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Today’s blog is a photo blog submission from local wedding professional Flora Fetish of a recent wedding they did.
The happy couple: Alison and Shawn Schkade
Date: October 6th
Color palette: Eggplant and green
Ceremony site: St. Thomas More
Reception site: Twin Creeks Country Club
Cake: Sentelli’s Bakery
Invitations and programs: Posh Posh Design
Flowers: Flora Fetish
Linens by: Unique Designs and Events by Yara
Photos by: Mike Reed Photo.com
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By Shannon McCarthy & Veronica Lozano
One perk of planning your wedding is that you get to unleash the creative person in you and channel your own version of Martha Stewart, Colin Cowie and David Tutera. What is usually contained to hostessing duties on a much smaller scale will not compare to what could possibly be the biggest party you ever get the pleasure of coordinating. Yes…I said “the pleasure” of doing. After all, it is a party. And if you enjoy throwing parties on a smaller scale, just think of the possibilities…and all the possible themes you could create. The mind and imagination abound.
Luckily, spring is the perfect season to try some of the most whimsical trends because of the best selection of blooming flowers, and moderately temperate weather. From the simplest nuptial setup to the splashiest celeb celebrations, most wedding ceremonies have a theme or color scheme that unites decor, table settings, even floral styles.
Spring weddings are usually bursting with the bounty of the season, and this year is no different: Seasonal flowers like cabbage roses, peonies, tulips, dahlias and daisies form soft bouquets for both bride and surroundings. (The newest tip is to use faux flowers for your centerpieces, garlands and pomander balls.) Since it’s spring, invitations, table cards and napkins are festooned with foliage, flowers, butterflies and other signs of the season.
As for the “in” colors, they’re gorgeous. Pantone’s top color pick, Tangerine Tango, is a hot citrus orange, and David’s Bridal also taps begonia pink, freesia purple, apple red, coral and ocean blue as the wedding hues for spring. Wedding planners report the most popular overall themes are ranch (a.k.a. rustic), vintage and nautical, with fave venues being vineyards, gardens and farms.color trends, spring, themed weddings, themes, trends
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Todays blog is from one of our floral vendors. We have been doing some social media posts in the past couple of weeks about new floral trends and alternatives, so we were excited to get this submission from Seasons in Silk.
We think that if you had the opportunity to see the new trends with fresh floral, it would be interesting and a viable option to recreate the new trends with silk flowers. Maybe not for everything for your wedding, but a few special pieces to keep as keepsakes.Submitted by Carolyn Webb, Owner/Designer, Seasons In Silk
Most brides begin their journey through planning their dream wedding long before a proposal. Fantasies of gorgeous flowers and a picture perfect setting are formed into reality the day she becomes engaged.
Excitement may turn to exhaustion however, with so many choices to fit into a wedding budget. Thus the process begins to find just the right pieces to complete the plan without losing the dream.
Although not a new concept, using silk flowers is becoming more popular to save money and fill a venue with beautiful flowers. As time passes, silk flowers have become life-like and almost undetectable from fresh flowers and are used in luxurious hotels and other elite businesses. Especially when scented oils are used, the fragrance fills the air with a fresh aroma.
While usually less expensive, most brides find the cost of purchasing vases and silk floral stems pricy and elect to compromise their selections to a minimum. If you have not heard about a new alternative, take some time to see how silk floral design rental can work for you. Not only can you have your selections custom made, but the cost is a fraction of purchasing fresh flowers. Choices are not limited to seasonal flowers or the availability of your favorites. Give yourself the opportunity to compare pricing before you decide on your wedding floral and be pleasantly surprised at the savings.Tags: flower alternatives, flower rentals, silk flowers
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The Elegant Bee believes your wedding should be something stunning, extraordinary, and extravagant; it is after all, the day you’ve dreamed of. There is no room in this very celebratory experience for the ordinary. “So let them eat cake,” and intoxicate their senses with the delectable aroma of lavish lilies, romantic roses and a visual tapestry of exquisite flowers.
The Elegant Bee’s goal and vision is to create an event that captures your vision, exceeds your expectations, mesmerizes your guests, captivates their senses, creates exceptions to the ordinary, and leaves everyone talking.
It can be daunting for couples to adequately express their vision for their wedding, and that is where The Elegant Bee’s expertise sets them apart. At The Elegant Bee they celebrate marriage – your marriage. They take the time to get to know you, your interests, your passions, your personalities in order to cultivate a look and create a divine style that is “just for you.” Whether traditional and elegant, modern and chic, or out of the box, The Elegant Bee combines creativity and uncompromising quality for a stunning events that leave everyone talking.Feature Friday, florist, florists, Flowers, San Antonio, san antonio wedding, The Elegant Bee, wedding, wedding florist, wedding flowers, weddings
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Underscore the drama of your wedding with the right flowers. Find a professional who will take the time to learn about you and the ambience you want to create. Six months before the wedding is not too early to select your florist, especially if you’re planning an elaborate wedding. When you talk with your florist, be guided by these elements: the style and mood of your wedding, the season or environment, your budget, and what you like.
You’ll need a number of floral pieces for your wedding: centerpieces for reception tables, sprays for candelabras, corsages for those who assist with various reception duties, floral “tokens” for special guests, and bouquets for bridesmaids and yourself. Ask your florist for guidance. His/her artistry, knowledge of wedding protocol and ability to listen to your needs will ensure that you’ll get a good value for your money, and have the perfect floral accents to enhance your wedding day. Enjoy this pick of fresh floral pictures from a few of our florists.
If you are looking for a florist in the Austin area, visit the Florists section of our Austin website.
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Floral Elegance by A & M is a family owned, small business, floral boutique and special event design Studio. Floral Elegance by A & M offers full scale decorating, lighting, table linens, decorative coverings and settings, and much more.
Floral Elegance by A & M is a physical manifestation of artistic innovative design with accredited professional experience in planning, coordinating, and special event decorating, to include award winning floral designs. Owners, Adrianna and Mike Pedraza, have over 15 years of accredited floral design and event planning experience and have worked with San Antonio’s elite List of wedding vendors and venues.
Serving the San Antonio, Helotes, Boerne, Comfort, Kerrville, Sisterdale, Welfare, Spring Branch, Seguin, La Vernia, and Castroville, Texas cities. They also had the distinguished honor of providing destination wedding services in San Diego, Miami, Monterrey Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexico, Laredo Texas, El Paso, and Steam Boat Springs Colorado.
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Wedding flowers are the perfect opportunity to infuse your wedding with natural beauty in your color scheme and your own personal sense of style. Choosing flowers for your wedding can be a daunting task, but with some basic information about what goes into the cost of your flowers, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that works for your wedding style and budget.
Use this guide from Oakleaf Florist to get a general idea of what you can expect to pay for your arrangements:
- Bride’s bouquet: $85-$225
- Bridesmaid’s bouquet: $25-$85
- Boutonnieres: $10-$20
- Corsages: $12.50-$35
- Altar arrangements: $75-$250
- Centerpieces: $25-$100
If wedding flowers seem expensive, consider the average retail cost per stem for these popular wedding flowers from Oakleaf Florist:
- Calla lily: $12.50
- Cala lily – mini: $15
- Cymbidium orchid: $15
- Gardenia: $30
- Gerbera daisy: $5
- Hydrangea: $15
- Peony: $25
- Rose: $5
- Stargazer lily: $10
- Stephanotis: $100 for a box of 20
- Tulip: $5
Work with your florist to find ways to save on your wedding flowers including:
- Opt for less expensive filler blooms accented with fewer, pricier flowers
- Use non-floral alternatives such as ribbon and candles to accent your flowers and create impact without having to spend more on flowers
- Toss the real bridal bouquet or a bridesmaids’ bouquet instead of paying for a separate toss bouquet
- Reuse flowers whenever possible. Church altar flowers may be relocated to the reception or the florist can design reception arrangements that reuse the bridesmaids’ bouquets
- Consider the season when choosing your wedding flowers to reduce the cost of importing flowers long distances for your wedding
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You can’t help but to enjoy the views of spring flowers. With warm inviting flowers and perfect weather, it’s a great time for weddings. Please enjoy these spring photos from WOW Factor Design.
Thank you to The Elegant Bee for sharing the hottest color of 2011 from Pantone.
It is decided. Honeysuckle is the haute hue for 2011. This coral pink is dynamic, and captures both romance and adventure. It will work well with both the tropical and vintage color scapes set for 2011. It will be the star of the very romantic, nostalgic wedding styles, while holding its own and adding strong, confident pink hues to the more intense tropical schemes. It draws its strength from its red undertones and derives excitement from yellow. Peonies, roses, and dahlias are only a few of nature’s jewels that boast this 2011 couture color. I would be amiss if I didn’t mention the Honeysuckle plant itself.
A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. Honeysuckle is great for both men and women. It works for day and night womens apparel, accessories and cosmetics and in men’s shirts and ties.Tags: 2011 flower colors, Advice, centerpieces, Flower Ideas, Flowers, wedding design, wedding ideas
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Roses, tulips and peonies are just some of the few flowers that brides love to add to their wedding. From the ceremony to centerpieces, flowers are a visual element that add elegance to any wedding. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know the difference between an orchid or a lily; we’re here to help!
How do you express what you want when you don’t know the names of the flowers you like? Pictures are the answer. Taking pictures to a flower consultation is the best way to go! Samples of your wedding color choices, swatches from your linens and pictures of your dress and the wedding party wardrobe are always a big help.
With this information in hand, your florist will be able to suggest floral combinations and artistic treatments to create beautiful floral complements for your wedding.
You may want to consider the traditional meanings behind flowers as you make your selections. For example, hyacinth signifies constancy. Some herbs, too, are important in bridal lore. In medieval Germany, brides wore rosemary to guard against pregnancy!
For non-traditional wedding flowers, consider including unusual greenery. Asparagus fern and multicolored coleus are attractive in summer bouquets. Holly and pine sprays are popular for December nuptials. Stalks of golden-brown wheat are a sentimental touch for harvest brides.
With all of your flower selections, be guided by the advice of your florist and remember, if budget is a consideration, flowers and greenery in season are more abundant and generally less expensive. Also, be sure the flowers you select will hold their shape throughout the day. Tulips, for example, look lovely when fresh, but by the end of the day in Texas heat they will open fully, loosing their normal appearance.
Some things to consider when choosing flowers are:
- Choosing flowers that bloom in the months around your wedding may be less expensive because they are more abundant
- All white wedding flowers are a trend of the past. Infuse your wedding theme with color through bright blooms in your bouquets and centerpieces.
- Your Dress
- Tie together your ensemble by accenting it with a great bouquet. Add embellishments such as pearls and crystals to your bouquet to make it a coordinating accessory.
- Ceremony Location
- Check with your ceremony location for any possible restrictions. Repurpose your ceremony flowers for your reception if possible to save on flower costs.
- Reception Location
- The size of your reception hall may call for a bolder more dramatic arrangement. Take into consideration if you have an indoor or outdoor venue and what flowers and greenery are at your reception location. Again, check with the reception venue for any possible restrictions.
- Floral centerpieces are a great way to incorporate color into your reception. Centerpieces can be large and dramatic, low and simple or a combination of the two.
- Personal Flowers
- Traditionally, wedding ceremonies include bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers and guest corsages, and boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, fathers and grandfathers.
- Adding flowers to a traditional white wedding cake is a beautiful and elegant way to add color.
Flowers by The Elegant Bee
When you are selecting your florist, be sure to ask about special packages. Also, ask to see photos of their work, not just arrangements from a catalog, as well as references. Expect to spend about 9 percent of your budget on flowers. Once you have decided on the right florist, it is always a good idea to request that your florist give you an itemized bill in advance. Make sure that you in turn supply the florist with the names, addresses and times for delivery of your bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages and floral arrangements.
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