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October 18, 2008

DIY ceremony arrangements!

I had to stay away from the blog world this morning. It was seriously encroaching on my ability to finish my projects in a timely manner. But I have some good things to share. Which to me means that I’m working my way through the list!

Kay, first are these:

I started them a LONG time ago, like maybe in June, so they had plenty of time to grow all full and nice by the wedding. There are two different versions, 4 of each… so we have 8 big arrangements to line the aisle. Does that make sense? It’s kind of hard to see them in this photo and then right after I took it I realized I should test out the ribbon too.

So the finished product will look like this:

They are totally charlie brown and funny, but guess what? We’re going with them! I kind of wish I had black & white ribbon or something more fun, but I don’t know if I can bare another trip downtown to the flower market.

No one will notice they even exist I’m sure. Our awesome and creative florist, Hoot & Heart, has been exceedingly nice and agreed to let me get all in their business with my own contributions. I love them. They are adding garden roses and petals to the aisle too.

Here is how you complete this project:

Buy large pots.
Buy cactus/succulent planting mix.
Buy succulents.
Plant in desired arrangement.
Wait. (water sparingly).
Remember they exist, run to the side of the house to make sure they haven’t died during months of neglect, and water again.
Wait some more.

THEN, when it’s time for the wedding, fill in the empty space where you can see the dirt with spanish moss (the coolest floral supply ever, I just learned).
Tie your ribbons around the top of the pot and VOILA!

A note to interested parties, you can actually make these a few weeks before the wedding too, they will just be a little smaller. But the good thing is you have way more control over the final product and you don’t have to worry that your succulents want sun and your sword plants want shade, making neither particularly happy.


  1. Jackie said on October 18, 2008

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! I am thoroughly enjoying all of your wedding ideas. It looks like it is going to be beautiful.

  2. east side bride said on October 18, 2008

    They’re fabulous. I have to tell you, I actually prefer them without the ribbon… More organic, less Wedding.

  3. Heather from the bar said on October 20, 2008

    very very cool :)

  4. amanda said on October 20, 2008

    bootiful! (can’t wait to see them in the aisle!)

  5. redframe said on October 21, 2008

    amazing! i agree with east side re the ribbon? still fab either way! just had a look at your venue, how fun?!

  6. Silvia said on November 11, 2008

    What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to see them in action on the THE DAY!

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