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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

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

DIY Wedding Alter & Pew Flowers

If you are having a traditional Church Wedding, one of the important decorative issues to consider is how to decorate the alter. This is the place where you & your groom will declare your love & committment in front of all of your friends & family- in short- the alter needs to look good. It can be intimidating thinking of going DIY for such a visable aspect of your wedding, but I have found a few really great tips for doing your own church wedding alter & pew flowers that are easy enough for anyone!

1. Tape two rectangle bars of floral foam together, so that they are side by side. Make sure to keep the floral foam hydrated. Start putting a line of tall, larger stems of greenery in the back line, such as Ruscus. In the next line, stick in white or multi colored snap dragons. If the stems are too soft, cut them into a sharp slant, and make a small slice for each stem into the floral foam for insetion.  For the next line, use your focal flower- that is, the main flower that you want showcased. Long Stem Roses, Calla Lilies, or Sunflowers are examples of good choices. No matter what you choose, make sure that it is a flower with a large head. With these flowers, you’ll want to cut the stems a little shorter and be sure to place them front & center. Once this is done, it is time for your filler flowers. A good choice for fillers are carnations, since they are full flowers and are also cheap to buy in bulk. You’ll stick white or assorted color carnations in to fill the arrangement. Angle them outwards, going straight out from the front, back, and sides.  Lastly, fill any blank spots in with greenery, such as Leather Leaf Fern or Eucalyptus.

2. A really easy yet, elegant idea for pew flowers is the “Kissing Ball”. These are gorgeous and totally simple to make. Start with balls of floral foam- the size is totally up to you- just keep in mind that the bigger the piece of floral foam, the larger the resulting kissing ball will be. Next, simply choose a flower of your liking- Gerber Daisies look awesome for Fall Weddings and completely cover each ball in flowers by sticking the flowers in stem by stem. Make sure that your floral foam is well hydrated!!

3. Here is a great tip for DIY Brides who are looking to save even more- try using Tree Ferns only as alter flowers. Not only are they much less expensive than “flowers”, but they also make a really elegant, unqiue alter piece. The lush green really pops, and tree ferns create a really pretty, unexpected look.

4. Remember for you alter flowers that you will want to go BIG for arrangement size to make an impression. You would be surprised at how a moderate sized arrangement gets lost while in front of even a small church. Also remember that big doesn’t have to mean expensive. You can create gorgeous full arrangements with Carnations, Snapdragons, or Tree Ferns.

5. One last quick tip- Dark Flowers will make for really dark pictures! If you want to create an atmosphere that is happy and bright, be sure to use bright flowers. Fall Brides, think Oranges and Yellows- Winter Brides, think Reds and Whites!

1 comment September 9, 2008

Wedding Reception Flowers

The most important factor in many weddings is not the ceremony itself, but the reception. Your wedding reception is when friends and family come together to celebrate your love, and future as husband and wife. Receptions are also where the most time is spent during a wedding, so it only makes sense that creating the right atmosphere is super important. Here are some fun tips for using fresh flowers to decorate your wedding reception:

Go Big– If you are holding your reception in a large area, make sure that your floral arrangements are big and bold to make a statement. Try an arrangement of Long Stem Roses, Eucalpytus, and some sort of berry for a fall wedding.

Reuse- Stretch your dollar by having empty vases with water & plant food on each table. When the bridal party comes in, have each brides maid place their bouquet into a vase for a pretty effect. Place your bridal bouquet on your table for extra decor.

Chairs- Make your bridal party feel extra special by wrapping flowers around the backs of their chairs. Adorn yours and your groom’s chair with flowers, ribbon, and leaves.

Entrance/Dance Floor- Place Long Stem Roses, and Assorted Greens all around the entryways for an enchanted feel. Fill up a drab hall with huge vases filled with colorful flowers like Stargazer Lilies and place them around each corner of the dance floor.

Glasses- For the bridal party, wrap a Long Stem Red Rose around the stem of each champagne flute. For the rest of the guests, wrap some greenery around their glasses. This small detail will really help bring the point home that this is a totally elegant event!

1 comment August 26, 2008

Fall Wedding Flowers & Winter Wedding Flowers

Anyone with a fall wedding this year is probably totally up to their ears in planning at this point. The days are getting shorter and your big day is just around the corner. This is such an exciting time, but it can also be a really stressful time as well-especially if you are having a diy wedding. Here are a few tips that I have gathered that can help ease the stress at least on the wedding flowers for your fabulous fall or winter weddings.

Fall Wedding Flowers: Autumn is such a beautiful season, full of rich colors and amazing textures. The best bet for fall brides is to use these fall attributes to create a gorgoues wedding that reflects not only the season, but your personality as well. For colors, think deep yellow, burnt orange, rusty red, and luscious greens. Sunflowers can make an awesome statement at a fall wedding, and look so pretty when placed in a bouquet with deep purple snap dragons, red gerber daisies and mauve peruvian lilies.

Sunflowers also look awesome when used as a gaint bridal bouquet alone or with orange gerber daisies. A cool idea for fall wedding table center pieces is to get fake pumpkins at a craft store, decorate with a little shimmery glitter (not so much so that it looks like a kid’s Halloween Party) and fill with a gorgeous autumn themed arrangement such as burnt orange calla lilies, deep purple button mums, orange & red gerber daisies, and green filler- throw in some queen ann’s lace for a totally elegant, totally fall look. Your cake can be made into an autumn dream by simply placing orange and yellow asiatic lilies at the top, as a cake topper. Have a few orange, red, and yellow asiatic lilies cascading down your cake as well to create a dramatic effect that will be remembered forever. Looking for church decorations? How about attaching giant red gerber daisy heads to each seat, so that the path to the altar is lined with them? This is so simple, and so pretty. Add to the effect by having your Brides Maids carry two or three blooms of giant gerberas in a color to off set the red lined altar path- bright orange or even yellow would look awesome. Don’t forget about sunflowers as well- their bright yellow hue would work really well with this idea. Roses can also be used in a fall wedding- think of bright red roses, or  velvety black magic roses mixed with burnt orange calla lilies. There is nothing like a nice deep red set against a crisp white dress to make a beautiful statement no matter what the season!

Winter Wedding Flowers- There is a lot of creativity that can be used around a winter wedding. This season offers a host of interesting flowers and plants that look gorgeous and are easy to work with. Long Stem Red Roses are a great starting point for a winter wedding, as the nice red off sets the white/grey colors that naturally occur in many locations during winter time. A great bridal bouquet for a winter wedding is Long Stem Red Roses cascading down with deep green fir or even pine branch, and baby’s breath. You could also use deep red dresses for your Brides Maids and have them each carry a single cream colored long stem rose, while you carry a bridal ball bouquet made of cream and red long stem roses, lilly grass, and pearls. A great winter wedding table centerpiece is white calla lilies, red berries (cranberries, holly berries, etc.) set into a floral ring with evergreen leaves as a base. In the center of the ring, place a vase and float a white candle. The twist on this idea would be to place Christmas Ornaments and Ribbon in the center of the floral ring instead and have them overflowing out and between the arrangement for a unqiue effect. A stunning winter wedding cake topper is to have white hydrangeas, white roses, and white sweet peas set in a square or round piece of floral foam (depending on cake shape) and have a very green filler like evergreen leaves mixed with tulle and ribbon finish it off. Place red or green ribbon around each tier of the cake for a truly gorgeous effect.

5 comments August 19, 2008

DIY Floral Cake Topper

One of the most important parts of a wedding is, of course, the wedding cake! I remember when I was a kid and an older cousin was getting married, having dreams about what the wedding cake would look like, and taste like. When I started thinking about my own wedding, I became obsessed with the cake, until I realized that a.) Fresh flowers make excellent cake toppers b.) Fresh flowers can be affordable if you go through non traditional channels, such as a flower wholesaler as opposed to a florist, and c.) Fresh flowers are so easy to incorporate into a DIY wedding.


Here are 5 ideas that I found for DIY Fresh Flower Cake Toppers that I think are easy enough for anyone to do yet, still produce a gorgeous (and yummy) cake.


1. Calla Lilly Elegance- This cake is so stunning and unique that no one will believe you when you tell them it was totally DIY. Here is how it’s done. Start with a round three tier cake, with the bottom tier being larger than the top for each layer. Get about 1 dozen calla lillies from your flower wholesaler. Make sure that you get the giant calla lilies to get the full effect of this look across. Also, you will need a light plastic fluted vase, hot glue and simple ribbon from a craft store. The last item you will need is a white plate that is just big enough to cover the mouth of the vase and hold your top tier. Then, all you have to do is hot glue the plate to the top of the vase so that the mouth of the vase is covered and the top tier of the cake can rest on the plate. Place the top tier of the cake on top of the plate. Next,  arrange the calla lilies on top and around the vase, so that they are completely circling the vase, with the heads pointing upwards towards the sky. Glue each lily to the vase as you go along. You will notice that the heads of the calla lilies make sort of a crown around the top tier of the cake. The next step is to tie ribbon around the lillies and vase to secure them, and hide the vase to create a look as though the lillies are floating around the cake. Next, arrange the tiers of your cake so that the largest tier is on the bottom, followed by the next largest tier. Then, place the calla lillie topper on the middle piece. This creates the illusion that the lilies are really a part of the cake, like a crown floating around a princess. So exotic and unique- no one will ever suspect it was DIY!


2. A quick, simple, and no fail idea is to place one or two blooms of Blue Hydrangeas on top of a white wedding cake. You can play this up by adding a few more blooms of hydrangeas around the cake, or make a big statement by having multiple blooms of hydrangeas cascading down the cake. So easy- SO PRETTY!


3. Another super super easy way to use fresh flowers as a wedding cake topper is to scatter rose petals all over your cake. You’ll want to do this with an at least three tiered cake and you will concentrate the petals on the top and bottom tiers while letting a light dusting of petals cascade down the sides of the cake. This is an easy way to have fresh flowers as a cake topper and not pay a fortune or spend hours trying to make it right.


4. Colorful Gerber Daisies make a great wedding cake topper and look especially cute if used with the trendy small cakes or even cupcakes that a lot of brides are opting for these days. Go big with giant Gerber Daisies on cute little cakes. Put giant bright pink gerber daisy heads on top of cupcakes and arrange the cupcakes on three or four tiers for an adorable look. Another idea is to have three to five small/medium sized square cakes, and arrange them either on tiers or in a cluster. Place giant gerber daisies on each small top and two giant gerber daisy heads on each medium sized cake top. Arrange in clusters and scatter medium sized gerber daisies between the cakes. This can work awesome for fall weddings if  you use orange and red daisies.


5. Stargazer Lilies are gorgeous and stunning on their own- why not let them lend some of that shine to your wedding cake? This easy diy wedding cake topper is totally impressive and beyond easy to create. You will need to begin with at least a two tiered cake and 1/2 dozen stargazer lilies. Place two-three blooms directly on top of the cake. To do this, get some floral wire and wrap around each bloom that you pick. Stick the top 2/3 largest blooms right into the top of the cake. With the rest of the wired & wrapped blooms, place them into the creases on the sides of each tier. You can make this really full for a strong effect, or give it a romantic feel with a light dusting of blooms. No matter what you choose, you are sure to have a beautiful cake that you will remember forever.

4 comments August 15, 2008

Top 5 Most Used DIY Wedding Flowers

So…you’re looking to go diy for your wedding flowers and you are wondering where in the world to begin. The first step has to be deciding on your theme, and what kinds of flowers would best fit into your vision. If you are like me, the more choices that you face = the more hard of time you are going to have with deciding on what to choose. There are obviously a gazillion different flowers out there, so I’m going to try to make things a little more simple for you by listing the top 5 faves of brides across the country.

1. Calla Lily: This flower is such a great choice, as it is elegant and versatile at the same time. Usually, people use white calla lilies, however, it is possible to have the flowers spray painted -yes spray paint (special flower spray paint) any color that you desire. If you prefer to go au natural, Calla Lilies do occur naturally in colors like pink, orange, and yellow, and mauve. Calla Lilies are also great because they grow in large sizes and can stand alone, but also grow in smaller sizes, and can be used as filler in a large bouquet.

2. Long Stem Roses: This classic icon of romance is a choice that many brides make for their wedding flower. With a numerous amount of colors and breeds, the choices for the long stem rose is limitless. Not only are long stem roses gorgeous, but you can opt for different sizes- like 40cm stems for a more modest effect all the way to 70 cm stems to really make an impression with roses.

3. Hydrangeas: This impressive and full flower is so pretty, that many brides can not shy away from having at least a stem or two in their bouquet. Hydrangeas are versatile and fluffy- meaning 1 or 2 stems creates an illusion of many flowers. These flowers also make great cake toppers, as 3 fresh hydrangeas on the top of a wedding cake makes a simple and beautiful statement. The most popular colors used are white and blue, but pink, purple and even green hydrangeas occur naturally.

4. Tulips: Cheerful and sweet, tulips are often the go-to choice for spring brides. With their graceful pastel colors and association with innocent love, this flower is great for brides going for a pretty, or sweet romance look. The best time to use tulips would be in the spring when Dutch Tulips are in season- these tulips are a lot bigger and more full than the other breeds that are available during different times of the year.

5. Gerber Daisies: With their bright colors and happy appearance, Gerber Daisies are the top choice for lots of brides. Gerber Daisies come in a variety of bright colors like orange, yellow, pink, and red. They also come sized small, medium, and large, so they can be used in a variety of ways depending on what you are looking for. Orange, yellow, and Red Gerber Daisies make great additions to fall weddings and look great as table center pieces and even as cake accessories.

Add a comment August 8, 2008

How to Care For Your Wedding Flowers Part I

Nothing conveys classic romance like the Long Stem Rose. This super classy flower is a great choice for your wedding because they can be used in a huge number of ways and show case romance, elegance, and class all at the same time. Just as nothing can convey class like a quality flower, there is nothing that can create a nightmare for a bride to be like failing flowers on her big day. When you are going DIY for wedding flowers, one of the most important things that you can do is to be proactive with your flower care to make sure that you have the best looking arrangements around. Here are a few straight forward, helpful tips for caring for Long Stem Roses, a popular staple for DIY wedding flowers.

100 Long Stem Red Roses are great for a Romantic Theme Wedding!

100 Long Stem Red Roses are great for a Romantic Theme Wedding!


A little Background:


The graceful look of the long stemmed rose has made it one of the most admired flowers in existence. As the classic symbol for love, long stemmed red roses have become the preferred choice for many brides for their wedding. Long Stem Roses also come in a variety of colors, which makes them a great choice for weddings, no matter what the color scheme. Their long, rigid stems make them ideal for basically any kind of arrangement that you can think of.  

South American roses are some of the finest roses available. While roses do not grow naturally in this region, the climate has proven to be excellent for producing roses with extra long stems and large beautiful blooms. Ecuadorian roses have  really set a new standard in the floral community, as they offer stunning, gigantic blooms that last for days.


Long Stem Roses Care Instructions:

Cut stems about an inch from the bottom of each stem, at an angle, while holding the bottom of the stem under water. and place into a large bucket/vase of water as soon as possible, using room temperature water. Before placing the flowers into the water, remove any foliage that would fall below the water line.

Add flower food to the water according to package directions. If you happen to run out of flower food, you can make your own. Add 3 teaspoons of non-diet lemon-lime soda (to serve as the food source and the acidifier) and 1 teaspoon of bleach (to kill the bacteria) to one quart of warm water.</span>


Repeat these steps every three days until your big day–take the flowers out of the bucket, and clean your vase with hot water. Then, refill the vase with clean, warm water and flower food; cut your stems an inch under water; and place back in the bucket.On a daily basis, check the water level and add warm water as needed.















1 comment August 6, 2008

5 Ways to DIY Wedding Flowers

Many people don’t realize  that they can have fresh cut flowers at their wedding without breaking the bank if they simply opt to create the floral arrangements themselves. Tons of floral wholesalers are willing to sell to the general public, allowing consumers the chance to purchase bulk quantities of flowers straight from the supplier at a much lower rate than they would find at a florist shop. Here are 5 easy to DIY ways to use fresh flowers in your wedding.  


Bouquets-Are you looking for something simple, yet elegant? You are probably thinking that a bouquet is going to take up so much time and energy, both of which you don’t have much to spare the few days prior to your wedding day. These next few ideas won’t take up more than a half hour of your day one or two days prior to the ceremony.  To have something unique yet absolutely beautiful would be the Calla Lily bouquet.  To make the bouquet you will need 15-20 calla lilies, a roll of green floral tape, up to 2 yards of ribbon of your choice to tie the flowers together, and also a vase to hold the bouquet in after it is finished.  You can usually find the calla lilies at a local florist but you might want to call a couple days in advanced just to be sure they will have them in stock.  Be careful with these, they tend to bruise easily.  Once home with the flowers cut about an inch off of the bottom of the stem and put them in water with the plant food provided by the florist.  These flowers need to be kept in a cool place in water as much as possible until the day of the wedding.  The ribbon is completely up to the you, whether it be white satin, or a lace colored to match the bridesmaid dresses, there is a lot of flexibility and many choices when picking it out.  Both the floral tape and ribbon can be found at any craft store.  If you don’t want to buy a vase specifically for the flowers and you don’t have one, you can always substitute it with a water pitcher or anything else that will be tall enough to hold the bouquet when finished.  To start off you will want to take 2 calla lilies at a time and wrap the floral tape around them.  Repeat this step 1 or 2 more times before you start to add more.  Placement of the flowers is however you please, rearranging them as much as you would like until you get it just perfect.  Just remember every 3 or 4 flowers that you keep adding to the bouquet you will want to tape to the rest of the bouquet because if you tape them all at once the bouquet is less likely to hold up the way you would like it to.  When done arranging the flowers, take the ribbon you chose and start from the top and simply go around the bouquet where you put the tape and make sure it is completely covered.  You can play around with the ribbon depending on how much of the stems you would like showing.  Once you have the ribbon in place, either hot glue it down or use pearl-headed pushpins to make it stay in place.  After you are finished with everything you can then cut the stems no shorter than 1-1 ½ feet long so you still have plenty to hold on to.  Finally, place in water until it is time to go.  You could easily substitute the calla lilies with roses, tulips, Gerber daisies, and even carnations!  Follow the same steps to make bridesmaid bouquets just using about half the flowers put into the bride’s bouquet.


Boutonnieres-Thinking you would never in your life be able to make a boutonniere and actually have it be presentable enough for a wedding?  Think again, because they are way simpler than they look.  You will only need a few things: you will need 1 flower per boutonniere that you make, greens (you can also use baby’s breath or a piece of fern), floral tape and scissors.  When picking out the flowers, make sure that they are fresh and haven’t fully opened up yet.  Take the flower and cut the stem down to about 1 ½ inches long.  Starting right below the flower, wrap the floral tape in a downward direction covering the stem.  Next, take your greens and arrange them behind the flower how you would like them to lay against the lapel.  Tape these around the stem in the same manner you did as the stem itself.  I wouldn’t recommend making the boutonniere any earlier than the afternoon before the wedding so the flower won’t die or look like its days are number on the big day!


Chapel Décor- You have quite a few options for flowers when decorating the chapel or wherever your ceremony is being held.  One popular item is very simple yet beautiful.  To start off you will need card stock paper in a color of your choice, a heavy-duty glue stick, a single hole-punch, plastic wrap, ribbon and other small decorations of your choice, and also flowers of your choice.  It is hard to say how many you will need due to the amount of pews you will need to decorate.  I will be using roses as an example for this specific decoration since you can do more with them than most of the other flowers.  You will start out by taking a piece of paper and rolling it into a cone shape, with as big an opening at the top as you would like.  To make things easier, put a piece of tape on the inside to temporarily hold it together while you put glue on the paper to hold it permanently.  From there, you can easily decorate the outside of the cone to your liking by adding ribbon, lace, miniature bows, etc.  Your third step would be to hole-punch the top to put ribbon through to hang from the chair or end of pew.  Use as much ribbon as you would like depending on how low you would like your decorations to hang.   The rest is easy, take your flowers and just cut the stems down to about 6½ -7in. long and hold 4-5 roses together using plastic wrap at the bottom of the stems so the water doesn’t ruin the paper cone.  Set the flowers in the cone and there are your new aisle decorations.  You can also buy roses and use just the petals to fill the cones and those make for a fun walk back down the aisle while people on the ends of the pews throw the petals into the aisle!


Center Pieces- Elegant, Cheerful, Romantic? No matter what your theme is, floral arrangements can really make your statement when reinforced with super cute table centerpieces. One easy centerpiece with flowers is to get a ring of floral foam and a simple round medium height vase from your local craft store. See your flower wholesaler to get a large order or carnations, Gerber daisies, Queen Ann’s lace, and baby’s breath. Hydrate the foam and keep the plastic ring water ring as well. Cut the stems of your flowers and stick them into the foam ring until the ring is covered. Keep 1 or 2 Gerber Daisy heads aside. You’ll want to start with whatever your anchor flower is- usually, it is the largest or most showy flower, such as the Gerber daisy. Once the anchor flowers have been placed around the ring, begin with your fillers, starting with the largest and finishing off with the baby’s breath. You should end up with a full, plush floral ring. Next, fill your vase almost to the top with water. Clip the heads of your left over 1 or 2 Gerber Daisies and float them in the vase. Place the vase in the middle of the floral ring. Refrigerate this arrangement until show time.


Cake Toppers- You can make your cake look totally elegant by placing fresh cut flowers on the top and even on the sides. One super easy idea is to get a medium sized ring of floral foam at your local craft store, and a large order of white carnations from a floral wholesaler. Add water to the foam in order to keep the flowers hydrated. Cut the stems of the carnations and stick the ends into the foam so that only the heads of the carnations are visible (carnations are a pretty tough flower, so don’t worry about all of this handling damaging your flowers). Fill the floral foam until you are left with a full, plush ring made of carnations. The foam should not be visible. This ring will be placed around the bottom of your cake. Refrigerate the arrangement until your big day. For the top of the cake, you can do an elegant floral piece again with the white carnations, by either creating a bouquet of carnations or sticking it into the top tier of the cake, or by creating a cake topper with floral foam, using the same instructions as the above, and putting that on the top tier. You really can’t go wrong with fresh flowers on your cake. If this idea seems a bit too much, why not try trailing a few Pink Stargazer Lilies up the sides of your cake and place one giant Stargazer at the top? Another incredibly easy, and so elegant fresh flower cake is a cool white frosting covered with coconut shavings, and then topped off with 3 giant rose heads.

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