Post # 1
Here is the evolution of the floral arrangements that I’m DIYing to go on top of my crystal candelabras. I believe that they are progessively getting better but are terribly plain. I am in need of some more constructive criticism. Our wedding colors are coral, pink, and aqua and our theme is shabby chic.
TEST 1 – ivory hydrangeas, pink & coral roses, willow-ish branches
TEST 2 – more rounded version of #1, without the willow-ish branches
TEST 3 – only ivory hydrangeas. Boring.
TEST 4 – ivory hydrangeas with green eucalyptus. Still incredibly safe and boring.
I am at a loss for what to do. I am DIYing these and using faux flowers. They will be standing on candelabras that are 3 foot tall on a 7 ft round table in a really dark room… so I probably shouldnt worry so much. I just need suggestions to help spruce it up!!!
Here is my inspiration… I obviously would need to tone it down (make it smaller) for budgeting purposes – but I dont know if i can acheive this look with faux flowers. Suggestions? My candelabras are very similar to the one pictured below.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Where did you get your candelabras?
Post # 5
Test 4 is getting there but I think in order to get a similar look you need to make your flowers a little larger and use different flowers to get that varying texture.
Post # 6
First, I love your candelabras! They are gorgeous and will look stunning regardless of what flower arrangement you put on top.
About the flowers… I think the issue is that you’re using about 90% of one type of flower (white hydrangeas) and that makes the arrangement look a bit plain. I’d suggest adding different types of flowers (in various shades of coral and pink) to break up the monotony and add texture and depth to the arrangement.
Good luck and please post more pics when you create your next mock-up.
Post # 7
Thank you! I agree with both of you… I’ll try to incorporate other flowers (similar to #2 but with more types and a softer color) and see what it will look like. I’m also going to see if I can find any faux lamb’s ear (the mint colored velvet-y leaves). Again, I appreciate your help!!!
Post # 8
I agree – #2 with softer colors and more flower variety and keep the eucalyptus in there! If you can’t find the color you want – try to find spray paint and just buy white flowers of the type you do want to use!
Post # 9
@yo_alli: Thank you! Hopefully I’ll be able to do a revised mock up this weekend and add different flowers!
Post # 10
Hi there. As requested, I looked at your floral arrangements here. First of all, your candelabras are beautiful. Where did you get those? I also think you are starting to get the idea toward the last attempt. Here are my suggestions:
- I think you were smart to use the hydrangea in place of all those tiny flowers (roses?) in the inspiration photo. However, the inspiration seems to use all of the flowers in clusters whereas you are using the ivory as a base for everything. Starting from your spherical foam base, add a few pieces of hydrangea with gaps between them instead of using them to completely cover the core. Otherwise when you squish in other flowers the hydrangeas will look smooshed. If you are having a problem with proportion, consider looking at a miniature version of hydrangea.
- Then, fill in some of the gaps with both pink and ivory roses. Try to vary the sizes (open blooms and buds). If you can find some miniature roses (spray roses), that would be even better to help you fill in with the larger blooms. I would keep the pink very light and subdued like the inspiration photo so that the differences in the flowers are slight and the main focus is the variety in texture.
- I think you were doing pretty good with eucalyptus but I like your idea about faux lambs ear or dusty miller instead. Again, those choices are less dramatic in difference regarding color.
- Fill in the remaining gaps with small bits of your leaves. I would try to keep these near the bottom 1/3 or the arrangement.
- Lastly, tuck very small tufts of a small flower (like baby’s breath, hanging lily of the valley, astilbe, etc.) randomly throughout.
- Then, walking around the arrangement, selectively pull a few blooms out slightly to create a more dynamic topography.
Now, if you aren’t trying to get a good copy of the inspiration photo but just want something in that vein, consider just getting a few bouquets and bunching them together (like this one or this one for example). Or, maybe something like this or this and then add in a few things.
Good luck. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Post # 11
@Season: Thank you so much for your advice!!! I really really appreciate it!
Post # 12
I saw this week that Michael’s had bundles (bouquets) of smaller ivory roses for about $8 each. With their typical 40% off coupons, you could easily replace the hydrangea with them if you wanted something closer to the look of the original. You can find them in their wedding section.
Also, there were a few really good choices for the tiny flowers that are sticking out of the original in their season flower area.
Hope everything is going well. I have pictures of these things if you need them.
Good luck! Post pics when you can!
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Post # 13
Hi the candelabras are absolutely stunning and your DIY flowers are all very pretty. As for the faux flowers I used them for my bouquet. The ones from Hobby Lobby are much better quality then the Michaels ones. Good luck to you!
Also, can I know where you purchased the candelabras from? My brother is getting married in June and his fiance would love these!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 14
Here is my latest update – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/evolution-of-the-diy-flower-arrangement-for-crystal-candelabras?replies=4#post-5168157
Thanks again, @Season:, for the advice! I really appreciate it! I am definitely going to have to check out those roses at Michaels soon! Take a look at the updated version and let me know what I can do to improve!
@ZackandDana: Thanks! I sent you a PM!
Post # 15
Test 4 is cute. Maybe a adding crystals on the inside of the vase or a pop of color in the flower arrangements can work also.
Post # 16
Hi! I think you have nothing to worry about … your candelabras are even gorgeous enough to stand on their own, and the hydrangeas look beautiful! This is exactly what I have been looking into for my own wedding!
The faux flowers look great. The later versions looks better without the willow branches. I agree with the rest of the ladies, incorporating some other flowers will give you some more texture and will allow you to create a larger cluster of flowers that will give you the drama and depth I think you are looking for. Keep your eye open for Michael’s and AC Moore coupons that come in their weekly circulars to help alleviate the cost! Also, there are some great vendors on Ebay where you can find good deals on the flowers.
Where were you able to find the candelabras? I have been searching online and would prefer to purchase instead of renting so I can start early on designing the floral arrangements. Thank you so much!!