12 Reasons Why You Should Use Desert Flora at Your Wedding
Cacti are actually a great option.
Published Aug 20, 2017 9:00 AM
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Dreaming of a desert wedding? You’re not alone. Each year, tons of brides choose to tie the knot in this stunning setting.
Of course, it’s not like we’re surprised—there’s just something so magical about the desert, from the dramatic scenery to the eternal sunshine. Rain is also a rarity in the desert, so if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, you’re pretty much guaranteed it’ll go off without a hitch.
And we’d be remiss not to mention the assortment of plant species available—think cacti, succulents, and bright blooms. But just as diverse as the verdure itself are the several ways in which to utilize them in your wedding decor.
Scroll on for 12 ideas to infuse arid allure into your special day.
Custom Ceremony Arch
This couple exchanged vows underneath a foliage-clad arch at Le San Michele (a sought-after wedding venue). An homage to the West Texas landscape, this textural but purposeful design from Rosehip Flora relies heavily on king protea, rattlesnake ginger, strawflower, ginger foliage, desert yearning amaranthus, lisianthus, and bittersweet.
Photography: Sophie Epton Photography Venue: Le San Michele Planning And Design: Bird Dog Wedding Florals: Rosehip Flora Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals Hair And Makeup: Method Hair and Nisa Nicole Dress: Rue De Seine
Cactus Cake Topper
Desert Mountain in the Sonoran Desert served as the beautiful backdrop for this wedding, but the real showstopper—other than the bride, of course—was this two-tiered treat by Addiecakes, adorned with prickly pear cactus pads, desert paintbrush, and desert marigold.
Sunny Bridal Bouquet
Inspired by the hues of the “Grand Canyon State”—think sunny yellows, soft peaches, and muted greens—this beautiful bouquet designed by Table Tops Etc is brimming with fragrant gardenias, succulents, and roses.
Nopales Escort Cards
Looking for a creative alternative to traditional escort cards? Consider prickly pear cactus pads—like these from RO & CO Events—displayed with dusty rose candles and scattered desert blooms.
Get the groom in on the festive fun with a succulent boutonniere—like this one from Rosehip Flora, starring succulent rosettes and strawflower.
Rather than having servers pass the libations, display them on a chic table—accented with a potted spider plant, bright ranunculus, and pincushion blooms. Position this near the entrance to cocktail hour, so that when guests walk by after the ceremony, they can grab a refreshing drink.
Long wooden tables and a garland-esque centerpiece—composed of king protea, bunny ears cacti, lisianthus, French marigolds, and potted succulents—give this tablescape a rustic (yet refined!) feel that complements the setting.
Wildflower Bridesmaid Bouquet
This vibrant, highly textural bouquet of orange pincushion protea, mokara orchids, and agonis looks gorgeous when set against the midnight blue Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dress.
Succulent Aisle Decor
Cacti-Clad Cocktail Tables
Give cocktail hour some Southwestern flair by decorating high top tables with an assortment of glass containers and pots displaying sand, blooms, and cacti.
Clover Ceremony Seat-Savers
Saving seats for your closest of kin? Take a cue from this Ghost Ranch ceremony—Bows + Arrows created dwarf prairie clover and wildflower displays wrapped with emerald ribbon, and the name cards were by Blue Eye Brown Eye.