Peony Passion

Peonies are the most trendy flowers included in today’s arrangements.  They are sweetly scented and relatively inexpensive.  Their bulbs are large and their colors range from white to coral.  They can be paired beautifully with many accent colors.  Peonies are a sophisticated alternative to the rose.  Peonies bloom in May and June, making them the perfect choice for your outdoor wedding.  Here are five wedding themes that peonies compliment perfectly.

1. French Garden – French garden decor incorporates blue and green pastels with soft grey hues for a classic French look.  Light pink peonies are a perfect way to maintain continuity with the pastels while introducing another color for added interest.

2. Classic Nautical – Nautical decor mixes neutral tones of navy blue, white, and tan for a classic look.  Incorporating magenta or coral peonies add a bold punch of color to your decor while light pink or white peonies will add texture to your arrangements.  Consider pairing light peonies with an additional accent color like yellow or red.

3. Rustic Barn – Rustic barn decor is all about lots of earth tones and texture.  Mixing pines and other foliage with textured flowers is a great way to play up this effect.  Peonies are very soft and delicate so using light colors like white or light pink intermixed with ferns and berries can create an interesting look.

4. Black Tie – Black tie weddings are focused on elegance.  White peonies with smooth, dark green leaves can help create that clean, classic, and sophisticated look.

5. Shabby Chic – Shabby chic decor is all about color and texture.  Any color peony works magically with a shabby chic look.  Combine white, light pink, and magenta bulbs of different stages (some closed, some opened) for a natural look.

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How to Incorporate Family Heirlooms in Your Wedding

Creative and Simple Ways to Create Meaningful Wedding Decor

 

Making your wedding unique is one of the many exciting challenges of planning your special day.  Take on the challenge by incorporating family heirlooms into your wedding, making your wedding day unique to you and your fiancé.  Here are five of the best ways to personalize your wedding using things you already have.

 

Use parts of your mother’s wedding dress in your own

 

Many vintage dresses have beautiful lace detailing that can be used to create a belt or a headpiece to pair with your wedding dress.  Ask your mother or grandmother if you can use a piece of lace from their gowns to incorporate into your own.  Creative seamstresses can find ways to do this.  Also, you can contact design company, LeFlowers, on etsy.com for a custom look.

 

If you want to do something a little bit different, use the lace from the vintage dress to make a necklace.  Create a fabric statement necklace with lace and ribbon.  For a subtler look, jewelry design company greengrassgifts on etsy.com will create handmade pendants with lace that you send them.

 

Wear family jewelry

 

Wear jewelry that has been passed down through the generations.  Borrow the earrings or the necklace that your mother wore on her wedding day.  You can even borrow from an aunt or your grandmother.  Combining pieces from different generations is a thoughtful way to honor your family and add interest to your outfit.  Vintage inspired jewelry is an increasingly popular trend.  Why not use actual vintage pieces?

 

Get creative with your ceremony

 

Consider including antique furniture that has been in the family for years when decorating your venue.  Antique chairs, benches, vases, and dressers are great for decorating the area where your ceremony will be taking place.  This tip is particularly helpful for outdoor weddings.  Bringing the indoors out is one way to make an outdoor space feel cozy and intimate.

 

Props and accessories add personality to your ceremony.  Take meaningful items and antiques that your family members have given to you over the years and place them around the venue.  According to Erica Rutan-Diverio, owner and creative director of Rustic Charm – Vintage Styled Events & Rentals in New Jersey, making an event personal is all about zeroing in on the personality of the couple to be wed.  “If I had to choose one prop that meant a lot to me – it’d have to be the bible my mom (and co-founder of Rustic Charm) uncovered for our big day. This tattered bible from the 1500s made for a sentimental and perfect piece for our ring bearer, my nephew, to carry down the aisle. We wrapped it in twine as the binding had come loose over time and added a few pieces of grain — while it held a stylistic element, it also held so much meaning to both my husband and me as we exchanged our vows.”

 

Including items given to you by family members adds meaning to your wedding decor.

 

A bouquet tribute

 

For your bridal bouquet, choose flowers that have been used in previous weddings in your family’s history.  For the rest of your wedding, choose whichever flowers you want.  Your bridal bouquet can include the “family flowers” in addition to what you’ve selected as a tribute to the past, present, and the future.

 

Decorate with family photos

 

Collect photos from your and your fiancé’s family members.  Include wedding photos from parents, grandparents, and even siblings.  Include one of your engagement photos as well.  Gather mason jars and insert the photos into the jars.  Display them around flower arrangements on table settings.  This is a great conversation piece for guests.

 

You can also set up a table in the back of the reception area with old and new family wedding photos displayed.  Scavenge for old frames at a local thrift shop. Paint them to match your color scheme and place the family photos inside. This is a beautiful and simple way to honor the union of your families.

 

How to Bring the Outdoors In for Your Winter Wedding

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    While the sparkling snow and the cozy nights spent by the warm fire make winter a beautiful season, the elements are not as conducive to outdoor weddings here on the east coast.  I’ve been brainstorming some ways you … Continue reading