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If you are planning a wedding or a special event, you are probably looking for ways to create a unique and memorable guest experience. One way to show your guests how special they are is to send them home with a more unique and beautiful guest favor. Using fresh flowers to create something out of the ordinary is a wonderful way to show how much you care, and to provide that added boost of “something special” to your table decor.

Check out these wonderful ways to create your own DIY floral guest favors.

Floral Place Cards: Use small bundles of fresh flowers, tied with some pretty ribbon, as place tags for each guest. After the ceremony, guests can take home their mini-bouquet for a lovely and aromatic favor. Some flowers can be dried or preserved to create a lasting memory of your special day.

Personal Flower Market: Set up a beautiful “flower market” as a lovely accent at your wedding. Invite guests to take home a few flowers to create their own bouquet as a memento of your special day!. Everyone wants to sneak home the centerpiece but this way you are letting them make their own bouquet keepsake. You could have pretty ribbons or custom bags available for the guests to secure and take home their lovely blooms. This is an easy and visually stunning addition to your wedding. It also doesn’t have to break the bank if you purchase an array of bulk flowers from a low-priced online vendor such as BunchesDirect.

Take home Centerpieces:  Everyone wants to sneak home the centerpiece, so why not let them create their own miniature version? Set pretty bags by the guests’ places. You can create lovely customized bags that are personalized with your wedding information, or buy beautiful pre-made options.(Check out Esty for some great ideas). With your encouragement, guests can then slip out some of the centerpiece flowers to take home for their own enjoyment.

Bridal Shower Teacups: Buy mini teapots, cups or bowls from a dollar store or other craft store and arrange mini bouquets in each, for bridal shower guests to take home with them. This bouquet includes ranunculus and plum blossoms but the choice is endless! Click for a great DIY tutorial on how to make the bouquets. Your guests can keep the teacup as a sweet memento of the event!

Floral Wrapping: Even if you are passing out traditional boxed guest favors, adding a sprig or two of fresh flowers with pretty ribbon will give your gifts a special elegant touch.

 

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Need a gorgeous decor idea for your wedding or special event? Don’t forget to look up! The lighting and ceiling space in the venue can be an amazing spot to add floral touches that will take your wedding decor to the next level. Check out these awesome ideas for how to incorporate one of any wedding’s best accessories: Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

This hanging lantern style chandelier was totally transformed (and improved) by the addition of a generous assortment of gorgeous fresh flowers and greenery. Flowers included roses, garden roses, stephanotis, anenomes, and lisianthus in tones of pink, peach, cream and white. The cord was covered with white ribbon to further enhance the romantic effect.

 

 

This beautiful vintage chandelier was hung outdoors at the Four Seasons Austin, and beautifully adorned with romantic flowers such as hydrangeas and spray roses.

And you don’t have to be limited to only chandeliers! Get creative with ways to enhance the visual space using other objects. A clever idea is to hang multiple terracotta (or whatever style suits you) pots filled with beautiful flowers to suit your theme and wedding palette.

This creative DIY idea uses a hanging mesh frame to suspend an assortment of beautiful blooms such as roses, carnations, ranunculus, daisies or peonies. Want to know how to make this? Check out the easy DIY Instructions.

 

A bridcage suspended from a pretty ribbon makes another sweet and romantic visual to fill space in a high pergola or trellis.

Depending on the season, you could use lilacs, lilies, lavender roses, stephanotis or white agapanthus to provide this charming effect.

Get creative! You can adorn almost anything with beautiful flowers, either by pinning, taping, gluing or wiring them into place. You could also drape a pretty floral garland over a suspended light to add an instant “wedding” effect to an otherwise dull everyday object.

Check out all the amazing deals on bulk flowers available at BunchesDirect and see how affordable it can be to create your own suspended floral masterpiece!

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One of the most dramatic and moving moments during any wedding will come with the bride’s grand entrance. Guests stand, happy expectation fills the air, and all eyes turn to the bride who then makes her walk down the wedding aisle. The aisle sets the scene for this magical moment, before, during and after the vows are spoken. Make sure your wedding aisle looks its best with fresh flowers and romantic accents that suit your theme and set the right mood. There are plenty of DIY ideas whether your wedding is indoors or out to help you create a wonderful setting for every budget: bulk flowers and rose petals can be your new best friends!

Rose Petals: Buy rose petals in bulk from an online supplier like BunchesDirect, which come in bags of approximately 400 gorgeous petals, in a wide variety of colors.

If you are patient and enjoy details (or have friends/family who can help) then you can create a stunning accent for your aisle by setting out beautiful patterns using a stencil or your own creative vision. Consider monograms, spirals, or other decorative patterns for huge wow factor.

 

 

 

 

If you are perhaps not quite so detail-oriented (or don’t have the time or patience) you can also use varied shades of massed rose petals to give your aisle a gorgeous boost and help define it.

 

 

 

 

Another easy way to create beautiful impact using rose petals is to place generous handfuls of them spaced intermittently down the aisle, tucked in by the chairs and accented with lanterns and candles.

Chair Accents: Hang flowers from the chairs to create a wonderful border for your aisle.

Hang vases, mason jars, small burlap wrapped jars, or other containers from the chairs using ribbon or twine. Place fresh bulk flower bouquets, or bulk baby’s breath inside for a simple but gorgeous accent.

 

Create a border: Set decorative accents along the aisle to frame it off and give it more impact.

Purchase a few shepherd’s hooks from your local garden center and use them to hang vases, bouquets, or balls of flowers to help frame the edge of your outdoor wedding aisle. Making decorative floral balls (sometimes called floral pomanders or “kissing balls”) using craft store balls and bulk flowers such as carnations, roses, daisies, ranunculus or other flowers is an easy DIY project. Hang the pomanders from the chairs using pretty ribbon and you have an instant aisle accent. Check out our How-To blog for more info!

A creative idea to border the aisle at an outdoor wedding: use stumps to hold vases of flowers set alongside the seating. Use budget-friendly vases and create your own bouquets using a variety of fresh bulk flowers such as hyrdrangeas, roses, larkspur, baby’s breath, peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, daisies, or any of your favorite blooms.

Use buckets for a cute “country wedding” accent, filled with baby’s breath.

Use garlands and pearls to create a beautiful aisle border and dress with fresh flowers, such a pink spray roses, white lilies, or ranunculus for a more feminine and romantic feel.

The Grand Entrance Consider using old doors to make an amazing “entrance” to your outdoor aisle.

The Main Event: Set off the end of the aisle and the area where the vows will take place with a beautiful floral arch, garlands of flowers and greenery, curtains, special lighting or other detailed accents.

Whatever your theme or budget, taking a little extra time to think about your wedding aisle will have huge impact on your final day. Don’t be afraid to get creative and to include accents that are meaningful to you. With a bit of planning and effort, you can take your wedding aisle from blah to beautiful, for a walk that you and your guests will never forget.

 

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One of the hottest trends from last year’s wedding season, that is definitely carrying over to 2015, is the inclusion of a gorgeous floral backdrop wall. Floral walls are fragrant, romantic, luxurious design elements that provide the most amazing backdrop for your wedding photos. Surprisingly enough, they also don’t have to be that complicated to create and can be done to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.

When we think “floral wall’ it’s hard not to recall one of the largest and most elaborate floral backdrop walls of all time: the one from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s glamorous wedding last May in Florence, Italy. This spectacular wall of flowers stood a massive 25 feet high—check out the photo below and the grand piano will give you some reference as to the scale. Kimye opted for masses of white and cream flowers, including white roses and peonies, for their spectacular wall.

Not many of us may have their multi-million-dollar budget, but it’s easier than you may think to come up with your own floral wall or backdrop. Check out some of these great ideas for incorporating a floral backdrop into your own special day.

If you are somewhat ambitious, you can construct a floral backdrop wall from a sturdy base, such as a thin MDF board or sheet of particle board from the local building store. Make sure the board will be erected securely so that it cannot topple over, and/or is portable enough that you can transport it to and from the ceremony site for set up. Cover the board with green fabric, and then attach (using wire or glue) moss or other greenery, along with the heads of various beautiful blooms that coordinate with your wedding flower theme. Roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and daisies are all great choices, but the variety is vast. If you buy flowers in bulk, a gorgeous presentation is fairly affordable.

If you are on a budget, or have limited DIY skills, you can opt for something more simple and hang sturdy blooms like bulk carnations (very hardy!) from an arch or even a tree. Fishing line and a heavy embroidery needle can help you string the carnations (a great project for friends, family, or the bridesmaids too!). Lilies work well also (see below).

 

This gorgeous floral backdrop was made from a large white vintage picture frame. It was covered with romantic flowers including roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas in a soft palette of pink and white. You could easily do a smaller version for one of the display or buffet tables. Stunning…!

Source: Gusto & Grace

This creative bride used old shuttered closet doors to make a beautiful floral backdrop. She purchased bulk button poms and carnations to make her doors stand out.

There are many ways to incorporate your own floral backdrop into your wedding. You can adapt it to suit your theme, color palette, and budget, but whatever you choose, the impact is tremendous!

For more wedding decor ideas using flowers, check out this Blog about DIY wedding pomanders. Happy wedding planning!

 

 

 

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If you are a savvy DIY bride, you know that you can order up some of the freshest and most beautiful bulk flowers from Bunches Direct. But have you explored ideas for what to put your flowers in? Don’t be limited by the traditional clear glass vase. If you get creative with the container for your wedding or event flowers, you can add a lot of “wow” factor and the kind of impact that will really get your guests talking (in a good way). Your choice of container can create a unique or personal touch for your event tables, set a mood, or help embellish your theme if you have one.

We’ve gathered some pics of very creative containers to inspire you, and included some of our flower suggestions to go with them. Enjoy!

1. Boho Chic Wedding

Birdcages are a sweet and creative way to display your flowers! Choose a pre-made centerpiece from Bunches Direct, such as the Big Day or Subtle Beauty Centerpiece, or buy your flowers in bulk for a great DIY project. Roses, spray roses, hydrangea and lisianthus would be great choices!

Set up vintage chairs around your outdoor venue and add bulk flowers or a ready-to-go centerpiece bouquet for an amazing touch that is sure to get noticed.

2. French Wedding

Use vintage French-themed tins or wooden crates to provide that old world feel to your wedding. Try Oh Lola or Bygone Glamour Centerpieces from Bunches Direct to complement this look. Or, buy bulk peonies (seasonal) as shown in the photos.

3. Traditional Wedding or Bridal Shower

Blue and white china in a classic pattern lends instant traditional elegance to your tables. Use teacups or teapots for  creative way to display flowers at a wedding– also perfect for a bridal shower. Try Sweet Heaven, Champagne Romance, or Wild at Heart Centerpieces to complete this look.

4. Rustic Wedding

Wrap inexpensive dollar store vases in birch bark or burlap, or glue on birch sticks, to create a beautiful rustic look for your centerpieces.

4. Guest Favors

A creative take on guest favors might be to collect a variety of small vases or bottles to display your bulk flowers. Use them to decorate the table, and tag them so that guests can take them home. Or, tag them and use as place cards.

5. Flower and Candle Combos

Find clear vases or wine glasses that will also hold a floating candle to create very inexpensive and elegant centerpieces that will suit a variety of themes. Buy bulk flowers such as gerberas, lilies, orchids, roses, or carnations to float in the vases. For more info on how to create submerged floral arrangements, check out our how-to video!

6. Budget Bride

Recycle old wine bottles or other bottles for a great way to display your flowers! You can also wrap or spray paint the bottles if you want an elegant look–makes great DIY project. Try the Alluring Gerbera Centerpiece for a great earthy look to complement your wine bottles.

Get inspired and give your wedding flower containers a little extra attention, and you are sure to create some memorable displays!

 

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Bunches Direct was delighted to have been selected by the hardworking volunteers at Halo House Foundation to assist with their very special Gala Night event in November 2014. The Halo House challenge: find a vendor to provide a large quantity of fresh and beautiful bulk flowers, on time and ready to assemble, that would be used to decorate Bayou City Center in Houston, Texas, on a limited budget. Enter Bunches Direct!

Halo House Foundation is dedicated to making life better for people with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.The mission at Halo House is to assist people of all ages who are being treated for a blood cancer by providing them with fully furnished housing at a very low cost while they are undergoing active treatment for their cancer at the Texas Medical Center. Thousands of people come the the Center each year to receive life-saving treatments.They come because care is unavailable locally, or their local treatments have failed. Sadly, many of those people cannot stay in Houston to receive treatment because of the significant costs associated with short term housing. Halo House helps address this.

In 2014, the team of dedicated volunteers at Halo House began to organize their annual Gala to raise funds for their very worthy cause. Planning for the Gala began in March with 75 volunteers helping on various tasks.

A team of 15 was assigned to floral decorations, beginning about four months ahead of the Gala. They collected and painted dollar store vases (very creative!), and then to gathered to receive and prepare the flowers the day before and during the day of the event.

The decorating budget was $1000 maximum. According to Jessica Hazen, one of the key volunteers, they were happy with their choice of Bunches Direct for the flowers: “Bunches Direct was very helpful in this arena with the consultation and the recommendations. Amy and I liked the idea of having three small arrangements on each table versus one large one, meaning a single flower [type] per vase was best; this also minimized the need for greenery. Colors were challenging to decide on because we wanted to use HHF colors (royal blue, gold and white) but Mother Nature doesn’t exactly like using that pallet scheme. I sent BunchesBob a picture of the gold vases I was working on and he/she recommended the deep purple carnations and white roses. The quote was very competitive and the customer service representative was very helpful.”

The team of volunteers followed the care directions provided by Bunches Direct, removing the flowers from packaging, cutting the ends of the stems, and hydrating the flowers in a cool location. They they assembled some beautiful centerpieces to grace the tables at the Gala event. Great job, ladies! Visit our blog on Flower Care 101 to learn more about caring for your own bulk flowers.

The Gala featured a silent auction of about 150 items including original works of art, exquisite jewelry, fine dining, sports memorabilia, “staycations,” travel packages, and so much more. Over 500 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and an amazing performance by Cirque Imagination. Sonia Azad from ABC-Channel 13 News, KTRK was the event orchestrator and a volunteer for HH. Andy Serota from Local News 2, KPRC also attended the fun event.

 

Amy Curtis was the Head Gala Chairperson and her vision was honed in to the emotional experience for attendees. She organized a Step-and-repeat red carpet photographer, the live performances from Cirque Imagination, and a prop-filled photo booth area—all of which were loved by the guests!

 

 

 

 

One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of an original song by Emily Lipinski, the daughter of one of HH’s previous residents and a cancer survivor. Emily preformed a song she wrote for her mother. Jessica describes the song as “spellbinding,” relaying that “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room while she sang; such raw emotion and feeling was so very touching. Her song made everyone think about why we do the work we do; helping people in their time of need is the core of our humanity.”

Halo House Foundation is thrilled to report that $300,000 was raised through the generous support of the Gala attendees and other donors. The funds are being used to help build the capital campaign for The Halo House building. Jessica explains, “Currently we operate out of an apartment complex close to the Texas Medical Center, renting the apartments for the families to come and call home for their treatment. We are working to finalize details on breaking ground for our very own set of apartment homes!”

Bunches Direct was so pleased to have been part of this amazing event. We look forward to working with Halo House again soon. Visit their website or watch their video to learn more about Halo House Foundation. Check out the beautiful array fresh bulk flowers at Bunches Direct to see some of the selections that might work for your own wedding or event!