*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Ok. So I’m excited to unveil today my most exciting sponsored post to date (drum-roll please…) My fabulous sponsor, wholesale flower distributor Blooms By The Box mailed flowers to my house so I could arrange them and tell you about it. Lets start at the beginning.
First, even though they are called Blooms By The Box, I’m somewhat dull. I’ve always thought of flowers of something you went out and got and lugged home with great/mild annoyance. So when I arrived home one evening to find an enormous box of flowers on my door step, just a few feet from where I wanted them, I was sort of shocked. The sum total of my flower preparation duties were: pick up box, open box, fill container with water and flower food, put flowers in water. Um, what? Yeah, I knnnooooowww.
So, early the next morning I set about arranging flowers. Actually, having the creative partner that I do, David and I both set about arranging flowers, and decided to have a small contest about who could make a prettier arrangement (uh, not that we are ever creatively competitive at all or anything). We have the vases for our wedding, so we were testing them out to see what prettiness we could make. Here is what we learned:1) I was reminded again that flower arranging is supposed to be *fun.* It’s all about playing, seeing what works, seeing what doesn’t. In this picture I’m attempting to create a tall arrangement, that quite frankly was a total failure. So, I shrugged, cut it up for scrap, and made a new arrangement (which you’ll see at the end of the post).2) Flowers all have different personalities. By which I mean some flowers are sturdy, some are less sturdy. Some arrive open, some arrive closed. Some will last for just a day or two, some will last for a week. The advantage of using Blooms By The Box, instead of running out and buying flowers on your own, is they pride themselves in their customer service. So, you can email them or call them up and chat about when your flowers should be delivered, and which ones will work well for your needs.
But enough with the small talk, you want to see what we *made* right? Well, my ever tasteful fiance made something sleek and modern:And I made something a bit more wildflower-y, a bit more rough and tumble. Hilariously, these more or less fit our respective personalities.We had access to the exact same flowers, but our arrangements are totally different and complementary, which I love.Finally, I want to say a word about Blooms By the Box website, which is invaluable if you are doing DIY wedding flowers. They just launched a blog which I can honestly say is so good that I’m going to use it when we do our flowers. Their post on the flower color wheel would have saved us hours of experimentation during our wedding flower trial run. Then there are the videos, and videos are how I learned to make a bridal bouquet. Seriously. And finally, the sample design gallery.
So, all you DIY flower people, all in one fell swoop, I present you the tools I wish I’d had when I started. You’re welcome.