The Q&A Archives: Wedding Favors

Question: I would like to give favors of seed or bulbs or something that will grow for a late June wedding. Any suggestions?

Answer: I think seeds as wedding favors would be easier than trying to package up bulbs as gifts. The most common flower seeds used for weddings inclue Chinese Forget Me Not, Love In A Mist, Sweet Peas, Shasta Daisies, Painted Daisy, Corn Poppies or anything that matches your colors or theme. Annuals are typically planted in the spring while perennials are usually planted in the fall or early spring. Most seeds will keep at least 6 months before they start to loose their viablility so people do have some time before the seeds need to be planted.

Here's a clever way to package the seeds. First, purchase an ordinary packet of seeds to use as a template. Carefully open the packet and pour out the seeds, then carefully lift each flap so the entire packet is completely flat. Use this as a template. You can trace the outline on a single piece of paper, fitting in as many as possible, then photocopy the paper using attractive stationery. You can even print a poem, a message, or add a photo to the packet. Cut each packet out and glue the ends to seal them, leaving the top of the packet open so you can pour in a teaspoon of seeds. You can also include the planting directions - then seal the top, either with Elmer's Glue or with a sticker. One pound of seed equates to 150-200 teaspoons so you can use more or less seed, depending upon how many packets you are making up.

Hope your project impresses your guests!

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