Wheatgrass Centerpieces

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!

Wheatgrass Centerpiece

Supply List

  • Potting soil
  • Spray Bottle
  • Tray / Container
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl for soaking
  • Wheatgrass seeds
  • Glass Cylinders
  • Mokara Orchids
  • Floating Candles – 3″

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

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.

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

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.

Wheat Grass Seeds

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.

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Step Four: Spread out the germinated seeds evenly and densely on top of the damp soil and then gently press the seeds into the soil.Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

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.

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

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.Wheat Grass Centerpiece

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!

Wheat Grass Centerpieces

wheatgrass wedding centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiecexxoo,

Stephanie

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Northern Virginia Wedding Planner – Vanessa & Amir

Vanessa & Amir had a beautiful wedding that blended two cultures, Hispanic and Persian. We were thrilled to have been entrusted with the task of setting up the Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh is an elaborate floor spread set up for the Persian Ceremony (Aghd) that includes different kinds of food and decorations. During the ceremony, the bride and groom sit on a bench and face the Sofreh. Single women or female relatives of the couple hold a fine cloth, over the couple’s head. The women alternate grinding sugar cones over the bride and groom’s head, which is symbolism for adding more sweetness to their life together.

Items that are included in the Sofreh:

  • Mirror and candlesticks: A mirror reflects what is before it, so symbolically it brings the couple abundance and brightness in their future. The candles bring passion and energy. As the story goes, the first thing the groom should see is the face of his beautiful bride reflected in the mirror, lit by the light of the candlesticks.
  • Sweets and candies: for sweetness in life, and offered to guests after the ceremony.
  • Decorated eggs and nuts in their shells: for fertility
  • Gold and silver: for prosperity
  • Fresh flowers: to bring beauty in the couple’s life together
  • Fresh Fruit: for a joyous future
  • Rosewater: to perfume the air and bring beauty
  • Holy book: from whichever religion the couple follows

While guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, the couple went around Meadowlark Gardens with their photographer, (one of my favorite backdrops for wedding pictures). After cocktail hour the wedding party made their grand entrance, which set the tone for the reception, it was obvious that it was going to be a fun night!

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Immediately after the couple is married, the bride and groom each dip one pinky finger in the cup of honey and feed it to one another.

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Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Atrium

Photographer: Nuvoria Studios

Wedding Planner: Diamond Events