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Simple and Natural

If you have a few hours the days leading up to your wedding, and 1-2 trusty helpers, you CAN do your own flowers! From the beginning I just made my life easier by going with a casual, simple, natural vibe. Toss some stems in there. A bloom or two in here. Beautiful and earthy. I think one of my favorite parts of my look was the moss that I also ordered through Fifty Flowers. One box of Fresh Sheet Moss was more than enough to have 1-2 palm sized pieces of moss on each centerpiece. We had about 1/3 of a box left. And I thought for sure there would be some creepy bugs in the moss, but we never saw any! After decorating 35-40 tables similarly to the centerpieces shown (all a little different) we had about 20 ranunculus, 10 hydrangea, and two 5 gallon pails mostly full of greens remaining. We just didn't need all of it. It was a very large room and looking out across it was so beautiful. I highly recommend Italian Ruscus. Even though we ordered Nagi and the Ruscus was sent by mistake, it turned out to be such an important part of the arrangements. You can't beat the way the stems flow/drape.

For trimming flowers, I recommend you use pruning shears and not just household scissors. Maybe that's obvious, but they just work so much better! And I should reiterate how much you will want those helpers. The day before your wedding everyone needs to ask you a thousand things. Once your helpers (in my case, my mom and one of my amazing bridesmaids - new sister-in-law) knows what you want the arrangements to look like, they'll be able to keep going even if you get pulled away. Couldn't have done it without them! I did most of the trimming when the flowers first arrived and it only took about 2-3 hours total. Although my mom had to step in when I decided to make 25 dozen soft pretzels for a late night snack at the reception. #worthit

Note - I couldn't select a higher amount for how many centerpieces we made with the flowers. It was actually more like 45-50 centerpieces. Loose, simple arrangements (see photos).

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