In keeping with our Zen wedding theme of the week, we would like to show you how to make lucky bamboo wedding party favors. You might not realize this, but the plant is actually not bamboo at all, but stalks of Dracaena sanderiana, a plant native to the equatorial West African region. Most likely, it is called “lucky bamboo” simply because cuttings of the Dracaena look like bamboo. For centuries, the Chinese have associated bamboo with good fortune, fortitude and resilience, which makes it a wonderful gift to bestow upon someone. Guests who receive these wedding party favors are encouraged to place them in any spot in their home or office to enhance the good energy, to revitalize the bad, and to bring growth into their lives.
When putting together your lucky bamboo arrangements, you’re bringing together five essential elements of Feng Shui – earth, wood, water, metal and fire. The rocks or pebbles in the plant container symbolize earth. The vertical stalks symbolize wood. The lucky bamboo are placed in water. Metal is found as a small ornament or coin in the container. Fire is any color of red, pink, burgundy or maroon that can be added. You don’t have to incorporate all of these elements in your wedding party favors, but it’s something to think about as you choose your materials and assemble all the jars or vases.
A month or two months before your wedding is a good time to order the bamboo stalks. This will prevent months of caring for the lucky bamboo. It will look healthier and lessen the possibility of yellowing leaves. Keeping all your lucky bamboo in one large container or a few larger containers makes watering an easier task. Once you are ready to assemble the favors, rinse all the bamboo with water to remove any debris or dust that may have collected. One week before the wedding, insert the lucky bamboo stalks into the pre-assembled jars or vases and fill them with water. Put your completed party favors in boxes the day before the wedding for easy transport.
You can easily buy lucky bamboo stalks in bulk on ebay (100 4-inch stalks for $32). Save-On-Crafts.com has stellar deals on glass jars ($2.99 per case of 6 jars when you order 3 or more cases). You can also find really affordable pebbles at pet supply stores like PetSmart ($2.79 for a 2 Lb. bag of polished river rock pebbles).
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