Here's a post from Colleen Reilly, one half of Thursdays and bride-to-be. Colleen is graciously sharing three DIYs from her upcoming nuptials with CasaSugar readers. Here are the first two.
Somehow time has completely flown and in just two months, my fiancé and I will be getting married on a (presumably) steamy August day on the back patio of a state park lodge in Indiana. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling pretty excited about the party with our family and friends that will follow.
To cut costs and to add a more personal touch to things (and because I like creating extra projects for my friends and myself), we’re going mostly DIY for the wedding. Here is just a small pre-wedding sample of some of the projects we’ve been working on.
For flowers, we’ll be purchasing bunches from the local florist (and also enlisting some people to bring Black Eyed Susans from their yards because you can’t purchase those from florists), and doing all the arranging ourselves. None of us really knows how to properly arrange flowers, but I have faith we’ll make it look good. We aren’t having a wedding party, but there are people who we want to mark as “important” with a corsage or boutonniere, both of which, as it turns out, are really easy to make.
For the boutonnieres, simply gather up a small amount of the flowers into a little bunch by their stems. Hold up to your chest where it would be worn to get the size right. Wrap floral tape a few times around the stem. You can leave it as is or wrap some ribbon in a color that complements your wedding colors around the floral tape and close up on the underside with a couple dabs of hot glue. Cut any excess ribbon. Stick a straight pin through the floral tape-covered stem very close to the base of the flowers, and attach boutonniere to suit jacket, vest, t-shirt or whatever else your important guys might be wearing.
For the corsages, arrange flowers into a bunch that will look nice on someone’s wrist. I googled photos of corsages to get some sort of an idea of what it should look like. When you have the flowers arranged the way you’d like, wrap floral tape around the center the stems in the middle of the arrangement to hold them together. Use ribbon or elastic to attach the arrangement to the wrist. Depending on the heaviness of the flowers, you may have to wrap the ribbon around a couple of times, up and down the length of the stems. Play around with it a bit to make sure it’s a comfortable fit and that it won’t slip around. Of course, these can also be pinned to clothing if that’s preferred.
Keep reading to find out how to make buttons, perfect for wedding favors!
I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with them at first, but I knew that I wanted to make buttons for the wedding. (Put out feelers. You’d be surprised how many people you know that have button makers, and the supplies are fairly inexpensive.) I spent 6 hours one day coming up with about 5 different designs in Word—and we’re using all of them and different color paper for backgrounds so they don’t all look the same.
I’ve made about half of them so far, and maybe I’m just a total dork, but I really enjoy making them. They say things like “DTI+CMR=<3”, “WE <3 YOU”, or the wedding date and an image. I think they are turning out really cute. We’re going to use them to close the burlap bags my mom is making that will contain homemade candy, which will be all the guests’ favors.
Check back later today for another DIY from Colleen!