Secret fact about me: I minored in Shakespeare, so of course I couldn’t resist that title for a post.
Now, as you may remember, I’m planning on doing our own flowers—or at least our own centerpieces for the wedding. We’re working with an awesome florist on bouquets and other personal flowers, but I actually enjoy flower arranging, so I figured I’d do something fun and relaxing (for me) right before the wedding.
Bonus: It’ll save us a bunch of money. And I’ve enlisted some awesome people in my life to help, so it won’t drive me bonkers.
After reading Mrs. Sixpence’s post about floral doom, I decided something: I need to start doing trial runs of the centerpieces, ASAP. So this weekend I started playing around with size and shape.
Mini roses, stock, carnations, and eucalyptus (seeded and regular)
To be clear, the colors are right, but I’ll be working with different flowers the day of. Though TBH, I like carnations. They may be a “filler flower” to some (thanks, SATC), but I think they’re pretty.
This is the first official post in our new “Real Bouquets from the Hive” series. We launched a set of bouquet surveys on the boards, starting with the most popular styles of wedding bouquets. (You can find them at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post.)
Why a “Real Bouquets” series?
We here at Weddingbee love providing inspiration of all kinds, and we thought it would be incredible to have a series of posts dedicated to the most popular kinds of bridal bouquets out there. It’s perfect for those who are just starting to get ideas for their florist or for their DIY bouquet.
How can YOU participate?
Head to the bottom of this post to be featured here on the blog with your real bridal bouquet. Closeups are better, but just use your judgment to choose the photo that captures your bouquet at its most beautiful. Make sure you fill out the survey completely, inclduing uploading your bouquet image to our Gallery.
These posts will continuously be updated to reflect new real bouquet submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL bouquets that will help the hive make decisions about what kind of bouquet they want to carry for their wedding.
Without further ado, here’s our first installment, featuring mixed floral bridal bouquets.
My favorite recap posts are ALWAYS the details posts. I love seeing the hard work of planning come to fruition in the little details that not all wedding guests may notice, but truly make the entire wedding picture complete.
Admittedly, the details of our wedding were a labor of love by our wonderful friends and family with a little help from me. We have amazing people in our life who volunteered to help us throughout wedding planning, which not only saved us money, but also helped turn my vision into reality. We could not have had the wedding we did without their help, so for that I am extremely grateful.
You probably can’t tell it here, but I write for a living. Mostly advertising/newsletter/sales stuff, but every day I go to work and put (digital) pen to paper for money. And you’d think that’d make writing my wedding vows easy…but the honest truth is, I’m struggling.
In fact, it’s straight-up hard. Hard enough that I sometimes wish for a religious ceremony with a set script. And I take comfort in knowing Mr. W isn’t done with his either, but still…I should have this one in the bag!
Here’s the REALLY ridiculous thing: I’ve been working on my vows since October. I actually started writing them on a work retreat to Joshua Tree.
Not pictured: The horrifying snake that slithered through our picnic.
Lura and Ryan were wed in a gorgeous intimate mountain wedding at Lee Valley in Virgin, Utah. The wedding party wore shades of gray and beige with beautiful pops of red. The couple celebrated their nuptials with close friends and family at a Western themed restaurant in Springdale, Utah.
Bride’s Name: Lura Groom’s Name: Ryan Venue: Ceremony at Lee Valley, Kolob Terrace, Virgin, Utah; Reception at Bit and Spur Restaurant, Springdale, Utah Wedding Date: December 21, 2016 Bridal Gown Designer: David’s Bridal Shoes: Tony Lama Boots Florist: DIY from saveoncrafts.com Photographer: Red Desert Studios and Rori Glover Catering: Bit and Spur Restaurant Stationery: moo.com Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie Menswear: theblacktux.com Honeymoon: Monterrey and Matacanes, Mexico
After having a bit of a restless night, I woke up on W.M. (Wedding Morning) well before my alarm. I spent some time alone in prayer, took a long shower, and blow dried my hair at a leisurely pace. It felt lovely to not be rushed.
My shoes—and sixpence—were also ready to do this thing.*
A little before 9:00 AM, my mom arrived and we walked across the street to get pretty while my sister finished up with the bouquets. I had my hair done first, and Krista, my stylist, gave me the nicest compliment ever when she exclaimed, “What product did you use today?! It feels like a different head of hair!!” (The product in question is Living Proof’s Full, a thickening mousse that really does wonders. HIGHLY recommended.)
With T-minus 51 days till the wedding, Mr. W and I have been plugging away at that tedious to-do list, pretending to care about all the little details that are “so important,” and nailing stuff down. I mean, admittedly, over the last week, I’ve spent more time sleeping off the world’s worst sinus infection than doing wedding stuff, but still…
And instead of drawing all of that out into individual posts, here’s a bullet-point style update of all the crap important stuff we’ve done over the last few weeks (with a picture or two, to boot!).
1. We bought wedding bands! One weekend day, we got our act together, went and got Mr. W. sized, and got a sense of what we liked. Of course, jewelry store prices are expensive, and neither of us wanted super pricey wedding bands, so once we had a sense of what we liked, we shopped online.
Long ago, we decided that my sister and I would make our own bouquets. Going through a florist is hella expensive, and with just two* of us, I figured we could handle it. I didn’t really care about flowers as long as they were white and pretty.
The final product of my long-suffering sister’s labor | Photo by RRG Wedding
Backtracking a little to Thursday, the morning of my bachelorette: my sister and I went out to get white flowers and greenery. (Side note: This is super cheap. We spent less than $50 for a ton of flowers.) We brought them home and arranged them into bouquets, taped them up, and put them (in water) in my bedroom, which always stays cooler than the rest of the apartment.