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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Tying the knot and loosening those curls

My article and the second do-it-yourself wedding design project featured 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!

Romantic rose centerpiece with just a bit of an edge.

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

Romantic Roses with loose grass curls.

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.

Last week I showed you Design trend 2: Puffs of Gypsophilla and the Tight Round Posy that incorporated both the braiding and the knots.

In this week’s design I will loosen up the curls for Design trend 3: Romantic Roses and a Twilight forest centerpiece
Roses are still the most popular flower choice for weddings.
Using roses in a design is a DIY bride (or groom) staple. They are reliable. You can order the colour you require and know, with the right conditioning, that they will last well and look beautiful.

Twilight inspired forest wedding.

I love the solid shape and romance of a rose bouquet. At the same time a Twilight inspired forest wedding appeals to me.

Romantic Rose design but with studded pins that make the design more edgy rather than purely pretty.

My rose centerpiece has soft, flowing lines but the subtle addition of the studded pins makes the design more edgy rather than purely pretty.

Wire and thin grass strands and curls, drapes loosely, like a veil over the design just hinting at an open heart shape.

Thin strands and curls of grass drapes over the design like a veil.

The strands add inexpensive volume and interest to a straightforward design by mimicking that airy lightness and flow that you get when you design with puffs of Gyp.

To create the slightly overgrown forest floor base layer of the design, healthy green Phalaenopsis roots curl in and around beds of moss and forest green dried hydrangeas.

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

Tying the knot loose curls 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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18 September 2012 T- Pin blades of grass

Make a small grass "propeller" by pinning blades of grass into the design

1 June 2011 Lining containers to make them waterproof

If you use Papier Mache, terracotta or clay or any precious container that might scratch, rust, or discolour or disintegrate when it's in prolonged contact with water it is best...

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

24 March 2011 Condition Epiphyte Orchids

How to condition Orchids to use as plants in an arrangement without placing the roots in a growth medium

16 May 2012 Stringing pearls

Long blades of thin grass or ripped flax are ideal for stringing decorative beads

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