Post # 1
One of my decisions for my wedding was that I’d recycle as much as I can. So whenever I came across this:
I knew that tree trunks had to be included in our wedding. I spent the afternoon scouring through websites and found not only were the prices ridiculous but I couldn’t have someone cut down a tree specifically for my wedding. (I have a bleeding heart.) So I sought an alternative and made a trip to my local tree service. Most of the people that came in desired firewood and thus I was charged firewood pricing. They cut it for me for free and packed them in my car. I then took a trip to the Home Depot and bought three cans of urethane, clear gloss and three paint brushes. I have just finished my first coat and I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am! Are any of you incorporating trunks into your own wedding?
Post # 3
Really? Nobody is incorporating tree trunk slices?
Post # 4
I love the idea of the tree trunks! I’ve never thought about using them as cake (or in your case, pie) displays!!! My favourite has to be the center pieces with the candles!
Oh the pies look delicious! 🙂
Post # 5
I am using tree trunk slices on my centerpieces. My tall ones will be vases sitting on two trunk slices and on our table I am doing different sized pillar candles and votives down the middle, sitting on trunk slices as well, like in your first pic. This was my inspiration photo, only we had them sliced thinner.
Post # 6
We didn’t, but I think it’s beautiful!
Post # 7
I wish you lived closer because we used tree trunks too. We had them holding them bubbles, as cake stands, centerpieces, and a hollowed out log served as the card box. We used this giant tree that floated down the river and got stuck by our house and there’s so much left.
Post # 8
i want to use them as well in the same form as the first picture – i’ve just got to track down a place to get them from! my brother had to cut down a cedar a few months ago, i wonder if he has any left… not sure how straight of a cut he could make though lol. when you say you went to your local tree service… what is that, exactly? a company that cuts down trees or a tree nursery or something?
Post # 10
@TheFutureMcBride: I love that you utilized your trunks for more than just cake holders. I hadn’t thought of using them for bubbles or cardholders.
I’m sure you can find a tree service in your area. They’re just workers who cut down trees from peoples property and take them back to the “office”. If you call a tree service by you they’ll be glad to give you them. Just ask that they be cut into discs, give them the diameter of the trunk you’re looking for and thickness, and be sure to let them know you want the bark intact. Also be sure to ask for a fresh piece or you’ll have splitting issues.
Post # 11
We are using one for our cake stand. My parents neighbors wer cutting a tree down, so my dad went over and hand selecting a good piece. He did the same thing, polyeurythane, etc. It turned out great. In fact, our cake lady wants to buy it from us after the wedding to use for other weddings, etc.
Post # 12
Love! We used wood slices on our tables and had three, differently heighted tree trunk cake stands. My friend made them all from his wood pile! We also did the woodslice guestbook. Bought a slice from Michael’s and had guests sign with sharpies.
(This is actually our aisle for the ceremony – but our table centerpieces were similar!)
Post # 13
YES!! I saw this post a couple of days ago and it got me thinking about my centerpiece. I am having my wedding at a farmhouse with a lot of rustic elements. I am also having a Mexican-themed wedding and wanted to incorporate the two. Below is my current mock-up. The table-runner will be on white tablecloth. The lantern will have a candle in it, while the glass jars will have fresh flowers.
Right now I am iffy about using the cigar box as a lantern riser. For me it doesn’t go and I think tree trunk slices will work better. What do you think?
P.S. Thanks for the tip about tree service companies.
Post # 14
That’s a great tip about the tree service companies! One of my FI’s only decor requests was the tree trunk thing, but I really wasn’t sure how to go about getting them. Thanks!
Post # 15
I am using tree trunk pieces as well! Thank you for the tip on how to get them!
For centerpieces, I am placing my great-grandmothers collection of old bottles/jars grouped together on top of the trunk.
Post # 16
@baldor1: I think tree trunks would look fabulous with what you’re trying to do! They really add a contrast of texture to your centerpiece.
I’m glad I could help you all! I know how expensive little trunks can be!