Archive for October 2008

Bridesmaids Gifts and Wedding Favors

Your loved ones have worked hard with you to create the wedding of your dreams. Guests are traveling from all around to watch you and your favorite guy vow to love eachother until the end of time. With all that your friends and family have done to give you your special day, it is only fair that they receive a token of appreciation from you. Here are a few easy DIY ideas for Bridesmaids Gifts and Wedding Favors for your wonderful crew of loved ones. The great thing about DIY Bridesmaids Gifts and Wedding Favors is that loved ones will realize that it is something truely from the heart.


Pressed Flower Bookmarks- Dry out colorful flowers such as Gerber Daisies or Alstromeria. Press one of two blooms into a clear glass bookmark. Personalize it by slipping a piece of stock card into the bookmark with your names, and wedding date. You can find blank glass bookmarks at your local craft store. This super pretty gift is a unique item that guests will be able to use for years to come.

Floral Soaps- An awesome gift for your bridesmaids is a set of flower infused soaps. This is more simple than you think to create. Here is a really easy receipe foor Fresh Cut Rose Petal Soap from

Things You’ll Need

  • Coloring (Optional)
  • Rose scent (Optional)
  • Mold
  • Glycerin
  • Crushed rose petals
  1. Melt glycerin in a bowl, following the instructions on the container.
  2. When melted, add 2-3 drops of rose scent to the glycerin if you want.
  3. Add pink or red coloring.
  4. Add the crushed petals into the mixture and stir.
  5. Pour the mixture into the mold and freeze for 24 hours.


  • These make great gifts!
  • Pink or red coloring will look nice with the soap.
  • Rose scent will make the scent strong.


  • The petals will turn black.
  • The glycerin will be hot!
  • This may get messy!

Here is a neat idea from Martha Stewart for Wedding Favors:

“Painted metal buckets brimming with blooms call to mind a French flower market. But these bunches, wrapped in colored waxed tissue paper, are not for sale; they’re meant to be given as wedding favors. Display them near a doorway or throughout a reception hall on tiered metal stands painted to match the buckets. At day’s end, post a card inviting guests to pick a bunch.”  To do this in a super inexpensive way, grab the metal buckets at your local craft store and use inexpensive, yet elegant flowers. Carnations in several different colors work well for this, because they are full, fluffy, colorful, and cheap in cost but not presentation!


6 comments October 27, 2008

Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas

There are many options for the modern bride to be when it comes to wedding themes. Many brides are turning to non-traditional weddings in order to stand out and make a big statement. Here are a few fun ideas for a Non-Traditional Wedding. Even if you are having a traditional wedding, throwing in one or two non-traditional wedding aspects could really add a unqiue element to your special day.


One non-traditional move for a wedding is to wear a dress in a color other than Ivory or White. Some brides choose to wear Red or Black instead. A really unqiue color scheme is a metallic emerald green, form fitting, long, elegant dress. Carry large White Calla Lilies as your bridal bouquet, and have bridesmaids wear lavendar and each carry a White Oriental Liliy. This color combination is unexpected, and unique, but still elegant and beautiful. Another idea is to wear a sapphire blue wedding dress, and carry a bridal bouquet made of bi-color orange/orange-red long stem roses. If you want to go super bold, opt for a deep red dress and carry giant long stem White Roses as your bridal bouquet. Whatever color you choose, make sure that it is something that you feel comfortable in and that it is a color that means something to you. Picking a dress in the loudest possible color just for shock value, may leave you feeling a bit dissapointed….and at the end of the day, everyone wants to feel great about their wedding day!


Another idea for a great non- traditional wedding is to take it outside (weather permitting). If you live in a state that has gorgeous foliage during the fall, why not plan a pretty back yard wedding, or have a rustic feel by holding your wedding at a farmhouse?  Bring together the rustic feel by arriving by horse & buggy. A classic style, or old western style dress would work well for this theme, and carring a nice “country mix” bouquet of snapdragons, sunflowers, and button mums will totally pull together a unqiue autmn theme.  A Summer Wedding idea that is always great is a Beach Wedding. This allows for comfy, informal attire and a laid back atmosphere…wear a simple, flowing white dress and carry purple orchids as a bouquet. Don’t forget to place a flower behind your ear- try a bloom from an Orange Asiatic Lily. A great outdoor theme for a Spring Wedding is a Garden Wedding. Do you have a gorgeous garden? Does a friend or family member? Save extra $$ by using what you have before spending money to rent space. If you don’t have a resource for a Garden space, try a local Rose Garden or park with lots of fresh flowers. For this theme, a cream color dress works well, and for a bridal bouquet, either a Kissing Ball or a bouquet featuring Hydrangeas creates a totally romantic vibe. One idea that I came across that sounded really cute and informal was to have a wedding in a huge rose garden and instead of setting up folding chairs, have guests sit on huge pillows covered with satin pillow cases in your wedding color. It kind of gives an Alice & Wonderland feel to the whole ceremony.


Another non-traditional route is to have the wedding at a special location, other than a church or hall. A you and your fiance big history buffs? Why not have your wedding an a local historical mansion? Are you into literature? Why not have it at a library a la Carrie Bradshaw? There are so many unqiue places to hold your wedding, it really comes down to what you feel expresses your personality the best. If you are intp theater, have a theater themed wedding at a local playhouse or stage company. Wear a metallic, icy white dress and carry a bouquet of the most red roses that you can find. Long Stem “Charlotte” Roses are a gorgeous shade of red and open up to giantic blooms.


Whatever you choose for your wedding, going the Non-Traditional Wedding route is definately best when infused with your own style. Remember that the best weddings are a true reflection of you & your fiance’s love for eachother, no matter what the theme!

7 comments October 13, 2008

Check it out

Need more ideas for your wedding flowers? I found a really cool site that walks you through the whole wedding planning process, from your flowers to your make up, to your guest list. The site is a great resource especially for DIY brides, as it pulls together vendors in your local/regional area that can help you pull together your big day. Click Here to see the Wedding Flower Planning Guide at


Add a comment October 10, 2008

Theme Wedding: Halloween Wedding

Holiday season is just around the bend, and a lot of brides like to tie their wedding theme in with the season’s celebration.

Halloween is no exception to this tradition, with many couples choosing to have a Halloween Theme Wedding during October.

Here are some fun tips that I found for creating a Halloween Wedding that will is classy as well as fun.

Fall wedding flowers can always double as Halloween Wedding Flowers, just go with deeper colors for a greater impact. Orange Asiatic Liles, Orange Hawkweed, Orange Roses, and Orange Poppys look awesome with dark Red Roses and deep green filler. Also, Purple Aster, Green Button Mums, Rust Colored Hydrangeas, and even cream Queen Anne’s Lace works well in a number of arrangements for Halloween Weddings. A flower must have for Halloween Theme Weddings is definately Long Stem Black Magic Roses. These roses are the darkest red you can get, almost to the point of being black, and have a velvety texture. Very dark and mysterious, but also beautiful. Also, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box for colors for your Halloween Wedding. Golds, Creams, Greens, Deep Purple, and Browns work in really nicely and stick to the theme well.

For the Bridal Bouquet, go with class infused with some dark mystery with a hand tied bouquet of 25 Long Stem Black Magic Roses, Orange Hawkweed, and dark green filler- try dark juniper leaves or ivy. Simply, gather the flowers and filler.  Finish off by wrapping a black, gold or deep red ribbon around the bouquet. Here is a great way to arrange your bouquet:

“Cut the ends of the stems on a slant and give flowers a long drink. Remove the thorns, and strip off the lower foliage from the bottom half of the stems. Lay your flowers out on the table, blooms facing toward you. Start off with the largest flower to form the center. Hold the stem between your thumb and first finger on the left hand, about 6-8 inches from the base of the flower head.

Now with your right hand, add about 4- 6 clusters of foliage to frame your center flower (if you’re creating a mixed bouquet), evenly and just below the flower head to help fill in the bouquet, criss-crossing the stems on an angle and rotating the bouquet as you work. The goal is to create a “fulcrum” with your stems — a point where all the stems cross each other. Ordinarily, you create this fulcrum near the top of the area where you stripped the leaves, about halfway down the stem.

Point the blooms toward you as you work — not the stems. Secure the stems by winding a piece of string around a couple of times. Don’t cut the string!(”

Have each bridesmaid carry a single long stem black magic rose- make a big impact by getting the giant, 60cm Long Stem Roses. Have the flower girl scatter dried red rose petals to add to the spooky theme.

For your alter arragement, use a combination of black tulle, with deep red roses and white calla liles placed in a brass or golden urn. This looks eerily beautiful and tragically classic.

Make your table centerpieces with pumpkins, orange gerber daisies, orange mums, and bi-colored light orange/dark orange roses. Use Ivy, and Purple Aster as filler, and if you want to go all out, use black tulle, and faux spider webbing to add to the theme. Hollow your pumpkins, or go with fake pumpkins. Soak a brick of floral foam in water. Arrange your flowers in the floral foam placing the focal flowers in the center of the brick, and working your way out. When you have a full arrangement, place the floral foam inside of your pumpkin. Fill the pumpkin in with tulle, lace, and webbing to fill in any sparse areas. Surround the pumpkin with black and red candles, dark purple and green gourds, and large pieces of black and red glitter. For place settings, fill black glasses with apricot colored sweet heart roses- use about 18 per cup for a robust, full look. Wrap an orange ribbon around each sweet heart rose filled glass.

For your cake, there are a couple of cute options. First is to make a round three tiered cake and use black frosting to cover each layer. Then top the cake with Orange and White Roses (see my post on diy wedding floral wedding cake toppers for how to do this), and create rings around each tier using rings of floral foam and the orange and white roses. Or, you could also do the same cake with Bi-Color Orange Roses or use the White Calla Lily idea from my previous post on floral cake toppers, just using black frosting for the cake. Another idea is to have a square orange/red two tiered cake, and have rust colored Hydrangeascascading down. A fun and super easy and trendy idea is to have several tiers of cupcakes hued orange, red, and black. Top each cupcake with an orange or red gerber daisy. Top every other cupcake with a green spider mum. So cute and spooky at the same time.

3 comments October 9, 2008

Wedding Flowers for your Hair

Sometimes the biggest impressions are made by the smallest details. The wedding dress, wedding cake and the reception hall are all huge attention grabbers, that are generally gorgeous at any wedding. Many times, the real thing that people leave talking about are the tiny, unqiue details, like the flower tucked behind the brides’s ear.

I’ve gathered some cool ways to use flowers in your hair on your big day. These quick, simple ideas could be the tiny detail that is cherished for ever!

1. Be sure to choose the right wedding flower for your hair style and dress. Larger blooms look better for simple patterned dresses and hair styles, while smaller arrangements work best for dresses with more detail. Make sure to add the flower(s) AFTER the hair gel, hair spray, etc. Products can totally destroy a fragile flower, so save adding the flower for last! Also, remember to have your flowers arrive a day or two early, and hydrate & refridgerate to get the most fresh, open blooms for your wedding hairstyle. IMPORTANT: Make Absolutely SURE that you test whatever flower you choose before your wedding day to test rule out the possibility of some weird skin reaction to your chosen flower! And LASTLY…don’t forget to remove any part of the flower that could get pollen all over your dress! Stay away from that mess!

2. Now that you have the technical stuff down, here is one easy idea. Find a large, colorful flower, such as a Gerber Daisy to tuck behind your ear. Red is awesome in the winter against a white dress and snow! A nice bright pink works as well.

3. Another idea that is SO fresh and pretty is to fasten Dahlias to a clip (do this by wiring one or two blooms to a basic hair clip). You can use this clip in a sweet updo or even to clip both sides of your hair back. So pretty!

4. A really cute option for a laid back, free spirit kind of wedding is to lace white daisy blooms throughout your hair. This can be done by twisting wire around the base of a white daisy bloom, and entwining the remaining wire around a U shaped bobby pin. This style works best on textured hair, so if you are going stick straight on your wedding day, you may want to save this style for another time. However, if you are wearing your hair in a braid or having a braids some where in the mix, even if your hair is straight, this simple, pretty style could still work for you.

3 comments October 3, 2008






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