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
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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
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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
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Ultimate Wedding Disasters part I

Planning a wedding can be super stressful. I’ve found that one of the best remedies to deal with stress is to laugh like a crazy woman and deal with the problems as they come.

Here are 5 embarrassing/horrorific/silly stories from brides across the U.S. about how much can go wrong at a wedding. When the going gets tough with your wedding planning, just relax, and be happy that at least this didn’t happen to you!

1. Mary McPhail, a 47-year-old online retailer from Bexley, Ohio, will never forget her wedding to husband and business partner Geord Douglas 23 years ago in Miami.

“We had our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant where my husband and I met, and as a surprise gift, they gave us this big, beautiful tray of stone crabs,” says McPhail.

“The next day, I had a very upset stomach but just attributed it to nerves.”

It wasn’t nerves. It was the shellfish. As the hour-long ceremony wore on, McPhail grew dizzy and eventually had to clamp a hand over her mouth to keep from throwing up all over the altar. Recognizing her predicament, the priest hastily pronounced the couple husband and wife and shoved them down the aisle.

“We got to the back of the church and I just lost it all over my gown,” says McPhail. “It was a really small wedding, and everybody knew. I was mortified, but it was the highlight of everyone’s day.”

2. “It was my best college friend’s wedding. I was the bridesmaid in my best Laura Ashley (never wearing this darn thing again!) bridesmaid dress, with dyed hot pink satin high heels. During rehearsal, I had pondered the chances of my heels getting stuck between the slate walkway of the public outdoor garden that the wedding was to be held in…but then I let that concern carelessly drift away.

Fast forward to the next day….as the music starts, the best man takes my arm and we proceed down the path past friends, family, and acquaintances….until I took a step and my shoe didn’t come with me. Looking back, there it was, heel in the mud wedged between the slates. What to do? What to do? Keep walking like nothing happened and have the bride trip over my shoe or interrupt the flow of the processional and go get my shoe…? I decided to go get my shoe. Okay, great. Finally up at the alter. Whew! The pastor is saying his remarks while I look at a butterfly on a nearby flower. Then I feel eyes on me. I look up to notice everyone stopped and looking at me. Where are the rings? Oh, was I responsible for them? Geez, um, well, I never saw them! They must be back at the apartment? So the pastor pulls his own ring off and offers it to the groom for his bride’s finger.

Right at that moment, the groom’s mother bursts into loud sobbing tears, because she hated the bride and was conflicted as to her son’s ability to have “done better.” Then, as we’re all trying to pretend like she isn’t wailing up a storm, we hear Click, Click, Click…a lot of times…

…While we had been distracted by the mother-in-law’s sobbing, a charter bus of Japanese tourists had pulled up and unloaded into the garden. They didn’t realize they were interrupting a wedding, and we couldn’t explain the situation to them due to the language barrier. After a myriad of mistakes, we just all started laughing hysterically, because there was nothing else to do. We all have funny memories of that wedding…and I still have an ugly pink and purple floral bridesmaid dress if anyone needs fabric for curtains???”

3. “Last summer one of my sorority sisters got married and I was a bridesmaid. Now she is a girl who cannot handle stress so when lots of little things went wrong she freaked out. Let’s begin…well during the wedding the Pastor cell phone went off in his pocket and took it out while speaking to turn it off, then when she was doing he vows with her husband, her dress fell into these baptism ponds (which after the wedding she immediately began crying about it), then we found out that almost none of the wedding was video taped b/c the battery died b/c no one charged it, then once we got to the reception, the husband’s wedding band fell off b/c it was sized too big, and he couldn’t find it, no one told my friend though or she would have just died, then he found it, it had fallen in the cuff of his pants, then they were going to have a slide show presentation and the disc was left in the camera bag, which was left in the church, then the DJ started the music before the bride and groom could have their first dance, and yeah lots of little things that just turned into big problems. oy vey haha”

4. “Where do I start? My photographer called me two days before the wedding to let me know that he would not be there, I was able to find a replacement in fact two replacements. In my invitations I had rsvp cards  “reply only if not attending”, of the 130+ people that were invited about 30 showed up. Many had to work or were out of town (my mistake for having my wedding date so close to Memorial Day) The church had a wedding planner who took over my wedding and changed many things and added music I didn’t approve of (her playing made my wedding sound more like a funeral than a wedding) The minister during our unity candle ceremony signaled for the music to stop right in the middle of the song that was playing which on the wedding video makes it sound odd you think why did the music stop abruptly? Then when the pictures were taken after the ceremony his evil mother gave my grandmother the finger just because my grandmother thought she was my husband’s grandmother. She looks very bad for her age so it is understandable why my grandmother thought this. Then in the reception my husband’s far removed cousin kept stepping in front of my photographers and she gave them the finger. She didn’t even have permission to take the photos in the first place. She hardly knows my husband so Im thinking she was trying to have our wedding take the place of her son’s whom she wasn’t invited to (after meeting her I know why) The hotel lost our reservations so we had to stay at Best western.”

5. “The reception was also lovely- at first. We had these really beautiful butter cream cakes that a friend of mine offered to make. Really pretty. And chocked full of poison. One or two of the cakes that were at our table had apparently sat out too long or something. We all got food poisoning. It started at 8 in the evening with my husband. I didn’t realize he had disappeared for awhile and finally I was like “Where’s Silvio at?” and somebody was like, “Oh, he’s throwing up in the parking lot.”

A little while later it hit my mom and my grandma. My dad. My grandpa. My gay ex-boyfriend, Daniel. And then at about 2 in the morning it hit me. I just got back up to the hotel room, got my wedding dress off- and spent the next several hours sitting on the bathroom floor, in my sexy undies, with my head hanging over the toilet. I have never thrown up so violently in my entire life. ”

Have your own Wedding Disaster Story to share? I’d love to hear it!

2 comments August 1, 2008
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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.

3 comments July 30, 2008
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Hello to All

Welcome to my Wedding Flower Blog! I will be sharing ideas, tips, and how to’s for DIY Wedding Flowers.

Weddings are expensive events as it is. Why spend a huge chunk of change on just the flowers alone? Hopefully, I can pull together enough resources here to help brides to be save on their arrangements while still enjoying the wedding they have always dreamed of.

Hey- saving money on flowers could mean that you don’t have to kick your kid sister and her boyfriend out of the reception or maybe buy you some extra time with the DJ.

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