Orchid Wedding Centerpiece Care Tips & Guide
©by Tricia Morlock; all rights reserved
Do you want elegant yet affordable orchid wedding centerpiece arrangements that your guests would be thrilled to take home as party favors? Consider placing a blooming, potted orchid in a basket and wrapping it with a band of personalized ribbon.
Obtaining the materials:
- Orchids can be obtained at a fraction of the cost you'd pay at your local markets. Buy them directly from wholesale nurseries, such as ours in Hawaii. Most nurseries will sell to the public if you order sufficient numbers to fill a wholesale box, usually 24/25 plants. You can request the color and size of orchid. They are shipped via FedEx directly to your home or reception location. Most nurseries will guarantee that they arrive on time and in perfect condition with blooms opening up. All you have to do is unwrap the plants from the packing material, soak them in water for about 10 minutes and then let them drain thoroughly.
- Baskets can be obtained very inexpensively from most supercenters or craft supply stores. Before you buy, ask the nursery for the dimensions of their growpots. You need to make sure they are a snug fit. Most Hawaii nurseries ship their orchids in square pots measuring 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" X 3 3/4". They fit best in a 4" square basket.
- Personalized wedding ribbon, with the names of bride and groom and the wedding date, can be ordered from on-line suppliers and can be wrapped around the orchid wedding centerpiece. You can choose the color and width of the ribbon and choose the color and font of the text. Make sure you order well in advance of the event.
- For a really professional look, after placing the orchid in the basket, top it with a little Spanish moss or wedding tulle, obtainable from your crafts supply store.
Doubling the value:
These beautiful orchid wedding centerpiece arrangements can be used as favors in one of several ways. Have the MC at the reception let the guests know that there is a sticker under one of the chairs at each table. The person sitting on that chair may take the centerpiece home with them. Or, invite the head of each family to take home a centerpiece.
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