Potted plants as wedding favors

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Wedding favours that are given to your guests as they are leaving can be creative and memorable. Giving plants as wedding favours will provide the guests with a long-lasting gift that is also eco-friendly. Use inexpensive terra-cotta pots -- painted to match your wedding colours if you prefer -- or purchase pots designed for weddings with thoughtful messages printed on them. Provide plastic bags or sheets to help the wedding guests get their potted plants home without a mess.

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Flowers

Leaving small pots of flowers by each place setting will add pops of colour to your reception tables. Coordinate the flower colours with your wedding scheme. African violets are easy to transport and come in vibrant colours. Tiny roses add fragrance, while daffodils offer dramatic height, even in small pots. For even more drama, try orchids. Daisies are easy to care for, as are kalanchoes.

House Plants

Ideal for people who don't like yard work, house plants can brighten guests' homes for years after your wedding. Blooming plants such as peace lilies come in small enough sizes to make for ideal wedding favours. Ivy offers a more outdoor feel, while still being easy to care for indoors. Small palm plants can be grouped as a centrepiece that the guests can take apart when it's time to leave. Plants with coloured leaves, such as the fall croton, can bring colour to the table.

Herbs

Potted herbs bring powerful, memorable fragrances to your reception. Stick to commonly used herbs such as basil, sage or rosemary. If you decide to use several types of herbs, label the pots so the guests know what they are taking home.

Asian-Inspired

The Asian tradition of giving bamboo to promote love, marriage and luck has taken root in American culture. Small potted bamboo or lucky bamboo gives a Zen twist to your wedding favours. Although Asian money tree plants are often given to the bride and groom to bring them prosperity, you can share that sentiment with guests by offering potted money trees as wedding favours.

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