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Event Decorating Tips

DIY Hanging Moss and Floral Chandelier

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With preparations for the wedding season in full gear, you might be thinking of adding a unique floral piece to your event decor. I created a simple, hanging flower and moss chandelier for an upcoming photo shoot. The scene I visualized was an enchanted forest; a pastel vintage theme with earthy, floral elements accented with pale blues, greens and creams. I used cream rosettes, pale green hydrangeas and icy blue roses. I added green boxwood sprigs for added effect.

You can create a similar hanging wreath with your own selection of flowers and greens in just a couple of hours.

Materials needed:

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  • glue gun/glue sticks
  • twig wreath
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • moss
  • flowers (I used silk, but fresh would work as well)

Step 1

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Using a glue gun, attach dried moss around the twig wreath.

Step 2

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Cut flowers (about 3 inches from base of flower) using wire cutters and insert inside twig wreath.

Step 3

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Cut three similar lengths of floral wire. I cut mine about two feet in length. Space wire evenly around wreath in 3 places. Slide wire beneath wreath and bring both ends up to meet. Twist wire to mimic a branch. Continue twisting until you reach about 2 inches from the end of the wire. Twist ends into a small loop. When you have completed all three ‘branches’, secure together with a small twist-tie. Make sure each ‘branch’ is similar in height.

Now your wreath is ready to hang, from an arbor, a tree branch, or anywhere you like.

The Passionate Writer

2016 Wedding Trends

Every new wedding season promises new ideas and inspiration. For 2016, here are the latest trends being buzzed about on popular wedding platforms:

Organic floral arrangements


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Spring Gathering

Think stalks of lavender, hydrangeas, peonies, twigs and greenery. Add in pops of color with purples and oranges and lots of green and your bouquet is less stuffy and more natural. Cascade bouquets and floral crowns are a stunning addition to your floral arrangements.

Mixing metals

Gone are the days when blending silver and gold was a no-no. Nowadays, mixing metals with jewelry or wedding decor is an on-point trend. Whether you pair gold-plated china with silver cutlery or mix gold-colored vases with silver vases, the more the better. The idea is to create as much shimmer as possible. This trend is carrying over to invitations as well, with mixed metals and varying styles and sizes of fonts.

Desserts come in all shapes and sizes


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A wedding cake is often the focal point. However, many brides are switching things up, providing dessert bars that either enhance the traditional cake, or in some cases, replace the cake. Dessert towers are very popular with stacks of macarons, madeleines and éclairs offering a centerpiece of edible art. Why not think outside the (cake)box? Fruit-infused popsicles, doughnut walls and snow cone bars are also making an appearance.

Specialty cocktails

Depending on your budget, try throwing in a specialty cocktail bar. Special spirits or wines make an appealing addition to the commonplace beer and rum offerings. Why not up the ante? Offer a martini bar with infusions of fresh raspberries or herbs. Don’t overlook guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. Mocktails are easy to prepare and are a nice alternative for guests.

Floral gowns

On the heels of the Oscars, floral appliqué gowns are all the rage. Whether the flower designs are similar in color to your gown, or whether you add a pop of contrasting color, this design idea is inspired by Renaissance paintings and the stars who wear these stunning gowns. The trend has moved beyond the red carpet and brides are embracing these gowns. Another feature gaining momentum? Detachable skirts. Great for dancing at the reception.

The Passionate Writer

Organic Floral Arrangements

What Do You Do With Organic Flowers?

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So you’ve heard by now that floral arrangements are moving into a more free-form, organic style for bride’s bouquets. Think bunches of colorful wildflowers tied with strings of twine. Sounds beautiful doesn’t it? But how do you pull it off and make your arrangements stunning without looking like stacks of wilted stems?

Here are some easy, DIY tips for organic floral arrangements:

Place wildflowers in rustic containers

Cut stems short, tie with ribbon and place into tin cans, vintage milk jugs or mason jars and place along aisles or tables. Wrap burlap ribbon around containers for a final touch.

Floral crown

Make a floral crown. Circular wire shapes can be bought at craft stores. Using floral wire, gently wrap greenery and flower stems around the crown base.

Cascade bouquet

If you’ve been foraging on the forest floor and have lengthy stems, gather them into a neat bundle and secure with floral wire inside the bundle. Attach baby’s breath and larger flowers near the top to create a flowing, cascade bouquet.

Floral crate

If you have enough flowers, fill a wooden crate with newspaper to create height, then add a spray of leaves and flowers, laying the flowers and greenery inside the crate.

Hanging flowers

Place flowers and stems of greenery inside mason jars, suspend them from twine strings from the ceiling or tree branches. Jars can also be hung from flower stands and placed alongside chairs lining the aisle.

Vintage touch

Fill vintage suitcases with wildflowers for a truly shabby chic look.

Burlap bundles

Cut small squares of burlap cloth and heap some sand into center of cloth. Holding floral bouquet in one hand, wrap burlap cloth around bouquet and secure with ribbon or twine.

The Passionate Writer

Rustic Barn Weddings

Rustic Barn and Farm Weddings

Barn weddings remain a hugely popular choice for couples. They provide lots of open space for guests to dance and mingle as well as a charming, rustic atmosphere. Specific touches can liven up the space, adding chic elegance.

Ideas for decorating barns for weddings:

  1. String lights

Wound around rafters and posts, string lights add instant warmth and radiant light to a space which can be dark.

  1. Chandeliers

These decorative light fixtures add elegance anywhere but they are a beautiful juxtaposition when hung from barn rafters.

  1. Drapery

Sheaths of wispy, white chiffon add feathery contrasts to heavy timber walls and floors. Drapery can be suspended from rafters, above tables and alongside barn doors to create an elegant entrance.

  1. Mason jars

Whimsical and inexpensive, they can be used to serve drinks in or as flower vases.

  1. Chalkboards

Chalkboards offer vintage signage and can be used in many ways: seating charts, menu boards, or special greetings.

  1. Vintage frames

Add whimsical touches with vintage picture frames of the happy couple. Frames can be strategically placed around the barn or hung from branches and rafters.

  1. Antique dressers

Add instant panache to your barn decor with antique dressers. These can be used for dessert tables, drink tables, guestbook table, or photo booth tables.

  1. Lanterns

Mission style lanterns that follow a natural, linear path are very effective. Whether you place lanterns along the grass toward the arbor, or inside the barn, following the line of posts, lanterns provide a natural walkway while adding ambiant light.

  1. Banners

Rustic banners fit right in with the barn theme. Traditional pendant shaped or vintage hearts, use your creativity. Barns have high ceilings with plenty of space that needs to be filled and there are usually abundant places to suspend banners.

  1. Vintage props

Ladders, suitcases, wheelbarrows, barrels, saddles, haystacks, the list goes on. Adding country chic decor sets the tone and theme.

Don’t forget to incorporate greenery to enliven the space. Giant wreaths hung from barn doors make a statement as do floral arrangements inside and outside the barn.

The Passionate Writer