Wedding Seedlings, Favors and Gifts
We can reserve wedding seedlings [evergreen plug seedlings recommended] in your name for use as favors and gifts, keep them in excellent condition, and ship them just in time for your big day! We can ship Fall, Winter and Spring due to the naturally longer “shelf life” of an evergreen plug seedling. Just be sure to pick a ship date which allows enough time between the delivery date and the event date for you to prepare the wedding seedling favors as needed. We can help you with this planning, just ask!
We highly recommend evergreen plug seedlings for use as eco friendly wedding gifts, trade show seedling giveaways and corporate event green gifts because of their longer “shelf life” as compared to “bare root” seedlings and transplants. The roots of evergreen plug seedlings have permeated a 4 to 5 inch tall cigar-shaped “plug” of soil comprised of a combination of dirt and organic material. This plug provides the little tree with a continuous source of water and nutrients, which reduces stress on the plant during shipping and planting…in a sense, they are never really really “dug up”. This also gives them a head start for the next growing season because their roots are already established in soil and are ready to start putting on new growth. Plug seedlings can also be shipped 9 months of the year. Bare root evergreen seedlings and bare root evergreen transplants, although more economical, cannot be harvested or planted in the winter. In a nutshell, we recommend that you buy plug seedlings if your wedding is between mid-Sept thru mid-June.
Our current “supercute list” for weddings and other events is as follows:
Balsam Fir plug seedlings [very popular for weddings, can grow into zone 7]
Concolor Fir plug seedlings [very popular for weddings, can grow into zone 7]
Colorado Blue Spruce [very popular and traditional for weddings]
Fraser Fir plug seedlings [very popular for weddings, can grow into zone 7]
Norway Spruce seedling plugs [taller and faster growing than other spruces]
White Spruce seedling plugs [super cute, taller and faster growing than other spruces, can handle exceedingly cold zones 3-6]
Bare root evergreen seedlings are a less expensive option, but are only available in season, late Sept thru Thanksgiving, and late March thru end of May. Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings, Balsam Fir seedlings and Serbian Spruce seedlings are always good choices, since they are easy to handle, are not bushy or bulky, and are cute pretty much every year.
Wedding Seedlings Packaging Options:
Individual Plastic Packaging [available for ALL trees]
Individual Gift Bag Packaging [available for ALL trees]
Individual Eco-Friendly Packaging [available for plug seedlings only]
Custom Laser Cut Pendants [seedlings and packaging sold separately]
Let us do the time-consuming, dirty prep work for you! The above packaging options, although expensive, will save you hours of prep time due to the amount of labor involved and provide an appealing and CLEAN presentation of your trees at your event. If you’d prefer to do it your own way, below are some photos and descriptions of what others have done.
Ideas for Wedding Seedlings as Favors:
For the convenience of your guests, we recommend that you dunk the roots in water [and wrap a wet paper towel around the roots if “bare root”], insert the roots in a small plastic bag, wrap the plastic bag in craft or tissue paper, and put a bow around the whole thing at the base of the trunk. You then have a very nice, clean and inexpensive gift which you can lay in a basket or on a gift table. You can also add pea gravel or pebbles to the bottom of the bag, which will add weight to the bottom of the bag and allow the bag to stand upright. Just be sure to protect your trees from direct sunlight until they are out of the shipping box and the plastic bags, since the heat generated by direct sunlight on the box or bags can kill the trees in short order. Evergreen transplants are much bigger and bushier, and therefore require more work…but they are certainly a good alternative if you want trees which are more substantial in size.
Pots are another presentation option, but precautions are necessary. Direct sunlight on a small pot can dry out the dirt and/or raise dirt temperature to fatal levels surprisingly quickly. For both plugs and seedlings, you should buy pots that are at least 3 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Place a rag or a folded paper towel in the bottom of the pot, which will allow water to drain while keeping dirt from falling out the bottom and making a mess. For best results, tell your guests to plant their trees as soon as possible.
How Others Prepared Their Wedding Day Trees:
Kelly and Jesse’s wedding:
Rick, I wanted to say THANK YOU again for providing such a wonderful and amazing product for our wedding! Our guests LOVED the trees and we even incorporated one into the ceremony! Since we were married outside we watered a unity tree instead of lighting a unity candle, it was basically fantastic 🙂 I am sending you another email with a few photos. Enjoy!
Kelly and Jesse
Wedding Seedling Favors for Kellie’s wedding:
Kellie did a nifty job preparing her trees for presentation and handout at her wedding. In her own words and pictures:
I bought the fabric for the bags on clearance and made them all myself. We put each tree in a plastic bag and gave it a few squirts of water. We put a scoop of tiny rocks in the bottom of the tree bags [so the bags would stand upright – Ed.] and then inserted the trees. My husband made the labels on his computer. We purchased sheets of business cards, the kind that when you tear them apart, they do not show the perforations…they were amazing!!! On the front of the business card was the name of the guest and their table number. On the back was a ‘coupon’ to get them into a brunch we had the next day. I punched a hole in each corner with a heart shaped hole punch and pulled the ribbon through it and then tied it onto the tree bag. It worked out perfectly and served many purposes.
It was a great and inexpensive gift and it made me very happy to know we were doing something nice for the environment. I also loved the idea of people planting a tree in honor of our wedding. The trees were SUCH a hit. Everyone REALLY loved them and said they had never seen anything like them before. I’ve even had many people come back and give me progress reports on their growth.
I’m so happy you liked the pictures. I was afraid I was bothering you. 🙂 You really helped us out a lot and we were so happy we found you. I’d be happy to recommend your company to anyone I know.
The Poem Kellie Wrote For Her Wedding Day:
Today is a day for love and life.
A beginning for us as husband and wife.
New love needs attention to grow and survive,
And with care and affection, will flourish and thrive.
The same holds true when it comes to a tree,
It needs nourishment and some T.L.C.
In time you will find that this seedling so small,
Will strengthen and grow to be mighty and tall.
The cold winds will blow and the branches will bend,
But a tree that is strong has the power to mend.
Though times may be tough through the course of our years,
We’ll grow stronger together through laughter and tears.
Please keep this young seedling and in some small way,
When you watch as it grows, you’ll remember this day.
You’re the family we love and the friends we hold dear,
And we’re so very happy to have you all here.
Carrie and Tom’s Wedding:
This email from you reminded me that I never THANKED YOU for my order. You sent me 200 Blue Spruce Seedlings for my son’s August 30th wedding (favors). I was very nervous that not only would they not arrive in time…but their condition would not allow me to present them in the way I had planned. Turns out I put myself through all that anxiety for no reason!
*** The trees ARRIVED on the PERFECT day (to allow me time to prepare the favors)
*** The trees arrived in PERFECT CONDITION !!!!
*** The trees were EXACTLY the size I was hoping for !!!!
*** The trees were EXTREMELY healthy little suckers !!!!
I purchased large wine goblets (from my local Dollar Store), & lined the inside with Gold Lame & Glittered Tulle (we had a very formal wedding). Then, I placed each tree in a plastic bag & inserted it inside the wine glass. I ordered “Printed” Satin Ribbon that had the words: “CARRIE & TOM ~~ MAY THIS TREE GROW AS STRONG AS THE LOVE THEY SHARE”…which I tied into bows to hold the trees up-right in the wine glasses….along with the lame & tulle. I also inserted a poem ~ which was rolled into a scroll into the glass.
OUR GUESTS **RAVED** over these favors!!! They turned out better than I had envisioned, and looked SO beautiful on the tables. Many of the guests have told me that the trees they planted after the wedding have actually grown (in just a few short weeks). We had about 10 trees left over, so we planted them in our yard…and they are THRIVING !!! We have not yet seen the pictures from the wedding, but our photographer just contacted us & the proofs are ready. So, once I get them, I will send you a picture of the Tree Favors. Things around here were so hectic before the wedding, I did not get the opportunity to take a picture of the favors…..but I did make sure our Photographer took some ~ because I thought you may want to put an image of them on your website …since they turned out SO WELL !!!!!
I can’t THANK YOU enough for making this work out so well for me.
Karen Russo (Mother of the Groom)
I wasn’t quite as crafty as the wedding trees featured on your website, however I wanted to share a photo of our wedding trees. Along with each tree, I included a quick set of planting instructions. We had a beautiful wedding day, and I’m very appreciative of the quality product you supplied. All the best to you.
It has been a few months since our wedding back at the end of September and I just wanted to let you know that your seedlings were one of our favorite parts of our wedding. We owe you a big thank you for helping us to figure out which trees to order, how to get the best deal, when to have them arrive so that they’d be in the best shape, etc. So THANK YOU!!! They looked beautiful and everyone loved them. I’ve attached a photo in case it’s useful.