Now if you're on a budget but have a heck of a lot of time, this is the project for you!
I walked into West Elm in Nashville, and saw the most beautiful and elaborate, paper flower display draping throughout the store. I just i knew I had to use it in some capacity.
Since I don't have a 10 man staff or 500 hours of free time, I had to switch things up a bit. I took their bold, firm paper flowers and instead made soft, crepe paper flowers in lilac, ivory and purple. This was the general color scheme for my upcoming wedding, so I took it and ran with it. Now anyone who's shopped for crepe paper before knows, you can't buy the stuff at Michael's or JoAnn's. So I went here and ordered it online. The staff was super helpful when I asked for their opinions on how much to order.
After finding a million patterns I was just okay with, I head to ol' faithful, Martha Stewart, and found what I needed. Since I didn't have the time to make individual petals, I used her Continuous Petal Method and got to work.
With a little coaxing, wine and snacks, I got a little help. All in all, I took my time doing it in stages over days. I made close to 300 flowers, and then strung them together. The pole I bought was pretty ugly from the hardware store and you could see the tape from fastening two together, so wrapped some burlap ribbon around the pole and called it a day!
I left the flowers "un-fluffed" until they were transported carefully to the venue. Then with three great assistants, we got it done quickly. Wha-la! We were able to use it twice during the day. Once behind the ceremony and then again behind their sweetheart table for the reception. It was such a delight as I watched guests take pictures in from of it, as it was truly a beautiful backdrop!
Stay tuned over the next weeks for the blog post with the official photos from the photographer ... not my iphone ;)
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