About Liz

I'm a contributing blogger for Afloral.com. My background is in fine arts and I love to plan a good party. I'm an avid crafter/ DIYer and am your go to person for DIY project steps and tips. I'm always looking for new or different wedding design ideas to put a little extra spark in your special day.

DIY Sunflower Pomander

Pomander or kissing balls are a popular wedding decor item.  What ever name you call them by, the flower bloom spheres are an easy item to decorate with.  DIY pomanders are fairly simple to create.  Three floral products, faux flowers, styrofoam balls and ribbon, keep materials to a minimum.

Making your own pomanders will allow you to customize flower and color choices to your wedding theme and also coordinate with bouquet flowers.  If you are already planning other DIY flower projects you can order your faux flowers in bushes instead of single stems or possibly get a discount on bulk purchases. Who doesn’t love saving a little money?

DIY Sunflower Pomander

DIY Sunflower Pomander

Afloral.com’s sunflower pomander is a popular pin on pinterest, actually it is one of the most re-pinned pins from the afloral.com site.  Keeping in mind it’s ease and versatile lets take a look at how you can create your own sunflower pomander.

Materials:

Tip: By using the sunflower bush you are going to get the most for your money, it will be more affordable than buying individual stems for this project.

  1. Trim sunflower blooms off the sunflower bush, leaving about 3-4″ of the stem. Base this measurement off the diameter of the styrofoam ball you are going to insert them into.
  2. Insert blooms around the circumference of the styrofoam ball, keeping blooms close together until the entire surface around the ball is filled.
  3. Optional, add ribbon to be able to hang pomanders for decor.  Trim several inches of ribbon to create a loop then hot glue ends to the styrfoam ball, hiding the ribbon’s ends underneath the flower blooms.

Pomanders are versatile decor items.  The sunflower pomander would be perfect for any rustic, outdoor, country or barn weddings. Pomanders can substitute for bridesmaid bouquets or flower girl’s baskets coming in at a fraction of the cost for traditional flower arrangements.  To use them in ceremony decor, pomanders can be hassle free aisle or pew decorations.

Wedding reception decor ideas are endless with pomanders.  Centerpieces can incorporate the faux flower spheres from displaying them in vases to hanging them from branches.  Pomanders make simple and affordable chairbacks for the bridal party table.  And as seen in our afloral.com sunflower pomander photo, they can be hung as decor items to dress up any venue space.

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Blue Wedding Color Combinations

Blue can be combined with a variety of colors that each create gorgeous wedding color palettes.  Blue is a cool, dominating color in any palette.  It’s richness and strength make it the main focal point of any combination.

Even with this dominating nature different colors paired with blue can emit a variety of different moods.  Understanding colors, their personalities and how they interact with each other is an important key to choosing the right color combinations for your wedding day.  To say you want a blue wedding is only the first step in making your wedding color choices.

Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily

Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily

Blue and Green Wedding Flowers

Blue is a cool color, it is mellow and tends to recede.  The color green is actually a variation of blue, blue mixes with yellow to create green.  It too is a cool color on the color wheel.

Paired together, a blue and green wedding is calm, soothing and rich in deep colors.  Blue is the more classic of the two hues and dominates over green, whether both are used in color choices for flowers or one is picked up in accents like ribbon.

Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit: cedar

Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit: cedarwoodweddings.com

Blue and Pink Wedding Flowers

The color combination of blue and pink is the opposite of our last choice.  Pink is a warm color, created from mixing red with white.  Pink is warm and radiates energy.

While blue with it’s strong nature still presides over pink they both get attention in this color pairing.  The two play off of each other giving energy and life to both blue’s rich nature and pink’s radiant nature.  Typically pinks will be picked up in flower choices while blues can be added to with accenting blooms, it also works for a fabulous ribbon color choice.

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit: theperfectpalette.com

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit: theperfectpalette.com

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers

Another vivid color pairing is blue and orange.  The two colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel, this is called complementary colors.  Used together these types of colors bounce off of one another for a bold pop of color.

Anyone looking for a color rich and playful wedding can think about this color combination.  Dark blue or navy are more traditional, sophisticated hues perhaps picked up in bridesmaid dresses, orange is a bold, yet playful pop of colors that would work well in wedding flower bouquets.  The bride’s wedding flower bouquet can pick up blue trends from the bridesmaid’s dressed in a bouquet ribbon wrap.

One color, blue.  Paired with three different color choices can create three completely different looks.  When planning your wedding colors it is a good idea to ponder how each color will interact with one another to center in on the right wedding color choices.

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Spring Wedding Bouquet

Romantic Spring Wedding Bouquet; Photo credit: via Baysidebride.com Photographer: Marcella Treybig Photography  Florist: Sea of Blossoms

Romantic Spring Wedding Bouquet; Photo credit: via Baysidebride.com Photographer: Marcella Treybig Photography Florist: Sea of Blossoms

Spring is right around the corner.  Brides will be looking for a fresh wedding flower look to accompany this change in season.  Popular wedding trends like vintage weddings and trendy flower choices will influence the season’s look.
Baysidebride.com showcased some beautiful wedding flower bouquets to keep an eye out for this spring season, whether bold and bright, soft and romantic or modern and trendy, bouquets choices can run the gamut for whatever a bride is looking for.  I fell in love with this soft, romantic wedding flower bouquet with pink, white roses, white anemones, dusty miller and berry sprays, lace ribbons adds a vintage touch.

Lets take a look at how to make our own DIY version of this spring bouquet using faux flowers and floral supplies.

Materials:

Instructions:

  • Trim greenery from rose and anemone stems.
  • Build your bouquet by starting with  pink roses and white roses to create the shape and foundation of your bouquet.
  • Next incorporate the berry sprays around the rose stems at the same height, anemone stems in cream can be slid in as accents, sitting a tad bit higher than the other stems.
  • Your final stems to add dusty miller can sit along the base of the bouquet, facing out and downwards.
  • Secure the stems with floral tape and trim the flower ends to be even.
  • Finishing touches add ribbon wrap like lace ribbon decorated with a bouquet charm to complete your bouquet.

Remember faux flowers are durable and versatile, play around with your stems as you arrange them.  You can bend and twist stems to get just the right angles.  Once everything is in place you can go back and tweak your arrangement.
This romantic bouquet is the perfect fit for a spring wedding.  It is soft and feminine with a vintage touch.  Dusty miller, anemone and vintage lace are all big wedding trends right now.  They are combined beautifully to complement each other in this vintage wedding bouquet.  Pink roses give us a pop of warm color while the dusty miller and berry sprays make a play on shape and texture.

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5 Tips for Creating a Romantic Wedding Centerpiece

Romantic Wedding Centerpiece; theknot.com; iloveswmag.com; weddingchicks.com; stylemepretty.com

Romantic Wedding Centerpiece; theknot.com; iloveswmag.com; weddingchicks.com; stylemepretty.com

Are you a romantic at heart?  If the answer is yes, chances are you have been dreaming about your wedding day for quite awhile now. Many brides want their special day to feel and look like a fairytale.

Planning your wedding you don’t need a stylist or a ton of extra cash to go into expenses for creating a romantic wedding centerpiece for your fairytale wedding.  A romantic wedding centerpiece can fit into a variety of wedding themes from vintage, rustic to modern.  I have five great, universal tips to share with you on how to create a romantic wedding centerpiece whatever your theme may be.

  1. Color Palette- a romantic wedding is soft and feminine.  Often  for this look color palettes are made up of traditionally feminine hues, pink, blush, purple, peach.  Warm hues are also ideal to be igniting yet inviting.  Colors in a romantic wedding palette complement each other they are not too bold and do not compete with each other.
  2. Flowers- wedding flowers are beautifully showcased in a romantic wedding centerpiece, they are at the main focal point in any arrangement.  Soft, feminine hues are picked up in rose, peony, ranunculus and hydrangea flower petals.
  3. Lighting- in soft votives and tall pillars candle lighting is another central, important element to a romantic wedding centerpiece.  The right candle lighting accenting romantic wedding flowers can set the mood for your whole wedding look.
  4. & 5. The two final tips to creating a romantic wedding centerpiece go hand in hand.  Small details and personalized touches are key to bringing the look of a romantic centerpiece together.  Details like hanging jewels, bouquet or centerpiece charms, vintage heirlooms or pictures will add depth and meaning to decor items.  Those little touches that have a tie to the bride and groom and their families will connect with others on a more deeper level.

Creating a romantic centerpiece with the right color palette, type of flowers, lighting and special details does not have to be overly complicated or expensive.  Many of the tips will cost you nothing.  One more tip for you today keep in mind starting out with the right information and knowing the direction you would like to take your wedding look can save you both money and time as you begin your wedding planning or wedding purchases.

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Top Tips: Coordinating Wedding Party Flowers

Brides planning your wedding party’s flowers around your bridal bouquet can be easy.  Don’t get overwhelmed with too many choices when deciding on bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

If you’ve settled on your wedding flowers and bouquet style your work is half way done.  Coordinating the rest of the wedding party’s flower arrangements will be based off the decisions you’ve made for your bridal bouquet.

Wedding colors  + Wedding flowers + Bridal bouquet style =

A Good Start in Coordinating Your Bridal Party Flowers

The bride’s bouquet is going to be more elaborate, typically consisting of two- three types of flowers and color choices.  That gives you more options to break down flower arrangements into smaller bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.

The bridal party flowers are going to be an extension of your more elaborate bridal bouquet.  They are meant to accent and complement the main focal piece carried by the bride who should be the center of attention on her wedding day!

Lets take a look at two different bridal bouquets and their coordinating bridesmaid bouquet and boutonniere:

Hot Pink and Black Wedding Flowers; adamandkavya.tumblr.com; etsy.com; wildorchidcustomfloraldesigns.com

Hot Pink and Black Wedding Flowers; adamandkavya.tumblr.com; etsy.com; wildorchidcustomfloraldesigns.com

Hot Pink and Black

The hot pink and black bridal bouquet is composed of three types and colors of flowers with some dramatic black feather and rhinestone accents.  It gives us a great start to break down flowers into smaller and simpler arrangements.

The bridesmaid bouquet borrows one type of flower from the larger bouquet.  A simple hand-tied gerbera daisy bouquet captures the same style with black ribbon accents and touches of rhinestones.  The boutonniere pulls all three color choices together with a simple flower combination.

Three different arrangements that work together by coordinating flowers and colors.

Rose Peony Pink White Peach Wedding Flowers; weddingchicks.com

Rose Peony Pink White Peach Wedding Flowers; weddingchicks.com

Pink, White and Peach

The peony and rose bouquet in pink and white is a fresh, full arrangement perfect for a spring or rustic wedding.  The bridesmaid bouquet is a smaller, fun version of the larger bouquet.  It uses the same peony stems and mixes in a new peach color in roses accented by baby’s breath.  The boutonnieres keep it traditional and simple with white rose buds and baby’s breath.

These arrangements work with slight variations in colors and flowers but the underlying style remains the same to create  beautiful, fresh wedding flower arrangements.

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