I need to know if this idea would strike you as that dreaded T word!
So, I'm an avid gardener. I have over 200 plants, big and small, from all over the world. We're getting married 2 years from now, but I've been thinking about ways to infuse some of our personal touches to the wedding.
How would you feel as a guest if you came into the reception area and saw my mature, potted plants instead of bunches of flowers?
Ugh, sorry. So huge. These are my Hoyas. I'd of course use cache pots and bunch them together for effect. These are my "sparse" plants because these plants take a while to bloom, and even then they may not bloom in April like I'd want.
We're hoping to get married outdoors and have a really relaxed, fun atmosphere. We're not super fancy and plants are a huge part of my life. I was thinking maybe I could name the tables after one family of plant each (Jasmine, Hoya, etc.) and have the escort cards explain a little about the plants and where they originate.
T-word? Not t-word?
Another pic of the plants I could use. I'd take the stakes out and get them cute pots for the big day.
@sealevels: Honestly...they are underwelming. I think you just need more to it. It's a great start, but they could use more...volume.
Maybe add candles or a larger planter box (sorry if you already planned on doing this) to cluster them together and still have a cohesive look.
I'd love it! Knowing that you are an avid gardener it would add a personal touch! I say definitely go for it!
@sealevels: I've seen potted plants as center peices. My sorority often uses african violets
@maya2008: I realize that my Hoyas (without bloom) are sparse! That's what I was worried about.
I'm not a big fan of cut flowers...why cut them when you can grow them, you know? I was hoping for a greener version of the plants people use for wedding everyday!
@CherryWaves: Aw, thanks! It's mostly just family and friends who know I'm the crazy plant lady...so they're not really going to be surprised. I just kind of know people expect flowers at a reception.
In general: I do have more full plants! The Hoya pics are just a few I have of plants together. They're usually all over the place.
Oh, and they wouldn't just be plopped in the middle of the table! I would have other things to spruce it up. I love DIY projects and they won't look like that on my tables. :)
Just wanted to know the general thoughts of walking in and not being bombarded by bunches of flowers.
@sealevels: It is just hard to visualize what the end result will be. It sounds like you have an idea of how to give the centerpieces more umph and presence, so that is good!
I think greenery could be SO pretty for a wedding centerpiece. I am having a difficult time envisioning them with these plants because they are all so different in style, and I can't really picture what you're thinking with the pots.
I also think you risk a ton of stress in the few weeks before the wedding waiting to see if they bloom/grow the way you want, repotting, transporting, etc.
Love the idea of plants, though, I think the idea just needs a little bit of development. Can you do a mockup one or post some inspiration photos?
@sealevels: I would honestly feel delighted to see them, and would enjoy scoping them out. I'm assuming they would be quite large by then too, nice and fiilled out; mature, if you will.
I like this idea very much.
@subtlebee: oh my gosh, you just gave me such a great idea...thank you!
Agreeing with the PP. I think you have the foundation for a great centerpiece but it's hard to see bc the plants aren't blooming. Do you have a backup just in case they don't fill in by the time of the wedding?
I think this could be really cute provided that your beautify them. Maybe you could do some iron trellises or old watering cans as containers?
@maya2008: You got it. I know it would definitely be tacky if I used them like they are now. :)
@NAvery: Cache pots like this:
I would be DIYing floating candle centerpieces to accent the plant. Maybe put them on a platform above the candles.
These plants have honestly been very reliable, but you're right. Who knows what will happen in 2 years? They would be HUGE by then.
This is just something I'm throwing around to save money. They're lying around, I fuss over them, they're plants, why not? I'm having a smaller wedding of 70 so I won't have to be lugging around too much. I'm just worried about those that expect cut flowers at receptions (my family can be snobby). I'll definitely post something tomorrow when I have time!
@JoolyBee: You make a great point. They will be much more mature in 2 years, and may be blooming like crazy! Those Hoyas are less than a year old. They can get to look like this very, very quickly:
@Olive12: I would just get regular flowers, LOL. This is my cheap *** self trying to connect the dots. I would repot in containers
@michiru4ever: has the right idea! :)
Oh, how pretty! You are going to save so much $$$ doing it this way. If I could harness the discipline to grow my own plants and flowers, and be successful at it, I can only imagine the possibilites.
I have dozens of succulents I can do this to.
I could do all of this to any plant. Anything that needs a trellis can be changed out for a nicer one that is wedding colored.
@JoolyBee: Thanks for the positivity! :)
I think using plants is an absolutely wonderful idea. You can display them so many ways. I love the ones in wooden planter boxes!
I adore succulents! Are you going to be giving the plants away as favors? You could use risers to give height to your centerpieces but also make it look super lush. I would also suggest maybe using vines like mandevilla for some fullness and color as well!
I love it! I wish that I had possible tried to grown my own plants to save $$ on the wedding!! Go For it!!
@sealevels: I love it! I am a big gardener too and LOVE the idea of growing your own centerpieces. I am planning to zombie my roses from my bouquet to grow my own rose bush
I think you most def can do it...it's all on how they are presented as pp's have mentioned.
Like this....simple but still very pretty
I think it is a great idea. If it was just a random house plant thrown in the middle of a table then I might give it the old side eye but it sounds like you have a plan to fancy it up so I say go for it.
If you are keeping them like the first photo, i instantly thought of easter baskets. The second photo isn't that great either.
I think potted plants can be great, but you need to either have bigger pots/plants, or add something else in there!
I think it's a great idea! I'm just not a flower person, so there were no flowers at my reception, but your actual connection to your plants makes for an awesome tale. I'd like to learn more about them on escort cards-- I think that's a great idea.
thanks guys! i tend to be really laid back so i never know wtf is appropriate.
@jenilynevette: er, well they do need those hoops...and a greenhouse isnt really glamorous. i have no intention of keeping them in those pots or trellises. like i said, there are some idea i have posted. pp had some great insiration photos, too. :)
thats a small fraction of plants i have. those happened to be outside so they
look healthiest. i have dozens of potted succulents and trees! the hoyas just happen to be my babies. theyre new and just filling out.
oh, ladies! i have a few really big potted plants too.
I love gardening too and think this would be gorgeous! It's not like you're just going to take a young straggly plant in a plastic pot and plop it on the table. I was think a floating candle in a tall thin glass hurricane vase with three pot plants of various sizes around...tuck in some green and Spanish moss and it would be beautiful!
Or how about terrariums? They are selling large ones with multiple tropical plants in them at the local grocery store right now...something I must have! They would look awesome as well!
ET fix spelling errors...hate the autocorrect on this site!
I think it's a nice idea, actually! If you decided your plants didn't fit the bill, you could always supplement last minute with store bought potted plants that you could keep afterward and add to your collection
haha, sorry about the awful grammar. my phone is awful to post from.
i'll have to post more of what i have. maybe the hoyas werent great to start with! when i get home, i'll try to post a pic of my hanging plants and the plants that stay inside. theyre not trellised and are slightly more colorful. more full, too.
i should have realized not everyone would be able to visualize it!
I think it could work great. I still remember loving my cousin's wedding, probably 20 years ago, where her centerpieces were garden plants in terra cotta pots - things like geranium, etc. They were full and green, yet simple and very "garden-y". If this is you, I say go for it!
@Luayne: *high five* thanks, exactly what i was going to say! hai gais, here's my potted plant in a plain pot and trellis. enjoy looking at that! LOL im not that bad.
@Caroheart: very true. hardware stores sell them by the flat and then i wont have to strangle people because they want to take home the plants ive had for years. erm, im pretty territorial over my plants. ::blush::
@sealevels: haha then it might be best to keep them safe =) If you just got them from the hardware store it would still avoid cut flowers, and you could even send them with people as favors to spread your love of gardening to friends and family
I like them. You have time to develop and tweak some things, but love the price of the plants :D
I say go for it!!! The inspiration photos are awesome - and I know yours will look equally cool!
I think it could be really pretty or.lame depending on how you do it. My sister had plants for her centerpieces but it wasn't just chilling in a pot on the table so it looked pretty.
Are you picturing something like this?
(Stolen from the $20 centerpiece thread)
I wish I had done something like this. Sigh. Forget dress regret - what about decor regret? :) :)
I tihnk you need something colorful to break up the green. I know next to nothing about plants, so if they bloom with colorful blossoms, I take that back!
I think its a great idea and will look amazing! I love personal touches like this at weddings :)
Thanks for all of the input - positive or otherwise. :)
BTW, I realize not many of you guys are active in gardening or think about plants on a semi-often basis. Plants do grow fast, some fast than others. For instance, this is one of my plants in May:
And a few months ago in October:
One summer's growth! I have two years to fill these babies out and it'll look much better.
Of course, I'm not going to put them on the table in their original pots. I'll be using the same theme of cache pots. Some centerpieces will be one plant (either raised and cascading for a hanging plant), or bunched together for the smaller ones. I'll be using candles and glass vases next to the plants.
And yes, gardening is a huge part of my life. We want the reception indoors but next to our ceremony space. Bringing the garden inside! Besides, it's close family and friends and they all know I have crazy amounts of plants. It would be my biggest personal touch.
@LaughLines: Something a little more elaborate. Maybe putting like pots on "blocks", if you will, of differing heights for some interest. I'd weave the plants that grow upward in with fabric or something to bring the eye up.
Also, some more of my plants that I can group up.
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