Texture is a key element to a great floral arrangement, and succulents have become one of the most popular ways to create interesting and vibrant textures in arrangements of all kinds! So I found some gorgeous examples from incredible florsits and gathered some helpful tips to help any bride or groom incorporate this unique look into their wedding day!
First of all, most succulents are incredibly hardy. They can withstand just about any weather or temperature, so for a smoldering hot day when you aren’t sure if your delicate Hydrangeas are going to hold up, consider the delicate look of the flower-like succulent, Echeveria. Featured back in 2012 on June Bug Weddings, this centerpiece highlights the romance some white Lisianthus and a little Echeveria can bring! (Hint: my favorite are the scabiosa pods you can see on the left- the little textured rounds! There can never be too much texture!) Photo by Jillian Mitchell.
Echeveria are fabulously diverse, grown in numerous colors and varieties, some with hints of pinks and purples and grays, or they can be as vibrant as green grass. Look at this eye-popping all Echeveria centerpiece! I tried to find out who's amazing work this is, but alas, I could not discover the incredible artist! Hint: look up the different names of Echeveria to be sure you are getting the leaf style and color you are looking for.
Succulents varieties are endless! In fact, even air plants (Hint: plants that don’t need soil or more than a spritz of water) are all the rage. These are very popular with eclectic arrangements and can often just sit on the table next to a brass candlestick or glass votive. I was honored to be a part of the wedding pictured here at the Newland Barn. The bride and groom put their heart and soul into every piece of their wedding, and coupled with the floral genius of Petals and Pop Shop, the bohemian style came together in perfection! Here are leafy greens, succulents, and an air plant inside a vintage brass coffee pot. Stunning can't even describe it! Photo by Jenna Norman Photography.
Color!!! With summer weddings and bright colors just around the corner, some may be concerned about the subdued greens of so many succulents. But like San Francisco based designer, Flora Grubb Gardens, has mastered here, you can see how succulents are a great accent to a bright flower like the Dahlias pictured here. (Check out more of her amazing designs like the driftwood and succulent combos!)
Succulents can be incorporated into any bouquet; it may just take a talented florist, like seen in this Ruffled blog post that came out this week. A styled shoot in Tucson, Arizona, the florals featured here by Atelier de LaFleur are phenominal and classy, bringing together white roses, succulents, and leafy eucalyptus! Photo by Elyse Hall Photography
How about a DIY terrarium for your guests to take home! Check out this great tutorial on the Offbeat Bride! Giving your guests a living gift that can continually grow is a wonderful way to memorialize the first chapter in your love story. Hint: They can be a part of the tablescape at each place-setting or tagged for a seating chart. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
So whether in a boutonnière, bouquet, or as the focal centerpiece, it is easy to see why succulents have become a key player in wedding florals. And, as a bonus, after your wedding day, stick ‘em straight into the dirt and watch them grow for years to come!