10 lovely flower girl ideas

Lovely flower girl ideas are hard to come by unless you have major floral design chops or have (wisely) tapped a wedding designer to dream them up on your behalf- and is there anything sweeter than a bevy of little beauties traipsing down the aisle before a bride’s processional?

Here are a few top tips + to dos for your flower girl brigade:

1. Invite them in an engaging and child-centric way.

• Pen a beautiful letter with little drawings and doodles, or even a little poem. Snag a lovely letterpress card from Chatham and Caron or Laura Hooper Calligraphy for an extra keepsake-worthy touch.

• Tap a florist to craft a tiny posy or gorgeous floral crown to send them to get them excited about their role. Lily at Flower Shop at Mixson is the queen of gorgeous flower crowns. Make your own crown if you’re feeling super crafty.

• Drop a precious box of hand-drawn “will you be my flower girl” cookies in the mail with a dear little note inviting them to be a part of your big day.

2. Help their mama(s) with suggestions on attire.

• Don’t assume it’s an easy hunt- it’s not! Dressing flower girls in finery is an art unless you choose the mainstream route like J. Crew. Think about how you want them to blend cohesively with your wedding party attire, and do a little digging. Our favorite spots for antique lace gowns + fine Southern children’s attire are Lylian, Beth Garrett, and Children’s Cottage.

• Remember that children between the ages of 2 and 8 grow like weeds. If your engagement is longer than 9 months, you’ll need to consider what will fit + look appropriate for the big day, as opposed to looking at the children now and forgetting they’ll sprout!

3. Flower girls love being with the “big girls”, so plan accordingly. 

• Have easy crafts like coloring books + colored pencils, puzzles, and snacks on hand to keep them entertained while they get dressed with your ‘maids.

• It’s customary to give them a little gift, much like you do with your bridesmaids. Whether it’s a traditional cross pin, a beautiful little James Avery necklace, or an antique gold baby bracelet they’ll treasure forever, shop ahead of time + box it beautifully to make them feel included and loved. Of course you can’t go wrong with an engraved sterling cup from Baby Braithwaite!

4. Last but not least, plan for their little blooms. 

• Will they carry a kissing ball or a posy? Should they toss petals from little baskets or have their hands free?

• Will they wear a floral wreath, a flower behind their ear, a flower-bedecked-headband, or fabulous silk bows in lieu?

Below, we’ve rounded up some precious flower girl ideas for you to steal . . .

monogrammed dresses for flower girls

You know we Southerners will stick a monogram on anything that sits still long enough. These precious flower girl dresses are taken up a notch with personalization- how adorable are they? via Southern Weddings

flower girl ideas

We love us a garland, and flower girl garlands are no exception! The baby’s breath kissing ball nails it, too- you can’t go wrong with a sweet little baby’s breath moment. via Southern Weddings

ribbon flower wands for flower girls

I’m not really down for a whole host of guest waving ribbon wedding wands, as I think the reality is drunken dudes would give us the stinkeye if we forced those into their last-drink-laden hands at the end of the night. BUT, I’m loving them for flower girls, especially the flower-strung ribbon wands via Martha Stewart Weddings (L) and Elizabeth Anne Designs/Amy Osaba (R).

balloons for flower girlsIf you’re an MOB, you’re already with me. If you’re a blushing bride, you may not know this yet- children love balloons. Big time- like, it’s an obsession. Helium, no helium, it doesn’t matter- they get a kick either way. The best for this concept are from Geronimo, which incidentally is a totally rad name for a company.

flower girl posy and flower girl baskets

Come on, you knew I’d tee up some classics- I’m a traditionalist to a fault. At our bride Hollis’s wedding shot by Tec Petaja, Blossoms served up delicate little blooms in our MOB’s sterling baskets- it doesn’t get much more Southern than that. Just below is a snap of the perfect lily-of-the-valley posy (aka posie/posey/nosegay) for a little gal to carry, via Christina McNeill of Snippet & Ink.

parasols and pinafores

DIY posy parasols and lace pinafores for gathering + tossing petals? Leave it to Martha for lovely flower girl ideas.

floral crowns and flower girl headpieces

Last but not least- hair adornment! A sprig in a ponytail, a gardenia behind the ear, greenery-only wreaths, and slight color via astilbe + fresh heather are a no fail flower girl concept. (clockwise: Southern Weddings, Christina McNeill of Snippet & Ink, Ruffled, Ruffled.)

What are you doing to delight + bedeck the littlest members of your wedding party? Let us know your flower girl ideas!


12 hand-painted wedding cakes

Hand-painted wedding cakes are popping up all over and we just can’t get enough- count us in on that bandwagon! Many take on a stained glass effect, others a spackled impressionist vibe, and still others seem to be wrapped in a veneer of wallpaper or fabric. I’m not saying that gum paste lace overlays on cakes are out, mind you- but it’s so refreshing to see an innovative and painterly take on wedding cakes.

Hand-painting cakes seems to be an art within an already refined and unbelievable art form, whether bakers are using fondant or buttercream, bold color or just the brush of gold leaf. I think fondant works the best visually for a really sleek foundation or canvas, if you will. Take a piece of Anna Weatherly china, a snippet of Scalamandré fabric, or even your favorite Klimt or Monet and show it to your cake baker for inspiration- the possibilities are endless.

hand painted aztec cake

Talk about de rigeur- this Aztec-ish gold brushed cake is Art Decor + also very now. Gateaux Inc via The Cake Blog.

hand-painted strawberry wedding cakeI have a thang for strawberries and berries in design for general.This whimsical Nadia & Co painted cake totally nails it with the mini portraiture of itself, the Marie-Antoinette-picnic-ishness of it all. via 100 Layer Cake

delft chinoiserie hand-painted wedding cake

This Hey There Cupcake lasercut-and-hand-painted cake just kills me. Forget that it’s perfectly styled against the loveliest paper- that doesn’t hurt.

hand-painted flower wedding cake

This architectural cake is over-the-top gorgeous with its hand-painted flowers and textural sugar flowers. I wish they didn’t have the hideous glassine board (pet peeve!!) but beggars can’t be choosers. I love that the bottom two bases have a deeper background tone than the rest, lending it an extra garden-inspired effect. via WedLuxe

malachite hand-painted wedding cake

I think I fell outta my chair over this one from Ruze Cake House . . . malachite-meets-marble with copper leaf edging? Yes please- any day.

impressionist hand-painted wedding cake

Well when does Maggie Austin Cakes ever miss? Her crêpe-layered be-ruffled cakes have spawned thousands of memes, so it’ll be fun to watch cake artists everywhere try their hand at this wizardry.

painted flower wedding cake

This little beauty from Aussies Cake Ink is the perfect painted cake for an intimate wedding cake, and the sugar flower work is insane. via Polka Dot Bride

painterly hand-painted wedding cake

I think I’ve had this The Cake Blog cake on my radar for forever. Love me a stripe, and the watercolor paint washed base is just too beautiful to eat. via Intimate Weddings

watercolor floral painted cake

Coco Paloma deploys a soft + feminine watercolor floral painted effect on this sweet cake. via The Cake Blog

cocoa lane love painted cake

Cocoa Lane Sweeterie layered hand-spackled texture with a perfect matte fondant middle tier for their lovely gold leaf “Love” lettering and painted blooms. via The Cake Blog

gold brushed painted cake

Back-brushing gold leaf bands takes this painted Baked wedding cake from simple to striking. via Style Unveiled

hand-painted floral wedding cake

Nevie-Pie Cakes nearly steals the show with this hand-painted + sugar flower cake. via Brides

What do you think- too “out there”? Too au courant but meant to fade? I think if it’s inspired by your grandmother’s heirloom Limoges teacup, you’ll till be proud you went this route in 30 years.




Beautiful calligraphy spotlight : paperglaze

We’re suckers for beautiful calligraphy, but who isn’t? It’s rare that we have a client who doesn’t join forces with us and already have a paperlust that can’t be quenched. Takes one to know one. Paperglaze is just one of the latest lovely hand-letterers we’ve discovered, and she’s so fun to follow on Instagram.

Lest you didn’t know, calligraphy is far harder and more nuanced than it seems. These artists work like architects at a slanted desk space, painstakingly bent over their paperie for hours on end. They’re not curled up on the couch churning them out on some flat-surfaced lap desk, my friends. To boot, fine art calligraphers are mixing and melding their own whimsical paint colors to achieve those perfectly opaque, mercurially beautiful colors you see deployed throughout lovely wedding stationery suites all over the world. It is an ancient art that (thankfully) still thrives today. Remember too that the world is flat- if you fall in love with a West Coast calligrapher and happen to live in central Maine, it has no bearing on your selection for your wedding stationery calligraphy- you can easily tap your favorite calligrapher and use trusty Fed Ex to ship back and forth as need be . . . . so follow your instincts and book whom you love!

Linger over these phenomenal hand calligraphy bits below, and check out the Written Word as well if you missed our exposé on her art!

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Copper wedding details : cuckoo for copper

Copper wedding details are *so* on point for 2015/2016, but never you fear- they are timeless too. Think of all the fabby French kitchens just filled to the brim with gleaming copper pans, knobs, fobs, and the like. My childhood home was filled with hammered, burnished, gleaming, and muddied copper details throughout Mom’s cookware and tableware, and who doesn’t love a solid copper Moscow mule mug? One of our favorite copper weddings (with seafoam accents- yummmm) was featured in UnVeiled, and I still think back fondly on the hammered copper bar fronts, patinated copper bourbon bar, copper place card name placards, and more. Below, we rounded up the latest little copper details + nuances you can deploy to add a tasteful metallic moment into your big day.

copper wedding stationery

Expert tip: style your stationery suite on a gorgeous mottled copper tray. via 100 Layer Cake

calligraphy copper name cards

This is a little snap of a much larger vertical custom escort card board we designed and had produced by our floral team, Blossoms. Elizabeth Porcher Jones produced the calligraphy, and we had Blossoms hand-cut and patinated each copper card, then nail them into the board with tiny copper carpet tacks. Voilà!

copper containers for wedding flowers

Loving this copper container for soft blush blooms and the massed baby’s breath in a hammered gardening container totally works as aisle decor. via Fab Mood/Rock My Wedding

copper hair piece

This delicate leafy copper hair piece is so fresh + different from the bedazzled junque we see so often. via This Love of Yours

copper wax seal

Nothing beats a wax seal, and this copper wax seal is no exception. via Sylvie Gil

hammered copper place card names

At our estate table, we ribbon tied handmade hammered patinated copper place card placards to the backs of the chairs. via A Bryan Photo

copper escort cards

This copper escort card display is lovely + different, and we love the use of shutters. via Coco + Kelley

copper striped cake

You know we LOVE a stripe . . . this copper striped cake from Style Me Pretty is spot on.

gorgeous copper containers

Nothing beats a vignette of slightly boho flowers in coordinated copper containers. via Green Wedding Shoes

moscow mule mugs


And just to whet your palate- you can’t beat an engraved copper moscow mule mug replete with icy gingery cocktail this summer. via Brit.co