10 Ways To Use Succulents In Event Decor

With their clean lines, variety of geometric shapes, and intriguing textures and patterns, succulents are a wonderful addition to event decor and a beautiful alternative to traditional flowers. Whether it’s a wedding, a chic weekend brunch, or a formal party, succulents add a touch of very of-the-moment style and sophistication to any event. From succulent arrangements to lush backdrops, here are 10 creative ways to decorate with these pretty plants.

1. Desert scene. (via Style Me Pretty)
1. Desert scene. (via Style Me Pretty)

1. Southwestern Landscape Centerpiece
A mini Southwestern ecosystem created in trays for plants makes a fascinating and unique centerpiece that shows that beauty is in the details. Fill square glass trays with black sand, and then artfully anchor a 4in blue Echeveria and 2-3 of these cool artificial succulent picks to create a miniature desert landscape.

2. Step by step. (via Colin Cowie Weddings)
2. Step by step. (via Colin Cowie Weddings)

2. Stairway To Paradise
Have your wedding guests ascend an enchanting staircase by lining the steps with an alternating pattern of tropical leaves and succulents. Try switching up the lush green princess leaf with this 6in aloe and various artificial succulent picks.

3. Purple passion. (via Floral Verde)
3. Purple passion. (via Floral Verde)

3. Polished Succulent Arrangements
Create centerpieces that are a bounty of natural splendor and elegance by arranging a pretty mix of roses, succulents and purple clematis in shiny polished brass vases.

4. All eyes on us. (via BRIDES)
4. All eyes on us. (via BRIDES)

4. Wedding Bouquet
Give a wedding bouquet a very modern refresh by surrounding an oversized succulent with greenery. Heat-friendly succulent bouquets are also great options for weddings in hot climates. Our magnolia & succulent bouquet and pink rose & succulent bouquet are both beautiful options for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls.

5. Swap flowers for succulents. (via BRIDES)
5 Swap flowers for succulents. (via BRIDES)

5. Succulent Wall
Flower walls are still popular, but succulent walls take things to a new level. Create this succulent wall for a wedding ceremony backdrop or as the red carpet wall at other formal events. Adhere an eclectic mix of succulents to a board for an unexpected decorative touch that also makes a great photobooth background.

6. Peachy keen. (via Style Me Pretty)
6. Peachy keen. (via Style Me Pretty)

6. Mercury Glass Tablescape
Soft green succulents create a pretty contrast with the vintage beauty of antique mercury glass vases and votive candleholders. Scatter the plants among antique silver glass cylinders or antiqued silver votive holders as table accents.

7. Plants in glass houses.
7. Plants in glass houses.

7. Alternative Centerpiece
Fill round glass vases with sand and add artificial succulent picks of varying heights and textures for a fresh and unique alternative to floral centerpieces.

8. Please take one. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)
8. Please take one. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)

8. Wedding Favors
Why not give out our white pots with succulents or succulents in dark brown square pots as charming wedding favors. The little wonders can also be used on side tables, bar counters, mantels or anywhere else small your venue decor needs little touches of green.

9. Cute as a Billy button.
9. Cute as a Billy button.

9. Succulent Bouts
Use this Burro’s Tail succulent with this 9 1/2in succulent to craft an artificial display plant or to add interesting accents to your floral arrangements. Use small sections of these succulents with Craspedia to create handsome boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen.

10. Desert scene numero dos. (via 100 Layer Cake)
10. Desert scene numero dos. (via 100 Layer Cake)

10. Mexican Boda
Put the spotlight on the natural beauty of succulents by displaying them in glass cylinder vases for centerpieces. Fill the glass vases with pebbles or sand and affix a single statement succulent in the center, like this Tillandsia or this chrysanthemum-esque Chalk Stick succulent. Accent the succulent arrangements with tea lights in antique silver ribbed votive candleholders that resemble mercury glass. These succulent centerpieces look especially pretty on tablescapes that use linen or wood elements for a rustic and natural feel.

THE SOURCES
1. Style Me Pretty. 2. Colin Cowie Weddings. 3. Floral Verde. 4 & 5. BRIDES. 6. Style Me Pretty. 7. Blueprint. 8. Martha Stewart Weddings. 9. Pinterest. 10. 100 Layer Cake.