By Lindsay Cohn

Published on August 20, 2017

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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.

 
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Photography by SOPHIE EPTON PHOTOGRAPHY

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  

 
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Photography by TAMARA GRUNER PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

Venue: Desert Mountain

Planning And Design: Metta Events

Day Of Coordination: Sip And Twirl

Cake: Addiecakes

 
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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.

Photography: Love And Light Photographs

Venue: Royal Palms Resort And Spa

Florals: Table Tops Etc.

Invitations: Whitney Hermes  

 
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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.  

Photography: Birds Of A Feather Photos

Venue: The Inn At The Ruin

Planning And Design: RO & CO Events

Florals: Lavenders Flowers

Rentals: Circa Rentals  

 
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Boutonniere

Get the groom in on the festive fun with a succulent boutonniere—like this one from Rosehip Flora, starring succulent rosettes and strawflower.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography

Venue: Le San Michele

Planning And Design: Bird Dog Wedding

Florals: Rosehip Flora

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Drink Displays

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.   

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

Venue: Desert Mountain

Planning And Design: Metta Events

Day Of Coordination: Sip And Twirl

Florals: Fiori Floral Design

Cake: Addiecakes

 
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Photography by JILLIAN ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Southwestern Tablescape

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.

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography

Venue: Korakia Palm Springs

Planning And Design: Three Bunch Palms Productions

Florals: Three Bunch Palms Productions

 
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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.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

Venue: Desert Mountain

Planning And Design: Metta Events

Day Of Coordination: Sip And Twirl

Florals: Fiori Floral Design

 
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Succulent Aisle Decor

Looking to spruce up your ceremony? For this wedding at the Royal Palms Resort And Spa in Phoenix, Table Tops Etc. lined the aisles with tall urns filled with succulents and yellow roses.

Photography:​ ​Love And Light Photographs

Venue: Royal Palms Resort And Spa

Florals: Table Tops Etc.

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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.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography

Venue: Le San Michele

Planning And Design: Bird Dog Wedding

Florals: Rosehip Flora

Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals

 
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Photography by HEATHER HAWKINS

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

Photography: Heather Hawkins

Venue: Ghost Ranch

Planning And Design: Bows And Arrows

Florals: Bows and Arrows

Calligraphy And Signage: Blue Eye Brown Eye

 
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Photography by FEATHER AND TWINE

Cacti Cupcakes

Technically, this dessert display doesn’t utilize actual stems—but these cute cacti cupcakes from Sweet Treets Bakery draw major inspiration from the desert’s most famous flora.

Photography: Feather And Twine

Venue: The Greenhouse At Driftwood

Planning And Design: Modern Whimsy Events

Florals: Color Theory Collective

Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals

Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery