A Bridal Shower of Paper Flowers

Even though Paper Poppies and Peonies was published last year, paper flowers are a trend that’s still going strong!

Paper Flower Bridal Shower

100 Layer Cake featured this adorable bridal shower shoot highlighting what brides can do with even the simplest of details- paper! Highlighting paper flowers against real ones and other accents in the same colors can provide that bright pop that your bridal shower needs.

Take a peek at this fun shoot and check out the rest of the photos here on 100 Layer Cake.

Bridal shower tablescape - A Bridal Shower of Paper Flowers

Place setting with Paper Flowers- A Bridal Shower of Paper Flowers

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Photography: Janeane Marie Photography Shoot Styling: Kate Rose Creative Group Floral: ZuZus Petals Paper Flowers: PaperFlora Cake: Cupcake Chateau

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Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Themed Wedding

A red, white and blue wedding? It’s not for everybody, but for those who have a deeper love for America, a patriotic colored wedding might be perfect. Whether you or your spouse-to-be has served in the military or are having a military wedding, a Fourth of July wedding, or you’re just a fan of the red, white, and blue, here are a few ideas inspired by the colors of the American flag.

 Bride and Groom Kissing behind an American Flag- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com{Photo Credit: T3 Photography}

With the current trend of an old school and vintage-y feel wedding, a patriotic wedding can be executed with elegance, while still having that personal feel that most brides want. One neutral color paired with two bold colors can be easily overdone and can make decor look tacky and outdated. However, as the weddings below will show you, old school and outdated are very different things.

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Up, Up, and Away: Favorite Elements of a Hot Air Balloon Inspired Shoot

If I were to create my absolute dream wedding, it would probably have a whimsical theme that transports my guests to another world with wide open fields, vibrant colors, and a striking sunset getaway. Once I saw this to die for shoot from Nadya Kozlova of The Big Day Agency, I knew this is exactly what I’d create.

There’s just something about hot air balloons that is completely romantic. Pair that with soft pinks, gorgeous flowers, and ombre designs throughout the shoot, and this shoot is the physicalization of love.

Pink Ombre Flower Backdrop from Favorite shots from a Hot Air Balloon Inspired Styled Shoot- earlyivy.com

First of all, look how beautiful this pink ombre floral backdrop is! The flowers pick up the pink in the bride’s dress and amplify the greens in her bouquet.

Furniture Details from Favorite shots from a Hot Air Balloon Inspired Styled Shoot- earlyivy.com

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An Unexpected Twist on a Rustic-Chic Ceremony

Feeling a little rustic-chic? Check out this beautiful ceremony from an outdoor Vermont wedding. The soft, romantic wild hydrangeas and leaves in combination with the elongated curve of the arch juxtaposes well against the surrounding pine trees. Though all of these elements help create a rustic outdoor ambiance on their own, the combination of the delicate feel of the arch and the sturdy trees enclosing the ceremony site provide an intriguing contrast that guests haven’t seen or considered before.

Rustic-Chic Wedding Arch- An Unexpected Twist on a Rustic-Chic Ceremony on Earlyivy.com

Almost everything at this ceremony is some element of nature, with the exception of the metal stands that hold flower arrangements at the beginning of the aisle. However, even the metal flower stands reflect a rustic feel. From the wooden chairs that line the back and front rows at the ceremony, to the wooden pews for other seating, to the arch’s framework and flowers, everything gives guests an experience that would typically be found in a lush garden, but instead located in an open space surrounded by woodland. Continue reading

Here’s for You, Mom: Mother of the Bride or Groom Corsages

When it comes to planning out flowers for your wedding, you’ve got a lot to think about! The flowers for the ceremony, the reception, each table, your bridal bouquet, one for each of your bridesmaids, boutonnieres for your groom and his groomsmen…. that’s a lot to remember! But don’t leave out the mothers of the bride and groom! Though they don’t need their own bouquet, I’m sure they’ll be touched that you remembered them with a gorgeous wrist corsage.

Keep their flowers simple, but glamorous for the best effect. One big blossom will be stunning, such as this one below.

Mother of the Bride/Groom Corsages on earlyivy.com

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Birds of a Feather- Gone Pink!

I am absolutely in love with this Flamingo Pop bridal shower shoot by The House That Lars Built collaborating with BHLDN! This shoot is fantastic for the bride that wants a huge pop of color for her bridal shower. This theme is fun, whimsical, and modern! The pinks, corals, greens, and even blues highlight the animal elements scattered around the table.

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower Inspiration on earlyivy.com

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower Inspiration on earlyivy.com

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower Inspiration on earlyivy.com

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower Inspiration on earlyivy.com

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower Inspiration on earlyivy.com

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower Inspiration on earlyivy.com

Create this imaginative look with a single universal color in almost every element of the party, then add other coordinating colors with balloons, mismatched plates, fresh flowers, bright candy, and fun accessories!

See the rest of the Flamingo Pop shoot here, including a link to the balloon arch tutorial.

Style by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

Photography by Jessica Peterson 

Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN

Table linens, napkins, tables, chairs from Scene Makers

Here’s to a great week! Cheers!

Paper Popies and Peonies

Why does the most gorgeous decorations at a wedding last the shortest amount of time? Flowers, no matter what bloom, will fade and wilt by the end of the night or at least by a few days after the wedding. If you’re off on your honeymoon, who’s going to enjoy your flowers before they wither away?

Here’s the perfect solution: Paper Flowers!

On the practical side, you can use paper flowers anywhere you’d use real flowers. Origami flowers will save you money since you’ll probably make fewer flowers than you’d buy from a florist. And at the end of your wedding, you’ll be able to keep your paper flowers for years!

Paper Flower Bouquets- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

On the style side, origami flowers can be created in any color and pattern you want!  Dyeing real flowers unnatural colors is expensive and decorating your bouquet or arrangements will cost even more. But customizing your flowers in the paper texture and color of your preference and decorating your flowers with crystals, rhinestones, buttons, and pearls are relatively inexpensive. If you’re leaning towards a eco-friendly wedding, these flowers compliment any up-cycled elements or themes.

Paper Flower Bouquets- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Find premade bouquets like this on Etsy.

Plus, you can exercise the full extent of your creativity- don’t limit yourself to mimicking real flowers in your designs!

Paper Flower Bouquets- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Have this bouquet made in your custom colors here.

Other than bouquets, how else can you incorporate paper flowers in your wedding?

Invitations

Your invitations give the first impression of your wedding- make sure they set the tone of your occasion.

Paper Flower Wedding invitations- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

These laser cut formal invitations are to die for and completely customizable on B Wedding Invitations.

Paper Flower Wedding invitations- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

For a less formal wedding, specifically a shabby chic wedding, this style of invitation will set the mood for your big day. Find this invitation and others like it here on Etsy.

Ceremony and Reception Decor

White Paper Flower Backdrop- Paper Flower Designs on earlyivy.com

Design by Dooby Design. Photo credit: Alli McWhinney Photography

Dial up the glam with a paper flower backdrop behind the sweetheart table. This style brings the outdoors inside with this wedding’s black, white, and gold color scheme, but would look great with most other wedding colors. Can you image how pretty this would be in soft pastels?

Paper Flower Wedding Decorations- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Designed by Calder Clark Designs, Produced by Blossoms Events. Photo Credit: Harwell Photography

Check out this over the top ceremony set up! This combination of real florals, paper flowers, and chandeliers give this pink tent a romantic glow. See the rest of this glamorous wedding here.

Paper Flower Wedding Decorations- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

French doors provide the picture-perfect touch for a country, vintage, or shabby chic wedding. Add to this charming style with some fun giant paper flowers! If you’re worried about these flowers out in the elements, rest assured that they’ll last through your wedding: they can be made in durable paper, plastic, material, or metal. Plus, you can rent them (13 included) for half the price! Find these flowers on Etsy here.

Paper Flower Wedding Decorations- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Anushé Low.

This architecture inspired shoot by Always Andri Wedding Design featured geometric and origami elements such as paper cranes as well as paper flowers. Don’t be afraid to combine out of the box themes, textures, and colors in your design: you’ll end up with some gorgeous results!

More Flowers for the Bridal Party

Paper Flower Bouquets- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

I absolutely adore these crepe paper flowers! They are oversized and bright to add to a whimsical wedding. I helped coordinate an ‘Up’ themed wedding where the bride and bridesmaids each carried one of these flowers. Each table was set with two of them in a vase and the bar had one to coordinate with its colors.

Paper Flowers at an Up themed wedding- Paper Flower Designs on earlyivy.com

Find out how to DIY your own giant paper roses here.

Paper Flower Boutonniere- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

How about this sheet music flower for your groom or groomsmen? If you want a patterned print that’s not cardstock or typical patterns, try making these flowers with pages of a book, a map, or, if you’re incorporating a little geek in your wedding, a comic book.

Paper Flower Bouquets- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Dear Heart Photos

While you’re at it, try combining paper flowers with real florals in your bouquet, such as this one with pages of a book and a succulent. See this wild outdoor wedding on Refinery 29.

Paper Flower Bouquets- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

I’ve got to say, this is one of my favorite paper flower designs. These flowers look like real flowers you’d have in a bouquet, but the paper elements make it look out of the ordinary. Again, this design can be made in any colors and can be customized to your liking. See this and other paper bouquets by More Paper Than Shoes on Etsy.

Cakes

Amazing Paper Flowers on a Cake- Paper Popies and Peonies on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Cake by Stevi Aubl of Hey there, Cupcake!

And lastly, use paper flowers on a lovely cake like this! Though it may not be the kind of paper you’d use for the rest of your wedding, wafer paper can be shaped into flowers, often more realistic looking than other types of paper. To top it all off, wafer paper is edible!

These amazing flowers don’t just give your wedding a whimsical feel and last much longer than real flowers, you can give them to guests as gifts or use them long after the wedding’s over in your home. Get in on the up-cycling trend and get inspired for your own wedding. I hope you’re now in love with paper flowers just like I am!