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Wedding Flowers for the Spring Season

Wedding Flowers for the Spring Season

Let's take a look at wedding flower's that are in season for our spring brides!
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3 Tips for Bridal Bouquet Design

3 Tips for Bridal Bouquet Design

Here are a few tips to help you choose your flowers and build your bridal bouquet!
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What to Look for in a Wedding Florist

What to Look for in a Wedding Florist

You need someone who can handle flowers for an entire event, including centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets and more.
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Fall Wedding Inspirations and Tips

Fall wedding boardAs we enter into the month of September with summer closing down, we can be excited about at least one thing: Fall weddings are gorgeous! With fall weddings you can use rich and warm colors. A step in the rustic direction -which is a very popular trend – is never a wrong move in the fall. Plus, it is the season of change, making it the perfect choice for a wedding.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Photo: Ruffled Blog – “Chagrin Falls Wedding”

With fall weddings, your flowers can be bigger and darker with natural tones taking the lead. This is, however, a season where those popular succulent flower choices look a little less at home.film Fifty Shades Darker online

The desired look or feeling is comparable to how you would feel looking up into the bronze and gold leaves -with that hint of green – watching the sunlight trickle through. Rich reds, purples, and oranges of the burnt orange variety are great color choices when using those changing leaves as an inspiration. Also, when deciding on your wedding colors,  keep in mind that gold accents will amp up this season’s natural beauty.

Rustic Cake Topper

Photo: Wedding Collectibles – Personalized Wood Veneer Sign

For your wedding accessories, items like burlap table runners, wedding sparklers, and rustic wedding cake toppers will really fit into this season. If you are wanting to do a unity candle or sand vase as part of your ceremony, for fall, the candle is more ideal. Also, leaf designs done right can really make your fall wedding look absolutely perfect; you probably just don’t want everything to have that big maple leaf on it!

 

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Destination Hawaii Real Wedding Feature - Melissa & Cameron

A Get Away Destination Hawaii Wedding - Melissa & Cameron

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Meet newlyweds Melissa and Cameron. Melissa and Cameron met when they were just in the 3rd grade and became fast friends. Time and school quickly parted them, but by age 16 they were in each other's lives again and they quickly fell in love (though, as Melissa reports, Cameron wouldn't kiss her until 9 months after they were dating). Both Melissa and Cameron live life with adventure in their heart. Cameron is in the Navy and Melissa is currently pursuing her passions in aviation, fitness and make up design. With their adventurous spirits there was no question that their wedding would be full of love, adventure, and that little feeling you get right before you leap.

Planning the Wedding On a Tight Budget

After they got engaged, stress set in. Melissa had always dreamed of her wedding, but what wasn't a part of  that dream was the anxiety that set in. "We had only three months to put it together. We had a pretty small budget. $3000. Also, my father-in-law promised us a honeymoon somewhere. After about a month of stressing over how to pay for things like: locations, photography, flowers, invitations, announcements, cake, food, entertainment, etc. I text my soon-to-be saying why don’t we get married in Hawaii and spend the rest of our honeymoon there. And so we did!"

That $3,000  covered their airfare, minister, marriage certificate fees, her wedding dress, photographer, cake, and flowers.

Wedding Cake  

Wedding Cake

Cake kiss

How Did They Do It?

They got married on a beach in Oahu and used the wedding planning service, Hawaiian Barefoot Weddings , which according to Melissa, was one of the best decisions they made. Hawaiian Barefoot Weddings took care of the beach permit, photographs, cake, marriage certificate, and supplied the family with fresh flower leis. Then, they were blessed with a family that was supportive and parents who covered their rental car, hotel, and reception dinner.

Everything was close knit.  

Melissa and Cameron truly wanted to focus their wedding on them. They wanted to only have immediate family present, an outdoor and Christian based ceremony.

Papering the Bride

Melissa got ready with her mom and two of her little sisters in her hotel room. She was only a little bit (20 minutes) late.

Wedding Ceremony

 Her father, David, walked her down the sandy shore aisle.

Walking down the Aisle He most definitely got teary eyed, and Melissa could not contain her excitement upon seeing her groom.

Wedding Ceremony

 Who could not have a greater look of joy on his face.Wedding Ceremony

Saying "I Do!" surrounded by family and the sounds of waves meeting the shore.
Wedding Ceremony   Vibrant flower petals encircled the bride and groom.

Wedding Ceremony DecorationsleisAnd as part of the Hawaiian beach ceremony, they handed out leis!

Cameron's brothers were his groomsmen (dressed in Hawaiian shirts) and Melissa's sisters were her bridesmaids (dressed in mint). Melissa's father walked her down the aisle, sharing in that sweet moment of passing his daughter over to her new husband. The mothers were tearing up and everyone was smiling. This was a marriage that they had known was in the works for years.

Wedding Party Full of Family

"Things that people remember about our wedding are: the white sandy beach, the sunset, the fresh flower leis, the bubbly, the coconut cake and the strawberry shortcake, and the turtles that joined us at the end of the ceremony. Things that I will remember are: the minister and his wife, who coordinated the entire ceremony, the beautiful way that the sky met the waves of the ocean, the sunset, and above all seeing my soon-to-be husband standing among our closest relatives waiting to take my hand."

Special Little Details and Accessories  

Though Melissa wasn't worried about having her wedding be traditional, she did decide to adhere to the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Something NewWedding Jewlery

For her something old, she attached a heart pendant that belonged to her mother-in-law's grandmother to her wedding garter. Then for her something new,  she wore  a silver bracelet gifted to her by her mother for her birthday just a few months before the wedding. Her something borrowed was really rather creative. On the morning before the ceremony her and her husband went for a walk on the beach and picked up a single white stone from the sand. Borrowing the stone from the ocean, she hid it in her bouquet for the ceremony. At the end of their honeymoon she returned it by tossing it back out to sea. Then finally, as her something blue she wore blue crystal earrings. Wedding Bouquet Another little detail for her wedding that was particularly special was her gorgeous bouquet made by her husband's grandmother. It was a waterfall bouquet of white Lilies, hints of green leafs, and subtle small crystal accents at the center of each flower. The something extra these crystals added is simple proof of what a bouquet accessory (or really any wedding accessory) can do to make each wedding detail special. It is obvious from her photographs that Melissa was a glowingly happy Bride. When asked what her advice would be to Brides, particularly those that are on a tight budget, she said "Go with the flow and stay true to yourselves...In the end there are a few key things that will make your wedding perfect. Make those things happen and let the rest be." weddingques3 Be sure to submit your dream wedding to be featured!

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Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Purple Handmade California Wedding

1) Flowers are great, but do they glitter? -Okay, so that might seem ridiculous, but there is an important point to be made here. Flowers are beautiful and if your wedding is focusing on simple decor, then you probably won't want any accessories that will be very showy, but adding small accessories or a little bit of dazzle to your bouquet can add a dimension that will personalize your wedding bouquet and look great in your wedding photos. French Bistro Inspired Wedding at Prairie Productions 2) Make it beautiful. Make it personal. Typically you are going to find two forms in which a bride's bouquet will be put together. The first is using a formal bouquet holder which broken down to its most basic sense is florist foam on a stick. These are great if you are making your own bouquet and are easier for florist to shape and really make an artistically designed bouquet. The second is a wrap. This typically means you will be keeping and wrapping your flowers long stems with ribbon or some other wrapping appropriate material. This lends to a more casual wedding theme, but can also be made to be just as formal as a bouquet holder, just as a bouquet holder can be used to create a more casual bouquet. Bridal Bouquet Locket Charm Bracelet With these as your options it gives you plenty of room to personalize or glam up your bouquet. If you are using a wrap style and want to make your bouquet a little more personal you can choose to use something like a brooch that was your grandmothers as your something old and have it pinned to the ribbon or you can use something like the bridal bouquet locket charm featured above with an image of your groom or even a small wedding photo of your parents and then your new initial. What is great about this particular bouquet accessory is that it comes with a link bracelet so you can later wear the charm as a jewelry accessory!

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Special Touch Flower Girl Baskets

 

 Special Touch Flower Girl BasketsStern Grove Wedding As one of the first to walk down the aisle, the flower girl is one of the first introductions to your wedding party look, so what you put your flower girl in can work to help set the tone. Flower girl dresses can be made to look like mini versions of the bridesmaid dresses, the wedding dress, or can be its own unique design that is in those wedding colors or wedding theme. One accessory that a flower girl can't go without is her flower basket! Like her dress, there are a variety of different designs you can choose from, but don't let yourself get too locked in to a typical flower basket and have some fun with it!

Flower Girl Basket with Embroidered Sheer Trim & Bows So, what are some options?

Taupe Pleated Silk Flower Basket

This flower basket (Taupe Pleated Silk Flower Basket) is not one that is necessarily out of the basket thinking, but it offers a put together look that will add style to your wedding. What is beautiful about this basket is that it offers a textured look, the cuteness of a bow, and a contrast to the starch white that is often featured in the flower girl look. So if you are looking to put your flower girl in white, we recommend using a colored basked like the one above to add dimension to your flower girl's color palette.

Burlap & Lace Flower Basket

Similarly to the taupe pleated flower basket, this lace and burlap basket offers up texture, color, and fashion. Additionally, it is completely one trend and works great across multiple wedding themes, including but not limited to country western, shabby chic, vintage, and fairy tale. With this in mind, one thing to look for when looking at a flower basket - just as with any wedding accessory - is to find one that adds to or otherwise incorporates your wedding theme. Thus, if you are having a beach themed wedding, then you will  want a beach oriented flower girl basket!

Then there are the non-basket flower baskets. A lot of brides are incorporating buckets or boxes instead of a basket. The above "Rose" flower basket is sort of in between in that it will be carried exactly like a basket, but its flower design sets it apart from its wicker basket kin. These are the type of flower baskets that really open the door for you to get creative.

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The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

 

The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

Wedding Collectibles Caucasian Couple Figurine

If you have had your heart set on a traditional bride and groom cake topper or perhaps plan to use the same one your parents used , but you also really like the idea of flowers on your cake don't think you can't do both! You just want to make sure you don't let the flowers over power or otherwise hide your cake topper and you don't want the floral design to be so insignificant that it is like there is nothing there at all. 

Sunflower & Burlap Wedding Cake

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Sunflowers, Peonies, and Garden Roses are some wedding flower favorites that can look great on a cake, but if you want to have a cake topper too, these would be overbearing and would take away from the cake topper you so carefully picked out. If you find smaller sunflowers, it could work, but they are still a really bold flower choice, so you will have to play with it. 

  Memento's Designs TooSmall

Flowers like baby's breath could end up being too small. The above cake looks great, but the flowers are such a small element that unless you do do something where the cake is colored, the flowers won't make much of an impact. If you want the flowers on the cake to be a complete side note, then these might work for you, but if you want flowers to be a major part of the cake's design that works with the cake topper, these just won't cut it. Baby's breath really is just a filler flower, It is the soft stuff that goes in-between the pretty stuff and they just don't quite make enough of an impact to go on a wedding cake.

 

Spring Wedding Flower - Lily of the ValleyJust Right

The lily of the valley flower is a great option for a cake with flowers and a cake topper, Like the baby's breath, the flowers are small, but not overly small. This allows for you to have a floral cake design that frames a wedding cake topper without over doing it. Other flowers that can fit this just right category are daisies and lilacs.

 

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Smart Brides Will Love an Alternative Wedding Bouquet

The Right Alternative Wedding Bouquet

Alternative Wedding Bouquet

Florists are a big part of wedding day expenditures, which is why many brides are eschewing big-budget bouquets in favor of an alternative wedding bouquet that better speaks to their style needs. An alternative wedding bouquet does not equal plastic flowers stapled together last minute, it's actually quite the contrary. A lovingly-made alternative bouquet might be just what you need to make your big day as special as it can be.   So what, exactly, is an alternative wedding bouquet composed of? The short answer is - whatever you want! If you want an alternative wedding bouquet fashioned from seashells, ribbons, silk, crystals, or anything else you can think of, you're in luck - am alternative wedding bouquet is already assembled and waiting for you. This type of bouquet is wonderful for beach brides who believe that azaleas have no place at a bonfire, or just the sensitive bride whose nose just can't stomach a perfumed aisle on her wedding day. An alternative wedding bouquet is an exciting alternative that will turn heads as you walk down the aisle!   An alternative wedding bouquet is also much easier to preserve than its fresh cousin - keep the memories alive forever without the expensive preservation process!
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Creativity and Style: Wedding Bouquet Accessories

Wedding Bouquet Accessories Highlight your Creative Choices

Wedding Bouquet Accessories

Whether you’re building your own bouquet or looking to improve on your purchased one, wedding bouquet accessories are a stunning addition to all of your floral arrangements. Usually an accessory such as a bird, crystal, flower, or other trinket is suspended on a long, thin wire to make up a wedding bouquet accessory, so they are easy to place and arrange in a tightly-bound floral arrangement. Florists will often mark up wedding bouquet accessories, but if you have an eye for design and style, there’s no reason why you can’t fit them in to your bouquet yourself.   Wedding bouquet accessories that are simple and not so varied in color (such as teardrop or cluster crystals) are great for winter or solid-color bouquets. They won’t distract from the bold floral statement, but will add sparkle to your day.   Wedding bouquet accessories that feature garden-like trinkets (such as hummingbirds, ladybugs, and colored crystals) look wonderful in whimsical and colorful bouquets, especially in the spring. And don’t discount the other uses for wedding bouquet accessories. To create unity and flow in your reception space, highlight and accent your cake and centerpieces with the same wedding bouquet accessories that adorned your floral arrangements as you walked down the aisle. You can add your own creative touch to every aspect of your day with wedding bouquet accessories!
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Wedding program

You need to decide whether you need a wedding program or not. This will depend on how big your wedding affair is. There are so many things to do while arranging a wedding. If you do not take care of each detail, the entire wedding has chances of going haywire. You need to take care of wedding invitation, wedding flowers, wedding decoration, wedding dress, wedding menu and venue and numerous other things. You will need to chalk down a plan on pen and paper that will take care of all the aspects of a wedding. So here comes the wedding program. If you want to stay on tract from the beginning to the end, then a wedding program is a must. With the wedding program ready, you feel that you are in full control. You can relax that the entire event is planned. If your budget is tight, then your wedding program must be made in a way to fit the budget. It is not possible for you to remember everything. So you must have a wedding  program in place if you want your special day to go without a glitch.
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A memorable wedding

Having a memorable wedding does not depend on the budget. You can let your creativity run and make your wedding memorable. Make it different from all other traditional ones. This way you and your guests will remember for a long time to come. If you have enough budget, then it is a good idea to hire a wedding planner. The wedding planner is responsible for ensuring that your flowers are fresh and the venue looks beautiful and the service is faultless. The planners are available at various price ranges. You can choose the one that suits you best. Choose a theme that will be different from the common ones. You need to ensure that the entire decorations match with the theme of the venue. The flowers, the table cloth, the bouquets and similar ones need to match with the theme. The menu should take care of the preferences of majority of the guests. Try to make the return gift and thank you note unique. It need not be too expensive. Just make sure you make it a little different.

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