Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Breath of Fresh Air...

Have you ever had a point in your wedding planning when you suddenly changed direction? I think I’m having that moment…let me explain…

To be fair, in regards to the florals involved in the wedding, I never really had the “perfect” idea. I see flowers…I think they are pretty…but nothing has essentially jumped out at me as being the flowers I MUST see on our tables or in bouquets.

Here was the original plan:

Hydrangeas, hydrangeas, hydrangeas.

I was drawn by the “poofy-ness” of them, if you will. Oh no, wait…the florist suggested these…I more or less agreed. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are beautiful…but…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my DIY’ing…my mother and I have decided that we are going to tackle the centerpieces ourselves. And I am a nit-pick. Hydrangeas are known to be delicate, and die quickly. I’m starting to worry about a wedding day hydrangea catastrophe. I can’t have partially brown flowers on our tables. I’d die.

Then comes the issue of price. Thankfully, with a DIY option, we can purchase flowers in bulk and save money by arranging them ourselves. However, flowers are still expensive…

***Screaming angrily in frustration***

But then…I stumbled upon some amazing inspiration, and I’m hooked. And it is by the most unexpected flower imaginable.

Baby’s breath.

Oh my gosh…that’s right. I said it! For years I have despised baby’s breath…the extra little filler that they shove in bouquets…who needs it?!?!

But seeing these photos changed my mind…

Style Me Pretty

This wedding in Aspen featured puffs of baby’s breath hanging from the ceiling! Gorgeous!

Style Me Pretty

Even bouquets look gorgeous, and simple! I’m thinking that my bridesmaids might have to be carrying these bad boys! Poofy and full and beautiful!

Following images from: Sedona Bride

This wedding was literally styled from top to bottom in baby’s breath! I’m in love…

I LOVE her romantic!

Following images from: Weddingbee

Mrs. Lemonade’s wedding also featured beautiful baby’s breath décor!

The little "bombs" are adorable!

So…what do I love about baby’s breath? It is cost-friendly (and I like to get a lot of bang for a buck), and I’m pretty sure that they will match my décor/theme well (birds, trees, whimsical, lighthearted…). Plus, I am hoping that it will be relatively easy and quick to set up as a centerpiece; score!

What do you think about using “filler flowers” as a part of your main décor?


  1. Ya know? I never would have thought of it, but what a beautiful effect! They really take up a lot of space without cleaning out your wallet. Will there be any Katie twist on this idea? or will you take the idea "as is" ?

  2. When I'm home for Thanksgiving next week, I'm going to try a few different ideas out! I want to decorate the archways between the rooms that the reception is in, as well as centerpieces (both at the reception tables, and the ones outside for the cocktail hour)!

  3. I really like this idea. My mom and I have just tentatively decided to DIY the flowers, so we will need ideas for flowers that are easy to arrange and don't die too quickly...may have to steal this one!

  4. I love baby's breath for a wedding! It's so light and airy, and the price is right too! Plus, the dried baby's breath looks great too, and you can take advantage of using some of that to make some arrangements ahead of time if you want.

  5. Saw that you said you'd try it out... that's good! practice makes perfect and well, per our constant gchats you know I am gaga over this idea! :) Wish I was there to help you :(

  6. These are beautiful ideas, go for it!

  7. Awesome idea & a big $$ saver too! And it lasts forever if you dry it right, so you can keep it forever without having to "preserve" your bouquet.

    Martha Stewart did it a while ago on her show too -

  8. Oh my gosh, thank you for the video link! That is awesome! The garlands are a great idea too!

  9. I love it - it is almost whimsical in a way - so romantic!

  10. OH I love Babies Breath!!! So beautiful!!


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