Big & Modern Macedonian Wedding– Natasa & Jason

Jase & Tash

Bride’s Maiden Name: Natasa (Natasha) Lukic

Occupation: Account Manager

Groom’s Full Name:  Jason Ploeg

Occupation: Carpenter


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Wedding Date: 23rd September 2017

How many guests? 190

Wedding Budget (Optional): 80,000


The Team

Wedding feature thanks to: Giant Invitations
Dress: Enzoani with alterations
Veil: Rosa & Marys Bridal
Makeup: Tanielle Jai MUA
Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Accessories: Mimco
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore from White runway
Groom’s Suit: Male Manor
Groomsmen Suit: Male Manor
Cake: Studio Cakes
Food: Moda Events
Flowers & Event Styling: Stylised
Photographer: Pelizzari
Ceremony Venue: Newstead Park & The Macedonian Orhodox Church, Newfarm
Reception Venue: Moda Events Portside
Entertainment: GM Events & Macedonian Band
Celebrant: Michelle Anderson
Transport: Mercedes C200 & Chrysler Limos
Wedding Favours: Engraved stemless wine glasses

The Details 

How did you and your partner meet?
We met through mutual friends whilst attending a music festival on the Gold Coast.

How did he propose?
Jase surprised me when I arrived home from a week long work trip. He surprised me with flowers and made the room look amazing. He prepared a will you marry me tick a box (I had told him how cute I thought it was in school when boys would pass around notes to ask a girl out and include a tick a box at the bottom) so he made sure I got to tick yes for last time!!

Length of Engagement?
1 year- together 5 years

What do you love most about your partner?
He is the most genuinely caring man- sometimes he thinks he covers this up but you can see it in his eyes every day.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Talk to each other and be real. Too many people speak to everyone else but their partners about how they feel when that is the person they should go to first.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it.
I loved so many gowns but I was forever drawn to anything with a hint of colour outside the usually whites and ivory. The lace was intricate and detailed and the exposed boning and buttons perfection.

Did you do a ‘first look’ before the ceremony?
No, we had so much going on bringing together a traditional wedding with Macedonian cultural wedding. Plus, I wanted Jase to see me for the first time walking down the aisle.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted a soft romantic style with punches of glam. Charlie for Stylised made this happen combining Grey and Gold to perfection.

How did you come to choose the location and venue?
Coming from a big family I have been to so many weddings in Brisbane and Jase and I wanted ours to be different so we chose a location that not only suited our style but was one that we hadn’t been to before.

Did you have any symbolic gestures during your ceremony i.e. a hand-fasting, candle ceremony, wine ceremony or something else?
We had a many of these elements in the Macedonian ceremony including; the crowning, ring & wine and first steps as husband and wife wrapped together with a beautiful piece of chiffon.

Did you have a wedding party? Did they do anything special during the ceremony?Nothing special- My sister Branka Lukic as MOH, Cousin Katrina Bogoevski & Best friend Jessica Millman

Were any of your guests involved in the ceremony in any way?
Godparents Brad & Jacinta Ploeg

How did you enter your wedding ceremony? (Accompanied? Together? Solo?)
With my step dad for the traditional ceremony and with Jason for the church ceremony.

What made you choose the type of ceremony that you had?
We chose to do both as having a traditional ceremony was important to me and I didn’t want Jase to miss out on a wedding as he knows it.

Describe the cake (including the flavors) and cake topper
he wedding cake was a simply designed 4-tiered cake with brushed gold accents and 2 large white magnolia style flowers. We had 2 different flavours a white chocolate caramel tier and an almond & coconut mud which we served the following day at my parent’s place.

What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
Cream blooms mixed with abundant greenery

How did you choose your table décor?
Grey and gold theme- Charlie went to great lengths to source the table cloths in a beautiful grey that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.

What was the menu for the reception?


Pork belly

Pork belly, seared scallop, cauliflower puree, 5 spice sauce 

Moroccan, Spatchcock supreme

Moroccan, Spatchcock supreme, pumpkin puree, pepitas, petit salad


Fillet of beef

Fillet of beef, garlic mashed potato, sweet corn salsa, and red wine jus

Breast of chicken

Breast of chicken, parmesan polenta, roast onion, chorizo, salsa Verde


Sticky date pudding

Sticky date pudding, ripple ice cream, vanilla sauce

Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice cream sandwich, marshmallow and praline.

Tea & Coffee

What were your favorite moments from the day?
The super excited feeling of getting ready with my girls and my mum in the morning, reading a letter from Jase in the morning, seeing him as I walked down the aisle and off course partying the night away.

Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle entrance & exit, reception entry, first dance songs)
Isle entrance was Angels by The XX- First dance- XO John Mayer (Beyonce cover)

Any DIY décor elements?

Any sentimental personal touches?

What was the biggest splurge of the day?
Wedding Stylist

Where did you go on honeymoon?
Europe- Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Florence & Berlin

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Start planning early

If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
Perfect would do it again in a heartbeat!!














Megan Flan and Mark Batson’s Intimate Wedding

Event Info

Location: Yucaipa, CA, US Event Date:  Nov 11, 2017

Client Info

Name: Megan Flan & Mark Batson

Album Story

Megan and Mark we some of the cutest people ever. When we met up for their engagement session, they were so nervous, but so excited to be on this journey together. When getting to know them, I resized they loved to eat and drink, but then again, who doesn’t? Right? They laugh all the time, they laugh when they are together, they laugh when they are apart… they truly just enjoy life and enjoy each other. They got married in a family members back yard with a beautiful view. Directly after an intimate ceremony, Mark & Megan had a  photo session and then they were off to their favorite restaurant, for a thanksgiving feast and coffee…. yes coffee. Many of the details from this day include Megan & Marks favorite things. Incorporating their unique personalities allowed the guest to enjoy their love stories and learn more about them!

Associated Vendors

Venue: Private Residence Beauty: Dani B Make up Apparel: Sewcal Pros Dress Store: Beloved Couture Bridal Photographer: Laura Marie Photography


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Event Info

Location: Yucaipa, CA, US Event Date:  Nov 11, 2017

Client Info

Name: ♀Megan Flan & ♂Mark Batson

Album Story

Megan and Mark we some of the cutest people ever. When we met up for their engagement session, they were so nervous, but so excited to be on this journey together. When getting to know them, I resized they loved to eat and drink, but then again, who doesn’t? Right? They laugh all the time, they laugh when they are together, they laugh when they are apart… they truly just enjoy life and enjoy each other. They got married in a family members back yard with a beautiful view. Directly after an intimate ceremony, Mark & Megan had a  photo session and then they were off to their favorite restaurant, for a thanksgiving feast and coffee…. yes coffee.

Associated Vendors

Venue: Private Residence Beauty: Dani B Make up Apparel: Sewcal Pros Dress Store: Beloved Couture Bridal Photographer: Laura Marie Photography



Six Easy DIY Wedding-Centerpiece Ideas

Who said planning a DIY wedding is close to impossible?  It may be true that the thought of doing things on your own can be nerve-wracking (hello, budgeting and scheduling), but it’s a very rewarding thing to do.

When it comes to DIY-ing your nuptial, you have the freedom to personalize the specific details of the big event and make it more memorable for you and your guests. What’s more fun is that you can create, make, or build your own giveaways and decorations.

Speaking of which, one great project is to create a centerpiece. There are options that you can choose that don’e demand too much of your time, budget, and skill set. If you’re up for it, here are some easy DIY centerpiece projects you can tackle and have fun with.

Faux Flowers in a Vase

Image Credits:Craftberry Bush

Remember how to make papier-mâxhé flowers? Well, you can buy crepe paper (with a color that matches your wedding theme), glue, and artificial stem from old silk flower. Put the spotlight on a handful of handcrafted blooms placed in a cute vase.

Geometric Candlesticks

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If you’re into geometric patterns, then making a candlestick with artistic edges may be just for you. Gather some wooden blocks, and put a coat of paint on them to create a masterpiece that is perfect for your tables. you can also do more experiments on different materials with various shapes on the side too to see where it may lead you.

Personalized Candy Mix

Photography: Lynette Smith Photography

Order personalized candies and put them in a bowl. Place it at the center of the table along with some flowers, and now you have an edible centerpiece treat.

You want one last secret? You can create your own little bag made of burlap fabric so your guests can fill it up with candies at the end of the day. There you go, a wedding favor and a piece of decor in one idea.

Crystal- Clear Lanterns

Photography: Our Labor of Love

Let your reception sparkle with crystal lanterns. To do the trick, just buy clear mason jars, and clear crystals. Glue them onto the bottom half of the container in any artistic way you want. You can even vary the arrangement of the crystals whichever way you like, so let your crafty side shine through.

Rose-Gold Wine Bottles

Photography: Libbie Holmes Photography

Don’t be too quick in tossing away your empty bottles of wine. they prove to be one of the simplest but definitely most elegant centerpieces for your reception tables.

Start by cleaning the bottles thoroughly and peeling off the labels. Once they’re clean, spray at leat two or three coatings of metallic paint on each bottle. During your big day, put a flower in it to cast a minimalist, romantic vibe.

Sparkling Baby’s Breath

Two things –  those are what you need to pull this day off. Buy a silver or gold metallic spray paint and a big bundle of baby’s breath. Spray a coat on the little buds to make a huge statement. Place these beauties on a vase so you can display a floral gem that sparkles all throughout the event.

A little Goes a Long Way

Whether your project is big or small, as long as you give it your time and effort, it becomes significant and memorable. The same thought goes when you decide to have do-it-yourself wedding centerpieces. Your guests will marvel at the thought of you working at a personalized decor and at your artsy and crafty side.

Who knows, someone will discover your knack at creating stuff. It can start as a wedding project, and the next thing you know, you’re accepting orders from others already. Don’t be pressired into perfecting every material though; what’s important is you’re having fun while taking care of it.

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Five Ways to Personalize Your Bridal Shower

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Your bridal shower is an opportunity to bring together your closest girlfriends and family members to celebrate before your big day. So, make it count with personalized touches that evoke your sense of style.

These days, brides are getting more and more creative when it comes to decking out their showers in style. Whether you want your bridal shower to feel relaxing and calm, romantic and sweet, or glitzy and a little bit glamorous, here are five ways to personalize your bridal shower.

Come Up Withe the Perfect Theme

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Personalizing your bridal shower will come naturally when you decide how you want your bridal shower to feel. The details about the best venue, decor, food, and so on, will all fall into place. Do you want to inject a sense of whimsy in your shower with a  tropical themes bash or a nautically inspired party? Or are you more of a traditionalist, who appreciates an intimate, polished brunch gathering at your local country club?

To make your shower feel like “you”, create an experience for your guests that is influenced by your personality and your style. If you love boho chic style, a bridal shower with 70s-inspired decor and a morse rustic setting could be a great fit, while classic fashionistas will go crazy over the refined elegance of this Chanel-themed bridal shower. Here’s a great guide to some fun hem options- choose one you love, or mix and match elements of each to create the bridal shower of your dreams. And remember, this party is all about you, so don’t forget to have fun while you plan!

Personalize your Decor

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Chalkboards are a great option for bridal shower decor because you can use them in a variety of ways and they are easy to decorate with a custom message. Whether you want to let guests know about the food and drink menu, offer a countdown to the big day, share a bridal shower hashtag, or write a fun welcome message for their arrival, chalkboards are a fun and flexible decor item that will help your shower feel more personal.

And no matter what your theme is, fresh flowers or succulents will help make any venue feel gorgeous and celebratory. But save your big flower budget for your wedding day and opt to make your own flower crowns, bouquets, and arrangements with store-bought flowers. Here’s a handy guide for making perfect, professional-level arrangements on your own.

Customize Your Invitations,Place Cards, and Your Menus

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There are so many online resources that make it easy and inexpensice to order or print your own custom paper products for invitations, menus, and more. Once you’ve decided on your theme and bridal shower locale, you’ll have a better sense of how to best customise your invitations and any other details you want to make for your shower. We love this guide for printable bridal shower invites that you can DIY ( check out that super cute Hawaiian themed invitation! ) Making your own place cards will also add a personalized touch to your shower and will make your table settings pop. Here’s a great resource for DIY place setting ideas that range from cheerful to rustic to sophisticated.

Offer a Custom Cocktail

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A custom cocktail is a sweet way to welcome your guests to your shower and help them get settled in. Depending on the time of year for your shower you can create a chilled option ( check out these fun punches, sangrias, and slushes), or do a cozy, comforting cocktail, like one of these amazing spiked hot chocolate variations, for  warming drink during the winter months. There are also so many delicious non-alcoholic options for those who don’t drink – here are some tasty mocktail ideas to get you started!

Send Guests Home with Amazing Favors

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Make sure that your guests can take a little bit of the party home with them with customized bridal shower favors. But don’t worry, favors don’t have to be extravagant or complicated. Like with any party, food favors are always a fun way to go: we love the idea of sending your guests off with something sweet like personalized M&Ms with your name on them, a petite box of champagne truffles, or a package of cute custom cookies. Another fun option is personalized wine glasses, so they can continue to toast o your special day in style. You could even round things out by giving your ladies a split of prosecco with their wine glass. Remember, the best bridal showers are the ones where you and your guests are able to have fun and enjoy one another’s company.  Your bridal shower doesn’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to do anything by the book. And as the date of your shower approaches, just remember to savor this amazing day with the women you love and bask in this amazing moment when they all have come together to support you as you get ready to embark on this new phase of your life.

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Katie McDaniel, freelance writer and editor, enjoys and loves writing about party planning, weddings, and other decorating trends.


Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day

Weddings are really very stressful. There are a lot of things which needs to be done and should be accomplished a month before the wedding. And well, aside from the stress brought by the things which needs to be done, preparing for your wedding day is of course expensive. Of course, we all aim and wish to save money without compromising the beauty of our big day. Here are 26 tips on how you can cut down your expenses but still have the kind of wedding that you expect and imagine.


1.Cut down your guest list. This will slash your catering costs and save on invitations and even the number of centerpieces.
2. Think off-peak season and save thousands.
3. Hold your ceremony and reception in one spot. It will cut the travel time for the vendors you pay by hour.
4. Skip the Saturday Wedding.
5. Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths.
6. Use more greenery than flowers.
7. Swap out costly flowers- did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?
8. Stick to one or two kinds of flowers.
9. Buy flowers that are in season.
10. Include nonfloral pieces, like seashells or fruit.
Food & Drink:
11. Skip the main course- just have passed hors d’oeuvres or stations.
12. Offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
13. Skip the champagne toast.
14. Order a small one-or two-tier cake and then supplement it with a larger sheet cake (hidden in the kitchen).
15. Keep the add-ons simple.
16. Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.
17. Skip exotic fillings like guava and mango.
Stationary & Favors:
18. Get single-page invites to save on postage.
19. Give out one favor per couple.
20. Make your cake the favors.
21. Have favors double as escort cards.
22. Email your save-the-dates.
23. Make your own menu cards, escort cards and wedding favor packaging.
Photo, Video & Music:
24. Have a photographer you love but can’t afford the prices? Ask them if they have an associate shooter who will do your wedding for less.
25. Opt for smaller band
26. Hire a band or DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.
Cutting down your budget doesn’t mean that you need to compromise the the quality and beauty of your big day.  Enjoy your wedding without spending too much.

7 Tips to Choose the Perfect Wedding Flowers

There are many phases of wedding planning, from picking out the dress to taste testing different cakes. One detail, though, ties together the colors of the wedding and the meaning of the day: the flowers. And there is something fun about choosing the perfect flowers for the wedding.

Finding the perfect flowers to craft the most beautiful and meaningful bouquet really is an art form. The best florists know how to design those bursting blossoms to create amazing scented sculptures. But flowers go beyond color and fragrance. Yes, of course you want to choose a bouquet that will look wonderful against the bridesmaids’ dresses, but you also want to create a meaningful arrangement.

The art of the bouquet and flower selection relies on understanding the meaning behind the blooms. Every petal plays into the symbolism of your bridal bouquet…and the bouquets of your bridesmaids. Looking to craft a symbolically stunning wedding bouquet, use these flowers as a bit of inspiration.

Know your roses!

Not all roses are created the same. All rose colors hold a different meaning. Yes, red is symbolic of love and passion. But, according to Good Housekeeping’s “The Meaning of Every Rose Color,” Yellow roses signify being unfaithful, light pink roses mean “grace” and purple roses are enchanting.

Opt for simplicity.

Sweet and simple is sometimes the most beautiful. Simple flowers include the daisy and other wildflowers. These are the flowers you grew up seeing in fields. Daisies give a whimsical vibe to a bouquet. They can take you back to the swinging sixties when flower power ruled. But, mostly, they remind us of country fields and sweet happy memories. Daisies are the perfect flower for a spring and summer bouquet.

Choose happy blooms and fragrant scents!

Your flower choices should make you smile. Maybe happiness to you means hydrangea, carnations or mums. If you want a flower that is the symbol of sunshine and happiness, look no further than the sunflower. Happy and cheery and representative of the sun itself, sunflowers are the state flower of Kansas and boast bright bursting rays of petals. When choosing bold sunnies for your bouquet, opt for simple accents of greenery or small springs of Queen Anne’s Lace. Let the bold sunflowers stand mighty. Use smaller sunflowers for boutonnières.

Some couples choose flowers based on their fragrances. Many flowers are often used as the base for essential oils, and you may love the smell or the benefits of certain oils. For your bouquet, grab the petals that inspire them! Some people believe that the scent of lavender oil may help bring a sense of calm; you may opt to integrate sprigs of lavender for this reason. Whether it does or doesn’t help calm your nerves, lavender still smells amazing!

Represent your ancestry.

Some brides love to integrate their heritage into their bouquet. If your family hails from Netherlands, integrate pops of color with tulips. Choose Edelweiss as a nod to Austria or sweet cherry blossom sprigs whose beauty is indicative of Japan. For couples hosting their nuptials abroad, research flowers that are native to the area and integrate them into your bouquet.

Silk is a forever option.

While many brides choose real flowers for bouquets, silk flowers are a beautiful—and nearly forever—alternative. While real flowers may be difficult to preserve for a keepsake, silk flowers will likely last a lifetime—as long as you clean them properly. Silk flowers also are lighter in weight than their real counterparts. If you choose high-quality silk flowers, most guests won’t even be able to tell that they aren’t the real thing!

Feathers, paper and tulle can create amazing bouquets.

Some brides opt to not even carry flowers. You can choose alternatives to the traditional bridal bouquet. Carry bold arrangements of feathers, puffs of tulle or even a bouquet of paper flowers (a very now trend!).

Choose an edible bouquet.

Feeling really nonconformist? Carry an edible bouquet. Cookies wrapped in colored cellophane or maybe an arrangement of candy bars…the choices can be as bold and crazy as you like! You may even opt to carry a bouquet of lollipops!

No matter what flowers you choose for your bouquet, design an arrangement that is symbolic to you. This could mean integrating meaningful colors, regional flowers, blooms that are native to your ancestry or your bouquet could feature no flowers at all! Your personality and style define your look for your wedding day…and that personal inspiration even plays a part in the bouquet in your hands. Whatever bouquet you design, just make sure to remember to have a back-up for tossing!

DIY: Floral Crowns

I am obsessed with floral crowns and even more obsessed to see how with a little bit of work and time I was able to create my very own DIY floral crowns.



  • Greenery cut 2-3 inches long
  • Flowers cut 2-3 inches long
  • Floral Tape
  • Floral Wire
  • Wire Cutters


  • 30- 45 Minutes


  • This was one of the more difficult DIY’s I have attempted. Don’t let it discourage you from trying it out though. Make a few as practice before you need the final product.

Take the wire and measure a circle around your head to see how big to make the crown. Leave just a bit extra so you can tie it off and trim the wire to size.

Wrap the wire with floral tape. This was surprisingly tougher than it sounds. The floral tape will not stick to the wire, but rather stick to itself.

Start by covering the crown with your greenery by attaching the end of the greens to the wire with floral tape. Wrap each piece of greenery you attach to the wire with 3-4 times around with floral tape.

If there are any pieces that are sticking up, use a small amount of floral tape to attach the pieces in other places to the wire.

Once your greens are down you can start adding the flowers. Using the same technique to attach the flowers to wire that we did in the winter boutonniere (you can click here to check it out). Wrap the wire around the crown base, and cover with floral tape.

Once you are happy with your crown twist the ends together to complete the circle!

Place upon your head, and you’re finished!

*When placing the flowers and greenery, I tried to make things as symmetrical as possible. Pick a spot to be the center of your crown, and work back and fourth to keep the piece looking balanced. Also, the thicker the floral wire the more sturdy your crown will be.

We want to see your floral crowns! Post your photos to our Facebook wall or tag @DIYBrideBlog on Instagram.



DIY: Spring Floral Centerpieces

With spring hopefully right around the corner, I wanted to share a few ways to incorporate color into your centerpieces. Don’t assume that flowers are the only way to add a pop of color into your decor. You can browse below to see unique ways to have your centerpieces pop amongst a bouquet of white flowers.

Why not use food coloring to add a splash of color to your water in your floral arrangements?! This is a simple yet bold way to add a pop to your event space.

Explore your local produce section to find bright colors to enhance your tablescape. I chose lemons to fill these tall vases however limes, oranges, or apples would be beautiful as well.

Fresh fruit is not the only think you can find in the grocery store to make a beautiful centerpiece. Try some dried beans or lentils for color and texture. I used two bags of dried split peas.

Inspiration for centerpieces can be found all around you just need to look for them.

Did you use white flowers for your spring floral centerpieces? We would love to see what you made. Tag us on Instagram @DIYBrideBlog or shoot us an email to



DIY: Ombre Terracotta Pots

With a few simple supplies you can turn your ordinary terracotta pots into beautiful planters. Look how we transformed these ordinary pots into ombre terracotta pots!

  • White Spray Paint
  • Terracotta Pots
  • Tumble Dye
  • Bowl With Water


  • 5 Minutes


This DIY is very simple, but makes a big impact.


The spray paint can make it difficult for the dye to adhere to the pots, so if at first you do not get the desired color try adding more dye to your water!

Tag us on Instagram using @DIYBride or email us at to share your dyed terracotta pots!



DIY: Winter Boutonniere

Making your own boutonnieres are not only a great way to save money, but also an easy way to incorporate personal touches into your wedding day. Read below for these simple instructions on how to create your own DIY boutonniere.


  • Flowers
  • Cotton Ball
  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape


  • 15 Minutes


  • Level 2 on the difficulty scale.

To make our DIY winter boutonniere, we selected a mini poinsettia, some berries, and greenery. Trim off the bottoms of your stems making each item about 2 inches long. Cut your flowers at an angle, with a knife not scissors, and place in warm water with some sugar for 30 minutes to help them last longer.

Use the floral wire to puncture the stem of the flower and thread through. Wrap the wire around 3-4 times to keep in place. You will also want to leave excess of the wire to create a thin stem to the boutonniere.

Dip the cotton ball in water and put it at the base of your flowers to give them water.

Wrap the wire in floral tape to keep in place.

Repeat the process for each piece that you are adding into the boutonniere. Arrange the boutonniere and wrap the entire stem with floral tape.To finish you can either leave the floral tape exposed or wrap with a ribbon or twine.

Did you make your own boutonnieres? Maybe you used something other than flowers! We would love to see your work. Share your photos on Instagram @DIYBrideBlog or email us at

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