wedding decorations

Five Must Have Items for a Rustic Wedding

As the weather gets warmer, we start to see a lot more rustic wedding inspiration. This theme definitely pairs well with a sunny outdoor ceremony, so if you’re planning a rustic wedding right now, don’t forget to add these five essential items to your shopping list.

Grapevine Balls

We love using these grapevine balls as a simple rustic wedding accent. Scatter them across the table, or fill one large cylinder glass vase with these natural beauties.

6" Grapevine Ball Only $4.19
6″ Grapevine Ball Only $4.19

Mason Jars

Mason jars are so trendy this season, and we couldn’t agree more. Although we do sell mason jars in a plethora of colors, I suggest you keep your rustic wedding simple with the clear mason jar. Perhaps fill it with pink flowers or cream flowers for a more romantic look.

Clear Mason Jar Only $64.99 for a pack of 24
Clear Mason Jar Only $64.99 for a pack of 24

Lots of Burlap

Just when you thought more burlap wasn’t possible, they went ahead and made burlap flowers :) Who would’ve ever imagined that? Pair our burlap flowers with a scripted flower in your rustic wedding centerpiece. They compliment each other quite well.

Burlap Wedding Decorations from Afloral.com
Burlap Wedding Decorations from Afloral.com

Wood Sign

We sell sooo many different wood signs, so pick one and customize away. You can paint them, carve them, bedazzle them, whatever you like. The wood sign is great for an outdoor ceremony, as it also adds a whimsical touch.

Wooden Wedding Sign Only $5.99
Wooden Wedding Sign Only $5.99

Branches Galore

Not every DIY bride likes branches, but at a rustic wedding, they are an absolute necessity.  If you’re not too crazy about the whole “tree” look, just place one at your card table for a hint of natural. If you’re going more for rustic glam, spray paint the branch and voila! – fabulous.

27" Artificial Branch Only $18.99
27″ Artificial Branch Only $18.99

Are you having a rustic wedding? Share your ideas below :)

How to Incorporate Mercury Glass in Your Wedding Decor

A couple years ago, mercury glass vases entered the wedding decorations arena. They add a touch of elegance and glam to an otherwise simple wedding table arrangement. Personally, we love using mercury glass containers because they are so incredibly versatile, and add a bit of sparkle to any wedding theme.

Pair it with black and silver for a formal affair, or pair it with eggplant and burnt orange for an autumn wedding. The possibilities really are endless.

Check out our favorite mercury glass looks below.

Mercury Glass Wedding Table Setting from Afloral.com
Mercury Glass Wedding Table Setting from Afloral.com

We recently created this look for an outdoor photoshoot. This table setting is perfect for a bright and cheery summer wedding. We mixed the mercury  glass containers with fuchsia vintage bottles and faux flowers, which helped kept the entire look very fun and informal.

Eggplant Mercury Glass Centerpiece from Afloral.com
Eggplant Mercury Glass Centerpiece from Afloral.com

This look is way more elegant, and would be best for a late fall wedding. Keep it classy and simple with one eggplant colored rose and a couple sprays of black berries.

Succulent Wedding Centerpiece
Succulent Wedding Centerpiece

If you love mercury glass, but aren’t a huge fan of faux flowers, try incorporating greenery and succulents instead. We love this wedding centerpiece because the moss and greenery overflow outside the container. It is dramatic, but so easy to recreate.

Mercury Glass Candleholders from Style Me Pretty
Mercury Glass Candleholders from Style Me Pretty

This wedding table arrangement is so gorgeous.We love how the height of each piece varies. The low hydrangeas act as a gorgeous foundation to the high candleholders.

Did you use mercury glass in your wedding decor? Comment below!

Chalkboard Wedding Decorations

Chalkboard Wedding Decoration Ideas
Chalkboard Wedding Decoration Ideas; mineforeverapp.com; etsy.com seller riverroadrustic; bhldn.com

Chalkboard decor is everywhere!  This hot trend is huge in wedding decor right now.  And it is the perfect wedding decoration for a rustic, woodland, country or even vintage wedding.

Chalkboard decorations are so popular because brides can customize them to create special touches in their wedding day for a small cost and ever smaller effort.  They  range from effortless to easy when it comes to DIY wedding projects.  Here are some creative ways to use chalkboard decorations in your wedding, followed by two great wedding chalkboard project ideas:

  • Signs: greet guests, announce the ceremony program, instruct guests where to sit, place by a favor table or guest book table.
  • Menus: food menu, label a buffet or dessert table, drink menu.
  • Little Details: use as escort cards, table numbers, label a candy buffet, bridal party chairbacks.
Wedding Chalkboard Menu Ideas; mywedding.com; squidoo.com
Wedding Chalkboard Menu Ideas; mywedding.com; squidoo.com

Ready to-go Chalkboard Decor

“Our Love Story” chalkboard sign is a sentimental, creative way to add some personalized touches to your wedding day, and a fun project for the bride and groom to-be to work on and reminisce over.  The “Mr. Right & Mrs. Always Right” chairback idea is an equally unique wedding decor project that requires minimal time and steps to create.  Simply order the size chalkboard your looking for and decorate with chalk or chalk paint markers!

DIY Chalkboard Drink Menu
DIY Chalkboard Drink Menu

Easy DIY Chalkboard Drink Menu

Chalkboard decor can make for a fun DIY wedding project.  Make your own version of the DIY drink menu from our inspiration photo.  Materials needed are wooden basswood plaque, krylon chalkboard paint from afloral.com, blue painters tape and a plate stand available at your local dollar or craft store.

Note: Use chalkboard paint in a well ventilated area or outdoors. 

  1. Lay down newspaper or an old cloth to place the plaque on.
  2. With the blue painters tape, tape off a border around the plaque.  That area will not have chalkboard paint on it when finished.
  3. Make sure the tape edges are secure by going over them with your fingers.
  4. Shake the chalkboard spray paint can well.  Go over the plaque using a sweeping, back and forth, motion to evenly cover the area. May need 2-3 coats.
  5. Let air dry for the required time suggested on the paint can and until dry to touch.
  6. Remove painters tape and viola!

Another great thing about chalkboard decorations is after your wedding day there are countless ways to re-purpose them into home decor!

Purple & Blue Wedding Flowers ~ Rosy’s Inspiration Board

Purple-Wedding-RosyBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Tina Jay Photography  |  Floral Designer:  A Garden Party

{Rosy’s Request}
Hi I’m having my wedding in a ranch. I love roses and orchids I’m not sure if they can be put together though. My wedding colors are royal blue and purple. I am using burlap in most of my banquet decorations. I’d be very glad if you can help. Thank you

{Rosy’s Bouquet Details}
This rustic purple and blue bouquet via Sweet Violet Bride can be recreated with Blue Orchids, Green Hydrangeas, Berry Sprays, & Wild Hops, Purple Orchids, Lavender Roses, Dusty Miller Greenery.  The Purple Hydrangea & Berry Bouquet can be carried by your bridesmaids.  To complete your bouquets, wrap with Ivory Natural Jute Ribbon.  Happy Planning, Mindy

The Best 2014 DIY Wedding Trends

Every year we wait in anticipation, hoping that this year’s wedding trends will be even better than the last. Well 2014 is finally here, and we can’t wait to weigh in on the best DIY wedding flower trends. We’ve tallied up different ideas from several wedding savvy sources, plus added our own personal favorites. Only the best made the list, and we’ve covered everything from color combos to containers, and stems to veils.

Pretty in Pink – That’s right, blush is back. Mixing different variations of the color pink in one wedding bouquet or wedding centerpiece is all the rage. It’s simple, feminine, and cutely coquettish. Check out our large selection of pink wedding flowers for more ideas.

Pink Wedding Flowers Photo From FrenchWeddingStyle.com
Pink Wedding Flowers Photo From FrenchWeddingStyle.com

Garden Roses and Petal Tree Peonies – Romance, frills, and femininity are at an all time high this year. Two stems that are making a big statement in this trend are gorgeous garden roses and pretty petal tree peonies.

Gorgeous Garden Roses from Martha Stewart Weddings
Gorgeous Garden Roses from Martha Stewart Weddings

Tiny Hair Embellishments – Gone are the days of jumbo wedding flowers tucked behind your ear. Instead, gather a spray of baby’s breath, and scatter it throughout your wedding updo.

Wedding Updo with Baby's Breath from SocietyBride.com
Wedding Updo with Baby’s Breath from SocietyBride.com

Dramatic Veils – Brides are taking the drama up a notch with veils that add a bit more elegance and romance to their ceremony. We are huge fans of this veil and floral crown combo from WantThatWeddingCake.Co.Uk.

Veil + Floral Crown Combo from WantThatWeddingCake.Co.Uk
Veil + Floral Crown Combo from WantThatWeddingCake.Co.Uk

Metallics – Gold containers are still all the rage in 2014. This trend is one that carried over from 2013, and is going to be even bigger this year.

Metallic Wedding Centerpiece from 100LayerCake.com
Metallic Wedding Centerpiece from 100LayerCake.com

These are our top picks for wedding trends in 2014. Do you have more to add? Comment below!