Wedding DIY: Flowers

I knew I wanted my wedding to be very personal and relaxed, so I decided to make  a lot of the decorations myself. It was both an attempt to save money and to have everything be exactly how I pictured it, from the save-the-dates to the centerpieces. After a lot of research, design, and trials and errors, the final designs for all decorations were done. I’ll try to dedicate a post every week to a different do-it-yourself wedding item. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of pictures of the process, because I didn’t have a blog then, but I’ll try to find as many resources I used as possible.

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photo credit: Todd Hugen Photography

First up: flowers.

There were two main reasons I decided to make my own flowers, apart from cost. First, I didn’t want to worry about about anything at all or getting anything together on the day or days before the wedding since I live two hours away from where we got married. Secondly, my family was traveling from Puerto Rico and I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible and not have to deal with any vendors during family time.

I wanted the flowers to be messy, bright and not over the top, so I went with a simple bouquet design with just two colors, ivory and orange. I made all the flowers following a couple of tutorials from Rhonna Designs (Satin Layered Flower and Satin Ruffled Flower). I got about 3 yards of orange satin fabric and scraps of lace or ivory flower that I already owned. It was a lot of cutting, burning (I highly suggest you do this part in stages to protect your eyes) and sewing, but it was all worth it. The look of the flowers was perfect.

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After I had all of my flowers done, about 12-15 per bouquet, it was time to put them all together. I used hot glue to adhere them to the stems, from the dried floral department. Then I randomly picked a bunch of flowers and the extra filling for each bouquet and held it all together with floral tape. Hot glued some ribbon around the stems and called it good. My bouquet ended up being bigger and predominantly orange, while the girls’ bouquets were whiter.

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To my bouquet, I also added a string of charms with pictures of our grandparents who had passed away. Just a little extra detail and personal touch.

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I packaged them all up and forgot about them until wedding weekend. Exactly how I wanted. Plus, the girls looked gorgeous and they didn’t have to worry about keeping the flowers alive, those things got thrown around a lot.

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photo credit: Todd Hugen Photography

By the way, can you tell it was windy and freezing?

 

Note: Todd Hugen Photography photos used with permission.

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