18 Inventive Ways to Incorporate Terrariums Into Your Wedding Décor

terrarium wedding ideas table centerpiece
Alyssa Nikole Photography

Whether you are planning a modern or traditional event, decorations using florals and greenery are a wedding must-have. While classic centerpieces, garlands, and hanging installations all have breathtaking and beautiful results, there's a smaller, more unexpected way to incorporate flowers and foliage into your big day: terrariums.

These small gardens are on-trend and versatile, making them ideal décor for your event. Although they're most commonly seen as centerpieces, like in this setup by Eventives and Cristhian Event, they can be used for so much more than that. Make like one couple ahead and tie name cards to each terrarium for unique escort cards. If you're looking for a paper place card alternative, greet guests with a mini-garden at their designated spots. Want a truly unexpected way to display these arrangements? They look just as pretty hanging from the ceilings as they do on your reception tables.

Don't just play around with where you feature terrariums—you can also get creative with what you put in them. Although these geometric vessels can feel modern, they'll look right at home at your classic reception after they're filled with traditional roses or peonies. For a more contemporary look, we suggest using anemones or another nontraditional bloom. Ahead, you'll find endless uses for these vessels. Whether you want to feature them in a large or small capacity, they're bound to fit into your big day. To show you just how versatile they really are, we've rounded up our favorite terrarium wedding ideas from real celebrations.

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mossy terrarium wedding ideas
Tamara Grüner

Although terrariums can be pint-sized, they'll still make statement as a single centerpiece. The mossy bottom of this Lace & Lilies arrangement brought a pop of color to this white tablescape—which made it stand out from the rest of the tabletop's décor.

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Escort Cards

terrarium wedding ideas escort cards
Alicia Thurston Photography

Think beyond traditional escort cards by opting for terrariums. The Social Rose filled these with roses and greenery and tied personalized cards from So Pretty in Print to each. They also doubled as crowd-pleasing favors.

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Table Numbers

terrarium wedding ideas table numbers
Michelle & Logan Photography

One of the best parts about terrariums? They can be filled with anything—which means that they can easily be transformed into any big-day element, including table numbers. Blush Events nestled each card into greenery by The Rose Shop to create these iterations; you could also ask your calligrapher to write each number right onto the glass.

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terrarium wedding ideas cloche
Lacie Hansen Photography

This Jenn Sanchez arrangement proves that you can merge the classic and the contemporary throughout your wedding design. By taking a cloche, which evokes a vintage feel, and turning it into a terrarium, you can easily achieve the perfect balance of old meets new.

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Cake Display

lucite table containing a floral arrangement displaying two white wedding cakes
Sarah Kate Photography

Turning your dessert table into a terrarium may seem tricky, but it's simpler than you'd think. To make this unique display, a single Lucite cube was placed over a tropical Bows and Arrows arrangement—so easy!

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Multiple Centerpieces

terrarium wedding ideas multiple centerpieces
Samantha Ong Photography

While a traditional centerpiece vessel, like an urn, works for a classic celebration, terrariums are perfect for housing your modern table's floral arrangements. That's why Behind the I Do selected these glass iterations in various sizes—and filled them with flowers from Stôk Floral & Design to line this minimal, contemporary table.

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Favor Cards

terrarium wedding ideas favor cards
Courtney Stockton Photography

If you're planning on making a donation in your guests' honor (in lieu of traditional favors!), present the message in a beautiful way by placing it in a terrarium. Nathan Heinrich Design put together these mini gardens complete with a tiny note, personalized heart, and small florals.

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Hanging Terrariums

hanging terrarium wedding ideas
Jordan Weiland Photography

Although terrariums are a pretty addition to your reception's tables, we think they also look great hanging from above. For proof, just look to this installation from Ashton Events. Long geometric terrariums from Treasury Rentals were filled with greenery and roses and suspended from the ceiling at this event.

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Ring Holder

terrarium wedding ideas ring holder
Lilly Red Creative

Terrariums don't have to be limited to your reception tables. In fact, you can repurpose them for any part of your big day—even your ring box. This ring bearer carried the couple's wedding bands down the aisle using a vintage glass box filled with greenery.

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terrarium wedding ideas event centerpieces
Dana Cubbage Weddings

There's something so modern about terrariums—which makes them a perfect fit for your contemporary event's centerpieces. Complete the of-the-moment look by making like Creech's Florist and choosing nontraditional florals (like anemones) to fill the vessels.

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terrarium wedding ideas overflowing arrangement
Kathryn Hopkins Photography

Bring a bohemian vibe to this otherwise modern wedding trend by creating an overflowing arrangement. Roses, greenery, and other florals poked out from this Rebecca Avery Floral Design creation, making it feel more whimsical.

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Aisle Décor

terrarium wedding ideas aisle decor
Rebecca Yale Photography

If you want to feature terrariums more prominently in your big day (like on your ceremony aisle), consider choosing larger versions. Not only will they make a statement during your service, but their bigger size means you can incorporate more of your favorite florals. This bride's mother filled this oversized vessel with blush dahlias and plenty of greenery.

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Chair Décor

terrarium wedding ideas chair decor
Next to Me Studios

Because they come in all shapes and sizes, terrariums can be used in the most unexpected of ways—like on the back of your ceremony chairs. These mini versions—which were filled with blooms from Seven Stem Floral Design & Events—was easily suspended from the back of this seat.

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Surrounded by Florals

terrarium wedding ideas Surrounded by Florals
Sara Lynn Photography

At your garden-inspired wedding, you can never have too many flowers and greenery—which is where a terrarium comes in. If you want to create a mini-garden on your reception tables, consider something like this overflowing Bella Lu Floral arrangement. The pros scattered white and blush blooms and greenery along the perimeter of the centerpiece for a wild, natural look.

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Place Cards

terrarium wedding ideas place cards
Stacy Able Photography

Looking for a truly unexpected idea to replace traditional paper place cards? Mini terrariums are the perfect option. Tiny versions by Ashley Wedding and Events were placed at each guest's spot at this event.

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Small Terrarium

small terrarium wedding ideas
Blanc Coco Photographe

Much like traditional floral arrangements, you can use terrariums practically anywhere on your big day. If they're as small as this one, which was provided by Majenia Design, use them to accompany your centerpieces or as décor for your guest book table.

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terrarium wedding ideas rustic centerpiece
Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography

Want to utilize terrariums at your rustic event? Make like The Finishing Touch Company and set each vessel on top of a slice of wood. The one seen here provided an on-theme transition between this modern arrangement of succulents and the distressed wooden table below.

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