Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon? It's when you come across a new word or thing, and then all of a sudden you see it everywhere.
Well the last week has been like that for me with cactus paddles.
Succulents have been a decor and bouquet staple for quite a while now, but the pads or paddles of the prickly pear are starting to make a stand as the brand new wedding cactus du jour.
Photo by Alli K Design
It all started with this cool interior shot (below) I spotted below last week which I instantly screen-grabbed (I love getting wedding inspiration from interior design!) and then we shared these simple but so effective calligraphy escort cards by Alli K Design on Instagram over the weekend.
One is a cool idea, but around here, two is officially a trend!
These paddles are so chic, textured and versatile that they could be used in so many different ways, for minimal urban weddings, luxe desert celebrations, or cool bohemian-inspired events. They're also a clean alternative to overtly feminine flowers or flowing foliage.
From backdrops or centrepieces to table numbers or cake-toppers, there are endless creative details you could adapt to include these cool cacti in your day.
Scroll down for a little inspiration for how to work this trend into your wedding.
1. The Flower Wall Alternative
2. A Prickly Placeholder
3. An Entranceway Statement
4. An Elegant Take on the Trend
Bouquet by Atelier de La Fleur
5. A Novel Table Number
6. An Organic Topper
7. Cocktail Coasters
8. Heart Shaped Centrepiece
9. An Eclectic Arrangement
10. A Photo Prop
Some cool ideas, right? As a new trend, there's not so many examples of cactus paddles for weddings, so featuring in them in your big day is a chance to try something really unique and different, and get creative with how you do it too.
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