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I started my first DIY project for the wedding this week. I am making “pew bows” to decorate the edge of each row of chairs along the inside aisle. My inspiration came from this photo I found on The Knot:
Our chairs are pretty much identical to these and I loved the look of these but I wanted something that would be mostly white with just a few pops of color for the pew bows. I am makeing mine using white cardstock with colored buttons in the middles. Each set will use the same five colors but in varying configurations.
Here is the first one I have finished so far – only 11 more to go
For information on how to make the pinwheel flowers, try this tutorial from Wendy Smedley.
Designing a spectacular floral arrangement takes amazing skill from the florist. Creating different arrangements with flowers looks like a difficult and time-consuming task. That is why it is important to know what you are looking for in a floral arrangement before you go to the florist. If you want to create one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, you can follow the tips in this article.
Pick Bright Flowers
Picking colorful flowers is a great way to design a beautiful arrangement. A vibrant color scheme looks beautiful and full of life. Making sure that the flowers are in tip-top condition is highly important because it drastically affects the quality of the arrangement. Bright flowers call attention to the eye, thus making the arrangement visually interesting. The more visual interest in your arrangement, the better it looks.
Know What Type of Arrangement You’ll Do
There are different types of arrangements you can do. The first step to actually designing your arrangement is to select the form of the arrangement. One type of floral arrangement is the bouquets. The bouquet is a beautiful arrangement that is commonly used for weddings. The bouquet is small and light enough to be carried around. The decorative arrangement is used for the home or for ceremonies, and the flowers are usually arranged inside of a beautiful vase. The wrist corsage is a flower arrangement that is worn around the wrist; it is commonly used for proms and weddings.
Pick a Vase
If you decide to do an arrangement that requires a vase, you need to pick a beautiful one. There are several types of vases, and they come in a rainbow of colors. Picking a neutral color for the base is great because it lets the flowers standout more. However, you can pick a colorful base as long as the flowers aren’t the exact same color as the vase.
Take Care of Your Flowers
As soon as you get your flowers from the florist, you should place them in water so they don’t die. To make your flowers last for a long time, you need to fill the vase with slightly warm water. Warm water also helps the plants open up and become vibrant. In addition, you can add flower preservative or sugar because it helps the flowers stay alive for longer time periods.
Cut the Stems
It is highly important to cut an inch off the bottom of the stems. By cutting your flowers, they will absorb water easily, and they will be easier to arrange.
Using foam helps the flowers stay in place without toppling over. Using foam is crucial if you want the flowers to maintain their shape for a lot of time. Always remember to water the foam so the flowers stay healthy.
Make it Tall
It is important to add flowers that are taller than the vase because it makes them standout more.
Use similar colors: A monochromatic arrangement is really interesting to look at. The key to making monochromatic arrangements work is to use different sized flowers and different shades of the same color.
As a wedding planner, Margrette Walters knows how an original floral arrangement can make the difference for any occasion. That is why she always recommeds King West Flowers. They offer affordable floral arrangements for picking and delivery, and are one of the best florists Toronto has to offer. Visit their website today to learn more.
Do it yourself weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years. Not only is it a great way to keep costs down, but it’s a way for creative people to make their ceremony more unique and artistic. No matter your budget, there are some DIY wedding projects that add a nice touch to any ceremony. Here’s some ideas I grabbed from Pinterest and DIY wedding blogs, for inexpensive projects that will add an artisanal touch to your special day.
Glow in the Dark Jars.
This one caught my eye immediately. This project is easy, cheap and could be used for any outdoor entertaining. All you need is some old jars, and glow sticks. Go somewhere a little glow in the dark goo isn’t going to harm anything, like a garage or patio. Cut the top off the glow sticks, dump it in the jar. Put a lid on the jar and shake the glow in the dark goo so it evenly covers the jar. Voila! You have your cheap, funky lanterns, vases, or whatever you want! The glow in the dark aspect fades fast so this is a day of project.
Decorative ice is an extremely easy, practically free way to add a personal touch to a reception. From ice candle holders, to ice cubes adorned with edible herbs and flowers, to decorative flower and ice bowls, there’s a number of ways you can use the life-giving element to create classy and gorgeous accessories for your reception. Check out Pinterest for a wealth of ideas on how to jazz up your reception with ice.
Handmade Name Cards.
Since name cards are going to have to be crafted to tailor your guests names, it makes sense to make them by hand. An easy and beautiful idea, is to use a sea shell, bead, or piece of beach glass, and color coordinate it with the guests name. This can be done to match any number of style. From seashells and watercolors, to a prim and proper pearl with letter press, a handmade name card is the perfect way to express your weddings individuality, while keeping things inexpensive.
Homemade Wedding Programs.
As with the name cards, there’s a million different ways you can get creative, and create some exquisite homemade wedding programs. Depending on the aesthetic theme of your wedding, you can create a program to coordinate. One cheap and easy idea, is to collect various designs of attractive wrapping paper that matches your wedding colors, and simply glue your program to the inside. Different patterns can create a funky, vintage look.
The struggling economy, coupled with a crafty, artistic culture, have made DIY wedding projects a trendy choice. While some may go all out and bake their own cake, and design their own flower arrangements, the ideas listed above are easy, inexpensive, and not time consuming. With resources like Pinterest, and a seemingly never-ending list of DIY wedding blogs, there’s no shortage of ideas to help you get creative and personal for your wedding.
Emily Manke is a health and lifestyle blogger in Portland, OR. Her interests include event-planning, biking, hiking, cooking, gardening. She loves crafts and DIY projects. Sometime she blog on behalf of this intimate wedding venue in oregon.
It was a wise person who once said that it’s a good idea to always remember this: When you’ve met the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, be sure to “marry the person and not the wedding”. In other words, while a wedding ceremony (and reception) only lasts a few hours, a marriage is a lifetime and so it’s best to choose what will best complement you and your partner’s lifestyle and budget. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re planning to make your own wedding florals, I found some great photo tutorials you’re going to love. Before you consider taking on your wedding flowers as a DIY project, do some research. Find out what the supplies will cost you (fresh or silk) and get quotes for the same styles professionally made at your local florist. If your primary reason for going DIY with your wedding flowers is to save money, you may find that in some cases, it isn’t any cheaper to DIY.
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Earlier this week I shared 5 Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas for Your Wedding – diy projects for Valentine’s Day that could easily be modified into gorgeous wedding DIY ideas. Well, I keep finding more gorgeous ideas so here are 5 MORE Valentine’s Day DIY ideas!
1. Sealed with a Kiss by The Idea Room
Okay – these are seriously cute! I love the little stickers used to decorate the Hershey’s Kisses – and The Idea Room has a link to download a printable sheet of the stickers! These would be adorable in a candy buffet or as wedding favors.
2. Mini Valentine Ombre Cakes by A Little CLAIREification
These are fantastic! Yes – they are a little time consuming but for a smaller wedding – they would definitely be worth the work! They would also make fantastic desserts for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.
3. Heart Shaped Macaroons by Happy Hour Mom
I love Macaroons for wedding candy buffet and dessert tables. They look so chic. They also make beautiful wedding favors in clear packaging. These heart shaped macaroons would be perfect for a wedding.
4. Doily & Heart Mason Jars by Crescendoh
Doilies and felt hearts are a very simple way to dress up mason jars. Add tealights and they are perfect for centerpieces or decorating the aisle for a candlelight ceremony.
5. Personalized Cups by Pen N’ Paperflowers
These gorgeous cup and saucer sets are created using sharpie markers. This is a great idea! You can get coffee mugs at the dollar store and decorate them with sharpie markers in colours that work with your wedding decor. Use them to dress up your table and guests can take them home as favors after the wedding.
+1. A BONUS idea!
I found this heart garland idea on Pinterest but the site that it came from was not credited so I’m not sure were it’s from unfortunately! I think this would be a fairly simple project to undertake though. Punch hearts from old book pages and sew them down the centers in groups of three. These would be perfect for decorating a vintage or book themed wedding.
With Valentine’s Day just weeks away, Pinterest and many of my favourite blogs have been full of Valentine’s Day DIY ideas. The great thing about Valentine’s Day DIY projects is that they are usually love-themed and often translate quite easily into wedding ideas. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day DIY Ideas I found this week and some ideas on how you could use these ideas for your own wedding.
1. Rose Heart by DIY Louisville
The “roses” on this heart are made from velvet ribbon. The heart would be very cute carried by the flower girl or used instead of pew bows. The velvet flowers can be made with any ribbon colour you wish and used to decorate just about anything that you can glue them to!
2. Valentine’s Day Favor Jar by Creme de la Craft
The idea with this DIY project is to create a jar with little slips of paper inside each listing something you love about the person you are giving it to. What caught my eye was the simple but gorgeous way that the jar was decorated. These would be adorable as wedding favors. You could write names/table numbers on the little hearts and have them double as escort cards or place cards. I think these would look adorable on a candy buffet as well.
3. Paper Bag and Washi Tape Heart Bunting by Making Home Base
This bunting DIY is adorable! I could see this being used to decorate a candy bar or cake table. Washi Tape comes in so many colours and patterns, you could really customize the look to suit any wedding though with the paper bags, it is probably best suited to vintage or rustic wedding themes.
4. Glitter Clothespins by My Fabuless Life
Glitter has the amazing ability to take ordinary objects and make them fabulous – like these clothespin. A little glitter and ordinary, inexpensive clothespins become perfect for holding escort cards on a display board.
5. Matchbox Favors by Swap-bot
These adorable hand made matchboxes would be perfect for holding wedding favors like small candies or a photo of the couple. You can change up the paper color and top them with flowers, ribbon, paper shapes or whatever best suited your wedding theme. The matchboxes are made using a free matchbox template that you can find here.
Mason Jars have been very popular in weddings recently. They are usually very easy to find – most of us have grandmas or aunts or even mothers with a collection of mason jars in the pantry. They can be decorated to suit just about any wedding theme: add twine and burlap for a rustic wedding, vintage lace and old photos for a vintage wedding or rhinestones, ribbon and tealights for an elegant evening soiree. Mason jars can be used in many different ways – table numbers, drinking glasses, centerpieces, candy buffets, wedding favors, lighting, pew decorations and much more. Here are a few of my favorite ideas. Fair warning: this post is VERY image heavy Enjoy!
Mason Jar Drinks
Mason Jar Candy Buffet
I fell in love with this project a while back and completely forgot to share! Hostess with the Mostess shares instructions for making these easy paper flowers that are great for dressing up wedding centerpieces or other decor.
Instructions available at Hostess with the Mostess
This weekend we celebrated my moms fiftieth birthday party with a backyard barbeque. One of my sisters created the decor using old picture frames and wildflowers she picked along the roadside. The flowers were displayed in mason jars with stones for weight. The larger frame hanging in the trees was used as a photo prop later in the afternoon. I think this would be perfect for a backyard wedding or bridal shower. You can change the frame color and type of flower to suit your colors, theme and formality.