DIY Lavender Toss

Hive, over Labor Day weekend (a while ago!) I became best friends with my glue gun. No joke. In between attending one of our friend’s weddings and all of the wedding-related festivities, I put in some long hours crunching through our DIY projects. This week I’ll roll out several posts with instructions and, of course, plenty of pictures. Before I begin, here’s a quick disclaimer: you don’t need to be too crafty to pull off these projects! Before Mr. Wallaby and I got engaged, I never made too many crafts. I’m an engineer, for Pete’s sake—I hadn’t set foot in a Michaels store since I needed to pick up tri-fold posterboards for high school presentations. But I have always loved using the left side of my brain and doing creative projects, and I knew it would be fun to take on some crafty tasks for the wedding. Doing so would save us some money, and, just as importantly, would give our wedding a lot of personal touches.

First up is the lavender sachets that I put together for our guests to toss at us as we walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. For a hot second I considered having a rice toss, but I decided against it for several reasons. One, rice is for traditional weddings, and Mr. W and I are anything but traditional. (Well, at least, Mr. W likes to think so!) He’s been pretty vocal about wanting to do things a little differently with our wedding, so this is an easy way to put a twist on tradition. Second, lavender is really special to me. It’s one of my favorite plants—lavender buds smell amazing!! My grandma grows a lot of lavender in her garden, and for many years she has brought me bags of dried lavender from her garden to turn into sachets. So I knew she would be happy to see and smell lavender at the finale of our ceremony. Third—lavender is just so pretty. Lavender sachets make for some pretty pictures, and I am in love with photos of brides and grooms walking through clouds of lavender.

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Elegant sachets filled with lavender. Photo by Closer to Love Photography / Image via Style Me Pretty.

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How fun does that look being showered in lavender?! It must smell heavenly, too. Photo by Tec Petaja / Image via TresSugar.

My inspiration was a picture I found on a wedding blog of lavender buds arranged in cute little muslin bags stamped with “throw me” :

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Photo by The Collective Photographers via Love and Lavender.

I purchased 150 mini cotton muslin drawstring bags from Celestial Gifts. (I did some research before buying from this company, but I was happy to find that they are a family-run company and sell muslin bags that are made in the US using all-natural cotton that’s grown without chemicals or pesticides. Woohoo!) I also bought three pounds of organic lavender. I bought wayyy too much—I still have a pound and a half left over—so I would recommend about one pound for every 100 guests.

I used a set of alphabet rubber stamps I already had to stamp the words “throw me” onto each muslin bag, and I filled the bags with scoops of lavender buds. By the time I was finished, the living room rug was pretty messy—Mr. W and I had a cleanup sesh to clear the remains of the project :)

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The finished product—a lavender toss bag. Personal photo.

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Lots and lots and lots of leftover lavender. Personal photo.

Once I finished filling all of the bags, I packed them into a cardboard box to store until the wedding. I even sealed the box with packing tape—I wanted to make sure the sachets retained some of their pretty smell by the time the wedding rolled around! To brides who have plenty of time to spare before their wedding date, I will tell you that it feels great to take care of projects like this well in advance. You need to make a few extras if you haven’t gotten all (or any!) of your RSVPs back and are unsure about your final guest count… but since the incremental cost is so small, it’s really nice to get this out of the way if you have the time and resources.

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All of the lavender sachets packed up and ready to go. Personal photo.

The last to-do for the project was just to find a pretty basket to display the sachets at the front of the ceremony space, next to the programs, so guests could grab one as they arrived.

Are you planning on having a rice toss or some other gesture for good luck during your exit?

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Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012

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    MrsPhilly 1719 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:41 am

    They’re so cute! I would love to have something like that… but we’re getting married in an art gallery and I doubt they would want our guests throwing things around in there lol. Our reception is there as well so it’s not even like we’re going outside immediately after! :P Have fun, I’m sure it smells amaaazing!

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    almost-mrsp 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:13 am

    Love this idea!

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:34 am

    They must smell great.

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:56 am

    These are awesome. I love the idea of the muslin bags.

    I really, really, really wanted to do a lavender toss, but unfortunately, our historic, outdoor venue would not allow anything to be thrown.

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    Mrs. Dragon 2891 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:22 am

    That’s an awesome idea! We didn’t do any tosses… I totally forgot about it.

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    thirdtimebride 483 posts, Helper bee @ 8:56 am

    I think we’re foregoing tosses altogether, but the thought of some of my friends taking the directions literally and throwing the stuffed bag instead of just the contents (just to be smart alecks) did make me chuckle.

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:23 am

    So cute, I bet it smelled lovely too!

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    lolot 7023 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 11:10 am

    Great idea! It turned out so well.

    Question for you: how do you envision this actually going down? Does every guest have a bag and they each throw lavender, even if they’re not near the aisle? Or does it make more sense to make fewer bags and assume not everyone will partake (especially those not seated near the aisle)?

    Am I being way too Type A to obsess about these details?? lol

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    miss-pez 267 posts, Helper bee @ 12:05 pm

    I think I am going to steal this idea! Love it!!!!

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    Pink Penguin 144 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:38 pm

    What a lovely idea! We’re allowed biodegradable confetti at our venue and this fits the bill perfectly! x

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:00 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous, but you may want to check around with guests to tell them that you’re going to do this. I have an aunt who is very scent-sensitive (cologne, perfume, potpourri all make her feel ill), and a dear friend who gets a terrible headache in response to lavender scent. I think this would make for amazing pictures, but it would be considerate of you to make sure that no one is going to be negatively affected. Just my two cents!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:15 pm

    I think our venue doesn’t allow tossing anything, but they may be okay with lavender. We attended a wedding a few years ago that had lavender in little favor boxes to toss, which was all new to me, because I had only ever seen rice, birdseed and bubbles for exits!

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2807 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:22 pm

    @lolot: Imthought briefly about that too… We ended up leaving as lavender sachet on every chair, just to keep it simple. During our recessional I was so happy and distracted that I didn’t even notice the lavender, but at the end of the night when I was taking the hair pins out of my updo, a lot of lavender buds fell out of my hair..l so apparently people figured out what to do!
    @Miss Pez: @Pink Penguin: Do it!
    @village_skeptic: Thanks – I did check with a lot of our guests and no one had an issue with the lavender.

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    Future Mrs. Herrmann, Guest @ 9:51 am

    How much lavender did you end up using?

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