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We are used to Rhianna’s edgy style and bold fashion choices (the sheer tank that displayed her nipple rings comes to mind…) and she is not shy when it comes to dressing up for events. This past weekend we glimpsed a far more demure Riri as she stood as bridesmaid for her best friend and assistant Jennifer Morales.

Jennifer married Aaron Davis this past Monday, in Honolulu, Hawaii in a lovely beach side ceremony.

Rhianna made time in her busy schedule to support her friend, looking sweet in a lilac colored, tulle Badgley Mischka Couture dress embroidered with white flowers.The dress was sleeveless and low backed, and Rhianna added some purple lipstick to modernize the look.

 

Her bridesmaid bouquet was a simple and elegant creation of white roses. If you love this look, check out the Classic White Rose bridal bouquet from BunchesDirect!

Or better yet, go for a 10 Piece White Rose Wedding Package, for even more savings.

The other bridesmaids all wore gowns in varying shades of purple, while the bride opted for a traditional white gown. Love the varying hues of the same color, with all the different dress styles. (Now this looks more like Riri, with the cigarette dangling from her lips…)

You can check out Rhianna’s own pics on Instagram for more wedding fun with Bad Gal Riri and pals! Looks like a fun time was had by all. Was there ever any doubt? For more celebrity inspiration, check out David Arquette’s wedding.

 

 

 

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When you envision your wedding day, you usually picture a relatively tranquil day. There might be a few minor snags and stressful moments, but by and large the day proceeds through its timetable of events without anything getting seriously messed up. You hope for the best and try to plan for the worst and generally everything gets done, with the result being a wonderful celebration with family and friends that ends with you blissfully married.

Unfortunately not every couple is so lucky. We’ve all seen the videos on television capturing sticky moments and embarrassing mishaps on wedding days. Sometimes the completely unexpected occurs and shoves its way rudely into center stage at your wedding. Users of the social media sharing platform Reddit have submitted some of their most awkward or horrible wedding moments, and the results are pretty hilarious. We share the top ones here.

1. “I got hypothermia during the outdoor photography and missed the reception because I was in the hospital — with my brand new wife, who was still in her wedding dress.”

2. “My mum’s best friend (and maid of honour) showed up the day of my mum’s first wedding with her head shaved. Apparently she was in love with the groom and this was her silent protest. The marriage only lasted 2 years and the groom eventually married the maid of honour.”

3. “My Dad played in a band at a wedding where the bride’s uncle dropped dead in her arms on the dance floor. Talk about bringing the party to a halt.”

4. “The only mishap at my wedding was a friend videotaped the whole thing, but accidentally used the night vision feature. The video is pretty surreal, with everything super overexposed. With my pale skin, I ended up looking like aliens.”

5. “I worked as a wedding decorator for 5 years, and while this is not my own wedding, it’s still pretty bad. Two years ago we did the decor for a really pretty ceremony, and halfway through the day we found out it was a ‘surprise wedding’. Basically, they were not engaged, but the bride planned the whole thing and the groom showed up at the golf course thinking he was just playing a regular round of golf. Nope. He walked into his own wedding, saw her standing at the altar, and peaced the f*** out. I’ve also seen weddings where fist fights break out and we’ve had to call the cops. There was another where one of the guests was smoking inside and caused a fire, causing the entire wedding to evacuate into the rainy parking lot. Those, and countless glasses of wine spilled on wedding dresses. That happens … a lot.”

6. “My 3-year-old brother got loose and pulled the fire alarm during the ceremony. They definitely got their ‘memorable’ moment.”


7. “My wife and I eloped overseas, but there was a party for family and friends when we got back. My family insisted on traditional speeches, which was our downfall. My father repeatedly called my wife by my ex’s name and had to have it repeatedly pointed out to him before he corrected himself.”

8. “Not me but my wife’s sister … Her new mother-in-law dropped dead of a brain aneurism during the best man’s toast. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced. They served food for those who wanted to stay but it pretty much ended there. Sadly they never got a proper wedding reception.”

9. “When my mum and dad were set to marry (before I was born), my dad got there early to make sure everything was setup and to help with final prep of everything and my mum was sent to pick up the cake. She says that when she got to the church and saw all the cars and people, she couldn’t handle the pressure and just drove home without saying anything. Dad comes home, after the wedding had been called off due to her no show, to see mum in the kitchen eating the wedding cake. They didn’t last long after that.”
10. “I was hospitalised and in emergency surgery 3 days prior, which is only a funny hurdle that’s now a great story. As for ruined? I eloped in jeans in a bar and my mum was, and is, still pissed. No regrets except telling her when I did.”
11. “50% of the people who RSVP’d didn’t come. My brother-in-law who volunteered to DJ didn’t actually bring any DJ equipment, so our reception was powered by Pandora [a free music-listening service]. He also said he would video the ceremony and highlights of the reception but didn’t bring his video camera. My immediate family was late to the wedding, including my sister who was a bridesmaid, and my mother and father. The florist forgot to deliver about 50% of the flowers. It didn’t go great, but my husband and I ended up married and we’re still very happy together, and that’s the most important thing.”

12. “The worst thing I saw was the wedding planner showed up drunk and/or high and disappeared with the best man (brother of the groom) to go hook up. So no one was in charge and the ceremony had to be delayed while people went to find the best man. He also couldn’t be found for his speech. The DJ delayed several times.”

Laughing yet? If you need more you can always view the full thread at Reddit.

What’s your wedding horror story?? Bunches Direct and I would like to hear about it! Submit your description to [email protected] We will share the best ones in a follow-up blog and on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to read them!!

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Announcing our search for the next “Bunches Bride!”

At BunchesDirect we love all our brides, and we are honored whenever we are chosen to be part of your very special day. We love hearing about the way things turned out and seeing the wedding photos with all your creative choices. Everyone enjoys the real life glimpse into someone’s unique celebration, whether to gain inspiration and ideas or simply to celebrate seeing happy couples joining their lives in one of life’s most treasured moments.

If you used BunchesDirect for your wedding flowers, we would love to hear more about your wedding. If you are willing to share some details with other brides, as well as a few of your wedding photos, let us know! Your wedding could be chosen to be featured in our blog or on our social media pages! What a fun way to remember and share your special day with friends and family.

Send a short note to [email protected] outlining why you think you make a great “Bunches Bride”. Let us know wedding date, location, number of guests and a bit about your theme and venue or other interesting facts. Please include at least four photos of your event.

The winner we select this month will receive a $100 credit to their credit card, as a special thank you!

If chosen, we will get in touch by email to for a fun “interview” and may ask for a few more photos, if you have them, so that we can put together the best recap for our Real Weddings post.

(Please note that by submitting your photos and information, you understand that this authorizes BunchesDirect to post them on its company sites, including but not limited to the company website, the company blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or Pinterest page.)

A big thank you to all the brides who are willing to share their day with others!

We can’t wait to hear from you

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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]

 

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?