Sunflower Wedding Centerpieces ~ Katie’s Inspiration Board

Sunflower-Centerpiece-KatieBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Debbie Gentry Photography  |  Floral Designer:  Southern Productions

{Katie’s Request}
I’m planning a simple and elegant wedding and reception for a friend, with purple and gold as the color scheme. The wedding is October 5, 2013 and I’d like to use simple, mismatched vases and mason jars with purple burlap table runners. Looking for flowers that are in season in October to make casual centerpieces.

{Katie’s Centerpieces Details}
These sunflower centerpieces via Southern Productions can be recreated with Yellow Sunflowers & Billy Buttons, Purple Ranunculus, Delphinium, & Daisies, Orange Gerbera Daisies, and White Daisies.  Our Garden Fresh Mixed Flower Bush can be used to create the centerpieces instead of single stems of flowers. Mix our Purple Vintage Bottle Assortment with your Mason Jars to create your centerpieces.  Happy Planning, Mindy

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Purple & Blue Wedding Centerpieces ~ Jordan’s Inspiration Board

Purple-and-Blue-Centerpiece

{Jordan’s Request}
I want the reception to have a very casual feel, kind of rustic or shabby chic. I used burlap and lace on the invitations and like that feel.  My colors are purple and maybe navy blue?

{Jordan’s Bouquet Details}
These rustic purple and blue centerpieces via Style Me Pretty are recreated with Decorative Bottles filled with Dark Lavender & Orchid Sweetpeas,  Blue Delphiniums, and wrapped with Purple Garbo Ribbon.  The Antique Flower Shop Pails are filled with Lavender Roses & Lavender, Thistles, and Dark Lavender & Orchid Sweetpeas.  Happy Planning, Mindy

purple centerpiecesGorgeous rustic Purple & Blue Tablescape via Style Me Pretty

 

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DIY Wedding Floral Planning

daisy silk wedding bouquet, afloral.com

An important category of wedding planning is your wedding floral category.

Having an organized list of the type and amount of flowers you’ll need throughout your wedding will not only help you be prepared but also help you stay within your budget.

By using a worksheet or making your own outline you can compile a complete list of wedding floral needs from centerpieces, bouquets to chair backs.  A side by side comparison of real flowers and silk wedding flower prices can show you what a big savings silk alternatives can do for your wedding budget.  With a complete list you can also compare the savings DIY wedding projects can give you within your wedding floral category

Silk wedding flowers are a fabulous, guaranteed money savings option.  They are always in season no matter you look or time of year.  Silks can be ordered in bulk and they offer something real flowers can’t, time.  You have all the time you wan using silk flowers in DIY projects, you can assemble arrangements weeks or months is advance of your wedding day.

Our DIY floral planning post is going to give you a basic rundown, or outline of what categories of flowers you’ll need.  There will be a few stops along the way to compare and discuss the savings silk flowers and DIY wedding projects can offer a particular section.

Silk Wedding Flower Outline

silk bridal wedding bouquet, afloral.com

Bridal Party

  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Bridesmaid Bouquets
  • Groom Boutonniere
  • Groomsmen Boutonnieres
  • Mother/ Grandmother Corsages
  • Father/ Grandfather Boutonnieres

Silk flowers will offer you huge savings in the bridal party section of wedding flowers.  The average real floral bridal bouquet will run around $100, silk bridal bouquets come in at a fraction of that cost around $25.  You don’t have to skimp on your look just because it offers big savings, DIY bouquet ideas will help you customize and design the ideal bridal bouquet.  Boutonnieres are another great illustration of silk flowers savings, featured in our DIY boutonniere post making your own groom’s accessory for around $2-$5 in comparison to paying $5-$15 for real flowers.

white orchid chair back, afloral.com

Ceremony

  • Altar or central arrangements
  • Pew or chair backs
  • Misc. Flower Petals

Items like silk flower petals can be order in bulk in a variety of colors.  They are a beautiful accent to your wedding ceremony aisle.  Use them in the ceremony and carry the look over into your reception by using some silk flower petals to sprinkle on your reception or reception cake tables.

 

DIY wedding centerpiece, afloral.com

Reception

  • Entry arrangements
  • Centerpieces at each table
  • Chair backs
  • Additional serving and/ or cake table arrangements

One of the biggest sections, the reception can easily rack up a lot of your budget.  Even if you go with small, fresh floral arrangements you’ll be looking at spending a good chunk of change just to decorate your reception tables.  Don’t settle for less just  put to good use the right materials, silk flowers and DIY wedding projects.  This is the perfect section to showcase the money saving power of a few good DIY projects.

Featured weekly on our blog, DIY wedding projects range from centerpieces, aisle decor to seasonal chair backs.  Alforal.com tries to offer you stylish arrangements any bride can pull off and pull in under their budget.  The wedding design idea section on the main afloral.com site will give you a run down of wedding themes and projects featured under each theme.  Check out the blog for step by step instructions in the how to section or see if done for yourself in a you tube video.

We spend so much time showing you these great DIY ideas that feature affordable silk flowers and inexpensive accessories and supplies, because they really do offer any bride fabulous savings.  You can be trendy, chic and cheap it is achievable.

Why Get Organized?

There’s an example of an easy wedding flower outline, bullet noted above.  Trim your wedding floral budget down from $1,000s to $100s without having to go without or compromise on your look.  Getting organized you can compare costs and see where you can rack in some savings, while also weighing the value of DIY projects on your final budget.

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