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Choosing Your Wedding Florist

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Choosing your wedding florist is a very important decision you will be making on your way to the altar. Truly no other vendor will have has as much impact on the beauty of your day. In the past few years with the surge of social media and all of the fabulous wedding blogs, most savvy brides are starting to understand the importance of having beautiful and quality designs at their wedding.

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Elevated Centerpieces

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Nothing fills a space or creates drama in a room better than vaulted or elevated centerpieces. Here is a great photo from one of our Holly Heider Chapple events just a few weekends ago. The centerpiece was elevated on a clarinet vase. The vase was filled with limes and the floral arrangement was placed on the top of the vase. The arrangement is created on a clear plastic plate that is not visible when it’s placed on the elevated stand. The plate is easy to transport and easy for guests to take home. When we have 10 or more tables we like to design at least two styles of  florals. If the event space has high ceilings or is very large we often suggest that half of those designs be elevated. This gives the room visual movement, in other words the eye is seeing ups and downs throughout the space and not just a sea of monotony. When a bride wants to walk into her reception room and get that big “ahhh” moment then elevated designs are almost always needed.

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Spring Flowers

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Spring is in the air, and wedding season is here!!!!! I was recently in  NYC visiting the flower market and I thought I would share some of the lovely blooms available right now.

Tulips, lots and lots of tulips. This bloom is available in many different shades until the warmer weather comes in mid June. Tulips make a comeback in the Fall once we pass the heat of Summer.

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Herb Boutonnieres

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Traditional boutonnieres are often roses, calla lillies, or orchids.  At Nicole & Carl’s wedding in Maryland, though, they chose an herb boutonniere!  Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm provided the flowers for this wedding.  I thought this was a sweet idea and just had to share:

(photo by Nat Wongsaroj)

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A Classy White Wedding

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For someone who LOVES color, it is sometimes hard for me to say that I like white. However, when it comes to weddings, I love when everything is white, white white. An all white wedding is timeless. While some may think that an all white wedding means stiff guests and little dancing, this is not true. The styling and flowers you choose will help to create the mood for your wedding. So, if you are worried that the colors you pick for your wedding are going to look dated in 5 years, consider using white. After you decide how formal or laid back you want your wedding to be, talk with your florist and event planner. They should be able to pick the right flowers, containers and decor elements to help you achieve the right mood.

Tip: If you are more laid back, you should try mixing different flower varieties and arranging a variety of whites and creams together to create interest and personality. For more formal brides and weddings, stick to 1 -3 varieties of flowers and one shade of white (and yes, there are different shades of white).

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Maids Bouquets Made Special

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At first glance these maids pink peony bouquets are the same. Take another peek and check out this fun ribbon detail. Each maid was given a different ribbon. The ribbons were chosen by the bride for each of her maids.

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Finding the Right Bouquet Style

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As you start to plan your wedding, you will quickly realize that there are many, many details to be finalize. One of the first things you should discuss with your floral designer is the shape and style of your bouquet. You may not realize that there are several shapes and styles of bouquets which all will have an impact on the look and style of your wedding. Before meeting with your floral designer, study up on bouquet terminology so you can easily communicate your vision.

A “nosegay” is a small bunch of flowers. Nosegays are a great alternative to a corsage for the Mother/Grandmother of the Bride and Groom. Nosegays can also be used for petite brides, junior bridesmaids and flower girls.

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DIY: Pomander Centerpieces

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Most brides are surprised to find that centerpieces can be extremely expensive. While there are several ways to minimize this expense, many of these ways leave you with a less dramatic arrangement. If you are on a budget but still want a show stopper, try creating your own pomander centerpieces.

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Personal Flowers – Another “Devil is in the Details”

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When one thinks of wedding details, personal flowers often come to mind.  Details they may be, but they in turn come with their own set of details – as is “the devil is in the details.”

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It happens all the time.  The photographer arrives at your home as you are getting ready and asks you to hold your bouquet.  And then you realize, your bouquet is being delivered to the church.  Oops!

Or one of the groomsmen gets stuck in traffic, decides that instead of meeting the rest of the boys at the apartment, he will go straight to the ceremony.  His boutonniere never makes it.  And the best man says, “oh, yeah, but I thought the one we left behind was for your father.”  Oops again.

Here are some suggestions to avoid these calamaties:

  • Create a list of all your personal flowers; one line for each item, with name of the person for whom it is intended, the delivery place and delivery time.  Give a copy to your florist and anyone else who will be accepting the deliveries.

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Vintage Flowers

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It’s a throwback to simpler times, but Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth, Peonies, Gardenias, Gladiolas and, yes, even Spirea more commonly known as “Bridal’s Wreath” are adding that retro vintage look of classic romance to bridal bouquets, corsages and centerpieces. These blooms are the perfect choice if you have selected an Uber Chic, 50’s inspired bridal gown or an ethereal vintage-style gown. The best part is the distinct fragrance each will add throughout your celebration.  Pair up the very traditional rose in an architectural design or pattern throughout the bouquet or arrangements to give it a hint of a contemporary look.  If you remember way back, flowers also had wide satin ribbon bows in the bouquet along with wide satin ribbon tails.

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