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Tips for Deciding on a Florist and Spring Wedding Flowers

Apr14

Deciding on a florist is one of the last things that you do in the wedding planning process, after you have chosen your venue, your caterer, your overall theme, your bridesmaids’ dresses, and of course, your color palette. Spring wedding flowers present you with a lot of opportunities to be creative and work with a wide range of color palettes. Here are a few steps to take to ensure that you love your spring wedding bouquet:

Before you decide on your florist, it is important to see a portfolio of his or her work. Also, you absolutely need to have personal recommendations from clients whose weddings they have done. In a recent Colorado wedding during spring, the bride hired a group of florists who were excellent designers, had amazing ability to create gorgeous arrangements, and who had a lot of artistic flair. However, these florists did not have experience with large-scale events (having done a few weddings, but not any with over 50 people); in the end, they did not calculate enough time to finish everything they had promised to deliver. The two main arrangements for the ceremony arrived after it was over, and the bridal party did not have their corsages and bouquets for the photographs (which were taken before the ceremony). Another bride who recently got married in California had a similar situation: Guests were arriving and there were absolutely no centerpieces on any of the tables. These things should be finished at least an hour before guests arrive, if not sooner. Make sure that whoever you hire as your florist understands the timing and technicality of working with a living organism, and has a few backup plans if anything goes wrong.

Consider spring wedding flowers by season, including tulips, daffodils, calla lilies, magnolias, easter lilies, gardenias, hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, and apple or cherry blossoms. You will save a lot of money if you are open to using spring wedding flowers that are readily available.

Consider your color palette. If you are getting married in a garden setting, for example, green and white, or yellow and green, are always lovely color combinations. You can always choose bright, more vibrant colors (but paired with something sleek) such as hot pink with black or lime green with black, with accents of white. For an earthier feel, consider using chocolate brown with blue, pink, or lavender.

Your containers can also be very creative and unusual. Consider using objects like pots, urns, watering cans, teapots, weaved baskets, or wicker baskets painted in colors from your palette.

Add greenery wherever you can. One benefits of a spring wedding, especially if it is outdoors, is that you already have a wealth of greenery that naturally adds to your setting. However, if you are getting married indoors, drape ivy or arbors over areas like mantels or doorways.

If you want add a bit of whimsy and fun, try adding some different patterns, such as polka dots, gingham, lace, or even stripes. Depending on the formality of your venue, patterns like this may not work, but if you are getting married outdoors, these types of accents can be adorable.

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Trends for Spring Bridal Dresses

Apr13

One of the major trends the bridal gown industry is moving toward is the soft, sleek, goddess-like silhouette. You are going to be seeing much less unnecessary fabric and beading and a lot more simplicity and understated elegance. For spring bridal dresses, this is especially appropriate, as spring connotes a “light and airy" feel. Here are a few key trends for spring bridal gowns:

Bridal dresses that are one-shoulder, or off the shoulder, are extremely popular. The one-shoulder trend is perfect for brides who do not want to go strapless, (it seems at least 90% of all the brides we see opt for a strapless dress!), but who love that strapless dresses are flattering to the upper body. With a one-shoulder dress, you can have the best of both worlds. Also, it is a classic look that is always in style.

Another trend for spring bridal dresses is the short dress. Depending on how formal your venue is, short wedding dresses can be chic, elegant, and a bit more unique than floor-length gowns. Some brides actually look better in short skirted  wedding gowns than in longer ones; it just depends on your style and body type. Just make sure that to choose a design that flatters you.

Lastly, bridal fashion is moving away from the huge ball gowns. You do want to feel like a princess, but remember: this isn’t prom. Also, less fabric can be more flattering, more elegant, and definitely more in style.

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Tips on Choosing Spring Honeymoon Destinations

Apr12

If you are wondering where to go during the months of March through May, here are a few important things to keep in mind when choosing spring honeymoon destinations:

Make sure to check that college’s spring break does not coincide with your honeymoon. Flights are often packed during these weeks, and certain honeymoon spots—such as Jamaica, the Caribbean, resort areas of Mexico, or the Dominican Republican—are going to be filled with a lot of college kids getting rowdy and drunk. If you do not want a “booze-cruise” feel to your honeymoon, try to avoid traveling on spring break, even if this means postponing your honeymoon by a couple of weeks.

Europe is a great for spring honeymoon destinations, especially as this is presumably before hoards of tourists arrive during the summer. You may be cutting it a bit close to a busier season in May, but April is especially safe for avoiding crowds. Remember that in certain European cities, the weather may be a bit precarious, and it is often still a bit chilly. However, you will not run out of things to do and see in most European cities.

Hawaii is always an excellent choice in the spring. Any of the main islands are excellent honeymoon locations, such as Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, and Oahu. The weather is extremely pleasant, the people are friendly, and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous.

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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 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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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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Spring Wedding Flowers: Be Economical Without Compromising Beauty

Mar09

One of the best things about spring weddings is that you have a wealth of spring wedding flowers to choose from. In the past five years, the price of wedding flowers has risen so much that many brides have chosen to cut costs by compromising on the flowers. This is a bad move because if the flowers are mediocre, then your wedding will have lost that integral final touch. However, because so many flowers are in season (which makes them infinitely cheaper), you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

When choosing spring wedding bouquets, consider a combination of these flowers: alliums, bells of Ireland, cherry blossoms, hydrangea, lilac, violet, wisteria, snapdragon, ranunculus, narcissus, lilies (stargazer lilies and Casablanca lilies), hyacinth, daffodil, anemone, boronia, magnolias, pansies, some types of tulips, peonies, sweetpeas, delphinium, or iris.

Another thing to take into consideration when planning for spring wedding decorations is whether or not you are having your reception outdoors. If you are having a garden theme at an estate with an expansive lawn, then consider trying to book the venue for a month when the roses are blooming. Ask the owner or the person in charge of renting the venue if you are not sure. You will spend less on spring wedding flowers if your natural backdrop is already blooming with flowers.

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Spring Wedding Ideas for Reception Sites

Mar04

There is something fresh, magical, and revitalizing about spring, more so than with any other season. Spring wedding ideas present infinite possibilities for colors, themes, and flower arrangements. If you live in an area where the weather is nice, you can take advantage of that by having your ceremony or reception outdoors. Here are a few ideas for wedding reception locations that you may not have thought of:

A private home or estate.
Many brides love the thought of having their wedding at a private estate, and feel like they are welcoming their guests to their own private home. There is something very intimate and special about this type of venue. Depending on where and when you get married, you may have the option of having both the ceremony and the reception outdoors. For the reception, you can do a garden theme (an added bonus—you will likely need to purchase fewer flowers and decorations, as the lush greenery around you can provide enough natural color and décor). If you consider this type of venue, one very important thing to think about is how the owners maintain the property. You will find that some take excellent care of the grounds, while others do the bare minimum, expecting the bare bones of the structure, or the interesting architecture, to sell the venue. If you are someone who likes cleanliness and a perfectly manicured lawn, make sure to pay close attention. Try to drop by when another wedding is taking place to observe how well the place has been presented.

A city park.
This can be an excellent site for a wedding, but you will need to look into how to reserve the space. Some cities encourage events like weddings; others do not. A park can also be one of your cheapest options.

A museum with a beautiful courtyard.
Museums often have interesting architecture, are well preserved, and some even offer an elegant courtyard. Museums can sometimes be expensive, though, so make sure that they fall within your budget.

A cultural center or art gallery.
Like museums, cultural centers and art galleries can also be expensive, but guests often enjoy looking at the art, roaming around the premises during cocktail hour, and exploring the grounds.

Presidential Libraries.
Presidential libraries are another option for spring wedding ideas, and they are often gorgeously preserved. Many boast beautiful gardens and pristine lawns.

Arboretums.
More and more arboretums are offering their grounds for weddings. Usually they are not too expensive, and vegetation is in peak season during the spring.

A golf course and country club.
Golf courses are an excellent idea for spring wedding receptions, and many offer all-inclusive packages that can end up being the most economical. Also, golf courses typically treat their clients very well, so you likely won’t run into some of the snobbery you sometimes find with cultural centers and galleries.

A vineyard.
Vineyards can be idyllic settings for weddings, being relaxed, elegant yet earthy, and outdoorsy. You can also serve the vineyards’ signature wine at your wedding.

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Spring Wedding Ideas: Color Schemes

Feb23

Spring is a magical season for color schemes, and spring wedding ideas can span everything from intimate Victorian garden celebrations, to ritzy, well-lit indoor banquet halls for a spring wedding reception.

Here are a few ideas for color schemes:

Pink: Pink is a fabulous wedding color because it is so lighthearted, yet elegant. Some combinations are soft, some are earthy, and some are more dramatic. Here are a few examples: pink and green (optional blue accents); blues and whites (with accents of a lighter pink), pink and blue; pink, ivory, and sage; or pink, white and chocolate brown.

Lavender: Lavender, like pink, is also elegant, but adds a coolness that can be the perfect match for another warmer color. Consider: Lavender and pale yellow; lavender and chocolate brown; ivory, lavender, and pastel green; ivory, lavender and sage; lavender and blue (with an accent shade of berry); lavender and a darker purple (with a warmer accent color such as coral), or lavender and pink.

Gray: If you are looking for spring wedding ideas that are more unique, incorporate a shade of metallic gray or silver into your color combination as an accent. Here are some combos: plum, gray and mauve; gray and cherry red (with an accent of yellow), orange and gray, or lavender, gray and coral. (Hint: gray or silver also makes a wedding appear more vintage, if you are going for that look).

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Outdoor Wedding Dresses For Every Season

Oct27

Backyards, parks and beaches are all beautiful locations for a wedding. With the backdrop of crashing waves, a gorgeous sunset or a landscape of fall-colored leaves, how could you resist? While it can be wonderful to get married outdoors, you have to consider how the weather could affect your big day and your choice of wedding attire. When planning your outdoor wedding, be sure you are looking at comfortable and weather-appropriate outdoor wedding dresses.

Summer
Summer beach wedding dresses should be made of light, breathable materials. Go with light fabrics such as a thin silk or chiffon—they are airy and fit perfectly with the beach atmosphere. These fabrics are easier to move in, which will come in handy when you’re walking down the sandy aisle. Also consider wearing a strapless or one-shouldered gown—these are cooler and allow you to show off your neckline. Let your guests know ahead of time that they should wear beach wedding attire. Linen is a great choice. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and focused on the ceremony, not worried about wiping their brows.

Fall
Heavier fabrics like satin or velvet are appropriate for fall weddings. Satin is great for fall because it’s solid and dense, but won’t weigh you down. You are welcome to go with a strapless, one-shouldered or even a halter style—just make sure your dress is floor length. Putting a deep red rose in your hair would complement your fall theme. You can even wear a chocolate brown or burgundy sash or satin draping belt.

Winter
Winter wedding dresses tend to be more formal and made of thick, warm materials. Velvet is a popular Winter wedding fabric because of its warm and luxurious qualities. An all-white long wedding gown, long white gloves, and a clean up-do will add to the formal theme and make you feel like you're in a winter wonderland. Because of the cold weather, you have the green light to wear a faux fur, silk or satin shawl that you can take off depending on your mood or temperature.

Spring
Spring weddings offer a world of opportunities for wedding attire. Dupioni, a lightweight silk fabric that is somewhat coarse with a subtle sheen, is an appropriate fabric for spring. Tea-length wedding dresses are a perfect choice for spring weddings because they are fun and flirty—just like the season. Add some bright spring accents to your ensemble such as pink, blue, or yellow sapphire gemstone jewelry. Since spring can still get chilly, be prepared with a light shawl or silk wrap if you need to get rid of goose bumps.

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