I lied, I have one last DIY detail. This one was really my mom's project, though, and she did an absolutely FABULOUS job. Back in February my friend J (who I've talked about before and who is getting married THIS Saturday!) and I found some huge vases at TJ Maxx to use for the arrangements at the front of the church. We each bought one and I used them for our ceremony and she's using them this weekend for her's!
I don't really have step by step instructions for this project, but I did want to share some tips for artificial floral arrangements. We saved SO much money by doing these ourselves and using artificial flowers. And my mom was able to finish them the week before the wedding, which saved everyone some stress!
- When using a tall vase, you need something in the bottom of it to keep it from being top heavy. We used black river rocks from Dollar Tree - It was inexpensive and they looked great. I'm planning on selling them on Craigslist (so I don't have to ship them)
- For arrangements at the front of the church/ceremony, you can use lower quality/cheaper flowers because no one will see them up close. Some of the 'filler' flowers were from Dollar Tree and people were still asking us if they were real!
You can see them in the background here - More explanation of the actual picture during recaps!
- To save yourself time and money, you can make the back of the arrangement flat. No one will see it from the back, so there's no need to add flowers facing that way.
- Repurpose the arrangements by moving them to the reception and using them as decor there - We placed ours on either side of the head table. You can see one of them on the right side of the picture.
I would defnitely recommend using artificial flowers for your big arrangements if you have plans to DIY them! I know lots of brides are against fake flowers, but they saved us lots of time and stress and they looked great!
Are you using any artificial flowers?
*I'm officially finished with my DIY details! Tomorrow I'll finally get to start our honeymoon recaps, and as soon as I'm done with those I'll start our wedding week and actually wedding recaps. Our pictures are online and we should have the CD within the next few days!!*