More wedding details! For those of you reading that aren't getting married any time soon - I just wanted to throw it out there that I realize this may not apply to everyone. My hope is that some of these details and color palettes might serve as inspiration for a smaller gathering or party, or even home decor! My biggest goal when planning my wedding was to use items that were special to us and that would easily translate into our new apartment.
Read on for DIY painted succulent pots, making a geometric ceremony backdrop, and more!
Something that makes me a little sad inside is how quickly wedding flowers die. The bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony and aisle arrangements - it's easy to spend a small fortune on lovely blooms, only to have them wilt in the California sun. While I won't judge a bride who values florals as important, they just weren't top of my list to splurge on.
Instead, I opted for an extra big bridal bouquet for me (treat yoself), greenery crowns for my girls instead of bouquets, and hand potted succulents in lieu of centerpieces. I ended up being really happy with the photos of my bridesmaids, since the flowers didn't dominate every picture and my bouquet provided the focal point. Instead, the girls held hands or got cozy, which I like a lot better than stiff poses.
What I really want to focus on though today is the DIY succulents. This is a super effective cost saver for brides, but more importantly to me, was symbolic of a sustaining love. We invited our guests to take home a succulent from their table as a favor, with instructions on the bottom of our menus on how to care for them. This turned out to be a HUGE hit - not a single plant baby was left behind! I've gotten so many texts with pictures of our lil guys, with notes saying they are growing so well. It's incredibly sweet to go to friends' houses and be reminded of that day.
As soon as I knew I wanted succulents, I started thrifting for pots (as early as nine months out!) and browsing places like IKEA for more planters. I decided on a mixture of glass and solid color pots, as well as sizes to give good variety to each table.
For the solid color pots (ceramic, terra cotta, etc) I used Black Montana spray paint in copper. This stuff is MAGIC. It's way better than Krylon. It actually looks real! Definitely worth the extra couple bucks. 1 can will double coat about 20 pots depending on the size. I didn't do any prep work - just spray it on and go.
My glass jars were a bit trickier. I picked up most of these at IKEA, but also thrifted a few really big jars that make great statements! To paint these with a mercury glass effect, I used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. I had to order cans from Amazon since I couldn't find any in my local stores. It works really well and comes out gorgeous. To get the mottled look, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and mist the whole jar. The droplets shouldn't run (this means you're misting too much), otherwise you'll get streaks. Just a light coat will do. Then immediately spray the jar with the paint. Let dry for about 10 minutes, then repeat the process! The more you build up layers, the more realistic the effect. I was satisfied with 2-3 coats.
Potting the succulents was a fun afternoon in the summer with my mom and sister. We got special cactus soil since the pots have no drainage and it would be easy to over-water the plants. My mom had the idea to finish them off with black sand from Home Depot.
I actually ordered all the succulents from Etsy! There's a shop called San Pedro Cactus that does variety packages specifically for weddings. I selected the 2 in size and ordered about 150 plants, specifying that I wanted a large range in colors and types. They came right on time and were packaged beautifully (none were broken during shipping). It saved so much time to have them hand selected for me, and ordering in bulk saved money!
After potting all my plants, I realized I wanted something a bit more special for the head table. One of my bridesmaids that got married last fall really encouraged me to focus a lot of attention on the head table, since that's what gets photographed the most. I saw these airplants on instagram and knew that was the special touch I was looking for! But let me tell you, they were super hard to track down. I went to four nurseries before I could locate the elusive Tillandsia Xerographica. These were definitely my splurge item - at $40 a pop, I could only get my hands on a few. But, they really stood out on the head table the way I wanted and made excellent gifts for a few special ladies that helped out the most during the big day. I did keep one for myself and it graces my coffee table.
My florist also threw in bulk garden roses, which helped add some color to the muted green tones. And can we talk about the gorgeous table runner from Silk & Willow? It's hand woven silk. *major heart eyes*
Last but not least, I wanted to share our garland backdrop for our ceremony. We married under a sweet gazebo surrounded by flowering blooms, but I wanted to incorporate my decor touches into that special area as well. I saw these geometric metal garlands at Target last Christmas in their Holiday line. Naturally I ordered 12 boxes. Several of my friends picked up Eucalyptus leaves at Trader Joes (how lucky that they had it in stock that day!) and hung branches in between the for texture. We finished it off with small airplants. The result was an epic curtain that we were able to step behind when we took communion, and an amazing backdrop for our photos!
I'm actually thinking about bringing a lot of these pieces back during the holidays - the gold, copper and eucalyptus combo is a classic - you can't go wrong!
Stay tuned for more color inspiration and a fool proof way to pick bridesmaid attire.