Inspiration for natural living wedding table centrepieces – from ferns to succulents
Charlie / 5 February 2012
Recently I received an email from a TNWC bride-to-be who was looking for inspiration and ideas for planted, living centrepieces. I offered to see what was out there – a firm believer that there must be something more exciting than just potted up plants. Here’s what I came up with…
Along with grasses, I think ferns of overlooked when it comes to wedding flowers and arrangements, so I was delighted to come across a couple of fantastic ideas using ferns. I’ve got more coming soon on ferns in bouquets, so stay tuned if you like the idea, but you can also see these fern and moss centrepieces I featured recently.
These living ferns, planted in a variety of glass containers, along with a few other plants that look like they are shade loving, just look so beautiful set at the centre of these reception tables. Combined with white linens and an eclectic mix of candlesticks they have that old world appeal to them.
I would love one of these in my home – they are so cheerful, and if you made them for your wedding tables at least you could fill your house (or give some away) with beautiful plants that would continue to live long after your wedding day.
I think potted herbs as centerpieces have been a firm favourite for a while now, but that doesn’t meant to say they should be placed in the “so last year” category. Not only do herbs come in all different shapes and sizes, but they smell beautifully too – and if the herbs happen to be flowering at the time of your wedding even better! Think tiny blue rosemary flowers and clusters of pink thyme flowers. Yum!
For me, I think that planted herbs, especially when placed on tables to create a focal point, look nicest potted into weathered, old containers – aged terracotta, faded grey stone and elegantly rusting metal.
Perhaps combine centrepieces with wedding favours, and place a small potted herb in each persons place – it will make the tables look lovely, reduce the need for additional centrepieces and your guests get something to take away with them.
Succulents seem to be having their moment in the limelight, popping up all over the place at weddings – from buttonholes to bouquets, living wreaths to table decoration. There is something rather striking and beautiful about these structured plants, and I hear they are easy to keep alive – ideal to give away to your mom’s after the wedding day, or put in your living room.
Lots of succulents (and cactus) that I came across were in terrariums, these sort of mini landscapes – yes, we might not have any desert areas of the UK, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t fit in with a coastal wedding – add some tiny shells to the stones and they could look lovely.
The other idea I came across which really appealed to me, were these single succulents potted into old metal cups – they look a bit like mini chalices. I can imagine it would be difficult to find enough of an item like these, but I thought they were inspiring as an alternative to the glass terrariums.
Potted Teapots and Jugs
One idea I really like but struggled to find good pictures of, is using unusual planters such as old teapots and milk jugs to plant in. You could use any kind of plants, but using something like an old teacup as a container is a bit different and quirky than just a plant pot.
Many of the ideas I came across for living centrepieces were very green, lots of lush shades of green. I think this jug filled with bright orange nasturtiums is a fun alternative to all those greens – I can just see long trestles tables with pots of colourful nasturtiums tumbling the length, or round tables with a tall waterfall of them in the centre.
I really love this idea of planting spring bulbs in teacups – these lily of the valley look particularly beautiful, as would tiny pansies or Heartsease (these flowers are also edible and can usually be found with the herbs at a good plant centre).
So there you have it, those are my top picks of ideas and inspiration for living centrepieces for a natural wedding.
What do you think? Which is your favourite idea? Is anyone else considering living centrepieces for their wedding and what ideas have you considered? Did you have living centrepieces are your wedding – I’d love to hear from you!
Images: (1 – 5) Gayle Brooker via Style Me Pretty; (6) Aubrey Joy Photography via 100 Layer Cake; (7) Docuvitae via Style Me Pretty; (8) Miki Duisterhof via Intimate Weddings; (9 – 11) Simply Rose Photography via Rock N Roll Bride; (12) This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes; (13) via Pinterest; (14) The Violet Hours; (15) via Pinterest; (16) Sunset; (17) via My DIY Wedding
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