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Simple Ways to Implement a Floral Wedding Theme In Your Ceremony

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When you start planning a wedding, there are some typical questions that eager onlookers will ask you. One of which being what kind of flowers you will have. So, even if flowers are not your number one focus, they are always going to be on that checklist of decisions to make. When deciding what flowers you want, you will need to pay attention to what is in season, the symbolism, the color scheme, and price, but what happens when floral is the theme? Then you are going to be paying attention to how to incorporate that floral design in the details of your wedding.

The Bridal Bouquet …. of course.

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It may seem like a duh to point out that you should feature a floral design in a flower bouquet, but the point I want to emphasize is that the bridal bouquet is a focal point to the wedding and more particularly the floral tone. Thus, the bouquet should feature the main flower (or flowers) that you are using as the center stage or focal flower. Also, this means that you will want to and almost need to make that bouquet a piece of art or beauty. The above bouquet is a great example of someone utilizing a flower’s shape and color to create a cohesive floral look that can either enhance any wedding theme, or can act as a base of the light and fresh floral theme.

The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

 

The flower girl does seem like another obvious choice to add in that flower detail, but what about the ring bearer? A floral designed pillow is a great way to tie in that floral theme. The lily inspired ringer bearer pillow on the right is great because its design is a little more abstract, making it a less obtuse way of scattering that floral design throughout the wedding ceremony. If you want something a little more literal, a bearer pillow like the one on the right from Wedding Star would be an equally lovely choice.

 

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Magazine-Worthy Wedding Flowers: The Pricing You Should Expect

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This post was created to help brides everywhere get a realistic expectation of what magazine/blog worthy wedding flowers cost. Brides spend countless hours studying wedding flowers online or in magazines. Those images are pinned and pulled from magazines and brought to wedding florists. When this happens the floral designer is often in the uncomfortable position of letting a bride know that the designs she is dreaming of don’t match her flower budget. Brides, who pull their inspiration from magazines and the internet, should know that studying pictures in magazines can be helpful and also disheartening. Studying is helpful because you can begin to determine the types of flowers you like, it’s harmful because most of the designs you will see don’t have a price tag by them. Brides should remember that only the best of the best in design is published, and it probably had a nice price tag to match it.

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Winter Wedding Inspiration

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Here at Holly Chapple Flowers we have been playing with some winter wedding inspiration ideas. Here are some fun floral design creations that you can easily incorporate into your winter wedding. Try hanging amaryllis blooms from chandeliers, branches, or even pin single amaryllis blooms to the place cards. Have your floral designer make chargers with magnolia leaves or other evergreen leaves. For a little extra pop of color paint the leaves gold.

Use evergreens in your bouquets and centerpieces to give the designs a wintery feel.

Feature berrying branches, tulips, orchids, and ranunculus, in centerpieces or in individual bud vases.

The flowers used to design these pieces were from Florabundace.

 

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Wedding Flower Trends from the World Floral Expo

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Guest Post By: Heather Thomas of HeatherLily Event and Floral Design, Cleveland, OH

In March, I had the opportunity to attend the World Floral Expo 2012 at the Javits Center in the Big Apple. Growers from all over 30 countries showcased their wares. The conference gave me an opportunity to scope out upcoming trends in flower varieties, and to meet the breeders, growers and floral transporters in person.

Here’s a quick recap on the flower varieties that are becoming the hot blooms in the global floral market:

*Carnation: Yes, I am being serious. The carnation is no longer a filler flower used primarily for standard funeral arrangements. The carnation is making a comeback just like Cher, Madonna, and Britney (and someone please help Christina, too!). Global breeders are creating new hybrid varieties every year. These varieties are more difficult to identify, but definitely unique and beautiful. Long live the hybrid carnation!


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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flowers

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When my friend and fellow designer Corinne Sebesta Sisti of Sebesta Design shared her experience of designing her own wedding flowers, I knew this was a story that had to be told to my friends at Wedding Wire. Corinne is an amazingly talented floral designer. In spite of her skill and knowledge for designing the Do It Yourself Wedding Flowers took a real toll on Corinne on her wedding day. So without further ado….

As a floral designer, I often encounter brides looking to DIY some part of their wedding flowers thinking by doing so it will not only save them tons of money, but it will also be a fun bonding experience to share with their family and friends. I get it.  I was the same way.  I own an event design/floral company so, of course, I wanted to do the flowers.  Who else would do them?   And why would I pay someone else to do it?  Here’s what my answer should have been: anyone else, but you and because it’s ‘your’ day.   When it’s all said and done, I wish I had let someone else do it.   Even as a florist it was so hard for me to get it all done and enjoy the process.  I was the bride, I was supposed to be pampered and showered with attention.  I was supposed to be visiting with my family and friends that I hadn’t seen in ages.  I was supposed to be well rested and glowing.  Instead I spent that time working.  And don’t be fooled, it is WORK.

Here’s my DIY story.  I separated them into Pre-Wedding and Day of the Wedding to help you get a feel for what you might be in for.

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Coral and Yellow Wedding Flowers

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Looking for a unique color combination? Why not consider coral and yellow. This color combination is powerful, bright, happy, and still very elegant.  The brides bouquet was created with coral peony, green viburnum, mini green hydrangea, yellow billy balls, yellow freesia, yellow cabbage roses, coral colored spray roses, and yellow billy balls. Super sexy!!!

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We Asked, They Answered: Hot Wedding Flowers

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Here at WeddingWire, we’re always looking for the top wedding trends from around the country. So every week, we’ll ask a group of vendors from all over the U.S. the same question and share their (often very different!) answers.

This week’s question: What is the most popular flower for bridal bouquets right now among your clients? Why do you think that particular flower is so widely requested?

Amanda Frankewicz of Alluring Blooms, Madison, Wisconsin: “Our clients are requesting blooms that are full, lush, and ruffly. Peonies and garden roses are an even tie for most coveted flower. I think these blooms are so popular because they make a beautiful impact on their own. Each individual bloom is like a work of art with its frilly petals and lovely texture.”

Bouquet by Alluring Blooms, Photo by The Salty Peanut Photography

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Preparing To Meet Your Florist

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The start of a new year brings a whole new batch of brides and grooms. Each couple will be starting the process of defining their overall look and feel for their big day. These couples will also be choosing their color palette. All of these decisions should be made before you meet with your florist, unless your florist was hired to help you with event design. Making these crucial decisions has  gotten significantly easier in the last year. The florist can’t expect and does not expect couples to know the names of flowers because that’s our job. But we can, at the very least, hope you will be able to give us a clue to the colors you are hoping for, and then we can take the lead and show you what options you have in those shades.

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The Marriage of the Popular and the Unique

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When I ask my Vintage&Lace brides to describe what they envision for their wedding, one of the most frequent requests I receive is: “I want my wedding to be unique.”

Like most brides, I cherish the different and celebrate anything rare – especially in people, fashion, and weddings. However, some elements I love are also very popular and commonly featured in weddings. Does that mean I avoid these items altogether?  Not at all!  I believe popular and unique are not mutually exclusive terms but can marry the best of both words.

I’ll use the oh-so-popular wedding flower, the orchid, as an example:

Orchids are one of the most requested wedding flowers, especially in tropical Hawaii! One might think the frequent use of this flower would be monotonous but it is quite the opposite. There are so many varieties of orchids (as highlighted in Orchids Orchids Orchids) and even the same orchid can look very different when paired with varying flowers, colors, and textures.

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Cream and Champagne Colored Wedding Flowers

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One of the most romantic color pallets is cream and champagne. This bouquet features white peony, white sweet peas, white Japanese clematis vine, white ohara roses, white astilbe, and sahara roses. Sahara is the darkest tone you see in this bouquet she is a truly champagne rose.

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