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Wedding flower color trends for 2011 are primarily going to be earthy tones with accents of contrasting embellishments. Shades of champagne, blush, apricot, and buttercream will intertwine for romantic-vintage style weddings. Natural embellishments such as champagne ostrich feathers or white stones create an earthy appeal to the decor. By adding simple adornments of antique lace sashes around the vases or wrapping the bouquets with an elegant brocade ribbon, you can add the finishg touch for a vintage look.
Another rising beautiful color palette is celadon, lilac and slate. Flowers that are naturally celadon are chestnuts, hydrangeas, lady’s mantle, lady slipper orchids, roses, hypericum berries and greenery to name a few. Lilac is a soft purple tone that gives earthiness and color to the designs. Creating softness against the lighter celadon blooms. Slate adornments that create a misty look are incorporated for a refreshing feel.
Visit Blossom Floral Artistry’s website to get more information and ideas for your wedding.Tags: color, color trends, wedding flowers
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With a little help from Blossom’s Floral Artistry, bride Donya, her friends and family had a great time designing centerpieces for her wedding in Blossom’s studio. Carnations, green poms, roses and peonies were among the floral used to create her dream. This “Do it Yourself” concept is a budget friendly way to allow a bride to design her own floral with a little help from a professional.
The bride’s reception was held at Mansion at Judges Hill. The tables looked exquisite with blue and teal table runners adorned with the carnation and pom centerpieces. Colored glass with crystals were added to the center of the pieces which made the flowers come to life.Advice, Budget, Flowers, wedding
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Flowers by Jeni, The Wedding Specialist hosted a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate their new shop at the Market Place in New Braunfels. Congratulations, Jeni!Flowers, weddings
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Weddings produce a lot of waste, but one local event company is doing their part to care for the environment by partnering with a local recycling company to minimize their clients’ impact on the planet. CLINK offers clients the opportunity to have a recycling company pick up their fresh cut floral at the end of the night and recycle it by taking it to local retirement communities,hospitals and hospices. In addition to brightening someone’s day, this donation is also a tax write off.
With the hottest part of the year blazing down and a your summer wedding in motion, here are some ideas and tips for ways to “beat the heat.” If you are going to have a summer wedding, especially in Central texas, you must provide heat relief for you and your guests. This goes double if you are having your event outside, but have no fear because with these tips, the heat will not ruin your day.
Choosing flowers that are going to stand up to the heat and look great throughout the ceremony and reception can be hard but definitely not impossible. You want something delicate and beautiful and fit for a bride but at the same time sturdy enough to make it through the whole event.
Avoid flowers that are sensitive to heat and might wilt or brown such as hydrangea, dahlias, tulips and garden roses. Some flowers to consider are gerber daisies, lilies, proteas and sunflowers. Make sure all your flowers have an adequate water source and stick with simple set-ups to ensure they will not be in direct sunlight for too long.
Summer weddings can be as formal or as informal as you want to make them. If Hawaiian shirts and khaki shorts are not really your thing, there are other options to dress for the special occasion and not melt in the summer sun. Lighter fabrics such as silks and chiffons help keep you cool and the guys can never go wrong with linen suits. Summer brides are wearing more loose-flowing, full-length dresses, Grecian-style dresses and cocktail length bridal gowns to celebrate in the summer. And remember, brides are no longer only stuck with white bridal gowns. Soft eggshell, ivory and pale pastel dress colors add to the brightness of summer.
Summer Cool Offs
Being a guest for a wedding can be fun but not if you are melting through the proceedings. As a bride, you should have a plan to keep your guests cool and comfortable. For an outdoor ceremony, make sure the facility provides either a shaded or air-conditioned area to wait until the start of the ceremony. There should be plenty of bottled water for your guests either handed out by the ushers or strategically placed in cute containers around the site. Another nice touch is to hand out paper fans or parasols to the guests as they enter. Fans can be inexpensively monogrammed for that personal touch.
Summertime sunsets are not only beautiful but they provide a little relief from the hot afternoon sun. When planning the ceremony, try to schedule it with the facility after the hottest part of the day and right before sunset. If sunset is too late in the evening for your ceremony, think about having an indoor ceremony with cocktail hour and a reception outside when it has cooled off.
Summer Bar and Cocktail Hour
Impress your guests with a summertime cocktail hour made up of tropical music, relaxing ambiance and colorful, refreshing drinks. Instead of the usual string music or melodic love songs during cocktails, try a steel drum band or even hula dancers. This, combined with tiki torches, draped rope lighting and Chinese lanterns will provide a unique, laid-back atmosphere for your guests to mingle. Cool off the bar with frozen bellini’s, mixed fruit-flavored vodkas and daiquiris. Non-alcoholic smoothie bars and tea bars are a great hit and for those summer evenings.
Summer Food for Summer Weddings
When deciding on a dinner menu, remember to have your caterer create with the season in mind. Summer menus are usually light and fresh made up of salads, seafood and fruit-infused dishes. Think about sticking to the lighter meats, such as chicken and fish, but add your own summer flare by introducing fruits to the recipes like coconut-fried chicken. Also, by providing several small courses instead of one, it will help keep your guests from feeling weighed down. A shaved ice bar also serving popsicles, sorbets or gelatos could be the perfect ending to a lovely dinner.
Get creative with your summer wedding cake! Your wedding style should be expressed on the wedding cake so don’t be afraid to use bright colored icing and flowers. Think about sampling some cakes containing tropical fruit flavors and jams.
Before deciding on the type of icing, know where your cake will be placed during ceremony and dinner. Consider using fondant instead of butter cream icing if the cake will be in the direct sunlight or outside in the heat for any length of time to prevent the icing from melting. If the butter cream icing is a must, store the cake in air conditioning during the ceremony and dinner then have it presented at the time of the cake cutting.
No matter what time of year you have your special day, with a little planning, it will be perfect. So go ahead and make your summer wedding one hot affair.Tags: Flowers, heat, summer, Texas, Weather
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…As part of an old English ritual, on the day of her wedding, a bride would pass our mugs of ale to family and friends who would then give her money to set up housekeeping? Hence, the “bride’s ale” became “bridal.”Tags: bride's ale, traditions, wedding
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Here’s a wedding flower tip that is not only green for the environment, but also can put a bit of green in you pocket.
Order locally grown, in-season flowers, preferably organic, which are grown without chemical pesticides and insecticides. Also, locally grown, in-season flowers are usually going to be less expensive.
After the wedding is over, the flowers can be donated to a nursing home, hospital, or
assisted living home.
Another idea is to save your organic flowers and make potpourri. Fill cellophane bags with the mixture and send them to guests with your thank-you notes.
Decorate with potted plants which can also be reused. Just have your florist insert some cut flowers to match your color scheme and decor. Often you can even rent the potted plants, again saving you money.Tags: green weddings, potpourri, potted plants, wedding flowers
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Wedding flowers are one of the most important parts of any wedding decor. From the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere to the pew decorations and centerpieces, wedding flowers often ties the entire look of the wedding together.
In olden times, flowers had a very important purpose in the wedding. During the middle ages and such, when bathing was considered bad luck, flowers helped the wedding party smell a bit sweeter, so to speak.
Today, couples usually choose their flowers for purely aesthetic reasons. Here are some helpful hints when picking your flowers.
- Keep in mind where you live and the time of year of the wedding when selecting your flowers. Long stem red roses may look beautiful, but if you are getting married the day after Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, they are going to be much more expensive and difficult to get.
- Where the wedding is happening is also something to keep in mind. Tulips are beautiful in a wedding bouquet or centerpiece, but after several hours in the heat (especially in Texas in spring or summer), they lose all shape and beauty.
- Look at the calendar. Certain flowers are more plentiful at certain times of the year, so they are easier to come by, less expensive and better looking. Focusing on flowers that are grown locally not only will save you money, but will also help you have a “green” wedding.
- Think outside the petal, so to speak. Potted planets can often be rented (saving money). Add a few fresh flowers and give them a look that is all your own.
What about after the wedding? What should you do with all those flowers and plants?
After the wedding is over, the flowers can be donated to a nursing home, hospital, or assisted living home. Another idea is to save your flowers and make potpourri. Fill cellophane bags with the mixture and send them to guests with your thank-you notes. Potted plants can also be reused or given as thank you gifts to those special people who helped with the planning.Tags: bouquets, Flowers, plants, thank-you gifts, weddings
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