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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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Brides, consider going for gold this year! A strong trend emerging in wedding color palettes for 2015 is to add in the gold, and glitz it up. Gold is definitely back, with more brides incorporating touches of this regal gleam to their wedding decor. Gold accents can inject warmth and sparkle, creating a feeling of luxury and glamor that can take ordinary wedding decorating a step above.

You can further embellish this look by adding even more sparkle, such as mirrors, chandeliers, glass, candlelight, and pearls. This look would pair well with more opulent meal choices including champagne. a formal sit down supper, and lavish desserts.

Here are the top 3 “on trend” color schemes that include gold, with wedding flowers to coordinate with each trend.

 

 

 

Gold, Champagne, Ivory: For a sophisticated wedding palette, pair touches of gold with traditionally ‘go-to” neutrals in shades of white and cream. For added contrast, you could also include touches of black, or stay relatively soft and neutral.

BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Classic Cream Rose, Pretty in White, Dramatic White, or Hold Me Close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Blush, Pink: Think Cinderella, fairytale romance, and a soft, sophisticated palette with plenty of feminine touches.

If you love the idea of blush and gold for your wedding, check out the beautiful wedding of Matt and Amanda in Pelican Hill, California that made excellent use of this timeless, romantic palette.

 

 

 

 

 

BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Pretty WomanOnly Yours, or Beautifully Pink bridal bouquets would be stunning with this color scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold & Navy- Adding touches of gold to a navy color palette elevates it with with modern glamor and provides a vibrant contrast between “hot” gold and “cool” midnight blue. Flowers in shades of soft or bright pink, clean white, purple, or dramatic red would work well with this palette.

BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Crimson DreamPink World, Classic White Hyrdangea, Classic Lavender Orchid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve all marveled at celebrity weddings—big budget, celebrity guests, dazzling venue, designer gowns, and all the glamorous elements that make us enjoy the sneak peak into the glittering world of the rich and famous. Celebrity brides are also sometimes bridesmaids, and it’s fun to see how a celebrity bridesmaid can fit into a more “normal” wedding day. With BunchesDirect, you can always get the “celebrity” look for a whole lot less! For fun, here’s a look at some weddings that featured some famous faces, with our wedding flower picks.

Jessica Simpson was a beautiful bridesmaid at the fall wedding of her publicist, Lauren Auslander. This Rhode Island wedding was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings. Jessica wore a midnight blue gown by Amsali.

BunchesDirect bouquet matches: Dreamy Cloud, or Hold Me Close.

 

 

Selena Gomez jumped for joy in a vivid blue dress in her friend’s beach wedding in Mexico. Bunches Direct Bouquet matches: Classic White Calla Lily Bouquet.

 

 

 

Keira Knightley was a lovely bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding in Scotland in 2011. According to Keira, she wasn’t very good at it as she kept spilling food and drinks down her dress! For bouquet matches, we suggest: Queen’s Delight, or Valentine Bridal bouquets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katharine McPhee almost looked like a bride at her sister Adriana’s Los Angeles wedding in 2012. BunchesDirect bouquet matches: Irish Bliss, or Pure Intentions. 

We love the dove gray gowns that Jennifer Garner and the other bridesmaids wore at her friend’s wedding in Montecito, paired with creative bouquets of pink, white and dark burgundy. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Life’s Journey, or White Sky.

 

 

Sarah Michelle Gellar in a sweet pink and black dress at her friend’s Santa Monica wedding back in 2006. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Delicate Enchantment, or Fade into Me.

 

 

Eva Longoria was a gorgeous goddess in lilac at her friend Bonnie Rodezno’s LA wedding last June, escorting the adorable ring bearer in preparation for the bride’s entrance. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Pink Doll.

 

 

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There are some hot new trends for bridesmaid dress colors for this year, but some of the top choices are based on classic tried-and-true shades that are versatile and timeless. Your choice of bridesmaid dresses is a key component in the final “look” for your wedding. Apart from the obvious considerations of length and style, the choice of color will also depend on a few factors, including the season, the time of day, the overall theme and tone of the wedding (is it formal and traditional, colorful and fun, modern and simple?) as well as on the bridesmaids themselves. Here are a few top picks for bridesmaid dress colors, with suggested flower matches for a perfectly coordinated and beautiful final look.

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1. Taupe

This shade is timeless, but versions of taupe have been gaining in popularity in 2014 and 2015. It is a classic neutral that adds an air of elegance and sophistication to your wedding party. If you want to make this look a bit more modern and bold, add some metallic jewelry or pops of color; if you prefer a more feminine and traditional look, use cream or pastel shades for flowers and accessories.

BunchesDirect Bouquet suggestions:

Simple Beauty Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Deep Blue

All shades of blue were extremely popular in 2014, with this trend only gaining strength into 2015. Deep blue is an especially lovely choice. It suits the coloring of many bridesmaids, always looks fresh, elegant and classic, and provides a perfect backdrop to set off your flowers. Try shades of hot pink, or stay classic with cream, to complement this look.

Classic Cream Rose

Adorably Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Coral

This is a vibrant, perky color that is especially suited to summer or beach weddings. The popularity of coral bridesmaid dresses has been growing in leaps and bounds this season! It is an excellent choice for many bridesmaids as it complements all skin tones and hair colors. Try mixed bouquets with shades of pink and hits of yellow or orange for a wonderful final look.

Never Say No

Pure Expression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Gray

This is a classic look that would work in both a traditional, elegant wedding or a sleek modern one. It’s also super versatile and the best part of choosing gray: it can be paired with almost any flower color! For a modern look, try it with all white flowers, or for less formality pair it with more color, such as purple, pale yellow, or even shades of orange.

Beautiful Rhythm

Calla Lily Delight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Blush

This feminine color suits many bridesmaids and works well with a romantic wedding theme. It started cropping up in 2014 weddings and is picking up momentum for 2015! It’s a modern way to add a soft touch to your wedding. Try bouquets of pale pink and cream to complement this look.

Elegant Calla Lily & Rose

 

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Every year, the Pantone Color Institute picks a color that they predict will be the biggest of the year. This means that based on current trends and indicators they feel that this color will have a big impact on fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging. The 2014 pick was Radiant Orchid, a rich jewel toned fuschia, and in 2013 the pick was Brilliant Emerald.

The pick for 2015? An earthy, brownish-red hue called Marsala after the wine that inspired it. This color is described by Pantone as being “a naturally robust and earthy wine-red,” whose “impactful, full-bodied qualities make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.”

Marsala shown in book, sofa, toss cushion and clothing

What do color experts think of Marsala? “It’s nice, but it surprises me,” says color consultant Jean Molesworth Kee, owner of the Painted Room in Alexandria, VA.. “We have been veering from red or burgundy wall colour now for years. This has a dusky, earthy quality.” Kee says she could see Marsala used in “an ethnic bohemian place.” She added, “It’s muted and it reminds me of Morocco or of faded old Oriental rugs. It would go nicely with warm, sandy colours and browns.”

Celebrities like Beyonce and Taylor Swift are already embracing Marsala in fashion.

If you want to stay on trend with your 2015 wedding, consider using Marsala! It would make an excellent color for bridesmaid dresses. It would pair well with the guys in beige, warm gray, brown or black suits, and could be used in their ties. (For a tie example using Marsala, check out this one from Michael Kors.)

It could also be used in event linens such as napkins or tablecloths, or perhaps in backdrops or accessories at the venue. Marsala can also be incorporated into wedding flower color schemes as well, either by selecting flowers of a similar tone or a coordinating color mix.

As a general guide, Marsala goes well with neutrals such as warmer taupes and grays, umber, creamy beige, blue-grays, dark browns, or blacks. It would also look great with brighter hues like turquoise, bright yellow, or certain shades of pinks. Overall it’s a stable and versatile shade and will be flattering to many people.

Here are some suggested wedding flower color palettes, with bouquet picks from Bunches Direct that would look great with Marsala. Happy Wedding Planning!

1. Marsala with cream or ivory wedding flowers

Classic Cream Rose Bridal Bouquet

Hold me Close Bridal Bouquet

2. Marsala with blue wedding flowers

Heavenly Mist Bridal Bouquet

Blue Sky Bridal Bouquet

3. Marsala with wedding flowers in shades of pink / peach

Pretty Woman Bridal Bouquet

Sporadic Glory Bridal Bouquet

Never Say No Bridal Bouquet

4. Marsala with yellow wedding flowers

Sunrise Bridal Bouquet

 

Sunny Berry Bridal Bouquet

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Hosting an all white wedding is a popular theme that is growing in popularity. The white-on-white wedding is an elegant and modern trend that is timeless and always in style. Though suitable for any season, it is especially appropriate for a winter wedding.

 

 

Brides wishing to have an all white wedding can start with classy white invitations to set the theme. Use white linens and clear crystal candelabras for tables, or pair white with either gold or silver. Place white candies at a dessert bar or give away as wedding favors.

 

If you are brave enough, you can even put the bridesmaids in white. (If you are really going to get immersed in the theme, you can even ask your guests to wear white.)

For celebrity decorating inspiration we can look to Ivanka Trump’s amazing 2009 wedding to publisher Jared Kushner. The wedding took place at (where else?) Trump National Golf Club, with the reception held in lavish white tents. The design genius behind the wedding decor? None other than event planner extraordinaire, Preston Bailey.

Long tables were set with a fairytale Venetian flair, white paired with (what else for a Trump?) gold. The flowers were a spectacular array in all white, including lilies of the valley, hydrangeas, orchids, ranunculus, roses and gardenias. The first tablescape featured white ceramic topiaries filled with lush bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Floating gardenia blossoms in ponds graced the second tablescape, and for the third, Bailey created towering custom-made crystal candelabras, topped with masses of blooms and white pillar candles.


For a successful white-on-white wedding that is dramatic instead of dull, texture and layering becomes very important. For table linens, consider using a patterned as opposed to a smooth fabric. Light projections that move or change can also help keep things looking fresh and dynamic. The flowers are a hugely important element as they will be a central focus. Try mixing varieties and incorporating high and low elements with candles for greater impact and interest. Flowers can also add the needed flair and dimension to an all white layer cake. (Ivanka’s cake was pretty spectacular…!)

For wedding bouquets and cake toppers, there are a few amazing choices, all available at www.bunchesdirect.com, www.bunchesdirect.ca, or www.bunchesdirect.com.au. Bunches Direct also sells bulk flowers in white, in a amazing varieties, for the D.I.Y. wedding crowd.

Some wedding bouquets to try:

Pretty In White Bridal Bouquet

Vintage White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Fireworks

White Baby’s Breath in Bulk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chic Elegance Cake Topper