Swedish Royal Wedding Flowers

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Saturday June 13 marked the day for another exciting Royal Wedding! Prince Carl Philip, 30, of Sweden married longtime girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist, 36, in the chapel at the royal palace in Stockholm. Sofia is a former reality star and model, now a bona fide member of the Swedish royal family and officially titled Princess Sofia. Prince Carl Philip is third in line to the throne behind his elder sister Crown Princess Victoria and her daughter Princess Estelle.

photo from CNN.com

Sofia looked elegant and romantic in a white, v-neck dress with long lace sleeves and an empire waistline. The low back of the dress revealed the star-shaped tatoo she sports between her shoulder blades (definitely a more modern touch for a royal bride). Her cathedral length veil was secured with a diamond and emerald tiara, and her hair was elegantly arranged in a bun gathered low on her neck.

Prince Carl Philip is a military officer and, as if being a naval officer wasn’t swoon-worthy enough, a race car driver. He was a perfectly groomed “Prince Charming” in a black military dress tuxedo with a white hat.

photo from CNN.com

 

Sofia and Prince Carl Philip wed in front of a select group of family and friends, including several other Royals such as his parents King Carl Gustaf IV and Queen Silvia, as well as royals from Norway, Japan, and England (shown above are Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex). The official wedding portrait (below) shows all the distinguished VIP guests in their glittering finery.

© Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset

During the ceremony Prince Carl Philip had a moment of apparent nerves and had difficulty placing the ring on Sofia’s finger—check out this cute video to see for yourself.

From CNN.com

After the ceremony the fairytale couple greeted the crowd outside the palace while riding in (of course!) a horse-drawn carriage. They then returned to the palace to enjoy their reception along with 300 guests. The Prince made a speech to new wife Sofia that was heartfelt and simple, as he attested, “Today I am the happiest man in the world. Sofia, you fill my life with love and happiness. With your love I will be able to overcome all challenges. Dear Sofia, I love you.” Sofia had written a song for her husband which was performed by Molly Sanden.

© Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset

The flowers were a gorgeous, romantic blend of white, pale pink, and various shades of peach. Sofia’s bridal bouquets were a perfect “Cinderella” choice of blooms such as varied roses, peonies, and ranunculus, She included floral arrangements on gold stands, and masses of the romantic blooms heaped behind the altar during the ceremony.

© Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset

Life’s Journey Bouquet

If you love the Royal Wedding flowers, be sure and check out these bridal bouquet and centerpiece suggestions from BunchesDirect! Our bridal bouquets, centerpieces and wedding flowers give you the “royal look” at a very modest price! If you love pink and peach, be sure to check all our pink wedding bouquets, and our peach wedding bouquets, at the website.

Love me Bouquet

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Oh Lola Centerpiece

Spring Glee Bouquet

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Bulk Roses in Various ColorsFor someone buying bulk flowers for the first time, knowing how to care for your flowers might seem like a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of instructions for beginners to help you care fo your flowers when they arrive.

General Flower Care Instructions

When the flowers arrive they will need to be taken out of the box, stems cut on an angle, remove all leaves that will go below water line, and allowed to drink for several hours.  They will be thirsty and this should be done as soon as possible.  This small step will allow your flowers get back to a lush, and beautiful state.

Please Note: Keep flowers in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, a hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

Also, it is important to keep flowers away from fruits, vegetables and/or plants which produce ethylene gas which could cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.

Check out our resident floral expert, Bunches Bob unpacking some fresh flowers.

Wedding Flower Care Instructions

Bridal Bouquets/Centerpieces

(1) Remove flowers from box

(2) Remove cellophane wrap

(3) Remove green foam from bottom of stems and rinse thoroughly

(4) Cut stems ¼ inch and place in a container with 1 inch of water

Centerpieces

Most centerpieces are to be placed in the container of your choice. Remove from foam, rinse stems, cut 1” from stems, put in at least 3” of room temperature water.

*Some centerpieces are to remain in plastic container it was shipped in, keep foam moist.

Corsages and Boutonnieres

Place in a covered container, or plastic bag and refrigerate.

Please Note For Bulk Flowers and Wedding Flower Arrangements

Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

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For all of you newly engaged and planning brides, there are a lot of things to consider when getting your big day in order. For the style-conscious among us, we want our celebration to be reflective of our personal taste and ideas. Pantone’s announcement early this year crowned Tangerine Tango as the “it” colour for 2012. Close runners up include Cabaret, Sweet lilac, and Driftwood.  The common theme seems to be bright pops of colour against classic neutrals.

Pantone pulls it’s list from New York fashion week and we’ll be sure to be seeing these colours featured on the runway and in stores soon!

How do these colour announcements affect your planning? Many brides are opting for bright in-your-face blooms in their bouquet to have a noticeable pop of colour against their dress. For those of us that love colour but are afraid to do it on a large scale, adding in items like bright florals or accent textiles can be a great way to have some fun with colour.

Another way to incorporate these trend colours without being too “trendy” is to include them as a nail polish or featured on your stationery. Another great idea is to choose the bright color as a bridesmaid dress and offset it with a traditional white bouquet.  Bright fabrics can really make a traditional choice like white come alive.

Tell us in the comments how you’ll be incorporating colour trends into your wedding plans!

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The Budget Bride

The Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

FRIENDORS. This term has been used all over in the wedding industry in the past few years.  What is a friendor and why would you want to employ this strategy in your budget ceremony?Is hiring a friend the right thing for you?A friendor is the balance between a friend and a vendor. You make the decision to hire a talented (professional or amateur) friend to complete services at your wedding or event. The benefit of which usually means less cost than hiring a professional – or no cost if they agree to give the service in lieu of a wedding gift! Choose wisely, know your friendors as well as their limits. As much as you love your cousin’s cooking, and as excited as she may be to cater your wedding, be sure she can handle the task of managing a 4 course meal for a party of 200 if that is what you require before you make your final decision.

Preparing a delicious mealHaving a friend as a vendor may allow you to include someone in significant ways for your wedding, especially if you plan on having a small ceremony and would not otherwise be sending them an invite. Of course, your friendor may complain about not being able to enjoy your wedding because they are too busy working. Be sure to be very clear about their roles and expectations – treat the relationship just as you would for any vendor.

However, since you’re deciding to make it personal, confrontations can escalate quicker than normal, and it’s easy to get uncomfortable being completely honest with them since you don’t want to hurt their feelings. The decision is a tough one —what you trade off in price ends up being bartered for trust and commitment. Also, remember that the services your friendor is offering you cannot really be compared to full cost professional options. You cannot expect a low-paid or volunteer team execute the same level of service as a professional. Make sure you both understand the expectations involved and have fun planning and collaborating together!

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Many brides-to-be, wedding enthusiasts and romantics at heart watched the 2011 Royal wedding of William and Kate in awe. The entire event was a spectacle to be remembered for years to come. While it was easy to be swept away by the grandeur of William and Kate’s nuptials, we cannot forget the other royal weddings from 2011. We’ve complied a list of bridal bouquets from the various royal weddings in 2011 as an inspiration guide.

royal wedding Kate's BouquetComprised of a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth, Kate’s bouquet draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family. Kate was also sure to include a flower called “sweet William” in honour of her groom.

Zara Phillips wedding bouquetZara Phillips’ bouquet included white calla lilies, sea holly also known as alpine thistles and Dusty Miller foliage. She also included thistles, the national emblem of Scotland.

Charlene Wittenstock  wedding bouquetCharlene Wittstock’s (princess of Monaco) bouquet included white freesia, white dendrobium orchids combined with pittosporum foliage. The variation in size of blooms created some excellent texture in her bridal bouquet.

Princess Nathalie of Denmark's wedding bouquetPrincess Nathalie of Denmark was famous for forgetting her bouquet upon arrival to the ceremony- the quests patiently waited for it to arrive before her walk down the aisle with white and cream roses!

Princess Sophie's wedding bouquetFor Prince George Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia’s wedding, his bride Princess Sophie carried a bouquet of white orchids, orange blossoms and white roses for an ultra-feminine feel.

Which bouquet was your favourite? Tell us in the comments how each bridal bouquet has influenced your decisons when planning your big day?

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