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Nature’s Goodness Is Found In Spider Mums

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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If you are looking for a natural flower full of goodness and natural, exotic beauty, then you will enjoy spider mums. We recently ordered some to photograph and put in our home and were so pleased with how they looked. We even gave some to our neighbors who were more than thrilled to receive them. There is something exotic in the way they look and I believe you will be amazed as well. If you are considering these flowers there are some interesting things to learn about them.

They come from the chrysanthemum family and are also known as football mums in the United States because of how they are used at homecomings and football events. In China and Japan they are revered. They are amazing because they retain their blossoms long after their heads have been cut. Spider Mums are also used as antibacterial properties. Not only that, they are used to produce natural insecticides that are not harmful for the environment.

Here is a little history of these natural beauties; did you know that they are native to China and just in the last century have become popular in the US?  In the 18th century Swedish botanist Karl Linnaeus created the name chrysanthemum from two Greek words, chrysos = gold, and anthos = flower, they are golden flowers. In 1989, NASA discovered that spider mums had the ability to remove toxins from indoor air by absorbing 61% of formaldehyde in the environment.  They are a natural source of pyrethrum which is an insecticide used in flea repellent. In Asia they have long been used in tea for medicinal purposes

Spider mums have a unique appearance on their heads, reaching up to 6 inches, coming in white, light green, pale purple, and bright yellow. Their petals are known as florets which are thin rays with hooked or coiled ends. Mum petals are termed florets because technically, each floret is an individual flower of its own springing from the blossom’s central disk.

Finally, what is significant about spider mums? They do have different meanings in other countries. In the United States they convey “elope with me.” They impart a bohemian style to any bridal bouquet. In Japan they convey “festival of happiness.” In China they convey “nobility.” In Europe they convey “death” and are place on graves.

These flowers are full of nature’s goodness and Whole Blossoms has some varieties for you to choose from. You will not be disappointed with their appearance, they make wonderful a wonderful floral to keep in the house or to use for your next planned event.

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Here are some varieties we have available:

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White

Yellow

Lavender Pink

Green

Bronze

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

 

What Is The Whole Blossoms Difference?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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At Whole Blossoms, we strive to bring you the best flowers available from around the world. Many times our clients often wonder what makes us different than say the local florist, supermarket, or other online options. Some say we have knock out roses, I would have to agree with them because seeing is believing and we have eight things that define us as different.

1. Whole Blossoms offers a wider selection of shades and varieties. Just order six dozen roses and see for yourself. When you go elsewhere the selection is very small compared to what we have to offer. We are also constantly seeking to add more varieties to make your shopping experience the most beneficial.

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2. When you buy form Whole Blossoms you do not need as many roses due to the larger size heads we have on our flowers. This is perfect for making your arrangements, bouquets, centerpieces, and even boutonnieres and corsages. Just look at the difference between ours and others.

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3. Compare our stems with the stems from others, look how much thicker they are. This is perfect when working with flowers and trying to place them in arrangements without them breaking.

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 4. Our head size is taller and wider than flowers purchased from elsewhere. Just look at the difference.

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5. The opening of our heads are greater and far more desirable.

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 6. The vase life on our flowers are 3 to 4 times longer due to their cut to order and shipping process. The flowers are not cut from the farm until they are ordered, once you order them they are cut and shipped directly to your doorstep.

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 7. Another difference is where our flowers come from, they come from only certified farms with environmental and social certifications.  Our flowers are grown with the highest standards available.

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8. Whole Blossoms has a rose selection with colors, flower heads, and shapes that guarantee that you will only receive the highest quality of the most beautiful roses available on the market

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So when you are looking for quality roses, think wholeblossoms.com.

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

An Easy Step By Step Checklist To Help You Plan Your Wedding Flowers

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

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We all love checklists, it’s so refreshing after brainstorming several ideas to compile a checklist then systematically executing. The pleasure you feel when completing such a checklist is gratifying and more than rewarding. At Whole Blossoms we hope to go beyond your expectations and deliver you the best quality of flowers from our farms we have all around the world. We are also practical and want to give you some helpful checklists to allow you to think and plan ahead for your wedding flowers. It is always a good idea to plan ahead as this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. Although you can have a dream wedding in a short period of time it will take a lot of work, however, if you plan ahead, it will be much easier to work in your wedding flower ideas. If you can, plan a year in advance, then move forward. Ready for that checklist? Here we go…

One Year To Go…

  • Compile a scrapbook of flower varieties and color schemes you would like by tearing pages from various wedding flower magazines. You can also go to our website and bookmark your favorite flower options

9 Months To Go

  • Once you have picked your dress and the attendant’s outfits, add a swatch of both fabrics to your scrapbook to refer to when you’re looking at colors for your flowers.
  • Go to Whole Blossoms and ask for recommendations that go with the colors you are thinking about.

6 Months To Go

  • After considering your flower options it’s time to finalize your flower order, together with the number of arrangements needed.

3 Months To Go

  • Order your flowers online or by the phone
  •  Provide all of the delivery details needed

Here is another checklist to keep track of all of the flowers you will need.

The Wedding Party

Church Flowers

  • Entrance
  • Altar
  • Pew-ends
  • Columns

Civil Ceremony

  • Entrance
  • Registrar’s Table

Reception Flowers

  • Entrance
  • Pedestal Arrangements
  • Top Table
  • Other Tables
  • Wedding Cake
  • Cars/ Transport
  • Additional Arrangement

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available from around the world right to your doorstep. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at http://www.wholeblossoms.com/

A Closer Look At Our Flowers From Ecuador

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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Recently, I was able to travel to Ecuador to visit several of our farms and see for myself the climate and conditions for which our flowers grow in. The majestic Andes Mountains and fresh rain water overflowing from their towering mountain peaks into lush fertile valleys makes everything grow in a way you can’t find anywhere else. I took thousands of photos and hope to share a lot with you in upcoming articles and blogs. We are excited about our business and with confidence can say to you that you are getting the freshest flowers in the world. In the United States flowers have to grow seasonally in most areas, so the quantities and quality is somewhat limited. In Ecuador, which is on the equator, has a climate that never changes, is consistent and can produce the freshest flowers you can ever imagine.  I took this trip so I could see for myself how our flowers are produced, not to mention the feel of the atmosphere, which is tremendous.

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The flight was about four hours from Florida and had nothing but clear blue skies. We landed in Quito and made arrangements to stay with a local farm owner who is also a friend. The first thing I noticed was the mountains. They are nothing like I have ever seen. At one time the only mountains I had seen were the Appalachian Mountains, but when I got to Denver and saw the Rockies I was in awe. They are nothing compared to the Andes Mountains…imagine flying above the clouds, preparing to land and as you break the clouds you are eye level with the mountain peaks. It was crazy. So far, they are the highest mountains I have ever seen.

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Once on the ground I could feel the freshness of the air, it is cool and comfortable. Everything is surrounded by mountains and Ecuador is connected with such a rich history and culture. This is what I woke up to every morning as I went for my morning walk, searching for inspiration.

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Before actually going to see the farms, my wife and I went to the local farmer’s market and spent quite a of time looking at all the amazing fruit that is grown in the area. You would not believe how amazing their fruit is, considering this, it is easier to understand why Ecuadorian roses are the best.

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Another thing to mention is the closeness of the farms to the Amazon Jungle. This is an amazing tropical rainforest! My wife and I actually spent one night in the Amazon jungle, an experience I will never forget. They assured me that it wasn’t tarantula season, so I could rest assured that night.

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Even though I couldn’t sleep well at night and didn’t see any tarantulas, the bugs were huge!

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Our goal was two-fold in going to Ecuador, first was to see where our flowers come from and two, gather as many photos as possible to help create improvements of our catalog at wholeblossoms.com. It is extraordinary how the flower growing process takes place and was impressed with the various stages of operations. They have the perfect climate for a working environment.

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This is how your flowers look in the farms before they are harvested.

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This is how your flowers are separated and packed for delivery.

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After examining the process of how fresh roses are produced we began working on photographing certain varieties for our catalog. Look how amazing they look! You will never find freshness like this at the local florist. These flowers come right from the farm to your doorstep.

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This is our Pretty in Pink Garden Rose

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Red Eternity Garden Rose

Those were just a couple of examples, we have several garden rose varieties that you would love have at any event. We are proud of our flowers and assure the highest quality available.

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We also provide premium wedding bouquets. We experimented in creating some new varieties and took photos of some examples. If you are looking for a certain kind of bouquet that we don’t have just ask us. We might be able to have it special made for you.

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All in all it was a wonderful trip and very insightful. Sometimes we hear about prospective customers not really understanding the nature of our business or how we are different or better than the local florist. I hope this has been helpful. If you are looking for garden roses check out the varieties we have available.

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Blushing Beauty

Blush Garden

Pure Light

White Vitality

Bright Love

Romantic Creamy Passion

Cream Romantic

Just Peachy

David Austin Patience

Vuvuzela Peach

Gosciny Coral Orange

Salmanazar Pink Peach Peony

Pink Tea Spray

Prince Jardinier Pink White

David Austin Kiera Pink

David Austin Rosalind

David Austin Miranda

Pink Invitation

Passion Light Pink

Aurthur Rimbad Salmon Pink

Pink Devotion

David Austin Pink

Baroness

Pretty in Pink

Francois Rabelais Red Spray

David Austin Darcey Red Cranberry

Red Eternity

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

 

 

 

Affordable, Fresh Cut Wedding Flowers

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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When choosing wedding flowers it is a great idea to order the freshest blooms available. At Whole Blossoms are flowers are typically more affordable, and most importantly, available. Flowers such as gerberas, daisies, carnations and chrysanthemums, in comparison to roses and orchids are usually very reasonably priced. Choose irises, daffodils and tulips in spring. Throughout the year Whole Blossoms can save you over 50% of your wedding day flower costs for both your bouquets and table decorations.

Whole Blossoms cuts out the middleman and sometimes we can even hand make your bridal bouquet, depending on what is available. However, if you read through our selection of wedding blogs you will see that we have several articles that explain how you can make your own wedding and bridal bouquet, how to make boutonnieres, and even how to decorate your wedding areas. You can even go to YouTube and view some of our videos on how to make them. Check out these links, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC_tdZL8C3U and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vffyn1kA54.

Just call and ask us for any advice you need in preparing and caring for your flower purchase. When you are creating a floral arrangement, order plenty of greenery to increase flower volume in bouquets, they give the impression of more flowers.

Larger blooms will often get you more bang for your buck. Think hydrangeas, lilies, and peonies, they’re big, bold, take up more room and cut down on cost. Also, consider using filler leaves and ferns to add volume and complement floral arrangements.

Although they look adorning, bridesmaids don’t necessarily need individual bouquets, instead, give them one beautiful blossom to pin and wear around. You can even make a boutonniere for them, or a wrist corsage is another nice option. This is a more affordable option and this way the flowers have become part of their outfit and not left on the table in the bathrooms after an hour.

For groomsmen boutonnieres look fabulous and if they are matching suits or outfits, this small detail can really tie them together.

Instead of elaborate floral centerpieces, consider using petite vases or vintage jars and fill them with fewer stems. Tulips would be a nice option for these as they are compact, colorful and neat.

Some other suggestions are these: Use ripe fruits for they are said to symbolize abundance and fertility…they are also yummy, cheap and colorful. Tomatoes look beautiful and enticing in a rustic Italian display. You could also include green or red apples, peaches, vibrant lemons or limes, grapes or pomegranates; stack them in cases, spray paint them, stick name cards in them, experiment away.

Candles create an air of romanticism and can be bought in all shapes and sizes. Gather different sized candles together on vintage plates or trays. Sit them in vases surrounded by pebbles. You can buy the pebbles and pillar candles from dollar shops. While looking at discount shops you can also look for hurricane vases and plain pillar vases, which look great with candles placed inside (especially if your venue will not allow open flames without a cover, which is most venues). Pet stores and nurseries sell pebbles in a variety of colors and textures (for fish tanks and fountains).

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

 

We Have a Flower For Every Season

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

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These days, many flowers are imported and available year round. Some examples include alstroemeria, carnations, chrysanthemums, freesias, gerberas, lilies, orchids, and roses. Deciding which flower to use can be a challenge, or completely up to you depending on your occasion, style and taste. Whole Blossoms wants to give you its recommendation of flowers to use for all four seasons.

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Spring Flowers: anemones, hyacinths, lilies of the valley, ranunculus, and tulips.

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Summer Flowers: campanulas, daisies, delphiniums, hydrangeas, larkspurs, peonies, phlox, roses, stock, Sweet Peas.

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Fall Flowers: amaranthus, chrysanthemums, dahlias, hydrangeas, asters, scabius.

Winter Flowers: iris, and hypericum.

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

The Beauty Of Hydrangeas

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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Hydrangeas have always been a popular flower variety. I can remember seeing my grandfather planting my grandmother’s favorite white hydrangeas; they would sit out by their garden in lawn chairs, holding hands and looking at their splendid floral displays. Unfortunately they are not really considered anymore because of the variety of other flowers available today. Whenever I look at hydrangeas I can think of many different things.

One thing to think of is that they are far more affordable than some of the other varieties people are planting or using for their events or displays. Newer varieties will even grow in cooler climates and have much deeper, and richer colors. Whole Blossoms has several varieties in which I will list for you below. Certain hydrangeas can even change their color depending on the soil they are planted in. We see this a lot with certain varieties that come from California and Colombia. Farms experiment with creating new colors by working with the acid and alkaline conditions of the soil, also by adding a layer of lime stone or chalk, red hydrangeas are dramatically enhanced.

Planting and caring for hydrangeas is pretty easy. They always seem to thrive when planted in sunny areas, moist soil, and plenty of room to grow without having to be pruned as often. Too much shade will cause a great deal of problems, especially when planting them under a tree. Trees love the moist soil that hydrangeas supply and their roots will cut off their ability to drink water.

They are also quite disease-resistant, but occasionally can be infected. Mildew sometimes forms in heavy shade and humid conditions. Leaf spots, root rot, and even rust can occur if they are planted in the wrong conditions.

Hydrangeas make wonderful cut flowers and are perfect for bouquets, but one thing to keep in mind is the variations of color than can occur because of the climate and soil conditions as previously mentioned.

If you have an event and are planning on using hydrangeas, we have some helpful tips for you to remember. Occasionally we will have a customer worry that their hydrangeas appear wilted. First of all, if they do look wilted it’s because they love to drink water and miss it during their transport. However, they are perfectly normal.

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Hydrangeas that appear wilted, but this is normal

The stems of hydrangeas have a liquid that seals the bottom so the heads do not receive water, even though people cut them they still don’t receive water. So what you can do is to get a peeler, like a potato peeler and peel the bottom of the stem all the way around, much like you would peel a cucumber. Then you take a knife a make several cuts all over and around the peeled part of the stem. When you do this the heads will get real big because they will be able to get more water. To get your hydrangeas at the maximum size on their heads, once you have peeled the stems, then you fill a tub with filtered water at room temperature. Once you have the tub filled then you fully submerge the stem and head, they cannot just be floated, but fully submerged for 4 to 6 hours and it is miraculous! They come back to full life. These flowers are extremely sensitive to water. That is why hydrangeas coming from a very long distance appear wilted or dying, they simply need hydration, but the result is a beautiful flower for arrangements. The heads are so full, sometimes you can make a bouquet with one stem.

Again, remember if your hydrangeas are a true blue, depending on the pH levels in the rains coming from the farms, your hydrangeas may have a tinge of purple and farms really don’t have a way of predicting this kind of outcome. At Whole Blossoms, we hope this article has been helpful and will be more than happy to assist you with completing an order for hydrangeas or any floral need you may have.

Here are the hydrangea varieties we currently have available:

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White

Silver/White

Natural Blue

Green Antique

Popcorn

Elite Shocking Blue

Elite Lavender Blue

Elite Purple

Elite Lavender

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Tinted Black

Tinted Purple

Tinted Berenjena Dark Purple

Tinted Lavender

Tinted Antique Purple

Tinted Green

Tinted Jumbo Lavender

Super Select White

Super Select Blue

Jumbo White

Jumbo Light Blue

Jumbo Blue

Jumbo Lime Green

Dutch Blue

Dutch Lavender

 

 

 

What Do You Know About Phlox?

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Phlox 101

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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 3 things to keep in mind with phlox:

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  1. Phlox are large clusters of sweetly scented, disk-shaped flowers atop branching stems. A fresh phlox should be cut or purchased when two-thirds of the florets are open and the closed buds show good size and color, those cut too early, in tight bud stage, will not develop.
  2. Aged phlox have all their blossoms open and many have been dropped. Older phlox shed when handled.
  3. Phlox, with their large clusters of fragrant flowers, are a nice addition to combinations of large showy flowers, such as roses and peonies.

Here are some facts about phlox:

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Names: Phlox

Varieties: Garden phlox, phlox paniculata.

Colors: Shades of white, pink, purple, red, and orange. The centers or eyes may have a contrasting color.

Scent: Sweet, mild scent.

Freshness: Purchase or cut when two-thirds of the blossoms are open on the cluster, with the remaining buds showing good size and color.

Vase Life: Approximately 10 days or longer.

Availability: Summer

Cost: Moderately priced

Meaning: Agreement

Arranging Tip: Since they are a large cluster of blossoms, phlox can be the main showy ingredient in a combination, or an accent for other large showy flowers.

Growing Tip: Phlox are very easy to grow, but be sure to remove the spent flower heads, as the dispersal of seed will create undesirable plants and may crowd out main. Phlox also attract butterflies to the garden.

Here are some varieties of Phlox we have available:

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-          White

-          Pink

-          Lavender

If you are planning a wedding or social event, we at Whole Blossoms Wholesale Flowers would love to provide you with the freshest flowers available. We offer FREE SHIPPING and incredibly low prices. Please visit our website at www.wholeblossoms.com.

 

Choosing the Right Style of Wedding Service

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and if you are planning for a wedding you can surely identify with this. Making initial and crucial decisions about the date, the site, and the timing can seem a bit daunting and more difficult than you first expected. Whatever the location or timing, fresh cut flowers are the perfect way of creating the right atmosphere and enhancing the ceremony. With a little planning, you’ll find the perfect floral arrangement to suite your needs.

When to Choose the Site

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Having set your date, the next thing to do is to decide on the location and time of your ceremony. Traditionally the wedding was held close to the bride’s home, but if the bride and groom are arranging the wedding themselves, they may choose a place that is special or local to them, especially if the bride has been living away many years.

The ceremony is the soul of the wedding, where you and your fiancé pledge your love for and loyalty for one another. Wherever you choose the ceremony, there will, at some stage, be an exchange of vows, and this is the spiritual part of the day. The specifics of the ceremony will depend on your beliefs and preferences, and you may well have the opportunity to make this unique to you. Due to the immense range and style of wedding ceremonies, the choice of decoration also varies enormously. It may be that you have for a backdrop the hillside beside an old country church. No matter where you choose, flowers, such as fresh cut roses will enhance any site.  Whatever religious preference and budget, there are certain ways that you can make the service more spiritual. The use of candles outside the site in hurricane lamps or inside on stands adds ambiance. Even if you do not have a traditional place of worship you may wish to simulate an aisle or have your guests in a circle with you and your groom in the center.

Couples watching their costs may decide to forgo the expense of ceremony flowers and spend their resources on flowers for the reception, which will of course be enjoyed over a longer period. Alternatively, they may choose arrangements that they can take on to the reception and get the benefit of them for longer. There are limitations to this, as large flower arrangements do not travel well and you require your florist to move them there for you—this will incur added transport and labor costs on the day.

Choosing To Marry Outdoors

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When planning an outdoor wedding it helps to think like an architect or theatre designer. Make sure that everyone can see and that there is adequate seating and protection from the elements. If you are on a limited budget, have one large arrangement on your altar or by the celebrant’s table or, for a Jewish wedding, decorate only the top edges of the huppah.

An example of an effective outdoor wedding might have a huge urn of pink hydrangeas and an aisle scattered with pink rose petals. The aisle could be closed off with ribbon until the bride and her father arrives, so that guests enter via the outer ends of the rows of chairs, making the rose-petaled path sacred to the bridal party. In civil ceremonies, flowers can be an important part of the proceedings, for example, being offered to your new family. Sometimes, roses are given to each of the parents, uniting them in joyous celebration. The custom has its origins in Asia, where neck garlands are offered as a symbol of unity.

Choosing the Right Flowers

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The color of your ceremony flowers may be determined by a number of influences. It may be that the location you choose—if your ceremony is outdoors in the full summer sun then you may opt for brightly colored flowers or rich colors that will stand up to the bleaching effect of the bright sunlight. In a temperature climate, the popularity of the all-white garden is reflected in the frequent choice of white-and-green color schemes for wedding flowers; both trends are influenced by a need to work with lower light levels. White and lime green are quite luminous together and work well in dark churches.

Apart from the light and weather conditions, traditional or cultural beliefs may inspire your wedding color choice. In China, red and fuchsia are lucky and are the colors of marriage and good fortune. The luck associated with the humble shamrock in Ireland makes the green color of good luck and fertility. In India, where color is essential in the Hindu religion, brides are sprinkled with yellow turmeric; yellow and gold clothes are worn; and even yellow food is eaten to bring good fortune and health to the bride and groom. Or, the color you choose may be distinctively personal—you may think of red as the color of love—or you may just select your favorite color to make your day special.

Choosing Flowers for a Church

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Many buildings can be magnificent buildings in themselves, and a few well-chosen flowers will increase the sense of occasion and pleasure. The flowers do not have to be costly or elaborate; a few pitchers of scented blooms in a country church can look charming. If you have a limited budget, when planning the decoration for a medium-sized church it is better to have one or two major displays, rather than lots of small arrangements dotted around the place which will tend to get lost in their surroundings.

The larger the church, the more important the scale of any flower arrangement you include is, so if you are planning to hold your nuptials in a cathedral, think grand! If you really want to go to town and have a very flowery ceremony, then list all the places you would like flowers and see what fits the budget. It is especially welcoming to greet the guests with flowers at the entrance. Some churchyards have metal archways across gates where flowers can be attached, or swags can easily be attached to the gates themselves. The doorway to the church is a great place to construct an arch of flowers, which then becomes a fantastic frame for photographs. But if the budget will not stretch that far, place some small flower arrangements in the alcoves to welcome the guests inside on top of trees either side of the door.

Most churches have flower arrangements of their own and you should have the opportunity well before the wedding to see what level of skill they have. Some churches have bands of very talented and enthusiastic flower arrangers, who can do wonders with a few flowers and are often very generous, cutting plant material from their garden. But others are very amateur and you may not want them for your decorations.

The Christian calendar may influence the color of the flowers displayed in a church. For example, yellow and white flowers are traditionally arranged in Easter. The only other considerations that might affect your choice of color are the altar cloth and any carpet. It is customary and polite to leave the wedding flowers for the enjoyment of the congregation for the Sunday service.

Choosing Flowers for Jewish Ceremonies

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Officiated by a rabbi, Jewish weddings can take place almost anywhere, so long as they are beneath a huppah. Some brides like to create their own huppah from tulle or embroided fabric. Others ask florist to create an arbor or floral canopy, and these types can work effectively for outdoor weddings.

Because the canopy is not fixed and is only set up in the synagogue on the day of the wedding, it is advisable to use a professional to decorate this. Normally floral decorations are hung at the top of the four poles. Sometimes the poles are garlanded, and they are occasionally totally covered with more elaborate decorations. If the budget allows, two larger arrangements may be placed at the arc of the synagogue and a trailing decoration included for the bima, where the register is signed.

Choosing Flowers for Civil Ceremonies

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A judge performs a civil ceremony, and this can take place anywhere, except for a place of worship. In some countries, the area has to be licensed to hold such an event, but others (like the United States) are much more liberal about this, and you can get married wherever you like. Civil ceremonies can be just as spiritual and moving as religious ones, of course, and they can be more personal, as in some cases you have the freedom to write your own vows rather than be restricted to a prescribed wording.

The higher the ceiling in the ceremony building, the grander any flower arrangements need to be, especially in terms of their height, in order to make an impression. It is better to have one grand arrangement in a large space than ten small insignificant ones. It is always tempting to want an abundance of flowers all over the place, but always consider how the room will look when filled with people. One single, large arrangement that can be seen by everyone will say a lot more.

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How To Include Your Pet in Your Floral Details

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Many couples are seeking to include their pets on their special day and, now that a huge variety of ceremony sites are available, it’s becoming far more common to include a dog—even a horse—in the wedding celebrations. Making floral dog collars for our canine friends, as well as floral decorations for horse halters can be fun.

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The easiest way to make a dog collar is to take a fabric collar and bind your flowers around this. If you can’t find professional floral wires, you can create a very basic version by tying a few robust flower heads to some ivy vines and attaching these to the collar. For more sophisticated version you will need a variety of heavy wires and some gutta-percha tape as well as some sturdy flowers. Roses are most preferable, along with hydrangeas, orchids, gerberas, Amaranthus, berries, and mixed foliage, but you can also make them with gloriosa and ranunculus. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the floral collar is comfortable for your dog. The first thing he will do if he feels irritated is roll, and that certainly will crush the flowers. This is why it’s safest and best to create an arrangement like the one we are about to show you, by wiring it onto a collar that your dog is familiar with and that fits well. Once fitted, gently spruce up the flowers. Tell your dog how handsome/pretty he/she looks and instruct not to roll.

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Here are four easy steps to make a collar:

Step 1

Cut off each flower head and add supporting wire. Wire each rose by inserting a 22-guage wire through the stem and into the calyx and secure it onto the main stem wire. (Place one wire along the stem and wind the other leg over it three times.)

Step 2

Tape the gutta-percha from the top of the wire to the bottom. This helps to protect the flower, keeping in moisture.

Step 3

Measure one 20-guage wire around the dog’s neck, to tape the flowers onto. Cover the wire with gutta-percha tape first to hide any joins.

Step 4

Add the flowers and foliage, piece by piece, alternately using gutta-percha to secure; start at one end making a hook first. Cut off any unnecessary wires as you tape along. Finish the collar with another hook to act as a clasp, and secure it in place. Wire it onto the outside of the collar, adjust the fit, and talk sweetly to your dog!

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