Post # 1
My FH and I are getting married at a beautiful arboretum/historical site in Southeastern PA. Our ceremony and reception will be outdoors so our wedding is going to have a naturey/garden wedding-y feel to it – we also want our wedding to be "green". I want to incorporate our naturey/"green" theme into the favors because I feel like at a lot of weddings people just throw out their favors at the end of the night and I dont’ want our favors to go to waste. Soooo I have two ideas (both of which are borrowed)…if you were a guest at a wedding, which favor would you like better? I love both ideas but unfortunately our "green" wedding will not be funded by much $green$ (ha HA) so I have to choose only one…
Favor #1 idea: Gift Trees – you can order tree saplings from the Arbor Day Foundation that thrive in your geographic area – they come in a 15 or so inch tube with a personalized message. Then our guests can plant their trees and think of us as their tree grows 🙂 http://www.arborday.org/shopping/gifttrees/weddings.cfm
Favor #2 idea: Donating a tree – our site coordinator told us that couples in the past have donated a tree to the aboretum in their name instead of handing out favors. We could donate a tree and then put a plaque at the base of the tree with our names, wedding date, quote etc. We would have it displayed for our guests to see
🙂 Thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 3
I like the donation of a tree idea. Although giving each guest a tree seems fun and cute, I would say that all the wrapping and packaging hurts the earth a little more than planting a tree helps (with the processes they use to create plastic). Also, it is very plausible that guests from out of town would be taking home a tree that doesn’t belong in their area, and therefore may have a harder time growing.
All in all kudos for creating a green wedding! I would love to hear more about what you are doing to keep it eco friendly and savy – I am constantly looking for ways to do the same with mine! Sounds like your location will be absolutely beautiful…
Post # 4
We are donating a tree in our guest names then giving them tree bookmarks with a note stating we donated a tree in their name. We looked the trees in tubes but with so many friends living in the city and condos this would not work.
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Post # 5
I think both those ideas are fab! If I were to choose between the two I’d likely choose the donation route (because you know it will be appreciate by the arboreum, while some folks might not plant their tree), but both are awesome.
If you were looking for a 3rd option…My idea for you is plant seed or blubs! Two different budget weddings that I LOVE did this (I can’t claim the creativity here).
Jon and Sherry over at thisyounghouse.com did the CUTEST presentation. They had a bit of a photobooth theme running so they put a flower bulb in a paper bag and clipped a photo strip to the front that read "plant one on us" and had pics of the two of them with lipstick kisses all over Jon’s face! I mean, common, how friggin cute is that? http://www.thisyounghouse.com/wedding-album/
Sara at 2000dollarwedding.com ordered cilantro seeds in bluk and sewed little envelops that contained the seeds and were printed with the couple’s delicious guacamole recipe. Very fitting since they served the guacamole at their wedding dinner. I think this project cost her litterally about $20. http://2000dollarwedding.com/2008/07/its-thought-that-counts.html
Post # 6
True true to all…thanks!
cbgg – I love those ideas…I’m a huge fan of puns so I really like the "plant one on us" message on the bulb bags! I’ll talk to the boy about these ideas and see what he thinks…
Also, I forgot to mention…the plastic tubing that the tree saplings come in can be recycled into bird feeders – the arbor day foundation has directions how to do so.
Post # 7
I was also thinking of seeds. But as for your two ideas, I would go with donating. I have had Arbor Day tress before. They would make for large, awkwardly sized favors. Yet they come across to me as terribly small trees. I would be worried if I planted them, they wouldn’t survive, or be crunched by the lawn mower. Also, some of your guests might not have yards.
Post # 8
I would go with donating a tree. I’ve known several couples in the past year to give saplings to their guests, and of the 3 weddings I’ve been to where that was the favor, I am the ONLY PERSON who has planted her tree (out of the 30-40 people I know from these combined weddings). Giving a tree isn’t any greener if the shipping and packaging go to waste on a guest who doesn’t end up planting it.
Oh, and to boot, I have only planted one of the three trees I got! I don’t have a yard, so finding a place to plant ONE tree was tough.
Good luck! I hope that helps!
Post # 9
I would love to receive a tree sapling (I love Arbor Day Foundation & am doing this for my mom for Mother’s Day now that they have a big garden), however I do agree with drifts, that not all of your guests may have somewhere to plant a tree so I am a huge fan of donating a tree. Your wedding venue sounds amazing! We’ll all look forward to seeing your pics!
Post # 10
I think donating a tree would be super cool. My SIL gave out gift trees- it was a great idea but her wedding was in the midst of winter (which obviously isn’t a problem for you). I just think donating a tree you can visit in 30 years is super cool.
Post # 11
I say donate the tree. I think this is a great idea.. in fact I may steal it. As a side note they make paper that has flower seeds made into it. You print your message on it and then your guests can plant it when they get home. You could donate the trees and then make a note about it on the seed paper for all of your guests. The best of both worlds.
Here is a site that sells it. Though it is sold in several places so if you use it I would shop around.
Post # 12
Thanks Bees for the great ideas…I’m definitely leaning towards donating a tree…it definitely makes sense to do so.
Post # 13
I agree with donating a tree. I wouldn’t have a place to plant a tree and if I did, I would probably have to get clearance from the city before I did it. Too much trouble.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union
I say donating a tree, or a donation to any charity!
Post # 15
I like the idea of giving a tree to each guest. I am going to give a "Lucky Bamboo" plant to each person with a $1 scratch off attached.