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You don’t have to break the budget to have beautiful flowers for your wedding or event! Some of the most popular and beautiful choices are also some of the most inexpensive.

Read on to see our top picks for inexpensive, but totally gorgeous, flowers. These blooms could shine in any occasion, and can be used in bouquets as well as centerpieces. If you source them in season you can save even more, and especially if you use an online flower vendor (like BunchesDirect).

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Carnations

Carnations are so beautiful and yet are often undervalued for their ability to enhance a bouquet or table arrangement. We have no idea why! Their sweet ruffled petals add true elegance, while being long lasting and surprisingly hearty after cutting. They come in a myriad of wonderful colors that can coordinate with many themes and palettes.Their general hardiness also means they work well in DIY creations too, like pomander balls, garlands and floral accent walls.

Classic Pink Carnation Bouquet

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Alstroemeria

Alstreomeria, also known as Peruvian lilies, are one of the most delicate and lovely flower choices and yet are surprisingly affordable. Their sweet, heart-shaped petals add romance and delicacy to any bouquet or centerpiece. They come in several popular colors and have an interesting two-toned variation that adds depth and interest.

Hint of Pink Boutonniere

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Baby’s Breath

Baby’s Breath, or Gypsophilia, is a wonderfully airy and beautiful flower that can create amazing cloud-like effects for table and venue decorating as well as for bridal bouquets. Most people think of it in white, but it does also come in soft pink. It can be combined with other romantic flowers such as roses or lilies, but don’t overlook its impact when used all on its own.

Pure Baby’s Breath Bouquet

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Chrysanthemum

Many of us simply call them “mums,” to refer to these beautiful and generous blooms. Chrysanthemums come in rich colors and have a full, exotic appearance that can lend a lot of impact and texture to bouquets and arrangements. They can be combined with other flowers for an “elegant” presentation or kept minimal and vivid for a more rustic or informal event.

Cheerfully Divine Centerpiece

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Daisies

There is little else to match the lovely daisy for sweetness, innocence and cheerful beauty. Daisies have been a cherished flower for centuries and have long held romantic connotations. They are especially suited to informal events and outdoor venues, such as barn or beach, and to themes like boho chic or rustic. Use them in different colors to further enhance your decorating.

Daisy Day Bouquet

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Roses

Roses spell romance, elegance, and distinction. They are one of the most gorgeous flowers that work for any occasion, and if you purchase from a reputable online vendor (like BunchesDirect), roses are surprisingly affordable! Buy in bulk to save even more. Roses come in many shades and sizes and work with any wedding theme. They also pair beautifully with just about any other bloom. Dress them up or down depending on how formal is your event. You can never go wrong with roses!

Classy Rose Centerpiece BunchesDirect

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Gerbera Daisies

Cheery and bright gerbera daisies are great bang for buck! Their large size and textural quality create a lot of visual impact even if fewer blooms are used. They come in vivid and modern colors that are especially well suited to rustic weddings, boho chic themes, outdoor venues, or anything where a cheery and modern impact is needed. They also pair well with other flowers such as roses or carnations.

Simply Stunning Gerbera Bouquet

 

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Think Pink! Pink is always a gorgeous and popular choice for weddings! Pink flowers are fresh, pretty and romantic, giving an elegant touch to any event. They coordinate beautifully with just about any other color (even red!) and are flattering with almost all skin and hair tones as well, so your bridal party will thank you too. Pink flowers are timeless and depending on choice of bloom and how they are arranged, will suit everything from old world traditional, boho chic, to funky modern themes.

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Pink roses are always a stunning choice for your bridal bouquet. Fresh roses in varying shades of pink will suit any theme, dress or location. They are timeless, elegant and super romantic. BunchesDirect has many wonderful choices for bridal bouquets that include fresh pink roses. We have picked two here, but don’t miss the rest! Visit the site to see many more. You can also buy pink roses in bulk by stem or box.

Pretty in Pink

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If you love pink, then why not layer it up? Bouquets look all the more beautiful when done in multiple shades of pink. Mix hot pink roses with paler pink peonies, or pale and hot pink carnations, for a stunning wedding palette.

Heavenly Harmony

Powerful Pink

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There are many, many different flower varieties that come in shades of pink, which also makes this color one of the most versatile and easy-to-work-with. Try pink calla lilies (as in the photo above) or pink oriental lilies for a very elegant and more exotic look.

Enchanting Pink

Classic Pink Oriental

 

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Fresh pink tulips come in many hues from pale pink to vivid fuschia and look especially lovely when made into a bridal bouquet.

Classic Pink Tulips

There are many, many more pink bridal bouquets available at BunchesDirect! For any bride who loves this romantic shade, our many choices let you “think pink” for less! We will also be pleased to provide a quote for any custom bouquet you have in mind so feel free to share your “dream photos” and let us help make your vision real.

 

 

 

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One of the most “delicious” flower and fashion trends of late is the move back to more berry and jewel tones for your color palette. The 2015 color of the year, after all, was a rich burgundy hue called Marsala and we are seeing variations of it everywhere from clothing to housewares.

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It’s easy to see why—these rich tones lend a lush and romantic vibe to any event and are especially suitable for weddings. Pair them with cool blues, pale greens, dramatic blacks or grays, and they will suit any event theme from traditional garden to modern with a Parisian twist. Berry tones will work their magic in any season or venue.

Photo by Phillip Ficks, Paper and calligraphy by PaperFinger.co

 

The top photo was taken from a midnight garden wedding designed by Julie Savage of Strawberry Milk Events.

As Julie describes, “In this look, everything is glamorous and elegant, yet achievable.”

Deep tones of red garden roses mixed with exotic purple anemones create this lush flowerscape. Both available at BunchesDirect.

 

Bouquet below: Deep and Divine Calla Lily.

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers in rich berry tones are perfect for any season, but add an extra element of warmth and drama to fall and winter weddings. The rich color of the flowers provides excellent contrast with a white wedding gown and traditional grey or black suits or tuxedos.  Berry tones pair especially well with gold or silver metallic accents. Below, pink alstroemeria blends beautifully with the gold sand in these simple mason jars.

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Laura Yang and the Pastry Studio used beautiful berry-toned flowers including burgundy ranunculus to decorate their delicious chocolate cake, making it look a scrumptious as it tasted.

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To create this look at your own wedding or event, choose a variety of lush flowers in berry or tones of hot pink, pink, red and burgundy. The combination of textures and colors will add a very dramatic element to your decor.   Show below, red roses, hot pink spray roses, burgundy ranunculus, and purple alstroemeria. All of these and more berry toned flowers are available in bulk for low prices at BunchesDirect.

Red Roses

 

For your bridal bouquets, Enchanted Kiss, Red Berry, or Crimson Dream or Red Romance are all perfect choices that will provide the perfect complement to your berry  and jewel tone wedding palette. Happy planning!

Enchanted Kiss Bouquet

Red Berry Bouquet

Crimson Dream Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Romance Bouquet

 

 

 

 

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When it comes to wedding and event flowers, the graceful calla lily is one of the most iconic choices. Lilies are a truly lovely addition to any floral arrangement.

Pink Calla Lily BunchesDirect

Native to South Africa, lilies are prized for their unique flower form. Their graceful, flaring trumpet shaped blooms provide an elegant touch to any bouquet or centerpiece. Their striking green leaves are a handsome element in their own right.

Calla lilies (sometimes called trumpet or arum lilies) are also versatile; they are a perfect complement to either modern, clean wedding themes or romantic and traditional décor.They come in different sizes, from larger blooms to miniature.  Many people think of white when they think of calla lilies, but they are available in many colours ranging from red to pink, yellow to orange, or even a dramatic dark purple. Their form has enough impact to stand alone, which means they can be a budgeting bride’s best friend, or they can be mixed with other blooms for even more impact.

Calla lilies are an excellent choice for the DIY bride or event planner. Twine lilies of any color artfully in a glass vase and you have an instant centerpiece that is surprisingly dramatic and effective. Their bright green stems only add to the visual impact.

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If you like submerged blooms in a centerpiece, calla lilies are an excellent choice for this too. Find out how to make your own submerged centerpiece and see how easy it can be to create a stunning centerpiece with in one of our BunchesDirect videos.

 

Photo from Maureen Masters

Even simple wine bottles get an instant style boost from the addition of dramatic calla lilies in standout colors such as orange. Super easy, budget-friendly, and so fun! Bulk calla lilies available by stem or by box at BunchesDirect, for amazing prices. Choose your color, and get creative!

These very simple vases could be purchased at your local dollar or craft store, but the addition of tall calla lilies and their repetition all down the long table adds a lot of drama. An easy and low budget table solution!

Callas also combine beautifully with other flowers in vibrant colors. Here, dark purple callas give height while pink hydrangeas provide the “base” of the arrangement in these creative vases. You can also buy bulk hydrangeas from BunchesDirect.

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You can combine greens such as eucalyptus with calla lilies, and use floral foam and a wooden box to create these very rustic DIY centerpieces—click to find out how. Perfect for a garden wedding.

 

If you are less “do it yourself” inclined, BunchesDirect offers beautiful calla lily centerpieces that are all ready to go. Simply trim the stems to your desired height and add to your container of choice. Shown here: Pink Passion Centerpiece.

Don’t overlook the power of the dramatic and elegant calla lily when you are deciding on your wedding centerpieces and wedding flowers. And to coordinate with your lovely lily centerpiece, bridal bouquets made of calla lilies are also a gorgeous choice! White is the classic selection, but BunchesDirect also offers exotic bouquets in vivid colors.

Happy wedding planning! 

Morning Glow Bridal Bouquet

White Mini Calla Lily Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So your big day is almost here, and your wedding flowers have been delivered! Now what? Receiving and preparing your flowers is another big step in your final wedding preparation countdown. Whether you chose to purchase beautiful bulk flowers for your own special project, or professionally arranged bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, or corsages, you want those gorgeous blooms to stay looking their best. Flowers are one of Mother Nature’s best creations, but they do benefit from some TLC.

Here are some great tips for ensuring that your flowers will look stunning and fresh on your wedding day.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that your bulk flowers have come directly from the farm. Chances are they have traveled a fair distance, and they will need a good drink so they can perk up. They many not look at their best right away, but don’t panic–this is normal.

box2Another general tip to recall is that exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room in the house, etc.) will help flowers open up and bloom, but if you like the way they look then try to maintain them. Placing them in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process. Your choice of temperature ultimately depends on the timing of your delivery and the big event.

Flowers in wedding bouquets and centerpieces will also benefit from water and care. If you follow our tips, you’ll see what a huge difference an overnight can make!

For Bulk Flowers:
1. Remove flowers from the box.
2. Keep protective wrapping on the bunches or stems, but remove any netting from around the blooms.
3. Remove any foliage that will be below the water line.
4. Get a bucket and fill it with three (3) inches of water. Add the flower food. Use warm water for roses, and room temperature water for other flowers.
5. Cut one inch off the ends of the stems. Cut on an angle, and place the stems into the water. Allow the flowers to hydrate for at least 12 hours.
6. Remember, the optimal temperature for flowers is 40 degrees F (4.5 degrees C). If you don’t have access to a cooler or a fridge, put the flowers in a basement or a cold room.
7. Avoid direct sun and drafts.

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After the minimum 12 hour hydrating period:
1. Remove any remaining protective wrapping.
2. Farm-packed roses usually require removing two or three of the outer guard petals for a fresh, manicured look. This is normal! All the roses you see in a florist shop window have had outer petals removed.
3. Re-trim stems daily as needed for optimal flower development.

BunchesDirect Lavender Roses

BunchesDirect Pink Asiatic Lilies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Bridal Bouquet

 

For Bouquets:
1. Remove the wedding bouquets from their box.
2. Remove any cellophane wrap.
3. Remove the green foam from the bottom of the stems and rinse them off thoroughly.
4. Trim 1/4 inch off the stems in the bouquet, and place into a container in one inch of water.

Perfect Daisy Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Triumph

Centerpieces:
Most wedding centerpieces arrive arranged and ready to place into your container of choice. To keep them looking their best, follow steps 3 and 4 from Bridal Bouquet care.
If the centerpiece was packed in a plastic container with moist floral foam, follow the advice of your florist, but these generally should be kept in the container they were shipped in and the foam kept moist until you are ready to use.
When you are ready to place them in their containers, remove foam, rinse stems, and cut them to your desired length (stand up the arrangement alongside your container for a good gauge as to how much to cut off).

Hint of Pink Boutonniere

Corsages & Boutonnieres
Mist the blooms with some water, place in a covered container or a bag, and place into the refrigerator until ready to use.

Follow these tips (or assign a friend, family member, or bridesmaid to do them) and your wedding flowers will be looking at their peak beauty for your wedding day. Enjoy!

 

 

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Woven-Dream-Rose-Wedding-BouquetWedding trends are constantly evolving, but there’s a fine line of how trendy you really want to go with the look and decor for weddings. There’s always the aspect in play that what’s chic and modern today could look ridiculous when you look at the photos on your 25th anniversary (powder blue frilly suits, anyone?) Even still, many brides are keenly aware of the latest popular trends so they can be on-point for their big day.

Let’s examine some of the big trends that others are speculating on for weddings in 2014.

Dresses

- White will always be the dominant color for wedding dresses, but there’s been lots of buzz about dresses in other colors for 2014. This article notes that colors such as cream, peach, and even blue are garnering buzz. Vera Wang’s runway show recently put the spotlight on pink dresses. Whether this trend toward colors is widely adopted by actual brides remain to be seen, but designers are certainly pointing people in that direction.

- Tulle gowns and cap sleeves are leading the way in terms of trends that appear to be heating up for 2014.

Venues

- For some brides, church will always be the only wedding venue of choice, but if there is a trend in recent years, it is toward quirky, non-traditional venues. Restaurants and even bars seem to be anecdotally gaining traction as dual wedding/reception spaces. And of course, barns and farmhouses are also popular as the trend toward rustic weddings carries on.

- Pretty much anything goes these days in terms of venues, and as more people attend weddings in unique locations, that trend is likely to spread. Here are some particularly outlandish venues. 

Flowers

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- Roses will always rule, but as with other aspects of wedding planning, there seems to be more variety than ever.- As mentioned here, Peonies are becoming an increasingly popular wedding flower.

- More and more couples seem to be going the ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) route with wedding flowers, as there are significant cost-savings to be had.

- Bouquets with bling: accessorizing your bouquets with diamonds, pearls or something similar has gained in popularity in recent years.

- Poke around the web and you’ll see lots of people predicting that ‘natural’ looks will continue to gain in popularity (and this plays into the ‘rustic’ theme mentioned above.)

Other Trends

 

- Expect weddings to continue to become more integrated with technology. While most people still send paper invitations, digital invitations may become the standard by the end of the decade. Many weddings (particularly of young people) have a Hashtag associated with them, which is actually a good way to collect photos from your guests on Twitter or Instagram. Of course, there is also a resistance brewing against all this digital infringement, with reports of ‘Unplugged Weddings’ turning up repeatedly.

- The vintage/retro trend is likely to continue throughout 2014. Whether it’s a throwback to Gatsby-inspired reveling of the 1920s, or a nod to the hippy-dippy 60s, past eras tend to have a certain allure associated with them as we tend to forget about the bad aspects and romanticize the positives.