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Vases to outshine your flowers

In Decoration, Flowers on May 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm

The cost of wedding flowers is an outrage. It’s a science fact. Luckily though, you can make up for any paucity of flowers, dodgy DIY centrepieces or lack of floral complexity by  the clever use of containers. Here’s the Credit Crunch Bride’s guide to vases to outshine your flowers:

1. The single stem vase. Elegant AND built for those with a very tight flower budget? This is as good as a baby without the childbirth.

Put single tall blooms in single stem vases for maximum dramatic effect

Put single tall blooms in single stem vases for maximum dramatic effect

2. Apothecary bottles a.k.a chemist’s bottles. These are perfect for the shabby chic look. For proper collectibles go here or here, otherwise you can pick them up on eBay for about a pound a pop.

Apothecary bottles

Apothecary bottles

3. Vintage bottles – Perfume bottles, old coca cola bottles, whatever the junk shop offers really.

4. Teapots. If you’re hesitating over doing that Alice in Wonderland theme, this could be the tipping point.

Teapots give flair to any floral arrangement, not matter how messy

Teapots give flair to any floral arrangement, not matter how messy

5. Jam jars. No country wedding is complete without wild flowers in jam jars.

6. Tin cans wrapped in pretty paper. An ultra low budget option for the baked bean eating bride.

7. Tureens and silver cups.Not necessarily cheap, but certainly cool.

No rose can look average in a silver goblet.

No rose can look average in a silver goblet.

8. Mismatching vintage vases. See Style Me Pretty’s eBay finds.

Something old, something older

In Dresses, Themes on February 6, 2009 at 12:08 am

Vintage can be the cheapest of all themes. Followed closely by ‘shabby chic’. Here’s how to win at Vintage in a few easy steps:

1. Get a repro dress made – Find a fabulous vintage dress, then get it copied. The one below is from a museum, but would probably look far better on you.

1930s antique dress with bugle beads

1930s antique dress with bugle beads

2. Raid your grandparents’ attics – everything shabby can be used.Old jars, old fabric, even old suitcases.

Battered old suitcase becomes box for programs

Battered old suitcase becomes box for programs

3. Get guests to go vintage. A 1920s theme is easy for example. A pencilled on moustache for the chaps, a couple of tassels and headbands for the ladies, and suddenly the ice is broken. It’s one of the peculiarities of the English that their incredible stuffiness can be dispelled with the aid of a few items of fancy dress.

4. Roll out a vintage crooner – not necessarily any more expensive than Dave’s Disc, and altogether more classy.

Other wedding themes:

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