You'll need: Cactus/Succulent Potting Soil Succulent Cuttings Decorative Stone Mulch Small Decorations such as tumbled glass or seashells (optional) 3 Vases Galvanized Steel Stock Pan (potentially 2) Flowers ...
When I got married last year, I asked my florist to design an arrangement that looked like someone had picked up a little piece of magic meadow and placed it in the center of the table, and I tried to describe it as if Martha Stewart had walked into a meadow, said it was just all wrong, and then fixed it. I also said that I loved the arrangements done by Big Red Sun in Austin, TX. Amazingly, I got what I wanted, and it was gorgeous. Still inspired by my florist, other succulent arrangements, and just the idea of plopping a meadow on a table, I decided to create an arrangement of my own.
Generally, floral arrangements for weddings are best left to the professionals because of time constraints, but this is one that can be prepped 1-2 months in advance and finished in an hour or two the day before it's needed. I have also selected plants that are easy to propagate, inexpensive, and easy to grow without much fuss. An extra bonus of this arrangement is that you can raffle or donate them, and the succulents are going to last a lot longer than the flowers. Or you could do what I would do and keep them all for yourself...
If you are getting married and want to do this, you will need someone to help you in the final 1-2 weeks prior to the wedding because, more than likely, you're going to be too busy to water, finalize, and transport. However, it should be quite simple to pass this along to someone since the project is generally very simple.
I was able to purchase the stone mulch, decorations, and 2 vases from the Dollar store. The third glass is a Tom Collins glass I pulled from the cupboard, but I originally purchased it from a restaurant supply store for $1.
I picked up the galvanized steel stock pan at Home Depot, but you can find them generally at hardware supply stores. You may want a second pan to hold the first while it's sitting on the table.
For flowers, I used mums (4 stems), cock's comb (1 stem), dianthus (2 stems), and gerbera daisies (3 stems). I picked these up at the grocery store, but you can order them in advance through a florist or wholesaler who sells to the public for less. I picked these flowers for their coastal or meadow-esque feel, and I selected for a variety of shapes and textures. I particularly liked the cock's comb and dianthus, but availability and price might not make them right for you depending on where you are and the season. In the end, I used approximately $9.50 worth of flowers for this arrangement. Also when selecting flowers, consider allergies and sensitivities that your guests might have.
The viles I used are actually yeast viles that my husband uses for his home brew. They're unblown soda rounds (aka soda bottles before being blown and shaped) and are made of plastic. If you use glass, you won't need the miter box, saw, and permanent marker. I cut the viles because they're just not as pretty as glass. Still, we have a lot of them.