Contributed blog post by a guest blogger from Modernize.com:
Silk flowers may come to mind when you’re trying to save some money on your wedding. However, before long, you’ll realize that these cost-saving alternatives may bring more beauty to your event than you could ever hope for. By creating your own centerpieces, you’ll be able to fully relax the day-of and will know exactly what you’re showing off to your treasured guests. Along with peace-of-mind, silk arrangements are easy to do yourself and can be reused for other events. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for summer weddings. All the items needed to recreate these gems can be found on Afloral.com!
Do you dream of having a rustic wedding? If you’re donning your favorite cowboy boots under your wedding dress, these wooden box centerpieces are for you! All you’ll need is a wooden box, an assortment of silk flowers in your colors, and some silk floral foam. The Woodland Fir Planter is a good option to hold your flowers in. This planter looks weathered and is very affordable. Once you have determined how many planters you’ll need, focus on the flowers. Silk hydrangeas and roses from Afloral.com will help keep this arrangement looking classic. For floral foam, Afloral also has you covered. There are all different sizes that will fit your base perfectly and make inserting and arranging the flowers simple.
Elegant Pop Of Color
This arrangement is perfect for the bride who wants a pop of color to compliment a unique wedding setting. Instead of making the focus all about the centerpieces, you’ll add an understated decoration that looks classy. This type of summer arrangement also works well for those who are having outdoor weddings, where there’s beautiful things to look at all around you. To make this DIY summer centerpiece, purchase a small, square vase. Afloral.com calls these types of vases “cube vases.” They carry them in three different sizes. Purchase enough to place one on each table. When choosing silk flowers, avoid ones that are too thin. Pick flowers that are rounder in shape, like the ones pictured, which are Peonies. Afloral sells this type of silk flower in every color you could imagine. Mix colors (keeping the same type of flower) for a bright, cheery option. You can also stick with one color to a more subdued look. For filler, consider white sea glass or small crushed glass filler.
High & Low Sunflowers
This summer floral arrangement is easy but looks really wonderful for outdoor weddings. To create this look, begin by purchasing lanterns. You’ll need one for every few feet of table. After you have your lanterns, add moss around the base of the lanterns, going all the way around. After the moss is laid, take silk sunflower heads and place them around the moss. If you’d like, you can mix them with other orange flowers for a more diverse look. Once you’ve completed the lower-to-the-ground centerpieces, focus on the taller ones, which will be placed between them. Order large glass vases that can hold a sunflower ball. If you’d rather try a colored vase, that’s fine as long as it compliments your colors. Afloral sells lots of different tall vases which would work well for this. Once you’ve picked yours, simply place an artificial sunflower pomander ball on top of it and you’re set!
Filled Vintage Birdcages
Chances are, if you’re drawn to Alice in Wonderland and love old clocks, you may be hosting a vintage wedding. This type of theme is easy to find decorations for and always looks feminine. The above centerpiece uses a mix of found objects and purchased items. To begin, look for antique or antique-looking bird cages. Afloral.com has a great variety to pick from. Once you have your bird cages, begin adding an assortment of silk flowers inside of them. You can use a small block of floral foam to hold the flowers, just make sure it’s covered and guests can’t see it. For vintage charm, don’t hold back on the filler! White silk baby’s breath and Queen Anne’s lace should be poking out of the bird’s cage ever so slightly. To add some finishing touches on this DIY, place a doily below the cage and add some small votive candles. If you’re numbering tables, you can also add a number inside of a gold picture frame, like in this example.
Mixing Fruit & Flowers
Fruit has always been associated with summer. Whether you’re at a Fourth of July cookout or just lazing around the house, chances are, you’re snacking on an orange or adding lime to your iced cocktail. Incorporating fruit into your centerpieces give your event a fun and warm weather vibe. This DIY is easy but looks really thought out and styled. Begin by purchasing a clear vase. You can use cubed vases or mix and match them with rounded vases. Place a circular foam ball in the center and then add thinly sliced fruit around it. You can use oranges, limes, lemons, or any other fruit that produces slices. Once the slices are in place, fill the vase with water and then add flowers on top, anchoring them with the foam. This DIY summer centerpiece will look great! All of the items, except the fresh fruit, can be ordered together online at Afloral.com!
– Kelsey Reaves
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High & Low Sunflowers
Filled Vintage Birdcage
Mixing Fruit and Flowers