*UPDATED FOR 2018* Now here’s a little trend I’ve been wanting to bring you for ages: Olive leaf decor! I can’t think of a more perfect time to do so than during the Olympics! (Back in Ancient Greece, an olive wreath was given to the winner of each event.) Olive leaves make an amazing accent for your wedding decor, especially if you’d like to introduce a Mediterranean theme. There’s something rustic but also quite clean about them, and the silvery green colour works brilliantly against most decor, but especially a crisp white. From olive branch wedding invitations to other olive olive wedding decor, this really could work for a number of different wedding styles – an outdoor afternoon lunch, a beach wedding, a rustic farm wedding, an elegant wine farm affair. Beautiful. Here are some of the ways to use olive leaves in your wedding decor. *Links in bold denote affiliate links. The cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.
Olive leaves make a great accent at table settings – a simple but very stylish touch.
Credits: Row 1: Joy Thigpen/Jose Villa via Once Wed (left); Punam Bean Photography via SMP (centre); Joy Thigpen/Jose Villa via Once Wed (right); Row 2: Creation Events/Henrique Wilding from SBB (left); Sylvie Gil via Once Wed (centre); Le Frufru /Cinzia Bruschini via Elizabeth Anne Designs (right); Row 3: Printable Olive Leaves Wedding Menu by Scout Hall Paper Co
They look just as good as part of centrepieces – include them in a flower arrangement, lay them along a runner, gather them in crates or long planter boxes, make a wreath candle holder, or just fill urns with olive branches for a simple but absolutely gorgeous effect.
Credits (clockwise from top left): 1 – Sylvie Gil via Once Wed; 2 – Events by Nouveau Flowers/Rae Leytham Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 3- Lindsay Olives; 4- Atelier Joya/Jamie Grenough via SMP; 5- Punam Bean Photography via SMP; 6- sweet paul via Design Sponge
And let’s not forget the chairs! Olive leaves make a particularly lovely and lush chair backing – much less fiddly than flowers. Make wreaths or swags, or even just small hanging sprigs. You’ll want to make sure you have lovely chairs here, otherwise this will just draw attention to shabby ones.
Credits: Row 1: Chestnut and Vine/Brion Hopkins via Once Wed (top left); Marie Claire Idees (bottom left); Creation Events/Henrique Wilding from SBB (centre); Amy Kaneko Events/Gia Canali Photography via Martha Stewart (top right); The Naked Florist/Simply Bloom Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs (bottom left); Row 2: Faux Olive Wreath by Four Season Arts
Why should decor have all the fun? Mirror your olive leaf accents with these pretty hairpieces and accessories and feel like a Mediterranean goddess on your big day!
Credits: Row 1: Kelly Oshiro /Jose Villa via Once Wed (left); Merci New York/Elizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes (right); Row 2: Olive Branch Hair Pins by Powder Blue Bijoux; Row 3: The Emily Flower Crown by Love Sparkle Pretty (left); Olive Branch Leaf Ring by Lucia Jewelry Design (right); Row 4: Gold Leaf Earrings by Smitten Kitten Kendall; Row 5: Silver Olive Vine Ear Climber by Amber Twist (left); Olive Leaves Bracelet by Avigail Adam (right); Row 6: Laurel Golden Crown by Sheeta Design (left); Bridal Olive Leaf Hairpins by Elibre (right)
I’m a fan of olive leaf, and even I was surprised by just what a versatile and beautiful bouquet accent olive leaves are. Just look at these incredible bouquets! You can even have a bouquet made just of olive leaves (top far right) and it looks wonderful!
Credits: Row 1: 1- Art with Nature Design /Vanda Events /Esther Sun via Green Wedding Shoes; 2- Robin Sonner/Patrick Moyer via Santa Barbara Chic; 3- Lacie Hansen via Once Wed; 4- Punam Bean Photography via SMP; Row 2: 1- Le Frufru /Cinzia Bruschini via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 2- Martha Stewart; 3- Sabine Scherer Weddings via Once Wed; 4- via Simply the Nest; Row 3: 1- via The Knot; 2- Oh How Charming/Elizabeth Messina Photography via Project Wedding; 3- Clare Barboza/Marie Lou Piante & Fiori via Snippet & Ink; 4- A Stunning Affair/Holly Flora/Jagger Photography via SMP
Your cake can also get in on the olive leaf action – the leaves make a really attractive accent for a plain white cake. If you’re having a rustic wedding (even if you’re not using olive leaves elsewhere), this is a great option. Add a bit of lavender for extra loveliness.
Olive accents make the loveliest stationery! SO pretty, right?
Credits: Row 1: Olive Branch Wedding Invitation by Oak and Orchid; Row 2: Wedding Invitation Template by VERDILIAN (left); Olive Branch Wedding Timeline Template Printable by Blanche Paperie (right); Row 3: Laurel Wreath Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite by Noteworthy Press; Row 4: Invitation Suite by Indie Paper Printables (left); Watercolor Greenery Natural Wedding Invitation by Sparrow Design Studios (right); Row 5: Olive Leaves Simple & Classic Save the Date by PaperPlumCo
Me oh my, but the hanging olive wreath has me enchanted. And don’t you think these candleholders with olive leaves are just the prettiest touch? I also love the olive ‘chandelier’, and the way olive branches have been wound around the canopy sides. Such simple ideas, but they really add that something extra.
Credits: Hanging olive wreath – Le Frufru /Cinzia Bruschini via Elizabeth Anne Designs; candle holders with olive leaves – Unscene, Inc./Amy & Stuart via Snippet & Ink; olive ‘chandelier’ – Vogue; canopy with olive leaf decoration – Nicole Paulson Photography/Shannon Leahy Events via SMP