DIY Wedding Decor – Floral Barrels
When planning my wedding I became slightly obsessed with the idea of using barrels for floral decor at our outdoor ceremony. In particular, I fell in love with this pin:
(no point in giving the link, it was a “dead” pink as I like to refer to them as (no link…boo! Hate it when that happens!)
Thus the attempt to execute a wedding “pin” off Pinterest begins. Dun dun dun! But I was up for the challenge. 🙂
I loved the idea of the baby’s breath flowers in a simple barrel. So the barrel search began.
Well folks, let me just tell you how difficult it is to find affordable barrels. VERY! Knowing I was planning on about 200 guests with 10 rows of chairs (10 chair on either side of aisle), I knew I would need at least 10 barrels if I were to do every other row on either side. I knew I didn’t want to skimp out on the aisle decor either and have it look ‘puney’ or unimpressive in photos.
There are resources in Minnesota for buying/renting barrels. They can be found by a simple Google search. However, they are quite expensive (upwards of $70/barrel to purchase, and around $40/barrel to rent). In looking for 20 barrels for my ceremony layout, I wasn’t about to spend $800-$1,400 on barrels. Argh, what was a bride to do?!
It really is the truth that you find things where you least expect it. In my case, my savior was none other than the great and powerful……..Fleet Farm. (cue cricket noises & awkward silence). Ok, I admit, Matt and I were totally at Fleet Farm for something completely different (perhaps the camper floor?), when I came across these barrel planters in the gardening section:
….beautiful? Umm, no. Honestly, I was underwhelmed with them at first. Spoiler alert, they are not wood, they are actually plastic! However, this photo above was taken on my iPhone and they actually photographed pretty well (didn’t look like shiny plastic). One of the best parts? The price. At a mere $6/planter, I was able to achieve my barrel planter look for about $75 (we ended up getting 12 barrel planters and using them around the wedding since they were so dang cute) AND, side note, easy to transport (lightweight & stackable!)
Here is the final product, I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out! Vision accomplished! You can even see my adorable flower girls making their way down the aisle with those fabulous flower barrels along the aisle!