Trending Now: Terra-Cotta Wedding Décor
This natural medium brings a subtle touch of the bohemian to your party.
There are so many different types of wedding styles and themes that call on earthy décor. Rustic, bohemian, and garden-inspired celebrations, for example, all utilize natural elements to achieve their aesthetics' full potential. Believe it or not, it's possible for a single motif to speak to and work across all three of these different style types. One of these versatile mediums is terra-cotta. The clay-based material is most often used to create flower planters (you likely have a few of these pretty pots at home!), but terra-cotta goes far beyond floral décor.
The following ideas are proof. Ahead, you'll discover all of the ways to weave this rust-colored clay—in all its forms—into your wedding's landscape. While some couples stuck with terra-cotta's standard use (potted plants as centerpieces, hanging installations, and even seating chart displays), others thought entirely out of the box. Some duos actually opted for broken planters, which they had calligraphed with everything from guests' names to hors d'oeuvre menus. Others chose tile interpretations (like the skinny escort cards seen here, which were personalized by Brown Fox Calligraphy) to decorate place settings or stand in as table numbers.
If you're drawn to the color of terra-cotta (we love the sienna hue!) more than its fabrication, you're also in luck. We were sure to include a few terra cotta-inspired ideas—be sure to bookmark the upcoming wedding cake and invitation envelope, which pay homage to the material's earthy color. Ready to see all of these inspired ideas for yourself? Click through for all the ways to use terra-cotta on your big day, whatever its style.
Planter Seating Chart
You'll be hard-pressed to find a seating chart that's more bohemian than this one by Wild Heart Events. Sophie Loves Letters' calligraphed a mix of different vessels (including terra-cotta vases!) with table numbers and guest names. Gold-rimmed mirror, neon sign, slices of gemstone, metallic dream catchers, and potted plants from Forage Florals rounded out the rest of the display.
We love how this Flinders & Mitchell centerpiece's terra-cotta base referenced its color palette: pink, gold, and rust.
The subtle chip on this mini pot, calligraphed by The Weekend Type, brought a realistic garden touch to the tabletop. The entire look was created by Sweet Sunday Events, Lindsey Zamora, and Without Wax Katy.
Channel Blue Eye Brown Eye's calligraphy work by adding your attendees' names to terracotta shards. Then use them anywhere they're needed—at individual place settings or on the favor table.
This 2 Tarts cake's rust-colored fondant was an exact color match for terra-cotta—the subtle tonal shifts (note how it went slightly darker in some areas) only added to its realism.
A strip of gold metallic paint adds contemporary vibes to terra-cotta, an otherwise natural medium. We love Merrie & Bright's interpretation of this idea. Calligraphed just one-shade darker than the clay, these table numbers stood out against Willowgold's lush florals thanks to their eye-grabbing rims.
Mark the woman of the hour's place setting with a terra-cotta tile, just like this one personalized by Betlem Calligraphy. Amorology Events and The Dainty Lion were responsible for the tablecape's design and florals, respectively.
There's a way to integrate a love for clay and terra-cotta into your big day without actually using either. We're loving this terra-cotta-colored envelope from My Lady Dye for its natural, earthy contribution to an otherwise bright-white paper suite.
Here's proof that the medium—so often associated with garden and bohemian wedding themes—can also feel modern. These pots, made by Rico Terre, allowed for a unique and contemporary approach to flower arranging. The smaller holes on the exterior of the vessel were filled by smaller, shorter blooms, which added dynamic depth to the entire display.
Cocktail Hour Menu
Broken clay pots can be repurposed in so many ways. Take this cocktail hour menu sign, for example—a few lines of pretty script by Written Word Calligraphy transformed a shattered planter into a piece of intentional décor.
A wedding cake isn't your only dessert option. These one-of-kind treats from T Bakes, made to look like pieces of tile, were a great addition to the dessert table.
Combined with cerulean dinnerware, a macramé runner, clay mugs, and multi-colored floral arrangement, this tablescape's terra-cotta chargers set a scene that's equal parts southwestern, bohemian, and rustic. Justina Blakeney was responsible for the tabletop's design.
With a little help from your calligrapher (in this case, Shindig Chic), displaying your signature cocktails on a terra-cotta plate is a breeze.
Swap out traditional paper escort cards for tiny terra-cotta slabs, like these by Layers of Loveliness.
Lush, overgrown floral centerpieces not your thing? Look to the desert's form of flora for inspiration. We love how rust-colored terra-cotta pots (the succulent vessel of choice!) pop against all types of green cacti, which were arranged by The Best Day Ever.
Simple Table Numbers
Table numbers should be identifiable, but that doesn't mean that they can't be simple. These subtle terra-cotta tiles, emblazoned with no-nonsense script by Brown Fox Calligraphy, illustrate how a smaller moment can still stand out.
Netural clay coasters make for cool drink holders or the prettiest display pieces, especially for detail shots. The Wildflowers incorporated these round beauties when styling a few boutonnières, which were created by Bows + Arrows.
Potted Plant Seating Chart
This seating display is a perfect example of how easily terra-cotta planters fit into wedding DIY projects. All you need to recreate this "chart" (which was created by the bride and groom!) is an old ladder, various potted plants, extra-large popsicle sticks, and chalk.
Terra-cotta's warmth partners well with other earthy shades, like sunny yellow and muted beige. We love this romantic, soft tablescape by Bash Please (featuring blooms by Isa Isa), which included all three shades via the taper candles, linens, and terra-cotta centerpiece.
If you're a fan of cluster centerpieces, you'll enjoy this minimal vignette, which was curated by Layne Kula for Rosé Events and Best Day Ever Floral Design. Thanks to their earthy color palettes, the dried thistles and smoke bush acted as extension of their clay vessels.
Dress up a reception lounge with an end table topped with a natural arrangement, like this peachy rose and peony display by Bash Please. Its terra-cotta pot paired prettily with the wood motifs used through the cozy nook.
Hanging Floral Installation
Terra-cotta pots look just as pretty floating above tables as they do on them, as evidenced by this dreamy installation by Sweet Root Village and Grit & Grace Inc.
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