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DIY Rose Garland

Guest Blog: Maggie Lord

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I love this charming garden rose garland. It is perfect for any wedding decor. Use it as a ceremony backdrop, a window frame garland, a photo booth backdrop, or a sweets table accessory….the list is endless.

What You’ll Need :  

  • Floral Wire
  • Green Branches
  • Garden Roses
  • Spray Roses
  • Sea Lavender
  • Clippers
  • Rose Stems

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Your first step is to lay out your branches into the shape that you will want your garland.  You may want to measure first and then tape out the shape on the ground or table where you are working so that you have something to follow.  We followed the seams in the concrete to get a good right angle to follow.

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Once you have your layout, take sturdy floral wire and attach the branches where they cross over.  You can leave some extra wire loose to use later.

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Next, you will want to trim the stems off of the garden roses and attach pre-soaked rose stems to the blossoms.

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Using the wire from the rose stem, secure the garden rose blossoms to the branch as tightly as you can without damaging the blossom.

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It is best to attach to the branches further back so that the rose feels nestled into the garland.

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Space out the blossoms so that they form a loose cluster that feels organic.

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Next, using extra loose wires or fresh wires, add the spray roses in and around the garden roses to create dense clusters.

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You can also add the spray roses out along the branches to give the garland some color.

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Use the spray roses to fill in any large gaps you see.

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Next take sprigs of sea lavender and wrap the stems with thin floral wire

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Using the loos wire at one end twist the lavender into the empty gaps in the garland to create a full effect.

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Add lavender along the garland as you see fit.  You may want to hang it at this point so that you can get a feel for how it looks up on a wall.

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Go in and add any extra filler at this point until it looks balanced.

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You may want to extend some of the filler down the branches away from the center.

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Also take a look at the garland from the side to see if there are any gaps that need filling.

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Et voila ! You are finished!   This looks amazing hung outside as a window dressing ….

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… or inside as a free form wall decoration!

**** A special thank you to Maggie Lord and Rustic Wedding Chic for sharing this charming tutorial. 

** Photo and Tutorial credits: Rustic Wedding Chic

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The Magic of Preston Bailey

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His designs are grandiose, inspirational, sensational and jaw dropping. He’s designed grand celebrations for celebrities Jennifer Hudson, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the list goes on. Preston Bailey is not only a wedding designer, he’s an artist extraordinaire.  Every bride needs inspiration, and www.prestonbailey.com is one great source! Take a few minutes to peruse his website and I promise you’ll leave with amazing design ideas for your celebration.

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DIY: Flower Drink Stirrer

MATERIALS:

  • Wood Skewers
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Gold Embroidery Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun

DIRECTIONS:

Step 1:  For larger flowers, such as a ranunculus or a poppy, snip off most of the stem, leaving a bit right under the flower head. For smaller and more wild flowers, such as chamomile or aster, snip off one stem with a small bunch.

STEP 2:  For the larger flowers, all you need to do is simply skewer the stem. Piece of cake! For the smaller flowers, use the gold embroidery thread to wrap around the base until tightly wound. (As you will see, I used some gold thread to embellish some of the larger flowers as well)!

STEP 3:  Place a dot of hot glue on the back of the embroidery thread, and use the glue to seal the thread.

STEP 4:  Pour yourself a cocktail, and enjoy! The floral scent while you sip is just an added bonus.



***  Photography: Cambria Grace Photography | Styling + DIY: Lauren Wells Events

(Source: zazzle.com)

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DIY Flower Chandelier

Special Guest: Grace Bonney

Hanging floral arrangements are everywhere right now, and they are a really beautiful way to show off flowers. They are perfect for events such as a bridal or baby showers, or a special birthday or dinner party. 

Most of the hanging arrangements I have seen out there are either in floral oasis or not in water at all. For me, it was important to find a way to have the stems in water so that the flowers would stay fresh longer. I don’t use oasis because it contains a lot of chemicals. I also wanted to be able to use more delicate flowers and not have to limit myself to just sturdy flowers. We created a chandelier-style structure using floral water tubes and as a result, the arrangement we made lasted for days rather than hours.

Materials Needed

For frame:

- Decorative punched sheet metal with holes big enough to push through a stem  (we got ours at Lowe’s)
- 4 pieces of simple wood trim  (we used salvaged wood)
- Tin snips
- Hammer
- Nails
- Tack
- Strong twine or rope
Alternatively, attach the sheet metal to an old frame if you don’t feel like building one!

For flower arranging:

- 3” floral water tubes with rubber caps (the type we used is made of recycled material and can be found online)
- Sharp floral clippers
- Seasonal flowers (we used lisianthius, ranunculus, blushing bride and viburnum)
- Vases with water for your flowers + to fill water tubes
- Clear soda, such as 7-up (not diet)
- Saw horse legs or two chairs to balance the frame on
- Strong twine, wire or rope for hanging the arrangement

Steps:

1. Start by building the frame. We built ours with scrap salvaged wood, but if you have an old frame, that is perfect, too! The easiest way to make the frame is to overlap the wood at the corners and nail the wood together. Then cut your sheet metal with tin snips, this is easy but keep in mind that the edges can be a bit sharp. Attach the metal to the frame with furniture tack, it will easily go through the sheet metal. Make sure everything is stable/sturdy enough for hanging.

2. Condition your flowers by removing all of the foliage and cutting them with sharp floral clippers. Immediately put them in clean vases with water. You can add a dash of clear soda, like 7-up, to help the flowers last a bit longer. Let the flowers drink for an hour or so.

3. Balance your sheet metal frame between two saw horse legs (or two chairs or tables). Make sure it is stable.

4. Fill the floral tubes with water by dunking them in a small bucket or vase. Attach the rubber caps to the tubes.

5. Take a flower and push the stem through an appropriate hole in the sheet metal. Once your stem is through the metal at a height you like, push it through the hole in the rubber cap and into the floral tube (above the metal sheet).

We started by putting our flowers in the middle, then worked our way outwards. For an ombré effect, start from the left and move to your right. Hang each flower at different lengths so that each bloom is showing and not hiding another bloom.

Only push the stems halfway so the end of the stem stays in water, avoiding the air pocket above the water surface. Have the tubes filled to the brim, some water will squirt out when you push the stem into the tube. The water does not leak once the tubes and stems are in place/upside down.

What is extra great about this frame/holder is that you can easily move your flowers around by pulling them out and pushing them back in another spot. Just be careful with more delicate stems!

6. Once you are pleased with your design, thread a piece of strong twine or rope through the corners of the frame and hang it from a couple of hooks in the ceiling!

Well conditioned flowers will last for at least one full day in normal temperature, the one we made lasted for three.

*** Special Thank You to Grace Bonney for sharing this fabulous DIY project with us.

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Summer Of Blooms

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Summer is a wonderful time for flowers, yet many gardens start to look bare of color or simply wilt when the summer heat strikes. That’s because gardeners often plant for a spring flush. Those flowers that bloom in spring fade off by summer because the extra heat does not suit them.

Yet there are many beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra summer heat, so adding these to your planting will keep your garden looking a riot of color throughout summer. 

I recently ordered some seed discs to plant in my outside planters. 

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A seed disc is packed with a variety of seeds, and the paper pulp that surrounds them allows for easy - low maintenance germination. Simply place the disc in your container, cover with 1” of soil, then water. It’s that easy!

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Seed discs can save you time. They are much easier to use than handling and sowing small and fiddly seeds and because the seeds are pre-spaced out for you, there is a lot less thinning out of seedlings to do, meaning you save more time and waste fewer seeds  

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With a little planning you can have beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra summer heat. Seed discs are available for both annual and perennials. Both annuals and perennials bloom beautifully in the summer heat so choose some of each. (Seed discs are available on  Amazon or Etsy).

Annuals must be planted every year as their name suggests. They are usually only good for one season, so require a bit more work. But occasionally you will get an annual to come up the second year. Sunflowers, cosmos, salvia and marigolds are favorite annuals for summer flowers. Snow in summer; coxcomb and the globe amaranth are three less common flowers that thrive in the heat of summer, while angelonia, perilla and the sun coleus also make good choices.

Perennials are those plants that last for more than one season. Some last for two years, while other types last for several years - or are permanent. If you choose perennials with a long blooming season you will get more enjoyment out of them. Not all perennials are as showy as annuals, but some, like azaleas are a mass of bloom, albeit for a short period of a few weeks.

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Longer blooming perennials include Astilbe, purple coneflower, Gaillardia, Rudbeckia and various daylilies - but there are many more. Many times you can cut perennials back after the first bloom and they will bloom again. Tradescantia, perennial geraniums, salvias and veronicas will do this.

If you have a fence or trellis to cover, you could add some of those fantastic flowering vines for lush summer flowers. Black-eyed Susie with its cheerful orange flowers and jet black eyes will brighten up any garden, while the blue/mauve trumpets of the morning glory vine add a lovely blue haze. The night blooming moonflower will fill your garden with a glorious fragrance - there are many more to delight the heart of every gardener.

***  For more information on ordering Custom Seed Discs please visit Natural Vibrant Bliss or Amazon

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DIY: HOW TO MAKE A PEONY BOUQUET

If you consider yourself a novice at working with flowers but you’d like to learn how make a bouquet for your wedding (you can do it!!) there are two tips I can give you:


1) Make your bouquet in a vase first. This will make it much easier for you to manage and will allow you to step back and see how you’re liking it.

2) Choose a big bloom to make up the majority of your bouquet and then just a few smaller bits to bring some life and personality into the equation. Tree peonies, like the ones we used above, are definitely more expensive and harder to get but they are so amazing on their own that you don’t have to do much of anything else to them to make a beautiful bouquet. They will make your job SO much easier!

(Source: zazzle.com)

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Pros & Cons Of Popular Wedding Flowers

Ah, the language of flowers … 

What are the most popular wedding flowers? There are many articles out there talking about everyone’s favorite flowers, but very few hit on the pros and cons of each one. So I contacted the premiere Vancouver Florist  Flowers on 1st for some flower advice.

GERBERA DAISIES

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Gerbera Daisies are always an excellent choice; they add simplicity to the bouquet and are available in a vast array of colors. They represent purity and innocence and are considered a flower for all occasions.

Uses: They can be used for both centerpieces and bouquets. You can have a few long stems in a vase or create a low compact arrangement using their wide petals to cover the spaces in between for a dramatic effect.

Pros: Daisies are very versatile, and affordable. Plus, they can be used for both formal and informal events.

Cons: Daisies work well with wires from inside the stem but don’t hold up well when wire wrapped.

ROSES

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The all time favorite wedding flower! Available in many colors all of which have special meaning: white means purity and innocence, red means love and passion, pink means happiness, and yellow means friendship.

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Uses: Roses can be used in all your wedding florals from the corsages and boutonnieres, to the bouquets and centerpieces. They can be mixed with other flowers or left to stand alone and can be used in tall arrangements as well as low compact ones.

Pros: They are long lasting, sturdy, fragrant, and are just big enough to be seen without being overwhelming.

Cons: Roses that are still closed are not quite at their best yet those that are too open look sloppy. They have to be opened just enough to be at their most beautiful.

TULIPS

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This perfect spring flower is available in almost any color you can imagine. Just like roses, tulips, too, carry special meaning depending on their color: ivory or cream tulips mean “love you forever”, red reflects a “declaration of love” and yellow means “hopelessly in love”.

Uses: They make excellent bridal party bouquets and beautiful centerpieces.

Pros: They work well with almost all flowers and are long lasting.

Cons: They don’t do well when wire wrapped so they should always be hand tied into bouquets. For this reason, they do not work well as corsages or boutonnieres but make great bridal bouquets and centerpieces.

ORCHIDS

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This is a tropical flower which brings an exotic yet elegant look to your floral bouquets. Orchids are available in many dramatic colors and with so many varieties to choose from, you can take the look from simply exotic to downright striking.

Uses: Orchids mixed with softer flowers like roses and lilies add interest to a bouquet or arrangement. They also look great alone or you can add some simple green foliage for a modern approach. Orchids make great hair accessories, too. One or two stems are all you need to create a stunning bridal hair look.

Pros: Orchids add sophistication and elegance to any affair.

Cons: These flowers are temperamental; so, following the temperature and handling instructions when making your own orchid arrangements is vital.

CALLA LILIES

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These flowers are known for their elegance and variety of color, like white, orange, yellow and burgundy. Calla lilies are perfect for weddings because their trumpet like appearance looks as though they are heralding the union. 

These long, trumpet-shaped beauties are an exquisite choice for a formal black and white color scheme

Uses: They can be used alone to create stunning bridal party bouquets or table centerpieces but they also work well in arrangements with other flowers, like roses.

Pros: No filler flowers are required to make a calla lily bouquet stand out as this is the perfect stand alone flower. A do-it-yourselfer’s dream, simply tie a white sheer ribbon around 5 or more calla lilies and voila! Easy and elegant.

Cons: Calla Lilies are extremely unforgiving if handled incorrectly. They mark easily and show signs of wear and tear when mishandled.

CARNATIONS

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Carnations are this years comeback bloom. Subtly scented, frilly as tutus, and found in every shade imaginable, carnations are becoming a popular wedding flower once again. 

Uses: Look great when used in tight clusters for monograms, pomanders, centerpieces, and boutonnieres.

Pros:

Available in many colors 
Available year round in standard and mini 
Hold up well in and out of water 
Hold up well in heat for summer outdoor weddings 
Very Inexpensive 

Cons: Some people associate carnations with being cheap - (Personally I disagree….I love carnations!)

HYDRANGEAS

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Hydrangeas are very popular for their volume; their clusters of flowers give the illusion of many flowers bunched together. Blue is the most popular variety but they are also available in pink and white.

Uses: perfect for monochromatic bouquets or arrangements. They can easily be used for the bridal party bouquets or for the centerpieces, with other flowers or alone.

Pros: hydrangeas are very sturdy and can last a long time out of water. They are also beautiful when dried; so, if you are looking for flowers that you can preserve, the hydrangea is your best bet! Plus, they are available almost all year long and they work well with most flowers!

Cons: their versatility is limited to bouquets and arrangements as they are not suitable in boutonnieres or corsages.


*** A very special Thank you to Flowers on 1st for inspiring this blog and allowing us to use their beautiful flower photos.

Flowers on 1st is a premiere Vancouver florist and can help you plan the wedding of your dreams. 

Give them a call today: 604-558-0303, or Toll  Free: 1-877-558-0303

For a floral consultation you can visit their store located in Kitsilano at 1855 W.1st Ave, Vancouver British Columbia.

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DIY Peony Wedding Bouquet

Bouquet Recipe:

  • 3-4 stems of pink peonies (we used “Felix Crousse” variety) 
  • 3-5 stems of Viburnum (aka “green snowballs”)
  • 3-5 stems of white Sweet Peas
  • 2-3 stems of purple waxflower (filler flower)

How To Make This Bouquet

First strip the foliage from the peonies and arrange them stem by stem in your hand into the bouquet shape that you want.

Then fill in around them with all of the other flowers.

I left some of the viburnum leaves to add some green to the bouquet and tucked in the waxflower where the bouquet needed a little pop of purple. 

When working with Sweet Peas, you’ll need to be gentle with the blooms as they are delicate and can bruise easily.

Once you have the composition the way you like it, just tie everything together with floral tape and then use ribbon of your choice to wrap the stems (I used a green satin ribbon).  Voila! You have a beautiful and simple bouquet that anyone can easily put together.

The colors in this bouquet would work well if your wedding colors include pinks, greens and lavender or purple.

***A special Thank You to Flower Muse for sharing this DIY Wedding Bouquet Tutorial with us.

(Source: zazzle.com)

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HOW TO USE BABY’S BREATH IN YOUR WEDDING

Airy, cloudlike, and delicate, baby’s breath (real name: gypsophila) is not just for filler! Inexpensive and long-lasting, baby’s breath is perfect for DIY projects and other made-ahead decor. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to use baby’s breath in your wedding or party.

Gorgeous baby’s breath chandeliers 

For a variation on the chandelier, how about pomanders? String them throughout your outdoor or tented reception.

Never has baby’s breath been so elegant as seen in these gorgeous escort card drawers.

Fluffy baby’s breath is an absolutely perfect choice for creating beautiful wreaths to grace your venue doors.

                    

An adorable hand-stamped muslin bag is the perfect holder for a baby’s breath chair sachet.

Your flower girl couldn’t look any sweeter! Ribbons and baby’s breath combine to form a beautiful crown.

         

I absolutely adore this large, fluffy bridesmaid’s bouquet.

Interspersed with vibrant sunflowers in glass vases, baby’s breath make lovely centerpieces.

Monograms are ever-classic, and these DIY baby’s breath monograms only take 20 minutes each! Make them in mini for delicate table numbers!

Baby’s breath boutonnieres are oh-so-chic on classic blue suits for a daytime wedding!

       

Use bobby pins to tuck sprigs of baby’s breath in your hair for a sweet touch perfect for a garden wedding.

Fluffy baby’s breath will add a magical touch to your aisle.

                    

A wreath of baby’s breath makes the perfect base for your centerpiece of candles, or even in larger scale at the base of your cake!

Baby’s Breath looks lovely on a dessert table.

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Lavender

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Not only is lavender thought to bring good luck to marriages, but it’s also a symbol of undying love and devotion. When it comes to incorporating this fragrant bloom into your wedding, the possibilities are endless. Add a sprig to each guest’s place setting, work it into your bouquet or serve up lavender-infused mojitos as the signature cocktail of the night.

(Source: zazzle.com)

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DIY: POINSETTIA FROM A COCKTAIL NAPKIN

Guest Blog Lia Griffith

Last Christmas, a designer friend of mine introduced me to making the paper poinsettia from a cocktail napkin. I loved this idea, and after a few tweaks and a glitter addition, I love it even more. I now call it my 30 second gift topper. I have made a step-by-step tutorial below and promise after a few tries, you will have it down to 30 seconds too. This would be very pretty in white or even gold or silver napkins. Give that a try! Cheers! ~ Lia



* A Very Special Thank You To Lia Griffith. You can see more of her great projects at her Etsy Lia Griffith Shop 


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