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Victoria
Savvy June 2018

Potted flowers/plants as centerpieces?

Victoria, on May 4, 2017 at 7:47 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 2 21

I am not a DIY person, but I hate the thought of paying way too much for flowers that are going to just wilt and die. Mom has nixed the idea of fake flowers. My thought was: It can't be too hard to stick a potted rosebush in a nice looking pot? Is this madness? Some of my friends seem to think so. My reception is in early June in a ballroom at a 1900s B&B, 120-140 people, seated dinner. Also looking at doing a Bouqs package, but wary of that and I still think it's pretty expensive.

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Latest activity by Jess, on May 16, 2017 at 8:55 AM
  • C&N
    Super October 2017
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    If you're looking at online packages, I found a lot that were more affordable than The Bouqs: Bloominous, Kukka Flowers, Sam's Club, Costco. I almost went with Bloominous or Kukka and they both would have customized packages for me. I don't think the pot is a terrible idea, however I think you can get more affordable flowers than you think. I opted for smaller floral centerpieces, and 1 centerpiece from Bloominous would have been the equivalent of 3 for me.

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  • Z_Runner
    VIP June 2017
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    What about orquids (grammar?). You can get them at Whole Foods for ~$20/each...it's actually on sale this week for $10/each.

    If you want to DIY- vases of different heights and just 1 flower in each vase

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  • Shannon
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    You should do it!

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  • Danielle
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    I was thinking the same thing. I think it's a good idea.

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  • Erica
    Devoted August 2017
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    This is what we are doing. We have wooden boxes that we lined and will plant flowers in them!

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  • J
    Super September 2017
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    Orchids are amazing Smiley smile since your wedding is in the early summer though, I think you'll have an easy time finding nice grocery store flowers. I'd add whole foods and trader joes and the local farmers market to your list

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  • Allison
    Savvy June 2017
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    I am actually using potted hydrangeas for my centerpieces. My FFIL made reclaimed wood boxes for around the pot so you cant see them. It ended up cutting my floral cost a lot!!

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  • KDoubleU
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    My friend had succulent terrariums as centerpieces. They were gorgeous!

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  • Jessie
    Expert August 2017
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    We are having potted plants for our centerpieces, though we are not doing the potting. Our venue is a greenhouse and they put their flowers in our choice of pretty pots for the wedding. I think it will be lovely.

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  • Jo
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    I considered potted daisies for a while. I don't think your idea is mad at all, and it's nice for the environment that they can be planted afterward. Just make sure you have a plan for decorating the pots (fabric, paint, hiding them inside a more ornate pot) as that could get expensive.

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  • Rachael
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    That sounds like a great idea. And then people can take them home and grow them.

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  • WED18
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    Great idea!



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  • WED18
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    Double post

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  • MoreMoore
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    I actually really love this idea. I considered this, but in the Midwest in November, it's pretty much just ugly mums. I was actually at Walmart yesterday and they had the prettiest hydrangeas for like $10 fully blooming. It would be so inexpensive and gorgeous to use them for centerpieces!

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  • Tahoe9901
    Dedicated July 2017
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    I went to a wedding where they used potted flowers as centerpieces. On each table they put a colored dot under one of the plates, and whoever got the that plate got to take the flowers home. I thought it was a neat gesture.

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  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
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    One of the most gorgeous centerpieces I ever saw at a wedding was a potted orchid. The key is making sure the pot is completely covered by a box, another pot etc. You can hide a lot of sins with moss. Ikea has these gorgeous pots.

    Another idea using live plants is a breakaway centerpiece. If there are 8 seats at the table, you use 8 small pots of flowers, which double as your favor. You could buy the pots in your chosen color as you find them at a bargain price. It will be easy to find small flowering plants at the garden center for a June wedding.



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  • Ashley
    Super September 2017
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    Very pretty

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  • 717Bride
    Super July 2017
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    That's a great idea. I'd go for it !

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  • caitlin
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    We're doing potted orchids and grape hyacinths in little ceramic containers that match our colour scheme, and then people can take them home as part of our favours. i was also at a wedding with big potted trees and ferns and it was seriously magical! not sure where they got them or what happened after the fact.

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  • Sofia J.
    Just Said Yes July 2017
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    Madness? Perish the thought! It makes so much more sense (to me) than buying cut flowers that'll last a week and then die. So for our centerpieces, my fiance's dad took some succulent cuttings last summer, cared for them all year, and recently helped us transplant them into pots that we'll be decorating soon. (They're actually outgrowing the pots and looking a little odd -see photo below- but we'll figure it out.)

    As far as flowers go, orchids can be found for as little as $5 each, though the cheaper ones tend to be quite small. You can also find miniature rosebushes for as little as $3-10, depending on the store. I think Safeway sells them for about $5, and if you've got a greenish thumb, you might even be able to separate them into two or three pots (there are often several plants in one pot). And then after the wedding they can go in big, outdoor pots or even into the ground, where they'll likely live for years (much nicer than wilting a day after the wedding, I think). So yeah, long story short, I think potted plants make awesome centerpieces. Good luck! Smiley smile


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