As anyone planning a wedding will know, flowers can constitute a major part of the wedding budget. And although cut flowers will help to transform your wedding venue, they’ll be over even faster than your wedding diet. This can make it feel a little like a waste of money, especially if you don’t get to take any flowers home with you on the day.
However, if you opt for potted plants instead of cut flowers, you can significantly increase their shelf life and enjoy your blooms for weeks, months and even years after the big day. This great value is one of the many reasons that we’re seeing more and more potted plants creeping into modern weddings. If you’re considering swapping cut blooms for this more sustainable alternative, here are a few ways to incorporate potted plants into your wedding day.
One of the most obvious places for potted plants to be used is as centrepieces. The plants you choose will depend on your wedding theme and the time of year your ceremony is taking place. If you’re having a spring wedding, you could ask a florist to provide you with bucket loads of daffodils for your wedding tables. Small citrus trees would look great at a summer wedding while chrysanthemums, cyclamen and dahlias can all look fantastic in the autumn.
At the end of the day, you can take the centrepieces home with you and plant them up in your garden to enjoy year after year. Alternatively, as @Plants4Presents suggests “Living plants add that special finishing touch and can double up as thank you presents for those who have worked so hard on the wedding itself.”
Potted plants can also make fantastic wedding favours. If you’re green fingered, you could make these favours yourself by sowing seeds or cuttings into small pots in the weeks or months before your wedding. Choose a plant that will be flowering or otherwise looking good during the month of your wedding. Provide a small label with care instructions so that your guests know exactly how to get the most from the new addition to their garden.
Lining the aisle
If you want to use potted plants in a slightly more original setting, you can have your favourite blooms lining the aisle as your walk up to the altar. If you’re getting married in a church, you can attach the potted plants to the backs of the pews. If you’re getting married outside or in another type of venue, you can attach the plants to chairs or simply have them standing on the ground. Again, these potted plants will make great presents for friends and family at the end of the day.
If you’re currently planning a wedding of your own, you’ll find lots more ideas and inspiration on our site. Take a look around today to find out more.