Unexpected Ways to Use Succulents as Part of Your Wedding Décor
Although succulents aren't traditional wedding plants, they have been a favorite amongst brides and grooms for some time now. We can see why this greenery trend is still around—succulents are durable, colorful, and low maintenance—which is why they are a no-brainer accent for your big day. After all, if they can thrive in an arid desert, they can definitely make it through your wedding. Ultimately, they're the perfect choice for any event's locale (but they'll look especially at-home if your venue is located in a dry-weather climate).
Another reason why this plant is so loved by soon-to-be newlyweds? Their sturdy make-up. Feel free to use them as escort cards (they're the perfect base for calligraphy!), place card holders, and napkin rings—however you integrate them into your design landscape, you don't have to worry about this flora falling apart. They also make cute and reliable cake toppers (as evidenced by this B.R. Sweets treat) and confection decorations; their sturdy weight ensures they won't blow away in a breeze. A succulent's bold structure can also define the shape of a bouquet or centerpiece, making it the ideal statement plant.
Succulents come in a plethora of shapes and colors—viper's bowstring hemp features tall leaves with a dark green hue, while echeveria elegans showcase shorter, rounder mint shoots. You can even opt for burro's tail, a lime cascading iteration, or spiral aloe that grows in circular form. As you'll note from the images ahead, any succulent you choose will bring earthy texture and a touch of modernity to your event.
Escort Card Favors
Thanks to their long lifespan, potted succulent escort cards can double as plant wedding favors that'll remind guests of your celebration for years to come. These thoughtful gifts were created by Lemon & Lime Event Design.
Place a succulent inside a glass terrarium to create a ring box that nods to your big-day vegetation. The bloom's structured leaves will hold your bauble in place.
Place Card Holders
Make plant escort cards out of succulents so they'll stay intact as guests handle them. Gold Leaf Event Design & Production's iterations are proof that the sturdy vegetation will last—these held up weighted pieces of plexiglass, cut to look like hot air balloons.
Celebrate your desert wedding venue with a cake that's decorated with greenery native to the area. Coco Paloma Desserts did just that by finishing off this confection with succulents.
Looking for a more masculine take on a floral boutonnière? Substitute traditional blooms for a tiny bundle of succulents to lend a unique accent to your groom's look.
Succulent favors will help remind guests of all the amazing memories from your soirée long after it's over. This couple gifted purple-and-green Shop Succulents plants, which nodded to their colorful, earthy celebration. The gold vessels also represented the event's metallic color scheme.
If your cake is as modern and masculine as this concrete-inspired Cakes by Krishanthi confection, a colorful floral topper might look out of place (too feminine!). The solution? Add structural succulents (either fresh or sugar iterations will do!), instead.
Centerpiece Focal Point
Thanks to their bold look, succulents can anchor your centerpieces. Flowers by Semia framed a massive echeveria violet queen—which served as the focal point of this arrangement—with greenery and thistle.
Father of the Bride
Help your father stand out in a unique way by gifting him a succulent accessory for his lapel.
Silver-Painted Antlers and Succulents
When designing your centerpieces, opt for shorter flora so guests can see (and speak with) one another across the table. Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design did just that with bright arrangements of coral amaryllis, succulents, orange parrot tulips, roses, white freesia, tangerine ranunculus, and blush grevillea.
Add unexpected, earthy textures to your floral centerpieces by featuring terra-cotta-potted succulents with clusters of hydrangeas and pink roses.