Friday, August 22, 2008

DIY Decor that's Cheap & Green!

Looking for an alternative to expensive floral arrangements or want a more eco-friendly decor options? We love the idea of DIY flowers, decor and table settings that you can reuse long after your wedding! A really inexpensive and lovely alternative to cut flowers is potted plants and terrariums. At my wedding, we had pink garden roses in moss covered antique stone pots as the table decoration surrounded by candles. After the wedding was over, we gave the roses to our families to take home and plant, and they could reuse the pots! Not only was it pretty inexpensive (only about $15/potted rose bush!), but it was a lovely gesture and those wedding day roses have planted roots in the gardens of our loved ones. You can check out your local garden shop or talk to your florist, use herbs, seasonal plants such as hyacinth, tulips, amaryllis, paper whites, poinsettia, fruit topiary or the always fashionable orchid, visit a site like Smith and Hawken or do it yourself! Another great DIY resource is Nettleton Hollow, or Decorative Branches, both specializing in branches and dried flowers and plant pods-perfect for the modernist, abstract or minimalist bride, and after the wedding, you can use the branches or dried flowers in your home! I'm also a HUGE fan Jamali Garden, which is where I bought countless DIY supplies for my own wedding. Jamali has really cool moss pots, modern vases, glass cloches, seashells, beautiful metal wares and so much more. Plus, what I love about these sites is that long after my wedding, they are still great resources for my home decor! Budget friendly AND recyclable? It doesn't get much better than that!

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