New, Yet Vintage?


We’re hopefully on the cusp of booking a florist, and what sealed the deal for me was that I didn’t feel like I had to “sell” my vision to her. Unfortunately, there are not very many Flowerwilds or Saipuas in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and when I try to describe that sort of look to the other florists we met with, well…it’s just good I had a lot of pictures to help explain what I was seeing. Instead, when I met with the last florist it was more of an exchanging of ideas and it really helped that she knows our venue so well. She had already done some weddings with a similar feel that we’re looking for. I’m just hoping that her price is within our budget.

One of the areas I really felt I had to sell to those other florists is in using succulents. This florist, on the other hand, encouraged me to use them! I love the look of just about every wedding I’ve seen featured using succulents. However, sometimes I feel like they are a bit too modern for what we’d like. I think what makes the difference though is the container they’re in and that the patina on these containers gives the more modern looking plants a vintage vibe.

{photos by Stephanie Williams via Green Wedding Shoes}

{photo by Jennifer Dery}

{photo by Lisa Lefkowitz via Green Wedding Shoes}

I could definitely see using something like these. However I think the hunt for affordable containers like this might just drive me nuts. Since our venue has an outdoor seating area I can definitely see us doing something like this for the outdoor tables though.


{photos by JAC Photographers via Green Wedding Shoes}

Not really that vintage vibe, but I think they’ll be really nice on the outdoor tables and will hold up well in the July heat. What might make them work better too is if our florist can incorporate succulents in our indoor arrangements as well.

Anyone else struggling to figure out how to use something that they love in their wedding where it may not quite fit into their overall feel?

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10 comments on “New, Yet Vintage?

  1. Sarah writes...

    I also am struggling with the task of trying to find vintage styled containers for flowers. I am going with all white hydrangeas/roses/mums and want to accent with metallic antique containers….. Where to find!? My mom and I plan on going to estate sales this summer and until then I will be obsessing on the web for sure! Also – Ikea definitely has those glass low dome types that you posted at the end – I purchased a bunch for very similar use and they were great.

  2. baylee writes...

    I think will a little DIY craftiness you could find the antique container look. You can get spray paint that is textured or metallic and take a bunch of different containers, spray them all the same color and then group them together. I love the look of a “collection” of items- the color will tie them together. I did floral for a Masquerade Christmas Ball and painted glass vases I got from my grandmother (my aunts and uncles send her flowers for every occasion so she had a bunch) and I found some great textured ones @ the thrift shop (check garage sales as well.) I painted all the glass vases gold, tied black ribbon to them and put red roses and black feathers together to create very elegant, super simple centerpieces. Good luck!!!! Let us know how it goes!!!!

  3. I absolutely love the idea of using plants in your wedding table decor, and vintage at that! I wish I had some ideas on where to get containers, but I really like the idea of painting them for a vintage look.

  4. I am probably not going to be able to help you on where you can find the containers you are looking for. Still, you have some time to still figure it out. Hope you can do it!
    .-= bridal girl’s most recent blog post: Finding Your Location =-.

  5. I love succulents for weddings! I had some in my bouquet…took them out and planted them after the wedding and they are still alive a year and a half later! It would be super fun to take all the ones from your centerpieces and plant them in a window container or big pot. Everytime I see mine, I’m reminded of my wedding.

  6. Mother of the Bride writes...

    See the May 2010 issue of Rachael Ray magazine for more images of our “backyard wedding” featuring the succulent centerpieces that were designed and made by me, my daughter and son-in-law. First posted on the Green Wedding Shoes blog – now all over the place!

    This was a lot of work – but the succulents are still going strong! Proud Mom

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