Planning 101 25th July 2015

Succulents - Do They Rock or Suck?

I have to confess that the title of this article is rather misleading as we ABSOLUTELY LOVE succulents so I’m only going to argue that that they ROCK. Big time.

First of all, let’s explain exactly what we mean by “succulents”:-

“In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions.”

Our brides are often surprised to hear that succulents are available in a really wide variety of colours from obvious greens to pinks, oranges, dove grey through to plum purple, to almost black. Their shapes and sizes are also really diverse allowing us to be really creative in how we use them. We’ve incorporated succulents into schemes with classic, traditional florals or used them to create a more contemporary look, or ‘outdoor vibe’ by keeping other elements to a minimum.

When it comes to wedding styling there are a lots of interesting ways in which you can effectively introduce succulents into your designs. Here are eight such ways to give you some food for thought:-


Succulents in bouquets are still quite an unexpected detail. They look wonderful alongside peach and coral blooms, natural seed heads or yellow crespedia ‘Billy Balls’.

Button holes & corsages

With such a wide variety of succulents available all of the groomsmen can have a different style of button hole to give a real point of interest to their outfits.

Hair decoration

Tiny succulents can be used alongside fresh flowers as a really unusual finishing touch to bridal hair updos.

Escort cards or favours

Garden lovers can plan ahead and grow succulents to give away as part of their escort table or as a favour for their guests. Your guests will really appreciate this personal touch and have something to remember your big day by.

Table centrepieces

Succulents add really interesting texture to a table centrepiece and look fabulous in mercury glass vessels, vintage silver or milk glass.

Place settings

A single small succulent looks stunning on the right menu card as a place setting detail and pulls together their inclusion in the centrepieces, bridal party flowers and features beyond the guest tables.

Installation pieces

Framed moss table plans, wreaths and monogram letters can all feature succulents and provide wonderful talking points for your guests, dotted throughout your venue.

Wedding cake

Succulents can be used to adorn a wedding cake in the same way that traditional, fresh or sugar flowers would be used.

And the most exciting news is that succulents can very easily be grown on after the wedding, unlike the cut flowers that are usually only good for a few days afterwards. How wonderful to have you home or garden dotted with fabulous reminders of your wedding day for months and years to come!