Friday, May 30, 2014

Crazy Making - Petal Aisle Designs

Okay, so if making an ombre aisle on a red carpet doesn't work, how about a design in white?  Obviously, this is going to require an artist, but the idea is interesting, non?
Simple swirly S design
 Piled along the aisle - we could still skip the aisle runner!
 Growing design
 Spots - probably not...
Cool growing swirls design.

This is what S. picked:

What do you think?

The Experiment Continues - the Ombre Aisle

I made some samples using red carpet as the background since our carpet will be red too.

Number 7

Number 9

Number 8

Number 4

Number 6

Number 2

Number 3

Lighter Options

Any new ideas on which one is your favourite?  Of course the rest of the decor will impact this as well.  I think we had chocolate brown sashes on white chairs planned.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Ombre Petal Wedding Aisle

I've been admiring the lovely ombre colour changing petal aisles lately.  They look so pretty!  After experiencing a perfect proposal complete with scattered petals, it seems necessary to include some petals in the wedding.  Here are some great examples of how petals were used in stunning ways.
You will need a lot of petals for this look, but it's so beautiful!
It looks like some light blending is required at the joints between colours is required too.  Otherwise, the look will be too stark between colours.
I love how the colours blended into the dark maroon fabric on the stairs.  Very strategic!  The aisle runner effectively gives you a guide on where to scatter the petals so that you form a straight aisle.
This was a more vivid look on a wooden floor.  There is no aisle runner so the edges are softer/more messy.
It actually doesn't look half bad when the petals are not as densely laid down without an aisle runner.
If you want the same look with less petals, just scatter the petals on the sides of the aisle.
Lovely colour changing work with designs along the aisles
I love these designs that people make on the wedding aisle, but who would draw mine out?  This design is not colour changing, but it's a mix of pinks.
 Here's what a mix of oranges, reddish oranges, yellow, and peach would look like.
 This is a very adorable mix of dark and light pinks.  I love how the little flower almost blends in with that sweet little dress.  It looks like she would rather stop and admire the flowers rather than continue down the aisle.
 I feel like this aisle could have used more petals.
 I much prefer how the petals hide the joint between the aisle runner in this picture to make a softer edge.  They seem to have used lighter flower petals on the center of the aisle and darker orange petals along the sides.  It looks good.  I believe the darker orange petals then blend into the dark orange and brown on the pomanders on the very sides of the aisles.  That's a different way to make the colours change on the aisle.
 This is a densely laid mix of petals.  Looks pretty, huh?

Now I need your help!
I have picked a range of petal colours and arranged them into rows the way they  might appear on the wedding aisle.  Which row looks the best to you?  If you the like the mix of colours instead of changing colours, you can just choose the row that would have the most appealing mix of colours to you.  You can also suggest an alternative!

These are V's favourites:
These petals were chosen from this listing which would give me 5000 petals for about $16.78.  

According to this petal calculator, I will need  6000 to moderately cover or 12000 to densely cover a 40 x 3 ft aisle.  Eeeks!

Thanks, and happy wedding planning!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hanging Votives

So the decorators are quoting us something like $8 per hanging votive, but I have found them for sale online for $217.74 for 124 (works out to about $1.75 each).  
All the reviews are positive so far, so this seems like a much cheaper bet.  Here are some pictures of different kinds of hanging votives to give you an idea of what we are talking about.

Hanging Bubble Votives
There is a loop at the top to hang the bubbles, the base is flat, and you put the candle through the hole on the side.  There are two small holes on the top of the globes to let heat and air out.  The bubbles are usually hanging from clear thread.
You can get them as big bubbles or as smaller bubbles.  I think about 8 cm or 3 inches is the size I will get so that the hole to put the candle in is about 2 inches.  I think most tea lights are smaller than 2 inches.  You can also use these bubbles as mini terrariums when you are done.

Teardrop Hanging Bubble Votives
Very pretty... I think you could achieve a similar effect with the round bubbles and a less transparent ribbon.
 The benefit appears to be the height.  You can fit a slightly taller votive inside.  It actually looks like they put a tealight inside a glass votive inside the bubble... probably so they don't get wax on the bubble and they can reuse it.

Hanging Cup Votive
 The votive looks like a U-shaped cup with a little ball on the bottom.  The benefit is that it comes with a loop so you could just hanging it off a branch easily without a string.
 This is probably the most commonly used hanging votive style. 
 It has a rustic look to it, and I believe it is usually priced cheaper than the bubble votives.  However, online I seem to find the bubble votives for cheaper.
 It will go well with the curly willow centerpieces we plan to use, but I think bubble votives would look equally appealing in this photo.  Maybe even cuter.

The question of course is, "Do we NEED them?"  But then who really needs a fancy wedding anyways?  I suppose it will all come down to whether they will look nice with the arrangement (which is a yes) and whether we can afford them (which is a question mark).

Happy Wedding Planning!