DIY Floral Monogram

On this COLD winter day we wanted to share a fun floral DIY from our warm (read: blazing hot) fall inspiration shoot with Amy Wallen. We loved this project and think that is a perfect way to incorporate florals into your event in a unique way. Wouldn't it look great on a dessert display or suspended over a head table? We think so! We used the florals that corresponded with the centerpiece and bouquet from our shoot, but you could use any color and texture combination. It is important to note that we used fresh flowers and greenery for our letter because we knew it only had to last about 5-6 hours and we wanted it to match our other florals perfectly. You could easily swap out for paper or silk flowers - just use the styrofoam floral foam instead. This was our first attempt and we definitely had some learnings, which we'll share with you below! Here's how we did it:

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Step 1: Gather your supplies! We bought our large cardboard letter at Joann's Fabric. You'll also need 2 blocks of wet floral foam (or styrofoam for non-fresh florals), scissors, an Exacto knife (don't forget your exacto knife and attempt the entire thing with scissors... that would just be silly...), a hot glue gun and, of course, your blooms! For this shoot, we used a lot of small, textured pieces, but we would recommend having more large blooms that will take up more space.

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Step 2: Using your Exacto knife, remove the top of your cardboard letter, as shown. Be careful!

step3 copyStep 3: Cut your floral foam into small pieces that fit snugly into your cardboard letter. This may require some measuring. Hot glue your pieces into your letter. Most importantly, do as we say, not as we do (...did) and fill the entire letter with foam. Do not leave empty spaces. This will ensure nothing shifts around inside your letter.

step4 copyStep 4: The fun part! Arrange your florals inside your letter, ensuring the entire letter is full and there are no bare spots. In the picture above we are about 90% finished.

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Step 5: Sit back and enjoy your sweet new DIY! OR make two more letters to complete your monogram. Here's the final product of ours.

 

Happy crafting!

 

A+J

A Little Bout Shoot

We love a well-styled groom with a great boutonniere. (Add a bow tie and we're practically drooling.) Traditionally, a boutonniere is a flower or small bunch of flowers worn in the buttonhole of a lapel. And while a classic floral bout can be absolutely stunning, you know we like to do things a little differently around here! We recently spent an afternoon making some fun little bouts out of materials we had around the office. We loved the way they turned out and couldn't wait to share - enjoy!

cotton

cotton + pink ribbon

pincushion

pincushion + yarn

pinwheel

pinwheel + button

succulent

succulent + billy balls + baker's twine

feathers

feathers + twine

Signature Sips

It's always the little things that get us. A little note on the back of a program from the bride + groom. Personalized napkins. Heirloom cake stands. These are the things that make your wedding your wedding. One of our favorite "little things" is serving a signature drink. Not only can it save you a little bit of money when you forego a full bar for one or two carefully selected cocktails, but it's another way to share your story throughout your event.

Serve the drink your hometown is known for. Serve the drink you had on your first date. Serve a drink that salutes the season. Serve a drink because it's your favorite.

Here are a few of our favorite signature sips:

These pre-made gin + tonics via Ruffled

These his-and-hers concoctions (with amazing signage) via Martha Stewart Weddings

These John Daly cocktails (sweet little flags included) via Style Me Pretty

These all include liquor, but if you're not serving the hard stuff, you still have plenty of options. Do something fun with champagne, like we did for a hot July wedding.

There are so, so many drinks to choose from - we could go on and on. As you make your choice, consider the vibe of your event, your budget, the weather, and above all else, what you like.

If you still need a little help selecting spirits, go here + here. Or ask us!

Happy sipping,

A + J

Sprinkles as Confetti

“… and no confetti. I think that’s about it. Any questions?”  My venue coordinator ended her spiel on the rules and regulations of the property and pulled the contract out of her bag. “I’m sorry, did you say ‘no confetti?’”

I was crushed. I wasn’t the type who had had my wedding planned since the age of five, but I had certain scenes in my head. One of them went something like this:

As you can see, confetti was a key ingredient. Unfortunately, many outdoor venues these days are saying no to confetti and ours was one of them. In the end, we went with lavender, a great (and yummy-smelling) eco-friendly alternative.

A few months later, as I was perusing Michaels for props, a bottle of sprinkles caught my eye. They were perfectly colorful and definitely toss-worthy. Oh sprinkles, where were you four months ago?!

Aren't they pretty? And they have so many uses. Be on the lookout for them in future Pink Peony shoots - we have big plans for these little guys.