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Floral Arranging with Wildflowers

Using wildflowers as wedding florals

When my dear little cousin got married last year, she did a DIY farm wedding. Her florals were almost all made of wildflowers picked from the property. It was genius, and it looked so good! She saved $$$, and it fit the style of the wedding exactly. Here’s a photo recap of the wildflower wedding floral arrangements, taken by me and first published in Midwest Living.

How to make your own rustic chic wildflower wedding bouquets

Think about storage and how to keep the flowers fresh! The day before the wedding, a group of friends and family scoured the farm for the best wild blooms. After putting the cuttings in big 5-gallon buckets of water, we made bouquets and then stored them in a walk in refrigerator in the barn. Here’s what it looked like behind the scenes.

Rules of floral design

If you’re doing a DIY floral arrangement, don’t forget this rule of flower design. No matter which type of flowers you’re choosing, use a big, unique bloom as a thriller, one to create mass as a filler, and a drapey one to hang down as a spiller. Getting the style right for wildflower weddings is pretty easy if you keep this in mind.

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Mix it up

In addition to farm wildflowers, the bride bought roses, lavender, eucalyptus and baby’s breath to mix into the decor. Putting them into re-used glass containers of various sizes added depth and variety to each table. This approach was thrifty and Eco-friendly but so rustic and beautiful!
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Here you can see the simplicity of the idea behind the floral arrangements. The wildflowers are a seamless complement to the lavender and baby’s breath, don’t you think?

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Wildflowers in floral arrangements are perfect for outdoor events. How flawless does this look on the outdoor bar?

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Do it yourself floral design

This event totally changed any preconceived ideas I had about do-it-yourself flowers and wildflowers for weddings. It just looked good, and that’s all there is to it! Here’s the bride’s professional bouquet along with the bridesmaids’ wildflower bouquets.

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Get a peek at the organic farm where the wedding was held, Trillium Wood Farm.

Two Grand Openings

The Twin Cities event scene welcomed two new wedding services providers last week.  Machine Shop wedding and event venue in Minneapolis and Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe in Hopkins are now open, and here’s a peek from when I attended the grand openings.

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Machine Shop

Minneapolis has a new wedding and event venue in the sought-after St. Anthony Main area near the Mississippi River. I got an up-close look at the venue in action when I worked as a host at the grand opening. Originally the Pillsbury machine shop, it’s been carefully renovated. The spacious main hall has an open floor plan, perimeter balcony and plentiful windows that provide beautiful natural light. The industrial yet elegant style of the historic venue is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a modern Minneapolis event space just across the river from downtown. The venue is off to a good start. The first Machine Shop wedding was held this weekend and many more are booked through 2016.

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Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe

Downtown Hopkins continues to get cuter with the arrival of a Pinterest-worthy cupcake shop. Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe will continue to cater for Twin Cities weddings and parties as it has since 2014, but now it is also a sweet shop destination. Tiny aspiring pastry chefs love the play kitchen! The shop sells coffee drinks, cupcakes and macarons. I’d like to tell you how the cupcakes are but they were out of gluten free flavors when I arrived, which shows how great the demand is! I was able to enjoy treats from other sweets providers who helped Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe celebrate, Sweet Birdie Cotton Candy (the sister company of White Peacock Events, known for frilloons) and North Mallow & Co.

If you’ve checked out a cool new place lately, let me know!

Event Space Re-Opens in Minneapolis

FIVE Event CenterIt’s exciting when the city adds a new event venue. FIVE Event Center isn’t new, exactly, but it is completely remodeled as of January 2016 and now open for weddings and events. The uptown Minneapolis event center hosted my junior year sorority spring formal, so I was excited to see what changes had been made since. The following post is also found on Minneapolis Happening.

FIVE Event Center Re-Opening

FIVE Event Center

FIVE Event Center’s name hails from the building itself, built in the late 1800s as the home of Minneapolis’ fifth police precinct. The venue first opened a decade ago as a restaurant, then re-branded as an event space. Since coming under new ownership in 2015, FIVE Event Center is now a fully remodeled and expanded venue.

The event space’s renovations are projected to better serve the needs of its clientele searching for a modern, chic event space. Kelsey Knudson, the venue’s event coordinator, is most excited about the expanded capacity for 225 guests and the new neutral color palette that will allow clients to bring their own aesthetic vision to life at FIVE.

FIVE Event Center Renovations

The lower level features a bar area, coat room and bathrooms. A curving stone staircase carries guest up to the modern and spacious upper floor. The fixtures have been updated to include both modern globe lighting and more traditional, elegant chandeliers. An open floor plan replaces its former booth-style seating, with plenty of room to accommodate a dance floor and a second bar.

Add some shine to your event with gold sequin tablecloths like this event at FIVE Event Center

FIVE Event Center Open House

Knudson says there is some booking availability left in 2016.

Interested in taking a peek at FIVE’s new look yourself? An open house happens March 24.

DIY Wedding Favors for Every Bride

The Pink Paperdoll welcomes Sarah Landrum as a guest poster this week. She tells us her best DIY wedding favors ideas for every wedding style, including Vintage, Rustic Country Chic, Romantic, Beach, or Quirky.

DIY Wedding Favors Ideas

Planning your dream wedding can become expensive quickly. You want every detail to be perfect, even down to the favors. Equally as important, you’ll want to find items that your guests would actually like to have, but still match the theme of your wedding. While little bottles of bubbles might be traditional, they’re not exactly something your guests will hold onto after you’ve said your goodbyes for the night.

Instead of spending a fortune on run-of-the-mill gifts for your guests, use a little elbow grease to make these unique DIY favors specific to your theme.


Vintage tea cup candles: If you’re looking for a touch of vintage flair, transform delicate teacups into candles with wax and a wick. Add a touch of lavender essential oil to add to the throwback feel.

Country Chic/Rustic

Succulents: These little plants are fairly hardy against even the blackest thumb. Put a few different varieties in small little pots that will allow for easy transport. Include a cute tag with a quote about watching your love grow and your guests will enjoy the romance of it all.

 Succulent Favors

Sweet Spreads: Spread the love with a homemade jam or honey jar. Dress it up with a vintage sign, or customize to make it fit any wedding theme.

Mason jar treats: Mason jars are the epitome of country chic and are essentially required for any country theme. You can use a traditional Mason jar or select a jar with a snap lid depending on what you choose to put in the containers. Some favorites include mini pies, a tasty drink or homemade jam.


Pumpkins: If you’re planning a fall wedding, grow your own tiny pumpkins. The harvest will be abundant and will go a long way in making you feel like Cinderella. Hopefully they’ll also inspire your guests to make it safely home by midnight!

Book of Poems: Exchanging love poems with a special someone is reminiscent of a time gone by. Create your own book of poems that represent you and your new husband with craft paper. The key is to bind the book with a few carefully placed stitches.

Macarons: These sweet treats are synonymous with the romance of Paris and are sure to elicit daydreams of meeting a lover by the Eiffel tower. If you decide to make these cookies yourself, make sure to do a few practice runs because the delicate balance of egg whites and almond flower can take several tries to perfect.

DIY wedding favors ideas


Paper fan: Sitting out in the heat to watch your beautiful ceremony might leave your guests a bit sweaty and ripe. Help them stay cool with a handmade paper fan. You can choose anywhere from a flat card with a handle to the traditional folded variety. You can also buy a DIY kit for customizable fans for a pretty great price.

Fan wedding favor-this would be PERFECT for outdoor summer weddingsFound on The Knot Wedding Shop

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Sea shell candles: Everyone hopes to come home from the beach with a seashell. Make the search easier by providing your own. Better yet, put melted wax and wick into your shell to make a charming candle for your guest to burn later. (If you’re short on time or shells, these little favors are only $3.50 at Amazon.)


Popcorn: Build upon your fun-loving atmosphere with this favorite movie theater or carnival treat. Select a bag that coordinates with your theme or pick the traditional red and white box. You can even set up a station with popcorn options for your guests to create their own poppin’ favor.

Popcorn for weddingsCoasters: When you’re a bride who likes to think outside the box, choosing the right favor can be slightly challenging. Transform your Instagram photos or favorite quotes into coasters for your guests. Think of them as picture frames, only with a more practical use. As an added bonus, you might boost your Instagram following as a result.

Donations: In lieu of favors, make a charitable donation. You can DIY a donation board where guests can choose which charity they’d like to give to.

With these tips, you’ll be able to not only stay within your budget and theme, but also provide your guests with a memento they’ll treasure after you’ve left for your honeymoon.

Sarah LandrumSarah Landrum is a freelance writer, career and lifestyle blogger, and founder of Punched Clocks, sharing advice on having a happy and successful career. Follow Sarah on Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest and subscribe to her blog for more great advice.

Wedding Dress Trends 2016

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Trend forecasting: wedding dress edition! Fashion plus weddings…I am so excited for today’s post. 2016 will bring new trends on the aisle as well as the runway. Are you ready? Read on for some upcoming trends. See something you like? All pictures are links. Don’t forget to tell us what you think of these styles!

1. 3-D Embellishments

3-D flowersOrganza flowers and other 3-dimensional embellishments are adding depth to 2016’s wedding dresses.

2. V-necklines

plunging v-neck hot wedding dress trend 2016We’ll be seeing lots of v-necklines, especially plunging v-necklines. The lace straps are also frequently seen and a move away from the ever-popular strapless styles.

3. Lacey layers and overlays

Lovely lace wedding dressVictorian lace has been front and center lately. You may have seen this type of lace on every day fashion styles this year. Now, wedding dresses are getting adorned with it too. It looks like someone sewed your grandmother’s doilies onto a dress–but you know, in a good way. Note that this dress is an example of another wedding dress 2016 trend: a nectarean silhouette, with a bodice that comes down over the hips.

4. Flowing Bohemian

Boho wedding dress styleThis is one trend taken right from current street fashion. Drapey, off-the-shoulder lace gives a casual vibe for this wedding dress trends 2016 look. Pair it with a bohemian-inspired hair accessory and it’s right for a trendy, outdoors wedding.

5. Stylish sleeves

wedding dress trends 2016Ever since Kate Middleton graced us with her lace sleeve wedding dress, designers have been incorporating sleeves into each new season’s wedding dresses. This year, it’s all about sleeves of any length. From barely-there cap sleeves to Kate’s full sleeves, shoulders are looking a little more covered in 2016.

All photographs used with permission from Aisle Style. Many thanks to  Aisle Style for sponsoring today’s post. Which of the wedding dress trends 2016 do you love?

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