Let’s be honest, all of the elements that go into a wedding day are pure magic, but it usually ends up that the reception is the real show-stopper. Centerpieces, backdrops, hanging lights, and more have all contributed to some of the most brilliant decor showcases we’ve seen in 2016, and we’re here to share the top winners with you all today! Without further ado, here are our most popular and favorite receptions of this past year (and don’t miss our top fashion, ceremonies, and bouquets of 2016 either!):
Ready for Thanksgiving? You can bet we are — there’s never any shortage of delicious treats to go around! All of your yummy dishes and pies need an equally eye-catching tablescape to tie everything together, so we’ve put together some of our favorite table setups sure to please all the hosts and hostesses this Thanksgiving + Friendsgiving season. Let’s dig in!
While spring might be the season that makes you think of flowers the most, winter is rich with its own selection of beautiful blooms and Sweet Root Village is here to help prove that point. The photography + floral design powerhouse put together a beautiful arrangement of flowers incorporating soft blue and sweet pink, perfect for Pantone’s colors of 2016! Let’s take a look:
From Sweet Root Village: This glamorous, wintery centerpiece is packed with lush ivory and pale pink blooms and completed with touches of icy blue textures. A perfect way to mix the 2016 Pantone colors of the year! The bulk of this arrangement is made up of blooms that can be found all year long, such as hydrangea, standard roses, and spray roses. These blooms can be found in such a huge variety of colors and translate well into nearly any sort of theme or style depending on how they are used!
Some of the more delicate blooms like Scabiosa and Ranunculus can be sourced most of the year, but they do have several off months that fluctuate depending on the weather. Evergreens and Firs can be foraged all year long, but are most used during the winter months of course due to the wintery feeling they add to arrangements and wreaths. Privet berry is another wintery element that is well loved for its deep blue colored berries! It’s usually available over the summer, but its berries are green! They slowly darken to the deep blue color we all love the closer they get to winter and typically finish their season by December. During the Spring months, the always lovely Viburnum is a great alternative! Eucalyptus silver bell pods are typically only found over the holidays! Get them in December and January before they bloom out and are hard to find.
Paperwhites are an extremely fragrant bulb flower that are usually found during the Winter months of November through March. The teeny, delicate blooms clustered in an arrangement add such a beautiful and unexpected texture! They are not expensive blooms, but they do quickly add up in an arrangement due to needing so many of the tiny stems to make any sort of impact.
This centerpiece could translate to a Spring arrangement by adjusting to add some stunning sweat pea on the vine and popping in a few fluffy peonies. Or to a Summer, rustic wedding by switching out the wintery textures for queen anne’s lace and seeded eucalyptus. Extra deep toned burgundy Dahlias and snapdragons with some dried hydrangeas would take this arrangement towards gorgeous Autumn route.
It’s not a secret — we love DIY projects. Love. And we had a great crop of ones to share this year, ranging from do-it-yourself backdrops to eye-catching tabletop decor and more. Without any further ado, let’s get into our Best of 2015: DIY Projects!
We loved the pops of color in this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Emily Chidester.
Vines of greenery made a beautiful statement in this project from Calie Rose photographed by Kristina Curtis Photography.
We had great charger plates with calligraphy decals thanks to this project.
Gold leaf has to be one of my favorite DIY goodies – within seconds it can jazz up even the simplest items, turning them into glitzy accents or show-stopping pieces. Such is the case with these gold leaf branch centerpieces, which can also be turned into place card holders. Thanks to Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate for sharing the tips and tricks!
For this project, you will need:
-3/4″ boring bit
If we had to pick a favorite kind of DIY, it would of course be the ones that involve minimal difficulty but provide maximum wow factor. Luckily, Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate (with photographer Emily Chidester) is sharing the tips behind one of these exact kinds of DIY projects — a DIY starburst centerpiece. Let’s take a look!
For this project, you will need:
-styrofoam balls minimum 1.5-2 inch diameter
-spray paint (we used gold)
-wood craft blocks
-1/4 inch wood dowels
-5/8inch boring bit
1. Stick toothpicks into styrofoam ball, staggering spacing.
2. Fill styrofoam ball with toothpicks all the way around, leaving a small nickel sized area empty.
3. Spray paint toothpick ball from multiple angles, spray paint dowels.
4. Poke dowel into styrofoam ball.
5. Use 1/4 inch drill bit into center of gold painted wood craft block.
6. Use clipper to trim dowel to preferred height.
7. Fit dowel into drilled hole of craft block.
8. To make a taper candle holder, use boring bit to drill hole into center of wood block.
9. Snugly guide candle into bored hole. If candle is loose, you can use a dab of hot glue in hole, and hold straight until wax and glue cools.
Use napkin ring DIY to create place setting details!
Earlier today, French Knot Studios and Izzy Hudgins Photography shared this gorgeous modern New Year’s Eve shoot, and we have to admit we had our eye on the unbelievably cute succulent planters. Luckily for us, Audrey of French Knot is here with us to share these beautiful centerpieces! Bonus tip – these also double as great favors for your guests to take home at the end of the night.
The simple succulent centerpieces are so easy to make, and your guests can take them home at the end of the evening. Wedding DIYs can be tricky given a short time frame, but as long as you provide adequate water and light, these cuties can be made well in advance of the wedding.
For this project, you will need:
– 2″, 3″, and 4″ PVC Pipe
– Test caps to match the diameters
– PVC Primer and adhesive (sold as a set)
– Spray Paint
– Drill with at least 1/4″ drill bit
– Miter saw or hack saw, but the power tool is lots faster
– Spray Paint
– Succulent and/or cactus potting mix
– Succulents and/or catci
– Scrapbook or wrapping paper, optional
1. Mark the PVC pipe with the height you would like. We used whole inches from 2 to 6.
2. Cut the PVC at the marks.
3. Use the PVC primer and adhesive in a well ventilated area. Swab the end of each tube and the edge of each cap.
4. Fit the matching tube with the matching cap. They will adhere almost instantly.
5. Drill 1-3 drainage holes in the bottom of each planter.
6. Spray paint. Be sure to cover the top edge and just inside the top so no white will show when filled with dirt and plants.
7. Fill with potting mix and plant 1-3 succulents in each planter. The 4″ diameter pipes may need more than one plant if you purchased small ones.
8. Water and care for your plants until your wedding week.
9. Cut paper to fit, varying the height of each. Tape or glue around your planters.
You know those weddings where you can just sense that everything came together perfectly – so perfectly that the whole day seems like a dream? Well, that’s the feeling we get when we pore over this wedding from Amy Arrington (though we suspect her dreamy film images play a big part). Signature Weddings and The Perfect Poppy made Kimberly and David’s wedding a truly special one, with romantic touches and relaxed elegance for us all to admire.
From the bride, Kimberly: We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and a true celebration of love, family, and friends. We focused on keeping everything fun and relaxed and making sure that our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were inspired by our beautiful venue and the storybook feel that it had and included details that hinted at our personalities and interests. Our main goal was to create a day that was filled with love and laughter and all of our family and friends creating happy memories together.
Some words that kept coming up while planning our wedding were “fairytale adventure”. David and I met at Disney World and were long distance for almost four years, which led to many adventures. It seemed natural to theme our wedding to one of things that was involved in building our relationship. The colors we chose were pinks and greens, which are a combination of our favorite colors. We worked together on making the signs for the bar and the guestbook and favor table and on painting the gold giraffe and bear figurines. One of my favorite decorations were the little robots that we had placed on the cake & pie table. Our first date was on March 14th – aka Pi Day – so we have always had a little joke about us and pie/pi. David also loves robots (he built one in school!) so the figurines were an adorable addition to our day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax and have fun! David and I made sure to not take anything too seriously and to just have fun with every bit of the process. Focus on choosing vendors who you feel you can trust to execute your wedding the way you envision it and take their advice. Stay open to new ideas and different possibilities.
I loved all of the music at our wedding, but my favorite has to be our first dance song. We surprised our guests with a choreographed waltz to The Sleeping Beauty Suite and it was such a great moment to hear everyone gasp when we did our first big move! It is definitely an experience that we will never forget.
Processional: “I Choose You,” The Piano Tribute Players
Bride’s Processional: “I See the Light,” from Disney’s Tangled (Piano Mix) by Joel Rosenberger
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life,” American Authors
First Dance: “The Sleeping Beauty Suite,” Weiner Philharmonic and James Levine
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Mother/Son Dance: “That’s Amore,” James Marsden (Enchanted Soundtrack)
Wedding Location: Newnan, GA / Photographer: Amy Arrington / Coordinator: Corrie Kirk of Signature Weddings / Florist: The Perfect Poppy / Venue: Dunaway Gardens / Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier via Solutions Bridal in Orlando, FL / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: WToo and Love Lane from Bella Bridesmaid in Orlando, Fl / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Savvi Formalwear / Caterer: Mac the Cheese Food Truck & Catering / Wedding Cake: Bliss / DJ: DJ Chuck Walls / Wooden Robots: Painted Turtle Wooden Toys / Wedding Invitations: elli
Thanks to 2014 being the year of Radiant Orchid, purples of all shades are gaining popularity. Arina B Photography and Third Bloom used this to their advantage, creating a styled shoot full of rich violet hues and whimsical woodland elegance. Let’s jump right in to the beauty:
From the Creative Director and Florist, Third Bloom: Our lovely couple Mike and Kristen Rounds are so in love and it shines through in the gorgeous imagery from Arina B. Photography. Spring is filled with the scent of beautiful flowers and berries so we wanted to create a whimsical setting with a unique color palette of radiant orchid, a swing covered in vines and flowers, a flower crown with blackberries (my favorite flower crown of all time… because who wouldn’t want a flower crown with blackberries and hellebores!?), a mismatched table setting with a farm table and chairs and vintage plum and sterling goblets from Adore Folklore Vintage Rentals, an adorable ombré cake from a local organic bakery Cups, kraft paper stationery by Take Note Creations and even a white horse made an appearance. And the dresses are so unique by The White Flower Boutique.
Shoot Location: La Jolla, CA / Photographer: Arina B Photography / Floral Design: Third Bloom / Dresses and Accessories: The White Flower / Hair And Makeup: Nina Angela Fojas of The Doll Service / Cake And Cupcakes : Cups Organic / Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals / Stationery: Take Note Creations
As we all pretty much know by now, anything Bows + Arrows touches turns instantly to gold – or in this case, technicolor citrus tones that are only amplified by the beautiful photography of Ben Q. Photography. There are many parts of this shoot we love (and want to recreate for our next parties), but how particularly amazing is that streamer backdrop from The Color Condition?
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Ben Q. Photography / Floral Design: Bows + Arrows / Wedding Dress: La Marque Dallas / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Backdrop: The Color Condition / Rentals: Perch Decor / Stationery: Sweet Magnolia Paper
Going through the images and film from today’s wedding (sent over by the fantastic Stewart Leishman), I haven’t seen a single frame where the groom isn’t grinning from ear to ear. But I’m sure that’s to be expected when you have a couple who’s as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside! Let’s dive right into this one – you won’t be able to stop staring at the bride’s wedding gown, which was made by the groom’s very own sister.
From the bride, Giuliana: We had a wonderful wedding day and enjoyed every moment. It was a really nice feeling watching it all come together and witnessing how happy all our guests were. It was also a privilege to share our special day with 190 of our closest family and friends. More than half of our guests traveled from interstate to be with us and for that we will be eternally grateful.
From the photographer, Stewart: Robert and Giuliana met 6.5 years ago on NYE. Giuliana was in Melbourne on a holiday with a group of girlfriends and met Rob at a NYE party. There was an instant spark as she entered the venue and their eyes met. She took the lead and said “you look like my friend Alex”, to which Rob responded “who’s Alex?” That pickup line was a sure conversation starter and they talked and talked until the sun came up! Four months later after hours and hours of phone time, and only two interstate visits, Giuliana took a leap of faith and moved from Adelaide to Melbourne to live with Rob, and here they are today!
Don’t miss the wedding film from C2 Video:
Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Flowers: Sarah at Mr Lincoln, Fitzroy / Venue: Luminare / Wedding Dress: Melissa Carchedi (groom’s sister) / Wedding Shoes: Chanel / Earrings: Bounkit / Belt: Witchery / Hairpiece: Richard Nylon, Fitzroy / Groom’s Attire: Harrolds suit, Givenchy shirt, Tom Ford bow tie, Yves Saint Laurent shoes / Engagement Ring: keshett / Wedding Bands: Jasmine Fraser / Wedding Cake: Jessicakes / DJ: Adrian Portia of Pure Entertainment / MC: Nick Du Bois / Favors: Apricot jam with sugared almonds made by bride’s mum / Stationery: Jillian Burns / Videographer: C2 Video
We can hardly believe it, but 2013 is already coming to a close. It seems like yesterday we were just rounding up our favorites from 2012! We want to personally thank you all for being a part of the Ruffled community – you all are the force that keeps this train going, and you’re the reason why we start each work day with a smile on our faces. We’re starting off our ‘Best of 2013’ with a focus on receptions and tablescapes, so let’s take a peek at a mix of some of our biggest hits and our own personal favorites – so much more to see in our Pinterest boards, too:
We have been on a polka dot obsession lately. So much that this project popped up while finishing our preparations for our table for the The Cream Event NYC. Using masking tape and a paper punch I had in my drawer, I gave old bottles a new life. What better way to shake things up than with confetti? You can try this on pretty much anything that’s in need of some polka dot cheer!
bottles, vases, jars, cups
If you’re painting the interior of your bottles like I did, start by pouring paint in your clear glass vessels. Shake them to cover the interior and let them dry upside down. Though it would look just as fab with clear glass :)
While the bottles are drying, start punching holes in the masking tape. You can anchor the end of the tape on the edge of your desk while you work on your polka dot. No need to follow a pattern – just punch holes randomly. Once the bottles are dry from the paint in them, wrap the dotted masking tape and cover the rest of the bottle with solid tape. Spray paint. Let it dry for a few minutes and gently peel the tape away. I was able to reuse the masking tape a few times on other bottles, so as long as you can remove the tape without ripping, you can definitely use the same dotted strip again.
I made these cement planters for our table at The Cream Event NYC and I have to confess that this is one of the most fun projects I’ve made to date. It’s so easy and quick, one could never tell you made one of these yourself in less the 20 minutes. And having never used cement in my life before, it felt pretty darn good seeing how they turned out in the first try!
What you will need:
disposable bowl or bucket for mixing
containers for molds
gold leaf kit
mask and gloves
Mix 4 parts cement with 1 part water in a bowl. It doesn’t need to be exact, as long as the mix has a good consistency. Not too liquid, not too thick. Like making a cake! I noticed it was a bit easier for me to mix with a bit more water than what they recommend in the instructions, and it was fine. I used juice cartons and 1 quart milk cartons to achieve the square shape, but I’ve seen other pots using bundt cake molds, so options are endless :)
Grease your containers: the inside of the larger ones and the exterior of the small ones that will serve as the opening. I dabbed cooking oil on a paper towel to grease the containers. Have something to add weight handy in the smaller containers to hold them in place. I stacked paint sample bottles in the milk cartons, but you can use rocks or anything else you have around your house.
Pour the mix in the larger containers and pound them on the ground to release any air bubbles. I noticed that as long as the mix is homogenous, the pots will have a smooth solid surface. The mix should go 1/3 or half way to the rim – keeping in mind that once you add the smaller container in, the cement mix will rise up. Add in the smaller containers in the middle, with weights to hold them down in place.
After about 10-15 min they were rock solid! Peel the containers out and let your cement pots cure overnight. For drainage, I drilled holes at the bottom of the pots. To add gold leaf designs, I started creating different geometric shapes on the pots and marked them with masking tape. Brush adhesive, and layer the gold leaf. I let it dry for an hour, then brushed off excess gold leaf and added sealant. Once it’s dry, you can remove the tape and add your plants, adding a a layer of gravel at the bottom of your pots before adding soil.
If you’re looking for a showstopper centerpiece, we’ve got just what you were looking for. Jamie of Julia’s Poppies and Aimee Strickland of MadeintheFold collaborated to create this eye-catching paper flower art installation inspired by one of her newest wedding suites that’s sure to wow any and all of your guests! We’ll let Jamie take it from here:
We wanted to share the perfect DIY project for the artsy bride! This centerpiece was inspired by the Melbourne Wedding Suite, an invitation design from the new Wedding Collection from Julia’s Poppies set to launch this spring.
The table design is made from found, recycled, and paper goods. It’s an easy-to-do, budget-friendly project. This installation can be used for reception tables or even hung on a wall to make a statement.
For this project, you will need:
-Roll of Chicken Wire
-Box of Powdered Dye
-Coffee Filters (Beached and Unbleached)
-Washi Tape or Floral Tape
1. Follow the box instructions to mix the dye in a bowl.
2. Fold the coffee filters in half a couple times. You can stack multiple filters before folding to give more dimension and to form larger blooms.
3. Dip the ends in the bowl of dye, letting the dye slowly bleed up the filter for an ombre effect. You can also simply submerge the filters for a higher concentration of color.
4. Unroll your chicken wire on a table and mold to a mountainess shape, as high as you desire. Place the filters in the chicken wire to dry. This will allow the filters to take shape.
*Note: If you’re using multiple colors, do not let the different colors touch while drying.
5. After the coffee filters have dried, arrange throughout the chicken wire. You can attach floral wire with washi tape to several blooms to give height to your installation. Be creative and there are no rules for the asymmetric design.
We also made a handful of other paper flowers from crepe paper, tissue paper, and scrap cardstock based on tutorials available on my Pinterest (which includes these flower DIYs) and experimenting! The specialty paper can easily get expensive (and time consuming), so we recommend using the more intricate paper flowers strategically throughout the installation.
How dreamy is the idea of having your wedding reception in the middle of a cornfield? The wedding, expertly shot by m three studio, was a true family affair — the couple was married by the bride’s father, and the reception held on family property. And the getaway car? An icy blue vintage Corvette.
From the photographer, Molly of m three studio: Abby and Greg live right in the heart of downtown Chicago, amongst all the hustle and bustle of city life. But their hearts are vintage and down-home, and so it was Abby’s family’s farm in Wisconsin that proved the location best suited to their true selves. The wood veneer wedding invitation promised a chic but comfortable celebration.
The couple was married at Abby’s father’s quaint small-town church. Being a pastor himself, he officiated half of the ceremony himself. Abby wore her grandmother’s diamond necklace and she and her mother had made a new headpiece out of part of her grandmother’s wedding ensemble. Greg carried his deceased father’s ring in his jacket’s heart pocket. Their closest friends and family made up the wedding party, including a gaggle of nieces and nephews serving as flower girls and ring bearers. The couple hand-made their programs using coordinating fabric to their table linens.
The reception was held in a tent on the edge of the bride’s family’s cornfield, with cocktails on the patio. Drinks were served in mason jars with striped straws. The scrapbook style guestbook invited guests to leave a note for the couple in their own little envelope. hand-calligraphed placecards were pinned along a miniature clothesline. Guests were given home-made strawberry jam as a favor. Abby and her mother hand-sewed the ruffled and vibrant table linens. Greg and Abby pulled the vintage oil lamps and food boxes for floral arrangements from their own personal collection. Images of their beloved dog were used for the table numbers. Hay bales were set up in a semi-circle for gourmet ‘smores later in the evening, enjoyed along with the tunes of a bluegrass band.
Wedding Vendors (Waterford, WI):
Ceremony Venue: North Cape Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: m three studio / Wedding Dress: Watters & Watters / Lace Bolero: Glory by Jeannie Lee / Bride’s Bracelet: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Wedding Flowers: The Wild Pansy / Wedding Caterer: Saz’s / Wedding Cake: Jo Guay / Milliner: Debra Shirley / Wedding Band: SweetGrass / Wedding Stationery: The White Aisle / Calligrapher: Laura Condouris of Trial by Cupcakes / Favor Tags: Roberto Sand / Rentals: Canopies
Looking through Sarah and John’s wedding at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Illinois is a tease to all sweet tooth folks. Just look at that cookie bar! We love the homespun feel captured by Jennica Jo Photography.
From the bride, Sarah: Our wedding was truly a reflection of our unique personalities and our attitude as a couple, we feel so lucky to have had such a fabulous time surrounded by our nearest and dearest! John & I dreamed of a wedding that would be classy and understated but with a lot of humor and quirk. We are total goofballs and the little details really allowed our guests to clown around with us; from the “fingerstache” temporary tattoos in the bathroom to the kazoos that guests could sound off to get us to kiss. Our friends and family really enjoyed snapping candid shots with the Instax camera and dancing with mustache props in hand! I had an enormous amount of help from my friends and family to pull together all of my DIY projects, and my vendors completely understood what I was going for. The result was a wedding that felt warm and creative, where I feel like I lived in every moment, and that is still making me laugh.
My advice to any bride would be to stay true to yourself, if you want to scrap some traditional elements (I had pie instead of cake, and didn’t do a bouquet or garter toss) and make things unique, go for it! In the end, I had so many compliments on how relaxed the atmosphere was and it made everything more fun! Involve your family, and let them feel like a part of your day. I had frames with wedding photos from all our aunts and uncles, our parents and our grandparents lining the shelves in the library. They really felt special when they were pointing out their photos during the cocktail hour.
Wedding Vendors (Oakbrook, IL):
Wedding Venue: Mayslake Peabody Estate / Wedding Photographer: Jennica Jo Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Kristy Webber of Special Occasion Services / Event Designer: Traci and Mark from Whimsy / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Hair Accessory: Twigs and Honey / Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew / Groom’s Bow Tie: Forage / Ring Pillow: EmersonMade / Wedding Flowers: Bella Fiori / Wedding Caterer: Dan McGee’s Restaurant / Bartender: With a Twist / Dessert Pies: Hoosier Mama (Chicago) / Wedding Music: Indigo / Wedding Stationery: Maria Pelley of SwellInk
Winter brides, meet your new best friend: Amaryllis. This bloom has a silky feathery texture, which reminds us of stylish floral sashes on wedding gowns. We will leave with you Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers and her inspiration with this bloom:
Inspiration board credits, clockwise: Alder Manor wedding shot by Brookelyn Photography; Kelmscott Manor; mercury glass vases from Horchow; Alder Manor photoshoot by Readyluck; Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
From Sarah Winward: I love the idea of a cozy winter wedding in a historic building. Perhaps the environment is a bit dark with only some chandeliers and windows for light… we would use lots of candles in tarnished candlesticks to make the tables glow. In this centerpiece arrangement rich orange and blues are contrasted with flowers that are a true white, a perfect color combination to match the moody but elegant venue. Amaryllis are a wonderful flower for winter weddings, they are large, and have a shape similar to a lily, with several blooms on each stem. Privet berry, kumquat and ranunculus (a few of my winter staples).
Today Honey of a Thousand Flowers is introducing us the cutest little addition to our library of Bridal Blooms: snowberries! They look as whimsical as their name, and versatile like a LBD of florals. We’d love to see them starring in a gorgeous bouquet of muted hues, or in a colorful cheery arrangement! I’ll leave you with the expert, Sarah Winward:
From Sarah Winward: Contradictory to their name, snowberries are not usually available in the winter. Snowberries are available August-November, and are occasionally found in the spring too. They have clusters of berries spaced all along their thin woody stems. The berries are fairly soft and can be crushed if they fall off of the stem. When they do they pop the sound is somewhat like a cranberry. Fortunately the flesh of the berries is white so you don’t have to worry as much about them staining dresses or tablecloths as you do with dark colored berries.
I think snowberries can very easily be mixed into any style flowers. I love their foggy white color with greens alone. They are a fun textural element to add to bigger, focal flowers as accents. They can be rustic, modern, or simple sweet depending on the colors and flowers you mix them with.
Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.
I now have this sudden urge of throwing a party that requires hot air balloons. Just so I can make these. Karen, the crafty bride from this gorgeous wedding shot by Paul Von Rieter, made these whimsical hot air balloons using large bouncy balls. They are often found at dollar stores, so they can be made affordably. Thank you for sharing, these are incredible! More DIY details in the gallery and on her blog.
What you’ll need:
– large bouncy balls
– potted herbs
– square tin pots (or cans)
– acrylic paint
– twine for tying tins to the “balloons”
To make each pattern, I started off by drawing a base guide. I taped a long piece of string to the ball, and then I tied a Sharpie to the end of that string where I wanted to start drawing a guide. Then I rotated the Sharpie along that string “axis” to draw a perfect circle around the ball. I did this several times along different lengths, with the same taped point. Just imagine a bunch of “latitude” lines drawn on the ball with Sharpie. I use those new circles to guide me with drawing a symmetrical pattern for each of the balls. If you want to be really precise, I would measure the circumference of the “equator”, and divide that evenly by a number for an exact repeating pattern.
Once your balloons are dry, attach your herb “baskets” to them using twine. Punch holes on your herb tins with the help of a hammer and nails. Attach them to the ceiling and add your table numbers to the bottom of each.
Today’s featured flower contrasts with the dreamy Art Nouveau inspiration that we shared last week. We will let Honey of a Thousand Flowers introduce you to Viburnum Berries. From its navy blue tones, we were inspired by tartan and Nordic landscapes…Thank you Leo Patrone for the beautiful images!
From Sarah: Navy blue is a popular wedding color … unfortunately, navy blue flowers aren’t popular in nature. Early spring and fall are both seasons where the few blue flowers that we do have come around to play. I have found that I really like it when the dark colors like eggplant purple and navy are just accents in floral arrangements, so perhaps its not so bad that there are only a few of them. Many variations of purple and lavender flowers are available that can be used to allude to the feeling of blue in an arrangement if blue is not available for your wedding. Viburnum berry is small, but its mesmerizing color speaks loudly. Small doses of eggplant purple and dark chocolate brown can also be used to hint at navy blue as an accent color.
I imagine this centerpiece and color palette being used in a late summer wedding somewhere in the wine country. It would look particularly good with long rustic wood tables and elegant table settings. The other flowers used in this arrangement are: dinner plate dahlias, scabiosa, and green grapes. Other blue flowers that are available in various seasons: Thistle, Nigella, Agapanthus, Cornflower, Delphinium, Forget me knot, Tweedia, baby blue Eucalyptus, Privet berry, and Muscari. Anemones have a dark poppy seed colored center that works nicely as an accent too.
This backyard wedding shot by the ladies of Vitalic Photo is all about rustic chic. Love all the texture – from the gorgeous lace wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier to the burlap runners, this wedding was handcrafted to the littlest details by the bride herself. View all images from this wedding in the gallery!
Vitalic Photo is all about rustic chic. Love all the texture – from the gorgeous lace wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier to the burlap runners, this wedding was handcrafted to the littlest details by the bride herself. View all images from this wedding in the gallery
From the photographer, Chrissy: Tanya + Tommy were married on a small lake in the backyard of a close family friend. Their tent reception was decorated with shades of white flowers in mismatched vases, so quaint and utterly adorable. Their s’mores station close to the firepit surrounded by hay bale benches and it was a huge hit. The clear tent allowed the couple and their guests to stargaze from the dance floor.
Also, check out their video here!
Venue: Private Residence / Photographer: Vitalic Photo / Cinematographer: Vitalic Photo / Event Decor: Bride & her family / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Cindy & Glenn Cakes (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Florist: Monti’s Flower Market Inc. / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Stationery: Peach Leaf Paperie
Mimi and Matt’s Washington wedding is beyond amazing. From the venue in which the couple prepared for the day to the sweet centerpieces — each one different from the next — this wedding is the stuff dreams are made of. Thanks to the brilliant Yvonne Wong for every perfectly captured moment! There’s much, much more to be seen in the gallery, so don’t miss it!
Yvonne Wong for every perfectly captured moment! There’s much, much more to be seen in the View more images from this wedding
Wedding Vendors (Seattle, Washington):
Wedding photographer: Yvonne Wong / Wedding shoes: Caparros / Day of Coordinator: Amy Pak Weddings / Venue: Robinswood House, Bellevue WA / Catering: Landaus / Harpist: Alishia Joubert / Dove Release: White Dove Release / Officiant: Pastor John Chae / All Flowers: made by bridesmaids / Cup cakes: made their own from Sprinkles Cucake Mix
What better way to celebrate Wedding Wednesday than to find some carefully pre-loved wedding decorations for your own reception? We’ve seen listings come pouring in, and we’ve picked a few of our very favorites from the past week to share with you all. Personally, I’m loving the amber glass bottles… I am a huge fan of all things apothecary-like, and a wedding inspired by vintage apothecary is at the top of my list of favorites! Everyone is welcome to sell items they no longer need… brides, event stylists, florists… around the globe. Start selling.
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Vintage Decor & Cake Plates, $500 obo for lot of 800 pieces including 300 vintage doilies, 200 vases and 300 candle holders; glass cake stand, $35; amber glass bottles, $2 each, 120 available
Luna Bazaar is stocked with all those “extra” elements that make your wedding or event one your guests will continue to talk about after the day concludes. Their pieces are curated into a worldly mix of shapes, styles and designs but each one would fit perfectly into a vintage-themed wedding.
One of the hardest parts of pulling together a cohesive wedding is finding enough of a single decor element to carry over throughout the whole day. At Luna Bazaar, they’re always well-stocked so you don’t need to search high and low for those perfect pieces and they’re so affordable, you can afford to stylize your whole day!
I’m personally drawn to all things mercury glass– just a few pieces make the night sparkle! On dinner tables, at the dessert bar, speckled into seating nooks and crannies… they look good everywhere! Luna Bazaar has mercury glass in every possible form, from candlesticks to garland.
Aren’t these paper lantern shapes shown below fun? I see a bunch hanging above a bridal shower dessert table or framing an altar during the ceremony. They’re the perfect final touch for your winter wedding. You can find more of their ecclectic lantern selection here!
If you’re looking to add color to your reception, you can search by color for everything in the Luna Bazaar shop. Talk about one-click shopping! Tie together all of your elements with a cohesive color scheme. Check out Luna Bazaar for a huge (and I mean HUGE) selection of everything ranging from hand fans and colorful parasols to candleholders and favor bags. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a bridal shower, a cocktail hour or anything in between, it’s so fun to get lost in their world of pretty things!
There are rustic centerpieces then there are these. Sanja created these branch and clay lanterns and sent us all the way from Bosnia and Herzegovina!
What you’ll need:
– vine branch
– modeling clay
– tealight candles
– rolling pin
– emery or nail file
– glue gun
Step 1. Clean the branch. Make any necessary adjustments for the branch to stand flush on the surface.
Step 2. To make one tealight holder, roll a piece of modeling clay (2x2x1 inch piece) into approximately 2×5 inch rectangle, 0,1 inch thick.
Step 3. Cut into desired size and shape and punch the desired pattern with the toothpick. Turn the clay and repeat on the other side. Once the holes are defined, take the clay into your palm and widen the holes by using the skewer.
Step 4. Take the votive and roll the long side of the rectangle around it. When the circle around the tealight is closed, cut off the excess clay. Fasten the seam by tapping it between two fingers. Leave to dry.
Step 5. Once the clay is dry, you can treat any wrinkles or cavities with emery paper or even nail file.
Step 6. Glue the tealight bottoms to the branch.
Continuing with our DIY marathon, next up is Brittni‘s entry. She made mini vases using tapered votive candles and tights. More to come!
What you’ll need:
– Votive Candles
– Heavy Duty Glue
– Infant size tights (the smaller the better) or leggings
Step 1. Gather materials and clean votives so there is no dirt or debris. This will help the glue stick.
Step 2. Glue two votive bottoms together with a thick bead of glue. Wait to dry.
Step 3. Next, glue the top of a third votive to the top of one of the glued votives. Wait to dry.
Step 4. Now its time to grab the tights. Cut the tights in half as close to the middle seam as possible, so the legs are separated.
Step 5. Pull the tight leg over the finished piece, with the closed toe at the bottom and the tights opening at the top. *If you are using footless tights (like the ones I used for the striped vase) it doesn’t matter which way they are put on.
Step 6. Cut off the excess at the top of the opening, leaving about a half inch to an inch to tuck back in.
Step 7. Use your heavy duty glue again to glue down the extra trim to the inside of your votive.
Step 8. Add short stem flowers and water. And you’re done.
Extra Tip: If you’re having a hard time finding a patterned tight that you like, go for a solid color instead. And before you cover over your newly made vase, use a drawing pen or non-bleed markers to create your own pattern by drawing it yourself, right onto the tights. Just stick a piece of cardboard into the leg first, so its stretched a little when you draw and it doesn’t bleed through to the other side. I used this technique for the smaller vase in the photos, and I like how it turned out. Very easy.
Colleen’s DIY entry is so perfect for nautical, vintage or rustic wedding centerpieces, depending on the type of rope you use – but I’m loving the sisal most.
What you’ll need:
– Glass or plastic vessels (I bought all my vases from Goodwill for cheap, but you could also use old jars, tin food cans, or plastic canisters depending on the size/shape you’re looking for)
– Natural sisal rope, varying thicknesses (you can find this at a hardware store. I used 1/4″ and 3/8″ diameter rope)
– Wood stir stick or spatula (wood stir sticks are usually free in the paint department of your local hardware store)
– Ceramic tile adhesive (in the tile section of your hardware store)
– Drop cloth or cutting mat to protect your work surface
– Kitchen sponge
Prep: Clean and Dry all vessels to ensure a strong bond with adhesive. Gather all supplies and prepare workspace.
Step 1: With your wooden stir stick or spatula, scoop up a generous amount of tile adhesive and spread an even layer across the bottom and sides of your vessel. (as though you were putting icing on a cake!) If you want the rope to cover the entire vase, apply the adhesive on the entire thing. If you only want the rope to cover a portion of the vase (like my example), apply the adhesive up to the point that you want the rope to stop. You should not be able to see glass through the adhesive – if you do, you didn’t apply it thick enough!
Step 2: After you have applied your adhesive, you will need to work quickly before it begins to set! Begin by wrapping the rope into a coil shape to cover the bottom of your vessel. Once your coil is close to the same size as the bottom of your vessel, press into the adhesive and proceed to step 3…
Step 3: Continue to wrap the rope around the sides of the vessel where you have already applied a layer of adhesive. Try to keep each new row of the rope tight against the neighboring rows so that you do not see any glass or adhesive showing between.
Step 4: To finish the end, cut your rope at an angle so that it will lay flat against the side of your vessel. Apply an extra dollop of adhesive (or even hot glue) to be sure the end is secured to the vessel. This will prevent the rope from unraveling as the adhesive cures. Once complete, wait at least 24 hours for the adhesive to cure before filling with water and assembling your event centerpieces. These vases are a great way to add a nautical charm to a summer wedding, or even use in the fall/winter for a rustic vibe!
Our groom contest, Adam, made this charming wooden flower box centerpiece + table number setup. Who wouldn’t want to keep them after the wedding? I envision these wooden planters embellishing their home for years to come. Take note, gentlemen.
What you’ll need:
– 3/4” boring bit
– Countersink bit, thin drilling bit
– 1 x 5.5 x 90 inch Cedar cut into (3) 22 inch pieces and (2) 6 inch pieces (Home depot will cut this for you, a 90 inch board is about $15. Other types of wood are cheaper)
– Wood Stain (we used walnut color) – $5 for a medium sized tub
– Semi Gloss Spray (optional) – $5
– Moss (bought from Michael’s Craft) – $5 for a big bag
– Fake Flowers (bought from Michael’s Craft) – $1 for a few, we cut them off
– Red Straw
– Table Number (make your own)
– Box of 1.25 inch screws (we used black)
– Sand Paper
– Paint Brush
Step 1: Assuming you got your wood cut at Home Depot (for free), you need to start by building the box frame. If you have a clamp, that will help with the drilling, but is not needed. It is important to first mark your drill marks with a pencil first. Half an inch in from each side will do the trick. Start with the (3) 22 inch pieces first. You want to drill the side walls on top of the bottom piece, not on the sides of it.
Step 2: If you are inexperienced with drilling, we 100% recommend drilling a guide before you drill your screws in. You want to take the really thin drilling bit, and drill through each of your marks. After you do this, you will find drilling your screws in very easy. If you have trouble lining up/holding the wood, you can glue the pieces first with wood glue and then drill your screws.
Step 3: Now that we have the frame, we want to go ahead and drill the side pieces on. You should follow the first step and once again drill guides for your screws again. The side pieces of wood should stick up about an inch from the rest of the box, creating handles.
Step 4: This part is optional, but gives the box a nice look. You want to flip the box on its side and with your 3/4 inch boring bit drill holes into each side. You want to put your glasses on for this as well. Make sure you have your significant other hold the box for you and go slowly and all the way through the wood. Don’t worry about it not being smooth, we are going to sand it later.
Step 5: Now is the fun part! Before we apply the stain, we want to sand a little. The inside of your box will be a little rough, so take coarse sand paper and go over it. After you use the coarse, go over it with medium sand paper. Make sure to also get the tops and around the hole. We used the sand paper to round the edges a little.
Step 6: Now you want to take your box and go ahead and apply the stain. We went with a walnut oak finish, but feel free to go with something lighter or darker. After the stain is applied, you can feel free to apply a semi gloss finish. This isn’t required, if you like a glossy look then go for it! We applied a few coats of the semi gloss.
Step 7: Your centerpiece is almost finished! Take the moss you bought and fill your box up to the top and a little over. Then take the fake flowers you bought and cut off the heads. Leave a little but of the stem, as it makes sticking it in easier. You can feel free to use real flowers as well for this. We went with a row of 6 flowers and left a space in the middle for the table number. We used a straw to attach the table number and then stuck it into the moss.
Feel free to have fun with the flowers and match the colors of your wedding!
Yasmine sent over this creative and very eco-friendly vase idea for romantic centerpieces. Perfect for a bridal shower, it can be put together in a few minutes by anyone – and I mean, anyone can help you out on this project!
What you’ll need:
– Recycled Jars, Tubs, Cans
– Wrapping Paper
– Wax Paper
– White Floral Mesh
– Left over twine
– Left over ribbon
– Scotch Tape
– $40.00 Worth of flowers: Hydrangeas, Amaryllis Belladonna, & Lambs Ear
Step 1: Gather your materials, wash out your “vases” to make sure they’re clean, and dry them!
Step 2: Wrap your vases with the different materials, layering it. Attach to the vases using the tape or rubber bands, depending on the container and the look you want. Tie on ribbons, twine or whatever to complete the look.
Step 3: Pour in the water very carefully! Add flowers and, voila, inexpensive and eco-friendly couture vases!