How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Mini Mason Jar With Lid

Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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How To: Spring Party Essentials

Spring is here which means bright, lush colors and beautiful floral arrangements. Last week we shared with you some of our Spring must-have gifts. If you missed it, read it here. This week we are talking must-have party essentials to pull off the perfect Spring event. With beautiful florals inspiring everything from the design to the personalization check out how to bloom your very own Spring get together.

Oh So Golden

It’s time to embrace all things gold! Add hints of gold to your table décor such as a gold table runner or hanging geometric centerpieces to complement your table’s florals.

Featured here:
Gold Sequin Table Runner, Tall Gold Geometric Candle Centerpiece – Coming Soon, Large Gold Geometric Hanging Tealight Holder – Coming Soon, Small Gold Geometric Hanging Tealight Holder – Coming Soon

Stop and Smell the Rosé

What’s a party without drinks? These personal sized Rosés are the perfect fruity addition your guests will love. Add a personalized touch with a Floral Hello Gorgeous label.

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XOXO Acrylic Metallic Gold Sign, Gold Foil Paper Straws, Modern Floral Bottle Label – Coming Soon

Don’t forget the glassware! Personalize stemless glassware with a fun logo and fill with your favorite fruity beverage leaving your guests feeling refreshed.

Shower Them With Favors

Spring showers bring Spring flowers. These Bloom Favor Boxes are perfect for the Spring season, with their hints of gold and blooming floral interior.

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Surprise Bloom Favor Box, Floral Garden Favor Box, Modern Floral Square Favor Tag – Coming Soon

Those Details . . . Ooh La La

The ultimate Spring party is all in the details. Add some personalized coasters to match your colors and a personalized message to bring on the cheer.

For one last final touch add some floral napkins to serve up the perfect snacks with.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Water Pearl Centerpiece

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What’s better than a lovely, expertly crafted, wedding centerpiece? A lovely wedding centerpiece that looks expertly crafted but is actually much more budget friendly. And that’s exactly what we’ve got for you today. Using super cost effective and creative water pearls, and just a few pretty tulips, we’re transforming a trio of simple cylinder vases into an arrangement perfectly suited for any sophisticated affair. And when all’s said and done, the last thing that’ll come to anyone’s mind when admiring the end result are the words budget friendly. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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  • a round bowl, a teaspoon and water
  • pack of water pearls in your color of choice (7 color options can be seen here)
  • a trio of cylinder vases, in a variety of heights
  • bundle of tulips (approximately 15-20 stems)

The Step by Step

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Step 1: hydrate your water pearls. Using a ratio of 1.5 cups of water per teaspoon of dehydrated pearls, hydrate the entire pack of pearls. Pearls take at least 2 hours to expand. For best results, let them rest overnight.

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Step 2: once pearls are fully hydrated, add them to your vases, filling each approximately a quarter of the way up.

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Step 3: using a sharp blade knife, gently clean tulips off of all their leaves and begin filling your vases, trimming the lengths of the stems accordingly as you go. For each vase, start with a single stem, trimmed down such that it rest just above your water pearls. Next add stem on top of stem, carefully twisting each around your vase for an intertwined effect. Keep tulips close together but do not overlap them, and ensure that all stems are submerged in the water pearls to maintain their freshness.

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The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Breakaway Centerpiece

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Want to know how to add even more wow factor to your already gorgeous centerpieces? It all comes down to a giveaway. Treating your guests to share in the pretty, sending them home with a few of your stunning stems, not only avoids a lot of wasted loveliness, it’s also a gesture that will not go unnoticed. And it’s as simple as creating a breakaway centerpiece concept to adorn your table. Whether it’s a medley of minis that stand on their own, or a grouping you add to a larger statement piece, breakaway centerpieces always come together to create the same end result, guaranteed eye candy that’s sure to wow. Here are a few of our favorite ways of creating the concept.

Breakaway Centerpiece 1 – Tea Time

 

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 Breakaway Centerpiece 2 – Purple for Days

 

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Breakaway Centerpiece 3 – Pretty Petals

 

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Beach Style Tablescape

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Destination weddings, especially of the beach variety, are a gorgeous thing. The colors, the natural props mother nature has to offer, the open air. There’s a long list of reasons why planning a getaway for your nuptials is a great idea. That said, not everyone can manage pulling off the very specific logistical requirements a destination event comes with. So when you can’t get to the beach we say, bring the beach to you! Start by picking your favorite seaside color combo, tap into design details that represent what you love most about the waterfront, and blend it all together into tablescapes worthy of any ocean blue backdrop. Need some inspiration to get you going? Here’s just a few ways of pulling off the look.

The Look and the Details

 

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featured here: square vases – available in small, medium and large  (sold separately)

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beach themed favor tag

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beach themed place setting

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little extras
featured here: starfish glass dishes (available in small and large – sold separately)

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for the taking
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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Floral Arrangements

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Last week we shared with you the last installment of our seasonal flower guide series. If you missed it, check it out here. And just like with all of its predecessors, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to showcase all the pretty that in season stems can create. So we pulled out our floral tape, bonsai scissors, a bit of pretty ribbon and got to work! The end result? Several bunches of awesome for all you summer brides looking for inspiration for your bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpiece arrangements. Here’s the breakdown on how to create some simple floral stunners.

Look #1: The Pretty in Pink Bouquet – Supplies

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  • white peonies, pink lisianthus and blushing bride (we used 5, 3 and 2 stems respectively)
  • floral wire and tape
  • lace ribbon and bridal bins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after organizing your stems and cleaning them off of excess leaves, begin building your bouquet from the center out. Start by bunching together 2 or 3 peonies and add a bountiful stem of lisianthus to the bottom of that bundle. If your single lisianthus stems aren’t full enough, double up.

Step 2: add 2 stems of blushing bride to the top of the arrangement.

Step 3: surround the blushing bride stems with another 2 peonies and finish off the bouquet with another 2 stems of lisianthus, added to either side of the arrangement. Again, if your single lisianthus stems aren’t as full as you want them to be, double up.

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Step 4: firmly secure the bouquet with floral wire, starting just a couple of inches from the base of the flower heads and moving down approximately 2-3 inches.

Step 5: cover the floral wire with floral tape and trim down your stems to the desired bouquet length.

Step 6: cover the tape with lace ribbon, finishing it off in a loose bow tie.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Strikingly Simple Boutonniere – Supplies

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  • 3 stems of fresh lavender
  • floral wire and tape
  • purple satin ribbon and bridal pins
  • floral shears

The Step by Step

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Step 1: bunch your fresh lavender stems together.

Step 2: secure stems in place first by wrapping them in floral wire and then floral tape, using about an inch of each, and trim down your stems to the desired boutonniere length.

Step 3: add satin ribbon over the floral tape and secure in the back with bridal pins, which will be the same pins you use to attach the boutonniere to a jacket.

The End Result

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Look #3: The Lovely En Masse Centerpiece – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: decide how you’d you like your grouping of vessels to sit together on your table. Look to create a balance in heights and colors.

Step 2: begin adding stems to the back vessels first. The key is to not overdo the number of stems going into any one vessel. You want a light and airy look, which also happens to be more budget friendly.

Step 3: next fill in your front vessels, going with shorter stems so not to completely cover the pretty vessels in the back.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gorgeous Greens – 3 Ways to Use Boxwood at Your Wedding

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Although I’m not a fan of cliches, there’s no doubt that many of them ring true. And there’s one particular famous statement, namely “less is more”, that I find myself gravitating towards time and again, especially when contemplating certain creative design concepts. Think carefully placed, simple details that go miles in their aesthetic appeal and impact. Subtle accents that elevate a look rather than overpower. Statement pieces that stand on their own. And that’s exactly what today’s feature, boxwood, is and does for whatever it’s applied to. Simply put, it’s one of nature’s most beautiful props. Bursting with vibrant color and no stranger to lush texture, it’s like a little bit of decorative magic. Here’s just a few ways how to incorporate the gorgeous green into your day.

The Supplies

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For Look #1 –  The Centerpiece:

For Look #2 – The Votive Wreath

For Look #3 – Trimmed Favor Box

The Looks and The How-To’s

 

Look #1 – Skip the Stems 

Of the flowering variety that is. Stick to a lush foliage like boxwood to create bountiful centerpieces that don’t break the bank. Up the impact by carefully selecting creative centerpiece vessels, like this twine detailed galvanized bucket.

To get this look, fill your bucket with a generous amount of boxwood stems, such that they overflow out from every angle. Add an additional touch of interest and rustic charm by detailing your bucket with craft paper twine.

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#2 – Put a Ring on It 

If having a Rustic, Woodland, or green-chic wedding of any kind, wreaths are basically ‘a must’. The decorative detail brings an added sense of the organic to your design with very little effort, just as it should be. Consider incorporating the pretty little accents to simple votive holders to elevate their impact within your overall centerpiece concept.

To get this look, wrap a stem of boxwood around the votive holder and secure in the back with green floral wire. If your stem is not full or long enough simply combine multiple stems with the wire.

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#3 – Finishing Touch

A box is just a box, until you put your touch to it. Infuse creativity into every last detail of your event, including your guest takeaway, by finishing off the last thing they see with a touch of boxwood beauty.

To get this look wrap your favor box with a few strands of paper twine.  Stuff boxwood in under the tied twine and add your tag.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Decor 101 – The Fabric Flower Table Runner

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Confession time. I have what some might call a slight obsession with floral table runners. OK, so maybe it’s more like a full blown adoration type of thing! But I’ve got plenty of reasons to. Not only are floral runners a guaranteed way to add instant wow factor to a table setting, thanks to their natural play on some cardinal decor techniques (think textures, layers and colors), they also come with endless creative opportunities in execution. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part! Compared to traditional centerpieces, their decorative counterparts, a runner gives you more impact for dollars spent. Meaning, you can spend less while getting more. But no need to take my word for it. Let’s let the concept speak for itself.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: lay out all your individual ruscus stems. Using approximately 5 branches of ruscus per bunch, create 4 individual bunches of foliage. For each bunch, stagger your branches at slightly varied lengths to create a flowing and full look. Tightly secure each bunch with floral wire.

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Step 2: place one bunch at either end of your table, allowing it to slightly overflow off the edges.

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Step 3: layer in your other two bunches of ruscus over those already on the table, meeting and intertwining them in the middle such that they close the open gap. If your final set up is in an indoor environment you can stop here. If it’ll be outdoors you’ll want to strategically secure the bunches to each other with your floral wire.

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Step 4: add in your fabric flowers, distributing them throughout the runner in groups of twos and threes keeping a mix of colors and sizes. If your set up is indoors you can simple rest the flowers on the runner. If outdoors, attach floral wire to the backs of the flowers using hot glue and secure each floral to select branches.

The End Result

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vintage inspired candle holder

complete the look with: vintage inspired taper candle holders and candles

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Wedding Tabletop

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There’s just something about the spring season that makes it the ideal time for a wedding. Whether it be all the lovely floral varieties available in pretty pastel shades, or the overall heartwarming sense of new beginnings that the season brings with it, springtime and weddings simply go hand in hand. And after a long, and very (very!) cold winter, we are more than ready to indulge in the enjoyment of plenty of seasonal prettiness, starting with today’s how-to feature. Here’s how to pull together the perfect springtime tabletop for your wedding day, your bridal shower, or just because!

What You’ll Need – The Accessories

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What You’ll Need – The Guest Favor

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The Look

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: In Full Bloom – Spring Floral Arrangements

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This past Monday we shared with you the third installment of our seasonal floral guide series, featuring some of the most readily available, and oh so pretty, spring blooms currently hitting the floral market. And just like with our past floral guides, we just couldn’t stop at the theoretical. So today we’re showing you how to turn each one of Monday’s blooms into wedding arrangements sure to stun. From a simply sweet boutonniere to a centerpiece overflowing with lovely, here’s how to incorporate spring’s best blooms into your wedding day.

Look #1: The Simply Sweet Spring Boutonniere – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: take your single stems and place your lilac to the left of your tulip, Secure in place with floral wire. Attach the wire just underneath your floral blooms and work it about an inch down, such that the stems are secured tightly together and upright.

Step 2: to even out the wire’s surface cover it with floral tape and trim your stems down to boutonniere size. approximately 2 – 2.5 inches in length.

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Step 3: cover the floral tape completely with your baker’s twine. Don’t worry about an even application. An overlapped finish adds to this boutonniere’s charm.

Step 4: secure your twine with a bridal pin.

The End Result

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Look #2: The Light and Airy Spring Bouquet – Supplies

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  • peach tulips and white lilac (our bouquet took 7 tulips and 3 stems of lilac)
  • floral wire, tape and sheers
  • raw muslin ribbon
  • 2 bridal pins

The Step by Step

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Step 1: after cleaning off your tulip stems of any access bulky leaves, bunch them together. For our bouquet we used 7 stems in total, keeping the look light.

Step 2: add in 3 stems of lilac behind your tulips, as if to create a backing. Ensure you keep your stems held tightly together as you work.

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Step 3: secure your stems together with floral wire, making sure to position it high enough such that it holds your stems tightly together and in place.

Step 4: for an even finish, cover the wire with floral tape, and trim your stem ends to the desired bouquet length. Length is based on personal preference, but be sure to keep it in proportion to your body.

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Step 5: create a simple bouquet wrap using raw muslin ribbon.

Step 6: secure the ribbon in the back of your bouquet using two bridal pins, one from the top and one for the bottom of the wrap.

The End Result

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Look #3: The In Full Bloom Spring Centerpiece – Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: begin your centerpiece by filling the middle jar. Start by incorporating a varied mix of blooms, keeping to one stem of each variety.

Step 2: fill out the balance of the jar with a few more repeating stems, doubling up on your favorite. Remember to keep a well balanced mix of colors and ensure your jar is nice and full looking from all angles.

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Steps 3 & 4: repeat steps 1 & 2 for your other two jars. We recommend finishing off both sides with a single stem of lilac for a overflowing look.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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