Seven DIY wedding flowers ideas

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Today we are featuring a guest blog pot by Laxmi Lobo, who is a Singapore trained floral designer. She is now a retail florist in Mumbai and specializes in flower delivery in Mumbai. Her online bouquet delivery in Mumbai has won accolades from the press and has interviewed on TV for CNBC & ET NOW. Visit Spring Blossoms to know more about Flower Delivery In Mumbai.

A wedding is a couple’s first party that they throw together.

These days, I am finding that many couples are involved with their wedding planning and not just leaving the planning in the hands of professionals or friends and relatives. The bridge and the groom feel immense joy in taking the first ‘as a couple’ steps together while planning their own wedding.

As a florist I often get questions as to how can we make this party, this celebratory dinner or small reception more personalized?

I have curated below some interesting ideas which are easily a DIY or most eminently doable with the help of friends or the bridal party.

DIY wedding flowers ideas

Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  1. This picture gives you three ideas in one. The elegant yet simple backdrop is an easy to make frame of bamboo with fragrant hand strung garlands of jasmine or any other fragrant flowers. You can use bright flowers too and change the look. The contrast of the vintage Kerala (India) home make this particular style come alive, but you can adapt the backdrop to your setting, whether in a garden, whether rustic or inside a large reception room.  The tiled pathway is scattered with rose petals and lined with bright marigold hand strung garlands. These garlands contrast beautifully with the lush green grass and marigold has the property of keeping insects away too. Do remember this in a garden setting. Some may want to use passion red rose petals on an aisle between the chairs.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  2. Planning of your wedding happens a few months before. An interesting way for a couple to bond is to have a personal centrepiece at their wedding party. For some months, the couple can gather all the wine and champagne corks they drink, sharing their joy with friends and family as they get closer to their wedding date. These corks can then be the basis of a centrepiece like below. Any kind of fresh flowers can be added using a floral sponge on top of the vase. I would also suggest some lovely photo frames around the vase, these will capture the joyous moments shared while e drinking the wines. A table like this creates a very special talking centrepiece at any wedding party.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  3. If your wedding party is in the open and has a thick luscious garden hedge as part of the entranceway to the reception or party area, here is a stunning way to brighten the walkway. Bright and colourful umbrellas tied onto the hedge. A simple idea, but will be surely talked about many months after your wedding.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  4. Vintage tea cups on a vintage wall. Another visually delightful decor idea. Coloured Hydrangea will fill a teacup. Buy as many colours of Hydrangeas from your florist and borrow and buy as many tea cups as you can. Garage sales are a good idea for tea cups. And if all else fails, get white tea cups from the wholesalers who supply to hotels.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  5. If you and your partner are biking enthusiasts nothing could be a better idea than bicycle wheels decorated with flowers. This has been mounted on a wrought iron stand. You could let your imagination run wild, hang then from tree branches if it’s a garden setting. Maybe from some hooks in a ceiling or even mount them against a wall. I find the contrast of this idea very appealing. The softness of the delicately coloured peach flowers with the ruggedness of a bicycle wheel is like the strong and steady with the whimsical. It’s what a marriage is, isn’t it?

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  6. Here’s another interesting and very easy to make backdrop. You can also use the same theme for the chair backs and make the wedding reception area look summer and colourful. It will work wonders in an outdoor setting because the white of the tree bark contrast with these colourful ribbons. The greenery that surrounds us in a garden setting brings out the colour of this unusual idea which hardly uses any flowers. You can add little bunches of flowers as you go along and make the look even brighter.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  7. One of my favourites for an evening party is candle lamps hung from the trees. These lamps which look like the vintage carriage lamps are a good investment even if they are a little expensive. You can always use these many times over even making a corner of your apartment (if you do not have a home right away) come alive. I have even used these lamps as a backdrop hanging from an ancient banyan tree for an evening reception. Hang them in different lengths and use good quality rope.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my curated ideas from various wedding parties. Adding your own ideas to these will give much pleasure as you plan the most important day in your life, your wedding.

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12 ways to keep up with your wedding planning during 12 days of Christmas

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With holidays around the corner, ‘Tis the season to plan for your wedding. We have put together a list of 12 things to keep up with your wedding planning this Christmas. While you have some downtime, and wedding stress is still low, have some fun with planning your wedding.

  1. Wedding Trousseau Shopping: Be it a trip to India or local vendors, wrap up your shopping for bridal and bridal party outfits, and pick out your jewelry.
  2. Hit those sales: Don’t miss out on those discounts at the after Christmas sales. Some ideas for things to buy are accessories such as purses, and shoes, wedding favors/welcome bags, supplies for DIY wedding projects, and decor items.
  3. Wedding Planning with your fiance and family: Holidays are all about getting together with family. Take advantage of your time off to get together with your fiance and family to chalk out important details of the wedding, such as finalizing the vendors, and guest list.
  4. Plan your Honeymoon: Short list your honeymoon destination options, and start looking for tickets and accommodations.
  5. Hair and Make up Trial: Holidays are a perfect time to try out a new look. If you are considering some hair and make up artists for your wedding day, you may want to schedule some time for trials. Or hit your local make up store for a make over.
  6. Finalize Invitations: Before your invitations hit the press, make sure you have the final content for your invitations ready. Finalize your invitation proof, and check for typos.
  7. Create your wedding registry: Research items to put on your wedding registry. Finalize a list of all the items you want to register for at various stores. Start creating the registry on a website or at the store location you picked.
  8. Wedding Website: Start putting together the details that will go on your wedding website, such as “How we met”, “About the couple”, wedding location and details. Research options and tools you would like to use for creating the website and start building the website.
  9. Pick the music for your wedding: Start creating music playlists for your wedding. Pick out song options for your entrance, First Dance, Cake cutting, Mehendi, and Sangeet.
  10. Start writing your vows: While the stress of wedding planning is low, start brainstorming ideas for your wedding vows.
  11. Have a dry run with an Engagement/Holiday Party: If you have time, plan an engagement or a holiday party to try out some of your wedding vendors.
  12. Brainstorm with the Bridal Party and DIY Projects: Blow off some steam with your bridal party. Whether its shopping or DIY projects, this will be a great time to get together with the girls and get some help with the planning.

How to don your Diva look this wedding season

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With the wedding season here, it is time to refresh your wardrobe to make sure you will be dressed to impress. For most of us ladies, going shopping in India is not always a feasible option. Borrow It Bindaas,  online boutique for beautiful saris, anarkalis and accessories, provides Bindaas or “worry free” service to rent or buy Indian outfits from the convenience of your own home.

Why Bindaas?

Like most of us, Co-founders of Borrow It Bindaas, Riddhi, Siddhi, and Manshi, grew up playing dress-up with their mom’s Indian outfits. To avoid spending big bucks on designer Indian outfits, they eventually found themselves forming a sari swapping circle of girlfriends and cousins. While this would give you more variety, eventually you are bound to repeat outfits and fall back on latest styles.

Enter Borrow It Bindaas. The lovely ladies at Borrow It Bindaas started the company for fashionistas who want to dress in a new and trendy outfit at every wedding/event, without having to break the bank. As the sari enthusiasts from Borrow It Bindaas put it, “From the sexy styles of Bollywood saris in Mumbai to the traditional handcrafted sarees of Kolkata, to the Couture inspired styles of Delhi, we have it all!”

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Taste For Life Fundraiser: A Culinary Adventure Empowering Women

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We all hope that all couples have their “happily ever after.” The truth is that sometimes they don’t and relationships can sometimes be plagued with domestic violence and abuse. Enter Apna Ghar: Based out of Chicago, Apna Ghar, meaning “Our Home” in Hindi, provides holistic services to women and children across immigrant communities in the Chicago area to end the cycle of domestic violence. This organization empowers women to be self-sufficient by providing a full spectrum of services such as  a 24-hour emergency hotline, a shelter, counseling, case management and legal advocacy.


A couple weeks ago, Apna Ghar held its 4th Annual Taste for Life gala, which I had the pleasure of attending. The proceeds from the gala support Apna Ghar’s mission to empower domestic violence survivors to reclaim and rebuild their lives.

The event was hosted by Suvir Saran, the former executive chef of Devi Restaurant, New York (The only Indian Restaurant in the United States to have earned Michelin Star) and Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters.

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Stress-free Wedding Planning? There is an App for that!

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! While planning your wedding can be rewarding and fun, at times it can get stressful and chaotic. What if I told you that you can get rid of the stress and chaos that comes along with wedding planning and guest engagement. Yes. There is an App for that. The name of App for stress-free wedding planning is Appy Couple.

Exactly a year ago, Sharmeen Mitha-Sehgal was in Mumbai, India for her sister’s wedding. Now everyone knows how beautiful Indian Weddings are, but at the same time all the details can get convoluted which results in confusion and chaos. Sharmeen, CEO and Co-founder of Appy Couple, quit her full time job, to build an App, which would make Wedding Planning, not only fun, but stress free for the couple and their guests.

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