One of the hottest trends in weddings these days is to use elements that feel organic and natural. For a design element that can feel both earthy and Zen, check out river rocks. These smooth little stones can be used in a surprising number of ways to add a wonderfully natural feeling to your wedding.
River rocks are a terrific addition to many types of wedding décor. Of course they are perfect if you are being married by a river or stream, but they are equally at home in rustic lodges, backyards, and city lofts. An opulent ballroom is about the only type of wedding venue where the natural stones may look out of place.
You can begin introducing the river rocks right in your marriage ceremony. There is a charming ritual that some couples are choosing instead of the traditional unity candle. At the start of the ceremony, each guest is handed a river rock to hold. They are then asked to say a blessing or make a wish over the rock, and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the assembled wishes of the congregation are placed into a special vessel. You can make the rite even more special by writing something on the rocks, such as your initials and wedding date or a short line from a favorite romantic poem.
The river rock unity ceremony is a perfect addition to an outdoor wedding. It will fit right in with the type of wedding where the bride is wearing a simple flowing gown and handmade jewelry. The naturally free-form style of handmade keishi pearl wedding jewelry is a wonderful complement to the earthy stones. You can also think about using a row of river rocks down each side of the aisle to define the walkway.
A very pleasing and easy idea for your escort cards is to use a metallic pen to write the name of each guest on a smooth stone. It is the ultimate DIY project; just be sure that whoever wields the pen has good handwriting. Give the escort card table more flair by arranging the river rocks over a bed of wheatgrass or a woven mat. It is a low-key and yet elegant way to display your escort cards.
The centerpieces will lend themselves to the river rock idea wonderfully. You can use a bunch of the smooth stones to anchor the floral arrangements in clear vases. Another idea is to let the river rocks themselves stand alone as a decorative element. Arrange a trio of low clear or white vessels in the center of each table. Fill one with river rocks and the other two with natural elements such as moss or sand. It is a very chic Zen centerpiece design.
There are certain types of flowers and other items that combine with the river rocks in a very harmonious way. Look for things with an earthy and natural feeling, such as branches and twigs, vines, moss, and berries. Low flowering succulent plants look fantastic when paired with smooth stones. You can also think about cherry blossoms, pussy willows, and even orchids arranged in a loose and unstructured way.
It is actually pretty amazing that something as basic as a smooth stone can be used in so many ways to decorate your wedding. The humble river rock is right in line with the organic and “green” wedding trend, and it is also nice because it can easily be arranged to look great with no prior experience. For any bride hoping to give her wedding a modern earthy feeling, smooth river rocks are the perfect addition.