Unique and Beautiful Wedding Bouquets

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Of course you want a unique and beautiful wedding bouquet.  It’s what every bride wants.  But how far are you willing to go to be different?  Would you consider any of the options on this page?   If I had it to do all over again, I might consider the top bouquet made of succulents.  These lovely plants are native to the West where I was born and raised.  I think it would be a nice tribute to my roots.  But that is NOW.  When Kenny and I got married 31  years ago, my mind-set was on soft and romantic – which the succulent bouquet is not.

Another option is the origami bouquet below.  Please read the included blurb from theweddingscoop.com.  If you click on the link, you can check out the instructions on how to DIY.  I think one would have to be quite talented for this creation…but the cost would be low, especially if you make it for the bride and all her maids.

 

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“If you have been searching for a unique and alternative bouquet to carry on your wedding day which doesn’t use fresh flowers, then this might be the perfect pretty option! Something which you (and even your bridesmaids) can keep well after the celebrations!” You can read the full feature at: www.theweddingscoop.com

 

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What about the giant white rose bouquet above?  It is definitely original…made out of rose petals with a rose in the center to look like a giant rose.  Not sure it strikes my fancy…

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The seashell bouquet above is the most interesting, one of a kind I have ever seen.  I bet few guests would have seen one like it.  Soft and romantic it is not…

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My favorite bouquet is the last.  Made entirely of broaches, it is unusual and impressive.  Inexpensive it would not be, but the bride would not have to worry about costly preservation!

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The Honeymoon!

 

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Don’t worry…even after the let-down of the life aterning excitement of your wedding, you still have something to look forward to…the Honeymoon!  These days, the trend seems to be tropical.  Just as weddings have become more lavish, so have honeymoons.

When Kenny and I got married, he booked our Honeymoon through a travel agent – imagine!?!  With the advent of the internet, your options to check prices, virtually visit the venue, comparison shop and get customer reviews are endless.  Something is new everyday.

I think the best option for a young couple who has the monetary means and time, is an all-inclusive package.  Because you know, even with the best of budgeting, vacations costs are always more than you expect.  If you go the “all-inclusive” route, you know at least your airfare, airport shuttle, hotel, meals and bar tab are covered.  Keep in mind, that most likely there are excursions/sight-seeing options that will be an additional cost – but I bet you can go on-line and get a price menu for those. This will help you stay on budget.

All- inclusive packages are also a way to ensure you are grouped with people of your same age bracket.  Maggie and Rob went to Jamaica on such a package, and they enjoyed seeing the other young marrieds at their resort.  I wouldn’t be surprised if KK and Tyler choose this option.

At the very bottom of this blog is a chart with likely expenses.  Notice many would be covered in the all-inclusive.

Some couples might choose to delay their Honeymoon until they have saved funds for such an adventure.  This is not a bad idea, as it gives the bridal couple something else to look forward to.  Kenny and I did that. We went to San Francisco for a long weekend right after the wedding, then enjoyed a week in Mexico six months later.  It was a better time in the calendar year for us, and we had time so “Save Up.”

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Whatever you decide…I highly suggest resting the day after the wedding, then starting your Honeymoon.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Wedding Jewelry!!!

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Wedding Jewelry…will you wear pearls or diamonds?  The jewelry you wear on your wedding day can be sentimental, heirloom, or a fashion statement.  Lots to think about…  If you choose a dress that is fairly simple, i.e., little lace, beading, and fluff…you might want to “Kick it Up a Notch.”  You can do this with jewelry.  I personally favor pearls, but diamond, or cubic zircon, can lend an air of panache.  The model below incorporates both!  I especially love her veil.  The rhinestones add a special touch.  I like the way it covers just to her brows, but not her eyes.  This adds a softness, an air of innocence without completely covering her face – good for photos!

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What about using jewelry in your bouquet?  The bouquet below is made of silk flowers with jewels interspersed.  It’s novel and I’m quite taken with it.  I think someone who was truly crafty could make a gorgeous, unique bouquet.  I image eBay or tag sales would  be a great place to pick up some vintage pieces.  I collect clip on earrings, (I don’t have pieced ears), and find GREAT deals on eBay.  They’re of surprising good quality too.

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I’ve saved the best for last…below are art deco rings.  Our KK will wear such a ring on her wedding day.  As the first born daughter, of a first born daughter, of a first born daughter… she will wear my grandmother’s platinum diamond engagement ring. It’s much like the style below.  It’s fragile, and I wore it infrequently.  I was “saving” it.  I wish I had worn it more, as soon…it will no longer be mine.  But I will give it to KK with joy in my heart on her wedding day, as is our tradition.

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Decorate Your Wedding On A Budget!

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So you want to decorate your wedding on a budget?  You CAN do it, and it CAN be beautiful.  The photo above incorporates the bride’s color scheme in a fun festive manner…but the lanterns are relatively inexpensive.  Paper lanterns not up your alley?  Consider using the natural landscape beauty of your reception site.  The beach photo below needs no decoration.  It’s loveliness stands on it’s own.

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Maggie and KK are fortunate with their wedding venues.  Both have attractive features on their own which necessitate little or no additional decoration.  Maggie’s venue, The Wadsworth Mansion, (pictured below), had beautiful furniture, draperies, paintings and hearth decorations.  We added floral centerpieces.  KK’s, The Pavilion At Crystal Lake, has a different type of beauty.  It sports a rustic theme with a tiny lake and beach, gazebo, and a barn-type structure.  It was just KK and Tyler’s style…lucky!

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Would you like to add a little ” pizazz” to your decorations?  DIY projects are an economical way to go. You can assemble them ahead of time to help you decorate your wedding on your budget.  I love the photo below.  This could be a center piece or an accent item placed at strategic locations (think guest book stand or wedding favor table).

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I think I saved the best for last…I just LOVE the centerpiece below.  It is so whimsical, delicate, and well…just plain pretty.  The bowls could be purchased at a bulk rate price, and the roses could be obtained from a local florist at a reduced rate.  You could request blooms your florist would have deemed not pristine enough for a floral arrangement – but perfect to float the heads of roses in a bowl!

My best advice – check out wedding blogs for ideas, (like mine!!  :-), and pinterest —-then plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the process of making some DIY items.  It really can be fun!

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