In Season Now: 13 Stylish Ways to Use Succulents

Updated 07/03/14

Stephanie Williams Photography

Succulents are showing up everywhere in the world of weddings—from bouquets and centerpieces to take-home favors and even the wedding cake. The hardy plants are a refreshing alternative to flowers and come in a surprising variety of colors, ranging from shades of green and grey to soft pink and purple. Succulents are available year-round but are especially great for summer weddings since they can stand up to the heat and won't wilt. Best of all, they're eco-friendly and can be replanted at home after the wedding. To get you inspired, we've rounded up of our favorite ways to feature succulents in your wedding day.

All-Succulent Bouquet (Above)

A bouquet entirely comprised of succulents, like this one by Devynn's Garden, is modern, stylish, and perfect for an outdoor setting. This bride planted all of the succulents from her bouquet in the couple's garden after the wedding.

Anemones and Succulents Bouquet
Brides / Caitlinn Maharr-Daniels 

Black-Tie Bouquet

If you're concerned that succulents may look too casual for your black-tie nuptials, this bouquet will prove you wrong. When combined with elegant flowers like black-and-white anemones and scabiosas, succulents add just the right amount of texture to the overall look.

Bridal Hairstyle With Succulents
 Brides / Katie Lamb

In Your Hair

Instead of a flower, why not incorporate a succulent or two into your updo? It's such a chic and unexpected look.

Succulent Boutonniere
Brides / Onelove Photo 

Boutonniere

Have your florist make a succulent boutonniere to pin to your groom's lapel.

Succulent Ceremony Backdrop
 Brides / The Nichols

Ceremony Backdrop

For a major wow factor, create a giant wall of succulents to stand in front of as you exchange "I dos."

Succulent Escort Cards
Brides / She Wanders

Escort Cards

Seating cards staked into mini succulent pots direct guests to their reception table.

Succulents and Ranunculuses Centerpiece
 Brides / Q Weddings

A Centerpiece of Succulents and Ranunculuses

The combination of sage-green succulents combined with coral ranunculuses and cream-colored astilbe is modern and fresh (love the cute table-number idea, too!).

Centerpiece of White Flowers and Succulents
 Brides / Amelia Strauss Photography

A Centerpiece of White Flowers and Succulents

Mix in succulents with lush, creamy blossoms for a subtle pop of color and texture.

Centerpiece of Succulents in a Wood Log
Brides / Watson Studios 

Long Succulent Centerpiece

For a more rustic look, combine succulents with wildflowers and display them down the center of long farmhouse tables. These wooden vessels are actually antique gutters the bride had ordered from France!

Bowl of Succulents Centerpiece
 Brides / Stephen Sanderson Photography

Bowl of Succulents

If your style is more Palm Springs-mod, how about these centerpieces? Succulents were planted into concrete bowls and accented with bright-yellow craspedia and a table number.

Succulent Table Runner
 Brides / Brandon Kidd

Table Runner

Ask your florist to create a textural table runner made entirely of different succulent varieties.

Succulents Wedding Favor
 Brides / Love Lux Blog

Wedding Favor

Send guests home at the end of the night with a mini succulent and note instructing guests to re-plant them at home.

Wedding Cake With Prickly Pear Topper
Brides / Andrew Jade Photo 

Wedding Cake With Pricky Pear Topper

This unique confection by Ruze Cake House in Scottsdale, AZ, is a fresh take on the popular succulent wedding cake trend. The white-on-white herringbone-patterned tiers are topped with a flowering prickly-pear topper that's actually fashioned from sugar (and the cactus needles are made from broken spaghetti noodles!).

Special thanks to Sean Nestlerode at Torchio Nursery in San Francisco for his help with our "In Season Now" flower series!

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