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3 Unique Spring Wedding Flowers

Mar23

The secret to picking the perfect spring wedding flowers is to choose a varietal that’s unique to you and your personality. You are welcome to take the road most traveled, and allow wedding flower vendors to create wedding flower bouquets and centerpieces that fit well with your overall theme and color scheme, but you also might want to do some research on your own, and choose spring wedding flowers that are not only unique in general, but also unique to you.

Peonies: This varietal is uncommon at weddings, but still absolutely gorgeous. You can choose peonies that are still in the bud, or fully open blooms, depending on what look you feel best represents your tastes.

Lily of the Valley: Since this varietal only blooms during April and May, they are an uncommon pick amongst brides. This varietal has a distinctive and pleasing aroma. Due to its size, this is one of the more expensive varietals, which could affect how many you choose for your bouquet, your fiancé’s boutonniere or table centerpieces. These gorgeous small white flowers are elegant, and epitomize spring.

Gerberas (Gerber Daisies): This spring flower is beautiful by itself, or paired with other varietals like tulips or roses when creating your bridal bouquet. You could also mix different colored gerberas in one bouquet or centerpiece. Gerberas colors include cream, white, pink, red, yellow, and combination two-toned orange and yellow.

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5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Mar23

Personalizing your wedding ceremony is a great way to kick off your wedding on a unique note. Go beyond writing your own vows, and design a wedding ceremony that’s all your own.

  1. Consult your ceremony officiant to see when it would be appropriate to include friends and family in the ceremony. For example, if you ask the officiant to tell a story about you and your fiancé, make sure to include the names of friends or family members who may have been there for the aforementioned event.
  2. Work with your wedding officiant to find ideal time slots in the ceremony for your friends to read poems, prayers, or sing songs.
  3. Pick an officiant that you know on a personal level. More and more friends and family members are choosing to officiate their loved ones' weddings.
  4. If you have children, include them in the ceremony from beginning to end.
  5. Last but not least, write your own personal vows. This is a common, but deeply personal practice that allows you to bring your own words to what can be an otherwise impersonal ceremony. Add spontaneity to your ceremony and surprise your soon-to-be spouse with an old love letter, song, or poem written by you for them.

Take your time when designing your ceremony, and add in your own special touches wherever you see fit.

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Destination Wedding Ideas: Portugal

Mar21

One of the most kept secrets when it comes to destination wedding ideas is Portugal. From the 16th century beauty of the university city of Faro, to spectacular beaches along the beaches of Lisbon or the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, Portugal is brimming with possibilities for destination wedding locations:

Lisbon is a gorgeous city, with many hills with panoramic views, labyrinthine streets, and plenty of trendy bars and restaurants. There are many places that you can go to hear Fado, the traditional Portuguese folk music. As far as destination wedding ideas, the city’s modern waterfront presents many options for beach reception ideas, filled with great seafood, music, and inexpensive vino verde.

The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, with expansive empty beaches, charming seafood restaurants, lagoons, desolate islands, and a wealth of mud flats and marshes. For anyone who loves nature and adventure, you can enjoy hiking, cycling, or birdwatching. There is also an education center that will tell you all about the area’s indigenous life and vegetation.

The university town of Faro has a quaint Old Town with its 16th century architecture still in tact, such as the Chapel of the Igreja do Carmo church, filled with the bones of 1,200 monks. At night, the Rua do Prior is full of great nightspots, cafes and bars. The town is also full of great shopping and cultural insitutions.

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5 Spring Wedding Flowers

Mar18

Spring wedding themes present a multitude of possibilities when it comes to stunning floral arrangements. Here are the top five in-season spring wedding flowers to incorporate into your bouquets:

Daffodils, especially the smaller varieties, are perfect for boutonnieres and corsages, while the standard size is great for spring wedding bouquets. The most popular color is yellow, but white can also be mixed with many other flowers.

Tulips are classic spring wedding flowers. The wonderful thing about tulips is that there are so many colors and varieties (over 500), so you will have a ton to choose from! There are many shades of yellows, whites, pinks, mauves, purples, and reds.

Hyacinths have an amazing fragrance, beautiful shape, and make a great accent for other flowers, especially for those who want to incorporate blue into a floral arrangement.

Lily of the Valley has a season that is usually around April and May. Many people enjoy the fragrance of these flowers, and they are perfect for boutonnieres, corsages, and accents to a bridal bouquet. Make sure to take the price into consideration, however, as it takes more of these small flowers to give a bouquet its fullness.

Gerber daisies (shown above) are also available in a variety of spring colors, such as red, white, and bright yellow. Another advantage is that they are available year-round, and likely to be a bit less expensive.

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DIY Bridal Wedding Bouquets

Mar17

Creating anything for your wedding yourself can be a thrill and a challenge. Any DIY wedding task will give you the opportunity to be a part of the creating and planning process in a way that will be apparent to your friends and family on the big day. Designing and configuring your bridal wedding flowers is a fabulous way to sprinkle your own special touch throughout your wedding from beginning to end, not to mention that you might even save a couple bucks.

What will you need? In order to design your own wedding bouquets, you will need the following items:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands, or floral wire
  • Flowers
  • Floral tape
  • Flower accessories (sprays, pearls, berries etc.)

Step One: Do your research and search for wedding bouquets online, in magazines, or by visiting your local wedding florist for ideas and inspiration. Decide what varietals you will need, what color ribbon, as well as any accessories you'll need and what size bouquet you're aiming for.

Step Two: Purchase the flowers you'll need for your bridal flower bouquets, either from your local florist, or wholesale flower markets.

Step Three: Store your flowers in a container with preservative solution, which will keep your flowers looking fresh and vibrant.

Step Four: Clean up the flower stems by clipping any stray or unnecessary leaves.

Step Five: Organize the flowers on a large table or on a sheet on the floor with the longest-stemmed flowers in the middle, and shorter on each side.

Step Six: Create your arrangement! Make sure the shorter flowers are on the outside, and use a rubber band or a ribbon to bind them together. Make use of any accessories and add them to the arrangement.

Step Seven: Use wire to keep the stems from drooping and wrap it around each stem. Cover up the wire with floral tape.

Step Eight: Wrap your bouquets in ribbon of your choosing, and use a hot glue gun to hold any loose ribbon into place.

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Bridal Websites: Should You Have One?

Mar16

Many couples today are designing their own wedding websites, but is this a necessary aspect of the wedding planning process? Some couples shock guests with their speediness; a few days after they are engaged, they already have their bridal websites up and running! Though it may not be entirely necessary, a personal wedding website can be of great benefit to you and your guests, especially if you are doing a destination wedding. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. You can use wedding planning websites to share useful and relevant information with your guests. Since details are likely to change throughout the process, you can keep your information up to date and relevant. Out of town guests and those planning to attend a destination wedding will especially find this useful.
  2. Bridal websites are an excellent way to communicate with your guests and involve them in the process. Many websites have an option for guests to subscribe, so you can send out messages when anything changes. You can even link an RSS feed to Facebook or other social networking sites.
  3. A wedding site can be interactive. For example, you may be deciding among four or five different locations for your honeymoon, and you want guests’ input. You can have guests take a vote: Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Bora Bora, Lake Como, or Puerto Rico. (You may or may not decide to go with the popular vote, but it is fun and interesting nonetheless to see what people say). Perhaps one of your guests has been to certain place and highly recommends it (or dissuades you from going). You can also get your guests’ input on music choices and playlists (so that everyone can have their favorite song played).
  4. You can also post a wedding blog. People love to hear about how your planning is going. Perhaps you went to a cake tasting one afternoon, and want to share your experience, or maybe you had a great meeting with your DJ. You may want some feedback on color schemes and flowers. This is a great way to savor and enjoy the planning process; writing about it can be therapeutic and even help you make some tough decisions.
  5. Many bridal websites offer tracking features, which can help you keep track of things like RSVP’s, what type of meals have been requested, etc. (Also, if you have people RSVP online, they will only be able to RSVP for the number of guests who have actually been invited. Many brides run into a problem with paper RSVP cards: guests will cross out the number that has been invited, and add more people. This may sound absurd, but it happens all the time.)
  6. After the wedding, you can post photos, not just of the wedding, but also of the rehearsal dinner, the bachelorette party (if appropriate), and the bridal shower.
  7. A wedding website will also serve as an archive of your wedding planning. You will have photos, thoughts, and a ton of other memories of this special time in your life.

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Spring Wedding Invitations: Think Flowers, Nature, and Color!

Mar15

When considering spring wedding invitations, think light and airy. Spring is a time of freshness and rebirth, so spring wedding themes should reflect nature and be eco-friendly, if possible. Here are a few ideas for spring wedding invitations:

Try to incorporate flowers.
You can attach pressed flowers to the invitations (which will also smell nice when your guests open the envelope), or scatter petals inside, preferably from the type of flowers you are using at your wedding. You could even include a packet of seeds, encouraging your guests to make the most of springtime.

Think color.
Many of the top spring wedding vendors—including caterers, photographers, and florists—are encouraging their brides not to shy away from color this season. Lavenders, greens, blues, yellows, corals, pinks, and even reds are great springtime colors. You have the widest range of palates to choose from of any wedding season, so take advantage of it when selecting your invitations! You can always mix more vibrant shades with pastels or ethereal silvers and ivories.

Foreshadow your wedding with your invitations.
For example, if your venue has interesting vintage Spanish architecture, choose an invitation design that reflects this. If you are having a beach wedding, hues of aquamarine and sandy yellows might be appropriate. If you are getting married at an arboretum, include something special that will be in season during your wedding, such as lilacs.

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DIY Wedding Bouquet Questions Answered

Mar15

If you’re toying with the idea of creating your own wedding day bouquets and centerpieces, then you probably have a handful of questions. Fortunately there are countless wedding forums, wedding blogs, and of course your local online wedding florist that can serve as your encyclopedia for DIY wedding day flowers. If you’re ready to put on your Martha Stewart hat, but are unsure on a couple things, then hopefully the following questions and answers will get you to the finish line a little quicker.

How many roses are needed for a large round bouquet?
How many roses you use depends on the size of your flowers, since roses vary is size quite a bit. For example, if you choose Black Magic roses, which are on the larger side, you can get away with using between 20-25 for your bouquet. You can also ask your florist, when you go to pick out the roses, how many you’ll need for a large bouquet.

Can the wedding centerpieces be made the day before?
Yes, centerpieces can be make the night before, you just have to make sure you spray them with water or a floral hydrator and store them in a fridge. Your second option is to purchase flowers that have not quite bloomed yet, and store them in water overnight.

When creating bouquets of roses, do you need any gloves?
Garden gloves are strongly recommended when dealing with roses because of the thorns. You can also purchase a tool called the Thorn Stripper, which cuts off thorns and leaves.

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Destination Wedding Locations: Bali

Mar14

There are countless tropical wedding locations all over the world worth exploring, but Bali offers something special. If you’ve ever been to Bali, you know first hand how magical this island is, and if you haven’t, then you must go soon! There are a few areas of Bali, that stand out more than others, any of which would be an ideal pick for destination wedding locations.

Ubud
Ubud, which is considered to be the mystical heartland of the island of the Gods, is one of the most beautiful regions of Bali. Known as the center as well as haven for the arts with the added bonus of lush rice fields, which are breathtaking to say the least.

Seminyak
Seminyak is another gorgeous region of Bali that is saturated with trendy boutiques, restaurants, as well as nightlife. If you and your wedding party want to enjoy shopping and dining during the day, and dancing and celebrating at night, then this is the ideal region of Bali for your destination wedding. Here you have your pick of swanky hotels, resorts, and of course private Villas that would be a dream come true for anyone to experience.

Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is known as being the quietest region of Bali, as well as the most luxurious. This area is filled to the brim with five star international hotels and resorts. Ideal for the couple that wants to experience the finest service that Bali has to offer.

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Wedding Party Schedules

Mar14

In order to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch, you’ll want to give your wedding party a detailed wedding day schedule that highlights their responsibilities. Your wedding day is, in many ways, like a production, so in order to ensure everyone plays their part; they’ll need a script with stage directions.

As far as the best man and maid of honor are concerned, they should be given information about their duties as soon as you announce your engagement. Since the maid of honor and best man responsibilities begin during the many months leading up to the wedding, it is respectful to make sure they’re informed with plenty of planning time. For example, since one of the best man duties is to plan the bachelor party, he’ll need to know what that entails so that he’s able to get hotel reservations and/or show tickets in advance.

Type up a wedding day schedule for each member of your wedding party, which includes a timeline of where they need to be when, and include any phone numbers (your maid of honor or parents) that they can call if they are going to be late or have any questions. This way you won’t have to worry about answering calls from lost or confused wedding party members on the day when you really should only have to focus on walking down that aisle!

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