For summer and outdoor weddings in particular, brides look for unique, creative and nature-inspired ideas to decorate their weddings.
Brides this season are loving trees, nature, and greenery for both outdoor and indoor weddings. One idea inspired by nature, particularly in the Mediterranean region, is a theme inspired by olive trees.
Olive trees are mentioned in different religions and cultures and are considered to be a symbol of peace, life, and fertility. Even poets have been inspired by olive trees to write their poems on resilience. Olive trees have a great ability to accommodate with different changes and live for long periods under tough circumstances.
This beautiful tree is also a symbol of firmness, stability, endurance, and adaptability, and has been known and used by many civilizations especially in Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Algeria, to name a few.
The wood of the olive tree is used widely in the manufacturing of various artistic, religious, and historical art pieces. The profession of olive wood carving is one of the ancient crafts in Palestine that continues till this day.
Perhaps the most important aspect of an olive-themed wedding is the endless ideas on how you can apply it to your wedding. You can use olives, olive branches, olive trees, olive oil... in your wedding decorations and wedding favors. Add details in olive green colors and you'll get a great nature-inspired wedding theme that can also be a wonderful theme for a destination wedding in a Mediterranean country.
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Take a look at these beautiful olive tree-inspired ideas for your wedding centerpieces, table settings, and wedding favors.
Olive leaves will add an elegant and modern touch to your wedding table set up, they also have a very nice smell. They also look beautiful when added to floral arrangements or used on their own as well.
We love the idea of using olive leaves with lemons as centerpieces for your wedding, like Andrea and Chant's destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy.
Choose a color that goes with olive green shades to compliment the main theme, like the plate decorations for Laila and George's outdoor rustic wedding in Lebanon.
These ideas are perfect for outdoor weddings like garden weddings or beach weddings.
One simple and easy way to add more details to the olive tree and branches is to use white flowers that are simple and elegant.
For brides who want a less formal wedding or want a simpler wedding bouquet, a wedding bouquet with olive branches is a beautiful choice.
You can add a pop of color to the olive branches by using yellow, red, or orange flowers, you can also use pink and purple flowers that go perfectly with olive branches.
Your Wedding Stationery
For brides who want delicate and simple wedding invitations, you can choose white cards with ribbons in olive green or have olive leaves printed on the cards.
For your place cards make sure they go with your wedding invitations and other wedding stationery.
Your Wedding Cake
You will really get the chance to be creative and unique when choosing your wedding cake, especially if you want an olive inspired wedding cake.
For example, you can go for an all-white wedding cake decorated with olive branches and leaves.
You can also have an olive green colored wedding cake or a cake with green details, here are some green wedding cake ideas!
When it comes to olive inspired wedding favors the options are endless!
You can present your wedding guests with little olive oil bottles they will love.
Or mini olive trees for them to keep and cherish forever.
Another useful and amazing idea is to give them natural soaps made of olives which is a popular soap in the Middle East.
Olive Leaves as Confetti
Throwing rice or flower petals on the bride and groom is a popular trend, rice is thrown on the couple to represent fertility.
Confetti in Italy symbolizes money and good luck.
In the UK people throw wheat on the newlyweds to represent fertility as well. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the guests cut the cake made of wheat and threw it on the bride and groom, but when wheat became expensive, it was replaced with rice.
But since you are having an olive themed wedding why not use olive leaves instead of rice or confetti? It is a fun tradition that you and your wedding guests will enjoy.
Your Bridal Look
This beautiful bride chose hair accessories made of olive branches to go with her wedding theme in Cyprus.
As for her bouquet, she opted for a messy white and green one with roses, eucalyptus leaves, hydrangeas, and olive stems.