How to mix paper flowers with real flowers for the most beautiful bouquet
At first glance at this bouquet, what do you see? Gorgeous blooms, right? There’s something extra special about this one though—it’s got paper flowers, too!!! Yep. Planner Elegant Affairs, along with floral designers and paper flower artists Pink & Posey, Smashing Petals, & Flirty Fleurs are here to show us how to mix paper flowers and fresh flowers for the perfect bridal bouquet. Not only do we so so love that you can preserve paper flowers for years to come, it’s the perfect way to get that Pinterest-inspired wedding bouquet even if some of your fave blooms are out of season or too difficult to find in your area. Thanks to Kelly Lemon Photography for the images below!
PS: If you’d like to try this look out yourself, be sure to download the paper flower tutorial to learn how to make a paper dahlia, at the end of the post.
Their first tip? If you want to incorporate paper flowers, be sure to let your floral designer know right away! Alicia of Flirty Fleurs says, In the height of wedding season, floral designers often place their flower orders well in advance and by having the paper blooms in their hands, no less than 30 days before the wedding date, you will give your floral designer ample time to create the perfect bouquet for you and your wedding.
And you know all our wedding inspiration *must* include a few fashion ideas, too. Gregory + Jade’s modern wedding looks.
We knew that the key to a successful collaboration of our paper and fresh floral bouquets would be the color palette. These color choices inspired the creation of paper flowers by Pink & Posey as well as the vision of the overall floral composition. The day before the event, we met at the flower market with paper flowers in hand. We chose fresh flowers to complement the paper flowers in shade, tone, and scale. We wanted to create balanced bouquets that highlighted both mediums.
Pretty tablescape, too.
Pro tip: The material matters when it comes to creating faux flowers. The team chose to use paper because they don’t come off as artificial, they stand on their own as works of art. They also blend in really beautifully with the real blooms, and the major bonus is that you can obviously keep them long after the others are gone.
They really do blend in perfectly, no? Paper flowers forever!
Inspired yet? You can download the Pink and Posey Dahlia Tutorial for 100 Layer Cake, if you’d like to try your hand at making your own.
Be sure to tag us on Instagram if you make your own paper flower bouquet, or use these tips to mix fresh and faux in an arrangement. Big thanks to Kelly Lemon Photography and the talented crew below for this floral wedding inspiration today…
PS: Find more paper flower inspiration here.
Photography: Kelly Lemon Photography / Venue: Sole Repair Shop in Seattle / Wedding Planner: Elegant Affairs / Florists: Pink & Posey, Smashing Petals, & Flirty Fleurs / Hair & Makeup: Angie Evans / Cake: Delicately Sweet Confections / Pie: Loko Kitchen / Rentals: American Party Place / Favors: Fran’s Chocolates / Ribbon: Of The Earth / Bridal Stylist: Lindsay Kenna / Look 1: Dress by Leanne Marshall from Lovely Bride & Earrings from La Belle Elaine’s / Look 2: Dress by Olvi’s from La Belle Elaine’s & Earrings from Haute Bride / Models: Gregory & Jade