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I’m a big fan of flowers, and I wanted to have tons of them at the wedding.  When looking into the price of flowers, however, I was stunned!  They do make a huge visual impact, but at what cost?  You just end up throwing them away at the end anyway.  I got around the problem somewhat by having the wedding in a family friend’s backyard.  She’s a serious gardener, and their house is surrounded by 100+ year old cottonwood trees, so the setting was perfect.  That took care of a lot of the floral needs, but obviously, there was still a lot of need for flowers on centerpieces, boutonnieres, etc!

The first easiest thing was the boutonnieres.  If you’re already ordering some flowers, you can just save a few stems here and there and you’ll be all set.  You’ll also need some floral tape, lots of floral wire, and whatever embellishments you might like.  My crafty aunt Marcheta helped me with these.  Most of the color was found in the flowers, but we also wandered around the creek behind the house and picked up pretty fall leaves, pine needles and the like.  We then wrapped the arrangement first with floral tape to keep it in place, and then with beautiful velvet ribbon.  After that, she had the genius idea of adding twirls of copper wire for a little added flair.  Once you see how easy it is, you’ll wonder why you’re spending $10-20 apiece at the floral shop for these.  Plus, you’re able to customize them and really make them special for the people who are there for you on your big day.  After you finish each one, mist it with a little water from a spray bottle, place it on a bit of paper towel and put the whole thing in a ziploc bag in the fridge.  That way, they’ll be nice and fresh day of (I suggest doing them the day before).

When we looked into the cost of centerpieces, I almost had a heart attack.  Flowers add up quickly, and you’ll need far more of them to properly fill out centerpieces than you might imagine.  My mom and I came up with a solution.  We bought big glass bowls, and put glass hurricane pillars inside the bowl, added a big white candle, filled the bowl with water, and floated a few spider mums in each bowl.  They had a great visual impact and spider mums are super hardy so they lasted forever.  Plus we only needed about 10 stems per bowl so they ended up being really affordable.  Everyone liked them so much, we’re doing the same things for several friends’ weddings this summer!

I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to deal with the pressure of all this prep work, so I did have my bouquet made at a local floral shop.  I really love what they did with it – it was dainty, elegant and funky all at the same time.  I was really intimidated by making my own.  However, a few weeks later, I did the flowers for a friend’s wedding, and I made her bouquet, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I would have thought.  If you plan on going this route, just make sure to leave lots of time to make sure that you get it right.  I made hers extra-special with some beautiful chocolate silk ribbon and an antique pearl and copper brooch that I found at an antique store nearby her wedding location.  I’ll try to track down some good pictures of it!

We used orange roses as an accent throughout the wedding.  Every place setting had a rose tucked into the napkin, which was a great prop for drama on the dance floor later in the evening.  😉  We also bought several bags of rosepetals to use for the aisle, since it was outside:

I really loved this; not only did the color look great against the grass, but I walked down the aisle barefoot and it was quite an experience!  Those petals are velvety soft against the skin.  Everyone had a great time playing in them after the ceremony was over.  We also got shepherd’s hooks from the local Home Depot and used them to hold little conical glass vases of flowers to line the aisles.  The vases came with little stands, so after the ceremony was over we could transfer the flowers to the tables and bring a little bit of color to where the party was.

The rest of the flowers were a free-for-all!  We just ordered a few bunches of things that I liked and gathered a ton of vases from everyone and kept them on the tables like that.  I did find lots of branches in the woods around the house, and created some really dramatic centerpieces with yellow branches surrounded by a few flowers.  Best part – they were free!  There’s lots of options out there for making really nice centerpices without a lot of money.

Here are the flowers that we used in the wedding:

Belles of Ireland

Alstormeria

Spider Mums

Hypercurium Berries

Gerber Daisies

Burnt Orange Calla Lillies

Kangaroo Paw

Roses

Ranunculus

Billie Balls

Chocolate Cosmos (best for a brown color, and they smell like chocolate!)

They all had really great colors, bright oranges, yellows and greens, and lasted a really long time after the party was over.  I bought almost all of the flowers on fiftyflowers.com, and would reccomend checking them out for your wedding flowers.  Another great resource is Costco – they will sometimes order things for you, and it’s often worth the price of a membership in how much money you’ll save on flowers.

Here’s a great picture from a friend’s wedding I did 3 weeks later.  They had similar colors, and a really nice approach to centerpieces.  They just had tons of mason jars of different sizes, and each jar was filled with only one variety of flower.

rachel-dustin-wedding-109My apologies for the sub-par pictures, but I was in a hurry!  Her bouquet I made is in the upper-left corner.  I just liked the approach – it was really fresh, organic and low-key.  She used white roses, white spider mums, red-orange alstromeria, yellow snapdragons, orange tulips, and one bunch of orange ranunculus only for the bride and groom.

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Originally I had planned my wedding for the summer, so I had a really nice color palette going.  I had planned for a chartreusey-olivey green, with a pink coral color and lots of off-white.  Had we had a wedding party, the groomsmen were going to wear tan seersucker suits with the green ties and the bridesmaids a lovely coral color.  I had wanted to do it sort of 20’s/Great Gatsby style, as much as I could.  However, the dates kept changing, and before you know it, the date was set for late September.  Since the wedding was going to be in a family friend’s back yard, I thought that it would be nice to incorporate fall-ish colors while still being bright and cheery.  My family liked to call it derisively brown, orange and green, but I think that the colors ended up being a bit more subtle.  I was using paint chips, but here’s a nicer version of the colors I ended up with:

I hope this helps set the stage for the next few days!  Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about flowers and what you can do to minimize the cost and maximize the impact.

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Sorry, really busy this week!  I promise there will be more content soon, but for now, get inspired!

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The theme of this week’s favorites is Blues and Greens.  Springtime is here (at least for me) and I can’t get over the color combination.  It’s so fresh and fun!

First up is retrofied.  I just bought a moped last weekend and so I’m obsessed with all things 2-wheeled and motorized.  Add a little love of polka dots and stripes and you have one awesome bag.  Roomy, with lots of pockets, this is the perfect bag for someone like me.  Lots of space to hold your junk and keep it organized.  She’s based out of Chicago, and has lots of awesome fabrics and styles of bags – there is definitely something for everyone.

Next is econica.  She has some really elegant designs, simple yet stunning.  This dress is made of bamboo and organic cotton, a combination that I’m sure would feel even better than it looks.  I love the intensity of this green – green in such a hard shade to do right, but I think this would be flattering on a number of skin types.  I love that she uses mostly organic materials but still maintains a feminine, stylish form.

I keep seeing these soaps from amethystsoap pop up all over Etsy, and after taking a closer look I can see why.  They really look like actual polished chunks of turquoise!  They’ve got some all-natural goodies for a little exfoliating action (who couldn’t use that) and I think they would smell terrific.  The rest of the soaps in the shop look like tumbled stones as well – how do they do it?

Last is adventuresofjr.  I’ll make no secret of it – I’m a shmere snob.  Why on earth would you wear anything besides cashmere?  You can find it reasonably priced, if you look, and its just so sinful.  You always want to pet yourself, or you can get someone else to pet you…anyway.  She makes some beautiful, modern and fun accessories out of, you guessed it, cashmere!  I think that I want everything in her shop.  Life’s so short, everything should be soft.  She also sells some of her lovely yarn here.  Her shop is definitely worth a look – an perhaps a small indulgence?

That’s it for the week!  Just a reminder, today is the last day to sign up for my giveaway!  Scroll down and look for it, leave a comment, and you could be the lucky winner of some awesome prizes!

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Since it’s Valentines day, and I’m not too into the whole lovey-dovey pink and red hearts thing, I thought that I would share something else that I love.  And that is…terrariums!   I’m living out here in the desert and I can try to fill my house with succulents and other things that I can’t kill but part of me secretly yearns for moss and grass and a little relative humidity.  I was going to use terrariums for centerpieces at my wedding last year, however, I was quickly vetoed (though I still think it’s a good idea).  It hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm!

A variety of choices...

A variety of choices...

It’s amazing the different configurations and designs that you can come up with.  There are so many awesome jars and glass bottles out there, you could fill your house with tiny terrariums.

domes

domes

I like the idea of displaying several of them in a grouping for maxiumum visual impact.

Esque Terrarium

Esque Terrarium

This one is super swank.  It’s made of recycled glass and created using wind energy.  How green!  Find it here at Velcocity.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

This one may be one of my favorite compositions.  It’s literally oozing with moss!  Oh, how I have dreams about this…

If you’re super excited about making your own, you can find a great tutorial here at Domino.  Happy crafting!

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