Wearable floral art brings a personal touch to Spring weddings
These days, it seems that increasing numbers of brides are seeking more for their money. They want you to work magic to pull off their dream wedding for a fraction of the normal cost. Most brides in my area are reusing ceremony flowers at the reception, including using the bridesmaid’s bouquets as table centerpieces!
So how do we get that money back? Wearable floral art is a key component to that strategy. Rings, necklaces, bracelets and wristlets can all be sold as part of your wedding package. Making a piece of wearable floral art adds a personal touch, and it can become a staple in your wedding business. Each piece is custom made by you, the artist, and can be created to reflect the personality of the bridal couple.
Floral embellishments can be woven into a pre-existing form such as a bracelet, comb, or headband, which can also be worn again at other occasions. Additionally, the wire bases for your jewelry pieces can also be reused, which is a great selling point for your customers as they will be able to reuse their wearable floral art again for other occasions. This will also keep them coming back to you, so that you can continue to add floral accents to the permanent jewelry base. Just make sure you don’t completely cover the framework when adding floral accents!
Start with different wire bases such as those shown here, and use your imagination to create many varied bridal floral art pieces.
The purple phalaenopsis orchid is the focal point of this floral ring, wristlet and boutonniere with wax flowers and seeded eucalyptus making and elegant statement. Remember…there are no perfect flowers, but one of the great things about being an artist is that you can deconstruct any of your imperfect flowers and create something unique and beautiful in your pieces. For instance, the bout featured in this set contains two petals and the throat of a phalaenopsis orchid, which had arrived damaged. I used a base of Oasis swirls and bouillon tangles to create this piece.
This beautiful silver necklace was made by adding a broach to swirls of aluminum wire. Floral accents were then added to it. Green trick dianthus, lisianthus buds, white stock, white spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and succulent pieces make this a classic accessory. Be sure to cover the back of the necklace with leaves or ribbon to cover all the mechanics.
With careful attachment, the succulents on this piece can be removed and planted after the event, which is a great selling point!
This piece was made using real bark foraged from my backyard. The intricacies in the bark help assure the uniqueness of the finished product. Amaranthus, hypericum berries and equisetum embellish the design.
And don’t forget, floral crowns are still a big hit. The crowns pictured were made for a bride and her two bridesmaids to wear at the reception. This is another great way to up sell your weddings!