|My bouquet in action!|
I ended up making a button bouquet which quite frankly I would NEVER do again ha ha. I absolutely love my bouquet to pieces and it is utterly perfect in my eyes but making this was far harder than I expected and if we're being completely honest here (which we are because erm, that's what I do!) no one else is going to think it's perfect.
If you look at the button bouquets for sale from the pros you may well get a bit of a shock at the price. Well let me tell you I think it's completely justified. Not only do these things cost far more to put together than I expected (they need A LOT of buttons), getting that rounded shape is clearly a skill only possessed by the chosen few. This little crafter is not in the chosen gang and neither it seems are a lot of other people who give this a whirl. The pros offer rescue services for those that have attempted colanders, sieves etc as support!
My bouquet is mostly buttons with a little bit of jewellery that belonged to my Grandma and a few sparkly beads. It was important to me to try and incorporate subtle references to my grandparents in the wedding as they have all long since died. For my Grandma that meant being in my bouquet.
|A pendant belonging to my Grandma, you can just see the pendant dangling to the right|
|One of my Grandma's brooches|
I knew another bride getting married in the same month who had bought a brooch bouquet and she helpfully showed me pictures of the underneath of her bouquet to help me understand how the individual stems worked together to get the right shape. This did help although mine still doesn't have a very smooth appearance. I didn't mind though. Very few people knew I was making this and it had quite an impact on the day.
|Running repairs after being given an unexpected bear hug and my poor bouquet getting stuck in the middle|
|These pin heads were exceptionally sparkly although you can't tell from this photograph|
All of the bouquet handles were wrapped in ribbon with quilt batting underneath for comfort and then pinned in place with crystal headed pins. I was so pleased with them all and so glad that I made the effort to do this.
What about you readers? Did you or would you DIY your bouquet? What about other aspects of your wedding? I would love to hear your stories.