Best Ways to Re-Use your Wedding Flowers

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Graceful Blooms

We spend a lot of time, care and a fair bit of the budget on our beautiful wedding flowers, making thoughtful selections that will perfectly complement the wedding theme, decorations and color palette. It makes sense to get the most enjoyment possible out of these beautiful blooms.These days we are all about re-cycling or re-using and this applies to our chosen bouquets, centerpieces and altar arrangements as well. Here are some great tips on how to get the most out of your wedding flowers!

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Rehearsal to Reception. If you are having fresh flowers at your rehearsal dinner, have a designated friend or family member collect them at the end of the festivities, and bring them to the reception venue. If properly watered and stored in a cool place, the flowers can most likely be re-used without any difficulty. Use them as-is, or separate out the blooms into smaller vases or arrangements.

 

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Display the Bouquet. Have some pretty vases or containers ready at your reception site.Have a designated friend, family member or attendant ready to place your beautiful bouquets in places of honor around the reception site. Flinging them on a table doesn’t do them justice, and leads to much faster fading and wilting of your lovely flowers.

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Guest Give-Away. Use your gorgeous flowers as extras thank you gifts for your guests. Have a creative draw for the table centerpieces or other event flowers (such as the guest with the birthday closest to your wedding date, or the oldest guest at the table, etc.) so that a lucky person can enjoy your flowers longer. Alternatively, you can have an assistant divide up and hand out the blooms to guests so that everyone leaves with a fresh flower memento of your special day.

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Dry and Preserve. There are many ways to dry and preserve your beautiful wedding flowers so that they become lasting memories. If you are handy you can do this at home using silica gel, or simply by letting flowers dry over time of you don’t mind a more natural look. You can press flowers between books as well. And if you prefer a more polished look, there are many online professionals who will preserve and display your bouquet for you.

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Get Crafty. Turn them into Christmas ornaments or dried decorative wreaths to display proudly in your home. There are lots of excellent DIY posts on Pinterest and other craft sites.

 

 

 

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Get Creative. There are online companies such as The Isle Co, who will turn your flowers into pressed wax candles, or into beautiful jewelry (check out Blossoms into Beads). These sweet mementos are a lovely keepsake.

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Honor your Loved Ones. You can take your beautiful wedding flowers to the grave site of a lost loved one and share your special day with those who attended only in spirit. If you suffered a recent loss this can be a helpful way to heal and provides a wonderful tribute.

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You could also take your wedding flowers to share with a loved one who could not attend, or a senior in a care home. What a sweet way to pass along your happiness and good fortune.

 

 

 

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Silk Orchid Wedding BouquetSilk Wedding Flowers can provide a great alternative to Fresh Wedding Flowers. While some brides or event planners may choose to include silk flowers during the spring and summer season, Silk Flowers definitely have their advantages during winter.
Temperature is a huge factor in shipping flowers as flowers, which usually come from tropical regions, are more acclimated to consistently warm and humid temperatures. When shipping flowers to cold regions, harsh cold climates can freeze and wilt the flowers because of these extreme external conditions.
Aside from temperature alone; silk flowers are perfect for destination weddings. Brides who are thinking about having a destination wedding in Hawaii or any of the Caribbean islands will find that having flowers for your wedding can be very expensive. Since fresh flowers cannot be brought through airport customs many brides find that they are trapped to pay high premiums on flowers for their destination wedding. Unlike fresh flower Silk Flowers are not a hassle to bring across airport customs and are easy to pack and bring on an airplane. By ordering silk flowers for your wedding, there is also the advantage that you will be able to order your flowers in advance to see your silk wedding bouquets in real life, and to use them as inspiration for your wedding design.Silk Rose Wedding Bouquet
For other brides, having a silk wedding bouquet means a lot more than having the silk bouquet while you are walking down the aisle. Many brides choose to have a silk wedding bouquet because the flowers will last a life-time, and are a beautiful souvenir of your wedding day. Today, there is a wide selection of silk wedding flowers that can match any color and make any bride happy.
BunchesDirect recently expanded its line of flowers to include beautiful and affordable silk flowers to meet any bride’s taste. BunchesDirect now offers silk wedding bouquets, silk boutonnieres, silk corsages and even silk rose petals. Click here for more details.

 

 

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Tips and Tricks from an Insider

One of the first things that most brides and groom need to discuss before starting their wedding plans is a realistic budget.  According to Projectwedding.com the average wedding spends 10% of its total budget on ambiance. That includes lighting, decorations and flowers (including bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces).  The average wedding spend is approximately $20,000.00.  This means that the average wedding would spend close to $2,000 on all these elements.  For a more cost-conscious bride with a modest budget of $5,000 it may seem almost impossible to include lighting, decorations and flowers for just $500. You should not despair.


There are many budget-friendly alternatives for brides look to maintain a beautiful and elegant wedding without the big bucks.  It will however involve a bit of sweat.  Online Floral distributors such as BunchesDirect offer an easy way to include simple and elegant flowers in your wedding that help you come UNDER budget.   I did a trial run on the BunchesDirect site to see how much it would cost me to buy all the flowers that I would need for my wedding.  Here is a list of all the floral arrangements that I wanted to include.
You can either make your own bouquets and centerpieces which will allow you to save a lot of money, or you can still save BIG but have the convenience of receiving the bouquets and centerpieces pre-arranged and tied.   Both options still allow the bride to come within her $500.00 budget.

BULK PRODUCTS QUANTITY COST
1 Bridal Bouquet (18roses)3 Bridesmaids Bouquets (12 roses each = 36
roses)1 Toss Bouquet (7 roses)6 Boutonnieres (1 rose each = 6 roses)

4 Corsages (2 roses each =8 roses)

TOTAL ROSES = 75 Cream RosesCOST PER STEM = $1.39 = $104.25
1 Rose Petal Bag TOTAL ROSE PETALS = 1 Bag = $10.99
12 Centerpieces3 Hydrangeas per Centerpiece (plus some
extra)
TOTAL HYDRANGEA = 50 Blue HydrangeasCOST PER STEM = $3.49 = $174.50
Greenery: Centerpieces and Bouquets5 Bunches of Salal Lemon Leaf = 50 branches
(10 branches per bunch *5)
TOTAL SALAL = 5 BunchesCOST PER BUNCH = $8.99 = $44.95
TOTAL COST (before
tax*)
TOTAL COST
$334.69 + 10% DISCOUNT
= $301.22

You can either make your own bouquets  and centerpieces which will allow you to save a lot of money, or you can still  save BIG but have the convenience of receiving the bouquets and centerpieces  pre-arranged and tied.   Both options  still allow the bride to come within her $500.00 budget.

PRE-MADE PRODUCTS QUANTITY COST
1 Value Package=1 Bridal Bouquet2 Bridesmaids Bouquets1 Toss/flowergirl Bouquet

3 Boutonnieres

2 Corsages

1 Rose Petal Bag

10 Piece Rose Wedding Flower PackageValue of $240.00 Save $41.00 = $199.00
1 extra bridesmaids bouquet3 extra boutonnieres2 extra corsages $44.953($4.99) = $14.972($8.95) = $17.9 = $77.82
12 Centerpieces  =12 Natural Beauty Wedding Centerpiece 12($15.95)=$191.40 = $191.40
TOTAL COST (before
tax*)
$468.22+ 10% DISCOUNT = $421.40

For brides buying flowers from BunchesDirect for the first time, you can apply for a 10% to your purchase.  Meanwhile event planners and wedding planners can register on the BunchesDirect website as event and wedding planners for continuous 10% discounts to apply to all purchase, so that each one of your clients are able to save an 10% on the flowers that you help them pick out for their special day.

*Taxes apply to purchasers from Canada buying from www.bunchesdirect.ca.  There are not applicable taxes in the USA for purchasers buying from www.bunchesdirect.com.  

For your reference we have included a list of industry standard spending percentage averages.  Feel free to use this for your own wedding planning, no matter what your budget it.

 

BUDGET

$20,000

  $5,000

Catering and venue

50%

$   10,000.00

$   2,500.00

Ambiance (Flowers, Decorations,
Lighting)

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Music

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Photogaphy

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Gifts/Favors

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Rehersal

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Inivitation/Save the Date

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Transportation

1%

$        200.00

$        50.00

Dress/Tux

10%

$      2,000.00

$     500.00

 

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You want your wedding day to be perfect. You want everything to run smoothly, for people to have a good time, and to be able to celebrate with family and friends. You don’t want to hear that flowers could have potentially ruined your day, do you? If you listen to these three helpful suggestions you won’t have to worry about flowers having the potential to ruin your picture perfect day.

Suggestion #1: Avoid Fragrant Flowers. Even though some flowers have such a strong, sweet scent, we recommend avoiding using them, or at the very least, using them sparingly. You may love the scent, but your guests may not. Some flowers have such an overbearing scent that it can give guests a headache, and some even have the potential to change the taste of your meal and cake if they are placed nearby.

Suggestion #2: Avoid Flowers That Die Quickly. This seems fairly obvious, doesn’t it? If you are having an outdoor, summer wedding, avoid these types of flowers especially, since the hot sun blazing down on them will result in them dehydrating quickly.

Suggestion #3: Avoid Flowers That Will Stain. Pollen is a particular culprit – and a pollen stain is very difficult to remove from a white wedding gown. Also, if you are using flowers that are artificially coloured, sometimes dyes may rub off onto your dress. If you must use dyed flowers just remember to avoid having them rest against your dress when walking up the aisle, standing at the alter, or posing for photographs.

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It seems a lot of our wedding traditions and customs stem from the attempt to eliminate any evil and bad luck that could arise within ones marriage. No one wants misfortune to lurk into their marriage, so perhaps by following some of these traditions you can avoid these evil spirits. Dating back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, there are several unique wedding traditions and customs for brides and grooms to choose from; select the ones that make sense to you and abolish any that seem a bit far-fetched.

Ivy is the symbol for everlasting love. Ancient Greek brides used to carry ivy at their wedding to display their never-ending love for their soon-to-be husbands. Meanwhile, Ancient Roman brides used to carry bunches of herbs to the altar, instead of wedding Red Roseflowers, to symbolize fidelity and fertility.

In the Victorian ages the bride would toss her bridal bouquet to a friend as she left her wedding. This tradition soon became popularized as “the single women who would next get married” if she caught the bridal bouquet. However, in the Victorian ages, the bride was simply sending her friend safety from evil spirits and to offer her luck. Modern society has taken this historical tradition and altered the meaning to fit into our cultural norms. The Victorians were also the ones who popularized the rose. They were fascinated with the meanings of different flowers and recognized the rose as a wedding flower represented true love. Both of these Victorian traditions are still popular in our North American ceremonies today.

Traditionally, in Greek Orthodox weddings, the bride and groom wore crowns of floral orange blossoms. They believed that the blossoms symbolized virginity and purity since they were delicate and white plus they emitted a sweet, delicate scent. Bride’s dresses were even designed, with delicate embroidered flowers to match the fragile crowns that were worn.

In Tudor EnglaMarigoldnd, brides carried marigolds that were dipped in rosewater as their wedding bouquet. After the ceremony they would eat the flowers because they believed that they were aphrodisiacs.

More recent traditions include Thailand, where the mothers of the bride and groom drape puang malai, flower garlands, around the shoulders of the bride and groom in order to bring them good fortune for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile, in India, the groom’s brother sprinkles flower petals over the couple to protect them from evil spirits at the end of the ceremony as they begin their lives together as husband and wife. Also in India, the bride and the groom both wear floral headpieces throughout the ceremony.

In the Middle East, Artemisia, a bitter herb, is included in the bride’s bouquet to ensure that the marriage is able to withstand bitterness as well as sweetness.

Flowers on Wedding Getaway CarMoving into Europe, particularly in Sweden and Holland, grooms sew small pockets of pungent herbs, like garlic, chives, and rosemary into their clothes to bring their marriage good luck. While in Italy, the front grill of the getaway car is decorated with flowers, to pave the road to a happy marriage for the bride and groom after they leave the ceremony.

Although some of these traditions may seem a bit whacky to you, they all really emphasize the love and affection between two people who are getting married. As a result, consult your partner and see if there are any traditions you may want to include in your wedding to make your special day extra special.

 

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this year has been filled with beautiful weddings, including Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Martin’s Wedding (BunchesDirect Customers).

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Martin wedding was filled with beautiful elements, including a Model T. One of our favourite elements is that they stuck with a theme throughout the entire wedding. The red and white wedding flowers, pin-striped suits, the brides dress, hair, and make up; and even though it rained on their wedding day, the umbrellas added a whimsical touch to the ceremony.

The bride and groom also chose to use two distinct rose colors through-out their wedding. While the bride held a beautiful red rose bouquet with woven bear grass throughout with a base of Aspidistra (called the Rose Wrap Wedding Bouquet), the groom wore a luxurious red rose boutonniere. The rest of the wedding party was paired with beautiful white roses. The men wore a classic white rose boutonniere while the ladies held classic white rose bridesmaid bouquets.

We were extremely happy that the bride and groom truly loved their flowers and had a wonderful wedding day.

“Like most brides I have had a vision in my head from the time I was a little girl of what my wedding would be like. I have to admit this was not what I imagined… It was so much better!!! My fears came true when it rained on my big day. However, by the time I got there it didn’t matter! I honestly thought I was at the wrong wedding! LOL I thought “oh man I must be at some really important persons wedding!” but low and behold it was all ours!!!”

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Martin for choosing BunchesDirect to be part of your wedding!

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