DIY Flower Styling for Wedding

Hessian & Lace Mason JarsI posted our DIY mason jars for our wedding not long ago, and I’ve noticed a few search terms leading to my blog, including wholesale flowers, perth, wedding etc. I remember doing the exact same searches, and not really finding too much information so I want to share the details for those of us living in Perth, Australia.

We bought our flowers from wholesalers in Leederville; specifically Everbloom. I can’t for the life of me remember the names of the other wholesalers situated close to there, but Mr A and I basically walked between the stores buying enough to style our wedding, at reasonable prices. One thing to keep in mind is not to mention you’re buying for a wedding, because for whatever reason, they’re not allowed to sell to you if you’re buying for a wedding. So as exciting, and awesome as it all is, I suggest keeping tight lipped about this particular detail.

Mr A & I also hit up Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley for flowers. There are HEAPS of delis there that have rows and rows of pots with gorgeous flowers at reasonable flowers, and we got the majority from Beaufort Street. We literally walked up and down Beaufort Street and ducked into various shops along the way when I saw bunches that caught my eye.

We went on our flower adventure the day before our wedding, because the wholesalers generally keep their flowers in a cold room to ensure they last longer. We had no issue at all with the flowers curling in, or going brown, as you can see from my previous post.

One other thing to keep in mind is doing your own flowers is great, if you don’t have a particular type, style or colour in mind. I loved our mix match of flowers, but that isn’t for everyone, so keep this in mind if you’re thinking of doing your own flowers.

Hessian & Lace Mason JarsI calculated how much money we saved and it was over $400.00!! If your wedding has as many flowers as ours did, then I definitely suggest doing your own.

I’d also recommend changing up the heights, textures, colours, and types of the flowers .. Not everything has to exactly the same! Your tables don’t need the exact same flower in the exact same colour, coupled with baby’s breath to make things look good .. I think variety is the spice of life.

Best of luck in your wedding planning, and I hope you have an absolutely fabulous day. Remember that it is only one day for the rest of your marriage, and whilst it would be GREAT if it were perfect, as long as you’re married by the end of the day, then it’s a bloody great day :)

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Wedding DIY #3 – Hessian & Lace Mason Jars

Mr A & I did a lot of our wedding ourselves, including sourcing, and styling the flowers.

Mason jars are very popular, which makes sense because they can be styled to suit any event. They’re simple, inexpensive, and can be tarted up or down for any requirement.

I decorated mason jars with hessian, lace and ribbon and used these jars to hold our table centrepieces which were a mix match of all different types of flowers; different textures, colours and heights from local wholesalers in Perth, Western Australia. Some of the jars I left plain, because we literally had mason jars everywhere. Whether they held flowers, or simply had tea light candles in them for later on in the night, they all looked fantastic.

Here’s a few photos which might give you some inspiration for your own wedding or event. These worked perfectly for our wedding theme and style wise, as they were relaxed, casual, with touches of DIY which is a great reflection of our day.

Wedding DIY #2 – Bunting!

Bunting is everywhere, which is fantastic .. Because it’s so easy to make!

I made some hessian bunting, and fabric bunting for our wedding. Originally we were going to have a bride and groom chair, and we were going to have ‘Mr,’ and ‘Mrs,’ on the back of the chair, but we actually ended up having a bride and groom couch (which was awesome!), so we used this bunting elsewhere.

If you’re a sewer, cut out whatever size triangles you’d like, and sewing them onto a thin piece of fabric. In my eyes, that’s really all there is to it. I’m not sure it would be much help to give step by step instructions, because there are so many sizes / types of bunting out there .. It’s really up to what you fancy!

For the Mr and Mrs bunting, I stenciled my letters on with a straight edge font. I’d seen some curvy fonts, but I found them quite hard to read, so I stuck with something simple. I then painted in my stencil lines .. and voila!

One learning to share is to create a template if you want uniform triangles. I just used a piece of cardboard to do this, and then all my triangles were the same size.

Another learning is to use the pinking shears you might have bought if you made a hessian aisle runner, as you get a really funky edge to your bunting that way.

I love personal touches to events, and I think bunting is a great way to achieve this. You can print or paint letters on, or symbols, and really personalise it for the occasion.

Mr & Mrs Hessian Bunting

Wedding DIY #1 – Hessian Aisle Runner

I wanted to share some of the DIY’s I made for our wedding last November, partially because I’m wicked proud of them and partially so others might be inspired. There’s quite a few DIY’s  that I made, so I’ve decided to post them in segments so as not to overload anyone with the details.

I realise there are SO many pins, ideas and photos out there basically showing the exact same things that I’m going to share, but I want to share some of the things I’d do differently in the hope that others will benefit from our experience. There will be some learnings for anyone looking to tackle their own wedding DIY’s.

To give you some background, I hadn’t owned, or sewed anything in my life before making things for our wedding. Tackling any of these projects was a momentous step for me, and lead me down the track of feeling confident to attempt quilting, which then reinspired my cross stitching .. So our wedding really was a big milestone in more ways than one!


1. HESSIAN AISLE RUNNER

Hessian Aisle Runner

We had a garden wedding, and I wasn’t fond of a red or white aisle runner like so many of the companies in Perth were offering. Red or white wouldn’t have fit our theme, which was casual, relaxed, and a little vintage I suppose. I made heaps of bunting (I’ll get to that later), so I decided to tackle a hessian aisle runner.

I realised that aisle runners were actually quite long when I thought about it, and quite wide too. So, I went to my local Spotlight and looked at rolls of hessian in varying colours. Thankfully the rolls were in widths of 1.5m, and I decided this would be wide enough for ours, so I just had to determine the length, which ended up being 8m’s.

If you’re using hessian for anything at all, please use pinking shears. These cut with a slight zig zag, to stop the hessian from fraying all over the place. There were about $30 AUD from my local Spotlight, but they were a great help, and made for a great feature for our bunting (stayed tuned!). Also, take the drink of your choice and place in fridge to chill .. Trust me, you’ll need this celebratory drink later on!

Hessian Aisle Runner

Seeing as our was a garden wedding, there was no way I could make a hessian aisle runner long enough to cover the whole distance, so I made it long enough to cover the chairs we had only. Getting 8m of hessian through my baby basic sewing machine was hard enough, so I can’t imagine what 10-15m would’ve been like!

Our colour theme was navy blue, lime green and white / light grey accents. I decided to line our hessian runner with wide navy blue ribbon, and overlay that ribbon with a lace feature.

I wanted to avoid having to put that much hessian through my sewing machine, so I tried to pin the ribbon and lace together so I only had to stitch once. This didn’t work. It was too hard to keep the ribbon and lace combination straight, and stop the hessian from curling under the sewing machine so I resigned myself to putting all the hessian through my sewing machine 4 times (1 ribbon and 1 lace layer, for left and right side of runner).

1 thing I quickly came to terms with was that there was no way this was going to be perfect, but I decided I was okay with that because it gave the aisle runner some character. My stitching lines are wonky if you look closely at it, but let’s be honest (insert Pitch Perfect line here), nobody is going to be looking that closely.

Hessian Aisle Runner 1

Once I’d finished sewing the aisle runner, part of me started to worry about all the bits coming off on people’s clothing, and I was particularly concerned with my dress. By ‘bits’ I mean all the hairy hessian parts that fly everywhere when you’re working with it. To combat this, I took the runner outside and gave it an enormous dose of hairspray.

Yep, hairspray. I couldn’t think of anything else to use, so if you have a better solution I’m all ears!


LEARNINGS

  1. Patience is a must. Getting that much hessian through your sewing machine is a mammoth task. It took me about 5 hours in total to completely finish it, and I decided to power through it all in one go, which brings me to my new learning.
  2. Move any unrequired pieces of furniture, fragile pieces, or finnicky pieces somewhere out of the way. Hessian makes a lot of mess with all it’s little hairy bits, and you just have to embrace that if you want to make one of these.
  3. Try and buy a ribbon fabric and lace all in one. If you can’t stitch your ribbon and lace together before you stitch it onto your hessian aisle runner. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it at the time .. It would’ve saved me having to pass all that hessian through my sewing machine so many times, so I’m kicking myself now, but that’s apart of this post .. Sharing things to make it easier on people later.
  4.  Don’t try and make your ends straight and perfect. Hessian frays, like a crap load, so cutting it straight even with pinking shears is pointless. Just fold the end over when it comes to your big day, and secure it like this .. Your ends will be straight this way!

 


 

Once you’ve completed your aisle runner, take the drink out of the fridge and toast yourself .. Because you just did an awesome job of DIY’ing your own hessian aisle runner! Not only did you save yourself a ton of money by not hiring a normal red or white one .. You’ll look back on it with fond memories and think, ‘Yeah, I totally kicked your butt hessian!’ *fist pump*