Cactus Wedding Decor is the New Pineapple Trend

Here's how to embrace it on your tabletops, in your bouquet, and more

Updated 05/29/17

Photo by Eglė Jociūtė

It's officially wedding season—which means you'll be planning, attending, and thinking about weddings for the next few months. And if you're designing one of your own, we know you're looking for that little "something extra" to make it stand apart from the rest. Luckily you came to the right place! Since you (and all your summer bride friends!) already know the big wedding trends right now—romantic blooms, outdoor settings, long tables, yada yada—we have a new, fresh idea to introduce you to: the cactus!

We know, you're saying, "What? Put a cactus on my table rather than peonies? You must be crazy!" But hear us out. You remember the pineapple trend from last summer, right? It was the hottest item on tabletops from Hawaii to Florida (not to mention: in your apartment, on your clothes, and everywhere in between). And while we still adore the pineapple, it's safe to say that it's been replaced. The cactus—and all variations of them, including the Prickly Pear, Peruvian Apple, and Bunny Ears—has officially claimed the spotlight as summer's cutest accessory. Seriously, we're seeing the prickly plant everywhere—in home decor stores, on t-shirts, in your apartment, and beyond. And now, if you're going to be an on-trend bride, it's time to embrace cacti in your wedding decor, too.

That's why we scoured the internet, called on industry friends, and liked roughly a hundred Instas to find 15 perfect examples of wedding decor featuring cacti. So whether you're getting married in an open desert (yassss!), celebrating in Tulum, or hosting a wedding in a not-so-cactus-inhabited land, that's okay. Check out these pretty inspiration pictures (in some, the cacti is obvious and in others, you really have to look for it) to decide if you want to make a serious statement or add just a dash of texture to your arrangements. So go ahead and take a look, pin whatever you like, and be the first friend to try these festive details in your bouquet, on the ceremony structure, or at each place setting—no matter where you're saying "I do." And when you do, make sure to tell everyone that you're "on trend" for 2017 wedding season!

<p>Cactus-Decorated Ceremony Backdrop</p>

Photo by Birds of a Feather; Design by RO & Co. Events

At this desert wedding, the potted cacti almost feel like they're part of the natural landscape. Add in sheer draping and a bohemian rug accent for the perfect ceremony set-up.

<p>Cactus Wedding Invitation Suite</p>

Photo by Nichols Photographers

Set the scene with a cactus-printed invitation suite. Take this chic set, designed by Austin-based Luigi Maldonando, that reads more botanical than cutesy.

Photo by Koman Photography

Now this is what you call trendy. This little beauty combines all of our favorite 2017 wedding trends, namely: metallics, drip cakes, semi-naked cakes, and cacti!

<p>Desert Reception Venue with Cacti</p>

Photo by Kayla Barker; Design & Florals by Bows & Arrows

Talk about dinner with a view! These mega-cacti are the only structures you need.

<p>Cactus Escort Cards</p>

Photo by Cameron Clark of Cameron & Kelly Studio

We're always on board with a creative escort card display. At this wedding, a calligrapher wrote each guest's name and table number on a prickly pear, and then put up on display for all to see (and Insta-story).

Photo by Megan Welker Photography; Design & Florals by Beijos Events

You might feel that cactus centerpieces, cactus name cards, and cactus drink stirrers would be overload, but think again. This table setting reads natural, cool, and creative without screaming "Cactus!" You can thank the unexpected copper, peach, and green color palette for that.

<p>Cactus Table Number from Beacon Lane</p>

Courtesy of Beacon Lane

We're in love with the "Desert Love" collection from Beacon Lane, a customizable paper company. These table numbers are so cute that we'd be tempted to try the entire suite.

<p>Tablescape with White Flowers and Cacti</p>

Photo by Jen Rodriguez Photography

If you want to embrace the cactus trend but worry about it being timeless, this is the look for you. There's a pretty prickly pear cacti hidden behind a big ole' white dahlia in the right arrangement—can you spot it?

Photo by Megan Welker Photography; Design & Florals by Beijos Events

Embrace yet another wedding trend: the dessert table. This one features a tiered cake with a cactus topper, cactus-shaped cookies, and a calligraphed sign that says "Stuck on You!" Cute!

<p>Pink and Green Cactus Tablescape</p>

Photo by Gideon Photo

This is the pretty pink party of our dreams. Add in cactus centerpieces (with flowering buds!) and we're in heaven. But note: The sleek tables, white linen runners, and metallic flatware are essential additions—this is your wedding, not your birthday party.

<p>Cactus Escort Card Table</p>

Photo by Birds of a Feather; Design by RO & Co. Events

If you're having an intimate affair, copy this escort card table. It makes such a striking centerpiece that you'll be tempted to have your guests refrain from taking their "card" to the table.

Photo by Sugar & Cloth

These pretty pink macarons feature hand-painted cacti and do double-duty as a dessert and favor. If you're feeling crafty, you can even make this your DIY project.

Photo by Ashley Rae Photography

A cactus cake topper is the finishing touch on this semi-naked cake. We love that even has a blooming flower up top!

<p>Potted Cactus Plants on Table</p>

Photo by Marcos Sánchez

If you're the laid-back bride, use this table as inspo for your elevated backyard bash. The metallic accents and table runners dress up the setting, while the mixture of pots makes it feel like it's always set that way. After a night of wine under the stars, send your squad home with a mini-pot favor!

Ceremony with Cactus Plants

Photo by Katie Shuler Photography

Start with an open setting, add in colorful rugs, and then finish off with potted cactus plants for casual ceremony perfection.

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