When we re-launched the APW How-To series, I told y’all that my goal was to create a Lazy Girl’s Guide To Making Sh*t. No overly intensive DIY tutorials here, just a simple over-view of the project, and common sense plan for getting it done, should you choose to attempt it. Well, I should have know that Lauren, she of Suburbalicious, and she of getting married the same day as we did, would create the best lazy girl’s guide of all. Here is here tale of tackling decorations: first pick a place you don’t need to decorate much, and second make paper flowers. Wheee! Also? Funny. Here we go:
How to DIY your reception decorations. On the cheap.
Step 1. Pick a reception site that doesn’t really need to be decorated. This could be the first and last step if you find a great place. We decided on a bar/restaurant in downtown Boston with floor-to-ceiling windows, red drapes, and couches and lounge chairs in the main space. It was pretty, but I wanted something to distract from the ugly drop ceiling and the bizarre fish tank in the middle of the room. I did not, however, want to spend any money on it. Enter: paper flowers.
Step 2. Email the delightful Kimi for directions on how to make the gorgeous paper flowers that she had at every place setting at her wedding. Attempt to make equally pretty ones and fail. Miserably.
Step 3. Look up incredibly simple Mexican paper flower instructions online. Remember that when you were little and would go to Disney World, you always wanted to buy a giant paper flower that they sold outside of Pirates of the Caribbean. Your mother, every time, waved her had dismissively and said “No way. We could make that ourselves.” But she never did. Decide that making hundreds of paper flowers for your wedding is the perfect payback for this. Continue reading How To: DIY Your Wedding Decorations
Today, while we're on the subject of DIY wedding flowers, I wanted to highlight APW sponsor Blooms By The Box
an their *super helpful* new flower blog
. By *super helpful* I mean, I'm vaguely annoyed that they were not writing it when I was teaching myself about flowers, and I'm not kidding. Continue reading Sponsored Post: Blooms By The Box Blog
First of all, let me be clear. As far as I'm concerned there are two ways to do your own wedding flowers. The first option is to do your own bouquets, and skip the rest. The second is to do your own bouquets and all your own arrangements. These are two totally different projects. While flower arranging is never scary, bouquets are a pretty easy project. Heck, you can pick up the flowers at Trader Joe's and be done with it. If you're taking this option, please don't listen to all the, "You can't, you can't, bouquets are HARD you'll be too STRESSED" nonsense. They are not hard and you will not be stressed.
If, like me, you are taking on the whole kit-and-caboodle, that is another thing all together. Not a scary thing, but a big thing. For our wedding we made 5 bouquets, 50ish small centerpieces, 6 bigger square centerpieces, 6 tall centerpieces, and an ENORMOUS arrangement in a bucket. So if you're counting at home, we did about 70 pieces. And it was fine. In fact, most of the time it was pretty fun. But if you are taking this on, it should be one of your *few* big wedding projects. There are some who are stronger than me who can do their own flowers and self cater at the same time without breaking a sweat, but I wouldn't recommend that to us mere mortals.
Continue reading How To Do Your Own Wedding Flowers
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: Continue reading Sponsored Post: DIY Wedding Flowers From Blooms By The Box
Today I got a really good question. It seemed good enough to pass along to you. Free association! In the comments!
So, I was talking to my friend's mother, who is sort of like a second mom, about alternatives to flowers. And I realized that the WIC doesn't have a lot of options for me--a bride who doesn't want a bouquet, but who isn't religious in a sense that she would carry a prayer book. So, I was wondering, if you were looking for an inspiring topic that hasn't been covered, if that's something worth talking about.
There's a lot of pretty images of brides with parasols, but I wonder a bit what other ideas the wedding community might have for me? Continue reading Things to Hold When You Wed (besides your partner’s hand).
With warm greetings,
I have to say, I think it's neat that Kaitlin brought up the idea of carrying a prayerbook, because it's gone out of fashion. It's obviously not right for many brides, but I like the idea of it - holding something that grounds you in your core values, instead of something that is, well, pretty.* I think there must be other non-religious ways to play on this idea - things to hold that ground you. Ideas?
I am healing so so slowly over here, so I decided to pass you small bits of inspiration I've been hording away for myself. First off, you've been reading 100 Layer Cake
, right? It's the new wedding blog started by a group of graphic designers in Los Angeles, and it's the blog-girl-gang-lowkey-fabby version of wedding planning that's going to take Martha Stewart by storm. Anyway, they wrote a post
about floral designer Dandelion Ranch
that will kill you with it's inspiration and right-thinkingness. The above trough o' flowers inspired me to order a few of my own flower troughs in my big vase order this week (more on that soon). Continue reading Feisty Flowers