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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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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The fall season offers rich, deep colors, beautiful outdoor backdrops and endless wedding decoration possibilities.

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