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Fake Wedding Flowers That Aren't Cheesy!

  • Infuse instant artisanal charm into your day—and make guests do a few double takes—with faux flowers that are impeccably crafted, intriguingly offbeat, and even cool.

    1. Mulberry gardenia, starflower, cymbidium orchid, and buttercup place cards painted on color-customizable rice or mulberry paper, from $37.50 for 25,

    2. Pink tissue-paper flower poms, $40 for nine strung on monofilament,

    3. Pomander made of pages from a 1934 National Geographic, $120,

    4. Green, brown, and cream paper-flower bouquet, $72 ($4 per flower),

    5. Mini paper-poppy bundles, $3 each,

    6. Quilled paper flowers on table-number card, from $10 for 12, Calligraphy, Nan DeLuca;

    7. Spiral flowers (on table and favor bag), $10 for 14, Bag,

    8. Crepe-paper flowers, $35 each, Livia Cetti for the Green Vase; Embossed paintable wallpaper (all pages),

  • The Write Stuff: An intricate pomander holds sophisticated appeal for literary types—some of the paper is printed with type from vintage magazines. Order custom-colored bunches for your bouquet or the table decorations.

  • Diminutive Details: Add a 3-D twist to a summery gift bag with spiraled pastel paper flowers. You can also affix them to place cards and programs.

  • Scraps of fabric are transformed into fun floral keepsakes—bouquets, boutonnieres, and more. They're perfect for country-style weddings, or for those looking to bring some eco-friendly attitude to their day.

    1. Ombré brooch made of folded grosgrain ribbon with an engraved shell button, $48,

    2. Daisy bouquet of wool-felt flowers with vintage-button centers and embroidery thread, $216,

    3. Handmade organza blossoms, $9 for three,

    4. Silk rosettes, $15.50 each, and loose ribbon,

    5. Green fabric bouquet made with silk, linen, cotton, and upholstery fabric, $225,

    6. Mini linen rose pin, $68.50 for six, and five-inch linen poppy pin, $54, Scissors with golden handle,

    7. Felt chrysanthemum brooches, $20 each,

    8. Fabric poms made of linen and cotton, $195 or three,

    9. Boutonnieres made with silk, linen, cotton, and upholstery fabric, $25 each,

  • Felt Tips: Basic buttons add interest and define the daisy-like features of this funky bunch of topstitched felt flora. A sophisticated palette and a bright, streamlined vase (a spray-painted asparagus tin can!) help make this bouquet charming, not childish.

  • Natural Knockoff: With muted earth tones and nature-inspired details, this bouquet of fabric scraps is especially lifelike—each stem is one-of-a-kind. Green fabric bouquet made with silk, linen, cotton, and upholstery fabric, $225,

  • What could be more whimsical than flowers fashioned from baubles, buttons, and beads? Add sparkle to bridesmaids' locks with botanical bobby pins, set the table with a bundle of beaded blooms, or carry a breathtaking bouquet of vintage brooches.

    1. Beaded plumeria hairpins and lapel stickpin, $50 each,

    2. Bobby pins, $14.50 for three,

    3. Brooch bouquet, from $350,

    4. Enameled anemone cake jewels with Swarovski-crystal centers, $1,050 for four, Debra Moreland Is Paris; Scissors,

    5. Beaded forget-me-nots, $35 for two,

    6. Button bouquet, $120 for 60 stems,

    7. Beaded zinnias, $40 for two, and beaded lilies, $35 for two,

    8. Enameled magnolia-stick cake decoration with Swarovski-crystal center, $780 for three, Debra Moreland Is Paris; Table,

  • Buttoned Up: The crafty creator of this quirky bouquet stacked three to five buttons of different shapes and sizes to make each "flower," then wrapped the stems in ribbon. Holding it all together: the two-tone color scheme.

  • Treasure Trove: A dazzling mix of vintage floral brooches dripping with multicolored costume gems makes a luxe statement piece, sending out a rainbow of rays when it catches the light. Carry this hefty piece for the ceremony, then let it sit pretty on your table.

    —Marina Khidekel, BRIDES magazine


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Wedding on a Budget: How to Save Money on the Flowers & Decoration


Photo by Tara Donne/BRIDES

BRIDES magazine is here to help you get more bang for your hard-earned buck. Take a look at our list of seven essential do's and don'ts for considering flowers and decorations for your wedding day.

DO reuse the bridesmaid's bouquets at the reception—they can be slipped into vases to decorate the escort-card table and the entrance.

DON'T limit yourself to classic floral arrangements for the centerpieces. A glass bowl filled with water, rose petals, and floating candles is a luminous, low-cost alternative.

DO take advantage of seasonal sales to buy items like candles.

DON'T order out-of-season flowers that need to be flown in, since that will most likely incur big shipping costs.

DO weave herbs and branches into arrangements—you'll need fewer flowers that way.

DON'T spend money decorating reception areas that won't be heavily trafficked, such as staircases and hallways. Put your money where guests will see it: the entrance, the dining tables, and the bar.

DO use masses of candles bought in bulk.

—BRIDES magazine

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DIY Paper Flowers

  • Hello, folks! My name is Summer, and I'm from My Bohemian Summer. I specialize in origami flower art, wedding bouquets, and favors, and I'm very excited to be here on BRIDES Daily with a fun DIY project. Follow my instructions (the pictures will be a big help!) and you'll have a lovely origami centerpiece or place card that doubles as a favor. No special skills are required, and even those who are all thumbs will get the hang of it after the first few times.

  • Supplies Needed:

    • 6-by-6 inch origami paper, scrapbooking paper, or any paper that you desire
    • 6-inch bamboo skewers or chopsticks
    • Hot-glue gun
    • Wire cutters or heavy shears
    • Matting or card stock, cut into 1.5-by-3-inch tags
    • Hole punch
    • Raffia or ribbon in any color

  • Directions:

    1. Start with your origami paper, with the white side up, or, if you're using paper with designs on both sides, put the side that you want visible down. Fold the bottom right corner to the top left corner. Unfold and do the same thing to the other side.

  • 2. Now fold each corner into the center of the paper. Leave a little gap between each fold, so they do not touch or overlap.

  • 3. Fold the bottom right-side corner to top left corner; unfold and do the same on the other side. When finished, flip your paper over. You should see an X across the paper from where you folded last, on top of a faint T.

  • 4. Using your index fingers and thumbs, push in from the left and right of the T to the center of the X. The top and bottom of the T should fold in, leaving you with a four-point star.

  • 5. Now fold the corners together to get a triangle.

  • 6. Select one corner and raise it up. Open the flap.

  • 7. Press the flap down flat, so the crease goes down the middle.

    Tip: If you're having difficulty getting the flap to lay flat, you can use a skewer or a chopstick to open the base.

  • 8. Repeat with other flap. Then turn the whole thing over and do the same with the other two. When you're finished, you should have one kite shape.

  • 9. Looking down into it, you should see four points on the right side and four on the left. Lay your kite flat so that the long end is pointing toward you. Now fold the bottom up about a half an inch, then unfold.

  • 10. Holding your kite shape at the fold you just made, and with a flat side facing you, slowly pull out the two tallest corners on the left and right. (The top and bottom petals will unfurl as you do this.) Press all four petals flat with your thumb, so you now have a basic flower shape.

  • 11. Using a skewer or chopstick, roll each petal around and down, toward the center of the flower.

  • 12. Cut the point off the skewer, add hot glue to the top, and push it through the center of the flower.

  • 13. For the tag, punch a hole and thread through the raffia or ribbon.

    Tip: Fan out the raffia to look like leaves.

  • 14. Repeat to make a beautiful (and lasting) bouquet!

    —Summer Skillman, My Bohemian Summer

    Photos Courtesy of Summer Skillman

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BRIDES Editor's Wedding Pics

  • This past May, Michael and I got hitched. We wanted a small, intimate wedding outdoors. We picked our favorite American city to visit (San Francisco) and our favorite hotel to stay at (Hotel Vitale). My sister, Kristy, was the officiant and my brother, Mike, was the photographer. I planned most of the wedding from our home in Brooklyn, and on the day of, family pitched in to put together paper pom-poms, do hair and makeup, and sweep up rose petals. Like most weddings we see at BRIDES, ours was a combination of DIY, expert help, and family gumption. Hope you enjoy the photos, and maybe even get inspired!—Joyce Bautista, BRIDES

    I chose the color of my silk Jenny Yoo dress (Capri blue) and then came up with a color scheme that would complement and not overwhelm it. Amy Burke Designs in San Francisco put together four arrangements used to decorate the terrace where we held the ceremony and, later, the tables at dinner. The paper pom-poms were from Party Poms.

  • The throwing of rice after a wedding ceremony symbolizes prosperity for the new husband and wife. Taking luck any way we can get it, we followed suit. The calligraphed gauze bags were by Bell'occhio in San Francisco.

  • My friend Ema talked me off many an emotional precipice back in New York during the wedding planning. Even the day of, she was there, if only in spirit. She put together an emergency kit with everything I might need last-minute.

  • That's me peeking out from the bathroom, waiting for Michael to arrive at the ceremony. My sister did my hair and makeup after a free consultation at Sephora the day before.

  • My bouquet (also by Amy Burke Designs) included some of my favorite flowers and foliage, such as lilies of the valley, kangaroo paw, and dusty millers. Those shoes are my first-ever pair of Christian Louboutin heels, and I continue to wear them all the time—I'm getting my money's worth, baby!

  • The tie is Liberty for Target and features what I think are supposed to be London taxis, but we bought it because they look like VW Beetles—Michael owns a convertible cream one that we both love. The bout was by Amy Burke Designs.

  • Michael and I wrote our own vows. I forgot about half of mine—I was definitely more nervous than I thought I would be. My engagement ring is from the 19th century and was picked out by Michael all on his own from our friend's Brooklyn shop, Erie Basin.

  • We went with plain gold wedding bands. Both are engraved on the inside with our wedding date, and mine reads, "Michael <3 Joyce," while his reads, "Joyce <3 Michael." We are total cheeseballs!

  • The terrace at Hotel Vitale provided a dramatic city background to the ceremony. That was one of my non-negotiables: I wanted to get married outdoors. It turned out to be a typical but lovely cool, windy San Francisco day.

  • In a blip, it was over. My sister became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church so she could officiate the ceremony.

  • I went pretty nontraditional for most of the wedding details, but I really wanted to wear a birdcage veil. It is such a cute look, and I think it can look costumey any other time.

  • That's the Bay Bridge in the background. I love San Francisco almost as much as I love Michael.

  • The vanilla-and-orange chiffon cake with salted-caramel filling and vanilla-buttercream frosting was made by my brother's friend Kathy Chong, a pastry chef at Town Hall and Salt House in San Francisco. I was inspired to make the ribbon flags by the beautiful food blog Forty-sixth at Grace. The paper banner, which reads "Mr & Mrs Ferrari," was by Bell'occhio.

  • We didn't have a traditional reception (just dinner downstairs at the yummy Italian restaurant in the hotel), but we did want a first dance. After dinner, Michael and I went back up to the suite and danced to Yaz's "Only You" — I know, total cheesefest!

    Photos Courtesy of Michael Bautista

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DIY Boutonnieres in Just Three Steps

Hello, lovely readers—I'm Katie from and so excited to share this project with you on BRIDES Daily! Not only because it involves fresh flowers that pop with color and smell delicious, but because BRIDES is one of my absolute favorite wedding publications of all time. It's a bridal blogger's dream come true. ;) And as a lover of all things wedding, handmade, and pretty, I thought this DIY project was the perfect way to share some crafty wedding love and help you get your creative juices flowing!

When you think of wedding flowers, the mind first jumps to the bouquet, reception centerpieces, and ceremony decorations. But sometimes we forget about flowers for the guys! If you're a DIY gal (or have crafty friends helping you with your handmade wedding), consider making boutonnieres for the guys in your bridal party. Here are a few simple steps to help you make your own hand-tied arrangements!


Courtesy of Katie Olson

You don't need much to make these! Grab some shears (or scissors) and floral tape. If any of your stems are flimsy, get some floral wire, too. Pick out the flowers you want to use. Here we are using green trick, pink and white ranunculus, and myrtle branches.

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Courtesy of Katie Olson

STEP 1 - Prep your flowers. Remove any leaves on their stems. Remove the lower portion of the leaves on your foliage. If you are using single leaves rather than branches, as we're doing here, use your floral wire to create a longer stem. To do this, take a four-inch piece of wire and feed it though the leaf toward the bottom, close to the stem. Twist it around the existing stem to create a longer stem. The wire will be hidden when you wrap everything together in step 2.

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Courtesy of Katie Olson

STEP 2 - Build your boutonniere. Take your larger leaves or branches and group a few together. Add one flower at a time, placing each at a different level and in a slightly different direction. If you see any holes in the front, fill them in with more foliage. Rearrange as you feel necessary, then wrap the stems with floral tape to hold everything in place.

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Courtesy of Katie Olson

STEP 3 - The finishing touch. Wrap the stems (over the floral tape) with ribbon that coordinates with your wedding colors and flowers. Start at the bottom and wrap your way up. Just below the flowers, tie the ribbon in a knot or a bow.

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Courtesy of Katie Olson

Add a pin or two and it's ready to be placed on a lapel!

—Katie Olson, Wedding Fanatic and Gown Studio

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DIY Centerpiece in 3 Steps


Photo by Andrew McCaul/BRIDES

All you need to make this easy arrangement is ample prep time, willing helpers (bridesmaids!), a cool storage area, and a way to transport the centerpieces to the party. Check out your local nursery and craft stores for supplies.


What you need:

  • A three-ply plastic trash bag
  • Bamboo cylinders (in various sizes)
  • Succulents (such as echeveria)
  • Potting soil
  • Tropical leaves (such as monstera)
  • Flowers (such as protea)
  • Flower frogs (available at crafts stores)
  • Floral tape

Step 1: Cut the bag to fit the cylinder bottoms. Line them with it, and secure the lining with tape.

Step 2: Repot the succulent plants in some of the cylinders, using the potting soil. Then place flower frogs in the bottoms of the remaining cylinders and use them to anchor the stems of the flowers and some of the leaves. Pour about 2 inches of water into each cylinder.

Step 3: Set the cylinders on the remaining leaves (using them as place mats).

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