Succulent wedding bouquets have been booming in popularity over the last few years, and they’re a refreshing contrast to traditional blooms - not to mention easy to preserve long after your special day. In fact, you can REPLANT them after your wedding and keep them forever! No matter what your wedding theme, it’s almost always a good idea to consider succulents in your wedding bouquet. These plants are rustic and romantic, coming in both muted pastels and bright colors. Or you can stick to an all green for a lush, natural feel that is far away from traditional wedding flowers. Below, find out everything there is to know about including succulents in a wedding bouquet:
Succulents are like almost no other plant in that they come in a variety of textures! Some are rubbery (Burro’s Tail)
and some are fluffy (Bunny Ears cactus). Some succulents flower, while others produce spikes. Pairing these together, or combining with the petals of a flower, creates dynamic layers for your bouquet. And you know what they say: all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Think about adding some cacti to your bouquet (but be careful - they’ll prick!). Alternatively, adding in traditional greenery or foliage like ferns, ivy, eucalyptus, or baby’s breath can turn an all-succulent bouquet into a full, desert-inspired garden. Toss some dried items, like berries or branches, into your succulent wedding bouquet for a rustic, farm-inspired twist.
Succulents come in yellow, green, red, purple, blue, and every shade in between. You can set these subtle hues against one another (light purple with dark green, for instance) or you can mix them among florals (a deep purple succulent among light purple blooms). If you’re worried that succulents might look too casual for your black tie affair, pairing them with more traditional flowers (roses, carnations, lilies) will give them more sophistication.
Place large succulents inside traditional wedding flowers for a statement piece that adds a pop of texture! You can use a flat, spiral-shaped succulent like the Echeveria
, or one that will tumble out of your Bouq, like the Burro’s Tail. There are many eye-catching succulents - you just have to decide which texture and color is for you!
How To Replant
If you love your wedding flowers and want to keep them past your special day, succulents allow you to do just that! Here’s how to propagate your succulent Bouq
: first, trim the bouquet for your favorite pieces. Allow the cuttings to dry for a few days until the raw ends have hardened. Next, let the cuttings root in soil or water. For soil: place on top of a well-draining cactus mix. Water minimally until the roots appear, then approximately once a week; be careful to avoid overwatering. Allow your propagated succulents to take root, then replant them as desired. Avoid placing them in direct sun until well established. To plant in only water (like an air plant): Once the stem has hardened, rest a cutting on the rim of a glass or jar of water, with the end of the stem just above the surface of the water. Place the glass somewhere with plenty of sun. Eventually, the cutting will sprout roots that reach toward the water. Once roots have developed, your new succulent can continue to live in the water or be replanted in soil.
Beyond The Bouquet
Don’t let succulent wedding bouquets be the limit - in fact, many brides have begun using these hardy plants for wedding centerpieces
, table runners, and as takeaway gifts for guests! Succulents are available as teeny, tiny buds and therefore are a great option to replace traditional blooms in your hair (forget all about the flower crown!). They also are a great way to make a traditional boutonniere or corsage seem less stuffy. No matter your style, don’t hesitate to check out what The Bouqs Co. has in store for all your wedding flower