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The Budget BrideThe Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

Your honeymoon does not have to be lavish ordeal that puts you and your partner in the poor house. Try a mini-moon or a stay-cation. Most brides are left feeling frazzled and overwhelmed as they rush to clear out the party and make their way to the airport. Instead try to relax somewhere close to home – you’ll really appreciate the time allowed to enjoy yourself and the freedom to pick up and do what you like in your neighbourhood!
This option works best for couples living close to big cities, as there are often lots of tourist attractions to explore. How often have you said “I’ve been meaning to check out that museum” “I’ve always wanted to see that play” or “I’ve always wanted to visit that festival”? Take the time to really play tourist in your town and learn to love the experience. You’ll get to enjoy all the joys of travelling with the bonus of not leaving the comforts of home! Another bonus of not straying far from home is the ability to enjoy your wedding florals and wedding centrepieces after the main event! You will have more of a change to enjoy your wedding flowers in your home.
The mini-moon is a similar idea – take a day-trip or a weekend away together without the large expense associated with an international flight or highly scheduled itinerary. Book a lodge on the water, or a cabin in the woods, or a night in the big city! The options are up to you, your partner and your location.
Your honeymoon is a celebration of your marriage for you and your partner – but that doesn’t mean it has to be on a grand scale. Take a look at what’s around you and explore the options you never felt you had the time or means to do so before. You’ll be surprised at what you can enjoy together when you’re looking at your city with fresh eyes!

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Bulk Roses in Various ColorsFor someone buying bulk flowers for the first time, knowing how to care for your flowers might seem like a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of instructions for beginners to help you care fo your flowers when they arrive.

General Flower Care Instructions

When the flowers arrive they will need to be taken out of the box, stems cut on an angle, remove all leaves that will go below water line, and allowed to drink for several hours.  They will be thirsty and this should be done as soon as possible.  This small step will allow your flowers get back to a lush, and beautiful state.

Please Note: Keep flowers in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, a hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

Also, it is important to keep flowers away from fruits, vegetables and/or plants which produce ethylene gas which could cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.

Check out our resident floral expert, Bunches Bob unpacking some fresh flowers.

Wedding Flower Care Instructions

Bridal Bouquets/Centerpieces

(1) Remove flowers from box

(2) Remove cellophane wrap

(3) Remove green foam from bottom of stems and rinse thoroughly

(4) Cut stems ¼ inch and place in a container with 1 inch of water

Centerpieces

Most centerpieces are to be placed in the container of your choice. Remove from foam, rinse stems, cut 1” from stems, put in at least 3” of room temperature water.

*Some centerpieces are to remain in plastic container it was shipped in, keep foam moist.

Corsages and Boutonnieres

Place in a covered container, or plastic bag and refrigerate.

Please Note For Bulk Flowers and Wedding Flower Arrangements

Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

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Today we’ve got some great inspiration for spring wedding centerpieces. For those of you planning a spring wedding, there are a number of great options and ideas to celebrate spring with your centerpieces.

Spring is the time a number of seasonal flowers come back into stock for us including Tulips, Hydrangea, Roses, Daffodils, Marigolds and more!

This display could be changed into a cute centerpiece – spring boots filled with seasonal flowers. The bright colour combinations would make this an excellent choice for a rustic daytime wedding.

Another trend we are seeing is incorporating non-floral elements in your centerpieces such as greens and herbs. What a way to include all the best of spring into your celebrations!

How about including some spring onions or mint into your decor?

Spring Onoins dress up the purple and white CentrepeiceMint as accent in Table centerpeicesIncorporating the season in non-traditional ways can really dress up your decor. what unexpected items will you be blending with your floral decorations?

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The Budget Bride

The Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

FRIENDORS. This term has been used all over in the wedding industry in the past few years.  What is a friendor and why would you want to employ this strategy in your budget ceremony?Is hiring a friend the right thing for you?A friendor is the balance between a friend and a vendor. You make the decision to hire a talented (professional or amateur) friend to complete services at your wedding or event. The benefit of which usually means less cost than hiring a professional – or no cost if they agree to give the service in lieu of a wedding gift! Choose wisely, know your friendors as well as their limits. As much as you love your cousin’s cooking, and as excited as she may be to cater your wedding, be sure she can handle the task of managing a 4 course meal for a party of 200 if that is what you require before you make your final decision.

Preparing a delicious mealHaving a friend as a vendor may allow you to include someone in significant ways for your wedding, especially if you plan on having a small ceremony and would not otherwise be sending them an invite. Of course, your friendor may complain about not being able to enjoy your wedding because they are too busy working. Be sure to be very clear about their roles and expectations – treat the relationship just as you would for any vendor.

However, since you’re deciding to make it personal, confrontations can escalate quicker than normal, and it’s easy to get uncomfortable being completely honest with them since you don’t want to hurt their feelings. The decision is a tough one —what you trade off in price ends up being bartered for trust and commitment. Also, remember that the services your friendor is offering you cannot really be compared to full cost professional options. You cannot expect a low-paid or volunteer team execute the same level of service as a professional. Make sure you both understand the expectations involved and have fun planning and collaborating together!

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