These last several months I have had the privilege to be very involved with the planning and preparing for my little brother's wedding. My little brother is five years younger than me and I love him very much so when he and his bride to be asked for my help I was delighted. Little did I know at that time that my skills and abilities would be challenged so much. I tend to be a perfectionist and want the things I make to be the very best they can be, especially when it's going to be in something as big a wedding.
My soon to be sister in-law and I went on a hunt for the best way to get the best deal, save the most money, and still have the perfect wedding. We with my brother and her sister made the wedding invitations which took much longer than we expected but saved a lot of money and they turned out very pretty. Our next hunt turned to flowers which are very expensive. We looked at ordering fresh flowers in bulk but decided to check out using silk flowers which turned out to be a huge savings as long as you shop the sales. We started by just buying flowers for the smallest flower girl's bouquet ball that she'll carry down the isle. I was pretty confident in making that arrangement since it's for my daughter. Then we checked out buying flowers for the bridal party which I was a little hesitant to do because I was concerned about making them just to the brides liking. When we went though we were able to buy all the flowers for the bouquets for about the same price as it would be to have the brides bouquet made by a florist. So I printed the pictures of the design of the bouquets and went to work, which turned out to be a lot of fun creating something so beautiful. I didn't feel like I could make the boutonnieres because I felt like they were much more complicated. However I went to a wedding this weekend which my little brother was in and after looking at his boutonniere I decided that I could do that. I have made the boutonnieres for the ring barer, the groom, and the grooms men. I have yet to make the ones for the fathers, grandpas, and ushers and the corsages for the moms and grandmas. I'll add those pictures to the album when I finish them.
I have learned through this experience and the ones yet to come to have confidence and learn to do new things through trying and reading tutorials.
Thank you to my little brother and soon-to-be-sister-in-law for giving me this opportunity and have faith in me to do a good job.