There’s no need to spend a fortune on accessories. Style your soirée with these fresh ideas.
Supply a table of flowers with a sign “Make your own boutonnieres” – for guests to show their creative talents.
It’s amazing what a few flowers can do to brighten up an event – and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Thrift shops often sell mismatched crystal glasses and plates. Use these beautiful pieces as vases, or make your own cake or floral stand. Simply use a strong glue to stick them together.
This sort of decoration can be hung anywhere – over balustrades, the backs of chairs or on walls. Wrap vining foliage around a wire frame or bind shorter stems together with reel wire and attach these to the frame. Wire stems of flowers and attach to the frame as well.
Soak a floral foam sphere, 10cm in diameter. Bend a 30cm piece of wire in half and push through the centre of the ball. Wrap the free ends around a small piece of stem to stop the wire cutting the ball. The wire will stick out the top in a loop. Attach ribbon to this. Insert flowers.
Purchase a collection of small glass vases from your local op shop and wrap wire around the lip of the vases to make them easier to hang. Fill with water and add your favourite blooms. For further embellishment, wrap beads or ribbon around the lip of the vase.
Use old furniture outdoors to display vases of flowers or other decorations. Pick up cheap furniture from garage sales or thrift stores. This old wooden ladder makes a great shelf for mismatched jars. Decorate the jars with lace, string or raffia bows for a rustic theme. Add additional wooden elements in the form of DIY coasters and fun signs. Make wooden coasters or hanging decorations from fallen tree branches. Use a jigsaw to cut out heart shapes to hang from trees.
Or supply a table of flowers with a sign “Make your own boutonnieres” for your guests to show their creative flare. It's a fun way to keep your guests busy while you're off having your photos taken. Supply a selection of blooms – place single varieties in each jar – plus florist wire, tape and ribbon, and leave them to it. Have a disposable camera nearby for guests to take photos of their floral endeavours. For extra flare, supply the necessary items for more adventurous guests to make their own corsages, hair pins or floral crowns.
Invite your furry best friends to your wedding and have them dress to impress. Make a floral circlet of flowers that match your own bouquet. Bend sturdy wire into a circle and cover with floral tape. Use a selection of flowers and foliage, and cut the stems 10cm long. Make small posies, wrapping the stems with floral tape. Fasten the posies to the wire circle using tape, overlapping the previous posy to cover the tape.