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How to ensure your winter wedding doesn’t turn into a festive flop

Winter weddings can be a stunning alternative to a more traditional summer celebration. Instead of drinks on the terrace, photos on the lawns of a large country house and guests in their best summery outfits, you can go for full on icy glamour with a fabulous winter ceremony.

The stage is already set for a dramatic event, particularly if snow has fallen, the skies are the kind of bright blue you get on frosty winter mornings and guests are wrapped up warm in stunning faux-fur jackets to bring a touch of glamour to the occasion.

But the fact a winter wedding will be taking place around the same time as Christmas cannot be ignored. Whether it is held before or after December 25th, there will still be a feeling of festiveness in the air and it is all too easy for your special day to become overshadowed by the time of year.

So, if you want to hold a winter wedding without it turning into a festive celebration that’s more about Christmas trees and tinsel than it is confetti and tear-jerking speeches, then keep reading to find out how.

Choose your colours wisely

The first thing to remember is not to fall into the trap of choosing festive colours when Something-Blue-Bridal-Bouquetyou’re decorating the venue and selecting flowers. Yes, red and green look beautiful during the colder months but as soon as you team them with gold or white you’ll instantly make people think of their tree at home. Instead, why not opt for silver complemented by blue or purple? These colours are wintery but glamorous and add a regal touch.

Holly is an unusual and seasonal addition to your bouquet and flower arrangements, so by all means use some to celebrate the time of year. But don’t go overboard and choose the rest of your bouquet wisely – it shouldn’t look like a Christmas wreath.

Think about transport

Give some thought to your transport and the venue itself. Although a quaint country church may be ideal in summer, it’ll be no use if you can’t get to it during the winter because it’s surrounded by snow. Also, remember that a horse and cart is going to be very difficult to control when the roads are icy. You need to think practically in case the weather is bad on your big day. Although a modern car will have heating and all the usual mod cons, a vintage wedding car will probably be a bit more basic and brides will need a coat to ensure they’re warm enough during their journey.

Decorations

When it comes to decorating the venue you want to try and create a warm, cosy atmosphere. The venue will inevitably have Christmas decorations in place, but you need to put your own spin on the place and ensure you make it your own, rather than accepting the generic decorations.

I’d recommend getting some scented candles for the centre of the tables, as these will not only give off light and warmth, but ensure there is a gentle, pleasant scent in the room. Avoid Christmas scents though – you don’t want to go overboard.

Another idea for winter table decorations is to purchase a vase encrusted with squares of glass (these are not as expensive as they sound – or look) and fill them with branches that you have sprayed silver. String these with glittering beads or fake sparkly snowflakes. Alternatively, purchase some of those round foam oases, cover them in white carnations and stud them with cranberries.

You winter wedding needs to sparkle – but without resembling a Christmas tree. Follow these tips to get the right balance and arrange a day to remember.

This guest blog was provided by Jane Wooley a freelance writer who blogs extensively about many different subjects, including where best to get your personalised wedding invitations.

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Although there have been few successful relationships from the Bachelor/Bachelorette, we enjoy celebrating the few which have lead to marriage. Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, tied the knot last night, at a beautiful ceremony in California. Ashley’s wedding dress was a custom made mermaid style dress with beaded shoulder straps accenting an elegant exposed back. JP and Ashley where absolutely cute in planning their wedding, splurging on wedding cake tasting and enjoying the beauty that their wedding flowers brought to their reception and ceremony.

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JP and Ashley had a stunning huppah (a traditional Jewish wedding canopy) over flowering with white and light pink roses, white hydrangea and dark greenery. It seems the couple was on exactly the same page when it came to the color theme. Ashley wanted accents subtle of light pink through-out the wedding and the wedding planner incorporated this beautifully in the wedding flower arrangements including the bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid’s bouquets. JP’s tux was accented with a very simple white boutonniere. Their backdrop of their wedding included an evergreen wall spotted with roses hydrangeas and other soft flowers that blended perfectly with the rest of their wedding flowers.

The elegant floral arrangements continued into the reception. The couple had tall centerpieces decorated with light pink roses, white hydrangeas, white roses, some white orchids and beautiful green-jade flowers as accent. These beautiful centerpieces are sure to be a trend in many weddings, this upcoming spring.

For more flower trend ideas visit www.bunchesdirect.com/index.php/wedding-flowers.html for additional inspiration on bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres and much more.

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Poinsettias bloom in the winter and can last until April.  During this time, poinsettias require a lot of water. About a glass of water a day and should be placed in areas with plenty of sunlight.  Once the plant starts to fall, you should cut the stems four to six inches from the ground and re pot the plant in a pot two the three times the plant size with a good potting mix. At this time, the poinsettia should be watered weekly and placed in a dark cool place, such as in the basement or garage.

In the summer, you can put the plant outdoors or you can keep it indoor, if you enjoy its foliage. Poinsettias can get very large, so by taking tips of the mother plant and dipping the cut end in root-growth hormones you can report smaller plants for the upcoming fall-winter seasons. In the fall, the plant should be brought back indoors to avoid freezing. Once again, the plant should be in a bright location that resembles outdoor lighting. The poinsettia plant will not tolerate rapid temperature changes, so keep the temperature of the room between 68-72 degrees F. Once December rolls around again your poinsettia should begin flowering again and should be watered regularly.

If you are preparing for a wedding, poinsettias are perfect wedding centerpieces.  They add a punch of color and come in red and white for contrast.  Poinsettias can also be added to bouquets as gifts or wedding bouquets for a bride and the bridesmaid bouquets for a festive touch during winter weddings.

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It is the festive season and Christmas colrs are all around us, Christmas lights reflect on the freshly fallen snow.  At BunchesDirect, we are busy decorating our office with festive colors and flowers.  Below are traditional and untraditional flowers to us as Christmas decorations with the traditional red and green colors.



Green Hydrangea: Green Hydrangea is a beautiful flower with a large bloom. The bloom is made up of little clusters of flowers and offers a mix of bright and soft tones, which allow the flower to stand out. Fresh cut Hydrangea will enhance the beauty of your wedding bouquets or floral arrangements.
Red Roses: A fresh Red Rose offers a large bloom. Its numerous petals open harmoniously to create an elegant bloom. Our peach colored roses can be used to decorate your centerpieces or bridal bouquets.
Red Hypericum Berries: Hypercium Berries are exceptionally beautiful filler flowers, as each stem bears 12-14 exotic berries. Our Red Hypercium Berries are of excellent quality and will surely boost the beauty of your flower arrangements, such as Wreaths during the holiday season or winter themed wedding bouquets.
Red Carnations: The romantic red Carnation is a classic flower. When it blossoms it reveals bold red waves of petals circling to create a beautiful bloom. This flower makes a strong yet beautiful statement when placed in your wedding bouquets and flower decorations.
Tiki Tree Fern: Tiki Tree Ferns are green decorative fillers. It has a bushy green, hair like, foliage of premium quality. It can be introduced to any flower decorations like a wedding bouquet to act as a filler. The bright green color of Tiki makes your flower decorations look vibrant.
Red Spray Roses: Our fresh cut spray roses are available in a range of colors, and can compliment any wedding bouquet, flower centerpiece, boutonniere or special event arrangement.
  Green Hypericum Berries: Green Hypercium Berries are exceptionally beautiful filler flowers, as each stem bears 12-14 exotic berries. Our Green Hypercium Berries are of excellent quality and will surely boost the beauty of your wedding bouquets and flower arrangements.
  Red Mini Calla Lilies: Red Mini Calla Lilies are an extravagant beauty. The bloom is supported by a long slender stem and opens exotically to form a trumpet shape. Mini Calla’s can stand on their own or be added to your wedding bouquets or floral arrangements.
  Green Cymbidium Orchids: This Orchid has a lovely bloom which is smaller than the original Cymbidium Orchid. A typical small Cymbidium orchid will display 8 to 14 blooms on each stem. When placed in your bouquet or centerpiece this graceful beauty will make your flower decorations stand out.
  Red Gerbera Daisies: Red Gerbera Daisies are a classic flower that display a beautiful large bloom on a long wavy stem. These Daisies come in a vibrant red and are sure to heat up any event. The California grown Gerbera Daisy is known to be of premium quality.
  Bells of Ireland: Bells of Ireland, also known as Molucella, is a very enchanting product from the line of our fresh bulk greens. Each stem of the bell is long and clustered with approximately 15 to 25 lovely bell shaped blooms. Bells of Ireland will give the needed height to any wedding bouquets or flower arrangements.
  Red Asiatic Lilies: Rightly referred to as queen of flowers, the red Asiatic Lily has a regal presence. The deep red coloured Lily exhibits shades of mauve with burgundy freckles giving the bloom its outstanding looks. This marvelous red Lily will surely add glamor to your special flower arrangements, like your wedding bouquets.
  Green Button Mums: The Daisy has held its importance in wedding ceremonies since ancient times, symbolizing loyal and everlasting love. This traditional flower holds multiple blooms per stem. The bloom of the Daisy looks spectacular; its petals evenly blossom outwards from its button like center.
  Red Mini Carnations: Red Mini Carnations are a classic flower with elegant circular blooms that blossom ruffled layered petals. They offer multiple blooms per stem, making our miniature Carnations look fuller. These beauties will make your wedding bouquets and arrangements stand out.
  Red Alstroemeria: Red Alstroemeria, or red Peruvian Lily, is a romantic flower that unfolds semi heart-shaped blooms. The blossoms reveal twin colour shading and freckles of red and yellow on its petals. This flower is sure to add richness to any floral arrangement. It would certainly add glory to your wedding bouquet.