Are airplants the new succulents?


I have always loved airplants (botanical name: Bromeliad Tillandsia) when I see them at nurseries, but never thought of them for wedding decor for whatever reason.   They acheive a similar gender neutral, rustic / modern look to succulents, but they don’t need soil to survive (they just need to be immersed in water a couple of times a week but also do not need a constant water source), and they’re even more inexpensive for their size I believe.

Inspired by this wedding

in which the bride carried a large Tillandsia as her bouquet (this wedding was of amazing botanical boutique owner Flora Grubb’s brother by the way and the reception was held at her SF Garden shop), I searched around the internet and found lots of great sources.  These are a DIY’ers dream, because they won’t wilt or die and the arrangements can be constructed well in advance.   Oh, also, because these don’t need constant water, they don’t need vases or containers, so they become even more economical.  You could place them directly on tables, chairs, or pews if you were so inclined!

The variety that the above bride carried gets to be 12 – 18 inches in diameter.  I could also see it looking pretty with some flowers worked into and around it.  These XL Xenographias sell for only $12 from– they were much more expensive at other online stores.

Deltonia Seashells has a great selection of colorful Air Plants in the $2 – $10 range.  Here are a few:

Air plants as wedding centerpieces Bromeliad Tillandsia

And here are some more feminine / subdued options, all also from Deltonia Seashells:

And then of course there are pre-made airplant topiaries and tablescapes, like these.  The planted dish garden (top) is $18.95 from Deltonia Seashells, the topiary on the bottom left is $16 from, and the bottom left topiaries are $10.95 from Deltonia.  These could function as finished centerpieces for a casual wedding, or for any other kind of event, and could also be dressed up in another container or clustered to make more of an impact.  You could also make your own custom topiaries by attaching several smaller plants in a sphere shape and using the mount and container of your choice for the bottoms.

November 10, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Paula Rae - The functionality of airplants and their fantastical curly shapes with a desert/coastal combo feel certainly have brought them to the edge of fame, and I love using them! However, the difference that will keep succulents charging forward in increasing use is that airplants are not as colorful in their foliage, and unfortunately do not flower very often… where as succulents are available in endless colors and textural leaf patterns without needing to flower for that pop. Nonetheless- use them both as often as you like! They are both still fairly edgy and unique!

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