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Vintage Wedding Theme: Wedding Flowers

The vintage wedding theme is ready to reign over another wedding season.  Back and better than ever, the vintage theme is here to make it’s mark on 2014.

Last week’s post Vintage Wedding Theme: Wedding Decorations gave us a preview of the new trend Heirloom wedding and hot new items like birdcages, telephones and typewriters used in wedding decor.  These focal pieces give us a glimpse of just one of the ways the vintage theme has re-invented itself this season.

Pink and Cream Vintage Wedding Bouquet, Peony, Ranunculus, Anemone

But what is in store for this year’s wedding palette?  This year’s vintage wedding is set against the backdrop of soft, muted and romantic floral hues.

  • Soft pinks and muted purple pastels are traditionally feminine hues to create a fairytale wedding look.
  • For neutrals off whites, antiqued creams and soft beiges are the perfect accent.
  • Add a touch of metallics in gold or silver, another fabulous trend within this wedding category, to go Vintage Glam.

What better way to incorporate romantic floral hues than in your wedding flower arrangements?  This year’s top vintage themed wedding flowers are:

Roses are a traditional flower associated with romance the perfect fit for a vintage wedding.  Peonies and Ranunculus have a close look to several types of roses.  They are just as popular for their soft and romantic look with layers of lush petals.

Real peony flowers have a short bloom season which leads to a high price tag for stems in floral arrangements.  Real ranunculus blooms are a more budget friendly option but are often quite fragile and need to be paired with other types of flowers for support.  But guess what?  Using silk flowers saves you from both these issues.  Letting you use peony and ranunculus silk flowers freely in any floral arrangement.

The vintage wedding theme gives us so many options this season.  Use these new trends in wedding decor, palettes and flowers for inspiration to start planning your vintage fairytale wedding day!

Destination Wedding Flowers ~ Jamie’s Inspiration Board

Destination-Bouquet-JamieBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Love Me Sailor  |  Floral Designer:  Bash, Please

{Jamie’s Request}
I would like to make my bouquets & boutonnieres  for our destination wedding in Punta Cana in March 2014. Our wedding colors are coral, teal/aqua, and I’ve used some tan so far (burlap on our invites). I’m not extremely picky & I don’t really have a picture in my mind of what I want them to look like. I’d love for you to give me some guidance! Thank you!!

{Jamie’s Bouquet Details}
This festive bouquet via Ruffled is recreated with Coral Dahlias, Yellow Freesia, Orchids. & Billy Buttons, White Daisy Sprays, Green Baby’s Breath, Orange Mini Ranunculus, and Baby Agave Succulents & Seeded Eucalyptus Greenery.  To finish the bright bouquets, wrap with Aqua Satin Ribbon.  Happy Planning, Mindy

festive bridesmaids Aqua Bridesmaid Dresses make the & Bright Succulent Bouquets Pop
Photo via Ruffled & Love Me Sailor



Wedding News: Etsy.com Goes Mainstream

Huff Post Weddings shares the announcement popular Etsy.com sellers are going mainstream.  In Tuesday’s post, “Etsy, Nordstrom Wedding Collaboration Brings Handmade Goods to Major Retailer”, Huff post reports “some of online retailer Etsy’s handmade wedding crafts — beloved by indie brides — have gone mainstream in a big, big way.”

Etsy.com is an online marketplace to sell and buy items online, with the catch everything is either handmade or vintage.  Etsy.com’s popularity has soared in recent years within many different categories from jewelry, children’s ware to wedding accessories and decor.

Brides looking for something unique, trendy and personalized for their wedding day flock to etsy.com. Not a brave DIYer or lacking the time to commit to a wedding project, etsy.com is a favorite for handmade, personal touches to customize your wedding theme.  And the best part you are supporting individual artists and small business owners.

Huff post weddings gives us the scoop, “On Monday, Etsy and Nordstrom announced that they’ve partnered up: The major retailer is now selling wedding goods (think bridal accessories, decor and wedding party gifts) from a selection of Etsy vendors.”

Etsy.com Goes Mainstream with Nordstroms
Etsy.com Goes Mainstream with Nordstrom; via Huff post wedings select pieces of the collection; rose bud head band- seller Which goose; flower hair piece- seller Serephine; Service ware- seller Milk and Honey

Etsy.com items to be featured range from accessories, bridal party gifts, cake topper to personalized service ware.  The current collaboration with Nordstrom features 6 etsy.com sellers in an 80 piece collection.  This premier collection holds a vintage, rustic with whimsical touches feel, all which are popular wedding trends right now.

Which goose’s pink bud headband and Serephine’s ‘renee’ bridal hair flower piece are soft whimsical wedding accessories for the bride or bridesmaids.  Either is a beautiful handmade touch for a soft, romantic wedding look.  Milk and Honey’s ‘Spread Love’ butter knife along with the vintage stamped wedding forks are another example of quirky, fun personalized touches.  A special touch that can make an appearance on the bridal party reception table or make for a fun wedding keepsake.

Today brides and grooms aren’t looking for a cookie cutter wedding.  With countless resources and inspiration available to couples they are looking to make customized and personalized touches to their wedding day.  Etsy.com is the perfect avenue to pump some handmade, creative touches into decor and fashion.  Half of the fun is searching through wedding categories and seller’s marketplaces.  Can the thrill and popularity of shopping the online marketplace transfer into a retail setting?  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Wedding Flower Crowns How To

Natalie Portman’s nuptials late last summer made us all fall in love with the wedding floral crown.  Famous celebrities, models at runway shows were all sporting a new bridal accessory. This new trend helped the flower crown celebrate a new elevated status in bridal accessories.

The wedding floral crown can be a simple or elaborate bridal accessory depending on your look.  They are also fairly simple to construct with a minimal amount of floral supplies and silk wedding flowers.  A versatile and affordable wedding project.

Wedding Flower Crowns, baby's breath- junebugweddings.com; feathers-weddingchicks.com; rose crown- inspiredbythis.com
Wedding Flower Crowns, baby’s breath- junebugweddings.com; feathers-weddingchicks.com; rose crown- inspiredbythis.com

You can find some fabulous crown inspiration and DIY tips from two recent posts one on weddingchicks.com’s blog and the second afloral.com’s you tube channel how-to videos.

weddingchicks.com featured a beautiful floral and feather halo in their post “DIY Floral Crown”.  Designed by Jade Rose she takes you through step by step instructions using feathers, flowers and bark floral wire.  Rose starts the project with the basics, “create a halo by measuring the floral wire to your head, cut the wire two inches longer than what your head measures.”

In the next steps Rose explains and demonstrates how to wrap the floral wire in tulle fabric and then glue, secure feathers and florals for the finished crown.  Weddingchicks.com’s feather and floral halo crown is a stylish option when considering a floral crown.  The elements are elegant and soft, a classic, beautiful look with a slightly vintage vibe inspired by the feathers.

Afloral.com‘s how-to you tube video is our second inspiration.  “How to Make a Floral Crown” video gives DIY brides 3 different affordable and manageable DIY floral options.  For a fuller crown afloral.com uses angel vine garland measured the circumference of your head.  This garland is durable and sturdy, the perfect foundation.  Silk flowers of your choice are then trimmed and hot glued to the garland along with flower sprays and greenery.

A simple baby’s breath crown is another consideration for a more subtle floral crown.  Afloral.com uses a bark floral wire with mini flower heads and baby’s breath woven throughout the piece and secured with glue.  A rustic, whimsical bridal look.

Woodland Creatures in Wedding Decor

Who doesn’t love small, whimsical woodland animals?  The wedding world has seen a recent surge in their appearance.  This new trend can be found in print, from invitations, escort cards to menus, along with decor items and wedding props.

Woodland creatures, birds, deer, foxes, raccoons, squirrels to gnomes, are reminiscent of a romantic fairytale.  A fairytale or Disney movie where the prince meets his princess and they live happily ever after.  Hence their popularity on the most romantic day of your life.

Kellee Khalil, CEO and founder of Lover.ly, blogs on Huff Post Weddings “The Woodland Creature Making an Appearance in All the Latest Weddings”.  Khalil fills us in on her scoop about this new wedding trend, “while all kinds of woodland creatures have become popular in wedding decor lately, we have a particular fondness for deer.”

And how have woodland deer won Khalil’s top pick?  She explains,”graceful does and powerful bucks work well for any season and are a nice balance of rugged rustic and sweet vintage styles.”

Woodland Creature Wedding Inspiration
Woodland Creature Wedding Inspiration; masked bridal party & tiered cake- rocknrollbride.com; save the date- thenaturalwedding.co.uk; cake topper- greenweddingshoes.com; dessert table- weddingchicks.com; place setting- google.com

Whether your vote sways towards Khalil’s pick, woodland deer as seen on our inspiration board featured via lover.ly, another soft and cuddly creature or a mix of all nature’s creatures this trend can work for a variety of wedding themes.  Rustic or woodland wedding themes are an obvious fit, however these little creature’s appearance works well in outdoor or barn weddings and romantic or vintage inspired weddings.

For print items incorporate your favorite woodland silhouette onto save the dates, invitations, escort cards or menus.  Use recycled paper or thicker stock like the popular watercolor paper for a more rustic look.  Thenaturalwedding.co.uk blog features a woodland inspired DIY luggage tag save the date handmade by a bride to be using stamps and an old type writer.

Gilded woodland figures hit two hot wedding trends, incorporating both the popular gold hue and whimsical creatures.  Ideal for any romantic or vintage inspired wedding theme.  Any type of woodland figurines can be utilized as part of reception table centerpieces or  at food tables like a dessert bar seen on weddingchicks.com.

Number one use: woodland creatures have made the most appearances on wedding cakes.  Use them as playful cake toppers or intriguing fondant creatures to dress up a simple tiered cake.

Woodland Creature DIY Wedding
Woodland Creature DIY Wedding; bird earrings etsy.com seller faerie kissage; squirrels seller hippop vintage; masks seller fairypiglets; afloral.com birds nest, moss and birch container

Looking for some DIY whimsical wedding inspiration?  Etsy.com offers custom decor options like party masks by seller fairypiglets for fun photo ops.  Woodland figurines like seller Hippopo Vintage’s squirrels that can add a playful and vintage touch to wedding decor.  Searching for the right type and style of woodland creatures don’t forget to look into thrift stores and flea markets.

Afloral.com can provide any level DIY bride with rustic, woodland floral supplies from branches, moss, birch containers to birds nests.  Whether you go for deer, birds, foxes or raccoons let some woodland creatures add a playful touch to your romantic wedding day.