A DIY autumn boutonniere perfect for your groom and groomsmen

DIY autumn boutonniere

It’s officially autumn, so there’s no better time to bring out a very autumn-themed DIY project. Today we’re making a super simple DIY autumn boutonniere. If you’re looking for an entry-level DIY you can do for your wedding, boutonnieres are a great option. They can be made the day ahead as long as you use flowers that will hold up, they’re simple to master quickly, and they’ll save you a few bucks!

After you practice one, you’ll find each boutonniere will take you approximately ten minutes to put together. Once you choose and source the flowers, you might spend under an hour on this little DIY project! Considering a boutonniere can cost $12-$15 each, these are a pretty affordable option even when you include your time in the equation. Depending on the flowers you choose, these will cost roughly $3-$5 each!

Here are just a few tips to get started. First, choose flowers or greenery that will hold up for at least 24 hours – we’ve chosen eucalyptus, rose hips, strawflowers and sunflowers. And the only one of those four you need to put in water is the sunflower! Strawflowers survive really well out of water and they can even be dried so you don’t have to worry about them wilting at all.

Second, choose flowers that won’t suffer too much if your groom is doing a lot of hugging. The last thing you want is your groom to hug his mother before walking her down the aisle and his boutonniere gets all squashed!

Let’s get started. Here’s what you’ll need:

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DIY Do’s and Don’t’s for A Perfectly Balanced Wedding Day

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Jordan Weiland Photography via Wedding Chicks

First of all, let us just squeal for a minute because we are so excited to collaborate with Wedding Party as a guest blogger! Wedding Party is such an amazing resource for couples and their guests to capture and remember their precious wedding moments; if only we had known about it for our wedding 3 1/2 years ago…

We are Carlen + David, owners, designers, and makers at host & toast, an online wedding decor shop for creative brides. Each one of our products is designed and produced in our Denver, Colorado studio by combining laser-cut, handmade, and hand-finished methods. Our intention at host & toast is to help couples with some of the many distracting details so they can focus on each other and their future together.

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Wedding planning tips: How to communicate with your groom when planning your wedding

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Ryan Ray Photography

Planning your road to wonderful wedded bliss with your groom is an exciting time, but it’s not always a walk in the park. The wedding planning process is your first huge task together, and is not without challenges and stress. During this special time, effective communication between you and your groom is key to not only having the wedding of your dreams, but starting your marriage off on the right foot.

Our ten tips for how to communicate with your groom when planning your wedding isn’t a definitive list all the tactics you can employ, and every couple is different. But, it might give you some good ideas on how to start thinking about your wedding as a team and work with each other in the most productive and drama-free way!

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Break tradition with these 5 unique and memorable bouquet toss alternatives

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Jana Williams Photography via Style Me Pretty

The bouquet toss is one of the most anticipated moments of any wedding reception. All the single ladies can’t wait to line up and duel it out with each other to grab the coveted bouquet and be deemed the next to be married.

However, with the rising rates of women choosing to stay single longer or boycotting marriage altogether, brides have chosen to get more creative with the bouquet toss as a way to celebrate all the women in the room, rather than highlight those who don’t have a significant other. (And you know we’re all for it, because breaking wedding traditions are fun!)

This doesn’t mean that the bouquet toss should be boring or forgotten altogether; rather, think of it as an opportunity to tweak tradition to better suit your and your guests’ needs! By involving all the ladies in the room (married or not) in a special way, or including both male and female attendees, your guests are sure to remember your twist on tradition as a way to get everybody in on the fun.

If you want to have a bouquet toss alternative at your reception but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas to consider:

1. Tribute to Marriage

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Jonas Peterson via Polka Dot Bride

Have the DJ or band leader invite all married couples to the dance floor. While a slow song of your choice plays in the background, married couples will be eliminated as their years of marriage are announced by the emcee.

The last couple on the dance floor will be married the longest and the recipient of the bouquet – who better deserves it than a couple that has demonstrated for several years what a loving marriage looks like, right?

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