How to Make Sweet Tree Centrepieces for Your big day

If you and your partner are a crafty couple, why not have a go at making your own sweet tree centrepieces for your wedding day? If you want to make your guests feel like children in a sweetshop then follow this step by step guide.

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How to Make Sweet Tree Centrepieces for Your big day

We got in touch with wedding planner and candy tree maker extraordinaire Steph Allison. The Bristol-based Sweet & Pretty Weddings[1] expert has given us a fab step-by-step tutorial so you can make your own sweet tree for your wedding day.

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What You’ll Need to Make Your Sweet Tree:

  • Foam florists ball
  • A wooden spoon or thick dowelling
  • A bucket or flower pot
  • Plaster of Paris (500g per tree)
  • Water (250ml)
  • Scales and a measuring jug
  • A metal spoon
  • Candy melts or chocolate
  • A pan and bowl or microwave
  • Marshmallows
  • Faux moss
  • Ribbon and decorations
  • Scissors

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Before You Start, Read This First

Remember that good hygiene is important, as your guests will be eating these sweetie trees. Wash your hands thoroughly before starting and no licking all that delicious, chocolate off the spoon before putting it back in the bowl.

If you are using wrapped sweets to make your sweet[2] tree, you can just use a glue gun to attach the wrappers to the ball. However, using chocolate makes un-wrapped sweets safe to eat and this is the method we’re using today.

Step One

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Gently push the thin end of your spoon into the foam ball and leave the plastic on or cover it in cling film. Be careful not to push it right through.

Step Two

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Measure out around 500g of plaster of Paris and 250 ml of water. Put the powder into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Gradually add the water stirring with a metal spoon.

Step Three

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Pour the plaster of Paris into your bucket or pot. Make sure you wash your bowl and spoon quickly and make sure that there’s none left on your hands. We say this because it heats up as it sets and can burn your skin. Be careful.

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After a few minutes insert the large end of the spoon and see if it stands up. You may need to hold it for a few minutes. When it stands by itself make sure it’s in the centre and standing up straight, then leave it to set for 30 minutes.

Step Five

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Whilst the spoon or dowelling is setting, you can begin melting your candy melts or chocolate. If using a microwave, use a low heat and short intervals to prevent burning the chocolate. The best method is a bowl over a pan of boiling water, however, be careful when handling the bowl, as it will be very hot.

Step Six

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Get a pastry brush and spread the melted chocolate on to a small area and begin applying your sweets. Workaround the ball and then add more layers. Keep applying the chocolate and re-melt if it hardens too fast.

Step Seven

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When you reach the underneath you may need to hold the sweets on for a while to stop them dropping off. If you find it easier you can remove the ball and replace it after you’ve put all of the sweets on.

Step Eight

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Once you’re happy with the sweets[3], choose a length of thin ribbon and secure it to the bottom of the spoon with tape. Wrap it around the spoon tightly and secure at the top with more tape.

Step Nine

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Use a wider piece of ribbon to make a bow and pin a pretty brooch to the centre, to keep it in place.

Step Ten

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Now is the time to add the fake moss or, alternatively, more sweeties to cover up the plaster of Paris and you’re all done.

Final Step

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Finally, if you want to use them as centrepieces, you could accessorise them further. Why not add a mirror plate underneath, or if you’re having a vintage-styled wedding, why not accessorise with it with strings of pearls or flowers?

Remember, you can use lots of different sweets, containers or ribbon colours to match your wedding theme. So have a go and see what delicious trees you can come up with!

Top Tip

Plaster of Paris is a dangerous material and has been known to reach up to temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius when setting. Furthermore, it can easily burn your skin, so please be sensible. Read the packaging and wear protection when you’re handling it. Still, we don’t want you to have to visit the hospital in the last few weeks before your big day. Wedding Ideas and Sweet & Pretty have no responsibility with any potential injuries this could cause!

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  4. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  6. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

How to Dress Your Wedding With Artificial Trees

Do you envision your wedding with plenty of florals and greenery? Looking for vibrant cherry blossoms or a statement standalone tree? These things don’t just happen upon your venue (well, not typically) but thankfully artificial trees now look so good, your guests wouldn’t know the difference. Here’s how to dress your wedding with artificial trees.

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How to Dress Your Wedding With Artificial Trees

“Adding trees into a large space immediately adds an intimacy.” Says Susie.

“Twilight Trees have a wonderful way of bringing the outside in. No waste, no mess and incredibly realistic, faux is the way to go.” 

We’ve also noticed a trend in brides taking a more environmentally conscious approach to their weddings. Incorporating artificial trees that look just as good as the real thing, works perfectly for the more conscientious.

The biggest trends in artificial trees at weddings are lots of greenery complimented with wooden elements. Popular for Twilight Trees[1] has been their TIG trees available in three varied sizes. They provide lots of green foliage to line your aisles, dress your venue and impress your guests

When speaking of the green collection, Susie says, “[it] is bold, natural, fresh and rustic all at the same time. It is a blank canvas and can be accessorised to fit with your own unique vision and colour scheme”.

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Styling Trees in a Smaller Venue

“The beauty of using taller trees in a space with high ceilings is that whilst you have plenty of ‘air space’ you may still be restricted on floor space and our trees have a small footprint”, says Susie[2].

The prime example of using trees to fill a vast space would be the use of trees down the aisle as seen at The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding at Westminster Cathedral.

“The enormity of the space was immediately softened by the leaves and the solid lines of the cathedral echoed by the organic lines of the trunks,” Susie tells us.

Trees are also a fantastic way to create an aisle in an outdoor space and when using trees with dense leaves and blossom they can also draw in an open space and in effect, create boundaries.

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Styling Trees at your Reception

Finally, we love the idea of having a show-stopper tree to add to the opulence of your wedding. If you’ve got the budget (£400 +VAT), a single, statement tree with a wraparound bar is a certified winner to impress your guests.

What’s more, there are natural looking LED trees to really light up the evening event beautifully and create the perfect atmosphere.

References

  1. ^ Twilight Trees (www.twilight-trees.com)
  2. ^ Susie (www.twilight-trees.com)

Barn Wedding Decor: How to Style It

No wedding is ever the same and we’re always pleasantly surprised to see how each bride incorporates their ideas. Barn weddings specifically tend to have a great level of variation. We rounded up our favourite real barn weddings. If you’re planning your own, take inspiration from some of these fab ideas.

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Barn Wedding Decor – how to Style It

So we’ve rounded up seven great barn weddings with some ideas on how you can recreate the looks yourself.

Amy & Ryan

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Photography: Jessica Raphael Photography[1]

Amy and Ryan’s[2] Somerset barn with its subtle blush and gold colour scheme complemented the golden stone. The Chiavari chairs and sea of tall candlesticks added another rustic touch. The real show-stopper here has to be the fairy light chandelier suspended from the barn’s vaulted ceiling. You can see more of this couple’s stylish wedding here[3].

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Cara & Nick

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Photography: Lindsey Ocker Photography[4]

All things rustic and romantic often go hand in hand. Cara and Nick[5] tied the knot in a Massachussets barn, bringing the space to life with opulent gold candleholders combined with burgundies for their accent colour.

Our favourite part of this barn reception decor is the garlands of eucalyptus. Draped above the ceremony area and the trestle tables and wound around the staircase. The depth of colour suited the barn’s intimate atmosphere, making it super romantic.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Hayley & Ross

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Photography: Francesca Secolonovo[6]

In contrast, Hayley and Ross transformed their barn wedding decor with colourful and contemporary flair. The wild floral arrangements added a natural pop of colour to the weathered barn exterior.

The floral theme continued to compliment the interior decor, with brightly coloured blooms cladding the cake and covering the tabletops contained in jam jars. This couple created a rainbow of colour behind their cake table using streamers to make it part of the decor too. Here’s everything you need to know[7] to create this dessert table yourself.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Tori & Nick

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Photography: Courtney Louise Photography[8]

Soft, subtle and romantic, like a quintessential traditional barn wedding. Tori and Nick chose simple flowers, garlands of greenery and pink roses to decorate their barn. Light wooden furniture, hessian table runners and long trestle tables create a convivial and warm style, perfect for spring weddings.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

hessian table runner taffeta ribbon artificial eucalyptus garland


Katie & Ross

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Photography: Dan Sakal, D&A Photography[9]

Previously one of our cover weddings, we are delighted to share Katie and Ross’s wedding. Their wedding was particularly great because they DIYed almost everything.[10] Katie even opened an Etsy store after the wedding to sell her beautiful wares.

This couple created a contemporary theme using a muted palette of white, cream and pale pink. They paired classic calligraphy with understated florals like gypsophila and eucalyptus. They even took an everyday set of mugs and fashioned them into a feature wedding display.

If you’ve not got a crafty side but like the ideas, you can recreate some of their looks with the following accessories: 

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Jenny & Matthew

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Photography: Natalie Pluck[11]

Jenny and Matthew made the most of their venue’s beams at their wedding by adding all manner of hanging installations and decorations. Fairy lights were woven round beams while giant letter lights were perched on the mezzanine. Branches were even suspended from the rafters with stopper bottles holding ferns cascading from them.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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Anne & Michael

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Photography: Louise Bjorling[12]

Our final barn wedding decor comes from Anne and Michael. Offering a quirkier take, they decorated their venue with coloured glassware and linen napkins, golden chairs and patterned tablecloths. The perfect accompaniment to their vintage tea party wedding breakfast that followed. Take a look at our edit[13] of the best details to bring your vintage tea party theme to life.

Recreate the look at your wedding with the following accessories: 

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  5. ^ Cara and Nick (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Francesca Secolonovo (francescasecolonovophotography.com)
  7. ^ Here’s everything you need to know (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  8. ^ Courtney Louise Photography (courtneylouisephotography.co.uk)
  9. ^ Dan Sakal, D&A Photography (da-photo.co.uk)
  10. ^ because they DIYed almost everything. (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  11. ^ Natalie Pluck (nataliepluck.com)
  12. ^ Louise Bjorling (louisebjorling.com)
  13. ^ Take a look at our edit (www.weddingideasmag.com)
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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Reception Décor

If you followed our advice earlier on in the 12 days of wedding planning, you’ll have chosen a venue[1] that will work with your wedding theme and decor ideas. So now the fun can really begin. Unleash your inner interior designer and crafter and let’s make your wedding the most beautiful yet with the perfect reception décor.

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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Dreamy Reception Décor

The best bits of wedding decor are the bits that have a personal touch. When people compliment it your decor, you can smugly tell them you handmade them. No judgement here.

The not-so-blank Canvas

During these 12 days of wedding planning, you will have already chosen your colour scheme, theme[2] and venue.[3] So you needn’t start from scratch with your reception décor. In fact, that’s the last thing you should do.

Your reception details are there to bring together and enhance your chosen theme and complement if not copy the colours you’ve already chosen. To this end, make sure you keep your existing plans, ideas and inspiration in mind.

RELATED: Wedding Reception Decorations You’re Guaranteed To Fall For![4]

Little and Large

Combining a collection of differently sized decorations will add interest to your tables, mantelpiece, card and dessert tables. That’s right, there’s more than you think to decorate. If you want to keep things coordinated and not cluttered, then follow these three ways[5] to make sure your reception tables look stylish.

Try teaming a showpiece flower wall with posies in mercury glass vases or jars and a single bloom tucked into each place setting. Combine stacked wooden apple crates with a log slice cake stand and vintage label place names. Choose over-sized illuminated letters for a standout piece, then add smaller LED signs and sparkling centrepieces to complement them.

READ MORE: Decor Ideas To Suit Your Venue Style[6]

The sky is the Limit

Don’t forget the ceiling area in your venue is often up for grabs too. That could mean bunting, honeycombs, fairy lights and pom poms are all possibilities. We’ve seen all kinds of ideas here at Wedding Ideas over the years. Two of our favourites are DIY floral hanging hoops and suspended mirrors, both designed by real brides[7].

As you turn your gaze upwards, remember the lighting[8] too. Could you string fairy lights from beams to create a twinkling canopy effect? Hang up lanterns filled with flickering candles? Take advantage of existing lighting to create the right mood?

Hire Away

Props, decorations and vases are all readily available to hire for pretty much every wedding theme you can think of – a quick online search will bring you up plenty of options. It’s also worth asking your florist and other suppliers as many have their own items available for hire or as part of your package.

You could even hire a dedicated wedding stylist to bring your vision to life. Not only will they have the best contacts to source your reception décor, they will also look after every last detail for you on the day, too. This means you won’t need to worry about who will get your venue ready[9] on your wedding day (and whether they really get what you’ve envisioned) – you’ve got other, far more exciting things to be doing on your wedding morning!

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12 Days of Wedding Planning: Your Wedding Theme

Your wedding theme[1] will help to make your wedding day stand out. Everyone wants a memorable wedding, right? One that leaves your guests talking for weeks. Once you’ve chosen the right one for you, offer a little hint in your stationery designs to get your guests excited for the fun that is to come.

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Establishing Your Wedding Theme

Picking a wedding theme isn’t as straightforward as you would hope, but it is a great opportunity for you to inject some personality. Once you have the theme sorted, arranging your decor and wedding cake will suddenly become easier.

Start Here 

If you’ve booked your venue already, then this will be a good starting point to decide your theme. It’s a chicken and egg situation though because lots of couples choose the venue that suits their style, which will also influence their chosen theme.

Whatever the order, your theme and venue need to complement each other. If you’re tying the knot in a retro movie theatre, a super modern, minimalist look might miss the mark. This doesn’t mean you can only choose a rustic theme for a barn wedding, but whatever you choose needs to sit well with you’re the backdrop your venue creates. Some contrast will be okay, but it needs to be considered.

Colours Count? 

Our real couples tend to define their theme through their choice of colour as well as style. We recommend starting with a core colour and then choosing two additional shades that will enhance the look. Think dove grey, ivory and gold or burgundy, silver and a greyish blue. Unless you’re going for an all-out rainbow theme, of course, where every colour is a contender!

What’s Your Vibe?

If you’re movie lovers, choose an old Hollywood or cinema style! Love all things country and fun? Go for a summer fete or garden party theme. Prefer to keep things traditional? White weddings can still have plenty of wow-factor (this one[2] shows you how). One of our real couples even indulged their love of biscuits, naming their tables after each of their favourite teatime treats! Let your personalities shine through and you’re bound to create your perfect wedding theme.

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Take it Personally

What details will make your wedding feel truly yours? It can be as easy as using bottles of your favourite wine for the table names, adding Polaroid pictures or simply your favourite colour. Real couple Kirsty and Adrian, who feature in issue 168, added antique books to their tabletops, glueing in alternative stories into the chapters to share their memories together so far. We love the idea!

Ideas for you

To help you along, we’ve created a list of themes for you peruse. Just click the links below for décor inspiration to match each theme idea.

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How To Decorate A Romantic Winter Wedding

If you’re planning a winter wedding, we have plenty of hints and tips to help get you started. There’s plenty of scope for you to play around with themes and ideas, plus the colder months lend themselves perfectly to elegant and romantic weddings.

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Decorate Your Winter Wedding With these Decorative Ideas

Start with candlelight for a simple way to create a warm and romantic atmosphere. When teamed with gilded mirrors and gold hurricane vases[1] you’ll achieve a beautiful glistening and glamorous effect for each tabletop.

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Rich and luxurious colours and textures also work well this season. Try plush velvet serviettes, sequin table runners (get one in rose gold right here[2]) and deep burgundy and navy accents. For subtler supporting colours, try shades of taupe, antique white and natural linen.

Buy some tapered green candles here. [3]

If your venue has a selection of tables and chairs available to use, or you’ll be hiring them in yourselves, the warm tones of dark woods will enhance the rest of your decorations to best effect at this time of year.

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You might associate the sweet fragrance and pretty colours of flowers with summer weddings, but they are absolutely as essential in the colder months, too. Again, keeping to a colour scheme of opulent, jewel-like tones will add the warmth and grandeur that makes a winter wedding feel truly magical.

Add Some Greenery

Garlands of greenery add natural texture and look especially good in the wintery half-light when paired with the silvery blue shades of eucalyptus. You’ll spend more time indoors, so use garlands to highlight your venue’s amazing features, like a sweeping staircase or a fireplace.

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Buy some cylinder vases like these here[4].

Sparklers

With early nightfall, a winter wedding is the perfect call for sparklers. Hand these to your guests to use when you and your new husband make your big entrance. When it comes to wedding sparklers, bigger is always better, you don’t want your guests standing around with a small dead sparkler. Buy some giant wedding sparklers here.[5]

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7 Christmas Tree Inspired Winter Wedding Decoration Ideas

‘Tis the season of baubles and holly, mulled wine and mince pies and all manner of festive treats. However, today we’re talking about every Yuletide centrepiece… the Christmas tree. Here are seven winter wedding decoration ideas you could craft or create from a Christmas tree.

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Christmas Tree-Inspired Winter Wedding Decoration Ideas

We’ve taken some inspiration from some crafty and imaginative brides. How could we not when the results are this good?

hanging tree garland Find pretty winter wedding decoration ideas Photography by meredithbrockington.com on Cute Wedding Ideas via Pinterest[1]

To create the look above, tie together fronds from the fir trees. Once you’ve created trailing lengths, attach them to a wooden frame, add festoon lights and you’ve got yourself a festive backdrop.

Festive centrepieces

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For a miniature twist on Christmas trees, trim off some foliage and tuck it into terracotta pots. Add a candle, berries and moss for colour and texture. Finally, light the candle for a twinkling centrepiece that looks great when several are dotted along a trestle table.

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For a festive table centre in a flash, simply purchase miniature Christmas trees and place them straight on the tabletops. You can dress the pots in a hessian or colour coordinated wrap. you can also add baubles or lights for a finishing touch.

Festive Settings

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Create a sweeping garland of Christmas tree branches for a festive twist on perennially popular flower arches. There’s no need to worry about many flowers being out of season with this winter wedding decoration idea.

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Of course, you could go all out and use Christmas trees as a feature winter wedding decoration by lining an entire wall with them. Take inspiration from this snowy scene. Add golden candle holders, cosy blankets and also red goblets for a festive chair and table dressings.

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Foliage table runners have been popular on the wedding scene this year, often created from eucalyptus branches. Give yours a seasonal style by choosing evergreen foliage and peppering it lightly with bright berries or red roses.

Subtle Touches

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Finally, for a low-key but lovely ceremony decoration, gather together posies of Christmas tree foliage. Next, simply tie each posy to the chairs that line the aisle with a silk ribbon. You could choose a dyed variety to enhance your colour scheme too.

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Winter Wedding DIY Decor Ideas With Poinsettia

A fiery, foraged woodland wreath

This wild and textured wreath design is easy to recreate and really suits that other-worldly, woodland feel that’s been all over Instagram this year.

You will need:

A selection of festive foliages – either forage for yourself or ask your florist to source some for you. Think blue pine, spruce, Nordmann fir, juniper twigs, eucalyptus, twigs. You will also need a selection of poinsettias in varied sizes and colours, pillar candles, twine or green florist string. And finally a round tray.

Simply arrange your plants and foliages on your tray in a wreath shape. Placing sprigs on top of one another in a circular motion will create an effective, rounded shape.

Loosely tie sprigs together to hold the shape. Then add your four Christmas candles to finish off the arrangement.

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Fairytale festive hanging details

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Simple and effective, these festive hangings play along the lines of a Christmas take on boho bunting. They are made all the more special by personal touches and special details like teeny tiny jars holding cut poinsettia bracts.

You will need:

Some red string, wooden clothes pegs, sprigs of festive foliage (spruce, fir, pine etc.), personal additions like photos, postcards or hand-made paper snowflakes too. You’ll also need some miniature glass bottles, gold leaf or stickers and mini poinsettia plants.

You will need to attach your red string so it hangs across the room, or the area you’d like decorated. Use wooden clothes pegs, or more string, to attach your decorative bits like photos and foliage.

Decorate your glass bottles with gold leaf or stickers. Cut bracts from your mini poinsettia plants and seal the ends of the stem by dipping in boiling water for 20 seconds. Finally, tie the glass bottles firmly to your line, carefully pour in water and insert a poinsettia bract in each.

Poinsettia & Cactus Arrangements

It’s told that a little girl named Pepita was too poor to buy a real present for baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Alternatively, she picked green twigs from a shrub on her way to church and tied them into a bouquet. When she placed her gift at the foot of the altar, suddenly the twigs bloomed in a magnificent red. From this day forward it became the country’s official Christmas flower.

potted plants for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Wild Winter Poinsettia 

This is an alternative bridal bouquet idea if you’re looking for something seasonal and a little less cliche. This one was created by award-winning wedding florist based in Hampshire using winter foliage. These included spirea, roses, viburnum, convolvulus, delphinium, reindeer moss, feathers and cream Poinsettia too.

wild flower bouquet for Christmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Sparkling Christmas Decor Cones

You will need:

Stiff craft paper, gold pipe cleaners, mini-poinsettias, decorative tape, a stapler.

Firstly, roll your craft paper into cones and stick together with tape. Staple the gold pipe cleaners to create little handles for your cones.

Without removing your mini-poinsettias from the plastic pots you bought them in, insert them into the cones. It’s best to keep them in their planters so that they can be removed and watered without soaking the paper.

Finally, hang your poinsettia cones on a tree, from the ceiling of your venue or to dress each place at your wedding tables.

Poinsettia hanging cones for Xhristmas wedding DIY decor ideas

Poinsettia plant care fast facts

From November, poinsettias are available in stores everywhere. Dense foliage and yellow-green budding flowers in-between the coloured bracts are a sure sign of quality. Protect your poinsettia from the wind and transport it quickly to its warm new home. Keep it in a bright, warm spot (around 20° C). It can be close to a radiator, but not in direct sunlight or near draughts – so keep away from open doors, windows and fireplaces. Only water it when the soil is almost completely dry.

To use poinsettia leaves as fresh flowers in a vase, cut the bracts, dip the cut end in boiling water for 20 seconds, then immediately in cold water. You are then ready to arrange.

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The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself. Whilst being creative means you can be more thrifty, you may not have the right experience when it comes to flower arrangements. Follow our guide on DIY wedding flowers and all will be fine.

The dos and Don'ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember, if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.

So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue too.

DIY Wedding Flower dos

Think about your theme

Give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme. This could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.

Rustic charm

Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wildflowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charming and rustic and moreover, they will look handmade, which is a nice touch.

Do know your limits

Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience. Use the time in the lead up to your wedding to practice, watch tutorials and understand what flowers go aesthetically but also what smell good together.

Easy pew ends

If you’re getting married in a church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding, holly and trailing ivy will be very festive too.

Scattering petals

There’s nothing to say your flower girls have to hold a bouquet of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you practise first.

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DIY wedding flower don’ts

A professional job

If you’re not overly confident, don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day too. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Last-minute rush

Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then, by all means, use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.

Keep practising

Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, practice is precious. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!

From pansies to roses, if you’re looking for more handy floral hints, our Wedding Flowers section[1] has got it covered.

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14 of the best wedding cake toppers

Wedding cake toppers; no cake is complete without one. You’ll have paid the money to have your beautiful cake created just how you want it, in keeping with your theme. So, crowning it with something special will top it all off perfectly.

Wedding cake toppersGemma Giorgio Photography

Choosing the perfect wedding cake toppers

Finding the right wedding cake topper is probably not high up on your to-do list but it’s one of the items you can have some real fun and creativity with.

When deciding on wedding cake toppers, think about the cake table setting, the venue and most of all, you and your partner. Do you want something simple and in keeping with your theme? Or maybe something that accurately reflects your relationship? You could opt for a funny wedding cake topper to amuse your guests and keep you smiling at the photos in years to come.

You’re certainly spoilt for choice, but take some inspiration from our favourites below.

Classic

Buy this Mr & Mrs cake topper here[1]

Buy this Mr & Mrs cake topper here[2]

Rustic

We love a rustic themed wedding and this eucalyptus wedding cake topper is the epitome of rustic chic.

Buy this eucalyptus wedding cake topper here[3]

This Mr & Mrs cake topper is the perfect rustic option for your wedding with plenty of opportunity to dress your cake up around it.

But this Mr & Mrs cake topper here[4]

Personalised

Keep it simple with your initials and the date of your wedding, like this one below.

Buy this initial cake topper[5]

We love the handcrafted and decadent look of this wedding cake topper.

Buy this personalised wedding cake topper here[6]

Alternatively, have a classic with a personalised touch.

Buy this personalised cake topper here[7]

Romantic

Romantic florals, this cake topper is an eye-catcher and perfect for spring and summertime weddings.

Buy this floral cake topper[8] Buy this deer cake topper here[9]

Personal

What about this family cake topper? We love the silhouette style.

Buy this silhouette cake topper here[10]

Alternatively, you can have an animated family cake topper in colour!

Buy this family wedding cake topper here

Funny

Buy this funny cake topper here[11]

How well do your guests know you and your relationship? Make your guests smile with these hilarious toppers.

Buy this hilarious silhouette here[12]

There’s nothing like a wedding to give you a good reality check. Just so everyone knows how serious you really are, how about this one?

Buy ‘Shit Just Got Real’ here[13]

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  3. ^ Buy this eucalyptus wedding cake topper here (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  4. ^ But this Mr & Mrs cake topper here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  5. ^ Buy this initial cake topper (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ Buy this personalised wedding cake topper here (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  7. ^ Buy this personalised cake topper here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  8. ^ Buy this floral cake topper (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  9. ^ Buy this deer cake topper here (www.notonthehighstreet.com)
  10. ^ Buy this silhouette cake topper here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  11. ^ Buy this funny cake topper here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  12. ^ Buy this hilarious silhouette here (www.amazon.co.uk)
  13. ^ Buy ‘Shit Just Got Real’ here (www.amazon.co.uk)
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  15. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)