Recap Part I: The DIY Flowers

On the Thursday before the wedding, I woke up to learn that our flowers from Rosesource had arrived—exactly when they were supposed to. I was happy and relieved that the flowers were here, (you never know for sure when ordering online) but this vendor had already left a sour taste in my mouth when they attempted to contact me a day before my delivery to say they would not be able to send the box of dahlias I had ordered and would instead be “substituting” a box of hot pink spray roses for my order.  

Now to be clear, I’d ordered the Rosesource flowers to make my 7 bridesmaid’s bouquets with DIY.  I had a clear idea of what I wanted to create. And that idea was centered around dahlias!!  I have to say I was pissed when I learned I would not be receiving the dahlias.  I mean, what the heck was a ‘spray rose’???   

My frustration was confirmed when I ripped open the boxes of flowers and prepared to prep them.  The 100 stems of fuschia ‘Shocking Versilia’ roses I’d ordered looked OK as did the Bells of Ireland.  But the spray roses.  I hated them, with their small heads.  And honestly, they looked dead! 

Dead-looking spray roses

Now I didn’t give up hope that fast because I’d done my research on farm direct flowers and had repeatedly read that flowers often arrive in BAD shape but would perk up after being cut and hydrated. 

That day, with so much else to do, Drue and I took two hours, sitting on the basement floor of mom’s house to get the flowers in water—especially the horrid spray roses.  First we went to a dollar store and bought about 6 buckets. We didn’t have time to buy flower-cutting shears, something I had forgotten.  So we used house scissors to de-leave and de-thorn 100 roses, 100 stems of spray roses, 50 stems of bells of Ireland and 50 stems of hypericum berry.  We made a mess, but it was an easy clean-up because we laid down mats first.  After cutting the stems we placed the flowers in buckets of lukewarm water and put them in the cool, dark laundry room. I said a quick prayer that the spray roses would perk up because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to revisit the flowers until it was time to assemble the bouquets.
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My mom helping out in her laundry room..then flower studio…
 Later that day I did purchase some flower shears and went to the grocery store where the lady in floral was happy to let me grab a few handfuls of flower food for free.  Later I took a minute to recut the stems again with the correct shears and changed the water. Hours after I had put them into water, the spray roses had perked up barely. 

I had to leave the flowers there until I got around to making the bouquets. And that wouldn’t be until about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning!! Wedding day. Yikes!

To be continued!


September 4, 2008. Tags: . decorations, details, flowers. 2 comments.

DIY Bridesmaid’s Flowers

So, if you’ve been following, I’ve been going back and forth with this.

I did a trial bouquet a few months ago, basically to see if it was something I could fairly easily do–and the verdict was YES, I could AND was pretty darn good at it! (For my first try!)

Here is what I made–seriously in 10 minutes:

Please note–the real bouquets will look nothing like this. This was just to see if I was capable!!

After my trial, I went through a phase of: “Oh…I won’t feel like it, I’ll just let the florist do it” and “Oh…what if there are issues with the flowers I order…”

So after some research and determination to save $$ and take this on myself, I have settled on Rose Source as my vendor.  They are not the cheapest online vendor.  But they have gotten rave reviews from several brides and I’ve seen actual photos of their roses and they are the large, premium roses.

But what really sold me today is that when I logged onto their web site, a chat window opened and a lady, Carla, began answering all of my questions. She informed me that they sell much more than roses and more even than is listed on their web site. The customer service Carla provided sold me!

So here is what I will be using as ingredients for the girls’ bouquets:

  • 100 fuschia premium Shocking Versilia roses
  • 100 hot pink dahlias
  • 50 stems of bright green Hypericum berries
  • 50 stems of green molucella/Bells of Ireland

These will de delivered to my mom’s house on Thursday morning where we will put them into buckets and let hydrate in the cool, dark basement.  And apparently, this company’s roses COME DETHORNED which will save an incredible amount of time and work! (I kinda still am doubtful that the roses will be dethorned…but why would they lie to me??)

A friend of mine actually used Rose Source for her DIY centerpiece and I think they looked really good!  (I can call her a friend because although I “met” her on The Knot we have had dinner together!)

Check her Knot Bio out here: Even if not for the flower photos, her bio is very inspiring.

August 8, 2008. decorations, flowers, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


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.

At This Point…

I am LOVING mindless activities. Like this, 1:00 a.m. coaster-stamping party!! Aren’t they purty?!
The clear corner stamp I used was one of like 5 stamps I bought in a pack from the $1 rack at Michaels. And I got the fuschia ink at PaperSource.

August 4, 2008. decorations, details. 3 comments.

Coastin-and-a- Toastin

Courtesy of Knottie ConnieJeff. How adorable are these babies?  And how adorable will they be when I stamp them with a pretty colored stamp? 100 for $20.

Oh…they’re coasters. Just in case you didn’t catch my clever, slightly corny wordsmithing.

July 15, 2008. decorations, details, Uncategorized, vendors. 3 comments.

What is this missing?

Getting out of lazy mode and started making my…ahem…’card cage’ yesterday.

I like..but feel like it is missing something. What? Thanks peeps!

July 15, 2008. decorations, details. 5 comments.

Bling Cardstock??

So I was searching around Ebay for cardstock to make some of the signs I’ll need for the wedding–you know signs that will say where to put cards, where to get programs etc. (I decided no need to buy a pack of 100 or even 25 sheets of cardstock for a half dozen signs. I plan to mount the signs on some nice cardstock.)

Anyway, I successfully found numerous listings on Ebay for three to five sheets of cardstock for a few bucks. And in my search for “hot pink cardstock” I came across Bazzill Bling Cardstock!  Now I am no scrapbooker so I have no idea what this is. All I know is it looked pretty and had the word “bling” in its title. So I promptly purchased some!

I got three sheets of 12X12 in “Black Tie” and “Diva,” a dark pink shade!












Here’s a card someone made using the paper. Yummy!

Will report back when it arrives!

July 9, 2008. Tags: , . decorations. 1 comment.

Procrastination & the 11th Hour

A year ago I was so gung-ho about getting things done for the wedding, hence the good amount of DIY projects I have managed to complete! But oddly, now that the wedding is just a few weeks away, I am in slug-mode…and I need to break out!

There are a few more projects I have ahead of me that I KNOW need to get done sooner than later, but I keep putting them off.  It’s not even that I’m sick of wedding planning–because I’m not! I’m still loving it as much as I did from Day 1….

Here are some things I need to get started on now:

1. Ceremony Programs: I am a thorough writer and writing is very easy to me, but for some reason I am kind of dreading having to do this. Not sure why.

2. Rehearsal Mixer Invitations: I think I am maybe putting this one off because I know it is not necessary and it an “extra” type thing. Basically, in lieu of a formal sit down rehearsal dinner we’re hosting a meet-and-greet mixer type thing for our wedding party and out of town guests. So..hmm…I guess invites ARE necessary for our out of town guests, right? Need to get on it. Was going to DIY…but may be taking advantage of Etsy for this one. Maybe I’ll just use that pretty left over damask print paper to line the envelopes or something.

3. Table Assignments and Placecard Madness: The thought of doing this is annoying and I will definitely be marshalling fiance to take the lead on this.  I have decided to use fairly basic placecards and place them on a bed of carnations, so the ‘carnation bed’ (silks for this one) is something I need to start making–easy but will be tedious for sure.

4. Menu Printing/Ordering the Cardstock

5. Aisle Runner: I’ve decided to NOT get a customized one.  I would like to get a colored runner however, a grey/silver. Anyone know where I can find one?

July 8, 2008. decorations, details, inspiration, invitations. 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 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.

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