Beyond the Bouquet: 10 Unique Ways to Incorporate Flowers into Your Wedding Day

mini birdcage wedding favor

fresh favors
featured here: mini birdcage spray painted white, filled with a purple hydrangea

No matter what type of planning personality you have, whether it’s a ‘hands on managing the entire process’ kind or a ‘sitting on the sidelines happily watching as someone else takes care of it for you’ sort, you’ve no doubt given your wedding day flowers some thought. You’ve probably got an idea of what types of bouquets you want for you and your girls, the sort of arrangements you want for your centerpieces, even the kind of boutonniere the boys should wear. But beyond all that there are plenty of other ways to incorporate beautiful floral details into your wedding day, each one elevating your decor to the next level of gorgeous. Here’s just a few examples to help get your floral planning underway. And if you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll want to incorporate each and every one.

ceremony aisle marker

top marks
featured here: aisle markers created using a grouping of pillar candles sitting on a vintage chair and tray, adorned with florals

ceremony aisle markers

lead the way
featured here: end of row chair markers created using white metal embossed cones filled with white hydrangea, accented with decorative acrylic crystal drops

mini floral arrangements

little lovelies
featured here: tabletop accents. bell shaped glass tealight holder used as a mini vase

blown glass lamp

blown glass beauty
featured here: tabletop accents. lamp silhouette blown glass candle holder used as a vase

lavender napkin accent

subtle scents
featured here: place setting details. crocheted border handkerchief accented with a bundle of dried lavender

mirrored box wedding favor

favors in bloom
featured here: miniature beveled mirror box favor filled with a white rose

favor table signage

miniature garden
featured here: favor table signage. personalized ‘love bird damask’ collection table sign card sitting in a bed of moss and lisianthus flowers

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outdoor accents
featured here: decorative accent created using an old window pane and a bouquet of roses

A Step Back

If you’re at the stage where you’re still trying to figure out which floral varieties are right for you, follow Weddingstar on Pinterest for plenty of additional inspiration.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Wild – A Chandelier & Fern Overhang

diy chandelier and fern overhang

If you ask me there are few things better than a great chandelier! Whether you’re talking home, office or wedding day decor, chandeliers are the most beautiful kind of classic and opulent decorative detail. But while they’re perfection all on their own, they get even better when set in a contrasting natural element like that provided by a lush green setting. That’s especially the case if we’re taking about coupling the dainty and wild asparagus fern with contemporary distressed white metal chandeliers. So for today’s DIY I’ve combined them for you in one of my favorite ways, a table overhang. And the end result is just so lovely I may never take it down!

The Supplies

diy chandelier overhang supplies

  • metal chandelier x 3
  • standard garden trellis painted white. This will be the base of your overhang, which you’ll need to hang. Sizing can vary and depends on intended use. Ours was 4 feet long.
  • asparagus fern
  • wax flower
  • floral wire
  • garden shears
  • water picks (for wax flowers)

The Step by Step

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Step 1: start your fern overhang by first pulling together the front end points. You’ll want to use your longest pieces of fern to create the lowest overflow points. Begin by wiring a few stems of fern together.

diy chandelier overhang - step 2

Step 2: wire your fern bundle to your trellis at whatever point you want to designate as your starting point. We used the left side of the trellis, approximately 10 inches in from the end.

fern overhang

Step 3: create a bundle for your front end point. Make it either longer or shorter than the opposite side. Avoid perfectly symmetrical arrangements for a natural look.

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Step 4: attach  your chandeliers to the trellis.

Step 5: create your back end points with another two fern bundles.

Step 6: fill in the rest of the trellis with individual fern stems. Work to create a naturally wild finished look by pointing them in different directions, allowing some to come through the bottom of the trellis. If using the overhang in an indoor setting  you can weave your stems into one another. If using outdoors, make sure to wire all your stems to avoid wind displacement.

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Step 7: finish off the overhang by accenting the perimeter with small bundles of water picked wax flowers.

The Pretty Details

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To complete this exact look, perfect for a ceremony site set up, use a potted ivy plant and accent it with water picked white lisianthus.

white lisianthus

xoxo.

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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: Pattern Play – Mini Vase Sets

diy vase favors

A while back we did a post on DIY glittered tea lights that was a big hit with our brides. Because we can’t resist a repeat fan favorite, and because we love what a touch of glitter can do, we’re re-applying this simple to-do concept on one of our mini white vase sets. Whether used as a guest favor, or as part of your wedding day decor, these small stunners are sure to have a big impact with your guests. And for those of you looking for a simplified approach and look, we’re giving you another combo that’s just as lovely. Here’s how to pull together the two looks.

Look #1: Glitter Galore

diy glitter vase favors

The Supplies

mini glitter vases - diy supplies

  • mini favor vases in white
  • spray adhesive
  • spreadable glue {we love mod podge!}
  • glue dots
  • masking tape
  • paint brush
  • glitter
  • spray roses

The Step by Step – Pretty Polka Dots

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Step 1: stick on your large glue dots, spacing them out all over your vase.

Step 2: dust on your glitter.

Step 3: using a clean paint brush, brush off all excess glitter.

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Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 using small glue dots.

small polka dot diy glitter vase

The Step by Step – Stripes and Solids

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Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape three quarters of the way down your vase.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on the glitter.

single stripe diy glitter vase

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Step 1: wrap a strip of masking tape at the base of the vase,  and just below the base of the bottle neck.

Step 2: apply a thin even layer of glue.

Step 3: sprinkle on your glitter.

thick stripe diy glitter vase

diy gold glitter vase diy glitter vase how to

Step 1: apply spray adhesive glue all over the outside of your vase.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter, plugging the opening of the vase with your finger to avoid glitter entering the vase.

diy gold glitter vase

Look #2 – Keep it Simple

If you love the look of the vases but want a simplified version, go au naturel by eliminating the glitter. Mix and match the vase color options for your bit of pattern play and a lovely end result.

mini decorative vase favors

The Supplies

mini decorative vase favor supplies

The Look

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Springtime Centerpieces – Birds & Blooms

spring inspired wedding centerpieces

In our part of the world dear old Mother Nature has been taking her time gracing us with some proper Spring weather. Trees remain bare, grass patchy, and gardens full of flowers are but a daydream. So we’re filling the void and brightening things up with some Spring inspiration of our own via today’s DIY centerpiece post, Birds and Blooms. We created three looks, any of which would make for great guest or head table centerpieces, or side table adornments. Taking cue from the freshness of the season we kept the arrangements clean and simple, and thanks to some added birdie accents, so very lovely.

We’re hoping these give Mother nature that much needed nudge, but at the very least that they provide some Spring wedding inspiration for all our wonderful readers. Enjoy!

parrot tulip centerpiece white ceramic bird vase accent parrot tulips

Get the Look: The Supplies

diy-parrot tulip centerpiece supplies

spring inspired birdcage centerpiece birdcage-decor-detail baby's breath

Get the Look – The Supplies

diy birdcage and baby's breath centerpiece supplies

  • small metal birdcage x 3 (remove tea light holder that comes with product)
  • two large bunches of baby’s breath
  • good pair of sheers for trimming

mini white ceramic birds pink mini carnations white stock flower

Get the Look – The Supplies

diy bottle vase centerpiece supplies

  • bottle vases in various shapes and sizes (sold in sets of six)
  • mini ceramic birds (sold in sets of two)
  • one bunch of white stocks
  • one bunch of pink mini carnations
  • good pair of sheers for trimming

xoxo.

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Pretty on a Penny: Secrets to Getting Gorgeous {and Inexpensive} Floral Wedding Arrangements

 

wedding vases - clear glass bottle set

Confession time. I like pretty things. Well, that’s no secret. I like pretty things and I’m willing to pay the price to get them. But, and here comes the confession, I LOVE pretty things when combined with deals and discounts! Maybe it’s the wedding planner in me who regularly builds budgets and gets thrills from coming in lower than expected. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I can take those saved pennies and put them to something else I really want. Whatever the reason, I’m a sucker for anything that looks high end without the hefty price tag!

If you’re like me, you’ll love today’s post. Not only is it a cheap and cheerful {don’t tell anyone I said that!} way to pull together gorgeous wedding floral arrangements, but it’s right on trend with what’s hot right now. It all comes down to two words, Bottle Vases, and here are the secrets behind the look.

LESS IS MORE 

grey ceramic bottle vase

The simplicity behind the bottle vase design is what makes this look so lovely. The shape is sleek and where decorative details are featured, subtle accents have the opportunity to shine. Single stems look great which means you need very little to make an impact on your wedding day, and pretty petals easily pop.

ceramic bottle vase detail

A PLAY ON HEIGHTS 

white glass bottle vase set

Nothing does more for a table set up than layers and dimension. Using groups of bottle vases in varying heights is an easy way to accomplish this design principle. Whether used on their own or incorporated into a grander wedding tablescape, the effect is gorgeous every time. And because each vase really only needs a single bloom, it’s a budget friendly look that can be applied to all your guest tables.

floral arrangements-white glass bottle set

SUCCESS IN NUMBERS 

wedding vases - blue glass bottle set

If a beautiful bloom in a lovely little vase puts a smile on your face than that look x10 is sure to have you swooning! Pulling together groups of vases to form a cluster is a decorative approach that works for all wedding designs and themes. Individually each vase is the perfect detail for any set up. Grouped together the vases form a fantastic wedding centerpiece.

wedding centerpieces - grouped bottle vases

Love it?  Want More?

Come back and visit the blog this Wednesday when I show you how to personalize this look and make it yours.

xoxo.

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Gerbera Daisy Wedding Flowers
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