Coral and Navy Wedding Centerpiece ~ Jennifer’s Inspiration Board

Jennifer writes: I need help creating centerpieces for my wedding. I love hydrangea, roses, ranunculus, anemones.. My wedding colors are coral (more towards the pink, lighter shade), a blue that ranges from navy to a brighter blue and then ivory/white.

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You can see in the example photo that they used a navy table cloth to bring in the blue! If that doesn’t work for you, you can always bring in blue by using blue vases (possibly painting mason jars navy), wrapping a blue ribbon around your centerpiece vases, or even sprinkling some blue anemones into the arrangement.

Get the Goods:

Coral Roses

Cream Anemones

Cream Hydrangeas

Silver Mercury Accessories

Tallow Berries

Happy planning,
Afloral

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You Don’t Have to Be Martha Stewart to DIY

I’ll admit it. I loathe crafting. I have sausage fingers, and not one ounce of patience. To top it off, I’m a complete perfectionist. As you can probably assume, DIY was never a word that came out of my mouth. In fact , it’s listed in an imaginary book of  dirty words I’ll never say, along with laundry, made from scratch, and dustpan. {Oops, don’t judge me!} But let me tell you, when it comes to pinching pennies, I’m your girl.

You Can Do DIY Wedding Flowers

The Terrible Crafter’s Block Photo Source OntheRagMag.com

With that said, you can imagine my internal conflict when I realized that DIY wedding flowers were an affordable alternative to their checkbook violating fresh counterpart. Are there any anti crafters out there who feel my pain? When faced with this startling news, I turned to Afloral.com.

If anyone could show me how to properly make my own DIY wedding centerpieces, it would be them. Their Wedding Design Ideas are so simple, even a cavewoman – er I mean, anti crafter can do them. Not only do they give you gorgeous design ideas, but they lay out each tutorial with step by step instructions, lovely photos, and simple videos.

For example, check out one of my personal favorites, How to Make a Vintage Style Bouquet

DIY Wedding Flowers

Now if you’re like me, you’re looking at the above image, and scratching your head. But have no fear, it gets even easier! Click on the photo, and you will be taken to the actual Design Idea page, where every individual step is explained in detail.

On top of that, they give you the option to purchase all the necessary stems right on that page {stop ittttt, does it get any easier?}.

So if you’re a budget bride afraid of DIY wedding flowers, take my advice: Afloral.com is your saving grace. They will sell you affordable stems, and hold your hand during that big scary thing some of us call “crafting”.

Are you an anti crafter who managed to make gorgeous DIY wedding flowers? Share your stories below!

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2013 Wedding Trends: Where Are We At?

In the mist of June, the 2013 Wedding season is at it’s peak.  I’ve been posting about top wedding trends to keep an eye out for this year since January.  As we’ve made it half way through the year which trends have stuck or gone bust?

The wedding trend posts this year have hit upon just about every aspect of your wedding day from decor and fashion style to color palettes and wedding themes.

2013 Wedding Trends;

2013 Wedding Trends; ombre dress- 100layercake.com; colorful bridal party & bridesmaids- ruffledblog.com; emerald green fashion- bklynbrideonline.com; art deco table- Jamilah Photography on styleunveiled.com

Color Palettes and Wedding Themes

At the start of the year everyone was a buzz about a few things, one being the hot new Art Deco/ 1920′s vintage wedding theme and another Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, Emerald Green.

The Art Deco wedding theme came right at the heels of the vintage wedding that has held strong in popularity throughout several past several wedding seasons.  Also influential was the highly publicized “The Great Gatsby” Movie.  Found on just about every wedding blog at the beginning of the year this trend seems to have fizzled down to more irregular posts; still holding out stronger is the more generalized vintage wedding theme.

Pantone’s Emerald Green peaked in the Spring wedding months.  A more rich, deeper hue it may see more of a revival at the break of summer and into the fall and winter months.  bklynbrideonline.com‘s recent post “The Not Wedding NYC recap” shows the wedding world Emerald Green is still holding strong in both fashion and wedding decor.

Decor, Fashion, Style

There are a few fashion trends that have become big hitters in the 2013 wedding realm.  From cross over trends like the ombre to bridal accessories the flower crown and a new spin on bridesmaid’s dresses.

100layercake.com and ruffledblog.com showcase that these trends are still in play and how they are worked into some fabulous peak season weddings.  The flower crown emerged late last season on the runway and at celebrity weddings like Natalie Portman’s nuptials.  It works as a rustic, whimsical bridal accessory and a fun way to incorporate flowers and hues into more than just a floral bouquet.

The ombre is a cross over trend from decor and fashion that has made appearances in new areas such as wedding dresses, reception table dresses, invitations to nail art.  Another “it” fashion trend are non-traditional bridesmaid’s dresses.  Just this past month I blogged about “Bridesmaid Dress Trends”, brides are opting to let bridesmaids have more options and playing around with brighter color palettes.  Ruffledblog.com gives us a variation on this trend with colorful sashes worn by bridesmaids and just as bright multi- colored ties worn by the groomsmen.

2013 has given us a variety of new wedding trends along with carrying out some old favorites, only half way through the year and we’re just winding up.

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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.

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Charitable Wedding Planning

With the amount of time, energy and money you put into your wedding day don’t you wish you could pass on some of the fruits of your labor?  Perhaps pay it forward a bit and let someone else enjoy the bliss of your special day?

Today.com reports,”With the hefty cost of wedding flowers, food, décor, and a gown, more couples are opting to extend the life of their investment by donating their leftovers to hospitals and nursing homes that can continue to enjoy them long past last call at a reception.”

Planning a charitable wedding that works to recycle post wedding items takes a little extra planning itself.  Conscious couples can research, with a quick google search, what charities and organizations are available in their area to receive or even help with distributing donations.  In addition to post wedding donations couples can also find many ways to give back to charities throughout their wedding planning.

Recycled Wedding Items

A great deal of planning, resources and money goes into making everything just right for your special day, from wedding food, flowers, decor to attire.  After all that hard work why not “extend your investment” or do a good deed and allow for others to enjoy something from your special day.

Laresen Jay from Random Acts of Flowers in Knoxville, Tenn. shares, “flowers from one medium-sized wedding can go on to serve 30-50 people who are sick in local hospitals.”  See if there is a non-profit group like Jay’s in your area or make contacts with local community agencies like nursing homes, hospice facilities or hospitals to drop off wedding flower arrangements post wedding.  Volunteers or patients can enjoy distributing them throughout the facility giving them purpose and brightening someone’s day with flowers.

Charitable Wedding;

Charitable Wedding; bridesagainstbreastcancer.org; feedingamerica.org; donation invite-google.com; giving bands- charitycharms.com

Resources

A tip for charitable conscious couples is to work with vendors, local community agencies and online resources to find the best options to recycle your wedding items.  Today.com reports“the practice of couples donating their wedding items has grown exponentially in the past five years and that more companies are now equipped to either handle the donation or provide local resources that can.”

Caterers may have a relationship established with  local soup kitchens or shelters to distribute leftovers.  They will also be able to give you the right guidelines to follow for safe food donations.  Today.com gives a warning to keep in mind with food donations hot or cold food needs to be kept at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time.

BridesAgainstBreastCancer.org is an organization that utilizes bridal dress donations to help support breast cancer research.  Brides traditionally hold on to their wedding dress for sentimental reasons, if you are able to part with your dress it can go on to serve another bride and benefit a great cause.

Charitable Planning

Charitable conscious couples can help out their favorite charities in many other ways than just post wedding donations.  With a little bit of extra planning and resources the right decisions can have a big impact.  Bridalguide.com highlights several great charitable options in their post “25 Ways to Create a Charitable Wedding”.

Couples can incorporate charitable donations onto their wedding registry or a charitable gift in lieu of reception favors, consider a non-profit venue for your wedding like a museum or historic site your venue fees will help benefit the site.

Smart shopping.  When making purchases for your wedding day from invitations or gifts for bridesmaids, consider companies that give back.  Bridalguide.com gives several great sites like idofoundation.org and charitycharms.com that you can make wedding purchases with while giving back.  Another fabulous idea, donating frequent flier miles from your honeymoon trip to a cause like hero miles for injured soldiers.

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