When cacti and succulents started showing up on the wedding scene, I admit that the look didn’t really do much for me. As with everything, though, styles come and go and what I like at one time I dislike at another. Case in point: 90s bangs. Such is the case with succulent weddings.
Succulents are plants that have some parts that are thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulents are often grown as ornamental plants because of their striking and unusual appearance. The habitats of these water preserving plants are often in areas with high temperatures and low rainfall, which make them perfect for use on a hot spring or summer wedding day. In horticultural use, the term succulent regularly excludes cacti but I’ll be including them here.
Recently, I’ve been looking at the succulent wedding trend with new, appreciative eyes. Some of the most beautiful centerpieces and bouquets I’ve seen have consisted of succulents. There are just so many varieties of cacti and succulents to choose from too! You can even use them for double-duty purposes by having a single cactus act as a place setting and wedding favor all in one. Plus, with a variety of pretty flowering cacti on all your tables, you also have a lot of decorating done for you. The individual cactus or succulent can be planted in a small clay pot with sand and then topped off with decorative pea gravel. Then just stick a place card in amongst the stems or glue it onto a stick and plant it in the sand with the cactus for a unique look. Since these pots will require very little watering, these combination place card holder/wedding favors can be made well ahead of time and stored until the big day. Get the Bridesmaids together and go to town having a girls’ night while you whip these up.
I also love the versatility of using cacti and succulents for a wedding. The colors of the various plants can either be soft and romantic, or more vibrant. Some of the succulents, like the Stonecrops, Dudleya, Echeveria, and Aeonium have an almost dusty, pastel look to them which would be great for a spring or summer wedding using neutral shades of taupe, beige or tan with white, peach, sage green, blush pink, smoky plum, and lavender, like the wedding suite I’ve designed, or you can use brighter flowering cacti with bold yellow, pink, or orange flowers as found on Rebutia plants for a late summer or fall wedding. Begonias and Orchids are also succulents, so adding them to your tables by themselves or as part of a larger centerpiece would be stunning. For a really rustic look, hollow out the top of a log that will fit on each of your tables and then fill it with varieties of succulents, orchids, and some candles and really wow your guests with your ingenuity. These could also be made up well ahead of time and brought to your venue the day before the wedding. They would also be a beautiful take-home gift to someone from each table. Here is a link to a gallery of succulents for more inspiration: http://succulent-plant.com/thumbnails.html
Many wedding colors would work well with succulents and cacti. The deeper greens of an aloe plant, or the soft grayish green of some varieties of Agave would pair well with burgundy, aubergine, deep red, and deep purple tones. Coral, orange, yellow, and lots of shades of blue would also go nicely with succulents, as would a pink color palette. I’m actually hard-pressed to think of a color scheme that couldn’t be paired with some variety of succulent or cacti.
I also like the use of watercolor design elements with the succulent trend. I think it works very well, especially if you are wanting to have more subdued colors in all your wedding details.
Choosing to use succulents in your upcoming wedding would also work very well with one of the modern wedding trends of 2017: incorporating copper or rose gold metallics to your theme. Using copper edged glass lanterns or terrariums filled with succulents and candles would be an easy way to blend in some copper elements.
As you can see, I opted for a softer, more romantic looking wedding stationery suite for my succulents wedding design. It features a pale sandy peach background with a faux craft paper look and a bracket shape text area in white, with a peach color inner border. Along the top, there is a hanging garland of green, pink, and blue succulents. The bottom and back of the wedding invitation and other cards has groupings of succulents in shades of smoky plum purple, pink, coral, peach, green, lavender, and blue. I’ve used green and smoky blue font colors with modern typography layout that also features green arrows as decorative elements for added style.
Colors in Wedding Invitation Set Design
- Plum Purple
- Dusty Blue
Wedding Invitation Set Design Features
- Pastel Watercolor Elements
- Succulent Plants
- Bracket Shape
- Modern Typography
Wedding Invitation Set Design Style
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