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When it comes time to seat your guests at your wedding or event, you want to keep things clear to avoid confusion or mismatched placements. (Heaven help us if great aunt Gertrude ended up seated next to her cousin Harry that she has detested since fifth grade) The solution of course is providing tasteful escort cards, but why settle for plain and boring? Your escort or place cards are a perfect way to add some creative flair and beauty to your event, and there is no better way to accomplish both than by using flowers. (Everything is better with flowers, of course!)

Here are some creative and easy ideas for using fresh flowers as part of your escort cards. Most are very DIY friendly! Be sure to order your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect and save even more.

photo from projectweddings.com

DIY Floral Wreaths

What a sweet way to show your guests to their chairs! These adorable miniature wreaths also make wonderful keepsakes for the guests to take home. Choose small grapevine or foam wreaths from your craft store. You will also need floral tape, glue and the fresh flowers of your choice. For a quaint look as shown here, try purple wax flowers with some sprigs of green trachelium. For complete instructions visit ProjectWedding.com

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Billy Ball Escort “Stakes”

This is a cute idea! Buy bulk “billy balls” (also known as craspedia) in sunny yellow and use them to fashion these escort stakes by threading the stem through your paper in two places. You can also use wire to strengthen the stems, or even attach the flowers to wooden skewer sticks or dowel rods. Secure the stems into foam inside your container of choice (such as this wooden crate) and cover the foam with decorative moss.

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Carnation Escort Card Display

Buy bulk carnations in your fave colors and use a simple glue gun to attach them to a framed board for a quick and beautiful way to display your cards or a seating chart. Anyone can do this and yet it looks so amazing when you are done!

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Fresh Flowers and Place Cards

Even if you keep things classy and simple by setting traditional place cards by each guest plate, be sure to order some extra flowers, such as these fresh pink roses, to embellish the display. Coordinate the printed flowers on your cards with the fresh flowers at each place. These can be taken home by the guests for a lovely added favor.

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Wall Display

Set up a foam or craft board that you cover with fancy paper (even old wallpaper sheets work nicely, or sturdy wrapping paper). Attach simple test tubes. Adorn with the fresh flowers of your choice, such as these gorgeous ranunculus. Attach your guest place card and you will have a very memorable display that all the guests will rave about.

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Floral Nest

Another very simple way to add some flair and beauty to your escort card display is to order extra bulk flowers such as pink carnations, set them on your display table, and “nest” the cards instead the petals. It’s so easy and yet so effective! This works especially well for romantic or boho chic style events. Carnations work well as they have delicately ruffled petals, that are still sturdy enough to hold the cards in place.

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Escort Card Flower Pots

For a sweet and creative way to display seating lists, find some budget-friendly pots at the dollar or gardening store. You can always spray paint them using your color of choice. Add some floral foam and fresh flowers such as garden roses, dahlias or peonies for a lovely way to present your cards.

 

 

 

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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.

Pretty Princess by BunchesDirect

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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.

Serenity Bouquet BunchesDirect

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.

Spring Glee by BunchesDirect

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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Dazzle Them by BunchesDirect

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:

Bright Reflection by BunchesDirect

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

 

 

 

Simple Charm by BunchesDirect

 

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.

 

Saffron Affair by BunchesDirect

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.

 

Wild at Heart by BunchesDirect

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.

 

 

Gospel by BunchesDirect

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!

Dreamy Atmosphere by BunchesDirect

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

Powerful Pink by BunchesDirect

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

Classic White Rose BunchesDirect

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.

Author Bio:

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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At BunchesDirect, we love to work with other bridal vendors and to bring you guest blogs that will assist you with your planning. This month we were pleased to receive a wonderful article from Best for Bride-Canada’s top bridal dress chain. We have added bridal bouquets to coordinate, from our Canadian company, BunchesDirect.ca, but these bouquets are also available in the U.S. and Australia. Coming soon, you will also be treated to a FREE $50 BunchesDirect gift card at any Best for Bride store, when you purchase your gown! For now, please enjoy these great tips from Best for Bride! 


The bouquet is a very important accessory for your bridesmaids. So, you should pay attention to choosing the right shape, size and flowers in these bouquets, so they contribute to the overall wedding scenery. Best for Bride suggests that prospective brides keep the following factors in mind when choosing bridesmaids bouquets, so they come together beautifully and have maximum visual impact.

Know the best color options

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You may be tempted to match the flowers to the dress color you picked for your bridesmaids. This may not be a good idea as flowers of the exact color will be lost in the background of the dress. The better option is to choose flowers that are a few shades darker or lighter than the dress color. If you do not want a monochromatic bouquet, the options are endless. Look to the color wheel for inspiration.When your chosen flowers and bridesmaid dress color are opposite to each other on the color wheel, the contrasting combination will make them pop. Using complimentary colors that are close to each other, like blue and green or yellow and orange, will create a relaxed effect.

Rosy Red Bouquet by BunchesDirect

Match the silhouette and style

Dress from Alfred Angelo Disney Collection

Pretty Woman Bouquet BunchesDirect

 

The bouquet shape and size should reflect the style of the dress. Snug-fitting, well shaped gowns look best with small, sleek bouquets, while layered dresses with volume go well with round bouquets.

Also balance the colors and details in the bouquet to the dress design. For a simple dress, you can use more colors in the bouquet. However, if the bridesmaid dress has details like prints, embellishments or waistbands, keep the bouquet simple so the overall look isn’t cluttered.

 

 

 

Choose the right size

Classic White Calla Lily Bouquet

Unless the bouquet size is proportionate to that of the bridesmaid holding it, it will not look good. If the women in your bridal party are of different sizes, you may like to match individual bouquets to the woman carrying it.

A bouquet that is too large can be overwhelming on a small frame, while a tiny bouquet may not be the best accessory for a woman with a large frame. A medium-size bouquet would be better for the bigger women in your bridal party, while you can go with small ones for the rest of the group.

 

 

 

Co-ordinate the bouquets with your own

Classic Pink Tulip Bouquet

Your bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets should form a cohesive look. You can achieve this by choosing scaled-down versions of your own bouquet, for them. Or you can have a unifying element, like a matching accessory that ties it together.

The other option is to fit the different bouquet designs to a single color or design theme that brings it all together. BunchesDirect has different sized bouquet options in the same group, in bridal, bridesmaids, flower girls, and even toss bouquet sizes, so it’s easy to create a cohesive look. BunchesDirect also has coordinating boutonnieres and corsages to complete the look.

Classic Pink Tulip Bridesmaids Bouquet

Author Bio: This article was brought to you by Best for Bride.com, Canada’s leading wedding dress chain and one-stop bridal destination. Best for Bride features a vast inventory of top-class designer wedding dress and bridesmaid dress collections, apart from bridal party dresses and accessories. They also offer a range of wedding services and a reliable online wedding shopping service.

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Get your Perfect Flower Match!

Our BunchesDirect team is so excited! We have launched a new campaign on Kickstarter.com to produce Perfect Match Wedding Flowers!

Our talented floral consultants have received a lot of requests over the years, especially as BunchesDirect operates out of three countries. Many brides and event planners are looking for something very custom and entirely unique for their special day. Mother Nature provides us with a wide range of flower colors, but sometimes a certain shade just isn’t available. Occasionally our customers ask if we can provide flowers in unusual colors, flowers with glitter, two tone flowers, or other creative ideas for their bouquets, centerpieces, corsages or other florals. While some of these options are available with silk flowers, there is just nothing as beautiful as fresh flowers for special occasions.

Our team of professional florists put their heads together to evaluate how we might provide more unusual or custom colors in flowers. The team began experimenting with new ways to tint fresh flowers, and “Perfect Match” was born! With the Perfect Match service, wedding or event customers could send a swatch or color sample of their desired flower color and select the type of flower they prefer (such as roses). BunchesDirect will then tint the flowers to match the color sample! This means our customers would be able to purchase flowers in a virtually limitless range of hues and effects.

To achieve this, BunchesDirect wants to invest in the latest professional techniques for tinting fresh flowers, and in staff training to perfect the process for different types of blooms.

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The Perfect Match service will be available to custom tint bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, or centerpieces for weddings or events. Flowers can be matched to virtually any element of the decor; for example, you could match shoes, bridesmaids’ dresses, table linens or other special accents.This means your wedding or event flowers can now be custom made, and totally unique to your needs.

But we need your help to get things rolling! We launched a Kickstarter.com campaign with various levels of pledges available. Each pledge provides a completed color-matched product to the backer. Be part of creating a brand new way to customize flowers: funds will be used to help purchase the latest professional color technology flower treatments and to support the testing process required for perfecting the techniques. Costs of flowers and labor will also be addressed. Pledges range from $10 to $75 and every pledge gets you a custom colored flower product, such as a corsage or bouquet. For additional information please read the Press Release.

Check out the campaign on Kickstarter.com. Any support or input is much appreciated, and we would love to hear your creative ideas! Help us get the “Perfect Match” started and be part of something new and exciting in the floral industry.