Post # 1
So my plan for an outdoor wedding reception is not going to happen…boo! But I want to decorate my venue with trees. What I want to do is plant some smaller forest trees in pots of dirt to keep them alive for the reception. I’m thinking I can do this a couple days before. I just need them to hold their leaves until after the reception. I know I can do real trees and just put them in a pot with cement, but what I really want is the look of all the foliage.
Has anyone transplanted trees into pots? Did they stay alive for a couple days? Thanks!!
Post # 3
the wedding i went to had planted trees at tables.
Post # 4
I know this has nothing to do with what your asking, but my theme is “enchanted forest”. My venue is indoors so I’m planning on having Manzanita and curly willow branches branches inside. Plus my centerpieces are Manzanita arrangements.
But I’m curious about your idea!
Post # 5
Ask your local plant nursery for help with this. Some may even let you rent trees from them.
All I know is that it’s super important to be be careful with the roots… the nursery people can probably give you helpful tips. 🙂
Post # 6
You can anticipate that this might be difficult to pull off for a September wedding. The shock of being dug up and transplanted may be just enough to cause the trees to drop their leaves a few weeks prematurely.
An alternative source would be to find out how much a nursery would charge to rent balled and burlapped trees for the day.
Or if you want to DIY you could pot up large branches in plaster of paris then attach tssue paper leaves.
Post # 7
I had trees and shrubs decorating my indoor ceremony! But I didn’t have to transplant trees, because the woman who was decorating my ceremony had a nephew who is a professional landscaper, and he let her use all of the landscaping things he had at his house. Because of this, everything was already potted and they all worked out just fine! So, I second going to a local nursery, or maybe even contacting a landscaping service, just to get an idea of your options. I think they even sell potted trees and garden stores, don’t they?
Post # 8
The shock of replanting may cause them to lose their leaves. Why dont you try it with two to test it?
I agree it may be best to rent them. Youd have to buy pots anywahy, plus the work of digging them out. It will be hard to find the right sized ones. they will be large and havy to be big enough to use for decoration, which means a lot of work digging, replanting. And then the logistics of getting them there and then cleared out. When you rent they should include all that for you.
Post # 9
This may be a bit more expensive than transplanting them, but trees for sale at Lowes or Home Depot already have their roots wrapped. If you bought them a day or two before hand, you could just put them in pots. They won’t have any sort of shock then.
Post # 10
Are you donating the trees after? To be planted somewhere? That would nice to mention at the reception…
Post # 11
For the record… besides all the issues of trying to do this on your own (super difficult) here are some more considerations
1- Buying Trees is super expensive !! A tree with a realitivly good size is going to be $ 50 or more. A nursery or garden centre might be able to help you out… if you can find one willing to rent.
2- To get the effect I think you envision at your reception, you will need (a) a lot of space, as trees are not small, and (2) a lot of trees so that things look full
Talk to a Florist, they may have some ideas on how to get your idea to work inside
Alternatively you might consider working with branches as others have suggested. Or maybe a painted or large photo backdrop… nice for casual pics too (something similar but different from the now Photo Booth trend)… and if it is a big enough “scrim” it will also form a HUGE component of your decor.
I’d start by talking to a Photographer to see if they have anything… other good sources are wallpaper stores (big murals) etc.
Hope this helps,
Post # 12
They had trees for decorations at the royal wedding in Westminster. So if the royals can do it, so can you 🙂