Wedding Hair Updos Hairpiece DIY

 With a little ingenuity, a few dollars, and maybe a little patience, you could be well on your way to a beautiful, wedding hair updos hairpiece like this one from the recent Nashville rustic wedding we featured on Once Wed. I can’t promise it’ll look exactly the same but if you’re on a tight budget, I think it will do the trick. We found this great tutorial for a wedding hair updos hairpiece on one of our reader’s blog, the paper dialogues, and thought it was so good we wanted to share it with you!

Top Left Photo: Tec Petaja // Hairpiece Tutorial: The Paper Dialogues

12.31.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Rustic Wedding Napkin Rings

DIY Rustic Wedding Napkin Rings
 Here’s a simple (and free!) way to bring a little more nature to your rustic wedding table. Just find some pretty, delicate, and pliable greenery around you and wrap it around your napkin roll. It can be a little tricky to get them to stay so experiment with what you’ve got until you find a method that works for you. Some of them kind of self-tied while others we had to pin into place. From left to right we used: a long grass, an olive branch, wire vine, and rosemary. Have y’all found any other great resources for rustic wedding ideas?

Photography by Ali Harper // Styling by Joy Thigpen

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How to Make a Boutonniere

If we’re honest, we all know your man would rather not wear a pink rose any day, even if he’s “supposed to” on his wedding day. Some guys are very compliant in this realm and will happily succumb, just seeing it as a little tradeoff far outweighed by the delight of marrying you. But, in the end, they’re dudes and it can be a very kind gesture to just not even ask them to wear that little pink rose floating in a cloud of baby’s breath. Last week’s “how to make a boutonniere” tutorial offered one alternative…any kind of pod or round thing can be a nice option…this week is another option–a cool leaf. Huechera leaves come in all sorts of cool colors, have ruffly edges (so it can still be a nice compliment if you’re having a really feminine bouquet), and often have even cooler colors on the back for added interest. We backed this lovely little leaf with blackberries (watch out for the thorns and you may want to take off any berries that are already ripe), a little tip of a bud from a butterfly bush….and a very mysterious something that I canNOT find the name of….anyone know??

You can follow the same basic steps from the how to make a boutonniere tutorial we posted last week if you’d like to make this yourself!

Photography by Ali Harper // Styling by Joy Thigpen // Wholesale flowers by FiftyFlowers (Also! check out the FiftyFlowers blog for more flower DIY tips and ideas–its a great resource!)

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DIY Wedding Boutonniere

Would you try making your own boutonnieres for your wedding? It can be a little tricky but if you practiced before the big day you could definitely DIY (or have some friends/family do the job).  Here’s how:

1. Pick out a few little bits of flowers/foliage you find interesting. Its nice to have more than you need so you can decide what looks best together and what shapes and sizes are working for you.

2. Usually you want to start with some kind of main flower or focal point, in this case its the center of a coneflower.

3. Next I added some leafy parts, mint, here. And I like to make the leafy part go toward the right usually because I think it looks nicer going that direction once it’s pinned on the (left) lapel.

4. Lastly I worked in some little detail filler bits. Here I ended up using the tip of some buds on a butterfly bush and some of the little buds from a crepe myrtle outside. (Don’t be afraid to add in things from outside–that’s often what makes it look more natural and gardeny.)

5. Play around with the positioning until you get them where you like them. Strip off any bits from the stems that are lower than you need so that you have clean stems to wrap.

6. Use a (pretty small) piece of tape (I like to use the narrow green floral tape that is more like duct tape but you can use whatever you feel comfortable with) to hold the stems in place.

7. Wrap stems as smoothly as possible with a complimenting ribbon (or twine or whatever!). You can tie it off in a knot or secure with a pin. Covering all the stems gives a more formal look, leaving more stems showing makes a boutonniere more casual.

8. Trim the stem at an angle, tapering down so that it doesn’t end in blunt edge.

9. Smile with pride at the lovely boutonniere you just made!

Photography by Ali Harper // Styling by Joy Thigpen // Wholesale flowers by FiftyFlowers (Also! check out the FiftyFlowers blog for more flower DIY tips and ideas–its a great resource!)

12.31.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured