Whether you’re exchanging vows at a house of worship or an alternative venue, there’s plenty of opportunity to add fruits and veggies says Michael J. Skaff, owner of Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale, Illinois.. He suggests placing wreaths on church doors featuring succulents with fresh items that coincide with the season. For summer weddings, try adding berries and in the fall, consider acorns.

“For winter weddings, you could go for a Williamsburg feel and use lots of walnuts and lemons and limes,” Skaff says. “It’s up to your imagination and how much color and uniqueness you’re comfortable with, but there are no limits.”

Avoid cookie-cutter centerpieces by incorporating fruits and vegetables into any size display. Keep it interesting by making each table different. For instance, Skaff suggests kale and eggplant at some tables and pomegranates and Brussels sprouts at others.

Jennie Bellisario, owner of Bellisario Florist, suggests incorporating fruits and vegetables into the vase of varying sized arrangements with a fresh floral on top.

“You can also submerge fruits and vegetables in water with a floating candle on top,” she says.

An added perk of this approach is cutting costs. “Fruits and veggies are a bit more cost-effective than some flowers so it’s a way of adding a fun focal point to your arrangements while also saving money,” Skaff adds.

Adding edible fruit to a wedding cake with light-colored frosting adds color and elegance, says Skaff, and can help evoke the season. “For a fall wedding, we added beautiful dahlias and raspberries and blackberries to the cake. Nuts and figs can also give a fall harvest feel,” he notes.

In the summer, citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes and oranges, can do the trick.

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