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Brides are Doing it for Themselves: Flowers


Here at Manolo for the Brides, we’re in favor of bridal DIY. It’s a great way to save a buck or three and create an intensely personal celebration.

Whether you’re looking to make centerpieces, design and make your own veil, or coming up with handmade favors, chances are you can find inspiration and instruction somewhere on the net. So I’m going to hunt down some of the coolest ideas and clearest instructions to help you get started finding what projects are right for you.

Today, we’re talking about flowers. I’ve been looking around and I’ve discovered some fun projects that nearly anyone can do.

First up, see that picture at the top of this article? Wouldn’t those be delightful on the tabletops at a spring wedding, particularly with a Japanese theme? They’re also origami. This is the sort of project you can do over time or organize a party to play with.
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When Paper Doesn’t Look Like Paper

I love alternative wedding flowers, as evidenced by this post about paper bridal bouquets and this post about paper wedding flowers and this post about other alternative wedding flower options that links to even more. Flowers, I’ll admit, are beautiful but also sometimes a real pain in the rear when you’re trying to coordinate a wedding that will include traveling or extreme hot weather. DIY? Not always the best idea when it comes to real live blooms and their idiosyncrasies.

But of course, not everyone wants a bridal bouquet that very specifically is not trying to be real flowers. And some of those people don’t want to resort to tacky looking faux blossoms, either. So what’s the middle minded, possibly allergic bride-to-be who wants an alternative that’s not too alternative when it comes to her wedding flowers to do?

Here’s where I come back to paper. Specifically paper bridal bouquets and arrangements created by The Crimson Poppy. Inspired by her family’s genetic black thumb, the artisan behind the company went from 0 to expert in the paper flower realm, always striving for a realistic looking bloom that wouldn’t wilt or die. And judging by these examples, I’d say she succeeded admirably.

Pro 1: Flowers in any color you can imagine

Pro 2: Roll the cost of preservation into your bouquet

Pro 3: Nothing fussy about these flowers

Pro 4: Will survive transport and then some

Anyone out there going for wedding flower alternatives over real blossoms? What are you opting for and where are you buying it?

Wedding Flowers That Rock!

My mom has been a rock & roller since the 70s and while she didn’t carry a bouquet at her 2010 wedding, if she had it might have been one very much like those produced by the husband and wife team at Flowers That Rock. Because, yes, those are guitar picks and the stems are actually reclaimed guitar strings. You probably already know that I love love love alternative wedding flowers of just about every stripe, from paper to wood to beads and crystals and ceramics, but these just might be my favorite alternative wedding flowers ever because they are too darn cool.

A guitar pick bouquet in the wild, snapped by Joe Hendricks Photography

Picks come in just about every color you can imagine, so yes, they have your wedding colors

Custom bouquet packages and even printing are available

True story: I didn't know they were picks the first time I saw them

In addition to guitar pick bridal bouquets, Flowers That Rock creates arrangements that could work as centerpieces and hair accessories and single blooms, which could be very interesting as part of a more traditional bridal bouquet. I love them! But what say you: Yes? No? Great for the right bride? Too silly? I never know how far some of you are willing to go when it comes to the alternative ideas that I think are so fantastic, so do feel free to tell me to take it down a notch!

NtB Loves: Paper Wedding Flowers!

I’ve posted a handful of paper flower bridal bouquets in the past, but of course, bouquets aren’t the only places you can use paper flowers! How about paper flower boutonnieres, paper flower reception table centerpieces, or paper flowers hanging from chairs and pews, or scattered on tables? It’s definitely not traditional, but paper flower wedding decor and accessories can be incredibly cute! (And for some, DIY friendly…)

A colorful paper bridal bouquet

Paper flower pew bouquets

HUGE flower wedding table centerpieces

And classic paper roses

Very cute, no?

Alternative, but similar idea: wedding pinwheels!

Inspiration: Cute as a Button!

Remember those beautiful button favor boxes and button place card holders I featured, oh, a long while back? If you don’t, maybe you remember Princess Lasertron’s amaaaaazing button bouquet. There’s a reason people say things like ‘cute as a button’ – buttons can be seriously cute, and are just one of those things that can be effortlessly incorporated into a DIY wedding theme. Observe:

Edible button wedding favors from Sugar and Meringue, YUM

Button wedding cake by The Caketress: http://thecaketressblog.com

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What Makes a Wildflower Wedding Bouquet?

Google wildflower bouquets, with a focus on bridal bouquets, and you end up with plenty of gorgeous bouquets full of wildflowers assembled by talented professional wedding florists. So talented and professional, in fact, that the wildflowers cease to look like something gathered and instead look like something grown on a farm somewhere in South America.

No, no, no. When I think wildflower bouquet, I think of something like this:

Or this:

Or this:

Of course, I understand that it’s the type of flower and the arrangement that makes a wildflower bouquet. But why go through all the trouble of gathering wildflowers (or paying someone to do it for you) and then put them into an arrangement so polished that the significance of the blooms themselves is lost?

Images: 1, 2, 3

Inspiration: Feathers!

Feathers make great wedding accessories, whether they’re in a bridal headpiece or in a bridal bouquet or even on a wedding cake! You can find feathers in every color under the sun, so coordinating with even the wackiest wedding color schemes is no problem. How else can you use feathers in your wedding? Here’s a bunch of pictorial inspiration to help you figure out where to integrate this easy to use wedding accessory into your big day:

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