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I might be the craziest Bride in the History of crazy Brides

I don't consider myself a "bridezilla" (even though I do like things done my way) but I do consider myself frugal, extremely frugal. I've called myself a cheap bitch on more than one occasion. If I can get it on sale or with a coupon, I will. Which is why I'm forgoing real flowers at my wedding. They're expensive and the next day, they're not nearly as pretty and they're thrown away. Sure they can make for good pictures, but a skilled photographer can do that too. Instead of paying out the nose for real ones, I've decided to make my own flowers out of burlap.

Now, I'm not the craftiest person on the planet so I had to find something easy so I started scouring Pintrest and finally found a good tutorial. After one miserable attempt, I started to get the hang of making burlap flowers. Granted, they didn't turn out -exactly- like the tutorial, I'm still pretty fond of them. And they're not that difficult to make so soon enough I created the bouquet you see in the picture. At first, they started out as decorations and my bouquet. After some thought I figured they could also be wedding favors. Somewhere (probably multiple places) we'll have a sign, "Pick a flower to remember this day. Made with love, from our home to yours" or something equally cute. As I was playing with these flowers, I've also decided that boutonnieres would be pretty easy to make from them too. I guess it's not so crazy to use one thing for multiple purposes.

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WordChazer wrote on May 27, 2015, 3:14 PM

What a wonderful idea! After 8 years I finally ditched the wedding bouquet we had (inexpertly) dried in our friend's airing cupboard last year. On the other hand I still have the fake sunflowers another friend gave me as a housewarming when my (now) husband and I moved into this house a decade ago. I would have preferred to have kept my bouquet, but it just looked...naff, really. Your burlap flowers will never fade and never look naff. And like the favors I have from my German 'sister's' wedding in 1994, they will last much longer than my own bouquet did.

GayleStorm wrote on May 27, 2015, 3:22 PM

It's really popular for brides to keep their bouquets so I wanted to make it ridiculously easy and have it look pretty similar to that day and burlap can take a beating. I don't know what naff means but I don't think I want me or my flowers looking naff.

WordChazer wrote on May 27, 2015, 3:40 PM

via Urban Dictionary: naff - British slang, describes something that is stupid, lame or unpalatable.

Rubbish. Not up to scratch. Not good. Sub-par.

No you wouldn't want you or your flowers looking naff!

Arvi wrote on May 27, 2015, 3:56 PM

That is a great and super cute idea! Good luck to you.

KristinRavelle wrote on May 27, 2015, 5:19 PM

This is a great idea! A burlap flower will last long after real ones would have died out and will remind your guests for many years of your special day.

LeaPea2417 wrote on May 27, 2015, 5:46 PM

That is great you have the authority to do that. When I got married, I had so many bossy relatives that would not have let me have my wedding the way I wanted it, as a result, my husband and I eloped. It was the best thing for us to do. (And it shocked the relatives)!

BarbRad wrote on May 27, 2015, 6:00 PM

Sounds like a clever idea to me. Wedding traditions aren't set in stone anymore, and I think if people can get married under water or at the beach, real flowers don't matter either.