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Monday, November 28, 2011

Rustic Futuristic Flowers

Looking for a rustic centerpiece with a futuristic look? I found this one on Pinterest. Save your wine carafes (yes, you'll have to force yourself to drink all that wine (or better yet, have a party and use it all up!) and reuse them as vases. Then try using paper flowers similar to the ones you've seen in other posts either here or on Do It Yourself Wedding Planning.  Here are the links: try this one, this one, and this one(a wreath).  You can also find more paper flowers all over  Some are made from crepe paper, others from old books and newspapers.

Flowers made from crepe paper, old books or newspaper or a combineation of the two are more eco-friendly than some of their very pretty but pricey live counterparts.  For instance consider the price you'd pay for those fancy roses flown in from Ecuador, not just the dollars but the carbon footprint you'd leave behind.

Your paper flowers are also a nice memento of your wedding day; you can use them in your home long after you wedding is over. 

Paper flowers aren't just for centerpieces.  Some Etsy artists can make an entire wedding bouquet from paper flowers.

So if you're looking to reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding use paper flowers, reuse old wine carafes, and add some branches you can find outside.  Less expensive, better for the ecology... if every bride tried to reuse items instead of buying new items for decorating at her wedding we would save more than just money!  So don't just love this rustic and futuristic centerpiece because it's pretty, love it because it's GREEN!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Easy Italian Centerpiece

This centerpiece photographed by Katie Leonard Photography, Gainesville, florist unknown, shown on The Knot is perfect for the DIY'er planning a wedding with an Italian theme. Metal decorative pasta cans or other Italian advertising tins make perfect vases for gerbera daisies and colored babies breath.  

Looking for more ideas for Italian theme weddings? Go to Italian Weddings 101 for a variety of ideas on planning an Italian wedding.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Flower At Every Plate And In Your Tea Cup?

If you're planning to have a single flower at each place-setting why not add this attractive rose design fold for the napkins?  Just add it to the tea cup and include some greenery around it.  So pretty, yet not pricey at all! Rose photo from America Online.

For other great ideas on ways to fold napkins try this site.  Don't forget to envision the difference color will make to your folded napery.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rustic Fall Centerpiece

This rustic fall centerpiece for your wedding (or you table for Thanksgiving) was designed by inflowerInflower can do everything from this rustic look to very elaborate and formal centerpieces and bouquets.  Visit their web page to see!  To see a variety of their designs check under the header 'Events.'

Moss and Pinar Wreath You Can Make Yourself

You can reate this beautiful autumn arrangement with items from Candles 4 Less!  You can change the color of the flowers you use or any of the details to suit yourself, but this is an inexpensive way to put together a centerpiece for your rustic wedding.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wedding Topiary On Wheels

Decorate your wedding day transportation to look like The Rose Parade! Even if you don't live in Pasadena these topiary on wheels will be one of the highlights of your wedding day. Yes it will take some serious dedication but the photos will be incredible! Granted, you need to carefully protect the paint job on your car, but what fun!  Photos courtesy of The Lovely Plants.

Luxury Bridal Bouquets

Luxurious Wedding Accessories offers custom hand made silk fabric bridal bouquets designed to keep forever. Each flower is cut by hand individually to create customized flowers in varying shades. Then the flowers are highlighted using a variety of rhinestones, crystals and genuine freshwater pearls. Consider choosing this luxurious accessory for your big day. Custom colors are available on request.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fancy Cover For A Hand-Tied Bouquet

Premier Packaging offers brides and their florists this 'premier' way to cover the stems of their hand wrapped wedding bouquet! Called a bouquet cozy, this hides those ugly stems while you walk down the aisle on your wedding day! This isn't as inexpensive as wrapping with some ribbon but the look you get is elegant and feminine, and very bridal!

Yellow Orchids For Your Wedding

WDW has some great yellow and white ideas for your wedding flowers, but here are two more, courtesy of MSW.  As usual, Martha shows us all just how to do it RIGHT!  The bouquet has yellow Phalaenopsis and Miltonia and orange Oncidium orchids combined with wild flowers, abutilons, bunnytail grass and loose roses.  

Here this large centerpiece (also from Martha Stewart Weddings) features Cymbidium, Masdevallia, and Miltonia orchids, plus yellow tree peonies and garden roses. Smaller terra-cotta pots filled with Cymbidium and Masdevallia varieties, set on either side, carry the theme down the length of the table. It keeps the centerpiece low enough so that guests on either side of the table can easily see each other and converse. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Peacocks and Purple

Brides love peacock colors but most of the time you see the blues highlighted.  These inspiration boards highlight the gorgeous purple hues you can use with a peacock theme.  So think a little outside the box if you're planning a peacock wedding, and go purple instead of blue/greens. 

Photos courtesy of Whimsy & Wise Events.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Peacock Feather Gilt Foliage in Holiday Centerpieces

This up to date centerpiece marries peacock feathers and metallics with the softness of hydrangeas.  Design Master uses 24KT Pure Gold and sprays it into a crumpled paper towel then wipes it over leaf surfaces.  Re-spray as needed.  Let dry.  Gilt foliage! Then spray hydrangeas with Glitter Gold and let dry.  For more specifically detailed tutorial go to Design Master.  This results is a centerpiece perfect for the holiday season wedding!

Sheaf Thrill

Wheat adds a harvest element to a radiant fall bouquet.

This gathering of grains and florals appears to be hand-tied, it is actually arranged in a bouquet holder. A foam-filled holder will maintain hydration for the unique seasonal collection, despite the occasionally hazy heat of autumn. This bouquet is great for outdoor events or those scheduled in ultra chic rural venues. For specific directions go to Florists Review.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wow Flowers!

Planning on having long tables at your wedding? Think about this hydrangea 'hedge' running down the center of your tables.  Talk about WOW factor!  The low 'hedge' of flowers run down the center with tiny votives at each place setting.  This photo is courtesy of Brilliant Event Planning.  I'd love to know how they made the flower 'train' at the end! I know this is going to be expensive but... I think I'm in love!