Post # 1
just read one of the comments to "dead things" and someone suggested using potted plants as centerpieces.
i am having such a hard time finding a reasonable florist, and have a small floral budget, so this could be a really cool idea for our modern/clean/classic wedding.
originally we were thinking white tulips, but now i am imagining potted orchids with many green votives (which i already have) … has anyone used this is in their centerpieces? any pictures to share?
gosh, i am getting excited because we have a WIDE selection for $10-20 at trader joes. and a potted plant can be bought more than a week before …
please share any insight! thanks in advance.
Post # 3
it sounds great and your guests can take them home to plant in their gardens (or you can do the same, you’ll have memories of your big day everytime you see it!) My friend from college used small gerber daisy potted plants as their centerpieces. It worked for them beautifully and I imagined it would work for you as well. I suggest trimming them a bit to make them more presentable..but totally doable!
Post # 4
Hi. That is exactly what I am doing too 🙂 We are buying ours a few weeks before and my Mom will be taking care of them (she’s got the green thumb, not me); we are doing 2 or 3 per table and lots of candles to accent. A nice thing about the potted orchid is that they come in a variety of colors so you can – hopefully – get your wedding colors in the ones offered at Trader Joe’s. I don’t have pics to share as my wedding is still 3 months away.
Post # 5
potted orchids are a great idea!!! i initially thought about going to tj’s for my orchids, but then a friend told me about this orchid farm that was nearby (if you’re located in l.a., let me know and i can give you the contact info). it is slightly more expensive than tj’s, but still cheaper than any arranged centerpiece available. the orchids were huge and in beautiful bloom. i was also able to pick them up a week in advance, so it made it easy to up keep.
i bought the flower pots at ikea for cheap, and made table numbers to stick into the dirt of the plants (i just went to a local nursery and asked for those plastic sticks), thus killing two birds with one stone.
the best part is that you often times have guests who don’t take the centerpieces home (unfortunately, that didn’t happen in my case :op). but this way, you can bring home any leftover orchids to decorate your own home if there are any leftover.
hope this helps. i can’t seem to upload any pictures onto this post, but i can show you pictures if you would like.
good luck with your decision!
Post # 6
Orchid was my ‘main’ flower and I used potted orchids for the centerpieces. I liked the clean elegant look of them. My mom actually bought them and the pots which were perfect for our wedding at a local garden shop in Northern VA. We also had larger orchids that were used during our ceremony in memory of our parents who have passed away. I thought they were perfect 🙂 I def took the simple approach!
CLOSE UP – We sprinkled rose petals and orchid petals around the pots.
VIEW WITH MORE TABLES
THE BOUQUET – Orchids, Roses, Stargazers, and Cala Lillies I think.
YOU CAN SEE THE CEREMONY ORCHIDS OFF TO THE CORNERS OF THE DECK. I LOVED THEM!
JUST CAUSE IT’S A GREAT PIC. HERE’S A CLOSE UP OF ONE OF OUR MEMORIAL ORCHIDS 🙂
I’m not sure how much the center pieces cost since my mom bought them – but if you want I can fill you in on the budget for the rest of the flowers. Also we got married at the end of April – I’m not sure when orchids are the ‘cheapest’ 🙂
Post # 7
I’m the original post-er for the potted orchids and I’m glad that was helpful! The centerpiece photos (beautifull) posted by Jilian are simillar to what we did. We used deep mocha tableclothes, creamy napkins and votives. I thought the effect was very dramatic. We used a very reasonable florist, who did the centerpieces for 20-30 dollars each. Each table had a unique orchid, in one of 3 colors. She used a square glass vase with moss, plus orchid. The only tricky thing about that is after the wedding, the orchid must be either re-potted or taken out and carefully watered, then replaced. My mom is an orchid pro, so she let the people taking plants know about care.
The Trader Joe’s idea is a great one as well! However, a bit of caution. I would advise this only if you have several T.J’s within driving distance or you do not need many plants. Although you can start collecting in advance, you want to make sure you have enough that are the right color, in excellent condition and in the prime of their blooming.
Post # 8
My mom did print a ‘how to care for orchid’ sheet to send home with the centerpieces 🙂 She is an orchid queen too. I think she has at least 25 in her house!!
Me not so good at watering/feeding things that don’t remind me (bark). My little orchid didn’t make it, but I still have one of the larger ones 🙂
Post # 9
Any other potted plant suggestions?