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INSPIRATION – Trends & Ideas

Get inspiration for color trends, wedding themes, and today’s best décor ideas.

Celebrity Wedding Styles to Steal

With Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello tying the knot recently and a new year of celebrity weddings right around the corner we are on a mission to get those drop dead wedding flowers on the cheap.

Let’s jump right in with the hottest newlyweds on the internet (or planet) and their stunning florals…

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<<Pick jaw back up from floor>>
How can we mere mortals ever have a wedding like this…  Win the lottery?  Rob a bank?  Marry a royal?  How about sticking to your flower budget and doubling up on your favorites by going faux!

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Do it yourself and you’ll save even more!  Create cascading floral arrangements with silk Phalaenopsis orchids, walk down an aisle lined in silk roses & petals, while carrying a faux orchid bouquet.

Next up on our tour of drool worthy weddings is Whitney Port and Tim Rosenman, whose November nuptials were a little bit boho, a little bit modern, and completely amazing.

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This sleek updo with the fern hairpiece could be recreated for your wedding with a faux Boston fern bush.  Faux flowers and greenery are great for wedding hair because they will look fresh throughout your wedding day and you can make the hairpiece months before the wedding. You’ll even be able to bring it with your for your trial run.

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Even those of us that haven’t been blessed with the crafty gene could create this look.  Line the aisle in clear glass cylinder vases of different heights and fill with pillar & floating candles.  Add some vase filler or floating flower heads to give it a little color.  This look is so chic and modern, a definite wedding do!

The Desiree Hartsock / Chris Siegfried wedding was much anticipated after watching them fall in love on The Bachelorette.

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We were lucky enough to have our flowers featured at her bridal shower and couldn’t wait to see what she carried down the aisle.

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We were not disappointed! This beautiful mix of peoniesranunculus, and ivy is picture perfect. 54f474797f757$!x900 copyVia Style Me Pretty

Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild were married this year in a wedding fit for royalty.  The ceremony was held at Kensington Palace and the bride looked very much the part of a princess.      
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And how does any royal walk down the aisle?  With a stylish and sweet white wedding bouquet.

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For a chance at having lily of the valley in your bouquet you should definetly consider faux.  It is affordable and much more durable so it will last through the wedding day.  Silk roses are also a great idea to beat the summer heat.

It is possible to create your fantasy wedding on a budget.  Silk flowers today are not the cheap, bargain bin stems of the past.  They are high-quality and will fool even the biggest silk flower sceptic.  You’ll feel A-list walking down the aisle with your Afloral flowers!

DIY Holiday Wrapping

Black Friday was one week ago, so now it’s time to think about how you are going to get those great finds wrapped up and ready to go.

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Afloral.com has you covered (pun intended).  Follow these simple Holiday Gift Wrapping DIY or shop our wide variety of holiday favorites and design the perfect gift topper.

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Gift 1: EwJOjv0jvzW1pYdABFbQt-Li0eqjUnuMRj-rWW_2k9U,HgH3vBY4KGBENAEAUHUo4rc7WFBNu6UhOnSxi9Z2wAc copyGather your materials.  We decided to use faux rosemary to make the tiny wreath but you could also use faux pine.  You will also need red berries, jute cord, and burlap ribbon.  To attach the burlap to the gift you will need an adhesive.  You could us tape, glue or glue dots.

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Gift2:
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Gift 3:
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Wrap the ribbon around the gift and attach to the paper using tape or glue.  Follow the steps from Gift 2 to create a similar pine topper.

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Use these ideas or create your own with the wide variety of silk flowers and gift decorations available at Afloral.com.  Don’t forget to add #Afloral to your DIY Gift Wrapping ideas for a chance to be featured on Afloral.com.

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at Afloral.com.

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DIY Faux Foliage Wreath

 

To celebrate our new direct shipping to the UK we teamed up with London’s own silk flower designer Friend of Faux to create this gorgeous DIY .  Afloral silk flowers made the trip across the ocean and were turned into this amazing Faux Foliage Wreath.
Follow along with Friend of Faux and create your own!

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You will need:
– A wreath frame or hula hoop.  I’ve used a hula hoop as I want to create a giant wreath for more impact but it’s up to you.
Wire cutters
Floral tape
Ribbon
Fishing wire
– A range of greenery – I’ve gone for a mix of silvery green foliage (eucalyptus, dusty miller, and lambs ear) along with some delicate Astilbe and Sedum for some detail.Step-2 copyMethod:
1. Wrap the floral tape around the entire hula hoop to create a neat green ring.  If you’re using a wire wreath frame, skip this step.Step 42. Using a nice mix of your foliage, make small bundles secured at the end with some floral tape. Step 33. Place on the hoop or frame and secure with tape.Step 54. Working in anti-clockwise motion, place another bunch on the hoop so it overlaps with the last. Keep doing this until you have covered the whole frame.Step 65. Once the wreath is full of foliage go in and add your detail pieces fanning out from the middle in opposite directions. The Astilbe is great for this and creates a fan-effect but you can use berries or flowers.Step 76. Tie a bow in the middle at the bottom to create a focal point and use fishing wire to secure your wreath to a door or wall.Step 8

Hang on your door for the holidays, decorate your home, or use as a backdrop at your wedding.  The gorgeous greenery will really bring life to your décor.

For all of the products used in this DIY click here.

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at Afloral.com.  Add #Afloral to all of your DIY  design photos to share your beautiful designs.

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11 Times DIY Bouquets Didn’t Fail

We have all seen the Pins and wondered if we could make it work. These brides dared to make their own wedding bouquets and NAILED IT!enhanced-13522-1447694326-2Bohac Photography / Via afloral.com

  1. This bride combined silk peonies with dried flowers from the first bouquet her groom ever gave her.  The absolute picture of romance.  GP6iYrFS0yFRVLZSBiy2effXHmKaGfk2LRYa1Qn_OjMLife Expression Photography / Via afloral.com
  2. Any bridesmaid would be over the moon to carry this beauty. eSFTDIGqBOJGrFK_VR30gYIE1E23act4y5OY9DGS7yYJessica Ranae Photography / Via stylemepretty.com
  3. Could this bouquet get any prettier?!  You would never know they were silk flowers!  VlT2DKqe7cRzDgZYsJRq36QTa9CvwHROpGjrwoAZA1k
  4. Some brides are lucky enough to have their mother make their bouquets.enhanced-1773-1447432443-2Morgan Marie Photography / Via afloral.com
  5. Or this one. enhanced-3516-1447432607-8Floral Designs By Logue / Beyond the Flash Photography / Via afloral.com
  6. Or if your like this bride, have your crafty bridesmaid make your bouquets!  This destination bride’s bouquets looked so real they even surprised customs when they arrived at the Jamaican airport.9d065ada-0ad1-11e5-be0a-22000aa61a3e-rs_729 Julius & James / Via theknot.com
  7. DIY Bride + Silk Flowers + Destination Wedding = PerfectionwTfUIw4RkjUELFKN52nrvh_rB_ESmD-B7mqtCbzIZxoKeila Nieves Photography / Via keilaphoto.com
  8. This handmade bouquet is picture perfect normal-3 copyAjbartell / Via afloral.com
  9. As if this bouquet wasn’t beautiful enough, this DIY bride made a floral crown to match!enhanced-11234-1447701552-13Magnolia Adam’s Photography / Via glamourandgraceblog.com
  10. Every bride dreams of a bouquet filled with pink peonies and this savvy DIY-er made it happen. enhanced-445-1447693472-1Juyubee / Via afloral.com
  11. This bouquet is simple, elegant AND handmade!  Does it get any better than this. SYWP1_Bride-SaraMackey_Photographer-JessicaBlexPhotographyAndDesign__10-18-14_2 copyJessica Blex Photography and Design / Via afloral.com

Now get out there and DIY!

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at Afloral.com.  Add #Afloral to all of your DIY wedding pictures to share your beautiful designs.

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DIY Candle Ring Centerpiece

This week we found some inspiration while flipping through the pages of Bridal Guide.  We loved this beautiful candle ring so much we decided to get to work, but we went one step further!
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Create your own wedding centerpieces with wedding decorations and silk wedding flowersfromAfloral.com.

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at Afloral.com.  Add #Afloral to all of your DIY wedding pictures to share your beautiful designs.

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