Botanical Favors and Decor

By Lizzie Smithson

I have a confession to make: I have never loved flowers. I like getting them on celebratory occasions, of course. But, I have to admit, I’m loving the growing trend of botanical favors and decor.

Whether you want to send a ‘green’ message to your guests or you don’t want to pay big bucks for a florist, there are many unique ways to showcase plants within your wedding style.

Add Water Decor

Succulents in simple, DIY planters would make a beautiful statement in a loft or gallery wedding. You can personalize the base planters to fit within your color scheme or go neutral (as shown) to keep it simple.

succulent diy wedding decor mod

These bubble vases would definitely make a statement at a museum or gallery wedding. I love how they show off simple buds! Keep it elegant and modern with a simple style or go quirky with the leg variations pictured below.

mod bubble plant decor for intimate weddings

bubble planters for wedding decor on intimate weddings

For a pair of bookworms, these creative planters would be an excellent centerpiece for an outdoor wedding (not quite sure how all that dirt is kept neatly in there)! You can also use some colorful magazines to add some extra punch.

alternative planter in stack of books for wedding centerpiece

Using a small tree as a table number would be an excellent idea for an eclectic or natural indoor wedding or a fun and laid-back outdoor wedding. I love the idea of clothes-pinning a table number to the top and you can easily tie-in this idea elsewhere by using the trees as decor for the dessert and gift tables.

plant centerpieces for wedding

Mixing up succulents with your cake platters on the dessert table instantly adds a modern, yet home-grown, touch to your decor.

plant dessert table wedding decor idea inspiration

Sweet minis would make a cute addition to a long, rectangular-style table reception…I feel if I was sitting in front of these beauties, I’d be enthralled by their simplicity. Who says you need a giant or loud centerpiece anyway?

sweet and simple plant decor for a small wedding

Give’Em Something to Grow Favors

Succulents are everywhere. These square tins and lovely labels take a small, beautiful gift in a new direction. You can dress up your succulents within any theme with unique, small details.

diy favor succulent

I love the idea of dried flowers and a small candy in a tiny metal pot. You can personalize this idea with moss and a flower pick label, potpourri instead of flowers or a small plant in soil.

diy dried flower wedding favor

It seems that I fall a bit more in love with terrariums each time I see them. These terrarium light bulbs with a simple tag are fresh and inspiring. You can take the idea in an ornament direction or double the favors as place cards.

diy succulent ornament light bulb wedding favor

Photo One: Ruffled Photo Two: TrendLand Photo Three: See Hear Say Photo Four: Today and Tomorrow Photo Five: Chic und Schlau Photo Six: Terri Planty Photo Seven: sweetfineday Photo Eight: San Diego Wedding Insider Photo Nine: Verbalized in Retrospect Photo Ten: The City Cradle

lizzie smithson of love your way blog Lizzie Smithson is a recent public relations graduate, native Chicagoan living in Texas and wedding blogger planning a $10,000 (or under) wedding with her graphic-designer fiancé.

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  1. Posted by anna on January 27th, 2011 at 6:35am

    I love those alien looking pots - I would never have thought to use them as wedding flowers. Genius!

    Also terrariums make me incredibly happy!

    Such great ideas. I may have to bookmark this!
  2. Posted by jamie on January 27th, 2011 at 9:45am

    love these ideas and i'm most likely using succulents in my upcoming wedding. in general, where is the best play to buy them? this is a whole new world for me - i do NOT have a green thumb! :)
  3. Posted by lizzie on January 27th, 2011 at 10:01am

    hi jamie! you can buy wholesale succulents from a lot of sites, here's a few:
    arid lands
    cactus limon

    i might try to look for a local place (garden or landscape) to ask questions or start gathering pieces from. here's a couple of tutorials for you:
    diy succulent tutorial from lovely morning
    tutorial from yes, please
  4. Posted by Lissa on January 27th, 2011 at 3:00pm

    You have put together an amazing post! Thanks for all the great options for using these botanicals at weddings. Must share this link on our Bellenza FB page!
  5. Posted by Chamonix on July 27th, 2011 at 4:58pm

    These photos are beautiful! We've used some of them in our latest post @ No Impact Bride. Hope you don't mind.

  6. Posted by paula on June 11th, 2013 at 8:03pm

    where did you find those bubble faces (the ones with the stand and the leg stems)?
  7. Posted by Jessica on July 13th, 2014 at 3:43pm

    I was wondering where you purchased those square metal containers for the succulents I'm having a hard time finding something like that. Thanks!
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