Planning A Vineyard Wedding : Adding Those Special Details

Acres of rustic vines, sweet whispering aromas, and sunsets as far as the eye can see.  Vineyard Weddings, enclosed by all of the beauty that nature has to offer.
Rustic Vineyard Sign

A weather wooden sign points you in the right direction to the wedding.  Rustic signs are a popular way to help direct your guests, especially when leading them to a rural wedding destination.

Wine Corks

A new way to use all of those wine corks you have saved.  Sweet Sunday Events created this touching display that brings you back to basic school yard love.  You can’t get anything more perfect than Esty Artist Beach Cottage Lanes cork initials.

Romantic Flowers

A romantic peony and rose bouquet with wispy greens are a perfect compliment to an organic winery setting.  A simple hydrangea centerpiece in a garden urn will finish the soft natural look.

Winery Wedding Cake

Staying true to the theme, one bride chooses to recreate the realistic look of grapes on the vine.  A second choice is a delectable  main cake, with a nosegay of roses, for cutting surrounded by personal cakes to share with all of the guests.

**photos courtesy of theknot.com

 

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Sunflower Wedding

The sunflower is a distinctive symbol of  warmth and happiness.  It is the perfect accent for any end of summer or fall wedding.

Brilliant yellow petals, deep brown spiraling centers accented by green.  Sunflowers are a stunning wedding flower choice; whether you let them stand out on their own or pair them with other flowers, they can easily be styled to fit an array of fall wedding themes.

Sunflower Wedding

Simply Sunflowers

Let your wedding day shine.  Accent your day from the ceremony to the reception with loosely tied or arranged sunflowers.

Styled with white daisies, curly willow, raffia, jute cloth and galvanized containers this Afloral.com sunflower shoot showcases several sunflower arrangements and sunflower centerpieces perfect for your country or barn wedding.

The sunflowers provide a brilliant burst of cheerful yellow sure to make anyone smile.  They capture the warmth and beauty of the season while paired with a few of your everyday country items.  These sunflower wedding arrangements will warm your guests hearts while making them feel comfortable and at home.

Sunflower, Wildflower Bouquet

The Bold and The Wild

Kick up the vibrant yellow of the sunflower with bold, colorful hues from other wild flowers.  Pairing yellow with complementary blues and purples will add a pop of color to your wedding decor; as seen in this sunflower bouquet from theknot.com. Styled with a variety of wild flowers, loosely tied sunflower bouquets, mason jars, votive candles and wooden signs will create beautiful decor for your fall rustic wedding.

 

The vibrant bunch wildflowers will feature the beauty of the fall season through color.  Loosely tied sunflower bouquets and mason jars will keep it simple, with a touch of light from votive candles.  Wooden signs are a great wedding decor accessory, adding a hint of nature while directing guests.

Cheap wedding tip, have your brides maids carry loosely tied silk sunflower bouquets at your ceremony and then transfer them into pre- arranged mason jars at your reception bridal table for an instant and cost savings sunflower centerpiece.

Sunflower, Rose Bouquet

Dress It Up

While sunflowers usually read cheerful and carefree, they can easily be dressed up for a more formal chic fall wedding.  Keep it clean and crisp for a country chic wedding.  Use sunflowers sparingly as accents throughout your wedding, styled with a choice of white, cream, black or brown.  This sunflower bouquet from bouquet bridal is a great example, it pairs sunflowers with soft cream roses.

 

 

Sunflower Chair Back

 

Another example can be found in Afloral.com’s DIY sunflower chair back; it keeps it simple with an artificial sunflower, wisp of raffia and black  ribbon.

 

 

For your special day filled with warmth and happiness as you say I do, sunflowers are the ideal choice for wedding day decor.  A sunflower wedding is versatile to fit a country or barn wedding theme, even a rustic or chic country wedding theme.  By making the right choices you can style your sunflower arrangements, bouquets and centerpieces to fit any fall wedding.  Tip, budget brides will be enthused to fine silk sunflowers always in season and friendly to anyone’s budget, they also work great for any DIY wedding decorations.

Make sure and check out Afloral.com’s latest you tube videos on DIY sunflower arrangements.

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DIY Chair Back Ideas

Chair backs are a great wedding accessory.  From the ceremony to the reception they can dress up any chair your venue offers.

Chair backs are so versatile they can be created out of a variety of materials, from ribbon, tulle, raffia, silk flowers and wreathes. They are a perfect DIY wedding idea and can help save costs on wedding decorations for any budget wedding.

Afloral.com’s recent fall wedding photo shoot featured several simple yet striking DIY fall chair back ideas.  Today we’re going to break down the steps to two chair backs; simply chic sunflower chair back and rustic birch wreath chair back.

Silk Sunflower Chair Back Idea

Simply Chic Sunflower

This is a wonderful DIY chair back design that can easily be put together ahead of time and then attached before your ceremony or reception.  Dress up your outdoor wedding ceremony by adding sunflower chair backs to your aisle chairs, or make a beautiful statement at your reception by adoring the bridal table with these chic sunflower design chair backs

 

Materials:
Silk Sunflowers (cut from sunflower bush)
Black ribbon
Raffia
Floral wire
Tools: floral wire cutters, hot glue

  1. Using the floral wire cutters snip the head of the sunflower and a few leaves from your silk sunflower bush.  Set them aside.
  2. Next you need to measure and cut your ribbon.  3 pieces about 30 inches long each, will give you enough length to achieve the look shown.
  3. Take separate pieces of ribbon and create a 3 inch loop at the top of each piece, them layer them together.  (If you are creating this look ahead of time to attach to your chairs the day of your wedding you are going to want to tack items in place with a dab of hot glue)
  4. Now you can attach your leaves and silk sunflower blooms where the ribbon comes together from the loops.  Tuck the green leaves behind the sunflower and tack both in place.
  5. The Afloral.com example attached the ribbon, sunflower chair back to the chair first with floral wire and then wrapped loose strands of raffia around the wire tying it just below the sunflower bloom.  A time saving tip, attach the raffia directly to the ribbon to have a complete chair back that you can attach to your chairs the day of with floral wire.

Sunflower Chair Back Idea

 

 

With a little prep work this Afloral.com Simply Chic Sunflower Chair back is ready to shine on your wedding day.  An excellent decor accent for your country, barn or outdoor wedding; customize your ribbon color from cream, green, purple or brown to better fit your wedding theme.

 

 

 

 

Natural Birch Wreath Chair Back Idea

Natural Birch Wreath

The second Afloral.com DIY fall chair back idea will win you over with it’s natural beauty and easy assembly.  Using a pre-made birch wreath add a touch of nature to your rustic, country or outdoor wedding.

You need 2 materials and 1 step:
20” Natural Birch Wreath
Floral wire

With one step take a piece of floral wire looping it through the top of your chair and the center of your wreath, twist or tie your ends adjusting your length to where you want the wreath to fall.

 

 

 

Natural Birch Wreath Chair Back Idea

 

That’s it one step, an easy DIY fall chair back you can assemble the day of your wedding.  Choose to decorate your bridal party chairs and guests can take their rustic wreathes home with them as favors.   Add a sash of ribbon to attach your wreath to the chair with instead of the floral wire and you can get a nice accent of color to match your wedding flowers.

 

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Define Color, Featuring Fall Wedding Hues

What’s hot? Color.

Color can be the most important element of your wedding day.  It is a powerful tool that will set the atmosphere, draw attention and/ or make a statement.  theknot.com reports the hottest thing happening at receptions is color; big, bold color.  Gone are the days of color used to accent white wedding decor, it has stepped into the forefront of wedding decorating.

But where do you start?  theknot.com lays out a few tips when choosing color combinations.  Make sure you consider your location and venue, whether it is a neutral palette or already packed with decor.  For inspiration find colors you like in art galleries, magazines, fabric stores, paint swatches ect.

Color Lesson 101

As you begin your search for the perfect wedding color scheme you will quickly learn it is not as easy as picking pink, purple, green or blue.  As you are searching for different color options you will most likely come across an array of terms like hues, tints, shades, tone, warm vs. cool colors.  Confused yet?

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I’m going to break it down to the basics; here’s your go to guide for understanding color concepts and terms while in search for your perfect wedding day hues.
Color 101 is in session and it all starts with a color wheel or circle, which is an organization of colors or hues.  The color wheel is designed to show you the relationship of primary, secondary and complementary colors.

 

  • Primary colors are your 3 colors that all other colors are made from, Red, Blue, and Yellow.
  • Secondary colors are the mixture of two primary colors, Orange, Green, Purple.
  • Complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel.
  • Analogous colors are colors run next to each other on the color wheel.

Within these distinctions of colors there are also terms to know such as tints, shades and tones.  Tints are lightening a color by adding white, Shades are darkening a color by adding black and a tone is adding gray to a color.  Colors are also often described as warm, cool or neutral.

  • Warm colors are vivid and energize, your reds, yellows, oranges.
  • Cool colors are calm and tend to recede, your blues, blue green, blue violet, purples.
  • Neutral colors are versatile and easy to pair or accent your more colorful hues. These are white, black, gray, cream, browns, and tan.

A lot of information just to define color, right?  Don’t worry you wont be quizzed on this.  It is just to provide a basic concept of how colors are defined and categorized.

Fall Hues

Now let’s put this information to work and apply it to a few popular hues for your fall wedding.  Whether you are planning a simple outdoors wedding, romantic rustic wedding, country chic wedding or barn wedding fall hues are known for their rich, deep tones while also providing some pop with vibrant warm colors.

  • neutral colors: silver, gold, creams, brown and taupe
  • warm colors: burgundy, burnt orange, crimson red, fuchsia, golden yellows
  • cool colors: dark green, navy blue, egg plant purple, turquoise, slate blue, lavender, plum

outdoor-wedding-ideas.com suggest when choosing your fall wedding colors, remember to limit yourselves to two-three colors so as not to take on too much.  Let’s try out a few combinations:

Fall Wedding Colors, Dahlia Silk Flowers

 

Those deep rich shades associated with fall colors can be reached pairing
burnt orange and rich burgundy accented by greenery pictured left in Afloral.com’s bold dahlia silk wedding flower arrangement.  The orange shade and rich, red burgundy are an analogous pairing of colors, because orange and red run next to each other on the color wheel.  Beautiful arrangement for any autumn wedding or country chic wedding.

 

 

 

 

Fall Wedding Flowers, Billy Buttons, Cornflowers

 

 

Afloral.com’s arrangement of golden yellow, billy buttons and blue, cornflowers are the perfect example of complementary color choices.  Blue and yellow are located opposite of each other on the color wheel.  What a fun, fresh take on traditional fall hues; use this idea to add a little pop to your outdoor wedding or barn wedding.

 

 

 

Romantic wedding, lavender, wheat bundles

 

 

A great example of soft, romantic fall tint and the use of neutrals is found in Afloral.com’s lovely lavender shot.  Lavender is a pale tint, which is the lightening of a color by adding white, of violet.  This cool tint sets a calm, soft atmosphere accented by a touch of warmth in the wheat and crispness of the white flowers, sheer ribbon and lace.  Make sure and read Kaila’s post In Love with Lavender Weddings for how to incorporate lavender into your fall wedding decor.

 

 

It’s easy to see how color can be the most powerful tool to define your wedding day.  Armed with a basic understanding of relationships on the color wheel, and a few common terms you’ll be able to decipher the cryptic code of color.  Whether you go with deep, rich fall tones, soft, cool tints or bright, complementary colors you’ll be able to better understand how color can step into the forefront of your wedding decor.

Still not sure where to start? Check out weddingcolors.net color quiz and take a spin on weddings.com fun color tool.

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