The months leading up to your wedding day are exciting times.
As you prepare for your nuptials, these positive emotions can sometimes be accompanied by feelings of financial stress... and with good reason. BUT there are lots of ways that you can save money as you prepare to say your vows.
If your personal style is natural and bohemian, a flower crown makes a beautiful accessory to your wedding attire. Although there are plenty of ready-made options available for purchase, you can save a bundle by making one yourself — and it's really quite simple.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below for a one-of-a-kind floral crown fit for a hippie queen.
What you'll need:
Floral wire cutters
Greenery and flowers (real or faux)
1. Using the floral wire, form a circular shape and place it atop the crown of your head to measure for length. A loose fitting crown provides a softer, more elegant look than one that is too tight. Once you've determined the correct size, cut the wire with your floral wire cutters and twist the two wire ends together. Wrap your floral tape around the wire several times to provide a strong, firm base for the addition of greenery and flowers.
2. Choose flowers and greenery that reflect your wedding's theme and palette. For example, my wedding colors are peach and mint, so my floral choices are peach roses and succulents. Begin by adding a layer of greenery to the base of your crown with floral tape. Don't be shy with taping — the more wrapping you do, the less likely you are to have any accessory malfunctions!
3. Once you're satisfied with the look of your greenery, it's time to start adding flowers. Before you start adhering the flowers to the crown, ensure that you've left enough stem length (approximately three inches) for the floral tape to provide a secure hold. Any excess stems can be trimmed later. Using the floral tape, tape the stems of each flower to the crown and be liberal with your tape use.
4. Continue adding flowers until you've achieved the look you desire and cut any excess stems with scissors or wire cutters. You may wish to simply have floral embellishments on the front of your crown or on its entire circumference.
Small white flowers, such as Queen Anne's Lace or Baby's Breath provide a soft, subtle appearance for the girl who gravitates towards simplicity. Other brides might prefer something bigger and bolder, such as colorful dahlias or peonies. At the end of the day, all flower crowns, whether tight and uniform or relaxed and textured, have their visual merits. It all depends on your vision and what best complements your personality, your dress and any other accessories you plan to include.
About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill Bentham is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.