Feathery Wedding Wear

Chicago, IL

Feathery bouquets and boutonnières are an enticing prequel to the feathery décor found throughout the ceremony and reception. 

14. Follow the Disco Ball

Year after year, disco remains one of the most popular party themes found on PartySlate. However, disco party themes are no longer just reserved for birthdays or corporate events.

As couples continue to embrace themed weddings that capture their unique style, expect to see more sparkle and funk at celebrations across the country. It turns out, even lounge areas and chandeliers can benefit from a disco ball or two.

photographer: LaCour Images | planning, design & floral: Christine Janda Design & Events | venue: Morgan Manufacturing | catering: Entertaining Company | band: David Rothstein Music  

Disco Chandelier

Chicago, IL

This one-of-a-kind disco ball chandelier — along with glow-in-the-dark centerpiece décor — proves the adage true: Everyone loves a little funk.

Studio 54 wedding reception with dance floor | PartySlate
photography: Anée Atelier | planner: Guerdy Design | venue: Faena Hotel Miami Beach  

Studio 54

Miami, FL

Give your guests a one-of-a-kind dance party with a Studio 54 backdrop complete with lounge seating crowned in disco balls and an LED dance floor.

15. Floral Linen has Blooms that Never Fade

Say goodbye to utilitarian tablecloths meant to capture crumbs and stains. Today’s wedding linen is an essential décor element that captures both the color palette and style of your celebration.

For a wedding without flowers, consider your linen as a blank canvas that can feature any bloom of your choice — regardless of season or availability. And remember, linen isn’t just for tables. Even the chairs can benefit from luxe textiles.

Bohemian wedding with purple and yellow floral seating drapery | PartySlate
photo courtesy of, design & floral: Epic Floral Design

Floral-Patterned Seat Covers

Pompano Beach, Fl

A mix of linen-draped seats and floral-wrought chairs keep this bohemian-style wedding celebration in full bloom.

Industrial wedding with rose linen, abstract neon lighting, and purple uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: Arnold Brower photography | design: David Beahm Experiences | venue: Hudson Mercantile | rentals: Dazian | tent company: Starr Tent  

Rose Table Linen

New York, NY

An abstract neon installation discreetly evokes the dramatic rose table linen illuminated by quiet candlelight.

16. Wine and Dine With Barrel Décor

Wine barrels bring a combination of rustic charm and winery elegance to any celebration. While we’ve often seen barrels used as table legs, we’re now seeing barrels incorporated into every aspect of the wedding day. 

For more ideas and inspiration, see how these winery wedding venues inspired real couples.

Rustic outdoor wedding ceremony with two barrels lining altar | PartySlate
photography: A Tale Ahead Photo | planner: Perfectly Bubbly Events | floral: Fresh Petals by Karen | venue: The Club at Ruby Hill

Between the Barrels

Pleasanton, CA

Two rustic wine barrels, adorned with hurricane lamps and delicate tendrils of chenille, create a unique and picturesque frame for this couple saying, “I do.”

Winery wedding dance floor lined with wine barrels | PartySlate
photography: Wayne + Angela Photography | planner: Amazae Events | venue: Foley Sonoma Winery

Winery Wedding Reception

Sonoma, CA

An elegant winery with barrel-lined walls creates a warm and romantic ambiance for a first dance — and every spin on the dance floor thereafter. 

17. Branch Out Without Wedding Flowers

Beneath lavish greenery and colorful blooms lies the hidden gem of the natural world: branches. Branches inspire us with their abstract formations, neutral color palette, and fortitude. Long after the last leaf has fallen, here in the Midwest, branches awe with their delicate beauty.

Couple poses in aisle at winter wedding without flowers and soft whites, grays and a natural wood palette as well as bare branch trees | PartySlate
photographer: Beautiful Day Photography | planner: Kristin Banta Events | venue: SLS Beverly Hills  

Vows in a Winter Forest

Beverly Hill, CA

In the middle of a what appears to be aa sunlit winter forest filled with bare birch trees wrapped in snow-like furs, this couple honored their evergreen love with an exchange of vows.

photographer: Josh Morehouse | planner: Kelli Corn Weddings & Events | floral: Em Creative Floral | venue: Moreland Landing, Palmetto

Delicate Branch Centerpiece

Bluffton, SC

Votive candles bloom from this organic branch centerpiece, while succulent details and gray accents perfect this neutral tablescape.

People Also Ask…

Do brides have to have a bouquet?

If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that there are no hard and fast rules. For couples who want a more traditional western wedding, bouquets and boutonnières are a simple way to add pops of color and beauty to your celebration.

However, many cultures do not incorporate wedding bouquets into their traditions. For example, Indian weddings often feature garlands, called varmala or jaimala, which are exchanged by the couple during the marriage ceremony. 

Talk to your significant other and decide if bouquets and ​​boutonnières are an important part of your wedding budget. Remember, bouquets can still be featured in a wedding without flowers. Some of our favorite non-floral wedding bouquets include feathers, jewels, and paper art.

What can I use for centerpieces instead of flowers?

When you begin envisioning your perfect wedding reception, there’s a strong chance you’ll first imagine your wedding centerpieces. For couples looking to feature non-floral wedding centerpieces, there are still plenty of stunning possibilities.

Some of our favorite non-floral centerpieces incorporate greenery, branches, candles, and more. You can also find more unique ideas in our article 26 Unique Wedding Centerpieces.

Where can I find a design team to decorate my wedding?

Head to PartySlate’s curated vendor directory to find a top wedding design and floral team near you. Use the filters to narrow your search by location, services, and more.

Remember, you can directly contact vendors from the directory as well as click into their profile page to see real wedding albums that feature their creative work.