These days, the desert is proving hot in more ways than one; besides its high temperatures, it's also stealing the spotlight in wedding style. It may not initially sound like the most romantic place to tie the knot, but there is something undeniably beautiful about the arid charm of a barren land and saying "I do" in the middle of nowhere. Seriously—what's not to like about sunset-colored mountains, an endless night sky peppered with all the constellations, and prickly, decadent cactus scenery? Even if you're without an epic desert wedding venue, there are still plenty of ways to infuse inspiration from the stark landscape.
Color palettes for a desert-inspired wedding often go one of two ways: bold and colorful or warm and dusky, sometimes even converging the two. Many come with a boho or tribal touch, such as Navajo patterns, Moroccan cushion seating, or eclectic textiles. Others show a southwestern flair, incorporating elements such as longhorn skulls or leather accents. And there are always geodes, agates, and gemstones for earthy touches.
But the real heart of a desert-inspired wedding is in its flora. Yes, cacti can be more than just a backdrop. Weave them into your floral arrangements or bouquet, pot them as bookends to the altar or ceremony aisle, or arrange them across reception tables to fashion a runner centerpiece. Even cacti paddles have proven themselves to be spectacular decor as table numbers or plateware accents. For a sweeter touch, there's no denying the allure of succulents, whether you use them as centerpieces, boutonnieres, or escort cards and wedding favors (ones that your guests will actually keep!). For a more subtle touch, pampas grass and desert cattails have a more rugged nature with a rustic vibe, while protea, the desert's most beautiful flower, brings a romantic twist.
Our minds reel just thinking about the endless options. Below, our favorite desert-inspired details that are more than hot.