When I shared my ideas for fun eco-friendly wedding favors a while back, I was excited to get some great feedback, including an email from our designer, Beth Ann, when she saw the post. Beth Ann worked with one of our Bella Figura brides, Stewart, a while back on letterpress favor tags to include with the tree saplings they were giving as favors at their wedding. Stewart was delighted to share a photo of her favors with Weddingbee readers, and shared with me the wonderful inspiration behind their fabulous wedding favors.
In the 1930s, Stewart’s great grandparents purchased their farm in Virginia. Leading up to the farm is a mile-long lane, lined on either side by beautiful cedar trees. Stewart thought having seedlings of those same trees would be a great way to celebrate the day and the gorgeous property. After searching around the internet, Stewart found a great tree farm in Minnesota, Itasca Greenhouses, willing to grow enough saplings to give to their guests. One of the varieties of cedar they grew was Red Cedar or juniperus virginiana, especially perfect for a wedding in Virginia!
Beth Ann and Stewart worked together to create the pretty letterpress tags, which included planting instructions and a custom illustration of a red cedar that Beth Ann created. Each sapling was presented in a simple high ball glass, also sourced online, and to attach the letterpress instruction cards, Stewart used paper cut into squares, found some brown burlap and bought an eyelet punch. She then used whatever ribbon she could find in keeping with the brown and green color theme of the wedding to tie the tags to the glasses. The result is a perfectly personal and inspired wedding favor that I absolutely adore. What’s even more special is that the couple then used the leftover saplings to plant along the lane of her family property as many of the cedars have fallen over the years due to hurricanes and storms. What could be better than favors that double as a living memory of your wedding day?