Succulent wedding centerpieces add instant beauty and creativity to any wedding tablescape. This hardy plant type, capable of surviving in harsh climates (and with minimal resources), wows with its striking designs and otherworldly formations.
With their dramatic appearance, succulents easily dazzle any wedding reception table. From minimalist terrariums filled with Echeveria to glass vases laden with Agave, succulent centerpieces impress with (or without) the addition of florals.
Succulent décor easily perfects any boho-themed wedding or desert celebration. But wait, it gets even better.
Succulents can also complement more traditional wedding décor. Whether you opt for an installation of romantic roses or tasteful hydrangeas, consider adorning your centerpieces with this unique and ornamental plant. Even city ballrooms and rustic barns can benefit from the addition of succulent wedding centerpieces.
We’re not through yet. Keep reading to discover 21 ways to showcase succulent wedding centerpieces. Finally, don’t forget to head to PartySlate and find a talented floral and design team to curate your dream wedding.
Dramatic Cactus Centerpieces
It takes a mighty plant to survive in the harsh, barren desert. While cacti dazzle our imagination with their unique contours and spinely textures, they also remind us that life is resilient — even in the most arid landscapes.
It’s no wonder, then, that cactus centerpieces add a dramatic beauty to any wedding tablescape. From pincushions and barrels to prickly pears and organ pipes, there’s plenty of intriguing varieties of cacti to distinguish your wedding reception table.
It gets better. You don’t need a desert landscape to incorporate cactus centerpieces into your wedding décor. Even city ballrooms can benefit from this riveting plant form.
1. Desert Grandeur
Elevate your boho-desert wedding with golden chalices and towering golden candelabras. This beautiful, intimate wedding boasted a variety of cacti: Blue Candle, Totem Pole, Ball Cactus, and more. We also love how the bride and bridesmaid decided to forgo traditional bouquets and instead opted for chalices filled with — you guessed it — cacti and succulents.
photographer: Elyse Hall Photography | planner, décor, & floral: Atelier de LaFleur | venue: Hacienda Del Sol | cake: Sugar Song Cakes | invitation suite: Brie Dumais Designs
2. Potted Perfection
Potted cacti serve as wedding centerpieces as well as table numbers at this desert-themed wedding. We love how individual potted plants (boasting their own variety of cacti and succulents) are gathered together — much in the same way individual flowers make up a bouquet.
photographer: Alison Luntz Photography | planner, designer, & florals: Patrick J Clayton Productions | venue: The Green Building | caterer: Domo Taco, Luke’s Lobster, & Nom Wah | dessert: Ample Hills Ice Cream | photo booth: The Bosco | staffing: Ultra Staffing | rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | entertainment: Blue Vipers & 74 Events | calligrapher: Liz Blahd | hair & makeup: Courtney Saunders
3. Ballroom Surprise
This luxe celebration featured zebra and prickly pear cacti, thereby creating a new twist on the classic ballroom wedding. Vibrant pink uplighting complemented the lush cascades of more traditional hot-pink orchids. Best of all, mirrored tabletops reflected the glass globes of glittering candlelight and floating votive candles.
photographer: Elyse Hall | planner: Table 6 Productions | florals: Atelier de LaFleur | venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | film: Serendipity Cinematography | hair & makeup: HVH Faces | rentals: Frostings
4. Stylish Simplicity
This desert wedding featured wood reception tables and crisp white linen for a look that was both rustic and refined. We adore how each place setting boasted a personalized succulent terrarium. Moreover, centerpieces of sand, vivarium rocks, and several varieties of cacti added depth and dimension to the neutral tablescapes.
photographer: Hom Photography | coordinator: Bliss Events San Diego | floral designer: Thistle Dew Floral | venue: Green Acre Campus Pointe | cake & desserts: Sugar & Scribe | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | entertainment: Still Listening Productions | hair & makeup: A New Twist | photo booth: Pixster
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Succulent Wedding Centerpieces With Unique Terrariums
Ever wonder how terrariums became the go-to display for succulent centerpieces?
While we can’t say for sure, we do know that a renowned Victorian physician was the first person to cultivate plant life in a bottle. We can only imagine that he (and many others) admired the beautiful result.
From sleek geometric designs to ethereal globes, terrariums are a beautiful and creative way to feature succulent décor. Even a rustic wedding — with its usual garlands of greenery and simple tablescapes — can benefit from succulent terrariums.
5. A Touch of Rustic
We’ve seen lots of rustic-style weddings, so you can imagine our delight to see a new take on this much-beloved style. Instead of the usual centerpieces featuring wildflowers or greenery, these vintage glass terrariums wowed with several species of succulents. We also adore how the geometric motif was carried over to both the wedding cake and ceremonial backdrop of stained glass.
photographer: Ann Axon Photography | planner: Each & Every Detail | florals: Lindsay McCoy | venue: Avalon Legacy Ranch | caterer: Wendy Krispin Catering | cake & dessert: Layered Bake Shop | bagpiper: Jimmy Mitchell | lighting & sound: BEYOND | dj: Elizabeth Farrell & Brittany Winter
6. Geometric Glam
Geometric terrariums of individual Tillandsia plants (along with other vibrant details like teal menus, suspended ribbons, and sequined linen) made this desert wedding both eclectic and creative. We especially appreciate how each place setting featured its own Tillandsia plant and personalized place card.
photos courtesy of & event coordinator: Imoni Events | florals: Sarah’s Gardens | venue: private residence | rentals: Tremaine Ranch-Benches | cake: Heartsweet Cakes | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | chairs & tables: Event Rents | paper goods: Wiley Valentine | glassware: Anthropology | flatware: Crate & Barrel
7. Ornaments of Green
This elegant New York wedding dazzled with lush greenery and ornamental succulents. Not only were tablescapes laden with globed terrariums, but the unique wedding arch featured suspended tendrils of greenery and hanging glass terrariums with — you guessed it — stylish succulents.
Succulent Centerpieces With Lavish Greenery
While succulents bring a zest of brightness to floral décor, they also wow when combined with lavish greenery.
Think about it: Greenery evokes tranquil gardens, lush forests, and picturesque meadows. But make no mistake; greenery is anything but boring.
Pair succulents with artichokes for an artisanal vibe. Looking to capture the freshness of Spring? Consider mixing succulents with a variety of garden greens.
Keep reading to discover succulent wedding centerpieces that remind us of the beauty of the natural world. Moreover, don’t forget to check out the amazing design team behind each stunning succulent design.
8. Agave Accents
This intimate wedding (set against a desert backdrop of saguaro cacti) featured wedding reception tables in the French-Country style. Silver and glass vases showed off lavish Agave plants, while Aeonium succulents graced each individual place setting. Additionally, a scattering of artichoke hearts lent extra rich textures to this magnificent tablescape.
9. Garden Greenery
Guests may easily have mistaken this glamorous ballroom space for an enchanted garden. Wedding reception tables featured potted plants laden with everything from succulents to purple leaves and cascading greenery. Additionally, each table boasted a grand tree centerpiece surrounded by beds of fresh moss.
photographer: Sara Vars Photography | coordinator: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production | floral, décor, & a/v: Victoria Clausen Floral Events | venue & caterer: Sagamore Pendry Baltimore | videographer: Bowen Films | entertainment, a/v, & sound: Élan Artists | ceremony entertainment: Gavon Peck | gelato: Pitango | photo booth: Bosco Booth
Floral-Forward Succulent Wedding Centerpieces
In case you may be wondering, we’re also obsessed with floral arrangements. After all, flowers bring a rich variety of colors to your wedding tablescape.
When it comes to floral décor, the possibilities are endless. We particularly adore how succulents add a unique and whimsical touch to floral centerpieces.
Read on to discover some of our favorite succulent wedding centerpieces combined with florals. Your dream wedding centerpiece is closer than you think.
10. Blush of Pink
Succulents made a subtle (though much-appreciated) appearance in these blushing floral centerpieces. We also love how this much-beloved desert bloom made a more vibrant showing in the custom-designed bar and colorful seating chart. Click through to see the truly glorious, on-theme wedding cake with its succulent icing décor.
photographer: The Studio of Bradford Jones | event design & planning: Sally Arnold Events | florals: PJ’s Flowers | venue: Desert Botanical Garden | catering: Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events | lighting: Karma Event Productions & Mystic Lighting | entertainment: Allegro Quartet | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen
11. Bright & Bold
Great designers know how to bring two opposites together. We love how these bright and colorful blooms pop against the softer shades of succulents and eucalyptus. Other lovely details from this desert-chic wedding included gold-toned glassware, twinkling string lighting, and a modern wedding arbor styled from luxe draping.
photographer: Heirlume Photography | planner: Orange Blossom Special Events | florals: The Bloom Of Time | venue: Ingleside Inn | rentals: Signature Party Rentals | entertainment: DJ Art | dessert: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes | hair & makeup: Nancy Z
12. Vibrant Citrus Hues
Coral blooms, succulents, and mint-green hydrangea clusters transformed these rustic wooden vases into ultra-chic wedding centerpieces. We also appreciate how succulents (not to mention, pom pom grass, artichoke hearts, and cabbage leaves) elevated the wedding bouquet into a unique work of art. Mod-white ceremony seating also received an upgrade with the addition of succulent décor.
photographer: Sarina Love Photography | planner: Frankie & Co. | florals: Wisteria Lane | venue: Annenberg Beach House
13. Mellow Tones
Botanic gardens are known for their impressive varieties of plant life. It’s no surprise, therefore, that this stunning wedding — set in a gorgeous botanic garden — featured eclectic floral centerpieces. Silver and bright-green succulents add whimsy to this more traditional floral bouquet. We also love how open tenting gives guests majestic views of the surrounding landscape.
14. Elevated Boho
This elegant desert wedding fused boho-style with elevated décor. Luxe furs, golden tapered candles, and sumptuous floral installations brought unsurpassed glamour to the accompanying wicker seating and succulent accents. We also love how this fusion carried over to the unique wedding cake that featured everything from succulents and berries to roses and orchids.
photographer: Hannah Costello | planner: Nicole Alexandra Events & Designs | florist: Rebelle Fleurs Event Design | venue: Colony 29 | rentals: Pow Wow | dessert bar & signage: The Sugar Philosophers | video: CineStory Films
15. Evergreen Elegance
These unique wedding centerpieces were both glamorous and rustic with vibrant red peonies, delicate succulents, and fresh evergreen sprigs. We love how the wedding bouquet also boasted this creative combination of greenery and bright blooms.
professional photographer: Rebecca Haley Photography | floral design, décor, & non-professional photography: Instincts Design Studio, Ltd | venue: private club | linen: BBJ Linen | hair & makeup: M Salon
16. Desert Chic
Succulent centerpieces with pops of chrysanthemums and Protea ‘Pink Ice,’ were just the tip of the iceberg at this gorgeous desert wedding. Don’t miss the triangular wedding arch, custom invitations, and the dramatic landscapes which made for dazzling photo ops. We’re kind of obsessed.
photographer: Taylor McCutchan Photography | event production & design: ROQUE Events | floral: Soulflower Design Studio | venue, catering, beverage, & dessert: Tre Posti | invitations + signage: Laura Lambrix Designs | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | rentals: Encore Events Rentals | lounge: Pieces By Violet
Minimalist Succulent Wedding Centerpieces
As small weddings continue to trend, many couples are choosing to elevate simplicity. Of course, even simplicity can be stunning.
It’s true, minimalist succulent wedding centerpieces add instant elegance and style to your wedding tablescape. From personalized table settings to free-floating air plants, there’s many ways to keep it simple (without sacrificing any beauty).
Keep reading to find gorgeous examples of minimalist centerpieces. Moreover, don’t forget to click on “More Photos” to see inspiring photos of the entire wedding celebration.
17. Personalized Table Settings
Not only did each wedding tablescape feature stunning table-length florals and cascades of fine lace, but they also boasted place settings with personal succulent plants. Best of all, each succulent plant was a different variety — creating a unique composition of various textures and styles. And just look at those gold mercury glass vases. Sigh.
18. Attention to Detail
Dripping Springs, TX
We’ve seen many different wedding tablescapes over the years, but this one wows us with its variety of colors and textures. Individually-potted plants, deep blue vases, and golden candle holders remind us to savor the details. And you just have to see the unique wicker ceiling installation woven with twinkling lights.
19. Magical Moments
While it’s impossible to pick a favorite element of this unique tablescape, we especially adore the addition of individually-potted succulent plants and earthen bird figurines. Moreover, we love the esoteric inclusions of smudge sticks and healing crystals. This intimate wedding was magical, indeed.
20. Succulent Dessert
21. Breath of Fresh Air
Tamarindo, Guanacaste Province
Minimalist décor can still be big on style. We adore how the tablescapes at this geo-inspired wedding featured free-floating air plants and geometric terrariums of lush greenery.
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