As a luxury wedding planner, I am always looking for ways to elevate your wedding details in a memorable way. Every single decision reflects the emotion you want your guests to feel as they celebrate with you.
A potentially simple addition to your wedding decor, but one that can have a big impact, is fruit! I love incorporating fruit throughout your design to compliment your florals and strengthen your theme in a tasteful way. I have designed wedding tablescapes with fruit for multiple events, and want to walk you through some of my favorites below.
You’ll see that fruit can work in a vast variety of weddings. Keep reading for lots of wedding planning inspiration, as well as a look into my thought process behind these designs.
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Use Fruit to Strengthen Your Wedding Theme
Not every wedding I design has an obvious “theme.” The ones that do are tasteful, elegant, and often subtle. This Tuscan villa inspired wedding is a good example. Though this event took place in Utah, the goal was to make the guests feel like they were whisked away to Italy for the evening. We layered luxurious details fit for a destination wedding, and the outcome was abundant, decadent, and inviting.
This romantic Italian-inspired wedding took place on a pear orchard that is over a century old. So of course, pears were the first natural choice when adding fruit. Instead of adding them to the tables, which may have felt too obvious, I used them sparingly throughout styled images. I love taking time on a wedding day to style flatlays and vignettes of treasured details for your photographer to capture. So I kept pears on hand to use in those sorts of images, such as the shot of the bride’s bouquet.
The other fruit used was another natural choice for this event – golden muscat grapes. You’ll see a wine-inspired color palette throughout this entire wedding. To further celebrate that theme, my team added grapes for an organic touch. Instead of just scattering them on the table, this time I had the wedding florist mix the grapes into the actual floral arrangements. So along with the flowing table linens, handmade paper menus, and crystal wine glasses, you’ll see hints of gold peeking out under the florals. This is the type of unexpected detail guests will only notice up close, and remark on as they enjoy their meal.
Make the Fruit Both Decoration and Edible With a Charcuterie Board
For this summer wedding we wanted to incorporate fruit not only as decor, but with other casual bites to eat as the guests were served their formal meal. This usage of fruit made the entire wedding brunch more comfortable and fresh. It was a barn wedding, elevated and fancified with taper candles and rimmed champagne glasses. Then made comfortable again with some casually styled fruit and fun drinks by the bottle.
Throughout the table you’ll see peaches, plums, and grapes spilling out of minimal pedestal bowls. And though guests are welcome to reach for a nectarine, we also made the same fruit more accessible through a styled charcuterie board.
All of these choices were reminiscent of a summer picnic. And though that picnic inspiration was not an overt theme – you won’t see any gingham tablecloths or baskets – the overall experience felt just as bright and fun as a day at the park with friends.
Allow Wedding Tablescapes With Fruit to Set the Tone
Unlike some of the styling throughout the other events highlighted here, the fruit used in this wedding luncheon was a more surprising choice. However, it really added dimension and helped set the tone for this elevated modern garden wedding.
The setting for this luncheon included pristine archways and other symmetrical architectural details juxtaposed with wandering gardens. This contrast is something I wanted to highlight in the table decor.
Starting with a base of strong black chargers against a mauve tablecloth. Next, modern acrylic chairs perfectly placed next to wild floral arrangements spilling over the table. Each detail pushed and pulled against the others, creating balance. The outcome was a grounded table that didn’t lean too masculine nor too feminine. That is a balance I work for often, which you can learn more about how to achieve here.
The cherry on top was adding figs. This unique fruit further neutralized the energy. It established the entire color palette instantly. And scattering them gently broke up the formal symmetry just like the gardens throughout this wedding venue.
Fruit Can Even Replace Your Table Floral Arrangements
For this French vineyard inspired wedding, we opted for smaller floral arrangements with fruit displays placed intermittently. This allowed for an interesting variety in height, along with taper candles and wine bottles. Most importantly it left breathing room throughout the decor, allowing guests across from each other to feel more connected.
Connection was the driving intention behind this wedding dinner design. We wanted guests to feel luxurious but relaxed, warmed by the wine and the summer evening. This feeling was emphasized by the baguettes and fruits within reach of every guest.
Of course, this addition of fruit was natural considering the setting was a vineyard. The deep blue of wild concord grapes, golden pears, deep blackberries and red wine – all against the warm wood king’s table. Everything about this set up ushered guests in, inviting them under the vines to enjoy a happy meal together.
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As you can see, every detail of the events I plan is intentional and based in an artistic thought process. If this is the kind of attention to detail you want on your wedding day, click here to learn about working together! I am based in Utah and available for events worldwide.