Bouquets are DONE

Hooray I finished the bouquets!  I added a little bit of bling because I promised my Maid of Honor she can have some bling (I also used boring normal pins on theirs so I needed to cover them up, I bought the pearl-ended pins for mine).  My dress has a lot of sparkly stuff anyways, so I left mine simple.

Bridesmaid bouquets

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I’m still here.. and still planning (just not posting)

I’ve been crazy busy lately and working on origami lilies like crazy so I can make my bouquet and finish up the centerpieces.  I haven’t been posting updates since I’ve been trying to actually accomplish stuff instead of writing about it, but I’ll try to sit down and write updates on my invitations (SENT), my thank you cards that are in the progress of being made, the stringing of the cranes, the guestbook I purchased, and everything else I’ve done that hasn’t made it onto the blog yet.

For now, here is a teaser post about my centerpieces.  I spray painted most of the bottles (I think I have 10 painted) and have started filling them with flowers.  I still have about a bajillion lilies I need to fold and I need to paint a few more bottles, but I’m pretty happy with how they are turning out.

One of each colored centerpiece vase.

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Bouquet and/or Centerpiece Origami Lily Flowers (progress)

So I was lurking around Offbeat Bride, as I often do, and decided to post an update about my finished 1,000 Origami Cranes.  A fellow member posted on my update and so I checked out her updates and saw the most lovely bouquet of origami lilies and fell in LOVE so I decided I had to try to make one!  I made a single lily and it was relatively easy and didn’t take a horribly long time so I decided to make a ton of multi-colors and see if I could at least use them in the centerpieces if they didn’t work out as a bouquet.  I’m still undecided on if they will be a bouquet(s) and/or centerpiece flowers, but I decided I’m going to make as many as possible and then decide later!

The "vase" is one of my unpainted centerpiece bottles that will be painted after it finally warms up outside!

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My first DIY/kusudama

Single Flowers from Folding Trees. I'll upload my photos into the post later.

My first DIY project I started a couple of weeks ago was to start making kusudama out of recycled magazine pages.  It’s relatively easy to do, gives me something to preoccupy myself with while I’m watching t.v. and it’s FREE since I have everything already.  It’s also “green” and eco-conscious since I am reusing something that would potentially end up in the trash anyways.  I know I can recycle magazines, but I prefer to UP-cycle and reuse things instead since a lot of energy goes into recycling.

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Let’s Talk About Color

There are tons of color combinations to choose from for wedding colors.  For the reception I want tons of BRIGHT colors.  I’m talking bright blues, reds, oranges, yellows, and the like.  I don’t want to look like a pinata walking down the aisle and decorating the ceremony venue is limited, so I’ll save the potential bright colors for the reception.  I also don’t want it to look like a rainbow exploded/threw up so I’m thinking about narrowing it down to 2 or 3 colors.

Aqua is one of my favorite colors so I want to incorporate it or at least some sort of blue.

Red is just plain awesome, especially for a wedding color.  Red + White + Black = amazing.  It might be a little overdone though.  Tons of brides have red on their dress or as an accent.  I want to be a little different.

Orange is awesome too.  It’s bright and goes well with Aqua or Blue to make an awesome mixture of color.

I’m thinking maybe I’ll do Aqua and Red and Orange together but it’s not set in stone.  I think I might do the majority of accents in Aqua/blue and Red and then maybe add other touches of orange.  I might then add other pops of bright colors into the reception, like Yellow and Green and maybe even Purple and Pink.  Again, I don’t want it to look like a rainbow exploded or I’m trying to put on a crazy rave.

I have some photo inspiration below.  Something to keep in mind when I’m looking at colors. More

Christmas Ornament Bouquet

I’m a fan of having a non-flower bouquet, at least a non REAL flower bouquet.  Real flowers will die and wilt and I want something that will last forever and that I can make ahead of time and not have to stress out shortly before the ceremony to pull it together.  I definitely don’t want to buy one, so I’ve been looking at some different ideas of how I can make my own and I came across this idea from a bride with a tasteful colorful wedding.

The bride has a bouquet made from Christmas Ornaments (the colorful glass balls) and the bridemaids have bouquets made from paper flowers.  I love both of the ideas and I think they look great!

I want a colorful bouquet but not something that looks like it belongs at a rave so the Christmas ornament bouquet is idea number one, but I’m going to keep looking for additional ideas.  If I decide to make a bouquet similar to this, I want to add a little more to it so it’s not just the ornaments, but I’m not really sure what.  I don’t want to make an exact replica of this bride’s bouquet but I like the idea.