October 31, 2011

Wedding inspiration _ Balls

 Before you start asking why it says balls in the title, calm down! It's nothing dirty! 

Ever since I did a garden design course at university (I do architecture) I fell in love with flowers shaped as balls. Either the whole flower, each petal, the leaves, or the whole plant itself! 
There are many "do it yourself" ideas which don't have to be very expensive, although as with anything you decide to do yourself, time consuming compared to buying them straight away. 

These flower balls can be easily done by yourself or bought at your local florist. Buy a bunch of flowers (almost any flower can be used that has a slightly stiff stem) and a foam ball (those green ones that absorb water that can also be bought at your florist). Cut the stem off leaving just 3cm on each stem.  Start by inserting the flower-stems into the foam ball all around the ball in a circle. Then do another circle in a 90 degree angle compared to the first one, creating a cross. Then fill in the empty spaces. Depending on how big each flower bud is, you will either need just 1, or several flowers to do this last step. 

The flower balls can either be used as table decoration, or aisle decoration as shown on the picture.  Chose a flower that has colours that go in your overall colour theme!

A cute banner in the background for photos. Either behind the newlyweds, on the present table, or as you enter the reception area. 

A rounded ball plant as an alternative placement card and favor. 
A very beautiful wild Australian flower. 
Allium is one of my favorite flowers. It comes in white, lilac and blue. 

A close-up of a Allium flower. 

The craspedia makes a cute little bouquett. The yellow flowers look great when the overall colour theme is black or grey. 

A close-up of the Craspedia bouquett
Why not have some balloons? Either in many different colours or just in the same colours as your overall colour theme. 

Chocolate favours! Yummy!

Make your own tulle pompoms as decoration!

Pimp that shoe! Pimp your shoe with a tulle pompom. 
These string balls can be made by wrapping a balloon with string and using paper mache glue. Pop the balloon and this is your result. A more complete tutorial on how to make these balls, look here. 

Here's a tutorial on how to make these balls! Either use balloons or yoga balls! 

Rice lanterns create a lovely effect for outdoor weddings! They are quite cheap to buy and if you keep your eyes open perhaps someone who has just gotten married is selling theirs off cheaply!


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