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Well, it’s time for another BunchesDirect Real Wedding! This month we feature the beautiful wedding of Becky and Cameron, who married on a warm Saturday in August 2014.

For their wedding, the couple went with a “country rustic” theme that is popular with many brides today (including Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert). Becky and Cam’s wedding is also a great example of some inspiring DIY wedding tips that show how much you can do yourself, for awesome results at big savings.

Becky & Cam married just outside Ottawa, Canada with approximately 150 friends and family in attendance. The entire wedding party (bride included) sported cowboy boots. The five bridesmaids wore amazing blush peach dresses with irregular ruffled hemlines. The ladies incorporated crown braids into their hairstyles, Becky included, for a beautiful, romantic look (Ashley Tisdale’s bridesmaids wore similar hairstyles in September).

Cam and the groomsmen wore a handsome modern county combo of dark blue denim, white shirts, brown ties and brown vests (similar to country superstar Blake Shelton’s wedding day look).

The wedding was lighthearted and fun, which also suited the rustic theme. (Don’t you love the cowboy boots?)

The wedding flowers were custom created by Bunches Direct (www.bunchesdirect.ca), in a classic but natural look that would be in keeping with the country theme. Becky supplied some burlap that she wanted tied around all the bouquets to finish them off with a more “rustic” effect. For the bridal bouquet, Becky requested white hydrangeas, a few light pink roses and some baby’s breath scattered through the bouquet to match the bridesmaids’ bouquets. A bit more greenery was added to round out the look; salal leaf was chosen because it is similar to the hydrangea leaves.

For the bridesmaid bouquets, Becky wanted clusters of baby’s breath to keep things simple. A little less than a full bunch of baby’s breath was needed for each bouquet, finished off with burlap around the stems. The boutonnieres for the groomsmen were done up with little clusters of baby’s breath and a touch of greenery. Again, this provided a very natural look and a bit of twine was tied around the stems to coordinate with the burlap. It’s a good idea to make the groom stand out a little while still coordinating with the wedding party, so his boutonniere was done up in a light pink rose (to match the bridal bouquet) with some baby’s breath, greenery and twine added to match the groomsmen.

Becky and Cam bought bulk flowers and created their own centerpieces with the help of friends and family. To do this they purchased 80 pink mini carnations, 9 bunches of babys breath and 75 light pink roses. They used mason jars and painted white wine bottles wrapped with burlap and lace as the flower vases—what an awesome country look. This is a fantastic way to save on your wedding flowers and as you can see, you can still achieve a gorgeous result!

In keeping with the rustic theme, their table decor also featured several wooden accents. Becky had envisioned wooden candle holders as well as wooden “trays” to support the cake and flowers. She wasn’t able to find exactly what she wanted, so she and Cam decided to make their own by cutting local trees from their rural property. For an added bonus, based on inquiries from other brides they have since sold some of these creative and beautiful wooden creations to other couples, which also helped with their wedding budget. (Way to go, Becky & Cam!)

 

Becky also made these decorative letters herself by wrapping twine around the forms—another very creative DIY project!

The wedding included a photo booth, with fun props and accessories that Becky and Cam put together from the local Dollar and craft store. Obviously, this was a hit with the guests!

Another awesome DIY creation was this beautiful wooden wedding sign, which Becky made using peel and stick letters (amazing!).

 

Mason jars were provided for glasses, along with this cute idea to allow guests to customize (and thereby identify) their glass for use during the reception.

Family and friends enjoyed a fun party at the local Canoe Club with great food and great company. The bouquet toss was another popular event of the evening.

Congratulations to Becky and Cam! Not only did you have a lovely wedding, you did it on a fantastic budget, and it’s obvious that you found a lot of joy in each other. Thank you for sharing your special day with us. We wish you years of health and happiness!

Do you have your own fantastic DIY wedding projects? We’d love to see them! Feel free to email them to [email protected]

 

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There is little that is more romantic for a wedding than a beautiful floral crown for the bridesmaids or flower girls. For years this was a traditional and very feminine hair adornment with a long history of use for special occasions such as pageants and ceremonies. Today, floral crowns are still a popular wedding flower accessory that have seen even more resurgence recently.

Celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst have rocked floral crowns for varied occasions.

 

More recently, both Ashley Tisdale and Audrey Roloff both wore beautiful floral crowns in their own celebrity weddings. This is an ultra-feminine look that suits a variety of venues and themes, that can work with “bohemian chic,” as well as “fairy tale romantic.”

If you want to use floral crowns in your own wedding, they are an easy DIY project using a variety of gorgeous bulk wedding flowers and basic floral supplies.

You will need: Thin green florist wire, thicker grapevine wire, sharp scissors or wire cutters, green or brown florist tape, greenery of choice, flowers of choice.

Fresh flowers look amazing in floral crowns, and your wedding is a special day. You can find a variety of wholesale bulk flowers plus excellent and low priced floral supplies at Bunches Direct. Many varieties of flowers will work, but we especially love roses, spray roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, daisies, lilies and baby’s breath for wedding flower crowns.

1. Wrap a section of the thicker grapevine wire around your head, and allow for an added two inches. Cut the wire and then twist the extra wire back onto the main circle to secure it. Use some floral tape to cover the ends and prevent any scratching or loosening. This is now the circlet base for the flowers.

2. Lay your circlet on a table and start planning your crown. You might want the larger flowers all at the front, with sizes of flowers tapering away on either side, a mix of large, small and medium, or an evenly staggered arrangement of blooms. Decide on an approximate “look” for your crown by setting various flowers and fillers out now, to save you time and frustration later.

3. Cut the stems of the flowers to approximately two inches. If you want a very “full” look for your crown, it often works best to group small bunches of flowers and filler together to form mini “bouquets”. Use the thin florist wire to wire the elements of the bunches together. Then you can use the wire to start attaching the bunches (or individual flowers, if you prefer) to the grapevine circle.

 

 

 

4. For the heavier flowers, you may want to put a wire through the center of the bloom. Form a small hook, then pull the hook back in to the bloom. This will allow you to attach this flower more securely to the crown.

5. Be sure to use adequate filler (such as greenery or baby’s breath) to fill in gaps. Keep the flowers pointing in the same direction, and facing outwards. Keep working until you have the look you want. Try on the crown frequently to see how things are looking.

 

And that’s it! You can make these the day before, but store in the refrigerator until needed. You will have a stunning crown of fresh, blooming flowers to wear with pride on your big day. This is a beautiful touch for any bride, bridesmaid or flower girl that is sure to be the talk of the guests.

 

 

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If anyone is going to share or possibly steal the spotlight from the bride, it could well be the flower girl or ring bearer. These sweet additions to any wedding party are often the ones the guests talk about after the ceremony. The tradition of flower girls has been around since ancient Rome, when girls carried sheaves of wheat to symbolize fertility for the new couple. Flower girls carried everything from garlic to cups in different eras and different cultures, but during Victorian England the more contemporary tradition of carrying flowers or flower petals was born.

But don’t be limited by traditional thinking. There are many creative ways that still incorporate flowers and will make your flower girl or ring bearer have special impact as a little star in your very personal production.

Have your flower girl carry the petals or flowers, but get creative with the holder. Mason jars with handles, woven baskets, painted wooden baskets, tin pails or buckets can all work beautifully. Bunches Direct also sells bulk rose petals in various colors.

Another amazing DIY idea is to create a flower wand using wedding flowers that coordinate with the ones in the bridal bouquet. (Your little flower girl will feel like a fairy princess.) Purchase the bulk flowers of your choice (check out the amazing variety of bulk flowers at Bunches Direct), a wooden dowel, floral ball, ribbons, and glue gun. Wrap and glue the ribbons to the dowel, and tie added lengths of ribbon to trail off the end of the rod. Affix the dowel into the ball. Glue on the flowers of your choice.

Another idea is to have your flower girls carry pomanders (“kissing balls”) or pretty floral wreaths instead of petals or bouquets. This is another potential DIY project and sometimes the pomander is easier for little hands to hold onto. Check out DIY Pomanders on Youtube from BunchesDirect

Another sweet option is to decorate a pretty parasol with flowers (get out the glue gun again.) Signs, flags, or pennants can also be decorated with flowers and can add a super cute touch. If you have multiple flower girls or ring bearers, you can have them hold individual signs that say “Here” “Comes” “The” and “Bride”, for example. What a nice prelude to the bride’s big entrance!

 

For yet another idea, have the flower girls carry a floral garland as another option. This is an easy DIY option using bulk flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course flowers are the ultimate hair accessory for your lovely little flower girls.

The go-to accessory is a gorgeous floral crown, though you can also attach flowers to headbands, bows or barrettes for some unique and memorable touches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are pets going to be part of your wedding ceremony? This is a growing trend, so you can always have the flower girl help out with Fido. Gluing flowers to a leash is an easy way to make it a prettier presentation.

 

 

 

 

There are other creative ways in which your flower girl can help with the ceremony. Perhaps have her carry a special note to the groom, right before the bride comes down the aisle. She could also carry a special box decorated with flowers that contains the vows. Once the wedding is over, the box will become a special keepsake in which to store your vows (in case you need to refer to them later).

If you choose to have flower girls, there is little doubt that they will be a special part of your big day. They will be thrilled to be included in the celebrations and inspired by all the special touches. And the practice they get walking down the aisle might be put to good use one day when it’s their turn to be the bride. Feel free to share some photos of your own flower girls or ring bearers! I’d love to see them at [email protected]

 

 

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Autumn has arrived! In many areas there is a nip in the air and growing color in the tree leaves. If your fall wedding is coming up fast and you are hoping to make your own wedding centerpieces and aisle decorations, don’t despair! We have some great DIY tips and inspiration for your fall wedding that are sure to make a big impact on your guests—but not your wallet! Most of the ideas require a quick trip to the local craft store, a visit to the farmer’s market, or simply a refreshing walk in the woods.

Here are some great ways to incorporate some fabulous fall into your wedding flowers:

 

1. Choose the right container. If you are going with metal vases or containers for your fall wedding centerpieces, you may want to stick to the warmer finishes such as bronze or gold. Woven baskets, containers covered with sticks (use a good glue gun), or mason jars are another good choice. If you are using glass vases, you can always fill them with autumn elements (see below) such as mini gourds. And if you don’t mind some added work or have many helpers, you can always use a real pumpkin as your container.

For another cute idea, the container and flowers become one and the same. Choose your flower of choice (asters or mums are hardy and come in great fall colors), and cut off the stems. Using a glue gun, glue the blooms to a pumpkin (a faux pumpkin is a safer choice if you are doing this ahead). The result: a memorable decorative touch that is sure to get talked about!

2. Choose the right flowers. Certain wedding flowers are more seasonal than others. Lilac, daffodils, and tulips are more “spring”, for example, while certain hydrangeas and lisianthus might be more appropriate (and easier to find) for a summer wedding. For fall, choosing richer jewel tones is a good general start.Orange, coral, red, yellow, gold, bronze, or dark purple—all these colors can work well in a fall palette. Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, carnations, lilies, asters, zinnia, and dahlias are excellent choices. Our special picks: Bronze Fuji Spider Mums (only available in the fall, $2.49 per stem), and Bi-Colored Red-Yellow Roses ($1.39 each).

3. Add In the Autumn. Adding in some natural elements from the traditional fall landscape will take your wedding aisle decorations and centerpieces to “wow” levels. For a designer “fall” look, consider adding in some tree branches, sticks, or colorful fall leaves among the blooms. Glass containers or mason jars get a boost from mini gourds, unpopped popcorn kernels, burlap, or burgundy ribbon. And of course pumpkins, gourds, and apples are other go-to fall wedding touches. Use them inside clear containers, scattered among your centerpieces, or set up  along the aisle decorations. If you don’t feel they are “fancy” enough for your wedding, use some gilt spray paint and make them gleam. Candles are always an elegant touch, and create an especially cozy feeling on a crisp fall day.

An easy solution is to select a professionally arranged centerpiece and simply insert it into your container of choice, have fun adding your autumn elements, and enjoy the rave reviews. Our centerpieces come fresh, blooming, and ready to use. Simply cut the stems to the appropriate length for whatever container you choose. Our picks (any of these would look amazing in a fall container):

Darling Buds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthy Feel

Bright Blossoms

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!

 

 

 

Reality Wedding Insider: Samantha & Nathaniel

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Well, ladies, we are fortunate enough to have another of our beautiful Bunches Brides share her special day with us. The details were provided courtesy of the maid of honor, and the one who created the flowers for the wedding: the bride’s best friend Ashley! This is a prime example of the amazing results you can achieve for DIY wedding flowers, so get ready to be inspired!

The wedding was between Samantha and Nathaniel and took place in July 2014, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. The ceremony and reception took place at the scenic Maple Downs Golf & Country Club. Guest assembled for the outdoor ceremony on a second story deck with a lovely view of the grounds. The wedding included seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, a ring bearer, and three flower girls (including their daughter).

The blush pink dresses were a superb choice– the elegant lines and the pale pastel tone suited all the ladies well. And the shoes—love, love, these delicate silver heels with the intersecting straps!

Looks like some fun was had! Good job, ladies

Love the choice of using pomanders (sometimes called kissing balls) instead of all bouquets! The two older flower girls carried the pomanders (also made by Ashley), which were made with pink carnations; the youngest flower girl followed and scattered rose petals. Carnations are a great choice for pomanders as they fill up the ball well and hold up nicely over time.

Now, for the flowers! The couple opted to purchase fresh flowers in bulk from BunchesDirect, and do their own arrangements, which were made by the couple’s maid of honor, with some help from the bridesmaids! For those of you who are considering DIY for your wedding, read on: Ashley was kind enough to provide us a recap of the experience!

When my best friend came to me and asked me to do her wedding flowers, I was all up for the challenge. She knew I was very crafty so therefore seemed like the best person for the job. Myself and all of the bridesmaids were wearing light blush pink dresses and her colors would be a mix of the light pink, white and touches of hot pink. I thought having this blend of colours would work perfectly together so then I just had to work on flowers she liked and disliked.

This was easy enough because she did not have any flower preference other than wanting a few peonies in her bouquet. The rest was pretty much left to me. She knew she wanted the white hydrangeas for the centerpieces and then just a nice mix of flowers for the bouquets. For the bouquets I had a mix of lots of different flowers including white roses, bi-colored roses (pink/cream), white mini calla lilies, pink lisianthus, a few white carnations (to keep costs down) and then a few hot pink spray roses for the accent color. I calculated how many flowers I needed for each bouquet and figured out my quantities, and added some extras just to have some leftovers.

The flowers arrived to me 3 days before the wedding and I immediately cut them all and put them into buckets of water. I luckily had a walk-in cooler which helped to keep them cool. Two days before the wedding I started working on the smaller more tedious items such as the corsages, boutonnieres, flower girl bouquets, etc. Then the next day I worked on all of the 7 bridesmaid bouquets, bridal bouquet and 4 candelabra centerpieces.They came together pretty quickly once I got in the groove.

That night once I had finished all the bouquets we brought all of the bulk loose hydrangeas over to the bride’s house and got all the bridesmaids over to help make the centerpieces. With a bit of wine involved we got a lot accomplished. We chose to go with square cube vases for the centerpieces and she wanted to use the white hydrangeas and accents of baby’s breath. We used about 3 white hydrangeas in each cube vase and some baby’s breath scattered throughout the hydrangeas. They looked so perfect and were so easy to make!

All in all we got the flowers at the appropriate time, and that way I could play with the openness of the blooms. The flowers were fresh and beautiful once they were all properly “groomed”. I wanted them to be more open so getting them a few days before allowed me to monitor this and have them open up nicely before the wedding. Getting the flowers in bulk and arranging them ourselves was a great way to save money in the end and we all had a blast making them!”

All I can say is: AMAZING JOB, ASHLEY!! All of your arrangements are absolutely stunning. And I hope Samantha gave you a big, big, big thank you for all your hard work! Only a bestie would go above-and-beyond like this.

What do YOU think of the flowers?

 

 

 

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Looking for some gorgeous new inspiration for decorating with flowers? Don’t overlook the power of the pomander!

Pomanders, also known as “kissing balls” are an amazingly versatile way to decorate your wedding venue, whether it is outdoors or indoors. The term comes from the French pomme d’ambre (apple of amber). Pomanders were originally balls, often made of silver or gold, that were filled with various perfumes. They were worn, carried or placed in vases to help (supposedly) ward off infection and also to combat the bad smells that were far more prevalent in the past (think old time room fresheners or deodorant for the middle ages). Pomanders are also made of fruit and spices, such as oranges studded with cloves.

More modern applications of pomanders are floral ones, and most consist of a foam ball that you can find at your local craft shop, covered with gorgeous blooms. A ribbon or string is attached if the pomander is to be hung or carried. You don’t need to be especially gifted to make them, either: most of us can handle it with little sweat expended. It’s best to use sturdier flowers such as mums, daisies, dahlias, or roses, but I’ve seen them done with baby’s breath and while a bit trickier it does create a stunning, ethereal effect.

Check out this great video to find out how to make gorgeous floral pomanders for low prices, using bulk flowers from BunchesDirect:

DIY Pomanders on Youtube from BunchesDirect

What to do with them? Pomanders look amazing just about anywhere, adding instant interest and MAJOR wow factor, but here are the top four ways to incorporate them into your decor:

1. Amazing on the Aisle: Hang them from chairs or shepherd’s hooks using some pretty ribbons. Scatter some petals to really add to the impact.

2. Overhead Accent: Pomanders look amazing when an assortment is hanging from a trellis, an arch, an arbor, or from the trees.

3. Terrific on Tables: Place pomanders in tall vases along with your other wedding centerpieces for a unique touch. Incorporate candles or again, scatter petals among the vases to tie the table arrangement together visually.

4. Creative to Carry: Bridesmaids, flower girls, and even the bride can carry pomanders for a different take on a bouquet.

However you use them, pomanders are a great DIY choice for any wedding that will add a lot of impact, for a reasonable price and low effort.

If anyone has used pomanders, I’d love to see the photos! Also for questions, comments, or advice, feel free to email me directly at [email protected].