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  • DIY Boutonniere: Step by Step How to Guide & Video

    Posted on 26/12/2014 by | Comments Off

    DIY Boutonniere: Step by Step How to Guide Yellow Rose + Wax Flower Boutonniere Wedding Flowers

     

    For the DIY Bride, this video is a great resource for how to make boutonnieres yourself.  Boutonnieres for multiple members of your wedding party can add up cost-wise, but they can be easily done yourself a day before the wedding and kept in the fridge. (make sure you have space in your refrigerator if you attempt any DIY flowers like corsages and boutonnieres as these items don’t have a water supply without the little green tubes.

    This video from Blooms by the Box, a reputable online wholesale florist popular amongst DIY Brides, shows all the steps to making a rose boutonniere yourself. Roses are ideal for DIY boutonnieres because they are so hardy.

    I like how this rose is more open and fuller than other Boutonnieres that are often closer bud stage

     

    Blooms by the Box shows how to do this boutonniere with a yellow rose, but they have an impressive array of rose colors and shades available and wedding supplies needed to do your own wedding flowers.

     

    How To Guide to Making Boutonnieres

    How To Guide to Making Boutonnieres

     

     

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  • DIY Rose Petal Aisle Runner How-to Guide

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    Rose Petal Aisle Runner How-to DIY Guide

    this is a great idea found on Pinterest. Here are some pros and cons of a rose petal aisle runner.

    fabric Aisle runners can be very expensive and surprisingly slippery.  Especially for an outdoor ceremony, rose petals can be strewn in a pattern (as shown) or at random, hours before the ceremony. A pattern can be outlined in string that is anchored with toothpicks in advance to follow, or cut out a paper stencil pattern if you are crafty to make rose petal patterns of dots or stars or hearts.  Make sure guests stay off the petals in advance!

    Another simple design is the “ombre” petal look seen here, no special skill is required for this look as long as petals are ready in advance

     

    PROS:

    • Pretty, colorful way to decorate your aisle with limited expense and fuss.
    • Even young ones could be responsible for random patterns (and maybe it could occupy them in the hours before the wedding)
    • a “lush” floral look can be achieved with little time or expense

    CONS:

    • Must be done day of ceremony
    • Decide if you (or your bridesmaids, or family escorted up the aisle before the bride) might slip and fall if petals are underfoot and if it would be better to keep the petals at the edges of the aisle out of the path.
    • Your venue may not allow rose petals – get pre-approval
    • clean up.

     rose petal wedding aisle

    Resources in this article to copy this idea yourself :

    Flowers:

    • J R Roses
    • Blooms by the Box has MANY shades or roses to choose from to match your decor, plus wedding supplies like tall cylinder vases if you care to have candles or flowers along the aisle
    • Costco Floral Department Roses.  Costco also has a wedding floral department with bulk flowers and pre-made bridal bouquets, table centerpieces, and full wedding floral sets. Costco roses in-store are generally mostly available in red with other colors on a special order basis. If you are picking up in store, red is most likely what will be available in quantity
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  • Do it Yourself DIY Rose Bouquet Step by Step Instructions

    Posted on 26/12/2014 by | Comments Off

    Do it Yourself DIY Rose Bouquet Step by Step Instructions

    Easier than you might think, a step by step guide to do your own rose bouquet from JR Roses. Similar to ones done by Martha Stewart, this is a classic style that goes with many types of gowns.

     

    Step by Step Instructions for Do It Yourself Rose Bouquet

    Step by Step Instructions for Do It Yourself Rose Bouquet

    Classic Dome Shaped Round Bouquet

    As with any DIY wedding project, there are many things you CAN do, but make sure you (or a trusted friend or relative) will have enough time in the day or two before the wedding to do the project.

    • classic dome shape round bouquet requires 30 – 60 stems for a bridal bouquet, 20 – 40 for a bridesmaid bouquet
    • takes about 30 – 60 minutes to make
    • Can be done with flowers other than roses, but make sure they are hardy
    • can be done a day or two in advance if proper care of flowers are taken

    This page also has how to make a simple centerpiece, how to make boutonnieres, and has videos to watch.

    As a side note, I’ve used JR Roses for several occasions, I am especially impressed by their wholesale large calla lilies and tropical flowers, and there fundraising bouquets are always in excellent condition.  I haven’t gotten any bad flowers or damaged flowers with brown or torn petals from them yet.

    There are a few popular online wholesale florists online that are frequently used by brides to be, but JRRoses is pretty much the only online wholesale florist that I personally recommend for DIY floral wedding projects. The flowers look healthy and are large.

    I also find the staff to be especially helpful. When my Grandmother was sick in the hospital and I ordered late in the day, they rush expedited the order for me, and personally emailed me a very nice note that they wished her well and hope she felt better, I thought that was a really nice touch for an online vendor.

     

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  • Frugal Wedding Reception table centerpiece Idea

    Posted on 20/09/2014 by | Comments Off

    Frugal Wedding Reception table centerpiece Idea for DIY Brides

    DIY BRIDE Table Centerpiece idea:  This is a pretty, simple and romantic idea for wedding reception centerpieces for DIY brides. It comes from JR Roses, an amazing wholesale floral online store that has great prices on roses, orchids, calla lily, tropical flowers, gerberas, and even pre-made wedding floral sets.  JR Roses has been featured on David Tutera My Fair Weddings.

    This centerpiece idea is rose petals surrounding tea light candles (or LED candles).

    rose petal centerpiece

    What is interesting about this deal is that JR Roses sells the petals fresh and in enough quantity to do all your tables, decorating bridal aisles, using for the petal toss, flower girl petals, etc., with no broken or bruised petals in a six gallon bag of about 5,000 rose petals. They last fresh 7 days when kept in the refrigerator. This is a great deal for the quantity of petals you get and how much decorating can be done with this bag of petals.

    If you are super frugal and have the time, you could do this table arrangement idea with roses from a supermarket florist or Costco, but as a caution, make sure you have good petals to work with and enough roses.  Make sure your flower vendor does not sell rose petals are not leftover or discarded petals swept off the floor, or guard petals, they are only premium petals.

    At vendors like JRRoses and RoseSource you will not get damaged or ripped petals which is a risk of pulling the petals off roses yourself.

    JR Roses rose petals come in several colors and the price ranges from $175 – $225 depending on color and quantity.

    PROS AND CONS

    If you are getting your own roses locally, you need to calculate what you’ll need per table to get this look.

    • There are about 20 – 30 petals usable petals per rose (depending on size and condition) so if you are buying your roses locally, depending on how many petals you need, your cost may run higher with local roses you de-petal yourself when you figure $15 – $20 for 18 – 24 roses at Costco (25 petals on average per rose multiplied by 24 roses = 600 petals best case scenario per 2 dozen).
    • Costco is a good value but color choice cannot be counted on unless you pre-order at a higher cost.
    • Silk rose petals. Silk rose petals are another more frugal option, however, at a wedding they are best used in places that are not as obvious that they are fake (such as the aisle runner) instead of on the table that people will be looking directly at for hours.

    Candles or Votives can be re-purposed from holiday decorations you may already have, or purchased cheaply on eBay, Amazon, or a local craft or dollar store. Make sure your reception venue allows for an open candle flame and if so, how tall a container is required. Another option is LED candle votives.

    ABOUT FINDING A GOOD WHOLESALE FLORIST

    JR Roses is a vendor we personally highly recommend and have used for many years. I do my own flowers for gifts, events, as get well gifts and when I am invited to dinner and for display, I am not particularly talented and I have had no design training. The big problem I find with do it yourself floral projects if finding quality flowers at a good price. I have been burned a few times by florists who send bouquets with damaged flowers and I prefer to do my own flower arrangements whenever possible and stick with a few vendors I trust.  I just follow simple instructions off of Youtube videos and make sure I have great flowers to work with. JR Roses is my first resource for flowers and I have never been disappointed. My favorites are their large Calla Lily and their tropical flower collections.

    For some of my tips on how to do your own floral arrangements and cautions to consider, read this post entitled “DIY Tips on How to Do Your Own Wedding Floral Arrangements”.

     

    Rose Petal Aisle Runner

    Rose Petals can be strewn in a pattern (as shown) or at random hours before the ceremony. A pattern can be outlined in string in advance to follow. Make sure guests stay off the petals in advance. Decide if you (or your bridesmaids, or family escorted up the aisle before the bride) might slip and fall if petals are underfoot and if it would be better to keep the petals at the edges of the aisle out of the path.

     rose petal wedding aisle

    Resources in this article to copy this idea yourself :

    Flowers

    • J R Roses
    • RoseSource
    • David Tutera Weddings
    • Costco Floral Department Roses.  Costco also has a wedding floral department with bulk flowers and pre-made bridal bouquets, table centerpieces, and full wedding floral sets.

    Candles and Votives

    • eBay has a variety of votive candle holders in bulk at good prices. Some options include frosted, crystal, and LED candles that look like real candles. Remember to get enough to allow for some to break or crack in transit.
    • Amazon has votive candles and candle holders in bulk
    • Dollar or Craft Store such as Michael’s for candles and votives

     

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