Wreaths and Leaves In The Details

Perhaps no other object conveys so perfectly the spirit of unity, joy and friendliness like the wreath. Couples often incorporate wreaths, greenery and leaves into their wedding stationery to encircle their initials. Laurel, olive leaves, lavender and wildflowers are wreath favorites and are a beautiful way to make stationery unique and complete your custom monogram. 

wedding invitation with wreath and monogram

greenery and custom monogram for wedding invitation

What is it about the simple act of cutting a bough, shaping the young, flexible branches into a circle that resonates immediately with us and carries so much meaning?

lavender wreath table number by Honey Paper

watercolor leaves into wreath with monogram for wedding invitation

With origins in ancient times the word comes from old english, writha, meaning band. They have been used throughout history to convey power, personality, blessings and love. Wild ambling evergreen limbs fashioned into something new. Tension, like a spell, forming what was once long, common and tapered into something symbolic, balanced and beautiful.

watercolor leaves into wreath with monogram for wedding invitation

Gold foil wreath with initials on soft blue handmade paper add elegance to this wedding invitation.

wedding invitation wreath in gold foil

watercolor leaves into wreath with monogram for wedding invitation

custom monogram wreath for wedding invitation

Lavender and wildflower wreaths encircling the table numbers at a summer wedding during California's peak lavender season was a beautiful nod to the local landscape.

wedding table numbers in watercolor lavender floral wreath

lavender floral watercolor wreath

monogram wreath for wedding invitation

Greenery along the edges of this wedding menu creates an elegant transition from paper to plate.

wedding menu with watercolor olive leaf greenery

A chameleon of sorts, wreaths have been used for a variety of purposes over the centuries. Ancient rulers wore them to convey power and status, priests blessed long procession lines of harvest wreaths in an act of reverence and hope for fruitful soil and rain. In classical times the laurel wreath, associated with Apollo, became a symbol of joy and victory. 

watercolor leaves on wedding dinner menu

Olive leaves in a pale sand and sage green text set the tone for this gorgeous wine country wedding celebration. 

wedding map with custom wreath monogram by Honey Paper

watercolor leaves into wreath with monogram for wedding invitation

greenery leaf motif for personal stationery

And here we are, thousands of years later, reinventing wreaths in endless ways. The simple shape with its capacity to convey personality and meaning isn’t even slightly diminished.

Couples continue to incorporate the wreath for many reasons, both personal and general. To honor the bond of marriage, to set the tone for a welcoming gathering and perhaps the promise of something perfect and unbreakable.    

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