I opened my Etsy shop in September after scouring the internet (and nearly pulling my nose hairs out) looking for that one alternative wedding bouquet that would speak to me. I am getting married in 2014 and immediately after getting engaged I began my quest to find my things that would make my wedding different, just like most brides do. I love real flowers, but my issue wasn’t potential pesticide use, or even price, it was that I wanted very specific colors and can’t get flowers that are truly nave blue-the darker blue the flowers get the more purple they start to look. Purple is fine but not the color I wanted.
I discovered Etsy and the fantastic ideas that find themselves here, and immediately fell in love. Especially with the wedding section. You see, not only am I planning my own wedding, I am also training to become a certified wedding planner, and always searching for new and alternative wedding ideas.
I came upon a veritable smorgasbord of ideas, from paper, fabric or even clay floral choices to vintage dresses and veils on Etsy. I mean wow! There are ideas here that I didn’t even know I wanted until I found them!
Ideas for Weddings in 2014
You can still consider what’s trending for next year but maintain a feel all your own for your wedding. The best way to ensure that your wedding is different than anyone else’s is to have custom or handmade items. Even if someone else has something similar, it will never be exactly like yours.
Here are some “trends” for the 2014 wedding season that are showing up right now:
- Blues, many many different blues. Here’s why; Blue is a good color all by itself. Choosing one color for a wedding may make choices less complicated (and maybe less expensive!) and blue is one of the best. It makes a great color for tuxes for the men, looks great with many skin tones for the bridesmaids, and if you are like me and tend to buck the trends, you can still find many different shades of blue that will be different than everyone else’s. Want something that pops? Blue also goes well with a plethora of other colors. One blue color combination that seems to keep coming back is blues with pinks. Here’s an even stranger combo with blue that, oddly, works: Blue and orange.
- Other color combinations to consider are Gray with Yellow, Pink with Green, and purple color combos. If you desire one of a kind jewelry, look to ask in a custom order for a yellow stone to add to silver chain or with a silver pendant.
- One last color idea is trying the Ombre style. You might be doing the same thing I did here-“Ombre?” Ombre is using a lighter, almost pastel color that gradually changes into a darker, more saturated version of the same color. The effect is mesmerizing and can be used in countless ways.
- This year, the popular wedding style was vintage, rustic or country chic. For 2014, it’s more along the lines of natural or bohemian (think outdoor weddings, using natural props for décor, like drift wood for centerpieces). A unique idea is pallet furniture (yes, chairs and stools made out of pallets-genious!), as well as miss-matched furniture pieces instead of traditional seating and gathering areas.
There are so many more ideas to help us Etsy wedding-ers keep busy over the winter months as well as things that will help with peak sales come next Spring that I could write until my hands cramp and you all simply can’t bring yourself to read one more word, so I will stop for now.
Etsy is one great place to locate hard- to -find and unique pieces that will make your wedding truly yours. Besides, you should see the dances we do when someone “likes” our items on Etsy. My kids asked me if I needed to use the rest room last time I got a “like”.
Autumn is here and your hurrying to make final decor decisions for your wedding and even though those fresh flowers are stunning, they don’t exactly fit your Autumn theme. So why not make a few of these Maple leaf roses to add to your centerpieces or even your own bouquet of fresh flowers. They are quick to make and relatively available in most areas. So if you want to add just a bit of handmade to your wedding then give this easy tutorial a try.
Autumn maple leaves in various colors
hot glue gun
floral tape in your color choice
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1. Using one of the smaller leaves, place the colorful side down and fold in the points. Slowly begin to roll the leaf around your floral wire until you have what looks like a rose bud. Use a bit of hot glue to tack it down onto the wire or you can wrap with floral tape or thread.
2. Take a second leaf and fold the center point down. Place the first rolled leaf in the center, fold down the side points on the second leaf and wrap both sides around the first “bud.” This will create your first layer.
3. Continue to add leaves, rotating the flower as you go so they do not line up with each other. Be sure to add a bit of glue after you add each new leaf. Larger leaves should be on the outside while the smaller ones in the center. Try to keep each row about the same height and only shift down a tiny bit. You can also make each row a bit looser than the last row to give a fuller look.
4. When you have added all your leaves or reached the desired size, pinch the leaf stems tightly and begin to wrap with florist tape. Trim the stem ends by cutting with scissors.
* Choose leaves that are changing in color, but not ones that are so brittle that they will fall apart. You can even add a bit of scents to your new roses by using fragrance oils, but dont use too much as it could damage them. Put them in a vase or leave the stems off and make wreaths or any other project you can come up with.
Photo credit: The photos and tutorial above came from haha.nu.
Good luck and have fun!
Okay so I’m loving the colour purple at the moment! There’s something very classy about the purple and white combo, so here are some beautiful pieces if you love it too!
These purple bouquet charms would add a touch of bright colour to any combination of flowers, they’re made by Sunshine and Vodka.
And finally, some jewellery for those special girls who will stand up there with you! Beautiful stamped necklaces from Otis B Jewelry.
(Clicking on the treasury will transport you to the treasury, where you can visit the curator’s shop and the shops they featured!)