Wedding Inspiration: Bridal Bouquets

gardenia bridal bouquet

gorgeous gardenia
feature stems: white gardenias, sea holly, cascade of plumosa fern and pearls

Hydrangeas. Garden Roses. Dusty Miller. Calla Lilies. Orchids. Just to name a few. What do all these have in common? They’re all sensational stems that make for breathtaking bridal bouquets. And although bouquets are best left in the hands of a floral pro (with the exception of a couple faux wonders we’ll share with you today), you’ll certainly want to play a role in the creation of yours. To help you decide what’s best suited for you, we’re sharing some of our favorite bundled beauties from our very own past creative shoots, complete with a few tips on what else you’ll want to consider in your selection beyond just the visual.

 

pink hydrangea bridal bouquet

pink perfection
feature stems: pink hydrangea, pink garden roses and dusty miller

Tip #1: Before deciding on your bridal bouquet you’ll first want to map out your overall wedding day design, including the color palette. Your bouquet should work with the big picture but have a twist to it that’s unique to you, i.e. incorporate a floral variety that compliments the rest of your arrangements but doesn’t show up anywhere else.

 

orchid bridal bouquet

opulent orchids
feature stems: red mokara orchids

Tip #2: Take into consideration both the style of your gown as well as your body shape. Your bouquet should work proportionally with both. A professional florist will be able to offer up guidance on the arrangement type that will work best for you.

 

calla lily bridal bouquet

sophisticated callas
feature stems: calla lilies wrapped in lily grass

Tip #3: If on a budget make sure to select floral varieties that are in season during the month you’re getting married, i.e. Tulips in April and Peonies in June. Also consider going with large bloom varieties to minimize the number of stems without cutting into overall impact.

 

garden rose bridal bouquet

rustic garden
feature stems: white o’hara garden roses, silver brunia, white scabiosa, blushing bride protea, chocolate cosmos, stephanotis, succulents and dusty miller

Tip #4: Remember to factor in the weather, especially if having an outdoor wedding. Select floral varieties and arrangements that can stand the heat, can be out of water for an extended period of time, and those that’ll keep in strong winds. Whenever possible, have your stems water picked.

 

peony bridal bouquet

pretty peonies
feature stems: white peonies

Tip #5: If you have a sensitivity to strong smells, let your florist know. Some floral varieties, like gardenias and freesias, give off strong fragrances that although lovely can irritate those susceptible to select scents.

 

hydrangea bridal bouquet

a punch of color
feature stems: purple and blue hydrangea

Tip #6: If planning to do a traditional bouquet toss at your reception ask your florist to create a throw away bouquet. These are small, fit to theme, inexpensive bundles that allow you to hold onto your bouquet for as long as possible.

 

fabric flower bridal bouquet

fabulous fabric
feature stems: ruffled fabric flowers

Tip #7: If for whatever reason you don’t want to use real flowers, or if you want to turn your bouquet into a wedding day keepsake, don’t be afraid to go faux. With gorgeous options like the DIY beauty above and the stunning couture style brooch bouquet below, you won’t be cutting any corners as far as impact goes.

 

brooch bridal bouquet

haute couture
featured here: couture brooch bridal bouquet

Want More?

For more bridal bouquet inspiration check out our Bling Bridal Bouquets post and our Wedding Bouquet Pinterest board.

And we would love to know which is your fave! Leave a comment to let us know.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Drawer Decor

diy decorative vintage drawer

It’s time for another DIY Wedding Wednesday feature and this one’s for all you vintage obsessed brides out there looking for budget friendly design ideas. If you know vintage you know that you can’t pull it off properly without one critical design detail, vintage inspired decorative props. Used throughout wedding day decor as detailing accents, props are what bring the vintage look to life. If you know vintage you probably also know that authentic props can be very pricey and hard to come by. Our favorite solution to any such dilemma? Taking things into our own hands with a bit of the good old do-it-yourself approach. Here’s how to turn a simple cardboard box into decorative vintage prop loveliness.

The Supplies

diy vintage drawer prop supplies

  • diy drawer display
  • decorative knobs and pulls
  • decorative traditional vintage pattern paper (one pattern for exterior walls, another for the drawers)
  • glue, scissors and awl tool (or any sharp tool that can be used for precision puncturing)
  • peonies and floral water picks
  • pearl garland

The Step by Step

diy vintage drawer - steps 1 and 2

Step 1: apply an even layer of glue to the exterior of the box.

Step 2: cover the glued exterior with your decorative paper, leaving a small lip for rounding out the edges.

diy vintage drawer - steps 3 to 5

Steps 3 and 4: once paper is secure to the exterior of the box, cut the remaining paper lips at the corners and round out the box edges, tucking and gluing your paper to the interior walls of the box.

Step 5: for the edges between each drawer opening, cut small strips of paper and glue to the edges, tucking into the interior of the box.

diy vintage drawer - steps 6 and 7

Step 6: to assess the perfect puncture point for the decorative knob, draw a diagonal cross section (from corner to corner) across the front of the drawer.

Step 7: puncture a hole at the center point of the cross section. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on as many drawers as you plan to use a knob on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 8 and 9

Step 8: to assess puncture points for the decorative pull, repeat step 6 then measure the outside of the drawer front and mark the mid point of each side. Draw a cross section from each of the side midpoints, top to bottom and side to side. When finished you’ll have created a star like pattern (as displayed above). This will give you all the reference points required for aligning and centering your drawer pull.

Step 9: align your pull as shown above and puncture the three holes. Repeat steps 8 and 9 on as many drawers as you plan to use a pull on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 10 to 12

Step 10: wrap drawers with decorative paper, leaving and cutting lips to round out the edges as you did with the outside of the box.

Steps 11 and 12: feel for your previously punctured holes and gently puncture your decorative paper. Alternatively you can puncture from the inside of the drawer outwards.

diy vintage drawer - steps 13 to 15

Steps 13 – 15: attach knobs and pulls to the drawers with included backings.

pink peony

Step 16: water pick your peonies.

The Finished Look

diy decorative vintage drawer prop

pearl garland

for a classic vintage touch, have pearls spilling out of one of your drawers.

diy decorative drawer pull

vintage drawers

there’s always room for flowers. for a simply beautiful drawer accent and filler, use  just a few lush stems of pink peonies.

wishing well cards

take your decorative drawer set from fabulous to functional by treating it as a custom guest book alternative. provide your guests with note cards that they can leave their well wishes on, storing them in the drawers when done.
featured here: ‘burlap chic’ design memory box wishing well cards and glass dip pen writing set

Want More Props?

If you’re loving the idea of incorporating vintage props into your wedding day design see our ‘Making a Statement On a Budget’ post for a rundown of plenty of other prop options and ways to use them as part of your decor.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Power of Color {and Chalk Paint}

diy birdcage favors

Shabby Chic, Vintage and Rustic all share one major thing in common. All are super hot right now as far as wedding trends go. And it’s no wonder why. Each comes with countless gorgeous ways to personalize and style an event. If you’re one of the many brides looking for your own unique version of one of these themes then it’s time to get comfy with the concept of DIY and brush up on some of the tricks of the trade. And boy do I have an amazing trick to share with you today! It’s a little thing {literally, you can get it in 4 fl. ounce jars} called chalk paint and it takes anything that might not have the right look because of color or texture and transforms it to theme appropriate weathered perfection. Just take a look at what it did for a mini birdcage favor. It certainly had me saying “eek!”

The Supplies

diy birdcage favor supplies

  • mini birdcage
  • choice of chalk paint color(s) and paint brush {we used annie sloan chalk paint in louis blue, pure white and antoinette}
  • floral foam
  • mini personalized streamer
  • satin ribbon, coordinated to the birdcage color(s)
  • choice of flowers (i used hydrangea, peonies and baby’s breath)

The How-To

diy distressed white birdcage favor white chalk painted mini birdcage

Step 1: paint your birdcage. If using chalk paint you’ll need two coats. Don’t worry about a bit of the original black still coming through. An imperfect look is what you want.

{stylist tip: if you can’t find chalk paint, use spray paint instead. It’ll provide for a similar look, just a slightly different finish.}

Step 2: for an added personal touch, hole punch a personalized streamer and tie to top of the birdcage with ribbon.

blue and green hydrangea

Step 3: cut floral foam into a piece small enough to fit into the birdcage and insert floral stems. Insert florals from various angles, aiming for a full but loose finish. Think overflowing.

Step 4: repeat steps 1 – 3 on as many birdcages as you need. For the Shabby Chic look, as featured in this tutorial, mix up your paint colors, sticking to pale pastels, and your floral stems. For a Vintage or Rustic look stick to one color palette.

eggshell blue chalk painted mini birdcage

stylist tip: for a simple and more budget friendly version, don’t be afraid to leave the birdcages empty. they are just as lovely all on their own.

diy eggshell blue birdcage favor diy vintage pink birdcage favor vintage pink chalk painted mini birdcage

The Finished Look

shabby chic mini birdcage favors hydrangea pink peony baby's breath banner favor tag

xoxo.

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