Post # 1
I like the idea of using potted plants or flowers (especially orchids) as centerpieces. I love the simplicity, budget-friendliness, and clean, uncluttered look. Our reception venue is beautiful and airy and near the beach, so it really doesn’t need much additional decoration anyway.
However, I’ve heard horror stories about brides who used potted plants as centerpieces and ended up with ants or other bugs crawling across the tables. Eek! I would die.
So to those of you who have actually executed this kind of centerpiece plan, how did it work out for you? What kind of potted plant(s) did you use? Where did you get them? Any bug problems? (I would assume that after you received them from the store or nursery you stored them indoors and not out on your patio, but there’s always the possibility that bugs have already taken up residence in the plants before you received them, right…?)
Any help or advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
We did not use them as our centerpieces, but we did purchase a bunch of potted plants to have as decor in the reception hall, so obviously we didn’t want bugs, either! 😉 We bought them 2-3 days in advance and stored them inside my home until we brought them to the reception hall. We just bought them from our local grocery store as well as Lowes Home Improvement. No bug problems at all!
Post # 4
@brideatbeach: Thanks for the input. It did occur to me that potted plants from grocery stores should be pretty safe, because they can’t have bugs around their food either! Trader Joes always has nice-looking orchids.
I guess what makes me nervous about potted plants as centerpieces is all the food on the table which might draw any bugs out!
If anyone else has any input, I would appreciate it.
Post # 5
Any other brides have any thoughts about this? 🙂
Post # 6
Our florist did ‘faux’ potted plants for us. They were hydrangeas potted into green potting material (no idea what the name of it is) and put in a ceramic pot. You couldn’t tell there was no soil because the flowers took up the whole top of the pot. They looked beautiful! It was just a shame they didn’t last for too long after the wedding though 🙁
Post # 7
My Mother-In-Law used potted impatients for her wedding a few weeks ago. It was outside so there were bugs anyway I can’t say if there were more because of it. But make sure you use something underneath them or they will leak on to the table over the course of the night. Also, she left them outside in the days before the wedding, (which I guess you probably wouldn’t do with orchids anyway) and it took us a while the morning of to get all the dirt and leaves off them. Other than that they looked good and everyone was excited to take them home at the end of the night.
Post # 8
I am not using them as centerpieces but I am using potted Succulents for my escort cards and favors. My Mother-In-Law is planting the succulents now so they will be ready for our wedding in January. She also just went down to Ikea and got these in all blue http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/10177102 and she will plant the plants in those. I thought the idea was different because I love the idea of havign a favor people can actually take home and have for awhile. At first, I wasnt sure about it because it wasnt really my stye, but it grew on me and now I love the idea! And it was nice the Mother-In-Law offered to do all of it!
Post # 9
I just had my reception last night. We used potted orchids from Lowe’s, there were no bugs or ants, and it looked fabulous!
I don’t have pictures of all the tables done up, but these are what I used (on top of a square mirror, with 4 small candles on the corners)
Post # 10
Thanks for sharing, guys! I think my fears have been allayed. 🙂
@abbyful: I think I have heard other people say Lowe’s is a good place to get those, too. I really like the square containers for the orchids.
Post # 11
@GreenGables: We’re planning on using potted ivy plants from a local greenhouse. I will have to ask them about this and see what they recommend to ensure no bugs! Thanks for the thread!