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3 Easy Wedding Flower Arrangements

Planning a wedding is hard work! So much time and effort goes towards securing the church, reception hall, wedding dress, wedding flowers, caterers….the list could go on and on. Any bride who is going DIY can especially relate, as she is adding on creating flower arrangements, wedding cake, and reception decor.

To try and make life a little easier, at least as far as your diy wedding flowers are concerned, I pulled toget 5 of the easiest diy wedding flower arrangements that I could find. In a pinch, these arrangements will save you time and stress, yet still look gorgeous.


1. Table Centerpiece- A super easy table center piece that is beautiful and inexpensive is the Floating Flower and Candle Arrangement. To create this wedding table centerpiece, you will need a clear glass bowl or vase. Please note that you will not want the height of the bowl/vase to exceed 10 inches, so that your guests will be able to interact. Next, you will need large blooms of a colorful flower. Gerber Daisies work really well with this and come in tons of different colors. You will also need tea candles or floating candles in whatever color you like. A nice color scheme for fall weddings is red & orange gerber daisies coupled with cream colored candles.  To create this arrangement, simply fill the bowl/vase with water so that it is about 3/4 full, cut the stems of the flowers so that you just have the heads, and then place the heads in the bowl of water Next,  light the candles, then place carefully in the bowl. There you have it! You also can create mini floating flowers & candle arrangements to place along the side of the large one of on smaller tables. A small bowl with a giant pink gerber daisy head floating in it is so pretty and easy.


2. Bridal Bouquet- A super easy Bridal Bouquet is just straight, white large calla lilies. To create this bouquet, you will need 10-15 large White Calla Lilies and a large silk ribbon (color of your choice). Simply cut the stems of your calla lilies, gather them into a bouquet, and tie together with your ribbon. This is so elegant, and the easiest Bridal Bouquet by far. Create a total theme by having each bridesmaid carry a single calla lily. Wedding Party Flowers=DONE!


3. Wedding Cake Topper- The easiest floral wedding cake topper is to simply place blue hydrangeas on the top of the cake, so that the entire top is covered. Another really easy wedding cake idea is to make several mini squares (SOOO Trendy right now) and top each cake with a bright gerber daisy bloom. This is super easy and unique as well.


3 comments September 19, 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

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.

Add a comment July 30, 2008






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