ENGAGEMENT CONTEST ENTRY: Jenna B.

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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Jenna’s entry, of a new year’s eve party for the ages.

This story I feel is more entertaining due to the fact that Travis duped me for a solid month and even had me believe that he was carrying the ring in a contact case the entire time as opposed to the lovely red box that it really came in.

It starts in at Thanksgiving of 2012, we decided to host Thanksgiving for our immediate families, and low and behold due to the timing, I completely thought that the ring was coming that day. Travis was giving all sorts of hints and being super secretive about this contact case that he kept with him at all times. I was picking up things one day while in preperations of turkey day and low and behold i picked up the case and he started freaking out. I then ask what in the world is in this case, and of course he opens it up and inside was actually a filling that had fell out of his mouth about month prior to that, and he said that he carried it with him everyday to remind him to floss. To which of course I respond with, “its not a ring!”…his response “of course not honey, if i were getting you a ring, it wouldn’t fit in a contact case.”Fast forward two days, a discussion in the car: Travis says “Well honey, I suppose I am going to want to talk to your dad at Christmas so that I can make sure he is ok with me getting added to the family as well as giving you away as lets face it, forever is a long time.” (me now super excited starts arranging it to happen)

Christmas comes and goes and with the many festivities that are had, I am getting bombarded from people asking “has it happened, has it happened?” And Christmas comes and goes and it never happens. I am of course getting anxious and nervous and well impatient as any girl would in this time.Finally, New Years Eve is here and we are going out like we normally do, me all dressed up in a fancy dress and him in a nice looking black suit. We head to dinner with some of our friends and then proceed to head to the party of the evening at a friends house where all of our closest friends were at. All night I am getting text messages of “its gonna happen, has it happened, we want pics” to which my response was, “give it a rest, i just want to enjoy my night, i will let you know if it happens, but tonight its not gonna, so relax.” (yes i was a little frustrated) I sent my last text like that at 11:40 pm….at that point we all start gathering together in the main area of the house and getting champagne glasses and what not, getting ready for the count down. At this point Travis starts making a speech and I am looking at him, like “you idiot, seriously you are 10 minutes early, please stop being dumb” and he continues his speech by saying: “Thanks everyone for such a great year, and I appreciate you all for being here tonight and I hope everyone’s 2013 is as much fun as I am about to have.”

He then proceeds to get down on one knee and says “Jenna, Will you marry me?”…I stare down in shock as I can’t believe this just happened and I know it was probably like 2 secs, but for me it felt like an eternity before I could formulate the words to say “Yes of course!” …at that point…we hugged and everyone was celebrating, and then 5 minutes later Travis goes “Jenna you realize you have to wear this now” and he proceeds to put the ring on my finger. He tells me at the point that everyone at the party knew it was happening so we were able to get some action shots of the engagement as he wanted to make sure we had a couple. He then also says “You may want to call your parents as they are waiting for the phone call, they have known since before Thanksgiving that this was going to be happening tonight.”

And now after 9 months of planning…we only have 6 months to go before our March 1, 014 wedding! Best day ever!

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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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