Today’s lush greenery-filled wedding editorial was inspired by the creative teams love of fresh garden hues and the wonderful Mexican culture that abounds in San Antonio. Set in the grounds of The Veranda, a stunning space that was created in 1931 for an oil baron and his artist wife, which beautifully captures this culture and the spirit of the rich history of the area; there is so much to love about this inspiration shoot! The soft spring color palette, romantic styling and gorgeous green wedding cake to name but a few…..
Event planner Julianna of Pen & Whistle Design Co. shared these words about the shoot….. “The design for our shoot was inspired by the rich culture of San Antonio and our love of fresh garden hues. The venue The Veranda really brings out traditional Mexican architecture in a very modern way.
The flowers by The Vintage Bouquet Bar are very lush with interesting textures being created by the more unconventional types of flowers and greenery.
The tablescape was my favorite thing to style. The vintage dish set was an easy choice because of its beautiful detailing on the rim. The brass candlesticks added a vintage feel. The cascading greenery of English Ivy gave the table a look of absolute elegance.
The cake created by 2Tarts Bakery is simple yet modern with its unique color and floral detailing – we wanted to create something that is not seen often in a wedding cake.
This shoot was all about creating dimension. The dress was chosen with this in mind. The softness of the sleeves and the intricate detailing on the bodice was what set this dress apart from others.”
Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pops of pink are amazing! Thank-you so much to the creative team listed who all played their part in bringing this vision to life, and especially to Lucille Photo for capturing it all so perfectly. You can see more of Lucille’s beautiful photography by popping across to her website lucillephoto.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
The holiday season is almost upon us – we even put our Christmas tree up yesterday! And so feeling festive, and loving Winter weddings as I do, I thought I would round up 20 of the chicest and cutest Christmas wedding ideas I could find. From stationery and florals, to styling and fashion these are the details that will give your holiday wedding a festive feel…..
Holiday Inspired Invitations
Give your guests a glimpse of the Christmas celebration you have planned with a holiday inspired invitation. There are endless ways of incorporating the spirit of the season into your invites from florals with pops of berry red, to snowflakes and plaid are just a few.
Today’s stylish and intimate wedding celebration makes my heart sing! Because Katie & Ryan have an authentic love for all things vintage. Their style pulls inspiration from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, and one thing was for sure when it came to their wedding at the stunning San Francisco City Hall – it was going to be full of fabulous vintage finds and meaningful family heirlooms; which just made made their day all the more special!
Beautiful bride Katie shared these words about their special day… “We skipped the big traditional wedding, choosing to keep the guest list down to family only so we could enjoy every moment with those who meant the most to us.
I wanted an intimate, historical, vintage wedding, my maternal grandparents had a city hall wedding and I always loved the story. I actually googled “best city hall in America” and that is how we found San Francisco City Hall. I knew I wanted the venues to stand out and hold their own, so I wouldn’t need to spend money, or have unneeded stress, decorating.
The best part of the day was that I felt so connected and present. I spent the morning with my fiancé, choosing flowers, eating breakfast, and going to get coffee. My mother, sister, and nieces helped me get ready which was a very special time for all of us. We had a kings table and a family style dinner so I felt so in the moment the entire time.”
“I purchased my dress from BHLDN with help from my mother and mother in law. I wanted to be comfortable and the weight of my beaded gown and the no fuss undergarments were a huge selling point. I knew it was the one the moment I put it on, it just felt amazing. My 1920s head piece was a last minute find from Etsy and matched perfectly. I picked up my handbag and necklace from the rose bowl flea market.”
“My husband has his suit made custom with a personal embroidery on the inside from indochino, we wanted to spend the money on something he could wear again. Ryan’s cufflinks and boutonnière pin came from a vintage store in Houston Texas.”
“The morning of our wedding, Ryan and I walked out of our hotel and found a street vendor florist. I picked from the selection she had and made my bouquet and Ryan’s Boutonnière in my hotel room. The prayer book was my grandmother’s. She held a prayer book for her wedding in 1949 so I wanted to have a piece of her there with me.”
“We hired the most adorably nervous pastor and he read another couples wedding ceremony. I still remember the look on my husbands face when he realized it. At that point, he could have read it in a foreign language and I couldn’t have cared less. We still laugh about it now. It was perfect even though it wasn’t what we had chosen.”
Words of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Use Pinterest with caution. Once you find something you love, stick with it and move on. There are so many opinions and ideas out there it is easy to second guess yourself. Go with your gut, always.”
“We opted out of flowers for the reception table and decided to display our parents and grandparents wedding photos instead. It was a nice reminder of the love that came before us and those who couldn’t be there with us physically.”
“Our wedding cake was gluten-free because I I have celiacs disease. It was a lemon-raspberry filling with n Art Deco buttercream frosting. Our cake topper was a vintage find in Louisiana from Pink Elephant Antiques. It wasnt until I got home and cleaned it that I realized the back read “made in occupied japan” on the back. I like to think a GI likely brought it home from the war for his bride.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer….
“I met Molly just like how I met my husband, in the CrossFit gym! She was one of my favorite members who would come in with her big floppy puppy everyday. I had seen how gorgeous her work was and she was the first person who came to mind when I began planning. She was so relaxed, easy going and great with directing family for group photos, it was a pleasure having her along for the day. I am absolutely obsessed with the photos and get compliments on them to this day.”
Isn’t it fabulous? I love intimate weddings! Because at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then your wedding was perfect – however big it was! As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Katie & Ryan, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Molly + Co for capturing it so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Molly’s work why don’t you pop on over to her website www.mollyandco.com – and be sure to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest.
Loving this time of year and unusual color palettes as I do, you can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful editorial through Matchology. The palette includes an unexpected pop of fuchsia, alongside navy, deep purples and the more traditional red; and the details are vintage inspired, but at the same time timelessly romantic. I especially love the use of bold proteas in the florals, the alternative to the traditional wedding cake and the sweetheart table decor. With so much to inspire be sure to have your pinning finger ready before scrolling any further!
Here are a few words from photographer Maura about the shoot…. “Amanda and James have always loved Thanksgiving. The colors, the friends, the family, and of course the food. So while creating a styled shoot for this deserving military couple, we kept their favorite holiday in mind. We chose to keep the fall harvest colors focused around purples, the couples favorite colors.
We gathered vendors from around the city to pair all the couples favorite things. Just Lovely Weddings created a beautiful fall tablescape with fruits and candles and florals and the couples favorite quote on craft paper.
In lieu of a wedding cake, following the thanksgiving theme, Emerald Pie Bar created an intricate black berry peach pie decorated with chocolate lace flowers and lemon tarts decorated with greenery and fresh fruits, along with bright fall colored macaroons with gold leafing.
The Flower Company designed a beautiful overflowing organic bouquet with eucalyptus, protea, burgundy cremons, purple scoop scabiosa, feathered acacia, gunni greens, chocolate lace, white hypericum berries, crocosmia and white genestra that doubled as a centerpiece.
We then took the couple out to the woods along the river for the fall colored leaves.”
Isn’t it fabulous?! I just love the light and the pops of pink are amazing! Thank-you so much to the wonderful team listed below who lent their creative talents breathing life into this harvest celebration. And a special thanks to Maura Jane Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share it here on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Maura’s beautiful photogrpahy by popping across to her website www.maurajanephotography.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.
Before we all turn our attention to Christmas and get lost in a Winter Wonderland I wanted to take one last look at Fall with some of the most fabulous (both traditional, contemporary and unconventional) color palettes for couples considering a wedding at this time of year. Whilst I was a Winter bride myself, if I got the chance to do it all over again, Autumn would be my season of choice. Summer may not always deliver the promised sunshine, Winter the snow, or Spring the seasonal blooms, but there is always something magical about a Fall affair – be it the golden light, the turning leaves or the abundance of berries. So there is no season more beautiful when it comes to weddings, but if you still need convincing maybe one of these will do it…..
Chartreuse & Blush
Shying away from the traditional reds, oranges and burnt yellows, chartreuse and blush is an unusual choice for a fall wedding; and yet they work so perfectly for a garden, winery or barn wedding. Both colors have a delightfully vintage feel and the addition of the burgundy gives gorgeous depth…..
As well as being utterly timeless, this dramatic color palette offers more than a hint of masculinity – a nice change to the traditionally feminine wedding hues. So whether you are a gay couple or a bride looking for something a little different, this dark and dusky palette could be perfect for you….
Whilst burnt yellows and oranges are synonymous with Fall, when mixed with soft dove grey they are given a more contemporary twist. The key to this palette and its understated elegance is to layer the greys and whites throughout your day, and go with just pops of the brighter shades.
I love this unusual mix of colors so much! In theory you would say they shouldn’t work, yet when you see them in this bouquet….. it is clear they do. The lavender and purple are the surprise colors in this palette, whilst the rich mustard yellow and reds couldn’t be more perfect for Fall.
It’s easy to have your eye caught and head turned by all of the gorgeous rich shades in fall, but nothing says timeless elegance quite like neutrals, especially when you layer some sparkly metallics! Just add a touch of deep red to hint at your chosen season…..
Nothing says Fall quite like the crunch of leaves, and this palette was inspired by that. It is rich and rustic yet still romantic with the addition of a dusky peach. The key to this particular palette is to keep the decor natural, bring the colors into your day with elements from nature such as wood, leather, raw silks, linens and wools.
Choosing an unexpected color for your wedding is one way to wow your guests and make a real style statement, and I think Jade makes quite the bold (but still beautiful) choice for an Autumn wedding. It is a shade that is too often overlooked or forgotten, yet has a delicate elegance that is perfect for a modern vintage wedding, especially when mixed with a dusky neutral and seasonal bronze.
With just a subtle hint of Autumn, this palette is super pretty, as well as versatile in terms of style, setting – and even season really. It has a softness that we don’t always associate with Fall, but I think you will agree is charming, and that would look just as lovely in Spring or Summer.
I couldn’t do a Fall wedding palette roundup without considering Halloween, and this is an elegant take on an All Hallow’s Eve wedding. Mixing dark, dusky greens and gold with a splash of black, and with no hint of the traditional pumpkin orange, it exudes drama – and would be perfect for the bride looking to be bold and rock a black wedding dress!
Last but not least, this oh-so-feminine and super pretty palette of ruby reds mixed with rose gold…. it is one of my favourites! To keep these colors looking contemporary and chic, mix with a wash of greenery and layer the colors carefully, with only pops of the brightest and darkest shades.
What do you think? Are any of these tempting you with a Fall wedding? I know most couples dream of a sunny Summer celebration, but I think these show that those early days after Summer can be just as perfect for a wedding. Of course if you’re yet to decide on a date for your big day, then you might want to look at some of my favourite palettes for Spring, Summer, and Winter
Or if these have got you dreaming of an Autumn affair but none of the above have set your heart a flutter, don’t despair because there are lots of gorgeous fall wedding color palettes in CVBs archives! How about this romantic beauty in blue & neturals, or this rustic and radiant delight for the early days of Autumn, or for a timeless look that will take your breath away take a peek at Roses & Figs a winery wedding inspiration board – I think you will love it!
We’re off to Italy again, but today for the magical real wedding of Tiffany & Carlos! Against the backdrop of a stunning historic castle nestled in the Tuscan countryside, these high-school sweethearts, with Greek and Venezuelan backgrounds, created a celebration that was a uniquely personal blend of their cultures and personalities. Combining the fairytale charm of the setting, with opulent florals and plenty of meaningful details their wedding really must be seen to be believed!
Bride Tiffany shared these words about their beautiful day…. “Both of us were extremely involved in the wedding process and wanted to make as many details as possible unique and representative of who we are as a couple. Planning a wedding involves a lot of decision making, and we made sure that, for every decision, we both worked together as a team to bring out our personalities in every choice made. From the beginning, we knew we wanted a lot of things done a certain way. We were both very passionate about different aspects of the wedding, and in the end, we wanted to guarantee that our personalities both emanated through every moment of that day. We chose to skip some of the traditional elements such a guest signing book and four tier cake and splurge on the wow factors of the day such as flowers, music, food and surprises.”
But as is often the case, it was finding the perfect venue that same first…..“Carlos and I were looking for a place with a lot of character and charm. We are not big fans of closed ball rooms or barns. We also wanted to create a different atmosphere for each part of the wedding, so we had to find a place that allowed us to have the ceremony in a romantic semi-open space, the aperitivo in a garden, closed space for the dinner and a separate environment for the party. When we found Castello di Vincigliata looking the depths of my wedding Pinterest board, we knew this was the place we were looking for. We wanted a romantic and semi-rustic feel for the whole day that played off well from the castle’s setting.”
“I wore a long sleeve, mermaid cut dress with an overlay princess gown skirt that I wore during the ceremony. I had the chance to design my dress which was a wonderful adventure on its own. It was very special because it was a collaboration with my mother, and the seamstress who made it was my mom’s seamstress in Venezuela. I only wore a pair of small pearl earrings as accessories to compliment. “
“The main flower that we chose for my bouquet and our decor was the protea. I love wild flowers, and specially strange looking ones. We also incorporated eucalyptus and olive branches which have a lot of symbolism in the greek culture.”
“The groom’s suit was also a custom made design made by Crown Tailors. Carlos’ suit had an engraving that said “May the Fourth Be With Us” Being a play on words that signified both our wedding date and the famous refrain by Yoda on Star Wars.”
“The most emotional moment for me was as I walked down the aisle I saw my groom standing there with a big smile on his face and then I looked around and I saw my grandmother sitting on the front row with my parents. She had told me she was not going to be able to make it to the wedding and she showed up as a surprise. I hand’t seen her in almost three years and that’s when the tears started rolling.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Start out with an idea of what sort of mood you want your special day to evoke; understand that there will be compromises throughout the entire process, but remember that only you and your significant other will know of them. Communicate as much as possible with your significant other, and share every responsibility to make sure you are both on the same page. And lastly, think of small details you can incorporate – they are what make weddings, and any other special event, truly memorable.”
“We went with a traditional mille folglie Italian wedding cake which was prepared in front of our guests. The cake was not only absolutely delicious but it also added a touch of entertainment to the end of the dinner.”
“Picking a favorite part of the most memorable day of your life is hard, but definitely the most memorable part would be our first dance. Carlos is Greek, so we had a Greek band play a classic Greek song while we danced our way down the stairs of the castle to meet our guests. We then all proceeded to dance and cheer together, while breaking lots and lots of plates on the floor as typically done in Greece. Seeing everybody laugh and get involved while enjoying this small tradition was something neither of us will ever forget.”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“We found our photographers through our amazing wedding planner. As I was looking through their portfolio of weddings, I caught myself with teary eyes looking at the beautiful emotions they had capture from people I didn’t know attending wedding of strangers! I had a quick call with them before making a final decision and in that conversation we instantly clicked. I feel like they did a really good job at capturing every detail of our day.”
Magical, don’t you think? As always a heartfelt thankyou to the happy couple, Tiffany & Carlos, for sharing their beautiful day with us and to their photographer Stefano Santucci for capturing the romance and beauty of it all so perfectly! If you would like to see more of Stefano’s work be sure to pop over to his website www.photosantucci.com.
Captured at an historic castle nestled in the hills of Umbria, Italy; today’s inspiration shoot is like something from the pages of a fairytale – it really is! Brimming with romance, every detail is perfect from the lush white and green floral designs, to the watercolor stationery, elegant tablescapes and utterly divine bridal gown….
The elements of local stone, lush rose-filled gardens, woods, hills and history inspired designer Silvia from Si Weddings in Italy. Together they captured the very essence of the land from which she comes, a land full of history and tradition.
A few words from the creative team… “A wistful maiden awaits her love with longing for their much-anticipated wedding day. Set in the ancient grounds of Castello Ramazzano, this story begins with a natural colour palette of greens and whites echoing the foliage around the castle. The Italian countryside provides a breathtaking glimpse into the rural simplicity of Perugia – the charm of which we were utterly captivated by.”
I think you’ll agree the talented team of wedding creatives and professional interpreted her vision beautifully and brought this magical vision to life…..
Isn’t it a stunner?! There is so much more to see in the gallery so do pop over and take a peek before you go. Thank-you so much to the whole creative team listed below for breathing life into such a vision of timeless beauty. And a special thanks to the lovely Shauntelle of Sposto Photography for capturing it all so perfectly, and for allowing me to share her work on Chic Vintage Brides. You can see more of Shauntelle’s beautiful fine art photography right here on CVB or by popping across to her website spostophotography.com and by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.
Wow, after a whirlwind few weeks of wedding dresses I have seen and swooned over all the 2019 collections from New York Bridal Fashion Week. And whatever your style, season or budget there really was something for everyone this year! Of course many designers were influenced by the not one but two royal brides of 2018, but there was plenty of other looks to love too. So I thought it was time to share the trends I see being big – and beautiful – for brides next year…..
From the very top wedding dress designers from around the world, these are the trends, looks and design details that will be seen in bridal boutiques, and gracing brides waltzing down the aisle, everywhere! So, if you’re getting married in 2019, grab a seat and have your pinning finger at the ready, because one of these might be THE one for you…..
We almost certainly have Meghan Markle’s double dose of understated wedding elegance to thank for this particular trend! Because whilst beaded embellishments, lashings of lace and endless appliqués are definitely still to be found, more and more designers showcased unadorned and understated gowns for 2019 that still manage to wow thanks to their cut and silhouettes. From slip dresses to full skirts, most designers included an ode to minimalism in their collections this season, giving brides the ability to channel their inner Megan and keep things simple and sophisticated.
Whilst undoubtedly a result of not one but two royal weddings in 2018, this trend is less about emulating either royal bride and their understated elegance but more about living the fairytale. From glittering tiaras, to regal styles that gave nods to some of history’s most iconic royal brides (yes, we’re still talking about Kate almost 8 years later!), most of the 2019 collections have something fit for a princess!
Though this trend on its own doesn’t seem so new or exciting, the scale of the bows spotted throughout the 2019 collections is most definitely unexpected! Whilst in the past waistlines have been adorned with this timelessly feminine finishing touch, in 2019 bows have been promoted to become the focal point of a bold bridal look.
Feathers have been around the bridal world for a few seasons now, but for 2019 these posh plumes make a stronger statement. The use of feathers is more sculptural, taking the place of all-over embroidery and embellishments. Just be careful to style this trend carefully – subtlety is key because going over the top will give you a look more fitting for the stage than the aisle!
A trend that has been around for a couple of seasons now but appears to be going nowhere is the hopelessly romantic drop sleeves. Harking back to the Victorian & Edwardian eras it is naturally a trend I love! And is perfect for showing off your decolletage or those sun-kissed shoulders.
Whilst its no surprise to see flowers on a wedding dress – be it a print, applique or embellishment – this year florals took a more bold form, with designers adorning dresses with garden inspired blooms. Indeed who needs to carry a bouquet with dresses like this…..
At last, a trend that is practical as well as stylish! Pockets not only look super relaxed and cute, and surprisingly sophisticated, they’re also perfect for keeping an always much needed tissue handy – or your hands warm if you’re a winter bride.
Sophisticated and, somehow sexy, tailored jumpsuits are a streamlined and elegant option for the fashion forward bride wanting to avoid the traditional meringue. Beautifully cut to skim the curves and showcase your legs they are just as feminine as a sleek sheath. Jumpsuits are definitely no longer just for the after party!
Undoubtedly another trend we have to thank Megan – and her fabulous reception dress for – halter necks are back from the 90s. And looking fabulous… especially for those of you with yoga toned shoulders!
Long sleeves have been around since the last royal wedding, and still remain a big trend for 2019. But whilst in seasons past they have been silhouette forming, skin skimming sleeves in lace or tulle, for 2019 designers also added billowy sleeves for the bold bride….
With the rise in popularity of intimate, backyard and city hall weddings, it is little wonder more and more designers are creating beautiful . So whether you’re planning a less formal affair, a chic City Hall celebration or looking for a second ensemble for the reception – or the traditional meringue (or pants) just aren’t your thing – there is a wealth of mini-styles this season.
Well that’s my pick of the top 11 bridal trends for 2019…..what do you think? Have any got you swooning? Each and every one makes me want to get married again, so I for one can not wait to start seeing brides wearing them.
A few other things we are seeing as trends – and love – are dramatically high necks, capes, fishtail silhouettes, metallics, cowl necklines, ball gowns, … In fact, lets just say, 2019 is looking like a fab year to be a bride! I am quite envious of all who are getting to walk down the aisle this year.
Every year when bridal designers from all over the world descend on New York to unveil their latest collections, I wait with baited breath. And every year my heart skips a beat at my first glimpse! But for me never has a collection captured the very essence of Chic Vintage Brides and all I love, quite like this collection from Zuhair Murad…..
Inspired by the Art Deco era of the 1930s, and particularly New York’s Chrysler Building with architectural silhouettes and geometric details, the dresses are beautifully lavish with the flare Zuhair Murad is known for. Offering both softness and structure the collection includes beautiful off-the-shoulder ball gowns, deep V-necks, sheaths with a tiered overskirts, and full ballgowns.
Art Deco inspired embellishments and feathers hark back to Old Hollywood glamour and such sirens of the silver screen as Joan Crawford and Bette Davies, whislt maintaining a contemporary feel thanks to trompe l’oeil and tattoo-like effects. And for the romantics out there he incorporated lush floral embroideries (a big trend for 2019), corded lace and crystal appliqués. This collection really does have something for everyone…. and has me head over heels!
Isn’t it incredible?? I don’t think there is a single design in the whole collection that I don’t love! And as for the classic car….. *swoon* If you would like to see more from this fabulous designer do visit the Zuhair Murad website at www.zuhairmurad.com and be sure to stay up to date with all the latest news and collections by following him on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Or if it’s more from the collections for 2019 you’re yearning for, then be sure to check back later this week when i will be sharing ALL of the Top Bridal Trends for the coming year!
DIY projects for weddings are a fun way to get friends and family involved – and can be a budget friendly option for brides looking to save a few $s. You can craft beautiful flower crowns for you and your bridesmaids to wear, you can design your own wedding invitations and you can even create your own unique centerpieces! The possibilities are almost endless with the different things you can make. If you want to go above and beyond for your special day, why not try your hand at creating a beautiful floral chandelier?
A handmade flower chandelier is the perfect decor item to really make a statement at your wedding! You can hang this show stopping piece above your dessert buffet or sweetheart table to really catch everyone’s eye, or you can frame your wedding ceremony under these hanging florals to paint a beautiful picture for your vow exchanges. Even though these chandeliers are super versatile, they still have a feature that tops it all! Flower chandeliers look grand but aren’t actually too difficult to make.
ProFlowers, who last month showed us how easy it is to make a beautiful flower crown, put together a step-by-step guide to help you create your own hanging flower chandelier. They include a full materials list including their recommended flowers and detailed steps to make sure you have the flower chandelier of your dreams for your big day. And if you’re stuck on what types of blooms and greenery to you use, you can check out their styling tips down below to see how other weddings put together their flower chandeliers.
Floral Chandelier Materials
Fresh flowers – When selecting flowers, have a theme in mind, consider which blooms are in season and also which flowers will hold up the longest without water. Fresh blooms of different types work well for this project. The florals you select should have long stems, this will make it easier to attach the flowers by threading them through the base.
Fresh foliage – Select fresh foliage that matches the theme of your chandelier.
Floral hoop – You’ll need a floral hoop to create the top tier of your chandelier. We recommend a hoop that is 19 inches in diameter, but you can choose any size, as long as it’s smaller than the large wire wreath.
Large wire wreath – A large wire wreath frame will act as the base of your chandelier. We recommend one that is 24 inches in diameter. If you’re not able to find a suitable wire frame, a hula hoop will work just fine. A green hoop is ideal for this project, but if you can’t find one, you can always paint it.
Floral tape – Floral tape is ideal for fresh flowers due to its strength and elasticity. It also comes in natural hues like greens and browns which blend well with flowers.
Floral wire – You’ll use floral wire to attach fresh flowers and foliage to your small hoop and large wire frame.
Fishing line – You’ll need fishing line to hang your chandelier. You can also opt for twine, string or ribbon if you’re going for a rustic or vintage feel.
Scissors – You’ll need to cut the tape and fishing line, so have scissors or a sharp knife handy.
Crimp tubes – You’ll use crimp tubes to secure your fishing line in place. These are small metal rings that will make it so your knots don’t slip out of the fishing line.
Pliers – Pliers will be used to secure the crimp tubes to the fishing line.
Pro Tip: If you use a hula hoop for the base of the chandelier rather than the large wire wreath frame, paint it green the night before.
Make sure to have fun picking out your fresh florals and foliage. For this tutorial we used nine bushels of greenery and ten+ flower bouquets. To make your selection a little easier, we created a recommended list of flowers that are long lasting even when out of water.
Flower Chandelier Step by Step
Step 1: Attach the large wire wreath to the floral hoop with the fishing line.
You should determine how far apart you want the wire wreath and the floral hoop to be, and then cut that amount of string in four pieces. Each piece of fishing line should be of the same length so that your chandelier hangs steadily. Attach the large wire wreath and the floral hoop together using the four pieces of fishing line evenly spaced around the diameter. Secure the line with traditional knots and a few pieces of scotch tape.
Pro Tip: Secure the knots using crimp tubes and pliers for a more steady chandelier.
Step 2: Start by wrapping lengths of greenery and foliage around the small floral hoop.
Wrap the pieces around the hoop using a small piece of floral wire in order to secure them. Use the tape where you want to guarantee your greenery will stay put or where you think it is needed. You can also use a combination of both. Although, we mainly used the floral wire. Keep in mind the more secure your chandelier is, the better. Make sure that the foliage hangs naturally as you are wrapping. Distribute the greenery evenly and avoid leaving any open spaces between the wire ring and the large metal ring. You won’t be adding any flowers to the top tier of your chandelier, so feel free to make the foliage as dense as you’d like.
Pro Tip: Wind each piece of foliage around the wire ring for added support before attaching with the tape or floral wire.
Step 3: Next, add greenery to the base of your chandelier, the large wire wreath.
After you’ve finished the top tier of your chandelier, move on to designing the bottom. This portion is the base of your chandelier, so create layers and design with intention as this is the part that’s most visible to guests. Start by adding a few layers of foliage wrapping each individual piece around the wire wreath one at a time securing with a small piece of floral wire. Be mindful of the manner in which the foliage hangs and set it in place using the wire and tape as needed.
Step 4: Hang your chandelier.
It will be easier to design and assemble your flower chandelier while it’s hanging. Suspend the structure using fishing line, twine or ribbon, taking into consideration how the chandelier will hang. Will it be attached to the ceiling? An exposed beam? You should also consider the height you’d like your chandelier to be, and measure the length of line accordingly. Use three pieces of twine or fishing line of the same length to hang the chandelier. This will assure it’s balanced and will hang correctly. Secure your chandelier by tying extra knots and using crimp tubes and pliers to keep them in place.
Step 5: Attach flowers to the large wire wreath.
Once you have a layer of greenery, it’s time to add the fresh blooms. Attach each bloom one-by-one by placing the stem into the foliage. Intertwining the stems of each flower through the greenery will help make sure that they stay put. Create clusters of three flowers equidistant from one another around the large wire wreath frame and then design how you’d like. Creating something unique is the best part of this project. Plus, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Pro Tip: Be mindful of the size and colors of blooms that you use. Select a variety of flowers with different colors and textures to make your chandelier more visually appealing.
Step 6: Fill in gaps of your chandelier with small flowers and extra greenery.
Use smaller blooms and vines to fill in the gaps of your chandelier. Consider balance, color and shape of the flowers as you are adding in a few extra.
Pro Tip: Step back from your project every so often to be sure you’re on the right track.
While trends vary, we know that the flower chandelier is here to stay, and for good reason! Now that you’ve created a beautiful decor element, make sure you get to enjoy it for as long as you can with the care guidelines below.
Mist your chandelier with water before your guests arrive to ensure that your flowers look their freshest for the celebration.
Avoid hanging your chandelier in direct sunlight, near heating and cooling vents or near open windows.
Now that you have your DIY floral chandelier basics down, check out all of these unique designs for inspiration….