Roadtrip!

Do you remember the gorgeous dendro orchids I was playing with last year that I bought from local flower ‘street vendors for a great bargain?

My little kitchen trial!

Well, I just had an epiphany! 

I am SERIOUSLY going to buy a bunch from one of the flower vendors in DC right before I head to Cleveland for the wedding and stick them in a cooler in the back of my car to decorate our cocktail hour with. They WILL last from Tuesday to Saturday per the several trials I did with them.

Crazy?  Watch me!

August 5, 2008. centerpiece, decorations, flowers. 3 comments.

The Truth About Candles

Here are some things I have learned while planning out the decor for my wedding–which by the way–is next month!

True: Decorating your wedding and reception with flowers can get very expensive.

True: Non-floral centerpieces can be an excellent and cheaper option.

Untrue: Candles are always a much cheaper way to decorate.

Now let me explain this last nugget of wisdom…the “untrue” part.  So, if you’re talking about using say, eh, three, four–even ten VOTIVE candles to decorate your tables–well then candles could be a significantly cheaper way to decorate.

But when you’re talking about using candles in mass to make a striking and dramatic impact–which in my opinion is the only way to do it–let me tell you it is not cheap.  In fact, depending on how much of a bargain seeker you are or are not–candles could end up costing you about the same as floral.

I’m talking pillar candles here, however. Not just your small votives or tea-light holders. And pillars aint cheap!  Add to the cost of the pillars the cost of glass vases to place them in (you’ll normally need this for safety plus the light reflecting on the glass is gawgeous) and you are talking some serious cash.

Now, I love flowers–don’t get me wrong.  That’s why no matter how much candlelight we have we will have fresh flowers–and a nice amount– on our tables.

But something about the idea of a completely or almost completely candlelit space just intrigues me and seems that it would have so much impact.

I had my little heart set on creating something like the above photo, but after doing the math and figuring well above a thousand dollars for all the pillars and vases I would need to make impact, I began to back down from the idea…UNTIL I met Sarah, who is getting married a few weeks before me in Cleveland and who is having a basically flowerless reception with lots of candles. Try like 500 candles with corresponding glass vases. And guess what? She is so gracious as to be willing to pass them on to me for a fair price! Actually, she found me through this blog! 

So looks like I may be able to make this happen after all!

So question, because this is one of fiance’s concerns. Can you ever have TOO MANY candles in a space?

July 7, 2008. candles, centerpiece, decorations, details, inspiration. 7 comments.

I think I’ve Fallen Again…

So I’ve talked kinda a lot about carnations here, and how gawgeous I think they are when used in masse.

Well, today I stumbled on the awesome Fiore Blossoms blog and saw these cute hanging pomanders:

So I had to post them here because they look SOOOOOO similar to my florist centerpiece mock-up–of which I shared a glimpse a few months ago. Here is the glimpse again:


By Helene Piler of Cleveland, Ohio-area Hosanna Designs

It just has me excited again about these centerpieces, which will grace about half of our dinner tables! I don’t know..as I have been planning and blogging for nearly a year now, it’s easy to fall in love with other things and second-guess my choices.  

It feels good to fall back in love!

PS. The aforementioned blog, Fiore Blossoms is really, really good and excellent if you are needing some floral inspiration:)

 

June 27, 2008. centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. 5 comments.

The Power of Candlelight

I won’t blog in full about the beautiful, vintage wedding of Knottie 99 Vintage Glam, as it has splashed through the blog world!
But I WILL say that her budget wedding (under $15,000) according to Snippet&Ink, has further convinced me of something I’ve already known…candles go a LONG way and, in my opinion, give more bang for your buck than flowers ever can. Unless, that is, you are using someone crazy like Preston Bailey or working with an outrageous budget.
But for any bride really seeking an intimate and dually dramatic look, candles are the way to go.
This is great news especially for budget brides!

Tonight I am basking in the candlelight of some of the pillar candles I have purchased for our wedding…and certainly planning on buying many more:)

my hodge podge of after-work candles!

convincing me more and more

to cut my floral bill!!

March 31, 2008. candles, centerpiece, inspiration. 2 comments.

More "Drowning" Orchids…

Orchid Trial #2
*Sigh* OK. I promise this is THEE last submerged orchid trial I am going to do. Even I am getting sick of this. But I created this with my dying dendros fiance got me for Valentines day and thought I’d share because I think its pretty for those looking for a super cheap centerpiece. This took like 5 minutes to throw together.
I apologize for the kitchen appliances and liquor in the background in advance!


What it Took:
5 glass cubes from DollarTree- $5
1 glass cylinder from Michaels-$3
3 stems of dendrobium orchids-$6 (approximately)
Large floating candle: $2
1 pack of small floating candles from DollarTree-$1
Water
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Grand Total=$17.00

February 18, 2008. centerpiece, real photos. 3 comments.

DIY: Blingy Branches!


Branches are a dramatic and effective decorating tool and are now coming colored,sparkled, glittered and iced to add an extra element to decor.
But these ‘designer’ branches often don’t come cheap and cost much more than a bundle of unembellished branches.
For example, Nettletown Hollow is selling a bundle of 25 4 foot birch branches for $16.50–while for just FOUR of the same ICED birch branches you pay $16.99. Same with the sparkle birch.
But I have the answer!


Save-On-Crafts, a wonderful wedding planning resource has a great idea for cutting costs and making your own iced branches using tacky glue and Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler.

Materials
Tree branches
Aleenes Tacky Glue
Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler by Garden Splendor

Step 1.

Place a sheet of newspaper down for a work area. Pour a pile of Colorfill Diamonds in the center.

Step 2.

Place tacky glue on the branches and roll in the Diamonds. Let set 1 hour and you have ice covered branches. Easy as that!

Variations: Add some artificial moss or red berries to some of the branches.

And Voila!

January 8, 2008. art projects, centerpiece, decorations, details, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Some Inspiration to Carry You Into the New Year!

Here are a few things to whet your floral/event/wedding related appetite as we head into 2008…
Plus, some of my own style and design tips for the new year.

1. Black is the New Black
Chocolate brown will come and go…but black is forever classic.

2. Less is More
Instead of traditional flower arrangements that include in many types of flowers and colors think about simple, monochromatic arrangements. Using the same flower type in the same color for arrangements or using several flower types in the same color often has great impact! This is also great for the DIY bride or novice because they are simple to arrange and look lovely packed tightly–or sparsely into cubes.

3. Embellish, embellish, embellish!

In 2008, I’d love to see embellishment taken to higher heights. I’d love to see bouquets wrapped in ruffles, velvet, ‘blingy’ trim or anything that personalizes and makes them more feminine and interesting.

4. Let There Be Light!
Candlelight, that is! For an evening wedding reception, dinner or party, you can never have too many candles. Candles are quite possibly the cheapest way to make great impact on your tables and in a space. Think about it. When has candlelight ever looked tacky? It hasn’t! And candles grouped together–whether pillars or votives–create a romantic and dramatic effect. And they also produce beautiful light! If you can’t afford to hire a professional lighting designer–going crazy with candles can create an equally great ambiance. But the key is to go crazy. Plan on ordering hundreds of candles for your event.

5. Go Crazy with Something…

For maximum impact in an event space, consider a theme and really run with it. Whether it be hundreds of branches, candles, roses, orchids, flower petals–guests will notice an element that runs through your entire event. Branches are a bold, striking and cost-effective way to do this as they’re much cheaper than many flowers.

Happy 2008!

December 31, 2007. centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Free Orchids!!

So, I was having a flower attack today–an uncontrollable feeling I get now and then when I have to get my hands on some fresh flowers. So I broke down and went to the flower stand to buy some more orchids. The guy wanted $15 for 10 stems…and while I know that’s not bad for orchids generally, I have bought them for $10 from another local stand, SO I talked him down to $12. That’s when the FLOWER ANGEL– some random city worker– strolls up and asks who the flowers were for. When I replied they were for me he whispered something to the flower man and told me to put my money “back in my pocket.”
He freakin’ bought me the flowers and then disappeared. I swear. Now you KNOW free orchids made my day!
Here are some photos of one stem I submerged. (I’m considering some sort of sunken orchid centerpiece…)





November 15, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations. Leave a comment.

Flower Arranging Trial III: Stargazin’

Flower Trial I:Orchids
Flower Trial II: Mums

I hate stargazer lilies. Really.
I know they smell good–kind of bubblegum-ish–but I just think they are so common and boring. Thursday my fiance took me to lunch and bought me none other than a big ole bouquet of stargazer lilies from the flower stand near my job. Coincidently I had seen the lilies and a few very bright stems of gerberas when I’d got off the train that same day and was thinking to myself, “Hmmmm, how I’d like to have a few stems of those!” But I got my lilies and was happy because of the thought.

So–love em or not–of COURSE I had to try to arrange them in a cool way. Here is what I came up with.

November 3, 2007. centerpiece, decorations, real photos. Leave a comment.

Flower Arranging Trial III: Stargazin’

Flower Trial I:Orchids
Flower Trial II: Mums

I hate stargazer lilies. Really.
I know they smell good–kind of bubblegum-ish–but I just think they are so common and boring. Thursday my fiance took me to lunch and bought me none other than a big ole bouquet of stargazer lilies from the flower stand near my job. Coincidently I had seen the lilies and a few very bright stems of gerberas when I’d got off the train that same day and was thinking to myself, “Hmmmm, how I’d like to have a few stems of those!” But I got my lilies and was happy because of the thought.

So–love em or not–of COURSE I had to try to arrange them in a cool way. Here is what I came up with.

November 3, 2007. centerpiece, decorations, real photos. Leave a comment.

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