How to Use Succulents in Your Wedding

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Gold wedding rings on a succulent

Succulents! They’re very hot right now and for good reason. For one, they’re adorable, but they’re also versatile and not very fussy. Nowadays, everyone wants to do something different and some brides are opting for succulents instead of flowers. If you’re considering this too, but aren’t sure you can get the same versatility out of succulents, think again. There are tons of different types out there (start looking on Pinterest and you’ll immediately see what I mean). Some of these little plants are super fun, with crazy colors and shapes leading to so many possibilities. But how does one pull off succulent décor for a wedding? Grab your watering can and trowel and we’ll dive right into it.

What Are Succulents?

A wedding cake decorated with succulents.

Let’s start with the basics. Succulents are plants that retain water, which is what causes them to have that thick-leaved look. They are notoriously hearty plants with cool looking spikes and other neat traits like vibrant colors. If you’re thinking about growing your own for some DIY wedding florals, know that in the spring, succulents like lots of sun as well as lots of water to quench their thirst. In the winter, they prefer a nice window full of sunlight and only need to be watered about once every month, depending on the variety.

Getting Your Succulents

A tray of succulent wedding favors

So you know how to keep them alive, and you want to use succulents in your wedding, but you don’t know the best way to go about that. There are a few different options on how to go about including succulents in your wedding day look.

Since succulents are easy to care for and you may choose to grow your own, never underestimate the benefits of getting a head start. Plan early and begin growing your plants so they can fill out like crazy. Growing your own can reduce your decor costs and bring a nice personal touch to your celebration. However, this may only be feasible if you have the room to keep a bunch of succulents around your home.

Using fake succulents works, too! You can still accomplish a lot of decorating ideas with them and then utilize real ones for favors or things like that. That way, you don’t have as much responsibility for growing and taking care of them. This route is perfect for those who don’t have green thumbs and don’t know anyone who could help.

Sometimes, the professionals are the best option for getting the right touch, so ask a floral shop to do succulents for you. Poke around and see if any of your local florists offer these plants as part of their catalog. The only concern with this route is it could become pricey pretty quickly, especially if you’re asking them to do special things with the succulents. However, it would be way easier than doing it yourself.

How to Decorate with Them

A table at a wedding reception decorated with florals and succulents.

Decorate by using a combination of large pots and small touches throughout. You don’t have to go too crazy; get a few big containers overflowing with succulents from any garden store to act as statement pieces. From there, you can add the little touches in other parts of the décor. This method strikes the balance between having to care for a bunch of succulents and using fake ones. They can look especially nice if you decorate the pots themselves. Or, you could cover them with burlap for a rustic look or tie a ribbon on for a more sophisticated feel.

Tips and Tricks

A bride's floral bouquet with succulents.

Know your type! Picking a variety of succulents is important. You can find some here and there at your local greenhouse or garden store, but you’re bound to find a greater array online. Just make sure you buy from reputable sources. Try to find a site that looks like it’s dedicated to purely garden-type sales or, even better, one that focuses on just succulents. This way, you’ll know they know what they’re doing.

Compliment your succulents with other plants, especially if they aren’t filling out like you want. A bridal bouquet of a couple succulents surrounded by softer and more delicate flowers looks beautiful!

Don’t forget about color! Pick succulents that have coloring to match your theme. This will tie them in nicely with the rest of the wedding feel.

These amazing plants can be a great part of almost any theme. What creative ways will you DIY succulents in your wedding?

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