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Even the most ideal venue can have a few challenging elements. Whether your venue is drab or fab, flowers are a perfect way to dress your day!

Using fresh flowers to conceal things you don’t love, or enhance the things you do, is a perfect solution; the bonus is that you can add color, life and impact while complementing your theme at the same time. Buy in bulk from a reputable online vendor and you will be surprised how much you can do, for an amazing price.

Check out these great tips for using flowers to make sure all the elements of your venue are at their very best.

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Fountains

If the entrance to your wedding or event has a fountain, consider not having predictable water running full out from each tier. Adding fresh flowers to a tier instead of water converts a traditional concrete element into an instant style statement. This is sure to get your guests talking as they walk up to your big event. Try hydrangeas, snapdragons and longer greens like seeded eucalyptus.

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Trees

If there is a tree that you don’t love, or perhaps a few that you do, use fresh flowers to add an aerial focal point. The pops of color will brighten the bark and enhance your wedding theme if you go for a coordinating look. These hanging pomanders (kissing balls) are perfect in this outdoor venue. Click to find out more about floral pomanders.

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Staircases

If your venue has a staircase, don’t overlook it! Enhance it with the addition of a garland of greens and/or fresh blooms in softly coordinating hues. Adding candles and other creative touches is another way to add impact and guest enjoyment. A simple staircase can become something truly breathtaking!

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Chandeliers

Don’t forget the overhead light fixtures at your venue. Some of these can be pretty drab and dull. Hide the metal and add life and color to what is usually strictly utilitarian by draping your favorite fresh flowers and greens for a stunning visual display. Click to read more about Floral Chandeliers.

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Swimming Pool

If your venue contains a pond or a swimming pool, don’t miss the opportunity to add more flowers to play up this feature. You can buy floating boards of styrofoam and plastic to hold beautiful floral centerpieces. Use hearty flowers such as ferns, daisies, mums, and lilies. Another idea is to float pomanders or even just to scatter rose petals or carnation tops on the water’s surface.

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Walls

Let’s face it, walls at the venue can be bare and drab without some added “wow” factor. Don’t overlook some added pizazz for any wall located behind a key element of your celebration, such as the cake or dessert table, bride and groom table, gift table or a bar. Create a lovely backdrop by using flowers to make a flower accent piece. Another fun idea is to tape flowers, stem and all, to a backdrop, for a simple yet so interesting touch! Click to read more about Floral Backdrops.

 

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So many of us grew up wearing out our VHS tapes, watching Disney movies over and over, and their appeal has never waned. Disney’s most recent remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle is a huge hit.. As of the end of March the movie had smashed box office records and earned $750M worldwide. Disney movies have already inspired a line of wedding dresses and other accessories (click to read more about what flowers pair well with Disney dresses),

If you are a Disney lover, now that you are all grown and ready to marry your own Prince Charming don’t miss these fabulous ideas for how to incorporate these fairy tale elements into your wedding flowers.

Cinderella

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If you love Cinderella, source these sweet faux coaches for your table centerpieces. Select beautiful pink and white roses and delicate flowers such as pink alstroemeria or white hydrangeas to complement this look.

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Source some sparkly pumpkins as a cute nod to Cinderella’s coach before it was transformed by magic, and complement the look with some lovely pink and white vases on either side. Sweet and simple!

For your bouquets, consider continuing the pink and white Cinderella theme with some FairyTale or Pastel Sparkle Bouquets, or perhaps a Touch of Pink or a Subtle Beauty Centerpiece if you are less DIY inclined.

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Beauty and the Beast

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These beautiful “enchanted rose” centerpieces are actually so easy to make! Order fresh red roses (or any color you prefer) for low prices online and have them shipped to your door along with some clear glass cloches. Use a small crystal vase with water to hold the rose n place and keep it fresh. Simple and so charming!

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Continue the theme by using “Be Our Guest” on invitations or signs around the venue. Consider these sweet teacup centerpieces and some books to represent Belle’s love of reading. In this case, the purple roses and purple alstroemeria add the perfect fairy tale touch.

Mickey Mouse

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If old school Disney, with Minnie and Mickey Mouse is more your thing, then consider these cute Mickey centerpieces. These are also surprisingly easy to make. Use foam balls and a glue gun to create the shape, then use floral pins or floral adhesive to affix white roses, white carnations or whatever flower your heart fancies.

Wishing you a magical wedding, and all that your heart desires!

 

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As our year draws to a close, we are busy looking ahead to 2017! We’ve pulled together a few of the best trends we see for the new year, including what’s hot and what’s not for your upcoming wedding or event. Read on to ensure that your own special day is right on track with the most current designs to impress your guests and create a truly memorable look.

Floral Garlands

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We saw more and more couples choosing to make or purchase beautiful floral garlands to dress their venue. These garlands are a fab DIY project that lets you cut costs by ordering your flowers in bulk from a reputable online vendor. Use the garlands to dress up your ceremony, frame an aisle, decorate special seating areas, or accent a chandelier. There are so many uses for floral garlands that your imagination is the limit!

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Old Fashioned Flowers

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Flowers like mums, carnations and daisies are making a comeback! This is also wonderful news for your budget as these beautiful flowers also tend to be some of the most cost effective. This vintage look will continue to trend big in the new year. Think also roses, hydrangeas, peonies and other old fashioned blooms and add special charm to your big day.

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Floral Table Runners

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More couples or event planners are opting out of traditional centerpieces in vases in favor of the more “wild” and unstructured look of a floral table runner. You can DIY this too: simply pick your fave flowers and greens and artfully arrange them down the middle of your tables. Your guests are sure to be impressed!

Flower Colors: Neutrals plus Bolds

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Blush continues to be hot for 2017, especially when you pair a relative neutral such as blush, cream or white flowers, with a more saturated hue. Think cream paired with deep burgundy blooms, rich coral paired with pale dove accents, blush paired with hot pink or red. Mixing light with dark flowers gives life and energy to your arrangements and will keep things looking fresh and current.

Creative Containers

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We are also seeing more use of containers such a lanterns, mercury glass globes vases, vintage etched glass jars, or gold footed vases instead of more common looking vases. Again, creating a unique, unstructured ambiance or old world charm is a great way to go in 2017.

What do you see as a big trend for 2017? Let us know at [email protected]!

 

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One of the most popular wedding and event themes of the day is certainly “bohemian,” “shabby” or “vintage” chic.” It’s also one of our faves for flowers — this theme provides ample choice of flower type and color and lets you get especially creative with your choice of container or accents. This theme provides a relaxed and very pretty atmosphere at any wedding or event. We’ve gathered some great tips to help you plan.

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Venues

Bohemian chic is suited to a variety of venues but seems especially appropriate for outdoor garden, woodland or rustic settings. The vibe should never be too stuffy or monochromatic and even if not outside, ideally your venue will contain natural element such as greenery, wood, and yes, lots of fresh flowers! The more flowers and greens the better to create a lush and layered “bohemian” look.

Flower Colors

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Boho chic themes work in a variety of colors. You could go very bohemian and use rich jewel tones of all kinds, which cultivates a warm and liberated almost “carnival” atmosphere.

Shown left: Rich red calla lilies, orange dahlias, and bright yellow sunflowers combine with the dark blue lanterns and colorful woven table runners to create a visual feast.

 

 

 

 

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Shades of pink and white with green or teal accents also work well with a boho theme, and a garden or woodland setting. Think antique dressers, woven hearts, vintage candlesticks, ropes of pearls,  and a lush, romantic vibe. Daisies, roses, hydrangeas and peonies would work well. Be sure to order plenty of flowers as they are a key component of  any boho event.

DIY Floral Accents

The more relaxed style of boho chic is perfect for the do-it-yourself type! Get creative and make your own centerpieces. This theme does not call for perfect and precise but let’s you express yourself in without fuss or formality.

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The photo above shows you a simple DIY suggestion for some fabulous boho table centrepieces. Paint mason jars in various colors to suit your theme. Choose flowers like these beautiful plump dahlias and freesias in rich jewel tones, with sweet accents like the baby’s breath and the craspedia (also called “billy balls”). Mason jars of any kind are perfect for boho themes, and adding special touches like vintage books, antique mirrors, pretty candles, handmade cards. Click to see the full post about this beautiful DIY Boho backyard wedding in California.

If you are not a DIY type or don’t want the time or the worry to make your own floral arrangements, there are a wide variety of ready-made flowers that would perfectly suit this theme!

Puppy Love Bouquet

 

Try Puppy Love, Love and Sunshine, or I’m All Yours bouquets from BunchesDirect (many more at the website!).

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Floral Crowns

Another perfect way to add a boho element to your wedding is to create a beautiful crown of fresh flowers for the bride and bridesmaids.Fresh flowers in your hair creates an instant “goddess” look that is especially suited to this style of event.

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Click here to find out how to Make your own Floral Crown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flower Types: Baby’s breath, as we mentioned, is a wonderful and budget-friendly choice for any boho choc event! It works beautifully in centerpieces and when placed in popular boho containers such as wooden crates, drawers or mason jars.

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Carnations and roses are other flower types that work especially well for boho events. They are pretty without being overly formal or fussy, depending on how you dress them.

Accents such as lace, burlap or wood pair especially well with these flowers too.

 

 

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Candles: Adding in candles and fresh greens is another way to enhance your boho theme. Any natural elements will do the trick!

Finally, the best tip: Choose a reputable and experienced floral consultant and they will provide you with perfect guidance in choosing flowers for a boho theme, or any other! Have fun with the planning and let your imagination soar.

Feel free to share photos of your own boho chic event at [email protected] We always love to hear from you1

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating the perfect bridal look is all about balance. There are so many elements to a bridal look that it is important not to let one draw too much focus – unless, of course, that is your aim. The dress is often the focal point of any outfit, but some brides prefer to pull focus to the flowers, their hair, shoes, or choice of jewellery. The flowers that you are drawn to often say a lot about your bridal style, so it can be a good place to start when choosing your wedding jewellery. Follow our guide to choosing your ideal wedding bouquet for your big day, and how to pair it with the perfect jewellery.

Posy

The posy bouquet is probably one of the most classic wedding bouquets you will ever see. This small, round bouquet is often tied with ribbon and is made up of a variety of flowers. Some people also weave in highly personal elements. To match this classic style, reach for your family heirloom pearls and create the classic bridal look.

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Hand-Tied

A hand-tied bouquet is the most relaxed of the bunch, and often favoured by distinctive brides who are looking to bring a boho-chic vibe to their wedding day. Hand-tied bouquets made up of wildflowers or flowers of different height and sizes look particularly stunning when pair with vintage jewellery in bold hues. Look for vintage styles such as art deco pieces or bring a touch of Great Gatsby glamour with an Edwardian bracelet set with sapphires or amethyst.

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Cascade

A cascading bouquet is a dreamy flower arrangement that is perfect for anyone hoping for the classic fairy tale wedding. A cascading bouquet is often the focal point of your outfit, so you might want to opt for a discreet but classic pair of simple diamond earrings. If you’re particular about your jewellery, choose your own loose diamonds and have them set precisely as you want them for the ideal wedding jewellery look.

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Composite

A composite bouquet is often made up of individual petals and results in a bouquet that looks like one giant flower. It is a more contemporary bouquet which is often monochromatic and classic in style. Complement this stunning arrangement with a delicate pendant necklace – perhaps something that has personal significance to you.

Round

The round bouquet is a variation of the posy bouquet, but instead of varying heights and sizes, the bouquet is a perfect circle shape. This can often be quite a large bouquet, so you can balance your look by adorning your hair with jewelry such as a classic tiara, or a delicate hair clip for the more conservative bride. Pearls, diamonds and precious gems will look amazing alongside this particular bridal bouquet.

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BunchesDirect would like to thank guest author Rebecca Harper for this wonderful article! Rebecca is an aspiring freelance writer who enjoys writing primarily about fashion with a focus on jewelry and accessorizing.

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“Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound” –Edwin Curran

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The origins of a bride carrying a bouquet of flowers can be traced back for centuries. Although the beginnings of the bridal bouquet are rather blurred, history has it that the custom initially stemmed from the bride’s need of concealing her body odor during her wedding day. In ancient Rome, flowers were symbolic of new beginnings, hope for fertility and fidelity.  Other customs had a different approach and would require brides to carry spices in lieu of flowers to ward off bad spirits.

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However, in this time and age, wedding bouquets have a more symbolic significance behind it other than a makeshift deodorant or as an ornament used to ward off evil. Many may be under the impression that the bride’s wedding posies are purely for visual aesthetics—a lovely prop for photo sessions. But apart from painting a striking photograph of the bride on her wedding day, carrying one seems to prevent the bride from needlessly fidgeting with her fingers.

 

 

 

 

Considering all of these, it would appear that the bridal bouquet makes the spectacular complementing accessory to the bridal gown. In essence, if the bride were a cake, her floral bouquet would be her centerpiece which means thorough consideration is needed in selecting one. The kind of wedding bouquet a bride selects is a reflection of her personality as well as her style and a lot can be said about the kind of bouquets she chooses. Take a gander at the five favorite bouquet styles down below and see what it says about the type of bride you are.

1) Bohemian Chic Inspired Bouquet

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If you want something a little offbeat and probably a bit outlandish, a bohemian chic inspired bouquet is the perfect finishing touch to your wedding gown. Essentially, this would mean you are a free-spirited bride with an unbridled passion for nature, and your bouquet would likely spell that for you. Your ideal wedding is something that does not conform to society’s traditional norm but is one that you have probably thought of yourself. Romantic, vintage and ethereal are just three things that would describe your perfect wedding and more often than not, you are the sort of bride who has no regard for the rules and would rather make a bold statement than follow trends.

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2.)    Modern Glamour Inspired Bouquets

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Without question, you are the kind of bride who wants to go big or go home. Everything should be dramatic, glamorous and elegant with a touch of flair. You are the type of bride who would like to add a bit of sparkle in everything that you do to make a lasting impression, and your wedding would be just as sparkly and elegant. Everything about your wedding will be likely as extravagant as the bouquet you will be carrying

3.)    Wild Textured Inspired Bouquets

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More often than not, this is the choice of bouquets of brides who are chronic do-it-yourselfers. This bouquet is a combination of not only diverse flowers but would even include ferns, branches, colorful petals—all just to achieve that perfect wildflower wedding bouquet—a true expression of a bride who loves bringing the outdoors indoors.

4.)    Rustic Vintage Inspired Bouquets

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For the bride with a penchant for romance and a relaxed atmosphere, the rustic bouquet is ideal. This is for the bride who is incredibly low-key and low-maintenance and who would not mind shopping at thrift stores or even adding pre-loved pieces to her home and wardrobe. Her bouquet may even carry something incredibly personal to her such as a vintage brooch with sentimental value.

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5.)    Classic Clean Inspired Bouquets

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There is no other word to describe a bride who prefers this kind of bouquet other than traditional. For the brides who love to play by the rules and go by the books, their wedding bouquets should be nothing short of the classic and timeless kind of posies. Her bouquet would consist of pastel colors, pink hues, and apricots that would make it the perfect finishing touch to her gown that is just as traditional. These brides believe that less is more and that everything classic and timeless would always be in fashion.

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About the Author:

 BunchesDirect wishes to thank this month’s guest author, Janice Jaramillo. Janice  is a twenty something who love to write various topics especially weddings and wedding reception venues. She also loves photography and travel.