I’m DIY-ing my bouquets and boutonnières… oh and also, I’M FREAKING OUT. | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Happy Friday, party peoples!  Aright, I know this is Jessica’s post, but I (Alison) just wanted to mention before she takes it away that in a little bit today, I’ll be sharing some of the bloomin’ LOVELIEST dress intensity we took away from Bridal Market (not to mention, what yours truly wore to one of the shows–thanks, Isabelle)… all coming up on the blog today… so UHHHHHH, stay tuned.  I mean, if you like pretty things that cause drooling.  If you don’t like that then definitely don’t hang around.  Aright, take it away, Jess!

Hi everybody! You’re joining me now in the middle of a break down… yeahhhhh! I’m at that point in the planning where you have most of the big details worked out and then the smoke clears and you see it…………… the little stuff!!!! The stuff you didn’t know about until you started planning your wedding, the stuff no one thinks about until its right there….. staring at you…. laughing at you! What glasses will I use for the signature drinks, where will the caterer set up, what will I give the kids to play with so they don’t rip down the walls?!!! It’s all happening so fast… breathing … breathing….

I’m fine really…….FINE. I know my location, I’ve ordered my dress, I’m got my general “scheme” under wraps, my menu is days away from finalization (can’t wait to share!) I’m good-to-go. I just need to take these last steps one foot at a time. Some are fun, like for instance I’m DIY-ing my bouquets and boutonnieres. I’m a fairly crafty gal and decided to have a crack at putting together some lovely vintage blooms with scraps of lace and fabric. I was surprised at how much great stuff I was able to mooch from friends and family… with the unexpected bonus of adding sentimental value! Really, I got some great stuff to work with….. hand-made tatting, vintage lace and edgings from Brad’s Mother and my Grandmother. I can’t wait to create pieces that feel like heirlooms! But first I’ll just create some really mediocre looking flowers. Fortunately, there are many good tutorials out there and much inspiration to drool over.

For instance:

The bottom left white ‘n blue guy is actually a paper bloom creation made by my boss’s mom, who’s a very crafty lady in her own right. She’s the one that planted this crazy idea in my head in the first place. I’m not sure if I’ll use some paper too… but it’s definitely a possibility. I’d also like to incorporate some vintage brooches or pearls without getting too blingy with it. I’m not exactly sure of my approach yet soooooo i’m just going to make a whole bunch of mediocre looking flowers until I nail it down. Here’s what I got… don’t judge.

***********disclaimer: please brace yourself if you have an aversion to lace**********

I apologize for the picture quality…… my son is teething and apparently works for the dark side now. The lighting also really sucks at 9pm. And that patterned fabric is all wrong but its just a test run so yah know.

Also on a side note, some totally-rad-possible-wedding-boots I ordered from Etsy came in…oooohh! I’ll have to give ‘em a go with the dress before I decide 4realz but their definitely a contender. Cute, comfy and a heel short enough so that I don’t tower over my honey :)

Here’s a fun question…… any idea what to do for the guys without making it too foo-foo? I’d greatly appreciate any input.

Till we meet again….

xoxoxox, Jessica

top right: hapitat / top left: Cultivar / bottom r: momental / bottom l: Autumn and Grace Bridal / the rest are mine :) / lead image: Lauren Rae Photography

(Alison here again!  Jessica is one of our fabulous Real Bride Bloggistas, and she’s planning her Fall 2012 vintage wedding.  Jessica is the coolest, and if you dig her half as much as I do, you can also check her out over at The SoupChic on Facebook.  Note: thoughts expressed in guest posts are not necessarily the opinion of The Knotty Bride.  Simply put, we encourage free speech.)

Lauren Rae Photography is a member of Vendor Love.  Explore more of her work here, in our guide.

Label(s): Jessica, The Bloggistas

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  1. Mindy on April 27, 2012

    Your stuff looks great! I made all my wedding floral out of fabric (I actually just finished last night with three weeks to go, whew)! And for the guys I made a simple one fabric flower bout with a little felt greenery, and maybe a crystal or two. Good luck!

    • theknottybride on April 27, 2012

      Mindy – that’s awesome, what colors are you working with??

  2. Dina on April 27, 2012

    Nice test run!! I can’t wait to see how they turn out. I had such doing mine!

  3. I really like weddings on April 27, 2012

    Love everything about this post! Shoes, to die for. I’m in a lace coma. AND I can’t wait to see the final version of your bouquets!

    For the groom, I had an alternative boutonniere obsession last year. I posted some of my favs:

    I like simplicity, nothing too over the top. I think this is a great way to get your Honey’s personality apart of the wedding.

    Or if there’s a theme, pinwheel, puzzle, map…blah. Good way to tie it in :)


    • jessica on April 28, 2012

      These are great thanks!!!!!!!!

  4. Lena on April 27, 2012

    I love your inspiration–and your bravery! I’m pretty sure you’ll rock this particular detail…and the rest of them!

  5. jessica on April 28, 2012

    Thanks for all the feedback guys! I have to admit I was getting a little discouraged when I was taking the pics, but I’ve got a ways to go yet. I’ll be sure to fill you in on my progress. xoxox!

  6. Savannah-Bellagala on May 2, 2012

    Really love those vintage-romantic bouquets! Adorable! :)

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  8. cyclassic.com.au on April 21, 2013

    Thank you for using the time and energy to jot down a little something which is invokinThank you for employing the time and effort to jot down some thing so exciting.


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