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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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Online Wedding Florist: Bridal Party Flowers Checklist

Mar17

Before choosing an online wedding florist, it is important to figure out exactly what flowers you will need. You have to take into consideration your bridesmaids’ bouquets, your groomsmen's boutonnieres, and reception and ceremony flowers. Here is a flower checklist for the bridal party alone:

  1. You will need boutonnieres for your best man, your groomsmen, the groom, the ring bearer, ushers (this is optional, though your groomsmen may also serve as ushers), the father of the bride, the father of the groom, and the grandfathers of the bride and groom.
  2. You will need bouquets for the bride (and potentially an extra one for the bridal toss), the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, and the flower girl.
  3. Other potential flowers include a headpiece for the bride (this is extremely popular for spring) and a halo for the flower girl.
  4. You will need corsages for the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, and the grandmothers of the bride and groom.

 

Choosing an online wedding florist will allow you to order online wedding flowers, but you must make absolutely sure that this vendor is reputable. The advantage of going to local wedding florists is that you can have him or her make you up a sample bouquet to get a visual to make sure you have chosen the right color and texture combinations. However, if flowers are not your first priority, an online florist may be the best way to go.

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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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Choosing the Right Florist For Your Wedding Day Flowers

Feb17

For some people, choosing a florist is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning; for others, it’s the DJ and venue. For those who adore wedding day flowers and believe that they add the final bit of elegance, detail and charm to a celebration, read ahead for tips on choosing the right florist:

Finding the right florist
If you have been to a wedding (or other event) and appreciated the detail and design of the flower arrangements, ask the event coordinator who did them. Even if the event was a while ago, you can still find out who the florist was. Most coordinators are happy to give you that information.

When you meet with the florist in person, ask the right questions. First of all, how many bridal wedding flowers has she done? Does she have a team of people who help with arrangements on that day, or does she do all of the work herself? Does she have references who you can speak with? Depending on how large your wedding is, you may also want to verify that she has done big weddings. Because flowers are a living organism and a lot of technicality is involved, it is not enough for the florist to be a good designer. She absolutely MUST have experience doing large events and executing a large number of arrangements under deadline. One of the worst wedding disasters possible is for the flowers to be absent or late, especially if they arrive after the ceremony is over.

Ask to see her portfolio. Seeing the portfolio will give you a good idea as to what type of events she has done and whether she can execute on a large scale. Also, make sure you speak with her references to find out what it is like to work with this person. (Even if the flowers are amazing, if the person is unpleasant to work with, it would be better to choose someone else).

Once you’ve chosen your florist
If at all possible, have the florist visit the venue with you. The venue, as well as the bride’s wedding dress, set the tone for flowers in weddings and the wedding décor more than anything else. The unique space—both for the ceremony and reception—can offer plenty of inspiration.

Collect photos from magazines and bridal publications to exemplify what type of wedding day flowers you’d want. You can choose words that capture the mood of your wedding, such as “romantic,” or “breezy,” or “dramatic.” Yet having a visual reference is the best way to communicate the colors and textures that you want.

Bring a swatch of fabric from the bridesmaids’ dresses as another color reference. This will help your florist envision the colors in your ceremony as a whole.

Have your florist make up a mock arrangement (the bridal bouquet, the centerpieces, etc.) This is extremely important! Seeing a tangible arrangement will let you know if your florist is on the right track. And if she isn’t, you will have plenty of time to fix it!

To minimize cost, go with flowers that are in season. Your florist should know what type of flowers are the most reasonable, and you should be able to work them into your arrangements.

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The Advantages of Faux Flowers for Your Bouquets

Nov24

Many brides today are considering faux flowers for their wedding flower bouquets. While fake flowers used to be frowned upon, the quality of artificial wedding flowers have advanced so much that today, silk flowers are an incredible replication of the real thing.

One advantage of using silk flowers is that you will have a keepsake of your wedding flower bouquets for years to come. Also, you can experiment with the arrangement in the weeks leading up to the wedding until you get exactly what you want.

Another advantage is that you are not working with a living organism, which is one of the biggest challenges any florist runs into. With fake flowers, you can get the exact color palette that you want without worrying that there will be any variation when the real shipment of flowers arrives just before the wedding.

If you do not like the idea of using silk for all of your ceremony flowers, feel free to mix it up. If you want the scent of certain flowers at your wedding, use real flowers for your table centerpieces and aisles, and fake flowers for your own bouquet.

Remember to be vigilant about the silk flowers you choose. Make sure they are of the absolute best quality. Remember that the best representations often rival real flowers in price.

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How Throwing Rice on Newlyweds and the Bridal Bouquet Originated

Nov08

One of the oldest wedding traditions is throwing rice on the newlyweds as they exit the celebration. Though it is not certain exactly when or where this custom originated, it is thought to have stemmed from an ancient pagan tradition of throwing wedding rice (or some other grain) on a couple in order to wish them a fruitful, wealthy and prosperous union. The wish was twofold: the grain signified the fact that a small seed can grow into a large crop, thereby wishing the couple an abundant harvest and prosperous life. Many also believed that fertility would be transferred through the fallen seed, so that the newlyweds would conceive many children to help with their land.

Other interesting wedding customs include the carrying of bridal flowers. It is widely believed that the wedding tradition originated in ancient times because pungent herbs and spices were thought to ward off bad health and evil spirits. During the Roman Empire, brides and grooms would wear floral garlands, representing a rebirth of life and anticipation of fertility. The bride’s bouquet symbolized herself, youthful and blooming. In Victorian England, certain flowers had specific meaning, and lovers would convey messages to each other through flowers. For example, a fern represented sincerity, a carnation signified fascination, a white lilac symbolized innocence, a honeysuckle represented generosity, and a red chrysanthemum said “I love you.” These codes are still used by brides today as an interesting way to incorporate creative wedding traditions into their bridal bouquets.

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Coordinating Your Bridal Party’s Bouquets

Sep07

Next to your own bouquet, the bridesmaids’ flowers are one of the most stunning aspects of your wedding theme. Put them together and you’ve got a garden of gorgeous delights.

There are several ways to coordinate your bouquet with those of the girls, varying from traditional to modern and fun. For the more conservative look, have the girls carry flowers similar to yours, but in a smaller bunch and/or a different hue. (Rule #1 when coordinating bouquets is to never let your girls’ bunches upstage your own.) If you’re carrying roses, have the women carry spray roses. A big lily for you means small lilies for the girls.

Some other trends include having the women carry different flowers, but all in the same hue. You can also have each bridesmaid carry a different flower from your own bouquet. Depending on the formality of your affair, you can get even more creative and have the girls carry a bouquet of flowers to match their birth month. Very casual weddings can mean the girls decide on whatever they want, but make sure you go over their ideas with your florist.

Since you don’t want the bridesmaids’ flowers to get drowned out by their outfits, it’s wise for them to carry bouquets that are a slightly different shade from their dresses. Monochromatic colors are smart, and you can also have them carry a monochromatic shade different from your own.

To keep the look in sync, know some basic fashion rules. If the women are wearing slinky dresses, they should wear longer, simpler bouquets, like lilies. Full dresses can be matched by thicker, bunchier bouquets. If your bridesmaids are wearing short dresses, a large bouquet is likely to drown out their outfit. A large bridal party generally translates to smaller bouquets, as too many flowers will take over the whole procession.

Budget-wise, the girls’ bouquets are like yours—you don’t need to have the biggest and most expensive flowers in the world. Make sure you purchase flowers that are in season and grown locally, and keep it simple. One lovely flower can be an elegant way to top off your affair.

Read more: Casual Bridal Attire Ideas, Hiring Your Florist, Wearing Glasses at Your Wedding


How to Get the Perfect Flowers for a Baltimore Wedding

Jan15

We just updated our Baltimore Wedding Guide with a new article about finding the perfect florist for your Maryland wedding.

Start your Baltimore wedding florist search about 6 months’ prior to your wedding. Ask friends and relatives, as well as other Baltimore wedding vendors. Get referrals, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints. Florist fees in Baltimore vary tremendously, depending on the size of your wedding, the type of flowers you want, and how integrated they are into your ceremony. Expect to pay at least $1,000.

A good Baltimore florist should have at least 50 weddings to his name. When interviewing, show him your wedding colors, and bring a list of favorite flowers, along with a list of second choices. Flowers grown locally and in season will be considerably cheaper, so the more you’re willing to compromise, the more you’ll save. You might want to ask potential Baltimore wedding florists if they can make a sample bouquet; if their version excites you, the two of you are on the same page... Check out the full article here.

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