HOW TO…Make Your Own Bridal Bouquet

One of my mom’s dear friends is getting married next weekend in a small ceremony at one of my favorite venues in the Bay Area, Kohl Mansion, in Burlingame, CA.  It also happens to be the school where the bride, the groom, and my mom have all worked.  My mom, knowing that they were two of the sweetest people she had ever met, decided that they would do well as a couple and set them up.  Boy was she was right!  They were a perfect match and make a beautiful couple.  They are keeping the festivities low key, and are putting together the wedding party’s flowers themselves.  I shared with the bride a couple of sites I always reference when putting bouquets together…a skill a I am still trying to hone.

If you don’t yet have an idea of what flowers you would like to use, or even what style of bouquet you would like, pop on over to Burnett’s Boards for a beautifully illustrated guide to several classic styles of bouquets.  Since I stumbled across this post I’ve been obsessed with Sarah Park Designs, and can’t wait to order some of her designs for my inspiration and color in my work space.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?  And they look exactly like very current, on trend bridal bouquets.  Have a look at this tremendously helpful guide here.

Once you know what style you like or what flowers are available to use, I suggest A Practical Wedding‘s helpful “How-To’s “.  They have compiled easy- no, seriously, easy- step by step instructions to put together oversized wedding bouquets, simple wedding bouquetsfloral crowns for you, your bridesmaids, or flower girls, centerpieces, and tablescapes.  They have dozens of other how-to guides to help you put together the wedding of your dreams without hiring big ticket vendors.

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The Knot also has a quick tutorial on how to create a simple boutonniere.

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I am a firm believer that the simplest bouquets can be the most beautiful.  I suggest grabbing some inexpensive flowers from the grocery store and practicing in the weeks leading up to wedding- no need to break a sweat stressing over floral wire the morning of your big day!

Don’t forget to stop and smell those roses!!!  Thanks for reading!

***CIAO CHERI***

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Inspiration: Lavender

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This week I’ve been inspired by and drawn toward all things lavender.  Flipping through photos of a harvest party I attended last year, I noticed how a similar set up with well curated decor would make for a beautiful wedding celebration site.  I opted for a lavender, green, grey and natural tones color palette to inspire the looks I chose.  Please check out the Pinterest board I created for more inspiration!

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This is the beautiful lavender field on the property.  Imagine the heavenly morning or sunset photos taken among the tall, wild looking flowers.

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Stunning, right?!  I adore the polished and timeless look of purple and grey together for wedding parties.

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It’s such a smart and crisp style, and compliments the natural greenery of any outdoor venue.

The lovely ladies who host the garden party decorated with wood barrels, a look I love.  By adding candles, twinkly lights and sugary sweet confections, the look is transformed into the perfect wedding dessert table.  Switching out the treats for glass jugs of homemade beverages, festive straws and mason jars creates a drink table perfect for any occasion!

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A cheese and charcuterie table is an easy way to keep guests fed and happy before your meal together, and is more budget friendly than passed appetizers.  Simple bowls and plates spotlight the food, while natural elements match the surroundings and keep things from looking stuffy.

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If your venue can boast having a lavender field, make sure you can cut a few stems for an inexpensive yet gorgeous way to create a cohesive look.  Bringing in competing decorations can look too busy.  ***You should view your decorations the way you would your hair and makeup at your wedding: they should enhance the existing natural beauty, not cover it up.***

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(*Side note- decorate with artichokes!  They pick up shades of green, blue, purple, and silver, and they are such a fun, natural element to add to bouquets.  Not to mention one of my favorite things to eat!)

And now for my favorite part of any celebration…CAKE!  You can doll up simple, classic cakes with the same flowers you have on hand or have ordered for the day.  Yes, you!  Or see if your cake maker is open to arranging the flowers for you when they deliver the cake to the venue.

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Simple bouquets and boutonnieres can be assembled the day of.  These finishing details help pull the whole look together, and don’t distract the eye from your happy faces in wedding photos.

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Put everyone at long tables, with or without place cards.  This set up gives people, that perhaps haven’t yet met, the chance to chat and bond over their shared love for the special couple!

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For even more lovely lavender looks, please visit my Pinterest board!  I get giddy whenever I peruse it, and know you will love it too!

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(Yeah, they have peacocks, too.  Doesn’t get much cooler.  Talk about commitment to a color scheme!)

Thanks for reading!

***Ciao Cheri***

*Photos of the harvest party are courtesy of Marcie Childers Dole- a talented photographer in the Portland, OR/ Vancouver, WA area.  Please check out her website http://www.marciedole.com/ to see her fantastic photos.  She is incredibly professional and a blast to work with!  More to come from her soon!