Rethinking the Bouquets

A while back, I posted about my first attempt at making button bouquets. While I love the awesome texture of button bouquets, I just really wasn’t too convinced that mine was the look I wanted.


My attempt on the left (Personal Photo). A beautiful one on the right (Image from Glamour)

Plus, there was a delightful commenter that deemed my attempt “gross.”

I’m not gonna lie. Those comments hurt my feelings a bit. But at the same time, my bouquet did kind of look like a toddler toy”¦The colors are too bright. The texture of the beads actually is kind of toy-like. And it needs something else, like fabric or beads or”¦I don’t know. It just needs to be re-vamped.

I’ve been pondering what could be done to save my bouquet vision for a while now. I’ve searched for buttons in less neon colors, but it seems that the only non-neutral and non-neon color that buttons come in is red or blue. If you want pink, you’ve got to stick with pastel or go all the way to 80’s party pink. I thought about painting some buttons, but I quickly realized that idea would inevitably lead to the destruction of both my sanity and probably some of my clothes and furniture.

And then, out of nowhere, I ran into these while in Mexico”¦

 And in the back of my mind, I remembered these”¦

Image from Bridal Guide/Photo by Studio Castillero

Giant paper flowers! So fun, right? And not a toddler toy? AND, Mr. Whale totally loved them too. He said, “They’re the perfect colors!” (What guy has ever cared about colors?? I love when he gets into wedding planning.) I stood holding these for probably a half hour debating what to do. My biggest issue was, “How the heck am I going to get five giant paper flowers home on the plane?” Mr. Whale was all, “You can’t do it.” And I was like, “Sure I can. I’ll hold them the whole time.”

Lucky for us, the shop owners stepped in and showed us how they could bunch them up so they (hopefully) wouldn’t get wrinkled and ruined. From there, it was a no-brainer. Each flower was only 30 pesos (that’s a little less than 3 dollars, hive!). I wanted each of my four girls to have a different color, a la this inspiration picture, which just so happens to be from Mrs. Cannon’s wedding:

Photo by Mary Wyar

We ran into another little snag here. I selected multi-colored pink for myself, and then bright blue, purple, and orange. There was also a great green one, but it was pretty beat up. I tried to breathe life into it, but it just couldn’t be saved. Mr. Whale almost called off the whole thing then. He said we had to have every color. At this point, I wished he wasn’t quite so into wedding planning. But we both loved the flowers, and at $3.00 each, I decided that if he ended up not being able to live without the green flower, we would just use the ones we had for decoration. So I picked up another pink one, a blue and purple one, and another orange one. (Sorry I don’t have pictures of every color! They packed them all away before I could think to snap more pictures. And then I sent them home with Mama Whale, because she’s got more room for storage.) Once all my girls have dresses, we’ll decide who carries each one.

Did I do better, hive? Did anyone else struggle with their DIY bouquet?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Busy Bees
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    missmorganista 1607 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 am

    AH! I love the giant flowers, Miss Whale. :) Also, who said the button bouquet was ‘gross’? It’s not gross, just obviously needed a little bit of love.

    I love love love the giant flowers.

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:21 am

    Love the giant flowers! I have the same inspiration pic. I think they will look great! Also there have been many a trip where I am obnoxiously carrying an item onto the plane. Dedication!

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    estella, Guest @ 7:33 am

    So happy you found a fun and affordable alternative! I was really surprised by the tone of the comments on your original button bouquet – I’m really sorry! I personally like the paper flowers better than any button or brooch bouquets that I’ve seen, and I think these will look really nice at your wedding.

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    sunkissed19 601 posts, Busy bee @ 7:53 am

    i prefer the flowers you posted here- i love how huge they are. They look so pretty.

    now, i’m not sure how crafty you are, although i’m assuming pretty crafty considering your fine attempt at a button bouquet. but have you considered doing a fabric bouquet? something like this?

    you definitely won’t get as good of a deal as those flowers you blogged about – and it’s prob a bit difficult to make. but they’re soooo beautiful!

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    sunkissed19 601 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 am

    and i would delete my comment right now if i knew how! i should have looked at your original button post first. my bad :-)

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    mecattacow 278 posts, Helper bee @ 10:02 am

    I love your massive paper flowers, but I think describing your button bouquet as ‘gross’ is just horrible! They/it looks amazing! I love it! Maybe you could use them for table decs? They’re too pretty to waste! :) For my button bouquet I interspersed mine with paper flowers coz it just looked too clunky or something with just buttons. My whole family and all BMs were like ‘you’re MAKING them?!’ but with perseverance, they turned out great. I would maybe mix your lovely button sprigs with smaller paper flowers and pop them in vintagy vases with lots of ribbon and have them as middle-of-table things? :) Or maybe use them for your throwing bouquet? x

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 10:08 am

    I still love the buttons, but the big flowers are also fun. I feel so silly, but I just remembered i tagged a button making tutorial on my pintrest that probably would have been somewhat helpful for you, a little late to remember it. and also
    Maybe they’ll give you inspiration for the fun of inspiration.

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    Elizabeth, Guest @ 12:44 pm

    Love the flowers!!!

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    sinfoniaxid 62 posts, Worker bee @ 1:32 pm

    I think the buttons were fun, but maybe just a little too bright and clunky – the FLOWERS, though? FABULOUS. I love them, it’s still so obviously you and funky and fun, but it keeps with the vibe of a wedding. I hope you have a great time with them!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:32 pm

    These are so pretty, can’t wait to see how they look on your wedding day in all the different colors!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:41 pm

    Where the heck have I been? I didn’t even know about button bouquets. I did some googling and found some on Etsy that were amazing.

    I really like the idea of one, huge bloom, though. It’ll definitely be lighter than the buttons! I have to imagine that button bouquet was heavy!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:26 pm

    I love the gigantic bloom. I think it’ll be such a fun and colorful addition!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:55 pm

    @karistiz: Haha… no biggie. I actually looooove the look of fabric bouquets. But I thought trying to make one might drive me insane :) Plus, I thought it might look a bit too crazy with all the bright colors I want.

    @lauly101: I like the idea of trying to incorporate the buttons into the centerpieces. We’ll see how it goes :)

    @SinfoniAXiD: Yay! Thanks :)

    @Miss Squirrel: Yay for carrying too much stuff on the plane! I always try to convince myself that I *could* fit everything into two carry-on bags if I really needed to…

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:56 pm

    What a wonderful idea, love it!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:58 pm

    I love this idea even more than the button bouquet! I feel like its fun but in a timeless we are grown up and beautiful kind of way.

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