Centerpieces

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I purchased the vases and stones from Dollar Tree, peacock feathers from E-bay, and ribbon and floating candles from Michael’s. I used hot glue to attach the peacock feather and ribbon. The centerpieces were quick and turned out pretty! They were set on the tables with purple tea lights, also from Michael’s, and the table numbers, as pictured above.

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DIY Toss Bouquet

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I used some of the handmade fabric flowers (see previous post on them!) to create our toss bouquet. To create the bouquet:

  1. Gather your fabric flowers. I used my previously made one, and bought a few from Michael’s.
  2. Hotglue wires to the back of each of the flowers- ensure the wire is long enough to create the length of handle you want.
  3. Wrap fabric tape around the wires, securely.
  4. Wrap a thick ribbon around the wires, and secure with dots of glue. I tied another ribbon in a bow at the top, and used a dot of glue to add a peacock feather.
  5. You’re done! In total, mine had 13 flowers in it and took about an hour to make (not including the time to handmade the flowers).

Handmade Flowers

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After deciding on brooch bouquets, I decided not to have any real flowers, besides 2 vases of them for the ceremony. I set out to sew, glue and create handmade fabric and tissue paper flowers for the wedding. I rounded up a collection of different ways to make flowers, and bought various supplies on sale at Joann’s. We started experimenting with different styles, and then replicated the easiest and quickest ones the most. We mostly made purple flowers, to use them to fill turquoise vases around the venue, and also used them to create the toss bouquet. Here are some of my favorite tutorials:

Fabric Flowers

Ribbon, felt, cotton and much more can be fun options to make flowers from

Rolled flowers: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/flowers/rolled-fabric-flowers-tutorial/

Braided rolled flowers: http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/scrappy-braided-flower.html

Geometric: http://justagirlandherblog.com/no-sew-fabric-flower-tutorial/

Burned edges flower: http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/05/29/tutorial-how-to-make-lovely-fabric-flowers/

Yo-yo flower with button: https://homeislavenderscones.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/yo-yo-flower-tutotial/

Tissue paper flowers

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http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Tissue-Paper-Flowers

Handmade Brooch Bouquet

Like many women, I wanted a bouquet that would last well past the wedding. I finally decided on a brooch bouquet, because my mom found many of my grandma’s brooches and it was great to incorporate them into the bouquet. It’ll also be something great for my daughter to someday have, even for her wedding if she decides to.

I used Ebay to find most of my brooches, besides the ones I already owned from my grandmother. The best deal are buying them in lots- it’s great too because many sellers will sell lots of coordinating colors, and I wanted to get a good number of purple and turquoise brooches (our wedding colors). Amazon has some, Etsy sellers sell some, and some thrift stores can be good places for them as well. You can also

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I also found a peacock and peacock feather brooch, to go with our theme.

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Next, I found several tutorials. I decided to use fake flowers as my base, rather than a foam ball- I just didn’t like the foam option, based on photos I saw.

I then started wiring all of my brooches– this is a good group project, because it it tedious. There’s not really a method to this madness, because every brooch is different, some have different backs than others, and the amount of wire you use depends on the size and weight of the brooch. You’ll get the hang of it after wiring a few though.

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After wiring, I started by placing brooches on top of the flowers, taping them along the base as I went.

I used small brooches to fill in all of the gaps, and just started bending the wires to get things to fit together well, and to be well-rounded.

In the end, I made 4 bridesmaid’s bouquets, and a larger bouquet for me. My mom sewed a white wrap for mine, purple for the bridesmaids, and a turquoise wrap for the maid of honor. I tied a turquoise ribbon around the wraps, to add the other wedding color on. They turned out well!

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Wedding Programs

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Though many people skip them now, I love designing documents, so I decided to make some programs myself.

I actually used Powerpoint to design them, because I found a template with some fun aspects to it which used Powerpoint, and it’s so simple to design pages as slides, and then print that way- it’s very photo and text box friendly. The template had figures for the area where you describe your bridal party, like this:

I used the template as a starter, and switched out the colors for the bouquets and such to my wedding colors. I also downloaded some nice fonts for free from various sites, to make the calendar and “thank you” look fancier. If you want a different template or fonts check the forums on Weddingwire and such- many brides have great, free templates they share. Pinterest has some as well. If you don’t want to make them yourself, Etsy as always has people who will design them for you!

To create mine:

I found a peacock design I liked, and created the cover simply with the photo, our names, and the wedding date and location.

On the inside, we had the schedule of the day, information about the special songs that were played, and a blurb about each member of the wedding party.

On the back we had a Thank You to our guests.

Music included:

Father Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First” – Heartland

First dance: “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen

Cake cutting: “I Like Pie, I Like Cake” – Four Chefs

Bouquet toss: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper

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We put the programs in a basket, on sale at Joann’s, with a sign tied on it with a ribbon, that was stamped with the peacock feather stamp from Michael’s, and hand cutout letters.

Personalized Chalk Boards

For our wedding, I wanted chalkboards in various sizes and shapes. It turns out, finding them at affordable prices was nearly impossible, so we set out to make our own. We needed:

  • Wooden materials you want made into chalkboard (I purchased the boards from Joann’s, and the picnic basket from Goodwill- Joann’s has a ton of wooden stuff, and you can use 50% off coupons, or go when they’re 60% off, etc. and get great deals)
  • A piece of chalk
  • Colored paint and brush, if you want to add borders, etc. as pictured
  • Optional addition: easels (also purchased at Joann’s on sale)

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I don’t have step by step photos, but the process is pretty simple:

1. Sand down the board

2. Tape any areas off with painters tape that you don’t want chalk board

3. Spray with chalk board paint! It may take a few layers- let each dry in between.

4. Paint the other areas, as desired.

5. Once completely dry, “Prime” the chalkboard if you want to, by covering it in chalk, and then washing it off. I primed a couple of mine, but I didn’t like the chalk residue that can be left. Since I only planned to use the chalkboards for the wedding, I stopped priming them, so they’d look perfectly clean, and just wrote on them the message they would have for the wedding day.

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