Pomanders, also known as "poms" or "kissing balls," are a popular and classic wedding decoration that create an interesting alternative to bouquets. Often carried by junior bridesmaids and flower girls, pomanders can serve double duty as accents to pews, chair backs, aisle runners and balconies. Easily crafted in any size, pomander also save money on elaborate floral arrangements while maintaining elegant style. Design poms in classic white or a blend of your wedding colours.
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Pomanders made entirely of live floral materials, including flowers, greenery and fruits or vegetables, will require floral foam soaked in water to keep blooms fresh and perky. Flower sealant or a fixative spray can maintain the appearance of new buds. Oasis or netted floral foam, floral wire, floral tape and floral shears are necessary for live or artificial pomanders and create a professional and polished look. Straight pins or florist supply pins secure flowers and other elements to the foam ball, while craft or hot glue secure ribbons to carry or hang the pomanders.
Whether you use live or artificial flowers, or opt for pomanders of origami and button blossoms, flowers are the primary element of the kissing ball and deserve the most attention. Select fresh blossoms that will hold their shape and colour for several days, particularly if you have to decorate your venue well in advance of the ceremony and reception. Replace more delicate flowers with their artificial counterparts for longevity and better overall appearance. To create charming pomanders of origami, button, felt or fabric flowers, use materials in your wedding colours and create elegant tiered blossoms or detailed buds.
The length, width and thickness of ribbon needed for pomanders depends primarily on the size of the foam base. Small pomanders carried by flower girls or bridesmaids will be lighter than centrepiece or altar decor, so thinner or lightweight ribbons or lace can often support the weight when adhered with craft glue. Wired ribbon anchored in the pomander virtually guarantees a secure hold for heavier poms. Those hanging on chair backs or over tables need wired ribbon or floral wire covered in floral tape and layers of ribbon.
Feathers, crystal sprays, buttons and baubles add glitz to pomanders for chic centrepieces or fun flower girl accessories. Use feathers in solid white in a coloured pomander or brightly coloured feathers in a solid white or ivory kissing ball. Sprays of crystals and pearls tucked close to flower blossoms add sparkle without detracting from the natural beauty of the pomander. Origami flower balls accented with felt or button flowers add texture and depth while maintaining an unconventional appeal.
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