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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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5 Alternatives to Roses: Less-Common Blooms for Your Ceremony

Jun21

Everyone loves a rose, and the flower is practically synonymous with weddings. The blooms you choose for your wedding are a reflection of your personal style and taste, and you might consider trying something a little less common. With so many flowers to choose from, we’ve listed a couple less-popular blooms that make great wedding sidekicks. Oh, and if you want that rose, go for it!

Calla Lilly: Almost everyone goes nuts over calla lilies, and it’s only been in the last few years that they’ve become a huge wedding hit. Calla lilies have several plus factors, not the least being that, in addition to white, you can find them in pink, yellow, mango, and stunning eggplant. What’s more, mini calla lilies are making a huge dent in flower shops, so consider adding those to your bouquet, and placing the larger ones in centerpieces.

Peonies: Peonies are often described as “pregnant roses,” with their several layers of petals. They come in white and different shades of pink, and have a simple but elegant fragrance. Peonies are wonderful in bouquets, but they also make great centerpiece additions. They’re a seasonal flower, and spring is the best time to get them. Peonies are not cheap (nor are the next few blooms on this list), so if you’re thinking of them as an inexpensive alternative, you might want to look elsewhere.

Stephanotis: Florists will tell you that this flower is a wonderful addition to your wedding, as they grow on vines. They’re perfect for draping, especially if you want to avoid ivy. The flower is very tiny and white, and has a soft fragrance. While you can add stephanotis pretty much anywhere, keep them in mind for a classy boutonniere. Talk to your florist about using them for the girls and guys, and you might save some money.

Gladiolus: One reason florists suggest this gorgeous flower is because its long stem and close-together petals means it can be fantastic in a bouquet and as part of a centerpiece. Their stems make for a statement, like calla lilies, and you can use that to your advantage by using fewer of them. Since they come in a variety of colors, they’ve got all the right markings for your big day.

Mums: Mum’s the wedding word if you want a gorgeous flower that’s a little bit cheaper than the rest. Mum’s come in all sorts of colors, have only a faint scent, and can be large or small. They’re easy to find all year long, look wonderful in bouquets, on tables, and just about anywhere at your site. Pass it on!

 


Check Out Our Houston Wedding Florists Guide

Sep28

We just updated our Houston Wedding Guide with a brand new article: Our Houston Florists Guide

Houston’s southern climate means tropical blooms galore. The best part? Many of them will already be in the background. The city is famous for flora, so wherever you wed in the Lone Star State’s sophisticated city, make sure to surround yourself in the fresh scent of love.

Check it out!

And check out our other regularly-updated local wedding guides as well: New York, Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles the San Francisco Bay Area and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.


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