While rain can seem like an uninvited guest on your big day, wedding lore says that a sprinkling is, actually, quite lucky. Traditionally, a wedding-day rain symbolizes renewal, unity, beginnings and fertility for Mackenzie and Jason’s wedding in Vinton, Virginia (right outside of Roanoke), rain symbolized the couple’s ability to move forward and have fun. With rain threatening to come down just as the ceremony was to begin, the couple simply delayed their wedding until the clouds passed–the chairs were wiped dry and the event continued on. The couple were married under a beautiful, garlanded arch with ferns and flower petals decorating the ceremony site. The rest of wedding was as carefree as the couple, with the Harwell Grice Band entertaining guests with bluegrass tunes and light hearted donut favors from Krispy Cream (The pun-tactic signage reminded guests,” Do-not leave without a treat!”). The gold-gilded reception featured a long king table with elegant, candlelit lanterns, hearty garlands and sumptuous spray roses.
Growing wheatgrass for centerpieces or an escort card display, is a great way to incorporate an outdoor feel and touch of nature. It takes approximately 10 to 14 days after planting the seeds before they are ready for display. I recommend starting the process 15 to 20 days before the event (once the grass is 3 weeks old, the blades get so long they start to droop). There are endless possibilities as to the type of container to grow the grass in or flowers to display in the center. I hope to get the chance to make these again, I have lots more ideas that I want to try!
- Potting soil
- Spray Bottle
- Tray / Container
- Large bowl for soaking
- Wheatgrass seeds
- Glass Cylinders
- Mokara Orchids
- Floating Candles – 3″
Step One: Cover the bottom of your tray with a layer of dry wheatgrass seeds. Afterwards, pour the seeds into a measuring cup so you know exactly how many seeds are needed per container.
Step Two: Rinse the seeds in clean water, drain and then soak the seeds in a bowl of cool water (make sure there is plenty of water). Let the seeds soak for about 8-10 hours. Next, drain the water, then soak them again for another 8 hours. Repeat this step a third time. You should start to see little sprouts by this time.
Step Three: If the bottom of your tray has holes, line the bottom of the tray with unbleached
paper towels so that the roots do not protrude. Otherwise, spread a layer of soil that has been premoistened at least a half inch deep.
Step Five: Place the tray under indirect sunlight. I grew the wheatgrass outside under a covered porch, you could also grow them inside near a window. Wheatgrass does not like hot direct sunlight. The young shoots need to be watered at least twice a day. If the soil gets dry, the young shoots may die off before they root.
Step Six: Once the shoots are taller than one inch, probably about day 5, you can water them once a day (morning is best). You must make sure that there is enough to keep the soil damp all the way to the roots but not overlay saturated.
Step Seven: On the day of the wedding cut mokara orchids to fit inside each cylinder, fill with water and place a floating candle on top. Voilla, your centerpiece is complete!