I’ve always been into photography, but also with all things arts and crafts. This background led me to incorporate a huge part of myself into a very special life event.
I got married last month (!!), and was busy planning, prepping, and stressing about my wedding. So naturally my photo business was second on the list, and blog post inspiration didn’t come easy.
My husband and I had a budget friendly, flowery/rustic wedding. I spent a lot of time crafting hundreds of paper flowers and decorations that were beautiful but didn’t break the bank. Supplies were cheap, and we sacrificed time instead money. But what's most satisfying, is that they are unique which is just what I wanted!
So I decided to use my photography skills to capture some of my favorite wedding decorations, and use this fun experience as my October blog!
I don’t normally do a lot of product photography, so it was good to stretch my talents to something new. If you are a bride or just love to craft, I hope you can use this as inspiration :)
Descriptions and materials are listed under each photograph.
Floral scrapbook paper.
Each petal folded and hot-glued together to make the flower.
Hundreds made of all different shapes and sizes that were incorporated into every decoration.
Small, toothpick-like wooden sticks glued together to make up the geometric shape.
Sprayed with brown metallic spray paint, with smaller paper flowers glued into each
I placed these on top of stumps lining the ceremony aisle.
Paper flowers wired and hot-glued to twine.
Several of these were strung up all around the ceremony and reception areas.
Wine Bottle Centerpieces
Wine bottles painted silver with floral paper around the middle of the bottle.
Paper flower bunches glued to the tops, with fake flowers glued to middles.
Stained popsicle sticks making up the square base.
LED lights places on either side.
Each of these were placed on tables at the reception.
Tin Can Table Decorations
Tin cans with floral paper wrapped around each.
3 smaller paper flowers glued together and attached to the rim of the can.
Two cans were placed on either side of the wine bottle centerpieces on each table.
Paper flowers of differing sizes bunched and glued together along with fake flowers as an accent.
This was placed on top of our 8 inch cutting cake.
Small wooden sticks wrapped with floral tape and glued to plastic-backed safety pins.
Two small paper flowers glued to sticks and to each other.
Fake leaves from leftover fake flowers added for affect.
I boutonnieres for our officiant, groom, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers, and Blue Crew boys.
(I honored my close group of college friends as my “Something Blue Crew” and even though they did not stand with me, they all walked down the aisle, and wore their lovely blue attire).
Small paper flowers glued to clear hair combs.
Fake flower leaves added.
I wore this specific one in my hair, and I handed others out for the mothers, maids of honor, soon-to-be sisters, and Blue Crew girls.
(My “Something Blue Crew” is defined in the previous photo’s description.)
Small paper flowers glued and wired to white elastic.
White velcro was attached to elastic for adjustable fit to the wrist.
I made these for the grandmothers.
Paper flowers of differing sizes bunched together with hot glue and floral wire.
Each bunch is glued and wired to floral rods for the stem of the bouquet.
Small fake flowers placed around for added color and volume.
White ribbon wraps around the stem.
I made three of these all differing in colors and each unique.
This particular one was mine, and I made one for both of my Maids of Honor.
….Like I said… LOTS of paper flowers, and burnt fingertips! But all worth it to me!
The majority of the cost to make these decorations came from the hot glue sticks, and the floral scrapbook paper. And if you don’t mind living with some clutter for a while, saving simple things like tin cans and wine bottles end up being super useful for decorating.
Thanks for reading!