So as it’s wedding season, and I love thinking about my wedding (even though it’s nearly our two year anniversary), I thought I would share how we made our centerpieces, and some other wedding things involving peacock feathers.
8 bottles of wine (about $4 each- we were on a serious budget)
Peacock feathers about 18-24 inches (you’ll want 25-30, or 2-3 for each bottle)
Peacock “swords” (1-2 per bottle)
Size 3 & 1/3” x 4” inch white adhesive labels
Just estimating what I remember, it was around $60 for the centerpiece materials (and I used the feathers for several other projects, as well).
We bought bottles of red wine that were cheap and looked fairly nice: green with a little gold foil at the top. We dumped out all the wine- and used it to make sangria! Waste not and all that.
Then we rinsed and soaked the wine bottles in water to get most of the label off. Meanwhile, I printed up some labels that said our name and the wedding date below that in a fancy script I liked.
Dry the bottles off, slap those labels on to cover up any residue/old label you couldn’t get off, and then put your peacock feathers into the bottles. We used feathers that were 18-24 inches tall (12” ones will generally be too short and fall inside your bottle), and I also had some peacock “sword” feathers that I had left over from boutonnières I made for the groomsmen and groom (coming up next).
1 peacock feather and sword feather each
Straight pins (small, pearl head)
Hot glue gun
Cut your peacock and sword feathers to the size you want. Use a little hot glue on the lower “stem” section to fuse the two feathers together—if you don’t glue it before you start wrapping the ribbon, they have a tendency to twist around while you’re wrapping.
I actually ended up not using the pins and hot gluing the end of my ribbon down so it wouldn’t unravel. The pins I had were a little too big. You will, however, need pins to put it on your groom!
Straight pins (pearl head)
Bouquets are pretty straightforward… arrange them in a way you like, then wrap with ribbon, and pin in place. I made my bouquets with the help of my wonderful bridesmaids and friends. We ordered flowers online (white roses and dark purple calla lilies). I used the same ribbon leftover from the boutonnières to wrap the bouquets, and pinned them in place with the pearl headed straight pins from the same project. It took about 2 pins each. Voila!
I can’t take credit for my headpiece, but if you love it, check out Jen over at http://headfulloffeathers.com/! She did a fabulous job, I wish I had excuse(s) to wear it all the time.