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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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Religious Wedding Flowers

Mar09

If you’re not having a secular wedding, then you might want to explore flowers associated with your religion. On your wedding day, flowers will be ubiquitous, so why not make sure your wedding reception flowers have an extra special meaning and significance? The following wedding day flowers are associated with religious symbolism and the like.

Christianity
The white Madonna lily is associated with the Virgin Mary, and has been since the beginning of Christianity, when her tomb was laden with the varietal after her assumption to heaven. Religious figures have said that the white petals were a metaphor for her pure soul and body. The white lily is a common symbol in paintings of the Annunciation and represents the very moment when Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of God’s son.

Hinduism
If you are having a Hindu wedding, then stock up on the flowers, because they tend to play a large role in traditional Hindu weddings. In fact, "puja," which means Hindu worship, is translated as “the flower act.” If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’re well aware of the flowers that are placed on the ground every single morning in worship of the Hindu gods. The most significant flower in the Hindu religion is the lotus, which symbolizes fertility, prosperity, and beauty.

Buddhism
The lotus flower is held in high regard in Buddhism. The lotus is symbolic of the man who’s well rooted in the world because of his experience. It is said that Buddha himself would cause lotus flowers to bloom in the wake of his footsteps.

Chinese Religions
The following flowers are often used as part of Chinese weddings, including the wedding reception centerpieces: Daffodils, lotus, orchids, and peonies. In Chinese culture, the peony flower symbolizes spring and renewed life.

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Wedding Flower Checklist

Feb21

When you think of roughly how many flowers you’ll need for your wedding, chances are you’re underestimating. There are so many important players in your wedding as well as locations that require flowers that you'd better make sure you have this wedding flower checklist handy! If you’re going through an online wedding florist, or about to explore your local wedding florists, make sure to have this list close by so as not to leave anyone or anything out.

  • Bride's bouquet
  • Bride's headpiece
  • Bouquet for your Maid of Honor
  • Bouquet for Honor Attendant
  • Bouquet and/or halo for Flower girl(s)
  • Boutonniere for Groom
  • Boutonniere for Best Man
  • Boutonnieres for Groomsmen and Ushers
  • Boutonniere for Ring bearer
  • Corsage for Bride’s mother and Groom’s mother
  • Corsages for Grandmothers
  • Boutonnieres for Fathers
  • Boutonnieres for Grandfathers
  • Flowers for the altar
  • Decorations near and on pews
  • Candelabras
  • Various flowers for church
  • Head table centerpiece
  • Guest table centerpieces
  • Flowers for cake table
  • Flowers for buffet table
  • Flowers for the guest book table
  • Flower arrangements for the restrooms

The size of your wedding as well as your venue will affect how many or how few flowers you'll require, so feel free to omit any of the flowers listed above when searching for your online wedding flowers.

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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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Ways to Save Money on Floral Wedding Centerpieces

Feb15

Floral wedding centerpieces are often described as the final touch to a wedding that can make it amazing or, well… slightly less than amazing. Although wedding flowers can get expensive, there are ways you can have beautiful floral arrangements without an exorbitant cost. Here are a few things to keep in mind when budgeting for your floral wedding centerpieces:

Give your florist flexibility to use what is in season. If there are certain flowers that you absolutely do not like, mention them; but otherwise, communicate the overall colors, height, and textures that you want your centerpieces to have. This will allow your florist to create the look you want without using the most expensive flowers. Also, try to think about the flowers that are in season and most readily available; these are usually the best deal.

For winter wedding centerpieces, consider getting married around the holidays, as churches are often already decorated with lights and greenery. However, if you want to avoid high flower costs, do not get married in February, as the cost of flowers skyrockets around Valentine’s Day.

Use vases that are high and dramatic on their own, which you can fill with other foliage such as branches. This will create an interesting arrangement (with a lot of design and texture) without having to fill the entire space with flowers.

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Floral Wedding Centerpieces that Will Turn Heads

Feb11

Your floral wedding centerpieces are such an important aspect of your reception because they can either make or break your overall wedding décor. If you’ve ever been to a wedding with less than pleasing floral centerpieces then you know what I’m referring to. Often times, guests are able to take wedding reception centerpieces home, so you’ll want to make sure they’ll even want to. If you want to go a step beyond just “pleasing” centerpieces and gather ideas for pieces that will turn heads and leave an impression, then make note of the following ideas.

Potted Flowers
The best part about choosing potted flowers as your wedding flower centerpieces is that they are typically cheaper than most floral arrangements, and they aren’t thrown away a few days after your wedding. If you’re not thrilled about the color of the pot, then go ahead and get crafty and paint the pots (your wedding colors!). If you’re having an Asian themed wedding, then you have the option of placing potted bamboo or Asian Orchids at each table.

Photos with Flowers
Another way to create unique floral centerpieces with a little something extra is by tucking photos of you and your fiancé in with the flowers of your choice. Black and white photos or fancily photoshopped photos will look best. You could photoshop them as black and white with a splash of your wedding colors. You could also make photos of you and your fiancé look aged with the proper photoshop skills. Once you’ve found the perfect photos then attach them to metal wire or chop sticks, and stick them into the pots next to your wedding flowers.

Glowing Flowers
Mixing flowers with candles will add some light, color, and glow to your floral centerpieces. You have a lot of options with this look. If your venue won’t allow lit candles, then you could always find battery-operated votives, which surprisingly look a lot like real candles, and some of them are scented! Battery operated candles come in all sizes; so don’t feel as though you’re limited to only small candles. If you’re able to use real candles then the sky is the limit. Have fun with it and pick colorful, scented, uniquely shaped candles and place them around your floral centerpieces. Another option is to find small, medium, and/or large cylinder shaped vases, fill them with water about ¾ of the way and find the perfect floating candles to place on top.

With the countless floral centerpiece options at your fingertips you shouldn’t have any problem finding the arrangement that tickles your fancy. There are various ways to kick off your search if you’re not sure where to begin. One way to get going is to use your wedding colors as your staring point. Ask your wedding florist to show you flowers that match your wedding colors. Another option is to allow your theme to be your guide. For example if you’re having a spring wedding, then explore arrangements that are indicative of that.


Unique Wedding Centerpieces

Feb07

Your floral wedding centerpieces are such an important aspect of your wedding reception that it’s imperative you choose wisely. Your guests will spend a good amount of time at their tables, so why not dazzle them with wedding reception centerpieces that are both eye catching and unique?

  1. Floating flowers and candles: There aren’t any rules that state you must choose a traditional flower arrangement as your reception centerpiece so have fun and mix it up! For this type of centerpiece, which is very easy to assemble, you need at least three glass bowls depending on how large your tables are. Once you have added water to each bowl, place silk flowers in one of them, and floating candles in the other two.
  2. Floating flowers and fruit: This centerpiece is very similar to the first one, except instead of floating votives it requires floating fruit candles. What makes this piece so unique is the scent of the fruit candles, which are sure to impress your guests and fill your reception with the sweet smell of grapefruit and oranges. Most suitable for spring or summer weddings.
  3. Glass Pond: One of the most unique wedding centerpieces and one of the coolest. To assemble, you need to find a large glass bowl, preferably 28” in diameter, fill the bottom with river washed stones, and add water. Then add floating flower candles, glass bubbles, and real lily pads (if you can find them).

 


Wedding Flowers: What You Need and How to Choose Them

Jan19

There is more to wedding flowers than just selecting your bouquet. A lot of work needs to be done even before you start exploring local wedding florists—know what to expect before it’s time to choose. Different areas of your wedding require varying amounts of flower placement.

  • Wedding Party: You will need to obtain bridal bouquets for you and your bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, and fathers. You may need additional boutonnieres for stepparents and grandparents. You will also need corsages for the mother of the bride and groom, and choose the perfect petals for the flower girl to drop along the aisle. Wedding flower etiquette varies from family to family, so it boils down to what feels best for you.
  • Decoration: You will also need to choose centerpieces for the reception dining tables, as well as any other tables that would be bare if not adorned with flowers. Flowers for your ceremony are not a requirement, but will make your ceremony setting that much more special and esthetically pleasing for you and your guests, and don’t forget about your wedding photos.
  • Cake: Many couples forget about cake flowers. Though you’re not required to decorate your cake with flowers, many couples do. If you’re on the fence, consult your wedding cake designer and they will help you explore your options.

How you design your flower arrangements and the specific varietals you choose is entirely up to you, but you might want to explore various arrangements before making any final decisions. A great way to explore your options is by visiting your local florist and asking to see photos and live arrangements. Also, use the Internet to find countless photos of wedding flower arrangements.

It may seem daunting at first, but as soon as you pick out the first few bouquets you’ll realize how much fun it is and you’ll forget about the list. If you have any questions regarding what flowers you need, consult your wedding coordinator. Just remember to remain focused on your vision and taste, and your wedding flowers will be exactly what you’ve always dreamt of on your wedding day

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