When I announced my engagement last year and had received good wishes from family and friends, a lot of them expected that I would churn out a "crafty" wedding, so to speak. Handmade invitations and DIY wedding favors were just some of their crafty expectations. While I have to admit that I am a big admirer of homespun backyard weddings like those in the States, I had to choose between being crafty - and thrifty altogether - and being relaxed and beautiful on my big day.
Creating invitations and wedding favors for about 200 guests would inevitably leave me haggard and so I went with the latter option. Still, I wasn't about to get hitched without being a tad crafty.
Since the start of the engagement, I had been collecting vintage-looking jewelry. Remember this post? I had initially planned on making a entire wedding bouquet out of jewelry. However, when I talked to my florist, the lure of fresh flowers was hard to resist. I'm a sucker for fresh flowers. If I could, I'd buy fresh flowers everyday and nix the room spray.
So my florist and I decided on a bouquet of white roses (which happened to be my favorite) but I asked her if she could include the jewelry "flowers" I had painstakingly made (I still have burnt fingers from the hot glue to show for it). Delightfully, she said yes and this was how the bouquet turned out:
The purple flowers on my bouquet (the big one) were paper and fabric flowers. Can't be seen much in the photo but I beaded some pearls as well and they served as elegant accent pieces.
I happened to make a lot of the jewelry "flowers" so each of my bridesmaids and maid of honor got some in their bouquets as well.
The beaded flower at the bottom is a cocktail ring!
It was like a hidden gift as they could deconstruct the bouquet and use the jewelry after the wedding.
Happy crafting! :)