1. Spring is all about planting:
• You can utilize seed packets as part of your décor - whether it’s vintage seed packets or actual seed packets you buy from a nursery
• Seed packets can be used as favors, escort cards or table display items
• Seed packets can also be carried throughout the theme of the party
• Plants can be used in an edible salad garden with really beautiful compost salads. Another option is a crudité display.
• Seedlings can be used for décor. Consider newly sprouted items that are available from different hardware stores and nurseries such as fresh herbs, etc. that you buy early in the season. Guests can also take these home and plant them.
2. Baby animals:
• Consider dressing the ring bearer or flower girl (if they are very young) in a lamb or baby chick costume to walk down the aisle. This also makes for a great photo opportunity.
• For the photo booth, consider hiring an animal wrangler to bring chicks, lambs, pigs so guests can hold them in photos. This is great for weddings on farms or in the countryside.
• You can go to local craft store and buy silk flowers and use them to make a wall entirely out of flowers. This can be used as a backdrop for the dessert display, photos or a photo booth.
4. Non-Floral Plants:
• You can create a non-floral plant centerpiece or an edible centerpiece. For example, a beautifully presented crudité edible garden as a centerpiece. You can also incorporate flowers and bulbs in this.
• Buy fake birds from the craft store... finches, etc. and vintage bird cages from etsy or ebay. These come in a beautiful brass color or you can spray paint them to match your color theme.
• You can also incorporate real birds and put them in the bird cages instead of using flowers. You can donate these after the wedding to a local nursing home, school, etc. This is a great alternative to using flowers that will get thrown in the garbage at the end of the wedding.
About the Guest Author: Great Performances is New York City’s premier catering company spearheading the evolving “food as fashion” movement. The company is known for incorporating seasonal ingredients into its delicious, innovative and beautifully designed food presentations. Counting many of the city's most high-profile cultural institutions and landmark properties as clients, such as Sotheby's, The Plaza, Asia Society, BAM, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (at the Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center), Great Performances is the only New York City caterer to own and operate its own 60-acre organic farm, Katchkie Farm, in Kinderhook, NY.