Saturday, May 12, 2012

paper goodness

I haven't been blogging very much, since I'm neck deep into wedding plans. I can't believe that it's ONLY 70 days until our wedding!! It's so exciting.. and super stressful.

I've been having tons of fun with the bouquets, and I even opened up an Etsy shop. Suzy just opened her shop, and since several people had suggested it to me... well, Suzy was the last straw! I just had to do it. I mean, why not? I have nothing to lose-- plus, I think they're super cute. ;)

I wrote a poem a couple of years ago about why I don't really like most flowers. I love tulips, but other than that... I'm not the biggest fan of flowers. Plus, they cost a TON of money. Unless you dry the flowers, they die... forever! And even then, the dried flowers crumble if you bump them. Trust me, I know. I save everything.

Thanks for the flowers, dear,
but tulips are the only ones for me.
I like the orange ones, and I’ll
take them on the dinner table.
I can’t smell them, but that’s
the best part. Please don’t take
offense if I don’t bury my face
in these that you’ve carefully
selected. Daffodils and daisies
curl up and die, their scents
dissolving into wheelchairs and
bandages. So if it’s okay with you,
my dear, I’m going to throw
these ones away. My home is not
a graveyard; my table will not
be a symbol of the dead.
But should you want to flatter me
again, I’d take some tulips, please.

So... I tried to think of bouquet ideas that would allow me to preserve something from the wedding AND not be fragrant.

I came across a few ideas on Pinterest and Etsy, but I still wasn't in love with any of them-- plus, they were ridiculously expensive. There's no way I could pay $75-$100 per bouquet. I mean, I have 4 bridesmaids and 3 junior bridesmaids... plus myself! Not to mention, using real flowers would quite possibly be even more than that.

Okay, so here's what I did. I don't have a fancy camera, so all of these photos were taken with my iPhone.

Each bouquet (boutonniere) is made out of something unique for the bridesmaid (groomsman). I used a vintage cookbook, Harry Potter, vintage dictionary, antique hymnal, Game of Thrones (for the boutonnieres), etc. I'm so pleased.

Anyway, versions of these bouquets are now for sale on Etsy! Maybe there are more people like me who need a reasonable alternative to flower bouquets. :)

I'm making my bouquet out of each of the wedding party's bouquets... so that'll be interesting. I'm so, so excited, and I'll share after the wedding! Or before, if I can't contain myself. Ha.


kandice said...

i'm not a big fan of non-flower bouquets but I LOVE THESE. i really love these.

especially since you didn't copy anything else necessarily and alllllll the creativity just came from you. and THEN mostly because of what you used to make them and how each one is different. plus i couldn't think of a better (and seemingly more manly) book than GOT for the men.

just so great :)

Pink Hibiscus said...

These are amazing Liz! I know I said it on Instagram, but I'm saying it again, they're gorgeous! I wish I was half as talented and creative.

I think it's a great idea for a wedding bouquet, it's more personal and heartfelt than just picking flowers from a florists.


suzy said...

way to take the leap and open up shop!!!! :D so pumped that you did. fantastic.

Sarah said...

GAH!!! I always wanted to make HP Flowers for my bouquet!! =) Congrats, they look amazing!!!

Xoxo, Sarah