10 Cool Ways to Use Potted Plants in Your Wedding Decor

These lush arrangements are perfect for plant lovers

Updated 03/05/18

Photo by Birds of a Feather

Sure, we all love fresh flowers at a wedding—but what about plants? Whether it's the main attraction or just a supplement to your wedding day florals, potted plants can add a fresh and unexpected look to your decor.

One of the biggest benefits of using potted plants at your wedding is that all your pretty greenery doesn't end up in the trash a few days after the event. That means if you and your fiancé (or any of your friends and family) love to garden, you'll have lots of fun swag to take home (and quite possibly have for years to come). And if you're a couple who love to cook, an herbal centerpiece (think rosemary, basil, flowering thyme, or oregano), is perfect as something that both represents your personalities and tastes delicious in your next pasta sauce.

In addition to the eco advantage, using plants can also be less expensive (especially if you do some of the legwork yourself by sourcing at your local garden center). All those pretty peonies and roses can come with a hefty price tag, so if you're looking for more volume without breaking the bank, greenery can be the way to go. Here are some of our favorite looks to get you inspired.

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Mix Heights and Shapes

Photo by Thanasis Kaiafas, Event planning by Stella and Moscha

Cluster small, low plants around taller ones to get a range of heights and shapes. A ball-like topiary like this olive tree sets the stage (and its tall, thin trunk won't block conversations), while the smaller pots add texture and fullness.

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Add a Woodland Vibe

Heather Waraksa

Asymmetrical leafy plants and delicate ferns lend a woodland vibe to this rustic table centerpiece. Mix up the scale and shape of the planters to keep things interesting, and add in some candles to create a soft, moody glow.

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Use Potted Plants as Escort Cards

Lauren Fair Photography

Petite succulent plants are super cute as escort cards. Use the same size pot and keep the scale similar throughout, but mix up the types of succulents so each one feels unique.

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Consider Fresh Herbs

Photo by Docuvitae, Event planning by Villa Catureglio

Fresh herbs in whitewashed planters give a quintessentially summer vibe to this outdoor table.

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Select Plants With Subtle Scents

Photo: Braedon Flynn, Event designer: Jessi Haack

Rosemary and lavender are good choices for both their subtle scents and their hardiness.

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Line the Ceremony Aisle

Pat Moyer Photography

A mix of potted herbs and cut branches placed next to chairs during the ceremony can help add color and texture to the space.

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Gift Succulent Wedding Favors

Rebecca Yale Photography

Tiny potted succulents are also great as favors for guests to take home with them at the end of the night. They're super easy to take care of, so your friends don't have to worry if they don't have green thumbs.

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Utilize Metal Structures

Christian Oth Studio

Architectural metal forms can help create a structure for trailing vines. Use ones with small-scale leaves to help keep the plants from overwhelming the table.

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Go Big With XL Potted Plants

<p>Potted Succulent Wedding Aisle Decor</p>

Photo by Nick Radford Photography

Oversized potted succulents make a sweet statement as aisle decor.

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Consider Cacti Centerpieces

<p>Potted Cacti Wedding Centerpieces</p>

Photo by Marcos Sanchez

A grouping of cacti as a centerpiece steals the show on this earth-toned tablescape.

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