Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Eco- and Budget-Friendly Centerpieces

I was so inspired by one of John's holiday gifts to Sherry over at This Young House (a vase with the promise to fill it 12 times a year) that I committed to buying myself fresh flowers on a weekly basis.

I did it the first week (and they actually lasted two weeks!). But then I started worrying that I was bringing unnecessary pesticides into our house. I don't mean to be a spoil-sport; I just worry about the proliferation of chemicals in our lives. Two of my family members have battled cancer, and it scares me.

Plus, since my car was stolen, I've needed to save even more money to buy another one.

Ugh, what a depressing post so far!

Anyway, I decided to go outside, snip a few pieces off a plant that needed to be trimmed anyway, and stuck them in a vase. Voila! Instant centerpiece. It could totally work at a wedding.

Photo via This Young House: John's gift to Sherry

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Marina said...

I am anxiously awaiting spring, when I can plant the herbs, grasses, and flowers I plan to have as live centerpieces at my July wedding. I'm especially excited because my cousin has worked at a nursery, is currently trying to get into landscaping, and has already pointed me at some super cool looking grasses. (Corkscrew grass! Who knew?) She's totally drafted to help me plan and plant. I am excited both for how they'll look at centerpieces, and how they'll look on my porch afterwards. yay live plants!

Anonymous said...

I love picking foliage from my garden! Sometimes I think we miss the intricate beauty of our leafy friends preferring showier flowers. Foliage alone can be really interesting and structural (lasts for ages and ages) if not beautiful too.

Anonymous said...

I love your vase, btw! Also wondering what type of plant you snipped? The leaves are a beautiful shape and I love how they contrast with the reddish branches! Thanks for sharing!

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Marina: Wow! Sounds amazing. Please share your pictures with me down the line...

@ Moxie: I have no idea what kind of plant it is! Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog this past weekend and over the course of the week, I have read every post. WOW - you are so inspiring. I am recently engaged & while I was totally wrapped up in stylemepretty, my outlook on the wedding planning process has changed. I've known that I don't want a big elaborate wedding that's focused on the materials, that I wanted to stay somewhat eco-friendly, but you just put everything into more perspective, so THANK YOU. You are now my wedding planning guide, and we too are going to attempt a $2000 wedding.

AND! this post about This Young House took me to their blog, and I realized that I live just a few miles away from them!

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