Paper Flowers for Wedding Decor, Centerpieces & More
One of our favorite new trends — well, it’s been trending for awhile, but it’s still on point this season — is paper flowers as decor throughout your space. We’ve seen paper flowers along the aisle, as ceremony backdrops, at the head table, as centerpieces for receptions, adorning a cake, and more. Paper flowers are in — and they aren’t going anywhere for a long time to come.
When we received this question from bride-to-be, Amy, we couldn’t wait to share what we found with you! Here’s her question, submitted to us on the Ask Emmaline inbox:
Hi Emmaline! I am looking for wedding favors that can also add to our decorations. I was thinking of giving flowers since we’re having a bohemian rustic wedding and we’ll be using wildflowers throughout. Do you have any advice on how to give flowers as favors? What container to use, how big they should be, etc.? Thanks!
We love the idea of giving flowers as favors, Amy! It’s a thoughtful gift guests can actually use, which is our favorite kind of favor! When giving flower favors, be sure to provide a small glass or bottle. A tag is also appropriate, so guests know they’re favors and should be taken home. They should also be kept fresh before placing on tables — and when it comes to the flowers you pick, anything goes! On our quest for the perfect flower favors, these flower vase favors from JoBlake came to mind. We love ’em because they are essentially THREE wedding details in one: they’re 1) favors, 2) place cards, and 3) decorations. Talk about a time (and money) -saver! Individually, they’re lovely decor pieces; in a group, they’re visually stunning! Plus, they can be used for your wedding reception or bridal shower. Take a look:
We love these because they’re handmade + chock full of love. Joanna, the designer, even made these for her own wedding. TIP: She said her mother-in-law stored her flowers in the fridge and put them out in the vases the day of the wedding to keep them fresh.
Lovely! You can find out more about these favors and take a closer look in the shop.
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Thanks for your question, Amy, and we hope this helped to answer your questions. If you’re a bride-to-be (or a bridesmaid, MOH, mom of the bride, etc.) and need advice, we’re here to help! Just submit your question here.
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You love a little do-it-yourself decor, but not when it means an overwhelming amount of work, right? We hear you. And you know what? We also think wedding decor should look really awesome, especially when you’re going the extra mile to add handcrafted touches to it. That’s why you’ll find twelve easy vintage wedding decor ideas in today’s post to get that creative inspiration flowing! You’ll love these finds, whether you need just a few extra touches throughout your reception or you’re starting from scratch and need some serious inspiration. Plus, we picked decor ideas that were pretty easy to implement, which leaves you more time to find that perfect wedding dress or hunt down the perfect handmade wedding finds. Anyway, let’s get down to business, shall we?
Vintage Wedding Decor Ideas
While you’re browsing these, let us know which one is your favorite! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
1. This vintage spoon used as a table number
It’s easy, and functional, too! Just buy them and place in vintage bottles (like these or these). It honestly couldn’t be easier. (Plus, Kerrie from Wooden Hive is awesome.)
Have you seen the incredible modern decor pieces at Shade on Shape yet? I’m so inspired by them! I’m always on the lookout for chic ways to display succulents (you know, my favorite plants in the universe) and these succulent planters are a new favorite find. If you’re planning a modern wedding or have a penchant for geometric shapes, you’ll love these succulent planters, too. I think they would look lovely as part of a modern wedding centerpiece vignette.
These wooden geometric mini planters are perfect for succulents or other cactus plant varieties. The wooden planters are painted for you and available in custom colors. I love when wedding decor can double as home decor; two birds, one stone! I’d love to use these planters as a centerpiece and afterward in my home. Beautiful!
To find out more about these succulent planters, check out Shade on Shape. The plants themselves aren’t included in the price (but you can get a whole bunch of ’em here). You can also find succulents at your local garden store, but it’s more expensive to purchase them individually. Buy succulents in bulk and you’ll definitely save a little money. I’m planning to fill my window boxes with nothing but succulents and I’m buying them in bulk. It doesn’t beat plants directly to your doorstep, either! No carting them around and spilling dirt all over the back seat of the car. Unless that’s just me. Ha.
Oh, also… if you like those, you’ll also appreciate these mod painted wooden vases! I know I do.
Tell us: Do you plan to use succulents in your wedding decor? Would you use succulent planters or do you prefer a different vessel?
Brides: are you serving cupcakes at your wedding? Bored of the same old display? Want to cross “centerpieces” AND “cake” off your to-do list at the same time? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve heard of the cupcake in a jar – heck, we’ve even seen cupcakes on candlesticks – but a DIY cupcake bouquet is a fresh + fun idea. Instead of displaying cupcakes on the same old tray or tower, display them in a pot instead! These rose-frosting-topped cupcake bouquets are perfect for spring and summer weddings, bridal showers, and parties, and they double as your centerpiece, too. Plus, with Mother’s Day around the corner, you have no excuse but to whip up a batch of cupcakes this weekend and give ’em to your mom. (And, it’s EASY! Even I could make ’em, which is saying a lot. I’m no baker.) Besides, do you know anyone who would turn down a bouquet of cupcakes? Me either. So, grab your favorite cupcake mix, delicious frosting, some decorative cupcake wrappers, and a few other easy-to-find supplies and prepare to be inspired! Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page for full step-by-step tutorials. Enjoy!
A cupcake bouquet is a vessel – typically a gardening pot to fit into the ‘bouquet’ theme – filled with cupcakes. The cupcakes look like blooms because their tops have been piped with frosting to look like roses; the cupcakes are attached to toothpicks set in Styrofoam so they appear to be ‘blooming’ right out of their pot. And, if I do say so myself, they look almost too pretty to eat. (Let’s be honest, though, it’s still cake. Delicious. Icing-topped. Cake. I can’t pass that up.)
This cupcake bouquet by Edible Moments is one of my favorites. I love the white rose-topped cupcakes and the chocolate cake. I also love how she added the fake leaves that look so real. And, her frosting piping skills are amazing.
I came across this blog called 52 Kitchen Adventures and it’s filled with so many great ideas! I especially love the animated gif she created on the tutorial which shows how to pipe roses. She makes it look do-able, even for a total novice baker, like myself.
And, I’m no baker… so instead of me pretending to know what I’m talking about, I’ll leave the rest up to the pros! Check out these AMAZING resources (in no particular order) for how to make your own DIY cupcake bouquet:
Brides: Are you planning a beach themed wedding and tired of seeing the same beach wedding centerpieces time and time again? Are you looking for unique, creative beach wedding ideas but your search is coming up short? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re planning a beach wedding, rustic wedding, wedding in the woods, or otherwise (heck, even a state themed wedding), I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s all about knowing where to look. The most unique wedding details – like beach wedding centerpieces, for example, aren’t found in a magazine spread. They’re tucked away in little corners of the world in coastal beach houses, found on shelves in antique shops with creaky wood floors, picked up along the shoreline of the coast, and, most of all, they’re handmade with two hands and a whole lotta love. Today we’re featuring one such artisan, By The Seashore, a husband and wife team located near the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. (I can’t help but hear this song as I write this. I love NC.) One glimpse into Carol and Andrew’s shop makes one dream of relaxing on the beach, and what could be more relaxing than a beach wedding? So, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to be inspired with eight unique ideas for beach wedding centerpieces. We think you’re going to love what we’ve found… and you’ve probably never seen anything like these before. Enjoy!
Beach Wedding Centerpieces
1. Sea Urchin Air Plant
To kick off the list, we’re featuring this gorgeous sea urchin air plant, one of my favorite beach wedding centerpieces to date. Air plants are easy to care for and only require a little water and indirect sunlight. When placed in a sea urchin holder in the center of a table, an air plant provides a chic, modern beach wedding look.
2. Sea Urchin Tree
This sea urchin tree is one of the most original wedding centerpieces I’ve ever seen. It can be placed on a mirrored base or tray of sand in the center of your tables. Planning a beach wedding around the holidays? This is another fun approach to a ‘tree’ that ties in your theme beautifully.
3. Beach Glassware on a Vintage Tray
Barnacle bottles and scalloped bottles placed on a vintage tray is simple – yet chic – and can be reused later as home decor.
4. Sandy Snow Globes
These sandy snow globes feature white sand, a starfish, white coral, a sea biscuit, limpet shell, and more. One of my favorite parts of this centerpiece? It can be opened to add your own seashells or decorative touches, like a seashell from the shore at your wedding.
4. Driftwood Votive Candle Holder
We’ve seen plenty of beach wedding centerpieces in the past, but none like this driftwood votive candle holder. This is such a fun idea and adds a romantic glow to your reception tables at night. Guests will be hoping to take one of these home – that’s for sure!
5. Limpet Shell Frame
Arrange seashells, starfish, and coral around this limpet shell frame, which can be used at your wedding to display a table number. If you’re buying one for each table, give them away to close friends and family members after the wedding; keep a frame for yourself and display a favorite beach wedding photo.
6. Cast Iron Crawfish
Place this crawfish on a tray filled with white pebbles, as shown, for a low-profile – but completely memorable – beach centerpiece.
6. Seashell Air Plant Holder
This air plant is housed in a sea-inspired seashell in an inspiring shade of blue. Love.
7. Cast Iron Starfish
Place this cast iron starfish on a decorative tray with coral, as shown, for a totally memorable centerpiece you’ll definitely re-use as home decor.
8. Sea Urchin Candle Holder
Similarly to the sea urchin tree we mentioned above, this sea urchin candle holder is a unique piece that serves two purposes: one, as decor, and two, as a vessel for candlelight in the evening.
To see more ideas for beach wedding centerpieces, beach wedding decor, find ring bearer shell ‘pillows’, and more creative finds, visit By The Seashore. You can also find By The Seashore in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride.
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