If you’re agonizing over your wedding colors, then sage green is a super fashionable choice that can create a soft yet striking effect. This calming and earthy gray-green shade is a refreshing option that transcends seasons—and best of all, it’s versatile. Because whether you’re planning a rustic wedding, chic soiree, or vintage affair, it can act as an eye-catching canvas for your dream day. In this blog post, we’ll explore 12 ideas for creating your perfect sage green wedding. But first, let’s look at what this color represents. 

What does sage green represent?

Sage is generally associated with harmony and balance, with the smoky gray undertone softening the green effect. Overall, as this color conjures up the beauty of the natural world, it has a very calming feel. Yet sage green is a whole lot more than a cottage-core choice, as you can also use it to create an incredibly stylish and sophisticated wedding look too.

For instance, sage green is ideal for a vintage soiree, as it was a popular shade in Victorian design, as well as in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Plus it had a revival in popularity from the 1940s to the 1960s, meaning it offers plenty of scope for incorporating it as a retro wedding color.

Expert tips for creating your perfect sage green wedding

1. Wedding invitations

Your wedding stationery is a sneak peek into the overall vibe of your big day, meaning that your invitations can set the stage for a striking green celebration. For a romantic feel, pair this color with neutrals like blush or ivory on your invites.

As far as design concepts go, sleek Art Deco geometrics or twisting art nouveau vines would look amazing paired with sage. Or go for a charmingly rustic look by using brown kraft paper tied with sage ribbon.

2. Wedding dress

A sage green wedding dress has the benefit of being distinctive without being too showy. Combine it with sparkly gold accents for a gorgeous 1940s Hollywood goddess vibe, or go boho with a flowy cut and wildflower headdress.

You’ll want to make sure that your wedding party sets off the effects of your gown, so complementary colors for bridesmaid dresses include cream, taupe, light gray, golden yellow, or brown. Lavender and dusty rose also look lovely with sage.

3. Bridesmaid dresses

If you’d rather don a traditional white gown, then why not dress your bridal party in sage instead? Not only does this color have a timeless elegance, it also has the benefit of looking good with just about every skin tone. Plus dressing your bridesmaids in sage will create a fresh and natural look that will contrast beautifully with your white wedding gown.

4. Wedding ceremony arch

Imagine an enchanting wedding arch covered in lush greenery, flowers, and draped fabrics in varying shades of sage. This would make a stunning focal point for that moment when you promise to be together forever, plus the harmonious effect of this hue will symbolize your future hopes for your love. As you stand beneath your green arch, you will be enveloped in the beauty of nature, creating a magical moment.

5. Wedding centerpieces

Transform your reception tables with sage green wedding centerpieces. Create an artfully wild foliage effect with ferns, ivy and other fronds, then combine it with delicate white tapers, thick gold candles, or bronze lanterns. Satin pothos trailing plants would be ideal, as they have sweetly heart-shaped leaves and are sage in color.

As guests gather around the tables they will be greeted by calming green centerpieces, creating a serene feel for your whole reception.

6. Table place settings

Create an effortlessly chic and minimalist aesthetic with sage green place settings. White plates, metallic chargers, and delicate greenery can all form a stylish ensemble. Gold-bordered menus printed on sage paper will set off the effect, as will delicate fronds of greenery placed on or beside plates.

Gleaming gold-plated cutlery will also make a beautiful added touch, while place cards calligraphed in sage green ink will show a real eye for detail. With the classic combination of clean white, glamorous gold and soft sage, you can conjure up timeless elegance effortlessly.

7. Table runners and napkins

Opt for a flowing sage green fabric for your table runners, perhaps in romantic satin, damask, taffeta, or organza. By pairing your runner with crisp white tablecloths, you will create a very elegant effect. 

This combination of soft, ethereal fabric and calming green hues will transform your reception tables into havens of harmony. And for a bit of added glamor, choose sage green table runners with delicate, sparkly sequins that glitter in the candlelight.

8. Wedding cake

Your wedding cake is the perfect opportunity to showcase your sage green wedding theme. Consider a chic design of white, adorned with greenery and gold leaf accents—then surprise guests by revealing a sage-colored sponge when you cut the cake. Or for a bolder look, opt for a completely sage green cake set off with contrasting pastel sugar flowers.

9. Wedding favors

Why not let your guests take a little bit of sage green magic home with them? For instance, consider wedding favors with a natural theme, such as potted succulents, herbal aromatherapy oil, or relaxing lavender and sage candles.

Set off your tokens of appreciation with sage green ribbons and add twine for a little rustic charm. Or if you want to impress your guests with your gourmet tastes, then artisan chocolate or cookies infused with sage would make a unique (and yummy) wedding favor.

10. Draped ceiling decor

Ceiling drapery adds vertical interest to your space, drawing guest’s eyes upward and enhancing your overall aesthetic. Ethereal sage green ceiling decor can transform your entire reception, enveloping everyone in your wedding aesthetic. To create this effect, hang cascading lengths of sage green fabric from the ceiling, ideally choosing tulle or organza for a dreamy and romantic feel.

You could also incorporate fairy lights or soft pendant lighting to illuminate the drapery, casting a warm and enchanting glow over your entire celebration. The combination of sage green and gentle lighting will set a magical tone for the evening, turning your reception into an immersive experience.

11. Wedding photo backdrop

Why not create a photo backdrop that captures the essence of your sage green wedding? For instance, a gorgeous cluster of eucalyptus branches, ferns, and ivy. Make sure to soften the greenery with delicate blooms in complementary shades like cream, dusty pink, or lavender.

By creating a botanical masterpiece as your backdrop you will add an extra dimension to your wedding photography, resulting in striking portraits. A sage-themed photo backdrop will also flatter your entire bridal party because, as mentioned, this shade looks good with pretty much every skin tone.

12. Velvet lounge area

Infuse your wedding reception with luxury and opulence by creating a sage green velvet lounge area. Set up a plush seating space with sofas, chairs, and ottomans upholstered in soft, sumptuous fabric. This cozy corner will invite guests to relax and enjoy the festivities in style, ideally while sipping Champagne cocktails.

You could also accentuate your space with green throw pillows and soft blankets for added comfort, plus incorporate glitzy notes of gold in details like cushion tassels and candle holders. Your velvet lounge will be a haven for guests to unwind and immerse themselves in the serenity of this shade.

Sage green is a stunning color that can enhance vintage art deco weddings, boho celebrations, and timelessly chic soirees. Somehow, this hue manages to be both striking and subtle, creating a calming effect combined with an air of soft, natural glamor. So if you’re trying to pick the perfect wedding color, why not walk down the sage green path of enchantment?

Ready for your big day?

Hopefully, you’ve found a lot of inspiration for your super fashionable sage green wedding. And if you’re looking for the perfect New Jersey wedding venue, then the recently revamped Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove is the romantic destination of your dreams. Our chandelier ballroom would look amazing draped in sage velvet, so why not come down for a tour?

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