Wedding season is quickly approaching and as I help a close friend through the beginning phases of the planning process, I've been reminiscing about my own wedding almost 2 years ago (my how the time flies!!). I decided to share with you some of my favorite DIY elements that I created for our Old Hollywood inspired bonanza. I think I'll break this post into a few weekly posts so I don't overwhelm you with a novel of a post. It was a wedding on a budget, so I had to prioritize the money (location, photography..) and DIY whatever I could.
Part 1: DIY Centerpieces!
The tablescapes I created for my wedding included DIY menu cards and centerpieces. I had quite a time trying to figure out what to do for the centerpieces. We had our wedding at The Bushnell, a historical theater in Hartford, CT. The beautiful room(part of an addition on the historical part) that our reception was in had 35' windows on 3 sides and a spectacular orange Chihuly glass sculpture on the ceiling. I didn't want my centerpieces to compete with the views or the sculpture (or the 18 piece swing orchestra we had as a wedding gift from Brian's parents, tee hee), and the flower centerpieces that I could envision just weren't in my budget. What other choice did I have? I hand made 200+ tissue paper flowers of course. Although it was a daunting task, I had a quite a bit of fun with it.
I took Martha's Pom How-to and played with it until I came up with a small-scale flower that looked elegant and a little quirky. You should have seen my apartment as I went through the process! Purple tissuepaper everywhere! And Hubby was still willing to marry me- amazing!
Each bunch of 16 - 20 (depending on flower size) got bound with flower tape and
shoved placed into silver bud vases. I also printed table numbers on acetate and used a wire holder to suspend them over the 'flowers.' On the table the bud vases got placed onto a square mirror which was placed diagonally on a larger square of green fabric. The green fabric was actually fabric napkins and came surprisingly in the size I was looking for (yay HomeGoods). All they needed was a quick iron. I was so happy with the way it looked when it all came together. AND I had guests wanting to take the bouquets home (which of course I let them)!
Did you make DIY centerpieces for your wedding? I'd love to see!
*all the wedding photos above are courtesy of our fantastic photographer, Erica Lyn