Reader Question: Planning a Potted Plant Wedding Reception

Whee! Another reader question from Tulle Nation! I love these because 1. I get to help y'all solve your wedding dilemmas and 2. It means someone's out there reading me (Heh.). Today's question comes from Liz who's planning a wedding for June:

Whee! Another reader question from Tulle Nation! I love these because 1. I get to help y'all solve your wedding dilemmas and 2. It means someone's out there reading me (Heh.). Today's question comes from Liz who's planning a wedding for June:

"I have always lived in apartments I love plants
and growing things. At the store today I saw a bunch of cheap yellow
flower pots and that got me wondering; does anyone use in the soil flowers for
reception centerpieces? I can't think of any blog posts that showed this,
but I also can't see why not.

My reception is going to be at a picnic shelter by a lake at
a local state park. We're catering bbq from a local favorite and having a
cupcake cake instead of a traditional wedding cake. I had planned on
decorating the picnic tables by using a plastic lime green table runner and
adding a plain vase full of yellow plastic bubble dispensers (favors), a ribboned
vase full of yellow flowers, and large origami flowers I have folded out of
pictures of flowers. I haven't actually purchased any flowers yet, which
is why I am asking. Seeds are a lot cheaper than roses.

What are the upsides and downsides of using potted plants in
decorating? Is this a thing people do? Are there pictures of this?
"

Liz, people TOTALLY do potted plants for centerpieces. I almost went this route myself after seeing it done at a friend's wedding. Here's some amazing potted plant centerpieces to inspire you:

Reader Question: Planning a Potted Plant Wedding Reception
Images Courtesy of: Megan Clouse Photography, Apartment Therapy, Wedding Dish, Barillaus.com, Martha Stewart, Diana Ma Weddings

I also thought I'd include a few ideas for you on additional (and affordable) little details and decor for your potted plant wedding:

Reader Question: Planning a Potted Plant Wedding Reception

  • One idea for wedding favors is to make seed bombs. They are inexpensive, easy to make, and look cute when wrapped in tissue paper (image courtesy of: Good Housekeeping).
  • Another favor idea is to DIY some seed-filled matchbooks. Super cute and super easy.
  • And one last favor idea, how about just offering regular old seed packets? Then cover them with a cute label, glue them to a stick, and "plant" them in a container (image courtesy of: Giuliana Photography).
  • If the price is compatible, why not swap out the plastic green runners for cheap fabric ones? That way, after the wedding you can either sell them or donate them after the wedding and get a little of the money back.
  • Leave out some cute birch straws for your guests to use in their drinks. It's an extra but SO cute and a sweet detail.
  • Add a bit of detail to your table settings with some floral paper napkins. They'll dress up plainer (and cheaper) plates and silverware.

Well, Liz, I hope that helps you out and gives the confidence to follow through with your fab potted plant wedding reception! Anyone else out there have any budget-friendly garden wedding suggestions for Liz?