In Flowers on June 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm
Supersize your wedding flowers
Your budget may be sorrowfully paltry, but you flowers don’t have to be. Avoid your centre pieces looking sparse and your bouquets looking sad by choosing the right flowers.
Use Hydrangeas for bulk. They can be a little tricky in bouquets as the stems need to be kept short to stop them wilting, but for centre pieces they really work. A single stem is the size of about four roses, so despite being about £4 a stem they can work out fairly cheaply. They come in pink, blue, green, purple, aqua and white mainly, are in season from spring to autumn, and can even be dried if you really need them in your bouquet. Plus, there’s half a chance you’ll know someone who has an enormous bush of them, so you might even be able to snip them for free.
Use hydrangeas for bulk.
Fill with baby’s breath. Florists everywhere use baby’s breath (gypsophilia) to bulk up bouquets.
Forget the other flowers and just go with Baby's Breath
Shrink your vases. It’s the same principle as dieters use when they eat off smaller plates – the smaller the vase, the bigger the flowers look. Go Lilliputian if you so wish.
Apothecary bottles make ranunculus look giant
Big up the foliage. Bear grass, pittosporum, eucalyptus or even ivy can help supersize your flowers.
Ivy only displays in wine bottles
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
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.
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
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.
8. Mismatching vintage vases. See Style Me Pretty’s eBay finds.