Post # 1
So I was planning on doing simple bud vases, but couldn’t figure out how to tie the look together (trying to avoid the wood cookie route) and couldn’t figure out what table runner would suit that well (trying to avoid the burlap route). I am thinking it might work to order eucalyptus and/or ruscus from Costco (where I am getting the other flowers for my centrepieces from) so wondering:
1) If any of you have experience and feedback with the Costco eucalyptus and ruscus specifically
2) For anyone has worked with eucalyptus and ruscus specifically and done the DIY centrepiece garland thing, please give me tips on how to store, prepare, and arrange it for best results! (Will be setting up tables and centrepieces the day before)
Post # 2
I have no experience, but my venue does harvest tables and eucalyptus often and I LOVE the look with some candles thrown in! Very woodsy and romantic.
Post # 3
While I enjoy the look of eucalyptus I know a lot of people who can’t stand the scent. Just something to consider.
Post # 4
I used seeded and dollar eucalyptus to make table runners for my wedding (with help from my lovely family). We made about 120 feet all together, it was a LOT of work but so worth it. We picked up the eucalyptus and made them on the Thursday and stored them in my mom’s dark and air conditioned basement. I spritzed them with water every few hours until the wedding on Saturday and they lasted beautifully. On the day of the wedding the garlands were stored in the venues chilled wine room and set up right before the reception.
Post # 5
I bought greenery garland from Sam’s club! It was 25 ft and we cut it down for each table. It was GORGEOUS and great quality for the money. Cheaper than buying and making ourselves. They delivered on Thursday for our Saturday wedding and it held up great even without being in an extra cool space
For our bud vases, we set them on top of doilies and put some votives around. (We we’re going for “boho” rather than “rustic). Here’s a picture of when I was doing the layout to show our coordinator.
Post # 6
We used Costco for many of our flowers and fillers (eucalyptus included). They were gorgeous! All florals shipped right from Guatemala/the DR where they were picked. SO FRESH.
Both euc and ruscus will be super low-maintenance for storage. They’re hearty greens that will last well beyond a flower would. Cut the stems and plop them in some water with flower food. The greenery in our centerpieces lasted almost two weeks, while the roses and whatnot lasted about 5-7 days. I’ve attached photos here 🙂 Some of the more specialty flowers (English roses, peach spray roses, buplerum, etc.) came from a specialty florist but everything else (white roses, calla lillies, greenery, hydrangas, etc.) came from Costco.
My sister has florist experience and arranged all the flowers and she said that the Costco flowers were better quality/fresher than the ones that came from the florist. She was super pleasantly surprised.
Post # 8
Also, sorry one last thing, we also set everything the day before (including the centerpieces) and it was absolutely the best decision we made in the wedding process. Costco recommends you have the flowers delivered a few days beforehand (ours came on Wednesday for a Saturday wedding) and that was perfect. The roses had time to open up a little bit and everything was at peak perfection. And it was no day-of stress of “omg, are the flowers here yet?” for me 🙂
Post # 9
You can get a garland look without buying or making garland. Just lay the branches on the table using the leafy end of one branch to cover the cut end of the one before it. Switch directions when you get to the center of the table, or just keep going all in the same direction.
You can insert flowers in floral tubes or place votives.
Post # 10
I ordered Costco eucalyptus and ruscus! Terrible experience, firstly the type of eucalyptus that was delivered was completely different from what was pictured on the website. Secondly, I only had the option of home delivery (no store pickup) and it was absolutely crammed into a box (not in water), and left by the delivery person on my parents driveway in 30 degree heat for god knows how long (5 people were home and they did not ring the doorbell). I can only imagine how long it spent inside the boiling hot delivery van as well. The eucalyptus was pretty much unusable and I threw most of it away. The ruscus lasted a good month though and that’s what I put in my bouquet!
The Costco flowers that we managed to have delivered into the store were properly stored in the cold fridge and worked perfectly and looked beautiful!
Post # 11
Yes this is what I was thinking of doing after watching a youtube video. Any thoughts on how long the eucalyptus/ruscus lasts out of water? (I would be laying out the greenery the day before the wedding) I am thinking it should be fine for 1 day!
Post # 12
I just did table decor for a wedding in Lake Tahoe (some of our best friends). We used aspen, which looks very similar to eucalyptus – and it didn’t last for more than a few hours (this was an outdoor wedding, and it was HOT). I actually ended up having to do the tables twice, because I tried to do them in the morning, but by early afternoon, they were already wilted.
This is an iPhone picture of what (the worst and last table I did) looked like. It turned out beautifully, but again, the greenery didn’t last long (we also weaved in willow branches). Also, in terms of a runner – we used kraft paper and it was pretty and easy!
Post # 13
You can buy eucalyptus at the grocery stores here. Try it.
Ask your florist to bring in some ruscus so you can experiment with it too.
I would think it it would be fairly hardy as you can hardly tell dried eucalyptus from fresh.