I haven’t abandoned this blog, despite my lack of posts recently! It’s just that sometimes wedding planning goes through a lull period, and we are in one right now. And I’ve become busy doing other things … like opening an Etsy shop. Because, ya know, planning a wedding and working full-time and running or contributing to four websites and just living life isn’t hectic enough!
One of the centerpieces listed on The Sunday Flower Etsy shop
So, I’ve mentioned a couple times on this blog that we are making paper flowers to use for decoration at our reception. (And I do mean “we”: Mr. Rosie has made just as many, if not more, flowers than I have for the wedding.) The flowers are really lovely, and there are so many uses for them that I decided to make a bunch of different arrangements and bouquets and sell them on Etsy. My shop is called The Sunday Flower, and I’m hoping people will be interested in using these paper flower for their own weddings. The best part about them is how completely customizable they are. And they can be used for centerpieces (like we’re doing), bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, decoration, place card holders, cupcake toppers, and really anything you can think of. Plus they will last a long time, giving you great keepsakes from the wedding, and they’re perfect for anyone who has allergies! Of course, they can be used in any setting — I have vases of them all over our house, and they’re really perfect for home decor. They look great on an office desk, too. I’d love if anyone would check out the site, give me feedback on it, and if you like what you see, spread the word!
Oh, flowers. We have made so many paper flowers, and we have So. Many. More. to make! But, no complaints here, because I love them. I wrote about this DIY project here, if you want more information on it. And here are some examples of flowers we’ve made (the middle image is flowers made from comic books!):
Sorry for shoddy camera work, I just used my phone.
So, the paper flowers are going to be our floral element to all our decorations. We simply cannot afford to use real flowers in all the places I would like to use flowers. Right now, my plan for my bouquet is to go to the local grocery store a day or two before the wedding, pick up some bundles of flowers, wrap some ribbon around them and call them a bouquet. I say this is my plan for now, because I’d like to have real flowers somewhere, and I think I can make a great bouquet for about $30. We’re not sure yet what we’re doing for corsages and boutonnieres, but I suspect the boutonnieres will be made out of non-floral items, or at least not real flowers. The corsages might end up being real flowers. What kind? Whatever is cheapest, honestly.
I might make some other types of paper flowers to put in a couple vases (I’m thinking tissue paper carnations), because I found some beautiful 11-inch red glass vases for $1.50 each, and I just had to buy four of them. I would absolutely love to put real flowers in them, but we’ll just have to see how the budget works out closer to our wedding date.