In years’ past, bouquets that were made of anything but authentic blooms were considered tacky and tasteless. But, with a bit of innovation and creativity, paper bouquets have become a welcome sight at weddings. In fact, paper details of all sorts, such as napkin rings and hanging poms, are showing up at receptions with styles ranging from homespun to whimsical elegance. This economical option is best suited for the more crafty among us (or at least those of us with crafty friends) who want to make the seeming ordinary material of tissue paper and turn it into something spectacular.
The following photos and projects are taken from MarthaStewartWeddings.com:
Hanging Dahlia Poms
Crepe Paper Lily
Paper Pew Wreath
Paper and origami bouquets have become a stylish, low-budget option for brides looking for a unique alternative to traditional fresh blooms. One purveyor of this trend is My Bohemian Summer. This photographer-turned-Etsy seller handcrafts custom origami bouquets in vibrant colors for a fraction of the cost of real flowers. The quirky beauty of these pieces are perfect for the bohemian bride.
Click here to shop My Bohemian Summer
Although Blumebox has been around for a little while, I still think they deserve some major credit for creating an eco-chic wedding decor option.
These little boxes come in a fantastic range of popular wedding colors, including gold and silver. Simply inflate the leak-proof inner bag, fill it with water and presto: a cute recyclable vase to showcase floral centerpieces. Another great way to use them is to display lollipops, candy canes, or swizzle sticks for candy bars.
The fact that they’re 100% recyclable and prices end at a mere $5.99 per box is icing on the cake for the environmentally- (and budget-) conscious bride. Plus, the nifty place card holders, ribbons and boas sold on the site add a cute touch.
Click here to shop Blumebox.
With its bold, black center, the anemone has come forward as the “it” bloom for bouquets and centerpieces. Its graphic nature lends itself to weddings with a modern vibe while its frilly petals are soft enough for those going for a romantic feel. I personally adore black-and-white anemones, but the pink, purple, and red varieties can add a gorgeous pop of color to an overall minimalist wedding.
Photo taken from Brides.com
Think that supermarket flowers are an unacceptable option for your bouquets?
Think again. If arranged properly, the buds that you find at your local Publix or Piggly Wiggly can be a budget-friendly, but still tasteful, option. The staffers at Real Simple can show you how to make garden variety carnations, daisies, and even babies’ breath into elegant nosegays for you and your ‘maids.
Click here to read the article.
After receiving my Real Simple Wedding newsletter, I figured that this would be a helpful link to share with any brides seriously considering DIY floral arrangements. This nifty guide shows a price listing for the most popular wedding flowers so you can know where to splurge and where to save.
Click here for the Real Simple Flower Pricing Guide.
Photo by Tara Donne, RealSimple.com