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Supermarket wedding flowers

In Decoration, DIY, Flowers on February 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

You know it makes sense. If a supermarket stocks them, they’ll be cheap and hardy. Here’s some ideas for those who wish to embrace Tesco’s Finest:

1. Re-doing a mixed bunch. Buy one of those mixed bunches from Asda, bin the excess foliage, remove any clashing colours, cut the stems to length, secure with wire, wrap in ribbon, bang in a few pearl headed pins, and wham bam thank you ma’am – Bouquet a la Supermarche.

Before

Before

After

After

2. Now for table displays, mums and daisies are easily available and work wonders if you’re looks for a sunny yellow theme.

Making the sun shine at Sainsbury's

Making the sun shine at Sainsbury's

3. Meanwhile a mix of irises, statis and carnations kicks ass if you’re doing a blue or lilac theme. There’s a guide to supermarket wedding flowers at Real Simple.

4. Pink carnations, a.k.a Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite are as ever, a winner. Mix them up with copious filler flowers.

Mix carnations up with lavender

Mix up your carnations

How to do a carnation display, according to Martha Stewart:

Hide distracting sepals and stems by clustering the blossoms into a tight dome. Soak five blocks of floral foam in water until saturated. Line up three of the blocks in a shallow bowl. Center another block on top of those three. Cut the remaining foam block in half, crossways, and place half on either side of the stack. Trim each carnation stem to two or three inches. Working your way from bottom to top, stick each carnation’s stem into the top foam block. When you’re finished, trim or rearrange flowers to fill out the dome and fix “bald” spot.

5. Tiny vases – This is a bit like the small plate principle when you’re dieting, except this is more of a floral diet. Even a tulip can look grand and imposing in a miniature vase.

From Toast and Tables

From Toast and Tables

6. No fear. It’s scary doing it yourself, but then so is ending up in years of pointless debt because of an outrageous floristry bill.

Watch this florists’s video on pros and cons of supermarket flowers – she says the quality is fine, the prices great, it’s just the arrangements that can be a little.. well.. common. However, with a bit of DIY rearrangment you’ll have flowers fit for a lady.

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The terribly cheap carnation bridal bouquet

In Decoration, DIY, Flowers on February 22, 2009 at 10:06 am
Carnations can be delicate and elegant

Carnations can be delicate and elegant

The carnation is the recession-friendly flower. It symbolises love to your guests and a less badly dented wallet to you. They come in all the colours of the rainbow, are hardy and last days. Some say they are the flowers of petrol station forecourts. Some, like Charlotte in Sex in the City, call them ‘filler flowers’. Not I.

The power of a single colour. Kaboom.

The power of a single colour. Kaboom.

In single colours they have impact.

Two tone bouquet

Two tone bouquet

In two similar-but-different shades, they look as complex and interesting as George Clooney.

So many styles. Not sure about purple though, because purple is for crazies.

So many styles. Not sure about purple though, because purple is for crazies.

For glamour on an Audrey Hepburn level, add a brooch.

The monochrome bouquet

The monochrome bouquet

Martha Stewart shows you how to make a black tie carnation bouquet, with ingenious, but somewhat fiddly ribbon flowers…

Ribbon Flower How-To
For each flower, cut a 9 1/4-inch length of 1-inch-wide satin ribbon.

1. Measure 1/2 inch from one end; mark lightly in pencil. From there, mark 1 1/2-inch intervals five times (for five petals).

2. With matching thread, hand-stitch semicircles from mark to mark.

3. Pull thread to gather; knot.

4. Sew ribbon ends together, right sides facing, to make flower; snip off extra ribbon. For stem, stitch flower to looped and twisted end of white floral wire.

The totally cheapest bridal bouquets ever

In DIY, Flowers on January 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Flowers, according to You and Your Wedding, should be costing a bride £300. £300 is a lot of meals for orphans though, isn’t it. So here’s some cheapskate options. Yay.

1. The imaginary bouquet. Not having flowers is hands down the cheapest.

2. Fall in love with carnations. They are extraordinarily cheap. The DIY carnation bouquet will, I believe, be the bouquet of The Crunch (as in Credit Crunch). Carnations are by far the cheapest flower, and in white look rather chic.

Carnation bouquets

Carnation bouquets

Find out how to make a carnation bouquet here.

Then you can add a cornucopia of carnation for your table decorations. Hell, give your wedding a Hawaiian theme and drape your reception with Carnation lei.

Sometimes just one is enough

Sometimes just one is enough

3. Single sunflowers. Sublime and ridiculous and ideal for DIY bouquets.

4. The classic rose. Hardy and not wildly expensive.

green-bridal-bouquet-pictures-6

The green bridal bouquet

5. Chrysthanthemums. Not everyone’s cup of lapsang souchong, but outrageously cheap, especially if you order them online.

6. Seasonal bouquets. As a general guide, pastels are seasonal in spring, primary colors are in summer, gold, red, and purple are in autumn, and red and white are in winter.

7. The hand-tied bouquet is cheaper than its wired counterpart if you’re paying for a florist.

8. DIY crepe bouquet. Now that is cool, though somewhat labour intensive.

Crepe flowers by Martha Stewart

Crepe flowers by Martha Stewart

Find out how to make one here. Also, have a gander at Miss Wilkins paper flower inspiration here.

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The totally cheapest bridal bouquets ever – Part 2

Supermarket wedding flowers

The terribly cheap carnation bridal bouquet