It turns out that succulents aren't as inexpensive as we had hoped. In going to local nurseries and garden stores, the small succulents were about $5 apiece. With 27 arrangements needing two succulents apiece, we panicked and managed to find a muuuuuch less expensive source on Craigslist. So last weekend, we trekked to the other side of the city to meet an internet stranger and his backyard wonderland of succulents.
We couldn't have been luckier. We met a man whose primary hobby is succulent growing (he's entered them in shows) who loves sharing his passion. He sells his homegrown succulents at a tiny markup to help finance his hobby and spread interest in something he's passionate about. He was thrilled that we're planning a sustainable wedding and helped us pick great plants combinations of textures, heights, and colors. We met his new puppy. We heard about his new infant foster child and how he won't have as much time for succulent growing, so he wants his plants to find a good home. And at the end of the two hours, he gave us two boxes full of succulents for free. As our wedding present. He refused to take our money. We've started looking for baby presents to send as a thank you instead.
All along this wedding journey, people have surprised us with their incredible generosity. People want to share in the joy of a wedding, even in a small way. They like contributing to that feeling of hopeful new beginnings It's reminded us to contribute back in small ways, and to be generous in the way we live our daily lives. To pay it forward. To remember that small moments of generosity matter in huge ways. They rescue hard weekends in ways that matter more than $100 savings on centerpieces.
We love our centerpieces. We spent this weekend finally potting and arranging the plants and we love them. They fit our values, our budget, and our aesthetic. We loved the process of planning and planting them together. And with a big-small moment of generosity, our wedding details have been layered with yet another level of emotional resonance.