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All things Botanical for your 2018 Wedding: Tropical, Rustic or SouthWestern

Botanical Weddings have been popular for several years and they are still around, in a major way, for 2018. Plant based weddings with the beauty of nature in full display can provide a meaningful backdrop for YOUR joyful gathering. And, when you elect to host a plant-themed event, you have so many style options. You can go tropical, rustic or even Southwestern with your vibe. Cultivate the details, throw in some thoughtful touches, utilize tons of plants and you will have provided a stylish and sincere setting for your special day. And, you’ll have enough house plants after the wedding to improve the air you breathe, decorate your digs and bring a unique energy into your new shared space.


You don’t have to tie the knot in the tropics to bring paradise to your wedding — it’s simple to infuse that feel anywhere with the addition of tropical plants. Plan your wedding at a greenhouse, in your backyard or at a conservatory in order to surround yourself with lush, jungle-ish greenery. One stunningly beautiful botanical venue to take inspiration from is London’s Barbican Conservatory, which is home to more than 2000 tropical plants:

Our recipe for the perfect, whimsical tropically botanical inspired theme? Take five parts greenery, add a good dose of wood, a dash of pink and some metallics and you’ve got yourself a current, stylish design scheme to be proud of. Use Ferns & Monsterra Leaves with wild abandon.

Check out these adorable tropical foliage invites from Minted:

We think this stunning dress with dramatic open shoulders by the esteemed designers of House of Wu would compliment a breezy, tropical vibe event:

Or, if you prefer something strapless, complete your tropical day with this flawless Lillian West sweetheart mermaid gown featuring allover soft lace details, a dropped waistline, and a chapel length train:

Weddingomania’s “concrete” cake with tropical leaves would be an edgy, cool wedding confection:


Rustic, the ever popular trend, can easily be taken in a botanical direction. Simply include vintage elements such as glass bottles, old books, and stalks of greenery in water for interesting botanical flavored vignettes at your reception site, like this setting from Stockroom Vintage:

We’ve sourced some gorgeous botanical wedding invitations, “Vines of Green” from Aren’t they so perfect?

For a dress that pops against a backdrop of green, we suggest this ultra-feminine, romantic lace trumpet gown by Enchanting by Mon Cheri Bridals.

Or, select this soft lace and tulle fit-and-flare wedding dress by Rebecca Ingram.

Check out this simple, yet impactful green tablescape from Chic Vintage Bride that successfully incorporates rustic wood, a dash of brash and lots of lush, live plants:

Of course you will be needing a bar cart, like this one, featured on The Little Canopy. We love the rustic industrial-ness of it all! Park a vintage cart in front of a twin-size headboard draped with swags of ivy:

Green Wedding Shoes showcases a lovely cake station with lots of rustic details, plants and a pretty, three tiered botanical cake wreathed with greenery:


Gaining devotees by the minute, Cactus filled Southwestern Weddings are showing up everywhere on social media. Need proof that this is a major trend? Stop in any home goods store and you will see succulents, macrame and brass accents out the whaazoo. We happen to love this movement as it incorporates nature, 70s inspired vintage and the haunting beauty of the desert. Like, how GORGEOUS is this desert landscape for a wedding from Green Wedding Shoes:Loving cactus-ish, South Western desert look? We recommend these beauties from

If you go with a sun-drenched desert version of botanical, we love this lace fit-n-flare boho style from Lillian West. Unique embroidered lace is super romantic and the underlay of stretch jersey provides for effortless movement. Add turquoise jewelry to up the Southwestern ante.

Cactus in glass cylinders grouped with lanterns and candles lends itself to a pretty moment at this wedding from HappyWed.

Arid plant life amassed together with pottery makes a gorgeous centerpiece for this table from HappyWed.

Take your Southwestern modern with succulents, air plants and geodes, like this gorgeous table from a bohemian desert wedding at Green Wedding Shoes:

HappyWed’s white wedding cake features geometric lines and a big ole’ serving of cacti:

Whatever botanical style you go for, you can’t go wrong with the abundant beauty of nature!