(Closed) Tree Seedling Favors?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Would you take a tree seedling favor home and plant it somewhere?
    Yes! : (13 votes)
    42 %
    I like the idea, but don't know where I would plant it. : (12 votes)
    39 %
    I'm not a big fan of the idea : (5 votes)
    16 %
    other - leave me suggestions! : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Oh, those sound so cute – six inches in a glass! I think that would be a great visual at your wedding, and I love the idea of it, but there’s no way I could plant a seedling where I live. I think you’re right when you see the problem being your guests who don’t have established homes. I would fear that planting them at a park would just result in a dead seedling. Frown

    Could you just get a few for those guests who do have permanent homes? I guess that would be awkward, but it’s the only compromise I can think of so that people can see what you want to do but not be burdened with taking care of it.

    Post # 4
    2207 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think it is a wonderful idea, and we actually almost did it.  Unfortunately, we live in NYC, and many of our guests are from NYC and DC and are unable to plant them.  HOWEVER, what I wish Id known at the time, is that you can donate the ones not taken to a national park, to a city to plant where they see fit, etc.  You could order enough to look substantial, but not one for everyone, and leave a sgn saying “if you are unable to plant this tree, please leave behind and it will be donated to XXX for planting” or something along those lines.  Id definitely take mine and give it to my parents to plant or something though

    Post # 5
    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I personally would not plant a tree on my property unless I knew what kind of tree it was and whether I would want that particular species on my property. A tree is a huge thing!!! I would assume the average person does not have enough land for a full size tree. Maybe a ornamental tree but the chances of getting that from the town is not high.
    I like the idea of giving a seedling as a favor…maybe more along the lines of a flower seedling or herbs rather than a tree?
    Getting a tree established into your soil is a lot of work and probably even harder when it’s just a seedling. I’m not sure all your guests would be up to that and it would be a shame to get all the tree seedlings only to have them die bc they end up sittiing on someone’s kitchen shelf.

    I would suggest more a flower or herb seedling.

    Sorry to rain on your parade!

    If you would still like more info about planting trees here’s some info: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/trees/faq.htm#time

    Post # 6
    369 posts
    Helper bee

    I’d love to plant a tree in my backyard. It would help balance your wedding eco footprint (or whatever it’s called) and help make the earth prettier, one tree at a time.

    You should also write what type of tree it is and the maintenance tips (when to plant, where to plant…etc)

    Post # 7
    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I love the idea!

    Post # 8
    108 posts
    Blushing bee

    I love the idea too.  Yet, in honesty, I recently attended a wedding where this was the favor.  I didn’t want to not take the favor (bc I know as a bride, I would be sad to see tons left over) but we had no intentions on planting it in our yard (our landscaping situation is kinda set).  I would think you would risk people taking them out of kindness, but then the seedlings going to waste.  I think KellyV has a really good idea!


    Post # 9
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    It’s a cute idea but being truly honest, my back yard is a forest so I would have no place to plant a tree nor would I bother doing it. I might take one with good intentions, but knowing me I wouldn’t follow through. Maybe you could not do one per person, just have some so the people who will actually do it can take one and others won’t be pushed into owning a tree

    Post # 10
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Ok probably should have read the other posts before I posted, haha yes I agree with the above posters.

    Post # 11
    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love it!  I’d put a tag on it describing what kind of a tree it is and what you need to do to plant it though.

    Post # 12
    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I love the idea, and even suggested it to Fiance for our favor… but we ultimately decided against it for similar reasons, we have a lot of guests who don’t own homes. And even if they do there is no guarantee they will plant it. The FIL’s actually brought one home from a wedding two weeks ago… it has yet to be planted despite their best intentions (and it does have a tag indicating what type of tree it is, which is a big plus!).

    If you want to keep it green and decide to forego the seedlings you could always donate to a tree planting/enviro charity on behalf of your guests.

    Post # 13
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I think I would be love with the idea till I got it home..and than it would probably be deceased before I remember to plant it or found a place to plant it. Maybe you can plant the trees somewhere and put a note to the guests saying that a tree was planting in your honor! yay, I would be excited and might want to know where it was so I could visit my tree…but if it was up to me; well, I’m a busy college student and …it might not turn out like I would like.

    Post # 14
    3 posts
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I was going to use this idea but alot of my guests are comming from overseas or out of town so I am opting for flower seed packets!!!

    Post # 15
    1 posts

    I love the idea of tree seedlings or seeds as favors and have built a business around it; however, I also recognize that this idea may not be practical for everyone.  A little preplanning can make a world of difference.  If you are concerned that some of the guests may not make use of the tree seedling, have an alternate plan.  Many schools, community centers, city greening projects, etc. would love the donation of seedlings.  They will most likely do the planting for you, and the project will then be dedicated to you.

    Another option is to purchase tree plantings in Central America, Africa, or Asia.  It can be sent like an ecard or virtual gift.  Every virtual tree represents a real tree, which has been planted in the real world.  They are planted in areas that have been deforested and the soils have been depleted.  These plantings help struggling communities thrive and the envronment benefits.

    Sadly, many favors are little more than trinkets that are set aside and later forgotten.  This is an opportunity to make a difference in the world and create a legacy. 

    If you choose not to give a tree as a gift, please do consider another earth friendly alternative.  Think of it as an investment in your future.

    Joanne Wotherspoon 


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