add texture to your wedding

At the heart of every well-styled wedding, is texture. Texture is my favorite wedding trend of 2019, and ever. With texture, it's all in the details - and the good news is, these details can be subtle or grand! I broke down some ways to add texture to your wedding in a few different areas:


Your wedding ceremony space is the kick-off to your celebration. It sets the tone for your wedding, reception and party. If the money is there, I encourage beefing up your ceremony alter space as much as possible. Your ceremony alter or arch will be in just about every ceremony photo, so why not make an impression? And adding texture is a great way to do this.

Phil Chester Photo

Ashley Bee Photography

I love bringing in natural elements for the ceremony arch, like birch branches. Some ceremony arches can be fun and lustrous, made from different metals. Either of these elements juxtaposed with some soft florals offer really great textural components. Don’t forget to throw down some vintage or Aztec rugs along or at the base of the aisle.

Emily Wren Photography

Kate Pritchard Photo

Katja & Simon Photography

A little textural pop that will fall in every wedding category is wedding stationery; i.e. ceremony programs, reception menus and place cards.

Archive Photography

MLE Pictures


Most of the weddings that I produce have a sit-down dinner reception of some style (buffet, family, plated). The dinner tabletop is great spot for couples to incorporate their personalities, and play with different textures.

The go-to textural element of a tabletop is specialty linens. Of course have fun with different linens, even overlapping different materials. But, just know if the money isn't there, there's so much texture that you can bring in more affordably, too. For a sweet, lakefront wedding that I did, we foraged driftwood and lake rocks to decorate the tables.

The details you incorporate here can really tie your wedding theme together. For example, I did a coastal wedding in Rhode Island where I hand-wrote oyster shell place cards. This was a subtle way to add texture and also pull together the ocean vibes that the couple really cared about.

Julia Wade Photography

Olivia Richards Photography

The Manchilks

Erin McKenzie Photography


Furniture texture opportunities never end, and they’re the best! From pillows and throws to full out social seating spaces, furniture and décor will add depth, detail and interest to your wedding aesthetic.

Archive Photography

Ace & Whim

For example, a modern wedding environment can be easily achieved by using rich fabrics like velvet or silk. And a modern bohemian wedding vibe might work best with eclectic textures like wicker and leather. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to mix 2, 3 or even 4 textures together. Go nuts!

Julia Wade Photography

Kate Aspen Photo


Flowers, flowers, flowers. They’re my all-time favorite way to add texture to a wedding aesthetic. Flowers offer an unbelievably beautiful textural foundation for you to build upon. In addition to wedding flower go-tos like roses, peonies, & ranunculus, think about including some less-traditional textural alternatives like dried foliage, wispy cotton, feathery pampas grass, OR PLANTS! Pull together a textural masterpiece by wrapping bouquets in lengthy silk ribbon, or even some fun fringe.

Peggy Sass

Anneke Storm Photography

Kate Aspen Photo

Sarah Glick Photography

And when it comes to texture, don’t be afraid to go big!


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