Saturday, April 21, 2012

Paper Wedding Flowers!

Well hello to all the Party Box Design readers on this fabulous Saturday afternoon. I am SO excited to become a regular contributing blogger to this site, and really to have anything to do with someone as creative as Jess. I've been lucky enough to meet Jess in person and trust me, she is just as fun, sweet and talented as she appears on her blog! I've also bought her products many a time and have NEVER been disappointed! People always ask me where I got my invites when I use PBD! To sum it up, she rocks! 

A little about me....I blog over at Jackie Fogartie Events Blog (some call me Jackie Fo) about all things event and food related. I plan weddings and other events for a living in the Charlotte, NC area and I also do some freelance writing over at Tablespoon.com. I love wine, cheese, blogs, my husband and food of all kind - especially Italian. Oh, and did I mention I love parties and entertaining?! I think that about sums it up - check me out if you want to have a good time, get inspired and laugh at my many hijinks!

Let's talk about wedding flowers, shall we? And I'm not talking about regular flowers. While I absolutely adore fresh flowers (who doesn't), some people just don't have the budget to spend thousands (yes, I said thousands!) on a professional florist. If you want an awesome alternative that is super popular right now, look into paper flowers. I'm not talking about Martha Stewart tissue paper poms - while I love those and they will always be a classic, let's step outside the proverbial box here, okay? From centerpieces, to backdrops, to bouquets - there are TONS of different ways to incorporate paper flowers into your big day and it won't look chintzy - I promise! 

Here's a little background on paper flower art from this wonderful Etsy Shop, LoveLeeflowers.
I hope you love random fun facts as much as I do :)

Paper flowers have existed nearly as long as paper. The art form became popular and widespread in the US during the Depression when creative people wanted lasting beauty on a shoestring.

Pretty cool, right? I thought so. Here are some gorge examples of this "lasting beauty!"


This bouquet is pretty classic, I think it's almost hard to tell that the bouquet is made from paper!


This sunflower is a little more whimsical - I love it! 


How stunning is this centerpiece?!


And this amazing altar decoration? 


I love the use of paper for chair decorations: 


If you are going for a vintage look, try using old book pages like this: 


For a super fun look - try giant flowers for you and your bridesmaids! 



The best thing about these flowers is that they last forever, so you can use them in your home or give them away at the wedding as keepsakes! 

Maybe you've got a crafty friend or family member, or maybe you want to make your wedding completely DIY - if so, I think the paper flower craze is for you. Invite your gals over for some vino, TV watching and crafting. Before you know it you'll have made your wedding flowers and had a girls night - double points! 

I look forward to regularly posting on this fabulous site - I hope you're as pumped as I am!  
Have a GREAT weekend!

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