Because we plan on flipping the same space for the wedding and the reception, we wanted to limit the amount of decorations that would have to be shifted around and removed, and in general the easier it is to move around the happier I think everyone will be. Thus, we have decided not to decorate the aisle. Not only is our aisle very short, but it seems more of a pain than it’s worth. I however did want to have a little bit of decoration at the altar, since it will be in all of our pictures for the rest of time.
Thus, we are going to focus mainly on the front of the room when planning the ceremony decor. While I love the rest of our venue, I must admit the curtains aren’t my favorite part. I wanted something that would work in the space, tie back to our colors and theme, and yet wouldn’t clash with the curtains.
Our venue graciously provides short pillars and vases that we can place things on to square off the area—see it in the left picture below. Many people use the vases to put flowers in, and I really love the visual.
Image by Tyra Bleek Photography
When I saw this picture, though, I knew what I wanted to attempt: pomander topiaries.
Source: Two Twenty One
Thus, I made a newspaper ball with newspaper and packing tape—have you seen the price of Styrofoam balls? Insane considering you’re covering it up completely. Use a smaller ball than you think; it definitely grows a lot after the addition of all of the flowers. I used a five-to-six-inch ball to make my eight-inch pom.
My paper ball next to a dollar-store Styrofoam cube that I originally tried
I had originally planned on buying curly willow branches, but ultimately they came in huge long bundles and I couldn’t justify the cost. Instead, I got three-foot quarter-inch wooden dowels for 60 cents each at Michaels. I cut them in half with wire cutters (but scissors probably would also work given how soft these dowels were) and used three of them together to make a stem.
I created a hole inside the newspaper and hot glued the stem in place.
The flowers I made had a pin stuck to the end to make them easier to stick into the ball. After I was happy with the placement of the flowers, I hot glued the flowers into place as well.
Now I have these gigantic lollipops and I’m completely stuck.
I wanted to get a nice pot to put them in, but I seem to be limited in my options here. I don’t know if it’s because it’s winter and thus no one else is looking for a pretty pot, or if the pot I’m imagining just doesn’t exist.
I originally thought I needed an eight-inch pot to make it work. But I bought one and I think it’s way too big for it. Maybe six? I don’t know, nothing has really spoken to me and, to be honest, it looks really weird to me. I think I might have to change it to look closer to this?
I think I’m going to remake the whole thing using just white flowers and then see what I think. Thoughts on how I can recover this fail of a DIY? What are you using for your ceremony decorations?
- Boston, MA
- Graduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- June 2013