Food and Flowers: Wedding Florals for The Foodie

You’ll fall in love with these 10 ways to add food to your wedding flowers using fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and more. There are lots of recipes for wedding decor success!
By: Carlene Thomas R.D.N., L.D.

Photo By: Carlene Thomas RDN ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved 2013, Cooking Channel, LLC All Rights Reserved

Okra and Onions Neutral Bouquet

This fantastic food sculpture features okra and green onions worked into sprays of golden amaranthus; it'll make any bride swoon. White winter berries, white cosmos and white majolica sprayer roasts round out the design for a touch of tradition.

Florals by Holly Heider Chapple, Pottery by Woodfired Pottery

Eggplant and Beans on the Vine

This showstopper has us dreaming up summer recipes. Eggplants and vine-ripened tomatoes with red peppers peek from a gathering of summer florals. Zinnia, cosmos, nasturtiums, gomphrena, begonias, black Queen Anne’s lace and red viburnum berries add airy texture to typically bulky and dense produce. Vines of hyacinth beans balance each end of the design (and tempt us to get cooking).

Lemon Bowl Arrangement

Brighten a table and let guests actually see one another with this low lemon arrangement that’s bound to be the center of attention. Find antique pottery, or work with a local artisan to create low bowls to make your arrangement extra special (you could use the bowl as a fruit bowl after the wedding). In this design lemons are tucked into a sea of green and white that features cosmos, white freesia, white ranunculus, white snowberry, camellia leaves, love in a puff vine and love in a mist. Talk about a romantic arrangement!

Golden Summer Bouquet

From the natural shape to the golden color, this design is perfect for the sunny garden bride. Edible nasturtiums nestle alongside purple basil, golden rod and zinnias. Small tomatoes and asparagus add more interesting shapes and textures to this bright bouquet.

Wreath of Greens and Hops

The base of this green door greeter is all hops and grapevine. Isn’t the base of any party a good drink? This wreath uses a single color tone and shapes of produce, including onions, artichokes, green persimmons and okra. No doors to decorate? Create multiple wreaths and place on a fence.

Asparagus and Green Tomato Vase

Who says you need to always see the vase? Asparagus spears cover a boring glass cylinder while green tomatoes on the vine flow from the top of the arrangement, spilling down each side. Purple basil and edible flowers like nasturtiums round out this delicious design with hints of wild flowers and garden blooms like zinnias. Not to worry if guests accidentally brush against the piece — it’s going to smell amazing.

Simple Grapes and Berries Arrangement

Let nature speak for itself. A simple arrangement that uses the structures and shapes of produce will be a showstopper next to your guest book without taking up too much space. This arrangement features one stem each of elderberries, red raspberries and grapes from a local vineyard; work with your florist to see what naturally grows near you.

Edible Boutonnieres

We can’t forget about the guys. These boutonnieres are easy to mix and match to suit your wedding colors or groom’s style. These pins are blends of tiny tomatoes, basil, lavender and peppers with nasturtiums, zinnia and gomphrena.

Winter Squash and Kale Compote

Perfect for a cool-weather wedding, a playful pumpkin and acorn squash start the design with a bold statement served up on a bed of kale. To create extra height, carrots, orange cosmos and zinnia spike from the top while a feather of amaranths spills from the side. With a bounty of dimension and varying height, this design features red foliage that's truly a sight to behold.

Radishes and Grapes Bouquet

Think pink! With tones of pink, red and purple, this bouquet is more sophisticated and lush than a grouping of traditional pink roses. Look closely and you’ll see a theme of berrylike clusters throughout the bouquet: a cluster of radishes, a bunch of grapes and even pink snowberries. The design is finished with red amaranthus and pink cosmos. Be extra careful with these berries on a white dress!