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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Wedding Welcome

My article and wedding welcome and direction sign design featured in
DIY Weddings Magazine


A DIY bride has the unique opportunity to create lovely memories in the time leading up to her wedding by getting everyone involved in the designing and crafting of design details.

In fact, it is a growing trend and many florists now offer flower parties as bridal showers where you and your guests can learn skills like how to make some of the trickier floral designs such as wired bouquets and corsages.

Wedding welcome floral art design

Other design elements, such as this Wedding Welcome and direction sign, can easily be made up by just getting together armed with some mossy twigs, line, a glue gun and a “can do” attitude.

By creating design elements from longer lasting plant material, such as dried twigs and flowers, you can easily prepare everything in advance and then go to a florist for a few fresh flowers to add the day before the event.

Here are a few crafting hints for get-togethers to create your own floral designs:

Wedding Welcome this way to the reception

If at all possible, have inspiration pictures or a sketch of what you have in mind so that you can have a great time crafting without any misunderstandings, but be open to suggestions, you are all there to have fun and be creative. Remember: the goal is not to copy some existing design. It is merely to show as a starting point

Mossy twigs and crystals

Even though it is a group effort avoid including too many design ideas in one piece.

Calla lilies

Know when enough is enough. It is easy to overload the piece with one more flower and another... especially when you are all chatting and sharing the moment. Rather move onto another piece than overdo the one you are busy with.

Wedding Welcome this way to the ceremony

Even though you are working together in a group, you should be realistic with your expectations of just how many designs can be done in the time frame. Be generous with your time frame, your guests should have time to chat, catch up, and make those memories.

Fern Fonds

Draw on skills. Let people who have special talents shine. They can either share the skills with someone else by teaching it, or be responsible for a specific task.

Mossy twigs and mushrooms

Make sure the design is easy to handle once done, especially when several people work on individual design pieces that have to be assembled.

Wedding Welcome this way to the parking area

Get your basic structure right, and then it is easy to add fresh floral material later. Fresh floral material should preferably be in some kind of a water source (floral foam, test tubes, water filled bottles, vases or any creative water source you choose) to keep it looking beautiful throughout the event.

Design with this in mind. There are exceptions to this rule, plants like air-plants and succulents should not be in water but most other flowers need some kind of hydration. Florists have many special tricks to keep the flowers looking fresh. Visit your local florist and ask for advice. They might even offer to send a designer to come help out at your design party.

Direction sign for a wedding

Safety first. Crafting with a hot glue gun, drill or wires, can be dangerous. Also look at the design when done to make sure there are no wires that can poke or sharp edges that can cut.

Bark glued on a wooden board

Use the absolute best quality flowers possible. Again, your local florist is a great resource, even if you are a DIY bride. They can advise you on what flowers will be in season and how to condition the flowers to make is look stunning on your wedding day.

Wedding welcome board

Consider giving the pieces to the helpers after the wedding as a way of saying thank you and to have lasting token of appreciation. You can even include a personalized picture frame of all of you making the design, just to add a special touch of thanks.

Creating memories is just as much part of the wedding as is the flowers, gown or other design details. That feeling of “remember when” or “we made this” adds such a special touch to your wedding

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to contribute.

Thank you DIY Weddings Magazine for inviting me to contribute.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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