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What Do You Know About Hydrangeas?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hydrangeas 101

By Paul Walls

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Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.

There are four things to keep in mind with hydrangeas:

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  1. Hydrangeas are a shrub with flowers consisting of large, lush clusters of many blossoms. The three most common types are a) the large, full-headed variety, known as the mop head (the most popular; b) the disk-shaped variety with loose, graceful clusters of flowers consisting  mostly of small closed buds, known as the lace cap; and c) the cream-colored, cone-shaped hydrangea with full, elongated blossoms, known as the panicle hydrangea.
  2. A fresh hydrangea has most of the flowers in the cluster open, Except for the lace cap variety. The flower is sturdy and firm to the touch.
  3. Aged hydrangeas have some of the blossoms on the cluster wilted; the overall flower feels soft to the touch.
  4. Hydrangeas benefit from extra conditioning. Drape cold, wet cloths over the top of the blossoms after they are cut.

Here are some facts about hydrangeas:

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Names: Hydrangeas

Varieties: Hydrangea Macrophylla, which includes the mop heads and lace cap varieties, and Hydrangea Paniculata, from which the cone-shaped variety is developed. The latter is sometimes referred to as PeeGee or P.G. hydrangea (from paniculata grandiflora)

Colors: Pale to intense shades of purple, pink, white, green, and some burgundy shades. Some varieties produce two-tone colors.

Scent: None

Freshness: Most of the flowers are open and firm to the touch.

Vase Life: If conditioned properly, 5 to 7 days or longer.

Availability: Summer into early fall.

Cost: Moderately expensive.

Meaning: Perseverance.

Arranging Tip: These large blossoms are wonderful for creating a colorful base for arrangements. The flower acts as a big cushion, holding other flowers in place as you build your arrangement. Hydrangeas cut in the late summer and fall may dry naturally, holding their color and shape.

Other: Hydrangeas wilt easily when cut. They benefit from special care and conditioning for prolonged vase life. Place the ends of the stems in boiling water, being careful to protect the blossoms from the steam. Place the boiled end, approximately 1 inch, into powdered alum (available at most grocery stores). Gently tap the excess powder from the stem ends and place in deep, cool water. Drape the top of the blossoms with a cold wet cloth, keeping the cloth moist by misting frequently during the conditioning period—about four hours. This helps harden the blossoms.

Here are some varieties you may want to choose from:

-          Natural Assorted

-          Tinted Assorted

-          Jumbo Assorted

-          White

-          Super Select White

-          Jumbo White

-          Silver White Tinted

-          Jumbo Light Blue Tinted

-          Super Select Blue

-          Jumbo Blue

-          Blue Tinted

-          Elite Shocking Blue

-          Blue Dutch

-          Natural Blue

-          Elite Lavender Blue

-          Black Tinted

-          Purple Tinted

-          Berenjena Dark Purple Tinted

-          Elite Purple

-          Dutch Lavender

-          Lavender Tinted

-          Elite Lavender

-          Jumbo Lavender Tinted

-          Popcorn

-          Antique Purple Tinted

-          Jumbo Lime-Green

-          Green Tinted

-          Antique Green

-          Mini Natural Green

-          Yellow Tinted

-          Gold Tinted

-          Salmon Tinted

-          Chocolate Tinted

-          Terracotta Tinted

-          Antique Pink

-          Natural Pink

-          Jumbo Pink

-          Silver Pink Tinted

-          Pink Tinted

-          Dutch Hot Pink

-          Hot Pink Tinted

-          Elite Raspberry

-          Burgundy Tinted

-          Red Tinted

-          Orange Tinted

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4 Kinds of Branches That Will Help Your Floral Design

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Flowering branches have taken over the architectural floral designs of many occasions. With more brides and grooms welcoming the natural look of “green” elements to their centerpieces, parties and engagements never looked more sophisticated. Adding height and drama in the form of unique floral trees that reach upward to the ceiling tent, and sky, couples with any style or formality of wedding bring a big dose of wow factor to their traditional centerpieces—or they make these architectural items the sole items in their centerpieces.

In most cases, these accents can be a bit more expensive. When there is a wealth of cherry and apple blossoms, you’ll pay a fraction of what the usual flower-filled centerpiece would cost. And outside of spring, you can have flowering and exotic branches imported at prices that are still friendly to the wallet. Your floral designer or an in-the-know gardener friend may have to force the blooms on these branches by following a series of steps, including putting the stems in hot water, cutting them repeatedly, and placing them in the cooler. But the efforts are worth it when you produce height, texture, and pretty florals for your architectural centerpieces.

1.       Flowering

  • Considering the flowering branches for your centerpieces: cherry, peach prune, quince, North Star cherry, forsythia, pear, apple, magnolia, and Malus or crab apple.
  • Crab apple trees of this variety produces pretty white flowers (snow-drift crabapple).

2.       Non-floral

  • Consider the following uniquely shaped branches: curly willow, birch, Manzanita, twig coral, natural coco bunch, and kiwi vines.
  • Also consider the following straight-line branches: natural reed, natural river cane, and bamboo.

3.       Berry

  • There’s a tremendous variety of berry-bearing branches, particularly when Hypericum berries provide rich orange, burgundy, and red tones.
  • In winter, holly berry branches bring a festive tone.
  • Bittersweet branches come in two varieties: one with red and orange berries for summer and another with a mix of red, orange, and brown berries for fall.
  • Some couples choose high-quality faux berries in their centerpieces to avoid toxic berries

4.       Other Unique Accents

  • The following décor are commonly used in architectural centerpieces: orange queen silk blossoms; lunaria, or silver dollar branches, also known as a money tree; royal blue pronus; and pampas grass plume.
  • Each branch of a money tree has quarter-to half-dollar-size circular white leaves, inspiring this tree’s name.
  • While most floral centerpiece stems extend twelve to thirty-six inches, the usual lengths range between thirty and forty inches.

Branches are an essential part of floral designs, incorporating them into your planning with fill everything with natural wonder and beauty. Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers offers a selection of branches that allows many decorative options. Please take a moment and consider the following options:

-          Pumpkin Tree

-          Cherry Blossoms

-          Cherry Blossoms

-          White Cherry Blossoms

-          Curly Willow Tips

-          Curly Willow Medium

-          Curly Willow Long

-          Manzanita Branches Firm

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7 Helpful Hints When Choosing and Using Foliage

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Greens are an important part to any floral arrangement, even more important than the flowers themselves. Foliage creates the shape of the arrangement, as well as balance. choosing foliage 7 Helpful Hints When Choosing and Using FoliageGreens also provide a dark background to highlight the bright colors of flowers. Greens are typically more affordable than flowers, so using them is not an added expense. There is a wide variety of interesting greens you can choose.

Before choosing, you may want to keep these 7 things in mind:

  1. You Want To Look For Foliage Varieties – Greens come in many shapes and patterns. Look for the right variety to complement your floral arrangement.
  2. You Want To Look For Leaf Shape And Textures – Not only is color important, but the shapes and textures as well. They are an important part of the creating of a beautiful arrangement.
  3. You Want To Look For Different Weights Of Leaves – You can create layered dimensions using heavy or light leaves.
  4. You Want To Select Leaves according To the Season– Some leaves are seasonal, so you want to plan according to the time of the year they are available.
  5. You Want To Arrange The Leaves The Way You Prefer Them – Heavier leaves should be towards the back of the vase, lighter leaves on top, or in front.
  6. You Want To Place The Leaves Firmly In The Arrangement – Push each stem firmly to ensure arrangement sits well. Make sure you have water in the container, removing any leaves below the water line, or they will begin to rot. Crush or split woody ends before placing them into the water.
  7. You Want To Condition The Leaves – To make the appearance of the leaves brighter, rub with olive oil. This will brighten up leaves and remove any stains.

Hopefully these are some helpful ideas to add to your wedding planning. At Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers, we would love to assist you and provide you with the freshest wholesale flowers available. We have FREE SHIPPING on every order and have very low prices.

How Important is Greenery to Your Floral Arrangements?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

4 Different Greens to Consider

In this age of “green” weddings, you may want to fill or simply accent your bouquet with a unique, eye-catching collection of greenery and filler. Baby’s breath may be too pedestrian for you, and lily of the valley appears in over 90 percent of bridal bouquets these days. Since interior designers now decorate homes with ferns and frond plants both live and in the form of artwork, it’s no wonder the all-green look has come to bridal design.

Think outside the box with a veritable world of gorgeous greens and fabulous fillers that can make even the most modest flowers look amazing by virtue of being surrounded by unexpected leaf textures, glossy ferns, and tiny filler flowers in unexpected shapes.

Today’s greens come in feathery textures, curled leaves, and veined striping for added effect. Floral designs say they love to experiment with new varieties of locally grown and imported greenery, and they often visit floral shows and wholesalers to explore the new arrivals. You too can seek out these resources.

The benefit of greenery and filler is that they most often are very inexpensive, which allows you to include more expensive flowers (such as gardenias and orchids) in your bouquet and still save up to 40 percent on each bouquet. Greenery might be available for just a few dollars a bunch, and it’s easy to incorporate into DIY projects as well. Plus, if you’re not an experienced DIYer, you’ll have plenty of greenery available to you on the cheap should you need to scrap a bouquet and start over.

Beyond the lush green color, wispy leaves and grasses can give a waterfall effect to your banquet without the shaping of cascade. Just half a dozen fronds of long fern or ivy, or the movement of decorative grass lengths, and you have created a signature bouquet.

1.       Consider Ferns

  • The most common bouquet ferns are leatherleaf and maidenhair, which you’ll recognize from the bouquets you see in floral shops and supermarket garden centers
  • For a softer, wispier look, try silk fern
  • Also called ladder fern, Nephrolepis is a unique fern to build into a bouquet
  • For softer, larger quarter-size leaves, use roundleaf fern as a visual effect in your bouquet or centerpieces

2.       Consider Grasses

  • Cut long lengths of ornamental grasses to add to your bouquet as a green, natural replacement for trailing ribbons.
  • Ornamental grasses provide movement to your bouquet as you walk and can provide a waterfall effect without the heft and texture of a cascade bouquet
  • Some of the most unique grasses that give a cascading effect to a bouquet are Bermuda grass, wild grass, flax grass, pampras, tropical sedum, hanging grass vine, and kiwi fruit grass.

3.       Consider Unique Leaves

  • Some popular flowers, such as birds of paradise, feature such gorgeous leaves that they’re often cut from the flower stems and used as filler
  • Check out the following leaf varieties: bird of paradise leaves, magnolia leaves, and grape leaves (with marbled or pink center)
  • For an autumn wedding blend colorful maple and oak tree leaves into your bouquet
  • For summer weddings, palm leaves provide a fun tropical look for your bouquet base

4.       Consider Filler Flowers

  • Besides lilies of the valley, consider other small flowers with unique shapes
  • Astilbe has a feathery appearance and comes in white, pink, red, yellow, and orange, all of which work well for summer and fall weddings
  • Allium looks like a puffball and adds a playful dimension to a bouquet, especially for winter weddings when you want a snowball effect
  • Chestnut pods are also like puffballs and add fun and round dimension to taller, trumpet-shaped flowers

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3 Popular Hand-tied Bouquets that will Make Every Bride Beautiful

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Hand-tied bouquets allow the flowers to shine in a round, gathered arrangement, but the stems also participate in the traditional bridbridal bouqet hand 3 Popular Hand tied Bouquets that will Make Every Bride Beautifulal look as ribbon-wrapped handles of beauty. The result is a tightly cluster round of flowers with a little something extra underneath, such as satin ribbon wrapping or a handle that trails lengths of ribbon or lace.

The hand-tied bouquet can be either formal or informal, depending on the types of flowers you choose and the combination you create. The most commonly used flowers in hand-tied bouquets are roses, ranunculus, calla lilies, tulips, phlox, and peonies. These so-called sturdier flowers with thicker or stronger stems will hold the weight of a flower head and keep the shape of the bouquet.

Smaller flowers such as lilies of the valley, Queen Anne’s lace, and Bells of Ireland are often added to give a delicate touch of balance out a collection of big, dramatic blooms.

Hand-tied bouquets are also referred to as clutch bouquets, and you can design them to have the entire stem wrapped in ribbon or just tie the stems with ribbon directly under the flowers, leaving the natural green stems exposed. This effect gives your bouquet a just-picked-from-the-garden look.

1.       Pastel Hand-Tied Bouquet

  • Pastel flowers stand out in a hand-tied bouquet when you add plenty of greenery.
  • Hand-tied bouquets made of one kind of flower, such as roses, make for a classic, sophisticated look
  • Mixing flower varieties allows you to change the formality level. Daisies and tulips are less formal, while roses and calla lilies are more formal.
  • A pastel color scheme allows you to complement your bridesmaids’ dresses or the wedding décor for a more unified look.

2.       Bright Red Hand-Tied Bouquet

  • Bright red bouquets are perfectly fine for day-time weddings, so don’t eliminate this color choice just because your wedding takes place in the afternoon.
  • Passionate, lipstick red roses are the top choice in this style of bright bouquet.
  • Select a range of reds and add even more depth by selecting flowers in a cranberry color.
  • Reds are almost impossible to match perfectly in hue, so eliminate any clashing tones by purposefully choosing a collection of bright and deep reds.

3.       Orange Hand-Tied Bouquets

  • Orange is a bright, happy color substitute for spring, summer, and fall weddings, which makes for hand-tied bouquets.
  • Orange calla lilies are the perfect curl of sophistication in an orange or orange-based bouquet
  • Look at vivid yellows and pale oranges as accent colors for your bouquet
  • Again, greenery brings out the natural look of the hand-tied bouquet’s stem and provides the perfect top and bottom color accent to make a tangerine floral cluster pop.

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4 Ways to Add Color and Texture to Your Fall Wedding

Friday, September 19th, 2014

fall wedding flowers 4 Ways to Add Color and Texture to Your Fall WeddingYou’re not limited to pumpkins and mums for your autumn wedding. While you may see such expected images on the covers of magazines at the grocery store, be uplifted by the many ways you can turn fall floral design into a colorful, texture-filled masterpiece for your tabletop design.

The autumn wedding season runs from September to November, and much depends upon where you live in the country. After all, the leaves on the trees start to transform from bright summer greens into autumn reds, oranges, and golds at many different times of the season, depending upon the weather conditions in each region. Weather Web sites offer tracking tools so that you can see where the autumn foliage is in peak season, and while Mother Nature doesn’t adhere to our calendars of when leaves must be bright orange to match our wedding plans, you can certainly plan your centerpieces and wedding décor to capture hues within the range of the season. And even if the tree leaves pass their peak before your wedding, you get to revive those vibrant colors with your masterful centerpieces.

1.       Using Fall Colors

  • Design a centerpiece that reflects the mix of autumn colors in the trees: rich shades of cranberry, persimmon, and gold.
  • A monochromatic centerpiece, such as all cranberry can still include lighter and darker shades of the same color family to add depth.
  • Brown is a top neutral for weddings, often called “the new black,” and plays a big part in autumn floral décor.
  • Browns, tans, and oranges rule the autumn wedding color scheme trends.

2.       Using Seasonal Fruits and Berries

  • Seasonal fruits have long been added to floral and fruit centerpieces, with pomegranates adding rich color
  • Flip the proportions of the floral and fruit centerpieces to contain 90% fruit and 10% accent flowers, such as piles of pomegranates dotted with white or pink flowers
  • With apple orchards and family farms in their prime season, stock up on bright red or green apples for centerpiece accents.
  • Consider fall pears for a softer, pastel centerpiece accent.

3.       Using Seasonal Produce

  • Long considered a great budget-saving trick, using fall produce as centerpieces adds fun and festive seasonal accent to your décor
  • Set a large, uncarved pumpkin at the center of each table; surround it with seasonal flowers and votives
  • Fill a platter or wide vase with guards of different sizes in unique shapes and colors.
  • Autumn corn contains yellow, gold brown, and orange, so build these colors into architectural centerpieces, along with color-coordinated flowers

4.       Using Fall Centerpiece Accents

  • Consider using the wealth of fall centerpiece accents found in nature or at craft stores.
  • These items include fresh colorful leaves, faux autumn leaves in high-quality=silks, acorns, pinecones, stones, natural reed bundles, and fall flowering branches such as Hypericum.
  • Visit a home improvement store to find bulk bags of river stones and mulched wood to use in centerpiece planters, vases, and pots. One bag should suffice for thirty or so centerpieces.

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How to Express Your Love with Lilies

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

lilies How to Express Your Love with LiliesThese bright or white flowers, which come in several different varieties, have become a favorite for brides due to their lovely fragrance and because the large dramatic flower is a unique addition to any bouquet or arrangement.

Lilies are also a good way to save on your wedding budget, since one big stargazer lily can take the place of several roses or other smaller flowers in a bouquet. Growers have perfected the art of variegating lilies to provide more colors than ever before, and they’re also producing enormous blooms that brides often choose to carry in place of a bouquet. You may have seen this effect in the movie Love Actually, where Keira Knightley’s character totes a single white lily to accent her delicate, romantic gown.

Lilies are not just a spring flower anymore. The lily is now considered a hot summer flower, and the Casa Blanca lily is a top choice for winter weddings. You can choose from a large variety of lilies: tiger, Asiatic, Turk’s cap, Madonna, leopard, Easter, trumpet, Canada, meadow, Carolina, prairie, Sierra tiger, alpine, and Asiatic hybrid. Do an online search or pursue photos from your floral designer to see the beauty and differences of each variety. You’ll find solid colors as well as striped or ruffled-edge lilies, and each has its own symbolism.

Those who believe in the language of flowers might also remember an age-old superstition that lilies are the flowers of death. (Pop culture experts say this is the reason behind the naming of Lily in the Munsters.) That dark symbolism no longer holds true. Lilies have been depicted as a symbolic flower associated with images of the Catholic saints, with a meaning of virtue attached. So don’t fear using lilies in your wedding day floral plans.

Here are some lilies and meanings you might find helpful:

White Lilies

  • In religious lore the white lily is a symbol of sainthood and great virtue, heroism, and faith.
  • White lilies symbolize purity and virginity and communicate the sentiment; it’s heavenly to be with you.
  • The day lily symbolizes motherhood in Chinese symbolism, so consider this flower for your mother’s pieces,
  • The Eucharis lily symbolizes maiden charms, which make it a popular choice for bridesmaids.

Pink Lilies

  • Hues of pink add a touch of color to traditional and unique floral pieces for weddings, and brides often like to add some dimension to their bouquets by mixing the colors and meanings of pink white flowers.
  • Pink lilies symbolize beauty, charm, happiness, fondness, and friendship.
  • The pink perfection lily symbolizes a man’s appreciation of a woman as perfect in his eyes, and it can be used to connote the perfection of marriage.

Stargazer Lilies

  • The stargazer lily is known for its big bright, open and sometimes multicolored petals.
  • Stargazers are one of the most fragrant lilies, and some people have strong allergic reactions to their scents. So test these flowers against your sensitivities and consider that guests too many have allergic reactions to the stargazers if they are put in the table centerpieces.
  • Stargazer lilies symbolize brightness and beauty.
  • Stargazers symbolize the love of astronomy.

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What do the Kind of Roses Say about You and Your Wedding?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Although we live in modern times, we still cling to several old world beliefs, especially when it comes to weddings. One of those beliefs comes from the Victorian-era tradition of the language of flowers, which maintains that different types and colors of flowers hold symbolism, conveying sentiments that can add very personal touches to your day.

In bygone days a gentleman courted a lady both openly and secretly (such as when the lady’s family either didn’t approve of the match or the parents hadn’t been approached yet) by sending her a flower or bouquet. The particular flower he chose might have symbolized everlasting love or said to her that she was precious to him. The lady in question might have returned a message to the gentleman by wearing a symbolic flower in her hair, or carrying one in her hand, for his view and a message of her own the next time he saw her. Flowers then played a large part in the ritual of courtship, as letters in bloom. The language of flowers grew from a secret form of communication to our modern practice of sharing that symbolism for the entire world to see.

After finding out what some of the most colors in wedding roses express, you may wish to give your own bouquet an in depth, symbolic message, or you might find your own favorite flower has a traditional meaning that is perfect for your day.

1.       White Roses

  • Perhaps the most popular choice for traditional wedding bouquets, the white rose carries several different meanings including virtue, innocence, and chastity.
  • White and red roses together symbolize unity.
  • A full bouquet of white roses symbolize gratitude
  • A garland or crown of white roses symbolizes victory or reward

2.       Pink Roses

  • Pink roses are the most popular of colored bridal flowers, with the delicate hue adding romance and femininity to bridal bouquets. Pinks may range from barely there blush to vibrant pink.
  • Dark pink roses symbolize gratitude
  • Light pink roses symbolize grace, desire, passion, joy, energy, and youth.
  • Pink roses given to mothers symbolize the gratitude and joy of the love and support of mothers has always been provided.

3.       Yellow Roses

  • Yellow roses are a favorite for spring and summer weddings, with colors ranging from pale buttercup yellow to bright sunshine yellow.
  • Yellow roses symbolize joy, friendship, and devotion.
  • As with many symbolic items, there’s a flip side. Yellow roses have also been branded with some negative meanings, namely jealousy and, even infidelity. Such is the nature of traditions that have been handed down over time, subject to translation issues from generation to generation.

4.       Red Roses

  • When brightly colored bridal flowers came on the scene in the late 1990’s, red was the number one color chosen by brides for their bouquets. After all, a bright red bouquet stands out in contrast to a pristine white wedding gown and photographs well.
  • It symbolizes true love, passion, desire, deep love, and respect.
  • Red and yellow roses together symbolize excitement
  • A red rosebud symbolizes purity and loveliness

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What Kind of Wedding Are You Planning?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

According to the WeddingReport.com, a national bridal survey website, almost half of brides and groomers are moving beyond traditional wedding plans. Here is the breakdown.

  • 51% of brides and grooms are planning traditional weddings
  • 19% are planning casual weddings
  • 13% are planning formal weddings
  • 10% are planning ‘unique’ weddings
  • 2% are planning extravagant weddings
  • 3% are planning theme weddings
  • 2% are planning other types of weddings

Where do you fit in? You need to be able to define your wedding style before you can accent your wedding with the most appropriate flowers and floral plans.

Certain wedding bouquet and centerpiece styles say formal, such as elaborate arrangements with white roses, gardenias, ranunculus, stephanotis, and lily of the valley. Others say informal, which includes anything other than roses and gardenias. An example of informal bridal flowers is a collection of brightly-colored Gerber daisies at a garden wedding. For an informal spring wedding, collections of tulips are a fitting choice for bouquets and centerpieces. At a casual backyard wedding, you might hold a bouquet of soft wildflowers.

Location plays a big part in your floral choice—happy white daisies at your garden wedding or birds of paradise at your island wedding, for example. The location will help define the formality of your flowers. For instance, a formal wedding at a lavish estate is going to call for a more elaborate bouquet style filled with upscale roses, orchids, and other blooms befitting your surroundings, not a bunch of wildflowers.

Once you decide on vision, style, and location, the next step is deciding what you will need to fulfill your wedding vision. The size of your shopping list, as well as the types of flowers you want, will determine the scope of your floral plans (and also your budget). If you require fifty centerpieces, for instance, that’s a lot of work for your floral design team, and it may be too much for you to take on as a DIY project. If, however, you need twenty centerpieces, you might be able to do it yourself. Here is an example of your average floral shopping list:

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Bride’s tossing bouquet
  • Maid or matron of honor bouquet
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Flower girl flowers
  • Mother of the bride flowers
  • Mother of the groom flowers
  • Grandmother and godmother flowers
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Best Man’s boutonniere
  • Groomsmen’s boutonnieres
  • Father of the Bride boutonniere
  • Centerpieces
  • Altar décor
  • Additional ceremony décor
  • Additional reception décor
  • Rose petals for décor

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4 Places Flowers Can Really Showcase Your Party or Reception

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Look around the room where your next party will take place. Do you see other details that can be accented with flowers on your wedding day? The best and most talented floral designers and wedding coordinators have an eye for finding that one decorative detail, such as a chandelier or windowsill that is the perfect place for a beautiful floral accent, and placing even the smallest, most unassuming flower or bunch these brings is an entire corner of the room of life.

Here are four ideas that make you think of elements that can bring to life with just one tiny floral embellishment.

Is there a spiral staircase with a banister that can be adorned with garlands and flowers? Is there a marble staircase leading down from the terrace to the grassy grounds? Each step can feature potted florals on either side, or you can place a pure floral garland on the handrail.

Pull aside the curtains and look at the detail of the big picture windows and decorative windowsills. You’ll find out below how to turn this, the number one room detail for décor, into a showstopper that extends far beyond the boundaries of the room.

Plan a visit to your site so that you can take photos, take notes, and make plans to bring floral loveliness into the ideal nooks and crannies of your room. Take lots of digital photographs so that you can later “explore” the room for additional floral accenting and other décor, and don’t forget to take photos of the hallways for the décor opportunities as well.

Again, be sure to check with your site manager to be sure you’re floral and décor plans will be allowed and to find out what the site typically creates for existing floral décor in each season.

Flowers on the Mantel

  • Many sites feature fireplaces, whether working or decorative, with mantels for floral accents.
  • Design an elongated mantelpiece that stretches across one-third the length of the mantel for the best dimensions.
  • A long mantel welcomes three or four smaller floral accents, such as clusters of white roses in low set vases, interspersed with candles.
  • Mantels are natural showcases, so drape a lush green garland along the length of it, with the ends trailing towards the floor.

Flowers on Tables

  • Your site may have an array or tables throughout the building, on which you can set floral pieces.
  • Tour your site to scout out the presence of any coffee tables next to couches seating.
  • All you need for these table areas are small bunches in plain glass vases, or a single flower floating in water in a small vase.
  • Pillar candles and votives fill out your look, so tables are ideal for flower petals additions.

Flowers on Windowsills

  • Set a small, low-set floral such as a single ranunculus, peony, or gardenia in a tiny vase on each windowsill in the room.
  • Match the color of your windowsill florals to a color seen through the window.
  • Mix flowers with seasonal items such as holly leaves and berries for the winter weddings, gourds and pinecones for fall weddings, seashells and starfish for summer weddings, or items for your theme.
  • Keep lit candles far away from windowsills.

Flowers on Stairs

  • Set a small potted flower on each step of stairways either inside or outside for an added dash of color.
  • If budget is an issue, place potted flowers on every other step.
  • Use ceramic vases to hold bunches of coordinating flowers to tie into your décor.
  • Use larger potted flowers or vases on the bottom step and smaller versions on each step above.

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