I recently put on my instagram about how I got here, by here.. I mean to the point where I wanted to do a blog and open an online store selling faux flowers.
The starting point was my winter wedding.
Most brides are on a budget, and even if you think you have got a big one… once you get to decoration, it’s all gone on the dress, the suits, the venue, the food and the band.
We had a runaway wedding to cornwall with just a small gathering of family, and it was December. So no peonies, my favourite ☹️saying that, peonies mean pounds and decorating the table was proving to be difficult and expensive. So I ended up doing it myself.
I used masses of conifer clippings from my garden, which smelt amazing. Tall £10 vases from @dunelm, that I filled with faux flowers from @homesense.. who by the way, have an incredible selection all year round.
I also dropped by marks and Spencer the morning of my wedding and picked up about 5 bunches of white flowers, mainly roses and eucalyptus and laid them all on the table. Fairy lights from @tiger for £2 were entwined into the conifer.
A few weeks before the wedding I went to a local hotel and asked for 15 wine or prosecco bottles to be kept to one side instead of throwing them in the bin, bless them they washed them for me too! Adding tapered candles from @tiger I placed these down the table also, bought fake make your own snow from @hobbicraft, which feels and looks like the real thing and it was complete! The room smelt of fresh flowers but the main attractions were faux! Plus.. I still have all the faux flowers around my home and they haven’t gone to waste.
There are so many ways to make your tables look pretty, mason jars are one way however they have had a revival recently so prices have gone up for these. Wine bottles like I did from your local, or start saving them from home now! Are very effective as you can see below. Also @ikea have some amazing glassware and vases starting at £1 which you can add real or faux flowers to yourself from the local supermarket.
The ideal thing about wine bottles is that you can’t find that many flowers in them to make them look full. So a few stems maximum will create the best effect.
Above is purely foliage, leaves, ferns and small votives which creates a lush romantic feel for next to nothing! If the candles are scented, even better..
It doesn’t have to be just wine, get the gin down you and start stocking up on those spirit bottles too! Great excuse 😀
Saving the wine corks to fill up vases like above is also very effective and at no cost, apart from a few good nights on the wine!
And finally, you don’t only have to use flowers for your wedding. Focusing on foliage is just as pretty and effective for creating a beautiful room. Conifers, ferns, grasses or succulents look so stylish. Collecting old glassware and decanters from car boots, your grandmas cupboards or antiques stores for little or no money is also a great way to achieve a very unique look. All joined together in the middle exhibits a very elegant feel to your wedding.
Get creative, don’t stress and enjoy the planning! LB xx