By Janet Weirich
If you are planning an autumn wedding, there are some very lovely choices for wedding flowers for your hair. Autumn colours can be bright and vivid with yellow, orange, and red or then can be soft and subtle with shades of burgundy, deep purple, olive green, and taupe.
Since fabric and feathers can be dyed any colour, you can perfectly match any fabric colour and create any style of flowers for your hair. Look to nature for inspiration when designing flower pieces. Tiny acorns (a symbol of fertility) can be fashioned from polymer clay or fabric and included in the flower design.
Mini crystal buckles can be threaded onto a ribbon and added to the flower. Tiny charms with verses or poems add a meaningful touch. They can be worn as jewellery after the ceremony.
Fabric flowers are an art in themselves. There are inexpensive pieces available at craft stores, but the most beautiful ones are handmade using the finest fabrics. The price will usually reflect the quality, but the craft is an easy one if you would like to make your own.
Rose petals are used to make a pattern for the fabric flowers by carefully removing the petals and tracing them onto the fabric. The beauty of a fabric flower is that is can either look like a fresh flower or it can be a combination of petals any size you would like.
A tea light is an invaluable tool to singe the edges of the fabric. This technique will curl the edges of the fabric, seal it from fraying, and "cup" it into a petal shape. Be careful not to hold it too close and scorch or burn the fabric. With a little practice on a scrap piece, you will be able to create a perfect petal.
It can be any colour or combination of colours you like and it can have any embellishments that have a special meaning.
Texture is an element that makes the flower more interesting and there are many autumn choices that will add texture. Wheat, acorns, pinecones, birch bark, etc. Feathers can be made into a "flower" and stand alone as a hair piece.
By stripping the feather on the ends, they can be easily bunched together and glued or wrapped with thin wire to hold them in place. A broach, beautiful button, or pearl can be used to cover the mechanics.
Fabric flowers are also beautiful additions to dresses, purses, and shoes. Try embellishing the writing pen at the guest registry with feathers or a fabric flower. Mini flowers can be attached to the flower girl basket and they can be made into a lovely corsage for the mother of the bride that will last forever.
The key is to coordinate the textures and colours throughout so that everything blends together in a pleasing way. This is a wonderful time for a wedding, especially if wedding flowers for your hair is part of the plan.
Janet Weirich is an expert on wedding hair flowers. For more information on wedding flowers for your hair visit http://www.weddinghairflowerideas.com/wedding-flowers-for-hair/.