Suc­cu­lents lend rus­tic, el­e­gant chic to modern wed­dings

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Suc­cu­lents are show­ing up ev­ery­where in the world of wed­dings, from bou­quets and bou­ton­nieres to cen­ter­pieces and even take-home fa­vors. They're dainty yet hardy, and come in a sur­pris­ing ar­ray of col­ors and tex­tures. Best of all, they're eco-friendly and can be re­planted at home af­ter your nup­tials as a re­minder of the spe­cial day. "Suc­cu­lents add a modern look," saysViva Max Ka­ley, a New York­based wed­ding plan­ner. "In­stead of pretty petals, it's a cool geo­met­ric use of lines. My clients tend to grav­i­tate to­ward that aes­thetic, so it's been a re­ally pop­u­lar choice."

Rob­bin Watson, a 27-year-old liv­ing in Bos­ton who is get­ting mar­ried in Con­necti­cut next July, is us­ing suc­cu­lents to add a pop of dusty blue and mint green to her cream-col­ored bridal and brides­maid bou­quets. But while she loves their aes­thetic, suc­cu­lents are more of a sen­ti­men­tal choice for her. "I lived on the West Coast for a few years with my fi­ancÈ, where suc­cu­lents are very preva­lent. Not so much in the New Eng­land re­gion, where I live now," Watson says. "To bring a lit­tle West Coast into my wed­ding cer­e­mony, I thought suc­cu­lents would be a great way to in­cor­po­rate my mem­o­ries of liv­ing in San Diego."

Bou­quets like Watson's are the most ob­vi­ous and pop­u­lar way to use suc­cu­lents in wed­dings. De­bra Prinz­ing, Seat­tle-based au­thor and founder of the eco-con­scious flo­ral direc­tory site SlowFlow­ers.com, says the trend has been pop­u­lar among Cal­i­for­nia brides for years but has re­ally taken off thanks to social me­dia sites like Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram. De­mand for droughthardy suc­cu­lents in the gar­den­ing world has also made these once hard-to-find plants read­ily avail­able year-round across the US, and at a cheaper price than more tra­di­tional wed­ding flow­ers like roses and pe­onies.

Tay­lor Cas­sard, a 27-year-old nurs­ing stu­dent in Montana, used a va­ri­ety of light green rosette­shaped suc­cu­lents from the Echev­e­ria fam­ily in her bou­quet for a rus­tic yet modern look when she got mar­ried at a guest ranch in Big Sky this sum­mer. "They were ab­so­lutely gor­geous and mixed so nicely with the other flow­ers to cre­ate a soft nat­u­ral look," says Cas­sard, who planted some of the suc­cu­lents post-cer­e­mony in metal buck­ets used by her flower chil­dren.

Many wed­ding florists rec­om­mend sprin­kling suc­cu­lents among tra­di­tional flow­ers rather than cre­at­ing an all-suc­cu­lent bou­quet, which can get heavy and bulky-look­ing. The plants' vi­brant green and some­times pur­ple col­ors pair es­pe­cially well with jewel tones, bur­gundy and apri­cot shades. Ac­cord­ing to Prinz­ing, suc­cu­lents are a par­tic­u­larly nice com­ple­ment to dahlias, hy­drangeas, lilies, orchids, roses and spring bulb flow­ers.

Bou­ton­nieres and cen­ter­pieces

Suc­cu­lents can feel like a more "mas­cu­line" flo­ral ac­cent and have be­come a pop­u­lar choice for bou­ton­nieres as a re­sult, says Anas­ta­sia Steven­son, a wed­ding plan­ner and founder of the web­site How to DIY Wed­ding. They're sturdy and can stand up to the rig­ors of be­ing pinned to a jacket that's tossed about all day. Suc­cu­lents make good cor­sages for the same rea­son. Cas­sard used a mix of small, rosette-shaped suc­cu­lents and wild grasses for rus­tic-yet-el­e­gant bou­ton­nieres, sprin­kling the plants through­out her re­cep­tion area that night as ta­ble cen­ter­pieces and cake ac­cents. Rosette-shaped Echev­e­rias like those Cas­sard used work well as cen­ter­pieces be­cause they can grow up to a foot in di­am­e­ter, ac­cord­ing to Prinz­ing.

Other uses

How about suc­cu­lents as jew­elry? Wiring and flower glue are keys to this re­cent bridal trend, which in­cludes ev­ery­thing from rings and neck­laces to bracelets and head­pieces, says Prinz­ing. Other cou­ples have said their vows be­fore a wall of suc­cu­lents or used them as eco-friendly wed­ding fa­vors - a part­ing gift that's "un­likely to be tossed in the trash when the guests ar­rive home," says New York-based wed­ding-trends ex­pert and ed­i­tor Anne Chertoff. And suc­cu­lents aren't just for peo­ple.

"I know of one cre­ative de­signer who offers flo­ral dog col­lars for her wed­ding par­ties," Prinz­ing says. "Suc­cu­lents are ideal for this sit­u­a­tion be­cause they with­stand ca­nine ac­tiv­i­ties that are prob­a­bly more lively than a groom or bride's move­ments dur­ing a cer­e­mony."— AP

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