Post # 1
I’ve picked up a bit of a gardening hobby this spring. I have peppers, tomatoes, sweet peas, snap peas, strawberries, poppies, a silver dollar plant, spinach, cilantro, onions and impatiens and pansies growing in pots and buckets on our (condo) porches and patio. It got me thinking, would it be totally insane to try to grow my own flowers for our late summer 2010 wedding?
Our wedding will have a pretty laid-back atmosphere, so something as simple as a wildflower mix in a couple of buckets might be possible. I also thought about putting plants in small pots or recycled glass jars as centerpieces. The backup plan would of course be to buy flowers if the growing experiement fails.
Is this an insane idea?
Post # 3
It’s an EXCITING idea!! I think what makes it exciting, is that in the end, YOU put your blood sweat and tears into doing them. I think that’s the best part of DIY stuff.
Wish you luck!!!
Post # 4
If it’s insane, call me crazy 🙂 We are growing our own as well, which we ordered from one of those seed catalogs they always send. Also my fmil is growing a few. We plan to suppliment them with flowers from a farmers market or grocery if needed.
Agree with jezzybell, DIY is great because it’s the only way to REALLY personalize your wedding.
Post # 5
I don’t think it’s insane. After all, I’m growing wheatgrass centerpieces, so who am I to judge? 😀 Importantly, it sounds like you have very reasonable expectations. And even better, can you give it a test run by trying to grow things by late summer this year? I know very, very little about gardening, so would have no clue if it’s already too late to start. Good luck!!
Post # 6
I don’t think its crazy but I would practice this summer just to be sure that the flowers you grow come up without a problem. I’d also say be prepared and have a back up plan in case, for some reason, the flowers don’t work out.
Post # 7
Totally not insane. A girl I work with did this exact same thing. She bought a bunch of wildflower seed packets and grew enough for her bouquet, 5 bridesmaids, plus bouts and corsages for the groom, groomsmen, moms, dad, grandparents, AND centerpieces. For like, $40. It was awesome.
Do it! ^_^ Just make sure you pick seeds that will flower at the right time and will grow well in the amount of sun/shade that you have.
Post # 8
Go for it!
I was seriously considering growing my own as well. But since this is my first summer at my fiance’s house, I was afraid to attempt it without know how things would grow.
Post # 9
Just be aware that plants don’t always follow our timelines! Last year I had peonies in July (perfect for our wedding). This year they bloomed last week. No peonies for the wedding 🙁
I think my hydrangeas will be blooming though!
Post # 10
I think it’s a great idea! We’re doing something similar — a family friend is growing flowers and herbs in small terra cotta pots for centerpieces (and I think we’ll be giving them away as part of the favors as well). We’ll have a few pots of rosemary and mint along with a few pots of flowers on each table.
Since you have a whole year, I think it should definitely be feasible — but you may want to look into how to force flowers so they’ll bloom at the right time. I really like the idea of having herbs and/or succulents in centerpieces, and I think that could also be a good backup plan in case not all the flowers turn out.
Post # 11
I really wanted to have wildflowers at my wedding! I sadly did not have the time so we will be making grocery store bouquets instead :). I think that is a GREAT idea for you to grow your own! Good luck!
Post # 12
Hmm… I’m wondering what gardening items I can get on sale this fall? Minature pots for centerpieces, maybe?
Thanks for the encouragement guys! I’m already a gardener, but we might be selling the condo and buying a house this summer/ fall, so it makes it tricky. I guess the way to look at it is if it works out, great, if not, they just buy flowers….
In the meantime, check out my strawberries and snap peas blooming! I started them indoors in midge pots the first of March, and they’re about a month ahead of everyone else’s in town (ahh, the joys of a Montana growing season!).
Post # 13
i’m also having a beautifully simple wedding brunch and I plan on using Lavender that I grow for my bouquet supplemented with MAYBE three white roses OR other herbs I grow. If all else fails I’m going the grocery store route. Did you guys know that some floral shops and grocery stores order from the same exact vendors (at least where i live )?? The only difference is that grocery stores have waaaaaay more limitations as to what they can order and supply to the customers.
Post # 14
I think it’s a great idea. My husband and I told my daugher we were rototilling a big section of the backyard to grow her flowers. We were kidding (her wedding is too early in the spring) but I would hae tried it if it was later. Let us know how it works..By the way, just had fresh veggies from our garden tonight!
Post # 15
@CHK: okay, I might be really late on this thread but I saw that you grew your flowers… or tried to, how did it go? I’m doing it this year to see how it goes for my wedding next year. Any advice you have to give would be greatly appreciated 🙂