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Aisle and Chair Floral Decor

January 29th, 2013 by veronica

Using florals such as fresh cut flowers, branches and foliage to embellish aisle ends and reception chairs is a wonderful idea that is inexpensive, simple and make for a grand statement for such little investment. Continue reading for ideas and tips on creating that perfect look for your wedding or special event.

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Aisle Wedding Flowers

The first question becomes what flowers to use. Generally, tall stemmed flowers , branches and foliage are fitting for the arrangements. Tall, fresh cut calla lilies, for example, are a popular choice and compliment wedding bouquets made out of hand-tied calla lilies. These can be accented with greenery, hypericum berries, and tied with a silk sash to create a lovely arrangement. The good thing about using calla lilies is that they come in many different colors so finding that right shade isn’t difficult at all.

Other tall flowers and foliage that make for excellent aisle decor include snapdragons, liatris, delphinium (both belladonna and hybrid varieties), long stemmed roses, sunflowers, orchids, peonies, irises, curly willow, cherry blossom branches and many more. You might consider decorating aisle ends on the morning of your wedding to preserve the freshness of your flowers.

At the reception, chairs can be tied with ribbons accented with flowers of any size, short or tall. You might consider using chair covers to provide a complimentary color to help set the mood. What’s great about embellishing chairs with floral bouquets is that it quickly sets the tone for the event and is very simple and economical to do.

Ribbons and the right filler flower or greenery is the next consideration. Virtually every ribbon in any color, width and material is available from your local arts and crafts or fabric store. Greenery is also widely available in various sizes and color (ie green or variegated). The good news about green filler is that most of it is harvested year round in plentiful quantities.

Countless setups can be created to highlight aisles and chairs with the simple use of fresh flowers. When choosing reception and ceremony flowers for weddings, think size and color. Then take a look at the numerous flowers offered for the date of your event. Certain flowers like cherry blossoms, for example, are available at certain times of the year so be sure your florals will be in season for your wedding.

How To Dry Flowers

January 20th, 2013 by veronica

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To Dry Flowers

Many of our DIY brides ask how to dry their wedding flowers once used for their wedding. For some flowers, the process is easy. For others, not so great. Here is a quick guide in drying certain popular flowers that have been most asked about.

During the Winter and Christmas season, wreaths are a popular item to use as decor in your home and in businesses. One particular wreath made out of boxwood is used commonly, though, its vase life is relatively short. To prolong the shelf life from your boxwood wreath, first, soak your wreath in a sink or tub full of water for several hours. Glycerin (one part glycerin to two parts water) should also be added along with green dye (add enough to your liking). Without the dye, the leaves will turn a golden yellow. Once soaked for a few hours, your wreath can be removed and air dried. Locating glycerin may be difficult. Try contacting a large pharmacy or arts and crafts store that contains floral supplies.

Lavender is another flower that is well known for drying out. To achieve long, straight stalks, you will want to dry your stems while hanging upside down. Hanging them from your rafters, ceiling lights or fans are ways to accomplish this. Once dried, lavender can be used in numerous ways. One favorite includes using them as bathroom decor while stored in a long, straw basket. Another favorite use is through potpourri. Simply trim and mix the lavender florets with other dried floral goods (flower petals, pine cones, etc) and use in a glass jar or other desired container.

Finally, there are those flowers and other floral goods that dry naturally without much interaction. This includes curly willow, tissue statice, and in some cases, hydrangeas. At first, you will want to be sure you remove these flowers from water to prevent the growth of mold and begin the drying process. While drying curly willow and statice is straight-forward, hydrangeas don’t always react as well. There are various guides online that can provide more information about this. Simply look up drying hydrangeas with the use of silica gel and borax.

Hopefully, these tips help you with your next diy drying flower project and prevent some of reluctance you may have with desiccating your cut flowers. For those wanting to make a hobby of this, you may want to invest some time in floral classes for the latest techniques. Just remember that with practice makes perfect so if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Best of luck in your efforts!