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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Tying the knot

My article and the do-it-yourself wedding design projects in the autumn issue of
DIY Weddings Magazine

While planning a wedding, most couples will have inspiration and pin boards full of ideas they absolutely love. It is often overwhelming, even paralyzing to choose which ones to keep, and which ideas to let go. Decisions are even harder when choosing between seemingly conflicting designs. They are all beautiful, just different. If that is not confusing enough, you also want to personalize your wedding to be uniquely you!

Take heart bridal design.

Take heart, there is a way.

Stand back. No, even further. You will notice the designs do have something in common. They have you in common. You are the golden thread that ties the contrasting design ideas. Now look closer, which part of each design attracts you, and to which part of you, does it speak to? The colours? The shapes?

Spend time with each idea and the outcome will form a unit and can be scaled to fit your budget, because you will know exactly which parts inspire you.

This process is personal, no-one can do it for you, but let me show you how I combined and personalized some of the prominent DIY wedding design trends currently seen on inspiration boards:

Design trend 1: Knots and curls

Puffs of Gypsophilla and ripped flax Celtic heart knots.

Flower design inspiration does not only come from flowers, look wider and you will find inspiration in unexpected places. I like the twist of wedding hairstyle elements: braiding knots and loose flowing curls. You can see these design elements in both of my designs.

Design trend 2: Puffs of Gypsophilla and the Tight Round Posy

We are still seeing mass designs created with baby’s breath. It is popular because it is relatively easy to work with and really budget friendly.

Puffs of Gypsophilla and the Tight Round Posy

What I love about Gypsophilla designs, is the airy and cloud like softness it creates.

At the same time I like the tradition and comfort of a posy.

My feathery Gypsophilla design has the shape of a beautiful posy but also has a unique and contemporary feel.

Detail of a Celtic heart knot.

To add a touch of romance to the gyp posy, I arranged strands of grass to sweep down and over the design with long loose curls and braiding heart knots.

Revisit your inspiration and pin boards to see which parts of you will be the golden thread that tie the ideas together.

Next week I will show you Design trend 3: Romantic Roses and a Twilight forest centerpiece

Tying the knot design in DIY Weddings Magazine.

Thank you DIY Wedding Magazine for inviting me to be part of your beautiful autumn issue

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10 September 2012 Braid a Celtic heart knot

Braid or knot a traditional Celtic heart with foliage

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

9 November 2011 Gypsophila snowball posy

A Posy made of Gypsophila flowers can look flat. I use a dried Hydrangea or Agapanthus flower head as a flower frog to puff it out

Favourite Flowers


Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila

Related Designs

25 November 2015 So white

A dried Baby's breath and fresh orchid wreath

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

8 February 2017 It could hold

A fragile looking heart made from twigs that can hold a lot of orchids

23 August 2017 Almost is still not quite

Weave just a hint of the Autumn to come

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem

14 February 2018 Two Are

Equisetum Valentine's hearts

8 August 2018 On the net

Knot a net to rest short stem orchids on.

12 February 2020 Parallel Hang Ups

While waiting for the blossoms to open... why not weave in a touch of Valentine's Day love?

21 July 2021 High-Strung

String up a tiny hammock for a dreamy summer vacation design

16 February 2022 Hang on, love

A hanging heart design to celebrate love this Valentine's Day.