Showing posts with label Floral. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Floral. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eco-Wedding Inspiration: Grow Your Own Flowers {Zinnias}

Wedding Day Zinnias{photo from GardenWeb} I know it seems really intimidating, but growing your own wedding day flowers can actually be a cinch. The fact is, you can save a ton of money growing your own and can also cut back on transportation pollution, since wholesale florals have to be delivered and picked up. A major plus for the eco-wedding bride and groom.

If you are concerned about the design of your arrangements, I still suggest hiring a florist. I consider myself a pretty aesthetically inclined gal, - I have a degree in graphic design and all that jazz - but I am horrible at floral design.

Green Wedding Zinnias

{photo from Burpee} If you're having a summer or fall wedding, now is the time to start planting. According to A Garden Wedding (great website, by the way), zinnias do well in most climates, although she cautions not to believe seed catalogs when they say, "blooms all season." Apparently the term "season" is loosely defined, so don't be afraid to call your local garden centers to find out what varieties are best and when they most frequently bloom.

{Photo from Such Pretty Things.} Zinnias are great for beginner gardeners. All they need are plenty of sun, warmth, and well drained soil. They come in a beautiful variety of colors. I am loving these pastel purples and pinks.

Grow Wedding Zinnias

{Photo from Knit Owl} If you do decide to arrange your own florals, and you don't consider yourself a natural floral designer, I strongly suggest sticking with loosely designed centerpieces like the one above and below. Remember that flowers have to be assembled, most likely on the day of your wedding, and you don't want to add to the stress of your wedding day by worrying about perfect floral arrangements. In fact, don't stress over perfection at all.

Grow Wedding Zinnias

{Photo from Elite Choice} You don't have to use traditional vases either. Consider re-using everyday items, like pitchers and jugs.

Wedding Zinnias

{Photo from Fleurisy} This is one of my favorites. I love the juxtaposition of the soft white zinnias and the romantic greens and pinks.

Wedding Zinnias

{Photo from City Home Country Home} Again, think outside the box. Eco-weddings don't always have to feature heavy floral arrangements. Consider adding non-floral items to your centerpieces.

Zinnia Bouquet

{Photo from Bollea} This orange zinnia really pops in a sea of white flowers in this bouquet.

Additional resources:
Burpee's How to Grow Zinnia
Ivillage's Complete Guide to Zinnias
Organic Gardening's Growing Guide for Zinnias


Monday, February 6, 2012

Guest Post: Bouquet Wedding Alternatives from Eco-Friendly and Frugal

Today I am excited to feature a guest post from Janine over at Eco Friendly and Frugal.

One of the biggest expenses at a friend's recent wedding was, to my amazement, the flowers.  Without giving away her personal information, when I heard what her flowers had cost my mouth dropped... it more than doubled my ENTIRE wedding budget.  The cost of her flowers was $600 more then the cost of the food at her wedding and they had really good food!  While I understand the appeal of fresh flowers, and my friends flowers were lovely, an eco-friendly and frugal bride may find themselves unable to afford a nice floral arrangement and on the hunt for an alternative.  Or maybe you're just not a fan of flowers in general (or have allergies) and want a beautiful alternative. Fear not.  In recent years the options you have for flower alternatives range far and wide!  Flowers serve many purposes in a wedding (aisle decorations, centerpieces, and, of course, bouquets, bouts, and corsages).  Today I'd like to tell you a few of the great Bouquet Alternatives that I found during my wedding planning.  And stay tuned, this post will be followed up with some GREAT GIVEAWAYS (over at Eco-Friendly and Frugal) that will help you save even more on your bouquet budget!

1) Silk Flowers
silk flower bouquet
When someone says "flower alternative" most minds go to silk flowers.  A lot of people scoff at this idea.  Silk flowers, historically, have looked fake, smell bad, collect dust, and are generally unpleasant and not something you'd want to use for a wedding.  But times have a changed!  Silk flowers have evolved into beautiful, classy alternatives to real flowers!  If you have your heart set on flowers, do not want an alternative, but cannot afford the high price of real flowers, silk is an alternative you should strong consider and look into! Silk flowers are so versatile these days, with such a wide variety of flower types and options, that you should have no trouble finding bouquets that would fit perfectly in with your wedding theme.  Just searching "Silk Wedding Bouquet" on Etsy shows such a great selection of bouquets that fit into any budget.  Expect to spend about $50-300 for a bridal bouquet and $20-75 for your bridesmaids bouquets.  You can find multi-piece sets on Etsy that will include the bridal bouquet, any number of bridesmaids bouquets, and even mother corsages, bouts, and a toss bouquet as part of a kit.  These prices, obviously, will range from as low as $75 up to the thousands. I have actually opted to use a silk flower bouquet as my bridal bouquet (more on that later) because I found a beautiful one that really caught my eye over at Ever Beautifully Yours on Etsy

2) Brooch Bouquets
brooch bouquet
I had never heard or seen a brooch bouquet until last year when I started planning my wedding and my maid of honor linked me to a picture of one.  I was in love!  Until I actually saw a brooch bouquet, held it in my hand, and realized how heavy it was, I was SO sure I would have a brooch bouquet for me wedding.  Since it's not exactly a frugal option, it was going to be my wedding splurge.  But since we are having a DW, which requires a flight, I soon realized that I was not going to be able to handle the extra weight along with everything else.  I am still very much in love with brooch bouquets, however! There are a few ways you can go about finding your brooch bouquet.  You can order one!  Searching "Brooch Bouquet" on Etsy gives you pages of amazingly beautiful and creative options.  Again, the selection is so wide that I imagine you can find a brooch bouquet to match any theme or color.  Another option is to make a brooch bouquet.  I met a bride  who collected brooches from her friends and family- asking each female member of her family to donate a brooch during her wedding shower.  She then took the brooches and made her bouquet.  It was a bouquet that was not just beautiful but also meaningful!  I was surprised with how well the various brooches that had been given to her meshed together so well in her bouquet.  She did say that she requested silver or crystal brooches, no gold or colors, but still, they went together very well and showed the various personalities of her family members.  You can also buy a brooch lot on eBay that will help you to make your own brooch bouquet which can save you a lot of money!  Here is a great DIY Brooch Bouquet Guide from Offbeat Bride. To purchase a brooch bouquet look to spend anywhere from $100-900 on a single bouquet.  Prices will vary based on size and quality of the brooches used.  I had budgeted $300 for my brooch bouquet and found dozens of bouquets that were "PERFECT!" for me so that is a reasonable price to expect to send.  Of course, by making your own you can save a lot, but I'd still expect to spend $75-150 on the brooches and supplies. 

3) Button Bouquets
button bouquet
This is another new trend I saw popping up more and more in the past year or two.  Buttons are fun, colorful, and actually make really nice bouquets!  Don't believe me?  Just check out the wide variety of button bouquets available over at Angela's Artistic Design's Esty Shop!  Her designs, and prices, vary greatly but with such a variety you will probably find one that matches your wedding theme.  They range from elegant and traditional to fun and funky! Like brooch bouquets, making a button bouquet yourself is also an option.  Have a box full of buttons just lying in your closet?  Know of a similar box of buttons in a parent or grandparent's closet?  Put them to good use and upcycle them into a beautiful bridal bouquet!  Here is a great Button and Bead DIY Guide from Offbeat Bride. Like all bouquet alternatives, the prices on these bouquets will vary, usually based on the size of the bouquet since buttons *usually* don't vary too much in price.  Some button bouquets are filled in with other items like silk flowers, brooches, or ribbon that can add to the price.  In my experience this option can be cheaper than silk flowers (and obviously much cheaper than a brooch bouquet) and you can easily find a large, beautiful bouquet for under $150.

4) Felt Bouquets felt bouquetAlong the lines of button bouquets, I started seeing felt flower bouquets popping up everywhere in the last year or two.  I love them!  There are so many creative options on Etsy.  Since felt comes in a wide variety of colors, and since they can be cut and formed into hundreds of shapes, the possibilities of what you can find in a felt bouquet are endless! Flowers, obviously, are the most popular form I've seen a piece of felt turned into when being used in a bridal bouquet.  Searching "Felt Bouquet" on Etsy will show you not quite as many options as silk bouquets, but still plenty of shops available to create your dream bouquet!  One of my favorite shops that I stumbled upon during my wedding bouquet hunt was Miss Jennifer Rae's shop.  Since so many colors of felt are so readily available you will find that most felt bouquet Etsy sellers will custom make your bouquet to match your style, so there is no need to hunt around for hours to find the perfect one for your wedding! Felt bouquets can be one of the most affordable bouquet alternative options out there!  I found many great bouquets for under $50, with the most expensive only going up to $150.  With the ability to upsell your bouquet after your wedding this is a great option for the frugal bride!

5) Seashell Bouquets If you are having a beach or beach-themed wedding, consider a beautiful seashell bouquet to tie into your theme and bring the ocean into your Big Day!  Shells are traditionally white or brown so most seashell bouquets are going to be white or brown in color.  Some bouquet makers do mix in some colorful elements into their seashell bouquets to give them flair and color.  Items like ribbon, silk flowers, and buttons can often be seen in seashell bouquets on Etsy.  Likewise other beach-related items, like sea glass or starfish, are thrown into the mix to make a truly beach-y design! Prices for seashell bouquets, like everything, will vary.  I found them to be right in line price-wise with button bouquets, with seashell bouquets maybe being slightly more expensive for a larger bouquet.

6) Paper Bouquets
Probably among my favorite bouquet alternatives out there is the paper flower bouquet.  I actually found my silk flower bouquet by doing a search for paper flower bouquets, which is another type of bridal bouquet that Ever Beautifully Yours creates.  Since paper is relatively affordable and easy to come by paper flower bouquets can vary widely in design and color.  So much so that you should have absolutely no problem finding a bouquet that will fit in perfectly with your wedding.  And if you don't find the perfect bouquet for you, go ahead and contact some of the many sellers on Etsy who make flower bouquets and see if they will custom make your dream bouquet for you!  Most will at least let you customize the colors and size of your bouquet. If you are an eco-friendly bride then you will be pleased to see a wide variety of recycled paper bouquets available!  These bouquet makers find their paper from all sorts of places- recycling bins, scrap paper piles, old books, damaged books, and old sheet music!  This would be a great way to customize your wedding bouquet to match your personal interests in an eco-friendly way!  Bookish Bride uses books to create her paper flowers!  Graceline Paper Studio uses everything from old maps to sheet music to makes hers (sheet music is GREAT for a musician!).  Harry Potter and Twilight fans will love the upcycled book bouquets from GreencylceDesigns! You can also go DIY on your paper bouquet!  Offbeat Bride, of course, comes through with a great DIY Book Paper Bouquet Guide!  Great for you green and frugal brides. Paper Bouquets tend to cost around the same as felt bouquets and are among some of the most affordable bouquet alternative options out there!

Thank you, Janine for sharing your wonderful post with us! 
If you want to see more, visit Janine's blog at Eco-Friendly and Frugal!
Check out her facebook page too! 

Janine is a blogger, a photographer, and a student living in a historic farm house in Northern California with her fiance, 3 dogs, and 10 pet rats. She is at the end of planning her February 28th wedding in Georgetown, Grand Cayman and is thrilled to be sharing all the hints and tricks she's learned along the way to having an eco-friendly wedding on a tight budget.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Love this!

Isn't this amazing? So pretty. Found here (beware, that site sucks you in and you won't be able to leave).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Using Succulents for Your Wedding

I know I've written about this before, but if you plan to do your own wedding flowers, you may want to pick something that can be done a few weeks or days in advance. Floral arrangements usually have to be put together the day of or the day before the wedding, otherwise they die or wilt and just look ugly. Nobody wants ugly flowers.

An alternative? Succulents! I've also written about succulents before, but their compact structure, easy care, and hardy nature really make them ideal for the DIY wedding. They can be assembled early on and you can actually be very creative with them. For example, this bride has her bridesmaids carrying small, potted succulents. Pretty awesome! Check out all the pictures (it's truly worth it) at Jesi Haack Weddings.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Using Dried Flowers

Great green idea here! Use dried flowers for your reception, as this couple did, and then send your guests home with the pretty arrangements. And it eliminates the headache of creating your own arrangements on your own wedding day, since it can be done months in advance. Although re-usable totes seem to be a bit hackneyed these days, it's still a favor that I think most guests appreciate. At least that guest (bottom right pic) really likes his tote! Yummy vegetarian fare featured above the tote lovin' guy.

Full Wedding at Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom
Photography by In a Frame

Friday, September 24, 2010

A flower girl does more than just spread flowers on the aisle. For guests, the highlight of the wedding ceremony is the bride's entrance. And the low light is sitting around and waiting. Somewhere in between is this magically cute moment when a tater tot makes her way down the aisle. She provides a moment for guests to stop holding their breath and say, "Awww, isn't she cute?"

Let your flower girl wear a crown on your big day. That way she's not just a flower girl, but a flower princess. Don't have any little girls in your family? What if you had a flower prince? Custom and pre-handmade crowns from Cakies.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Baby's Breath Bouquet

Hope you had a Luhhhvely Labor Day Weekend. For those of you not in the states, well, I hope you just had a great weekend too! To welcome back the week, I wanted to share this simple baby's breath bouquet. I love this because baby's breath is usually more of the background filler in a bouquet, but here it's the show stopper. Put something simple in abundance and voila! It's really an unexpected look.

If your wedding is in the spring or summer, plan ahead! Here you can find seeds to grow your own baby's breath!

Photo from Hilda Grahnat

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Simple, Crafty Way to Turn a Can Into A Vase

Okay, I know this isn't a hibiscus flower, but I thought I'd share the tale anyway. When I was in the fourth grade we were all asked to bring a flower to class. Any flower at all. I brought a hibiscus and then was sadly disappointed when it promptly wilted the next day. Apparently they don't grace us with their beauty for too long, but they have a beautiful, exotic look. Here's a sweet, simple, and crafty way to display your flowers at your wedding, home, beach house (Ha! If you have a beach house, can I come over?). This can was made into a hanging vase! Find more details at Sweet Paul.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Finding Your Retro Color Palette

I've really been loving all the retro styled weddings I've seen lately on the interwebs. (Green Wedding Shoes has a wonderfully creative collection of vintage weddings.) Whether you are an eco-chick or not, if you decide to go the retro route, the first, and least expensive, step to creating your own retro/vintage wedding is to choose your color palette.

So where does one go for retro color inspiration? If your grandma's house hasn't changed much since 1975, that would be a good place to start! (Seriously!) Pop in a Mad Men dvd and check out what the office gals are wearing. You can also visit a flea market or antique store to get a general idea of what colors would have been popular during a certain era. Of course, if you're a computer literate woman with a penchant for the past (and aren't we all in some way), there are more than a few awesome websites to get your color inspiration: The Vintage Ad Browser, Colour Lovers Retro Palettes, Mad Men's Fashion File, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, and Celebration of Vintage and Retro Design.

(Items: Vintage Fabric Pillow Case, Blenko Vintage Art Glass, Sweet Bella Vintage Phones)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wedding Bouquet Made With Handmade Flowers

Today is one of those days where we got a few peaks of sun, but clouds have mostly engulfed our southern sky all afternoon. I honestly don't mind a little rain and clouds now and then, but this Winter has been so cold and dreary, I am more than ready to hop on a dinghy and paddle my way to the Virgin Islands. Of course, Summer in Atlanta gets hot, hot, hot, so I'm sure once I start melting in 90 degree weather, I'll be begging for Winter again.

In the meantime, the colorful and beautiful handmade flowers of Emerson Made will have to suffice in reminding me of bright, sunny days.

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