This week, she addresses the idea of a Bouquet Making Party! Take it away Kate!
“With our gorgeous budget-friendly candle-lit centerpieces planned, the next floral topic to contend with are the personal flowers.
Recessionista Bride Stevie was lucky enough to have a very talented mother and wanted to make the wedding flowers into a family affair. While admittedly not a professional, Stevie’s mom had generously donated her time for many past events. But, with out-of-town family being hosted at their home and all the typical last minute tasks at hand, the last thing they wanted on their mind were the assembly of five bridesmaid bouquets, a bridal bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere, five groomsmen boutonnieres and a multitude of family flowers.
The solution? Stevie hosted all of her bridesmaids, family members and friends for a Bouquet Making Party! In this situation it worked because the bridal party was particularly crafty (if your chosen ones are not crafty, like the commercial says, “do not attempt this at home”. You do not want to risk your wedding flowers’ beauty!).
During the party, Stevie’s mom gave gentle guidance on flower preparation and worked the room helping each bridesmaid straighten their bouquet and kept everything looking gorgeous. With the bulk of the work done, the storage, packing and presentation were left to the mother of the bride on the day of the wedding.
While this scenario worked for Stevie’s wedding, no matter what, I still believe that you will still need a flower-savvy person to be in charge of your flowers on your wedding day, so just keep this in mind in your planning and considerations.
While a Bouquet Making Party does sounds fun, it simply isn’t for everyone, as not everyone will have a super-talented family member who can (or wants to!) perform these floral-related tasks (or knows how to pack, store and refresh flowers), there are a plenitude of options at your fingertips. Your best bet is to leave the floral bouquets for your special day up to the professionals.
But you can still get a sense of the fun and camaraderie by hosting a Bouquet Making Party for your attendants to use for your rehearsal. Here are some creative ideas for you to experiment with:
- Wire vintage brooches into a Brooch Bouquet
- Use kraft, tissue paper or coffee filters and create a Paper Flower Bouquet
- Fasten peacock, ostrich and other types of plumes for a Feather Bouquet
- Buttons make a beautiful Button Bouquet
Tune back in to the Real Weddings Magazineblog on April 10th for the next installment in the Recessionista Bride Blog Series on Reusing Decor.
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Photos above of Stevie & Blake’s wedding, one of our featured real weddings in the current issue of Real Weddings Magazine, by Sarah Maren Photography. Kate Miller from Kate Miller Events worked with Stevie & Blake to achieve their perfect day. To read more about Stevie & Blake’s wedding and to view more photos from their wedding, pick up a copy of the current issue or click here.