Post # 1
So I decided to make duct tape flowers for my wedding because I hate to spend money on something that dies and I like to do crafts, so BAM, duct tape flowers. Below is what I have made so far and I am looking for some advice. My mom says that they are not realistic looking (I don’t care, they are cool!), my sister says that they look great the way they are. My wedding colors are Pink, Silver, and Orange and I plan to wrap the stems with silver duct tape and then make a ribbon collar to finish them off. What do you bees think?
This one with the large brooch is my Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet
These two are bridesmaid’s bouquets
And this is my bridal bouquet. My sister is making more to make it a bigger bouquet. Thanks bees!
Post # 4
I like them! I’m not a huge fan of the big broouch in the first pic, just because it seems a bit out of place by itself in with the colorful flowers. I actually prefer the bridesmaid bouquets. Your bouquet I think has enough metalic mixed in throughout that some bling works in that one.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
I agree that the brooch looks out of place on the Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet. The BM’s are really pretty. I would work on re-arraging yours and adding more flowers, it seems incomplete and not really planned out well, please don’t take that to be mean, It just doesn’t look finished or special enough yet for a Brides bouquet, in my opinoin. I’d maybe add some more white flowers…
Post # 7
Thanks kellynn323…that is the kind of feedback I was looking for! I am not good at arranging, my sister is going to help me with that after she finishes more white flowers. I am not adding any more brooches so they will look better spaced with more flowers.
Post # 8
Sorry, I’m not a fan of them… The colors in the photos are a little too in-your-face for me, especially for wedding flowers.
Post # 9
I’d have to see other wedding elements before giving an overall opinion, esp your dress and Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, but HOLY COW those are duct tape?? No way!! I would never think that in a million years. Color me impressed.
I also don’t like the brooch in the Maid/Matron of Honor one, and I think yours should have something…more. Not sure what though.
Post # 10
OK, so despite not being a fan of orange (sorry! personal preference!) I like these!
Would have never guessed they were made of duct tape!
I think you could do with a lot more small flowers to break things up, like those silver ones you have, but in white to help blend in softly. I think the bouquets are very “sharp” right now (not much transition between colors) and it’s a little disorienting.
Also, foliage and leaves might help create a good composition as well. Might be good to make the “leaves” out of a more muted grey color, since your colors right now are so vibrant (or hey, maybe keep it all vibrant!)
I might suggest to add some graphic dimension to the flowers, maybe with markers or paint directly on the petals, or with beads on wire as well (kind of like flower stamens)
Last thing… next time you snap a picture, try doing so in soft natural light (not direct sunlight) and a bit farther away than arm’s length. Your pro photos will probably be taken in similar conditions, so mimic them when you take photos of your tests!
Post # 11
Not a fan. The colors of the bridesmaid bouquets are okay but the others are too loud in my opinion.
Post # 12
i like em, they are different but agree with others that the bride bouquet does not look finished
Post # 13
I think the flowers look good. My suggestion though is to space the colors more evenly so you don’t have one side of the bouquet more orange than the other side for example.
Post # 14
@JenGirl: +1 I agree with the silver broach being out of place. I really love the bridesmaids boquets, they look great.
Post # 15
Thank you all for the great replies! Vibrant is a perfect word of the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets and they really don’t mix well with the bridal bouquet. These are probably going to be my only flowers in the wedding/reception (actually my sister is working on plastic spoon flowers/candle holders for centerpieces). Maybe I will use these vibrant ones for the flower girls wands (yes, I am making their kissing balls into fairy wands *eek*) and start from stratch to make the BMs a little bit more muted.
@CakeyP This was EXTREMELY helpful! I never thought about how to photograph them, thanks for the tip!
@ebarnes0 Thanks! I am extremly crafty and want to showcase that at my wedding. My sister is making tutus for the FGs and I am making them fairy wands with a flowered kissing ball at the top. I don’t want everything to look all over the place, but I am not the real traditional classy, pastel kind of bride…trying to mix it up a bit!
Post # 16
I think the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets look a lot better than yours. I think bc they are so vibrant, it looks weird to add a bunch of white. I would have your bouquet all white or a bigger version of the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet. Those flowers must take skill- great job!