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.

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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.

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Photo by Carla Coulson via The Style Files

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

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Photo by Sarah Jean via Nouba

2. A Prickly Placeholder

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Styling by Cakewalk, Photo by Ben Q Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

3. An Entranceway Statement

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Photo by Chris Court via The Society Inc

4. An Elegant Take on the Trend

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Bouquet by Atelier de La Fleur

5. A Novel Table Number

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Styling by Bash Please, Photo by Tec Petaja via Style Me Pretty

6. An Organic Topper

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Cake by Ruze Cake House, Photo by Andrew Jade Photo via The Cake Blog 

7. Cocktail Coasters

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Photo by Angela Cox Photography via The Wedding Chicks

8. Heart Shaped Centrepiece

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Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Lisa Vorce Event Design

9. An Eclectic Arrangement

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Styling by Bash Please, Photo by Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty

10. A Photo Prop

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Photo by Tec Petaja via Style Me Pretty

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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