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There are some people—wrong as they may be—who think the beautiful carnation is not a first choice, first class flower. While it’s true that carnations are one of the most budget-friendly choices, it’s also true that they are truly one of the most lovely and versatile event flowers you can select. The low price is just a bonus!

Carnations have an amazing texture, like elegant ruffles, and many varieties come with a soft, spicy fragrance. They come in a truly amazing multitude of colors (even green) and shades which makes working with them an additional pleasure.

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Monochrome Carnations

Use all one color of carnations and let their texture do the talking. One color will create a big pop of visual impact for your tables or venue. Coordinate with your theme colors or choose a complimentary shade to accent them. Or, create an ombre effect by setting up a mass of carnations that run from dark to light shades of a single color.

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Even a simple grouping of white carnations looks amazing in a modern glass cube vase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose interesting and varied vases and heights for your carnations and let them shine with added impact.

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Pomanders (Kissing Balls)

Carnations may look delicate, but are one of the heartiest flowers you can choose. They don’t wilt easily in a hot venue and aren’t too fussy about humidity or lots of water. Pomanders can be made with multi-colored carnations and set in different shaped vases, set on tables, hung from trees, suspended from shepherd’s hooks…the possibilities are endless. Set them down the middle of the table to use as your centerpiece!

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Floral Backdrops

Because carnations are sturdy, with thicker stalks, they are also a perfect choice for creating hanging “flower curtains” or other floral backdrops. This is a great project for the DIY planner who has lots of helpful friends! Fishing wire, needles and bulk carnations are all you really need. Click to read more about Floral Backdrops.

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Beautiful Bouquets

Carnations are very hearty and long lasting, making them an elegant choice for your bridal bouquets! They will stand up well to heat and sunshine making them an especially good pick for outdoor, beach or summer events.

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Go Modern

Carnations keep their structure well as they are compact and hearty. They are the perfect choice for creating modern designs that can really add life and interest to your event tables.

Whatever style, color scheme or venue you choose, don’t overlook the sensation of a carnation! Click to see how to buy bulk carnations.

 

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One of the most popular flowers for weddings and events is definitely daisies! These sweet and beautiful flowers have been loved since ancient times. (There have been daisies found in some of the Egyptian temple gardens dating back to 2200 BCE!)

 

The daisy is traditionally associated with childhood innocence, modesty, and gentleness, as well as with loyalty and everlasting love, making them especially suited to weddings. From Victorian days, young ladies often plucked daisy petals with the old  “he loves me, he loves me not” repetition to determine if their love was true. Apart from their romantic connotations, historically daisies have been practical too.They have been used to treat a wide list of ailments, from eye problems, to stomach ulcers, gout, fever and wounds.

 

Today daisies remain a much loved choice because they are beautiful as well as hearty. They come in a wide range of colors, sizes, and varieties, making them a very versatile choice —there is a perfect daisy for any event! They are also budget-friendly, which is an added bonus.

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Some of the most popular daisy choices include the larger and more well known chrysanthemum daisies. These come in a variety of lovely colors, from pure white to rich purple, soft lavender and fresh pinks. They mix beautifully with other blooms such as roses, hydrangeas or lilies.

 

 

 

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Gerbera daisies were discovered in South Africa in the late nineteenth century. They are a gorgeous choice for almost any event that has a slightly more modern or informal aspect. They come in a variety of vivid colors, such as deep orange, hot pink and bright yellow.

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Button daisies are a wonderful accent flower. They add a pop of color and texture to bridal bouquets or centerpieces, are sturdy and compact.

Daisies are perfect for outdoor events, such as summer picnics, rustic summer weddings, and can enhance even an elegant arrangement. They are perfect for boho chic events, or more relaxed “farmhouse” themes.

If you are crazy for daisies, you can’t go wrong! Whichever type or color of daisy you choose, your wedding or event will always be enhanced by these lovely blooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your tables are one of the key elements of your party or reception. Not only does their overall look make a big statement in your overall decorating scheme, but your guests will be spending a lot of time here. Making sure that your tables are pretty and coordinated will boost the look of your special event and enhance guest comfort. Your choice of centerpiece is the main focal point for your tables, so selecting the right arrangement will be one of your most important decor decisions. Here are some things to consider:

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Budget

Determine how much you want to spend overall, and bear this in mind when calculating the number of tables you have. Arriving at your budget per centerpiece will be a first step in your decision making. Some good budget-saving tips include using seasonal flowers, perhaps floating flowers in water, choosing flower types that are less pricey such as carnations or certain roses, and using a professional online vendor to eliminate the higher retail pricing found at traditional florists

 

 

 

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Guest Comfort

Keep in mind that your guests will be occupying the tables for sometimes hours at a time. Avoid choosing centerpieces that are too tall and full, as guests won’t be able to see or converse with each other. If any of your guests have allergies or sensitivities to scents, you may want to avoid high fragrance or high pollen flower choices, such as lilies. (Your professional floral consultant will be able to guide you.) If the venue is dimly lit, you may want to consider adding tea lights or other candles to your centerpiece arrangements to boost guest lighting.

 

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Table Shape and Size

Consider the basic dimensions of your tables when choosing the perfect centerpieces. Round tables will look wonderful when highlighted with one centerpeice in the center, while rectangular tables will be well complemented by a series of centerpieces placed at regular intervals. Whatever the shape, make sure that your centerpiece suits the table size. A tiny centerpiece will look lost on a large round table that seats 12, while a very large centerpiece will overwhelm a small round that seats 4-6 and occupy too much of the available space to allow for glassware and comfortable dining.

 

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Venue

Keep the overall venue in mind in your centerpiece selection. Is it a very formal and traditional hall, with lots of gold and glitter? In this case choosing a very rustic centerpiece, such as gerbera daisies, may look a bit out of place. Is it informal, modern, vivid, indoors, outdoors? All of these factors should be considered. If it is outdoors, for example, choose flowers that are a bit sturdier and can stand up to the elements more than a delicate choice might. You might also want to check with your venue to make sure that glass vases and candles are allowed as regulations may vary.

 

 

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Overall Color Palette and Theme

Your centerpieces should definitely complement your chosen color palette and overall decor theme for the wedding or event. Select flowers and containers that will coordinate with or best complement your color palette, to create a pleasing final look for your tables and venue. If it’s a golden anniversary party, for example, consider flowers in creams and golds, such as bronze fuji spider mums with cream roses, in keeping with the theme. Baby showers usually are well complemented by pastels, while a rocking modern dance party might do well with more vivid flower choices, such as hot pink carnations mixed with bright green button mums in sleek black vases.Browse through photos to gather your ideas!

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Have fun with your centerpiece choices! You can definitely use them to express your own style and decorating flair. They will be a key way to add visual impact to your event. BunchesDirect provides you with many choices in pre-made centerpieces, along with friendly consultants to guide your decision making. Simply trim the stems to fit your container, and you have instant magic for your tables. Best of luck with your planning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This month we are pleased to offer you another guest post from our Canadian partner, Best for Bride. Please enjoy, and if you are in the Toronto area, be sure to visit one of the four Best of Bride locations and receive a free BunchesDirect.ca $50 gift card with your dress purchase!

Flowers have always inspired weddings, finding their way into everything from décor and dresses to bridal jewelry and accessories. Just like they spruce up the ambiance of a wedding with their romantic touch, these beauties can also enhance the femininity of a bride on her special day.

In fact, there is nothing like fresh blooms to add extra charm to the bridal look. Best for Bride, the bridal fashion expert from Canada, suggests the following interesting ways to accessorize your wedding outfit with flowers. Check it out!

The traditional bridal bouquet

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The bridal bouquet is a wedding staple; one that is an essential part of the bridal ensemble. Bouquets come in different colors, shapes and styles, so there are enough choices for both traditional and modern brides to choose from. Your bouquet should reflect the wedding theme and should neither be too big nor too small for your frame. If your bridesmaids will be carrying bouquets, your bouquet and theirs should have a cohesive look.

Romantic flower crowns

 

Flower crowns are beautiful hair accessories that look good on almost any bride. While bigger blooms and thicker crowns have a rustic and casual appeal, delicate floral crowns with pretty little flowers are elegant and whimsical. Floral crowns can be fashioned in different styles, and can be placed in a variety of ways. Popular choices include half and full-flower crowns that are either wrapped around the head or angled to one side.  You can create your crown with flowers from your décor, and it will integrate your look with the overall theme. Nevertheless, always try to choose flowers that will stay fresh for longer, so it doesn’t wilt and ruin your fresh look. Read more about making floral crowns.

Flowers woven into the hairdo

Whether you choose to tuck a single flower into your up-do, or weave a scattering of tiny blooms into your hair, fresh flowers are wonderful accessories for your hair. Floral accents that are woven into the hair and look like they belong there are refreshing and unique. Almost any flower can be used for this purpose, and thick textured flowers are particularly easy to incorporate into any hairstyle. They look perfect on summer and Boho brides. Take a look at this article on Brides for some fabulous inspiration on adding flowers to your bridal hairstyle.

Flower bracelets

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Wrist corsages are a popular bridesmaid accessory. However, they can also be used by the bride who wants more flower power in her wedding day look. A bunch of beautiful flowers around your wrist will add an exotic touch to your ensemble. Also, since your hands will be photographed a lot, this is a great way to make it look unique. When designing a flower bracelet, check with your florist to pick flowers of the right size that match the dimensions of your arms. Mix-and-match floral bracelets are just as popular as those with a single focal flower and dainty ones around it.

Floral waistband

A floral waistband would be a perfect accessory for a bride at a garden wedding. Flowers can be woven on to a sash or belt, and tied in the center or to one side of your dress. This is an easy and effective way to draw attention to your tiny, slender waist. Just as with choosing flowers for your flower crown, you have to consider how sturdy the flowers are when adding them to your waistband. Flowers that wilt easily or can’t stand the strain of too much movement can ruin the overall effect. Discuss this factor with your florist, and she can help you choose the best combination of blooms to avoid this.

Flower anklet

When the hemline of your wedding dress barely skims your ankles, or your wedding dress has a slit that exposes your feet, a flower anklet is perfect to dress up your dainty feet and add a touch of color. They are incredibly romantic and a wonderful foot accessory for beach brides, who have many constraints when choosing footwear. It will also work well for garden and Boho wedding themes, as long as the wedding dress isn’t too long to block it from view. Whether you choose to keep it light and small or rich in color and texture, a flower anklet will add signature style to your bridal look. For some irresistible, gorgeous floral anklet designs, take a look at this page on the Flyaway bride blog.You can also order a beautiful fresh corsage from BunchesDirect.ca and wear it on your ankle!

Flower garter

You can add an interesting twist to the traditional wedding garter by fashioning it out of flowers. This will be a fantastic change to the typical lace and satin garter. Trust your florist to do this for you with the flowers that you love. Either have the flowers added to an elasticated band that you pull onto your leg, or have it stitched into a ribbon that can be tied around your leg so it fits just right.

3-D Florals on wedding dress

If you love flowers, add even more of them to your wedding day look! A 3-D floral wedding dress provides even more blooms for you to enjoy. This huge trend features wedding dresses with remarkable floral motifs and accents that pop out and look real. The 3-D effect results from the mixing of different fabric textures like lace and net, over satin or chiffon for a pronounced effect.

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Best for Bride is a specialist bridal dress chain and wedding services provider in Canada. They feature wedding dress collections, dresses for the bridal party and dresses for special occasions. For more details on the collections they carry and the services they provide, check out this link, connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bestforbrides or Twitter https://twitter.com/bestforbride

 

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Summer is the perfect time to celebrate and to host a special event with family and friends! Whether it’s a wedding, an anniversary, baby shower or beach party, BunchesDirect has you covered with some beautiful and well-priced centerpieces to make decorating your tables a snap. Check out these ready-to-go choices perfect for your summer celebration,with many more at the website. All centerpiece bouquets are assembled by our professional florists, with farm-fresh flowers. They come ready to be trimmed to fit your favorite container or vase. Presto: instant summer magic!

Elegant Dance

Elegant white alstroemeria are paired with stunning light pink roses in this low lying arrangement. Another plus: these blooms have a sweet scent that will create a wonderful atmosphere for your special summer event. This would be a lovely choice for a bridal or baby shower, as well as a more traditional wedding reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Spirit

 

This beautiful new centerpiece features a lovely mix of pink, lavender and purple shades, with a pop of yellow for contrast. Carnations, orchids and chrysanthemum daisies are complimented with yellow lilies for a vibrant and modern appearance. This would work well for any summer event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Romance

Choose a vibrant mix of summer blooms for the perfect way to brighten and add energy to any event or venue. These bright colors are perfect for a beach wedding, a summer party, or even a festive anniversary celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

This gorgeous assortment fits in beautifully in virtually any setting. An array of different flowers such as white roses, whtie asiatic lilies, white spray roses, iris, green button mums and wax flowers will provide a bold, modern look to your event tables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasia

What an exotic and vibrant look for your special day. Our Fantasia Centerpiece features a colorful mix of orange roses and lilies, pink and yellow asltroemeria and hot pink spray roses. The centerpiece is further adorned by greenery and green hypernicum berries. This would be stunning at a beach wedding or a family barbecue party!

 

 

 

 

Dreamy Atmosphere

 

Absolutely stunning, and so affordable! This is a perfect choice for a summer wedding or a baby or bridal shower. Features a brilliant mix of Chrysanthemums, Roses and Hydrangea, backed by two types of greenery.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Day

 

This beautiful centerpiece arrangement is a lovely addition to any summer occasion. It features a vibrant assortment such as roses, alstroemeria, dianthus, solidago (goldenrod), and leather leaf greenery. It would be a fantastic choice for a picnic, outdoor party, summer wedding or a anniversary where something elegant and yet not to formal is desired.

Have fun at your special summer event! All centerpieces can be all custom made upon request.

 

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Pink is timeless, traditional, elegant, beautiful…can suit any event from bridal showers, baby showers, to upscale dinners and weddings…outdoors, indoors, traditional or modern themes….Versatile …associated with soft, feminine and romantic, but can be paired with other colors for a more modern take ..Julia Roberts..blush and bashful…

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If you want to keep things soft, feminine and a bit more traditional, pairing pink flowers with cream and white blooms is the perfect way to infuse your venue with timeless romance. Choosing a more traditional container will also help keep things elegant with this color scheme. Try a mix of white hydrangeas, pink asiatic lilies, and lovely pink roses for a beautiful combination. Soft pink peonies or pink tulips would also be good choices if this is the feel you are going for with your pink themed event.

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If you are having a candy bar at your event, this is the perfect place to add pops of pink to boost the impact of your decorating theme. Choose from many options for pink candies and treats, but add extra style to your bar by suspending fresh flowers to give it a softer edge. Simple wooden boxes suspended by pink satin ribbon provide the perfect presentation for these beautiful pink and white hydrangeas, but feel free to choose your own fave pink flower.

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An easy DIY centerpiece that would suit any event with a pink theme! Choose fresh pink bulk roses and float them inside a clear fishbowl vase. Makes a simple and elegant solution for your tables while showcasing your chosen hue.

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Mix it up! If you love pink, then don’t stop at one shade. A mix of light and hot pink blooms will always pop, adding extra vibrancy and a slightly more modern vibe to your event flowers. Shown here: pink and hot pink roses. You can also find hot and light pink in carnations and peonies. Do it yourself with bulk flowers, or choose from ready-made centerpieces to keep things easy!

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This mix of hot and light pink will also work well for your bridal bouquets if you are wedding planning. See more pink bouquets at BunchesDirect or have our talented floral consultants help design something custom just for you!

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Rose petals are the perfect way to add gorgeous hits of pink to your venue! They are economical and beautiful, providing the perfect finishing touches to your tables, aisle or cake. Keep it simple or if you really LOVE pink, layer it on. You can buy fresh bulk rose petals through BunchesDirect in both light and hot pink as well as bi-color (pink and cream) to make things even more simple and budget-friendly.

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Pink doesn’t have to traditional, fussy or soft. Stay with all hot pink flowers in larger scale blooms if you want to keep things more modern. For even more contemporary pop.mix hot pink with its complimentary color: bright green. Use vases and containers in sleek, clear shapes and consider using fruit as accents and your guests are sure to be wowed by your decorating skills. Shown here: hot pink gerbera daisies and hot pink roses.