Ah Valentines Day. A time to support your local Hallmark show those who mean the most to you how much you love them. And while I love flowers and chocolates (mmm chocolates) as much as the next gal, I can’t help but think that the traditional bouquet of roses is a bit played out. Plus, roses die after a week or so, so you’ve basically spent a bunch of money on something that won’t be around in March. What’s the fun in that?
The better alternative? Air plants, of course! Not only are air plants unique and beautiful, but they are easy to care for and can last a long time – just like your love, right?
Whether you’re sending some love to a sweetheart, a family member, or just treating yourself (hey, nothing wrong with that), here are some of my favorite Valentines Day air plant gifts:
The Valentines Day Air Plant O Gram: Back by popular demand, this little cutie is perfect for the season. It features an air plant nestled in a pink sea urchin shell, in a fun craft gift box. No matter where your sweetheart lives, he or she can enjoy a bit of the beach in February (here’s looking at you, my chilly Northern friends).
A Valentines Day hanging air plant terrarium: These lovely little DIY terrarium kits feature 3 healthy air plants, moss, and red ribbon so you and your loved one can arrange the perfect air plant display. Definitely a gift that will be enjoyed long after the Russel Stover boxes are marked 50% off.
A subscription to our Tilly of the Month Club: What’s better than flower delivery? Air plant delivery! And even better than that? How about premium air plants delivered to your door for months. For the cost of a nice bouquet of roses, your sweetheart can have 3 air plants delivered to their door every month for several months! This is a great gift for the air plant lover in your life, and you can choose from a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. This is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Just like your sweet, sweet love for them.
An Air Plant Design Studio gift card: Maybe your sweetheart is a control freak would like to choose his or her own air plant gift? A gift card is the way to go if you know your loved one would like air plants but want to give them the gift of choice. And you get to give a thoughtful surprise that is still sure to please.
Those are some of my top choices for Valentines Day. We have many more air plant terrarium and gift options, so find something that suits your sweetheart and get your order in by February 6th for guaranteed delivery by Valentines Day!
I’ll say it. I’m obsessed with air plant wedding design. I love pouring over wedding blogs and seeing new, amazing ways brides, grooms, floral and event designers are working air plants into their weddings. It almost makes me want to throw another wedding so we can use some of these ideas! (Don’t worry, Ryan. I said almost.)
So I’ve decided to round up some of my favorite air plant wedding finds, and because there are so many, I’m doing a few posts to break it up. On my last wedding post, I ran through some of my favorite beach wedding inspiration shoots featuring Tillandsia. Air plants really compliment so many wedding styles, but I especially love seeing them in a modern wedding. There is something about air plants that is at once modern and organic, so they can really shine in a more modern style of décor, while at the same time grounding some of the “edge.”
Modern + Traditional = Unexpected
The weddings that really floor me are the ones where it just completely is the bride and groom – where it’s not so much decorated or (ick) themed as it is an aesthetic reflection of the couple’s personality. This wedding featured on Wedding Chicks was a stunning mix of the couple’s modern style and the bride’s Japanese heritage. Air plants in this case helped bridge the gap between modern and traditional. I love how they used air plants amidst vibrant, lush florals in the bouquets and centerpieces to give the gorgeous flowers a bit of modern edge:
Air plants also brought an organic yet modern element to the terrariums they so artfully used throughout the wedding:
Ultra-Modern, Green Inspiration
Of course I’m going to be all about a shoot that puts air plants on center stage. This modern wedding inspiration shoot featured on The Perfect Palette just totally revolves around air plants and I think it’s perfection. I love how they play off the air plants for all of the other elements of the décor.
The groom wears just an air plant for his boutonierre, and it works perfectly with his emerald-green tie. The effect is minimalistic and modern, but inspired by nature:
And don’t even get me started on how perfect these little geometric air plant place settings are!
Modern and Homespun
In addition to being majorly obsessed with this brides dress (and air plant hair piece!!), I love how the couple incorporated their modern style into their DIY wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes. Ryan and I (with the help of some seriously phenomenal friends) put together nearly every element of our wedding ourselves, and I completely appreciate a couple that puts the work in to make it their own. Check out her amazing Xerographica bouquet!
Photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography
Air plants in this wedding did more than just echo the modern style. Because they are low maintenance and can be nestled just about anywhere, they make it super easy to achieve a high-end, unique look without going crazy over floral design. This was actually one of the reasons Ryan and I used them in our own homemade wedding and I love seeing how another couple used them in their’s:
Photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography
Are you a modern bride? Would you use air plants in your wedding? In addition to our wholesale air plant packages we will work with brides or your event designer to create a custom air plant wedding order for you - just contact us!
Since expanding our wholesale air plant selection, it’s been so fun to see how event planners, floral designers and other creative vendors use Tillandsia to enhance their events. Air plants offer the perfect mix of heartiness and unique, striking beauty which make them easy to incorporate into displays, living art, or even as gifts or favors.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for adding some fun to your business or corporate event with air plants:
Air Plants As Event Favors or Holiday Gifts
Do you really know anyone who has left a conference saying “wow, what an amazing pen they gave me”? I don’t. I would however post all sorts of social media love about an event that gifted me a little air plant terrarium or at my place setting. Or how about a sea urchin shell + Tillandsia for an easy-to-gift unique statement:
We recently had a wholesale order from a corporate event planner who wanted to gift everyone at the event one of our T-Rex air plant kits. How cool is that company? And I can guarantee you that creative event planner is going to be used again!
Want something personalized for your corporate event? We can totally do a customized air plant gift that speaks to your brand, theme, or vision.
Corporate Art Installations
Have you ever walked into an office building that was so beautifully designed that it immediately elevated your impression of the company? I’ve been in maybe two where I was really struck by the “wow” factor, and it certainly helped the overall first impression. Air plants not only bring some life into your corporate space, but they can truly be displayed as “living art” and help set your business space apart as innovative and creative.
Check out this ridiculously amazing air plant/fountain installation by the super talented Air Plant Man, featured on Design Milk. How much would you love to work in a place that featured this beauty?!
Photo and Design by Josh Rosen "AirPlantMan", Via Design-Milk.com
Air Plants to Set The Mood
From hotels and restaurants, to boutiques, to hair salons, the ambiance of a space can really influence a visitor’s experience. Tillandsia can be used in so many different ways to bring a fresh yet inviting natural element to your business.
Photo by Kevin Smith, Via ApartmentTherapy.com. Tillandsia Wall by Flora Grubb, Kevin Smith and Seth Boor
Are you an event designer? Do you specialize in corporate art installations or commercial decorating? How would you incorporate air plants into your design?
For more information on buying air plants in bulk, wholesale pricing, and custom orders, contact us. We’d love to help you enhance your design with Tillandsia!
When we first started Air Plant Design Studio less than two years ago, air plants were just starting to catch on. We’d get all sorts of blank looks from friends and family when we told them we were starting an air plant business. (“Air planes?” “Are those like succulents?”). We faced the same confusion when we told people we’d be incorporating them in our wedding. That confusion quickly turned to delight, though, when they saw the little plants in action. We found that the air plants – incorporated in our centerpieces, boutonnieres, and even my bridal bouquet – fit perfectly with our eclectic style and the tropical climate of our Florida setting.
Photography by Leslie Hollingsworth Photography
Since then, we’ve seen more and more wedding planners, floral designers, and creative DIY couples incorporate air plants into their big day. Tillandsia can be incorporated into nearly any wedding style or setting, but today we’re rounding up some of our favorite beach weddings featuring air plants.
Living in Florida, we can totally get behind a good beach wedding. There is just something so romantic about the sand between your toes, the waves as your backdrop, and the ocean breeze as your ambiance. Plus, what better way to make sure your guests (and you!) can relax and enjoy the event than to have it on the beach. Living in Florida, though, we’ve seen our fair share of beach wedding décor that can verge on, ahem, kitschy. So how do you make sure your beach wedding doesn’t look like the typical Sandals brochure? Air plants!
The rustic beach wedding:
We love this table scape from PopSugar.com's roundup of wedding beach decor which features air plants, drift wood, and messages in a bottle for a rustic “washed at sea” look:
Photo by ComfortStudio
This bridal inspiration shoot on Bridal Musings features air plants in the rustic-chic centerpieces, as well as the bride’s bouquet. The fact that tillandsia naturally have that “sea creature” look make them the perfect accent to beach décor without screaming “beach theme.”
The modern beach wedding:
Just because you’re getting married with the beach as your backdrop, doesn’t mean you can’t flaunt a modern aesthetic. I absolutely swoon over this modern beach wedding inspiration shoot by Lavender & Twine, featured on Style Me Pretty. Their use of air plants in the centerpieces, that STUNNING bouquet, the bride’s hair piece, and even the super-modern cake helps bridge the gap between the natural beauty of the beach, and clean, modern geometric shapes and bright colors.
The Glam-Bohemian Beach Wedding
This inspiration shoot, also by the amazing photographers at Lavender & Twine (I might be their new online groupie), featured on Green Wedding Shoes, blends fresh bohemian style with lush, glamorous, and feminine details for an effect that is dreamy without being overdone. Their use of air plants in this shoot bring a bit of eclectic, whimsical flair to the feminine pink and blush English Roses and florals.
Are you getting married on the beach? What's your beach wedding style? Will you incorporate air plants? Tell us in the comments below!
I have to admit, I am a little embarrassed that we are just now sharing this post with you, seeing as how we got married on October 5th. Better late than never, though, right?
First, us: Ryan and I met years ago through his sister and were almost instantly friends, though it took us a couple years to realize we were meant to be more. He proposed on a random, windy Tuesday night - no fanfare, just us, a total surprise and totally perfect. We knew we wanted our wedding to skip the fanfare as well, and so we planned a simple ceremony and cozy party with our family and friends at the Sanchez House in St. Augustine, FL:
St. Augustine was significant to us as well because it's where we both first fell in love with air plants, one weekend trip together as we strolled the shops in this beautiful, historic village. Obviously, our wedding had to feature air plants.
With the help (as in, serious creative genius) of my amazing bridesmaids, we incorporated air plants into just about every element of our wedding decor. They graced our simple floral arrangements:
They brought some modern flair to the 1700s era architecture of the house:
We made air plant boutonnieres for all the groomsmen, and I made special ones for the dads and for Ryan. I was so proud of how they came out:
And my masterpiece, albeit the most challenging Tillandsia feature of our wedding: my bouquet:
I knew I wanted something not so traditional for my bouquet, and the Xerographica Tillandsia had to be part of it. I am also mildly obsessed with Crespedias (AKA "Billy Balls"), and I wanted their pop of yellow in the boutonnieres as well as my bouquet. I softened the modern look of the Xerographic and Billy Balls with giant white Hydrangeas and sprigs of Baby's Breath. I tied it all together with rustic twine and a bit of completely ethereal french silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic.
The day truly turned out to be perfect, an intimate and joyful day tied together with home-made details that made it all the more personal. You are going to think I'm making this up, but before we held the ceremony, it had sprinkled a bit, and then the weather cleared to a perfect rainbow right over the alter before we said our vows. Really, I have photographic evidence:
So what do you think? Would you feature air plants in your wedding? For us, they truly were the perfect accent to so many elements of our day, and allowed us to feel even more like we were inviting our guests into a cozy, intimate celebration that felt just like home.
An extra special thank you to our A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wedding photographer, friend, and all around sweetheart Leslie Hollingsworth for capturing the day just perfectly. Talented doesn't even begin to describe.
Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers. I love getting flowers, and I’ve sent my fair share as well. There is something really nice about knowing that someone you love will get a delivery that will stop them in their tracks and brighten their day. But, I have a few issues with flower delivery:
1. It’s expensive. I’m not trying to be cheap here but, seriously, $50 to deliver someone a bouquet that probably cost $9 at the grocery store? Ugh.
2. Flowers die. They are pretty for a week, MAYBE a little longer if you remember to change the water (ha!). But then they die.
3. It’s kind of expected. And especially on days like Valentines Day when everyone gives and gets flowers. Not to mention the fact that since it’s Valentines Day, up goes the price (see #1) for that slightly different version of the same bouquet you sent to her office last year.
Yes, flower delivery is sweet. But wouldn’t it be fun to send something a little unexpected this year? Not to mention, something that will last months, maybe even years, instead of die in a week or so?
Ladies and gentlemen, may we present the Valentines Day Plant-O-Gram:
Here’s why you should send this little buddy to your sweetie/friend/mom/obsession:
1. It’s affordable! $12.99. Can’t beat it.
2. Air plants are easy to care for and last waaaaay longer than a bouquet of flowers (and sure you could send a potted plant, but hello headache for anyone without a green thumb!). So the lucky recipient will be able to gaze at your gift for a long time, not just a week or two.
3. It is totally NOT your grandma’s flower delivery. We can pretty much guarantee you that this will not be a gift they expect. Plus, each box is hand-decorated and packaged by our crafty team, so you are truly giving a one-of-a-kind gift.
Want to send a Valentines Day Plant-O-Gram? Get them here: http://www.air-plants.com/products/valentines-day-air-plant-o-gram. Just remember to place your order by midnight on Sunday 2/10 for guaranteed delivery by Valentines Day!
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I have a confession to make. I have trouble getting rid of things. No we’re not talking an A&E Hoarders episode here; I have no trouble getting rid of trash, and I do make myself clean out my closets for Goodwill every few months. I’m talking more about decorative things; trinkets, dishes, neat little boxes, vases, cool bottles. I am a sucker for a cool little item that I convince myself, at some point, I will find a place for. And over the years I have amassed quite a collection of these things. Some have sentimental value (Gift from mom! Souvenir from Paris!), some don’t (funky thrift store vase…or all those “cool bottles”). And while it’s hard for me to give them up, it’s even harder to find a good place to display most of it. How many “cool bottles” can one actually display without looking like a recycling center?
And then, a light bulb moment: air plants! There are SO many cool things I can do with these little, funky plants, but the best part of experimenting with air plants in my home décor is that they are inspiring me to dig out some of my under-utilized items and find new, fresh ways to display them. Here are a few things you might be able to re-purpose as air plant displays:
1. Recycled glass bottles and jars: you know that “cool jar” or “interesting wine bottle” you probably have stashed at the back of one of your cabinets because you just couldn’t bear to throw it in the bin and went through all that trouble removing the label? If it’s a jar, it would probably make a great little air plant terrarium, either for one larger plant like the Brachycaulos x Abdita, or for a few smaller plants (check out our air plant starter kit for a good mix of versatile little guys).
2. Those little trinket boxes your mom/aunt/friend got you on their trip to somewhere cool you wanted to go but instead got a little box. You know the ones…not big enough to hold much, pretty, but where the heck will you find a place to display it? Try nestling a pretty little Ionantha Guatemala air plant in it and watch how quickly it makes for a cool accent to your dresser top!
3. Childhood memories: Maybe you have a cute little bunny rabbit dish that mom had in your nursery and passed on to you and you’ve been waiting to have your own kiddos to take it out of the “fragile” box at the back of your closet. Why wait? Try arranging a few air plants in it with a bit of sand and watch how that juvenile but sentimental piece transforms into a fun, whimsical little addition to your coffee table.
Tell us your ideas! Have you found a cool new way to display an old object using air plants?
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