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PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
The winner was Sarah I. 
Thanks to everyone who participated!

If you’d like to enter a contest to win a $50 bouquet from BunchesDirect, click HERE to check out the details. Deadline is Nov. 24, 2013.


TELL US YOUR ENGAGEMENT STORY AND

WIN A $1000 SHOPPING SPREE

FROM BUNCHESDIRECT!

CALLING ALL BRIDES-TO-BE:

Think your proposal was romantic, creative, or unique? Maybe it was just a simple intimate moment, or a public proposal that completely caught you off guard. In any case, we’d love to hear your story.

We’re looking for the best engagement story we can find. Whether it’s touching, romantic, funny, wild, heartwarming, or anything else, we want to hear it!

With a large selection of Bridal Bouquets, Centerpieces and Farm Fresh Flowers delivered directly to the consumer, this $1000 giveaway will make one bride very, very happy…

That’s right, just for telling us your unique engagement story, you have chance to win a $1000 credit toward your Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect.com or BunchesDirect.ca.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

1) Write up your story – it can be anywhere between 100 and 1000 words. If you have any pictures to attach to it, all the better! (but please, no more than 2MB in size per email.)

2) Send it to [email protected], either in the body of the email or as an attachment to enter. Please include the words ‘ENGAGEMENT CONTEST’ in the Subject Line of the email.

3) The contest winner will be announced on BunchesDirect.com and BunchesDirect.ca, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BunchesDirect , and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FlowerGuide at a date to be announced.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1. By submitting your story and/or photos, you agree that they become, as submitted, property of BunchesDirect, and allow BunchesDirect to post your submitted materials publicly on sites including but not limited to, BunchesDirect.com, BunchesDirect.ca, BunchesDirect.org.

2. You agree to allow BunchesDirect to contact you, and if necessary, others, for the purposes of verifying the legitimacy of your story.

3. The winner will be chosen by a panel of BunchesDirect employees at a date to be specified.

4. Contest is only open to residents of Canada and the United States.

The Wedding Trend Roundup – Week of August 11 – 17

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A quick review of some trends, either wonderful, wistful or just plain weird, that we’ve gathered from around the web:

TATTOOED BRIDES (via Philly Mag)
THE IDEA: According to The Inq, whereas tattoos were once covered up on the big day, “a growing number not only are selecting gowns that showcase their body art, they’re also augmenting their ink with new wedding tattoos that serve as modern, elegant (and, yes, permanent) symbols of their relationships.”
THE VERDICT: Whatever makes you happy! Though, if you’re looking to add a splash of flair to your wedding dress, a corsage is a much less permanent and cost-efficient method. Just our opinion though.

Blue Hydrangea

Blue is 'in.' Check out some Blue Hydrangea from BunchesDirect.

MUCH ADO ABOUT BLUE (via Wedding Magazine UK)
THE IDEA: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Blue is ‘in’ this season, so get in on the trend before black becomes the new blue. Or blue becomes the new orange. Or orange becomes the new black. Alright, now we’re just confused.
THE VERDICT: Thumbs up. And there’s a little retailer here that has you covered if you’re looking….

NAKED WEDDING CAKES (via MSN New Zealand)
THE IDEA: Apparently spurred on by Hillary Duff’s wedding cake in 2010, unadorned, simple cakes are gaining in popularity.
THE VERDICT: Meh. We think any cake can use a cake topper from BunchesDirect.

PERFECT PEONIES (via LongIsland.com)
THE IDEA: According to LongIsland.com, “Every year sees a different type of flower take

According to LongIsland.com, Peonies are 'in' this year.

center stage in bridal bouquets and décor. This year, that flower is without a doubt the peony.”
THE VERDICT:  Long popular in the American deep south, they’re apparently making their way north. We say, it’s about time the peony got its due! They come in a variety of colors and are a nice compliment or alternative to roses.

WEDDING ATTACK PHOTOS (via Babble)
THE IDEA: Everyone’s looking for a unique look for their wedding photos, especially for the wedding party pictures. The wedding party is photographed in dramatic poses and then through the magic of Photoshop, the pictures make it look like they’re fighting off zombies, or UFOs, or uh, reverse vampires.
THE VERDICT: Kind of fun for the right couple, and this would be one way to stand out (you know, if a bunch of people weren’t doing it already, that is.)

CAKE-SHAMING (via stuff.co.uk)
THE IDEA: Bride orders unusual wedding cake. Cake arrives, looking far worse than she envisioned. Bride puts the cake on eBay, shaming the baker in the process — and the listing goes viral, garnering a whole lot of attention online.
THE VERDICT: It was a weird cake design to begin with.

Wedding Cake gone wrong

A bride got less than she bargained for with this wedding cake.

What do you think of these trends? Are any of them here to stay? Let us know in the comments below, and check back next Friday for another edition of the Wedding Trend Roundup.

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BunchesDirect, an online flower retailer that has grown into America’s leading supplier of Bulk & Wedding Flowers, experienced record traffic on its websites this past week resulting from a promotional offer of 50 free roses.

Close to 300 orders were fulfilled on the back of the promotion, which was offered as both a thank you to existing clients, and an enticement for new business.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the exposure that this promotion has provided for the BunchesDirect brand,” said Mark Camphaug, Director of Marketing for BunchesDirect. “We’ve had thousands of new customers come to Bunches Direct, which was the intention when we put the offer together.”

The 50 Free Roses promotion has been a resounding success for BunchesDirect in the United States and Canada.

BunchesDirect has websites tailored to the United States (BunchesDirect.com), Canada (BunchesDirect.ca) and Australia (BunchesDirect.com.au.)
Last week, the Free Roses promotion was offered first to BunchesDirect’s extensive mailing list; following the overwhelming success of that, the offer was opened  up this week to the general public through the company’s social media accounts on Facebook (facebook.com/bunchesdirect) and Twitter (twitter.com/flowerguide.)

“We certainly experienced high volumes of traffic on our sites, the likes of which we’ve never seen before,” Camphaug said. “Our customer service team did a fantastic job of keeping up and making sure our customers’ orders were fulfilled in a timely manner.”

The Free Rose offer will be available for the coming month before the promotion ends.

Established in 1999, BunchesDirect grew from a local wholesale florist into America’s leading supplier of  Bulk Flowers and Premade Wedding Flowers. The company maintains its primary distribution center in Miami, Fla. and several throughout Canada.

BunchesDirect recently started offering wholesale and bulk flowers by the box, ideal for weddings and functions.