Post # 1
I am having some girlfriends over for a day of Wedding Crafts this Sunday. I am providing food and wine and they will help me with DIY Tissue Pomanders.
I am having a small wedding, there will be between 50 and 60 people. The ceremony will be in the vineyard (if it doesn’t rain) in the morning and the Brunch Reception will be in a very cute Inn in the afternoon. The theme of the wedding is Modern Fall and the colours are Orange and Blue.
So, even though I want to have Pomanders, I am still a little bit confused as to how I’d be using them. I will definitely put them on the chairs for the ceremony to decorate the aisle I’ll be walking on, but that’s only about 10 pomanders at most if we have 5 rows of chairs with 5 chairs on each side.
I’d like to incorporate the pomanders into the reception as well, but I am not sure how. Shall I try making a pomander for each chair or will it be an overkill? or maybe a pomander for every other chair? or what? I asked the Fiance and he told me to make as many as we can because he’s sure we will find a use for them 🙂
But how many shall I be aiming to make? And what do I do with them for the reception?
Post # 3
Poms are really labour intensive, at least they have been in my trial runs. We are using them on our pews as markers and at our reception. Since they take so much time, we are creating 12 for our pews (every second pew) and 6 for the reception (balanced on the top of glass candle holders so that they look like a bouquet in a vase. Our reception will house 100 people, so I think that this is a reasonable amount (given the work it takes to make one) We didn’t want to overdo it but liked the punch of color they offer here and there.
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 4
my Maid/Matron of Honor and a bridesmaid helped me for a few hours making pomanders last weekend and we didn’t get as much done as i thougt we would. just giving you a heads up, it will probably take a couple more sundays haha
you could put them on any extra tables (gift, guestbook, escort card, etc) and the bar(s). i also saw someone use a small flower (one of the many that makes up the pomander) for each table setting and it was really cute.
Post # 5
You could reuse the pomanders as centerpieces on top of vases
you could place them on the bar, the sweetheart table etc
Post # 6
Another ideas you could hang the pomanders either clustered or seperate same as you would paper lanterns … Definately DO NOT want to put them on every chair but perhaps you could also put them on your and your grooms chair…. I also like the idea of using them as decor on table with out centerpieces
Post # 7
Bees, thank you for all your great ideas! I completely forgot that there’s bar and buffet table to decorate, so thank you for reminding me about it. I will definitely be putting them there and also on mine and FH chairs as well. I already have an idea for centerpieces in mind, so I do not want to put pomanders there.
I tried making pomanders a few months ago and although they are pretty time consuming, I think we could knock off about 10-12 with my friends in one Sunday. I was able to do a pomander in about 30-45 minutes and it was my first time by myself. I hope that having something like an assembly line and 5 people working on them, we could do a few of them in an hour 🙂 My friends are pretty supportive and I think they won’t mind spending another day with me at some point in the future making the pomanders if I need their help 🙂
Post # 8
They are most definitely labor intensive. For my wedding I will be using them on the end chairs at the ceremony, on wreaths for the doors to the reception, and on cone forms for decor on placecard and dessert display tables.
I would not attempt to put on one each chair. I’ll be using them along with some paper lanterns and if I have time, yarn pom garlands.
My colors are Orange and Tiffany Blue (Aqua) and I will be using 10 for the ceremony right now. It takes around 35-40 flowers for each 4″ styrofoam ball I’m using.
The cone shapes I’m using take about 50 for the medium form, 35 for the small, and 85 for the large.
i feel like all I’ve been doing for the last month is playing with tissue paper 🙂 You’ve got some more time, so it should be easier for you.
There are a lot of threads on here about them, I would suggest using the assembly line approach – have all the paper cut, all the wire cut, then fold, round the edges, then fluff.
I fluffed 40 at a time and put them in grocery bags to store until I had about 5 bags worth when I would ‘build’ them, since that part takes no time at all.
Post # 9
@Imagelicious: Pomanders can be labor extensive. I have made 19 for my reception. I think I posted them earlier if you want to look at them. They are white with lavender and peach accents. None of the flowers are glued, so when I sell them, the bee can just poke her colors in where the peach and lavender rose heads are. Mine are on a 5″ ball. Since your wedding is not until October, you can purchase mine if it fits in your decor. That way, you won’t have to buy the styrofoam, nor many flowers.
Post # 10
@mslilacbride: I checked out your Pomanders – they look really good, but I don’t think they would suite my colours and my theme. Thank you for offering though!
Post # 11
@thewheelsonthebus: Oh, we have sort of similar colours for our weddings 🙂 I am planning on doing it assembly line style with 4 of my friends. I hope we can get at least 10-12 made, but hoping for more.
Post # 12
I’ve learned it takes me about 2 hours to fold & trim 40 flowers, and about 3 minutes to ‘fluff’ each one. 🙂
I only have myself though and spend an hour cutting a ton of paper at once.
My game plan now has been to only do the bare minimum I want, and then if I find I have time, go back for more. So I’m working on pomanders for every other row, if I have time I’ll go back and make them for every one.
Post # 13
So, we made 6 pomanders last Sunday – we weren’t too efficient since we talked and ate and drank at the same time. I think we could have done around 9 if we tried a little harder, but oh well. I am thankful for their help and I think I’ll do the rest on my own one at a time.
Post # 14
How many guests are you having at your wedding? because if you want to make pomander for every single chair that will be ALOT of work, plus it would be too much for the eyes. If you want to incorporate them in the reception you can use them as centerpieces
Post # 15
it’s about 50-60 people. I decided against having a pomander for each chair precisely because it may be too distracting. I’ll use them to decorate the aisle and the cake table at the reception.