When I started planning our wedding I knew right away that I wanted to make my own flowers. I love creative flower arrangements. I wanted something different. I also knew that if we chose not to hire a florist that we'd save thousands of dollars (hooray!) What I didn't know was how much FUN I would have with my bridesmaids making our bouquets. It was so so much fun and didn't take much time at all!
If you're considering making your own bouquets, read on! I can tell you from my personal experience that this was one of the simplest DIYs that we tried (along with the DIY Boutonnieres and DIY Corsages too!) I'll share some tips with you....
I loved what each of the bridesmaids created! We had a bouquet making party after the rehearsal dinner. Each of the girls made their own bouquet. They each had special details like the bird charm hanging from Holly's bouquet and Katie's berry branches. I liked that they were all a little bit different.
Rachel snapped this photo on the morning of the wedding.
Make Your Own Bouquet
Step 1: Collect Supplies. For my wedding bouquets I used fresh flowers, handmade velvet flowers, berry twigs, feather birds, feathers and vintage brooches. I also used some family heirloom ribbon (vintage tatting) and velvet ribbon that I found the first month we were dating! Choose accents that are personal to you!
Step 2: Start from the center and build the floral base of your bouquet. Work your way out by adding more and more flowers.
Step 3: Wrap the stems with floral tape. Use as much as you need to make it feel secure. The floral tape should go where ever you plan to wrap the ribbon. The ribbon will eventually hide it completely!
Step 4: Add accent piece such as feather birds (they have wires underneath that can secure them onto blooms) or feathers.
Step 5: Wrap the base of your stems (over the floral tape) with a pretty ribbon. I also tied some lace on mine as an accent.
Ta-Da! Here's a finished bouquet.
Have fun creating your own pretty bouquets... XO! elsie
Welcome to our wedding ceremony. I'm excited to share it with you, my blog readers! It was so incredibly special and, as everyone says, it was over in a snap! I'm super thankful for these photos, songs and memories that I have to keep. Without further ado....
As our guest entered there were two flights of stairs. On the landing of the first flight we used this vintage organ (it's been hollowed out and we got it for free) as a display piece. There were jars with tea lights, flowers and wedding photos from our family.
The entry and guest book table were decorated with handmade and vintage bird themed decor. I love the quote "Birds Of A Feather Flock Together." It was perfect for our occasion. There were feathers and birds everywhere, in the flower girl baskets, in people's hair, boutonnieres, decor and more....
This first song is the song that played as our grandparents, parents, wedding party, flower girls and ring bearer entered the room. It's one of our favorite Camera Obscura songs.
One of my favorite details was our white feather aisle. The flower girls tossed colored feathers. It was magical!
After I made our DIY Feather Boutonnieres, I wanted to make something coordinating for our grandmothers to wear. I have these vintage enamel (and plastic) floral brooches sitting around everywhere in my home and shop and really wanted to use them for something creative. What I came up with is a dressed up version of a floral brooch. I loved our corsages! They were quick to make and unique! Best of all, our grandmothers can keep them forever...
DIY Vintage Brooch Corsage
Step 1: Collect flowers, berry garland and millenary leaves in your colors. I ordered most of mine from Etsy (search "supplies").
Step 2: Choose pieces to accent your brooch. Trim the pieces to about 4 inches.
Step 3: Glue the feathers and findings to the back of your brooch. I used glue dots.
Step 4: Cover the back of your feathers with some twill tape or deco tape. They are already firmly attached with the glue dots, but this just makes the back look a little bit more polished.