Happy Friday folks!
Apologies again for the stupid amount of time that's passed since I blogged, it's all been a bit manic at Jam Jar HQ. However, today I got our wedding snaps from our amazing photographer Amy Taylor Imaging Photography so I just had to make some time to do another post with some of our piccies!
3) Glass jars and bottles are a super duper cheap way to hold your flowers and if you plan in advance won't cost you a penny as you can plan your shopping to include them over time. We decorated ours with white and peach lace (which you can buy on 25m rolls for less than £10) to match our theme. We (and our friends and family) collected over 300 jars for our big day and it cost me less than £30 to decorate them all :) You can go for a mis-matched approach or do what we did and find a cooking sauce you like and eat A LOT of it over a year or so and you'll have a more consistent look for your tables. Twine is always a perfect finishing touch as it looks gorgeously rustic.
4) Top table. We had 10 of us on our top table so it was pretty long! I knew I wanted it to look different from the other tables but with the same theme, so we added a few more blooms to each of the jars to make them a little fuller and a spray of eucalyptus and gyp between them all which gave it a lovely natural green feel. Both hold up well without water so are perfect for this kind of garland effect with very little effort! Just cut the stems quite short (you don't want stems all over your dinner plates!) and arrange them AFTER you have set out the rest of the table and arrangements so you don't have to disturb it.
5) Centre Pieces. We opted for long rows of tables as it fitted our venue style much better than round tables so we didn't have centre pieces as such. We arranged the jars and bottles in a line down the centre of the table in clusters (around the picnic baskets and MASS of bits and bobs we had made for our guests to play with - post on that to come...) but whichever way you decide to go - odd numbers are the key and we think 3 is the magic number!
6) Church/Ceremony. We didn't want to spend lots of pennies on florals for our ceremony as sadly - you are only in there for half an hour! We carried our theme of gyp and peach through into the ceremony and we used our collection of lovely demi johns as our pew ends (we also printed up cards to tie to them so they read "and they all lived happily ever after" as we walked down the aisle!). We also lucked out as there was a wedding in our church the week before and their standing arrangement was still there so we were more than happy to make the most of it! Waste not and all that!
7) Bouquets and button holes. As I said earlier - we were lucky enough to have Maggie - our AMAZING maid of honour's mom, make our bouquets, crowns and button holes for us as we just wouldn't have had time to do them ourselves the day of the wedding (I was setting up our village fete and decorating our wedding cake at 6am - there's only so much a diy bride can take on her wedding day!). This is the one part that I would ere on the side of caution when it comes to DIY-ing flowers. Although gyp is very easy to use - there is a lot more skill involved in creating these babies than venue flowers! However - that doesn't mean AT ALL that it isn't do-able. Get yourself a wrap of gyp (25 stems) from your local wholesaler, hit youtube and have a play with what you feel ok with. As with the centre pieces - odd numbers are the key when adding roses or other florals. You'll need some floral tape (green is best) and something two wrap the stems in on the bouquets - twine is great. I absolutely loved our bridesmaids flower crowns, to get the same look you'll just need to make the crown base with some floral wire and again - hit youtube or pinterest for a tutorial. I may even rope Maggie into doing one for me so I can put it up on the website! I added little keepsakes to our bouquets too - they are for your best girls after all!
So to round up - our £250 budget filled all of our venue jars inside and out, decorated our cake, made our five bouquets, four flower crowns, 11 button holes, our 16 pew ends and our ladder table plan (post on that to come!) and we even had some left over for our vintage bike!
I hope this was useful for you diy couples and if not - well it was a good excuse for me to share some of my fave pics of our flowers!
Peace out folks!