20 Desert-Inspired Wedding Ideas for the Boho Couple
It's no secret that contemporary couples are loving desert-inspired weddings—in fact, this big-day theme is even popular with brides and grooms located far beyond the Southwest. We can see why. Considering the relaxed and dreamy aesthetic that so often comes with this style, it's not surprising that desert-inspired design and décor details are splashed across so many duos' vision boards. The theme can also encapsulate several others, like bohemian and modern, which makes it a universal option.
When one thinks of the desert, blue skies, sandy landscapes, mountain backdrops, and unique vegetation come to mind. With so much untamed beauty, wedding inspiration abounds. When designing your space, we suggest taking advantage of muted pastels, potted cacti, and dried greenery throughout—all things you'd find in the arid setting. Unfinished wooden structures, Navajo patterns, crystals and geodes, eclectic textiles, and reflective surfaces will also help integrate this location type's natural elements into your big day.
It's important to keep in mind that less is more when paying tribute to barren terrains. Take this stunning ceremony shot, for example. The layered, diamond altar, built by the groom himself, brilliantly framed the scenic view—and the couple—without distracting guests from the moment or the environment. Cause We Can Events and Three Leaf Floral subtly enhanced the desert vibe of this service with elements like a faux fur rug and potted cacti.
Ultimately, though, you don't need to get hitched in Mojave or the Great Basin to connect with this big-day style. Click through to discover our favorite desert-inspired wedding ideas for every couple, wherever they've decided to tie the knot.
Modern Mirror Table
Le Petite Gardenia created this airy wedding bouquet out of dry weather-dwelling florals and greenery.
This boutonnière by Elite Floral Events perfectly echoed the grandeur sunsets seen in the desert.
Designer Chelsea Scanlan mimicked the color of cracked, sandy terrain in this bohemian centerpiece by using antique brass hardware throughout.
Pastel Cactus Invites
Faux Animal Hide
Mini Metallic Cake
Untraditional Sweetheart Table
This sweetheart tablescape, curated by Lucy Munoz, was an homage to the dry, sandy setting. The bohemian stools' fringe highlighted the color of nearby bushes. The tabletop's The Blooming Bud floral arrangement referenced the natural colors of the desert: warm rust, green, and brown.
Cactus Seating Chart
Artichoke Place Card
These calligraphed artichoke place cards perfectly complemented the pastel aesthetic seen throughout this Southwestern-styled tablespace by Ilana Ashley Events.
At the end of the evening, this bride and groom sent guests home with muslin bags holding red-chile sauce mix from their favorite Santa Fe restaurant, The Shed.
These nature-loving newlyweds displayed a wooden sign on their big day. The signage was complete with calligraphy from Freed Hands, who emblazoned the wooden panel with a favorite Bible verse. Desert-dwelling cacti rounded out the vignette.
This ring bearer carried three arrows—a symbol that represents the desert—as he walked down the aisle.
Macramé Potted Plants
Florist Bows and Arrows created these lush terracotta pots, which hung from macramé installations.