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If you decide to take on your own wedding flowers, make it easy and choose foolproof blossoms. Hydrangeas are one of the easiest flowers to arrange and because of their large blossoms, it doesn't take too many to make a lush bouquet, so they are inexpensive as well.
A few things to remember:
-When picking or purchasing hydrangeas, only pick flowers with firm blossoms.
-If you are picking them from a garden, pick them early in the morning or late at night, when they have the most moisture.
-As soon as you pick them or purchase them, place them in a bucket of lukewarm water.
-If at any time your flowers wilt, submerge the entire blossom in warm water for 15 minutes and it should perk up. If it doesn't, toss it.
-After soaking the flowers overnight, condition them by removing most of the leaves (leaving the ones right around the blossoms).
-Place them in a fresh bucket of clean water.
To Make the Bouquet:
-You will need clippers or scissors, 5-8 stems of hydrangea (depending on how large they are), string or raffia, 1.5 yards of ribbon.
-Make a small bouquet with 3 stems.
-Place larger blossoms and leaves around the edge.
-Keep adding to your bouquet, and turn it after you add each stem.
-As soon as you have a round shape, cut the stems to a desired length and tie with string.
-Add ribbon and tie in a French knot or a bow.
-Keep in water right up until the wedding.
-Hydrangeas don't like to be in bright sun or freezing cold, so try to keep them at about 70 degrees until the big day.
Don't you hate when you are at a bridal shower/wedding or any happy event and you get caught up in the festivities, put your drink down, and then have no idea which one is yours? We've got the solution to this pesky problem with this handy DIY project -- and they're so cute to boot!
1. Assorted decorative papers
3. Glue - a glue stick works best for most papers
4. Wooden skewers or drink stirrers
5. Alphabet stickers - should coordinate with papers
1. Cut decorative papers into 1" by 2" rectangles.
2. Apply glue and fold in half around tops of wooden skewers. Let dry.
3. Place flags and sheets of alphabet stickers next to drinks and allow guests to mark a flag with their initial - a first initial for a smaller gathering like a bridal shower, or first and last initials for larger events (if you go the second route, be sure to buy stickers that are appropriately sized).
For a wedding that is both budget friendly and extremely charming, throw a backyard garden wedding! By doing this, you'll be cutting out one of the most expensive costs: your venue. It also makes it easier to play with ideas and test out different concepts. Here, we've gathered all the elements for a darling backyard wedding in classic pink and green.
When throwing a wedding in a backyard or any outdoor venue, it's important to punch up those pale colors. Bright colors and deeper tones look best outside, so if you have a pale color scheme going just add a few brighter tones to make it pop. Another very important thing to remember is to plan your event around what's blooming in your garden. You can never go wrong with green and white and if you want to add a punch of color, take your cue from your garden blooms!
We gathered cabbage and rambling roses into depression glass vases and placed them on top of a sweet checkered pink cloth. We layered cloths for a homey, casual feel. It also makes it easier to use linens you already own, but improvising with different sizes and shapes, To add a modern touch and punch up the color scheme, we added these bright, handmade letterpress tags from Linda and Harriett as place tags. They brighten up the table and the design is a bit more modern, but it works. The tags are letterpress so they still offer that handmade touch for a quaint wedding. We collected vintage silverware, glasses and napkins from ebay and garage sales to give the table a vintage feel.
Don't rule out your own backyard for your wedding and don't be afraid to use your own flowers and linens...just punch them up with a few modern touches and a bit of color!
Give your bridesmaids a gift they will cherish! Scour your book shelfs or your local used book shop for vintage books. Choose titles that will have special meaning for each girl.
Maybe you spent a summer with your best friend reading Anne of Green Gables or maybe your maid of honor's favorite book is Mansfield Park; find a special edition or beautiful copy to pass on.
Tie each book with a ribbon and add a pretty label. Write each girl a note, telling them why you chose the book and how you value their friendship. It's a gift your bridesmaids will hold on to forever. Aside from adding a personal touch to your wedding, it's budget friendly and good to the earth. Happy reading!
Instead of the traditional guest book, set the tone for a fun and lighthearted wedding party with a story line!
Have some white card stock cut into the size of a postcard. Kinkos will do this very inexpensively or you could just do it yourself. Set out different color pens, using your wedding colors or venue as a cue, and a bowl of clothespins. Finally, post a sign with instructions.
A little tip: It's great to have a few close friends display their stories prior to guests arriving to start the trend!
Have guests write their favorite memory or funny story about you, your spouse to be, or you both as a couple. Encourage people to doodle and illustrate their stories. Display the cards by tying twine or white string across a corner of the room or between two trees, if you are outside. It will encourage conversation and bring together friends from different corners of your life.
It's the simple things that can really add a touch of elegance and class to a wedding. These paper lace garlands are simple to make -- and just beautiful!
Supplies You'll Need
1. Doilies, assorted sizes: Paper doilies come in a variety of diameters, the larger the diameter the easier it will be to align each doily half while sewing the garland. For added variation, try alternating between small and large sizes. Use the size of the doilies to estimate how many you'll need for the desired length of your garland. Since we'll be cutting them in half, one doily will create twice the diameter in garland length.
2. Double fold bias tape
3. Thread to match bias tape
4. Scissors or paper cutter
5. Sewing machine
1. Cut doilies in half: You can fold one in half first to determine the center, and then use it as a guide for cutting the others.
2. Prepare to sew: If you've purchased bias tape, iron out any creases in the bias tape resulting from it's packaging. Pinning doilies in place prior to sewing is an option, however I found it easiest and most efficient to position each doily while sewing.
3. Sew the garland: Sandwich the doily halves between the fold of the bias tape, placing them end to end, and carefully sew along the edge of the bias tape.
Continuing on our quest for adorable, edible wedding or bridesmaid favors, enjoy this sweet and savory DIY project! Your guests will lnever forget these precious treats!
Makes 4 dozen coconut balls or 2 dozen finished cream balls
250 grams unsweetened coconut
150 grams sugar
2 large egg whites
1 tsp coconut extract
Zest of 1 lemon
30 grams coconut milk or whole milk
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the coconut, sugar, egg whites, coconut extract, zest of lemon and salt. Mix using the paddle attachment and add the coconut milk while mixing.
Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours so all flavors are absorbed and the coconut becomes moist.
Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop that is about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Round the balls slightly with hands and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Gently flatten the balls.
Bake them at 350F for about 10-12 minutes until the edges turn golden brown. Let them cool.
Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Lemon Coconut Cream
75 grams egg whites
150 grams sugar
225 grams butter, room temperature
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp coconut extract
Place the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk them together with a hand whisk. Place the bowl over a water bath and continue whisking until the sugar dissolves and the egg whites feel very hot to the touch. The mixture will turn white.
Immediately, transfer the bowl to the mixer and whip the egg whites in high speed until the bottom of the bowl has cooled down.
Start adding the room temperature butter, 1 Tbs at a time, while continue to mix in low speed. Incorporate all the butter. It might look curdled at one point, but turn the speed back to high for a few seconds and the buttercream will all come together.
Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and coconut extract at the end.
Place the cream in a piping bag fitted with a plain tip (about number 5) and pipe some on a coconut ball. Gently press another one against the cream creating a sandwich.
Slightly refrigerate them before packaging them so the cream sets.
Recipes Created By: Aran Goyoaga
Photo Courtesy: Aran Goyoaga
Serve drinks in charming glass bottles with handwritten labels!
If you can, choose your drinks based on the color of your wedding. Clear glass bottles are easily found at kitchen shops or IKEA. We used office supply labels and added the name with handwriting to make it more personal.
If you have a special family recipe for homemade lemonade or a special soda, perhaps you'd like to give these as favors, or to some of the family and friends who've helped you out on your big day. These bottles will add a personal, homemade touch to your wedding and contribute to the charm of your day!
Make your bridesmaids lives that much easier with this stunning guide to every detail of the day. Inside this precious piece of mail they will find samples of color palettes, an accessories guide, important date information and contact numbers! The best part? The pretty packaging!
To make each guide you will need:
A 17" by 5.7" piece of paper (the paper used here was cut from a poster size sheet purchased at Paper Source)
Approximately 8.75" by 5.75" piece of matching/coordinating cardstock, OR an A2 size envelope
Downloadable guide template
Assembling the guide:
(1) Print page 1 and 2 of the .pdf template on either side of the 17" by 5.7" paper. Take time to familiarize yourself with your printer's settings - printing on unconventional size paper can be tricky. You will have to change the settings to indicate a custom paper size.
(2) Once printed, accordian fold the paper to create a booklet as shown.
Making the envelope sleeve:
(1) The guide is sized such that it will fit into a standard size A2 envelope. However, here we've made our own, open-ended sleeve by folding a piece of cardsock around the guide, leaving a small tab for gluing. Open ends are secured by wrapping address labels around the sides as shown.
Completing and giving:
To complete and give each guide here are some suggestions on what to include:
(1) - Printed photos and when applicable fabric swatches, for bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories. Even if you plan to let your bridesmaids chose their own dresses, think of this as a good resource to guide them in their search. Providing fabric swatches in the colors and textures you prefer will help ensure that all members of your bridal party are on the same aesthetic wavelength.
(2) - Business cards, and a glassine envelope (5) to tuck them into. If you're all getting hair done together, why not include the salon's business card for reference? Cards from the dress shop, tailor or relevant vendors might also be handy.
(3) and (4) - These bridesmaid's guides can be mailed using appropriate postage and the address labels included in the downloadable template. You can print the labels on adhesive paper, or just use plain paper and affix with a glue stick.
(6) and (7) - If you'll be hand delivering these guides you can finish them off with a ribbon tie and an oval label (also from the template).
- Use the "Dates" page to note important dates leading up to the wedding such as shopping trips, dress fitting, hair appointments, etc.
- Note the bridesmaids/maid of honor cell numbers and emails to keep everyone connected.
Is a casual bouquet of wildflowers more your style than a fussy florist bouquet? Here are some tips and instructions for making your own!
For our bouquet we used:Clover Chamomile Fennel Sweet woodruff Yarrow Buttercup Dandelion
1. We gathered them early in the morning and let them sit in cool water for several hours. If you don't happen to have a wildflower meadow, nearby, many of these flowers and herbs can be ordered from your local florist or nursery.
2. Gather all the greens in your hand, add the larger flowers at the bottom and the delicate flowers like, chamomile, last. We used flowers that had just bloomed and some that were at the end of their lifespan. It makes the bouquet interesting and dramatic.
3. We took many of the leaves off the stems but left some on, to give it that wild, casual feel. Tie the bouquet with twine and then a ribbon of your choosing (we used vintage French ribbon).
Wildflowers can be very sensitive, so you may want to make two bouquets and keep one in a cooler or fridge and have your best friend grab you a fresh one if need be. Then again, a few wilted flowers adds to the charm and unpretentious feel of your day!
Yellow backdrop fabric courtesy of Chewing The Cud .