Post # 1
Hello, Fellow Sexy Wedding Bees!
For my second post, I am asking for help with decorations and “floral” arrangments.
The fiancé and I stumbled upon a few awesome photos and tutorials for DIY paper flowers and we immediately fell in love. First it was just pomander balls as decorations four our tented reception, but then it turned into, “Why not have paper flowers as our bouquets and boutonnieres, too?!”
So, here I am asking, “Which paper type is best?” I’ve seen tutorials for tissues paper, painted coffee filters, and crepe paper. I’ve even seen some with tulle added in! They all look great, but with so many options, I’m not sure which would look best (most natural) and work best for our (outdoor) ceremony/reception.
Any ideas or advice?
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Post # 4
I made my throw away bouquet and like 200 single flowers to use for decoration from coffee filters. They were easy to work with, CHEAP (I could make about 10-11 flowers per pack of 100 filters), easy to purchase (grocery store… dollar store…. pretty much anywhere) and you can colour them any colour you want/need
Post # 5
How realistic are you wanting the flowers to look?
I prefer crepe paper for flower making. It is thicker so it holds up better in my opinion than tissue paper. It also stretches and so when you make the petals you can stretch them gently and it makes a nice realistic curl. You can buy crepe paper online in a large variety of colors.
I think coffee filters work really well for doing roses, but I haven’t really seen other flowers done super realistically.(I could be wrong… I just personally haven’t really seen other types of flowers made with coffee filters)
I’m making my flowers out of old silk that I bought from someone on etsy, and it’s turning out pretty good. So that could be an option. It is nice because the silk holds up a lot better and I can paint it.
Do you have a tent? Is there going to be a protective covering if it rains?
Post # 6
@mrshollinger: Yeah, I started working with the paper flowers the other day and love the look, but it is sooo time-consuming (as I’m sure you know). I was hoping for something easier to deal with, you know?
Post # 7
@MrsArtsy: I’d prefer to have them be as realistic and natural as fake flowers can be. LOL As I said to the other commenter, I’ve played around with creating Pomander Balls with coffee filters and watercolors (http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/pomander-balls.html) and they look really great … but are super time-consuming.
I’d prefer something “easier” to work with for a DIY project since it’s basically just me doing the work for the decorations and my bouquet. That’s why I thought fake flowers of the fabric or silk kind (like from Hobby Lobby) might be nice … but I was curious as to everyone’s opinion and thoughts on the overall look and realness.
Decisions, decisions …
And yes, my reception will be tented. But the ceremony is not … so that’s another reason why I wondered if fabric flowers would be best?
Post # 8
@MissesAwesome: Those pomanders are gorgeous! I definitely get the time consuming thing. My silk flowers are taking forever!
I think crepe paper are the best option if you want ease and to be more realistic. I would probably do crepe paper for the reception, but go ahead and just buy silk for the ceremony. Crepe paper, and coffee filters for that matter, aren’t going to hold up well if it rains.
I’m not really picky when it comes to flowers, so I think just buying silk would be fine. (fake flowers are way better than they used to be) You could also splurge for real touch flowers if you want an ultra realistic look. 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsArtsy: Funny that you mentioned the “real touch” flowers! I just came across this website and wanted to share with you ladies!
They are more expensive than traditional fake flowers, but if they are of better quality and realistic, then I’m willing to dish out the cash at least for my bouquet and his boutonniere (the rest I could really care less about). Besides, fake is still cheaper than real, especially if I want peonies which aren’t easily available in October.
Thanks for the advice, ladies! If you have any more thoughts, feel free to hit me up. 🙂