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Ghost Chairs: a Wedding Trend

Have you heard of the ghost chair? Me neither.  If you’re like me you might not have heard of them by name but I am positive you have seen ghost chairs popping up in wedding decor blogs and magazines.

Peabodyoperahouse.com reports, “Ghost chairs have been gracing the homes of the trendsetters everywhere since they were created in 2002 by artist Philippe Starck.”  

And why has the wedding world seen a recent appearance of ghost chairs in the wedding reception realm?  “A decade later they began taking over the world of weddings, popping up in receptions and ceremonies as a modern upgrade from the traditional banquet chair.”  

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Louis Ghost Chair Wedding Decor; soft and chic- necreationsweddings.com; mini dessert chairs- etsy.com seller jadorelesmacaroons; colorful chairs- junebugweddings.com; rustic chic- 100layer.com

Sleek, simple and modern are one way to describe a ghost chair. However it’s look might be modern but it’s style is a classic.  Apartmenttherapy.com gives us the run down that Starck created the ghost chair as a reinvention of the classic Louis XV armchair.  They go as far to say Starck’s chair is “the most recognizable chair of the 21st century.” 

The Louis ghost chair’s popularity in the wedding world is easy to understand.  It combines the famous luxury of royalty and a chic modern look with it’s transparent form.  The ghost chair is a statement piece without standing out.  It will let your wedding flower centerpieces shine.

What are your thoughts: a 21st century masterpiece that works as a beautiful, chic piece at your reception tables or a trend you’ll be ready to pass up?

Vintage Milk Glass Wedding Flowers Inspiration

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What inspires you?  It is a great question.  What ever phase of wedding planning you’re in ask yourself that question.  What type of wedding inspiration you pull from inspires your whole wedding look from your bridal gown to your wedding flowers even your reception food.

Miss Fifties Bride, Samantha from itsabrideslife.com posed that very question after sharing her own inspiration.  Samantha gave a great sneak peek at some of her recent finds, vintage milk glass vases and bowls.  Samantha has been on the hunt for these great finds at her local thrift stores and yard sales, spending anywhere from 50 cents to 8 dollars a piece.

Samantha confides, “Finding these unique pieces was the best part, my own personal treasure hunt, giving new life to these old classic pieces.”  She shares a special memory that holds a lot of meaning it her love of vintage milk glass vases, “One of my fondest memories was walking into my grandmothers house and looking in her china cabinet seeing all of her beautiful milk glasses, I simply love the traditional & classic look.”

Samantha’s personal treasure hunt will pay off with her wedding decor budget and look.  Vintage milk glass vases are beautiful containers for a variety of wedding flowers and help to accent arrangements.  Samantha shares one last tip, “Remember, mixing and matching pieces to get amazing heights and variations can make for gorgeous center pieces.”

Vintage milk glass vases and bowls make unique container for your wedding flowers.  Mixing and matching different heights, sizes and styles adds to the unique vintage style.  Arrange your choice of wedding flowers using floral foam in the base of the containers and viola you have your very own DIY wedding flower arrangements.  They have a soft, nostalgic and beautiful look for any brides special day.

photo credits: retro yellow afloral.com; pink and peach variety vases westmanorevents.com; milk glass with single stems stylemepretty.com; pink vintage milk glass afloral.com; vanity pink and purple milk glass 4inspiredsign.com

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Wedding Flower Trends

The summer season is in full swing and can you believe we’re almost to the half way point for 2012.  That’s right 6 months in and we’re just 6 months out.  So what’s been happening in 2012, has it held up to it’s expectations?  Let’s see what you think.

Back when we were all still setting our New Year’s Resolutions Huffpost Weddings blogger Carly Cylinder blogged about “What’s Hot: The 7 Flower Trends of 2012”.  She commented on some trends to watch out for and the “it” wedding flowers for the upcoming year.

Cylinder noted the following trends to watch out for in 2012 when it comes to wedding flowers, a modern take on the popular rustic trend, high fashioned-romantic oversized singular blooms, metallic sprayed flowers, unusual non-flower bouquets and pattern/ color craze.  The “it” wedding flowers for this year might seem a bit traditional but Cylinder notes,“You may not love roses, but you will fall in love with a garden rose. Voluptuous, fragrant, and graceful, the garden rose is a treasure often overlooked.”

Cylinder’s trending list for 2012 gave a good preview of what was to come in wedding flowers.  Notably we’ve seen  a lot of color, voluptuous blooms and rose wedding flowers coming into the popular summer wedding season.  2012 has seen wedding trends not afraid to embrace bold color playing around with rich hues and fun combinations.   Wedding flower choices are a great way to showcase these choices in colors.

If you’re a afloral.com Facebook fan you’ve been given a great sneak preview to their latest wedding photo-shoot packed full of gorgeous, color rich silk wedding flowers.  Can’t wait to get blogging about some of those fabulous arrangements, you better stay tuned………

photo credits: purple single stem weddingsbycolor.com; garden rose pink bouquet weddingflowerideas.co.uk; metallic bouquet weddingchicks.com, fuchsia/purple/white bouquet afloral.com; single floral stem arrangements borrowed form Mindy’s post (because they were too cute) originally from Santa Barbara Chic

Use Your Silk Wedding Flowers As A Keepsake

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Countless hours and unmeasurable amounts of effort are put into designing and arranging your wedding day decor.

Hours of your time are put into items that will be displayed for one day’s event.  With a little forethought and a bit of the right planning you can continue to enjoy your wedding flowers and wedding decor long after your special day.

Planning the right wedding decor items that can be reused, recycled or re-purposed is budget friendly, green and just plain smart. Many brides are going green, that is not just referring to their wedding colors or wedding flowers.  Brides are looking for items that can be re-purposed and reused on and after their wedding day.  Afloral.com showed us some gorgeous ideas to re-purpose vintage finds to create a romantic, vintage rose wedding theme.  Read more about how to score great vintage finds and transform them into a beautiful wedding theme in our vintage wedding design ideas post.

Silk wedding flowers are another great wedding decor item that are affordable and able to be reused after you special day.  Silk wedding flower arrangements are gorgeous, yet budget friendly options that also leave you with a special keepsake.  Silk flowers are an option you can enjoy for years to come.

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Brides can incorporate their wedding flower centerpieces into attractive home decor.  Take a look at Afloral.com’s green wedding ideas and wedding centerpiece idea, it’s recycled wooden crate is a huge hit for home decor right now combined with a fresh look of greenery, branches and trendy kissing ball accents. Wedding flower centerpieces can also be broken down into smaller arrangements to be used around your new home as accents.

Or think outside of the vase and find a way to re-purpose your wedding flowers.  You can use select flowers to decorate a home accent wreath or basket.  Take part of your silk wedding flowers and place them for display in a shadow box for a unique use.

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Your wedding flowers are not only a  special keepsake for you but also consider making them into a keepsake for you mother, mother in law or other family and friends.  Seen in Afloral.com’s pink and blush (vintage) wedding ideas, a rose bloom inside a vintage tea cup would make a beautiful keepsake.  Your mother and mother in law will enjoy this thoughtful gift. It will hold special memories for years to come.

Silk wedding flowers are an affordable option that will also hold onto all your hard work you put into their planning.  Pick a wedding flower option that you can enjoy days, weeks, years after your special day.  There’s an old wedding practice to put a piece of your cake in the freezer to take out to celebrate your anniversary.  That cake might make it past your 1st year anniversary, but silk wedding flowers will outlast any cake for many years to come.

Don’t forget to search our blog by wedding flower colors for great ideas in planning your special day!  Use the browse by color menu at the top of our blog.