Considering a paper bouquet? Not sure what the design process is? Then I’ll share it with you my lovely!
Just like my brides, each paper bouquet is colourful, unique and won’t wilt under pressure!
Flipside bouquets will still be looking glorious long after your final guest has collapsed into their pit. In fact, they’ll last a lifetime, and will be a highly personal reminder of your joyous occasion. Handcrafting them is a labour of love, taking several weeks and many glasses of wine. But I love it (the bouquets, not the wine. Ok, the wine too.)
Today I’m going to give you a V.I.P pass to the Flipside Design Cave, and share my paper bouquet creation process with you.
1. Do you like ’em big n bold or ickle and cute?
Personally, I’ll go for a whopper everytime, and bouquets are no exception. But we’re all delightfully different, so I offer 3 guideline sizes, cunningly called; small, medium and large. However, as this is a bespoke process, you can have whatever size your ickle heart desires. You can have a mahoosive beast of a bouquet, or a petite posey. When deciding on size, consider the following steps too, as the number of colours, and flower shapes may drive the size.
Small paper bouquet
Small – approx 5.5 inches across
Medium paper bouquet
Medium – approx 7 inches
Large paper bouquet
Large – approx 9 inches
I state sizes rather than the number of flowers, as that will depend on what size flower you pick. For example, a medium bouquet with large star blooms will only have 7 flowers (stems). However, if you choose to have a small swirl roses, your medium bouquet may include 12 or more flowers (stems.)
2. Colours and Themes
There’s no set rule for how many colours you can have. A bouquet in a single colour can be just as heart stopping as a rainbow explosion. I’ll work with you to figure out what colours you truly want, what works well together, and what patterns you prefer.
Some Brides prefer solid block colours – they’re bold, dramatic and definitely a statement.
The example on the left is a medium bouquet, approximately 8 inches across, with 7 large ‘star’ flowers.
Others prefer floral patterns, classic polka dots or stripes. The bouquet on the right is a large design with mixed flower sizes and shapes.
The possibilities are endless.
I don’t carry stock papers, as each piece it utterly unique. I wouldn’t want to drag you down a design path that isn’t right, just because I have a shizzle load of hot pink polka dots (I do by the way. Damn you Google!)
Instead, I’ll listen to the colours you like, get a feel for the type of wedding you’re having (vintage, urban, disco……err…yeah, that’s a thing) and source papers specifically FOR YOU.
I can create blooms from sheet music, comics, football programs, include your vows or first dance lyrics too.
3. Flower shapes and sizes
Each flower is hand made, and can therefore be created in different sizes and shapes. Having played around with various designs, I find that the ‘star’ shape, and swirls work really well – they allow the colours/patterns to be seen, yet still provide a sturdy bouquet which won’t fall apart.
Here are a few examples from recent bouquets. You can opt for a single size and shape, or have a mixture.
The flower centres are finished off with buttons, which we can select together. You can also include mini sparkle gems, which look really sweet for flowergirls (see above, centre.)
4. Bouquet Shape
As with real flowers, paper bouquets can be made in different ‘forms’ Form is just a posh word for shape – traditional dome, flatback or tear drop. Only paper ones won’t end up on a compost heap.
5. Finishing Touches
Now this is where we can have some fun! The basic price includes your flowers, button centres and up to 7 ‘gem stems’ (see below.) They come with ribbon wrapped handles as standard. HOWEVER, above and beyond the basic package, we can really go to town and add charms, badges, extra bling, leaves, feathers, streamers – whatever you desire. I particularly love adding in family keepsakes such as your Granny’s buttons, earrings, or military buttons.
All Brides bouquets come packaged in a their own box, with pretty pink ribbon.
So there you have it – several weeks work, condensed into 1 blog. Phew, I need a lie down!
To view more examples of paper flowers, please visit the Gallery.
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