I mentioned previously about how we made boutonnieres as gifts for our guests. While I was putting together these blog posts I realised how many photographs I took while we made them and thought it might be interesting to show you how they came together.
I knew that some of the guests would want a keepsake from the wedding and unfortunately a floral one wouldn’t be allowed back in Australia. So I had a vision of beautiful boutonnieres made from feathers that to me fitted in with our New Zealand concept. So I found some feathers on Etsy a couple of stores in the US (Bella Regalo and Pocketsaurus), bought some fabric ribbon and buttons from Spotlight and carried it all loose to New Zealand to put together there. To be honest, I didn’t want to go to the effort of making them to have a customs officer tell me I couldn’t enter the country with them, but we had no problems at all.
One afternoon before the wedding, us girls spent some time around the dining table and had a lot of laughs creating the boutonnieres and I was so pleased with what we created. It was a great little DIY project that was incredibly cheap (about $35 in total) and gave our guests something unique to take home.
While I couldn’t find a great tutorial online, we basically used a selection of feathers to create a small bundle making sure we used some tall and some small. Then we used a metallic thread to tie the bundle together and floral tape was woven from the top to the bottom of the stems to create a base for the velvet ribbon which would be the final presentation.
Finally, the loose end of ribbon was sewn to the stem and while they were all unique with a different arrangement, here is the finished product for Grant’s boutonniere. We differentiated those for Grant, our parents and Ben and Phoebe with buttons and the rest were put on display at the ceremony for the guests to help themselves to. Et voilà!