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It’s not surprising that many brides select red or burgundy for their bridesmaid dresses. Red is vibrant, elegant, romantic — the color of passion and love. Red also creates a wonderful contrast to a traditional white or cream bridal gown, which puts the bride even more “in the spotlight” (right where she deserves to be!).

If you are choosing or contemplating red for your bridesmaids, check out these tips for the best color of flowers to choose for your attendants. (Another tip: order your flowers online and you can achieve the look of your choice, for so much less!)

1. Mixed Bouquet

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Red is such a strong color that choosing a beautiful bouquet of mixed colors creates nice contrast and visual interest. It’s best to include a least a small element of red in the bouquets, to “tie them” to the gown. Bouquets with a variety of blooms present more texture and shape and the “country” flowers in the photo above provide a less formal feel.

Outdoor Melody by BunchesDirect

2. Red

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Pairing red with red creates an elegant and sophisticated look due to keeping things monochromatic and seamless. Incorporating layers of red creates a look that has more drama and passion. If the bride also carries a red bouquet it will link together a polished final look with her bridesmaids, and her glorious red bouquet will stand out against her pale gown. Best of all you don’t have to worry about choosing a new color for your palette as you know red already works and is included in your wedding day look!

Crimson Dream by BunchesDirect

3. White

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Another beautiful choice is to go for high contrast! White is a lovely choice for your bridesmaids’ flowers as it is clean, elegant and will really stand out against their red dresses. If you want to create an even more cohesive “matched” theme, choose small elements of red in the white bouquets, and opt for a dramatic red bouquet to help the bride be the star of the show.

Dreamy Cloud by BunchesDirect

4. Yellow

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Another color that works beautifully with red, is yellow! Many brides do not consider yellow but it’s warm and sunny brightness pairs well with the vibrant richness of red. The brightness of the yellow helps the flowers stand out against darker shades of red and creates a memorable pop of color to help your bridesmaids look their best.

Warmth of Love by BunchesDirect

Remember, if you aren’t sure of your selection there are friendly and very knowledgeable floral experts ready to help you with suggestions and advice! Whatever you end up choosing, we hope that your wedding day is full of beauty and happiness.

 

 

 

 

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If you are looking for ideas on how to dress up your wedding or event, you may want to take a look at flower garlands. These versatile and beautiful decorating elements add a powerful visual punch to…well, just about anywhere you want to create drama, beauty and draw focus.

Flower garlands can be any size or length and can incorporate many kinds of lfowers and greens. Some poplar flower choices for garlands are roses, carnations, peonies, gerbera daisies, or lisianthus but the choice is yours. Popular greens could include ivy, seeded eucalyptus, lemon leaves, or pittosporum. Order in bulk from a reputable online flower vendor and save big.

Garlands are relatively easy to DIY if you have modest craft skills. Order floral supplies like wire, tape and cutters online when you order your flowers. Enlist your wedding party, friends and family and have fun with the creations! Click here for some great DIY tips on how to make your own flower garland.

There are so many uses for flower garlands, it’s no wonder they are a hot trend for 2017! They add an element of beauty and nature to any area of the venue. A garland can add that special extra touch to your event. We’ve collected a few of the most inspiring uses for flower garlands here, but don’t be afraid to get creative!

Signs

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Add a special touch to any signs at your venue, with the addition of beautiful fresh flowers.

Staircases

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If your venue has a staircase, a fresh flower garland transforms it from ordinary to magical!

Special Chairs

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Help designate places of special honor by draping lovely floral garlands on the chairs.

Tables

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Add a very special touch to the head table, guest book table or anywhere you want to add some “wow” factor. Draping a beautiful floral garland is the prefect complement to this outdoor venue andĀ  the crisp white linens.

Hanging

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Use flower garlands, elaborate or simple, to frame a special location or add a vibrant and unique backdrop.

Flowergirls

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Bouquets and rose petals are always a gorgeous choice for your flowergirls, but a lovely flower garland can be a fresh new option as well!

Have you used flower garlands at your event? We’d love to see how, so feel free to share your photos at [email protected]

 

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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!

Natural Beauty Centerpiece

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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If you are a savvy DIY bride, you know that you can order up some of the freshest and most beautiful bulk flowers from Bunches Direct. But have you explored ideas for what to put your flowers in? Don’t be limited by the traditional clear glass vase. If you get creative with the container for your wedding or event flowers, you can add a lot of “wow” factor and the kind of impact that will really get your guests talking (in a good way). Your choice of container can create a unique or personal touch for your event tables, set a mood, or help embellish your theme if you have one.

We’ve gathered some pics of very creative containers to inspire you, and included some of our flower suggestions to go with them. Enjoy!

1. Boho Chic Wedding

Birdcages are a sweet and creative way to display your flowers! Choose a pre-made centerpiece from Bunches Direct, such as the Big Day or Subtle Beauty Centerpiece, or buy your flowers in bulk for a great DIY project. Roses, spray roses, hydrangea and lisianthus would be great choices!

Set up vintage chairs around your outdoor venue and add bulk flowers or a ready-to-go centerpiece bouquet for an amazing touch that is sure to get noticed.

2. French Wedding

Use vintage French-themed tins or wooden crates to provide that old world feel to your wedding. Try Oh Lola or Bygone Glamour Centerpieces from Bunches Direct to complement this look. Or, buy bulk peonies (seasonal) as shown in the photos.

3. Traditional Wedding or Bridal Shower

Blue and white china in a classic pattern lends instant traditional elegance to your tables. Use teacups or teapots forĀ  creative way to display flowers at a wedding– also perfect for a bridal shower. Try Sweet Heaven, Champagne Romance, or Wild at Heart Centerpieces to complete this look.

4. Rustic Wedding

Wrap inexpensive dollar store vases in birch bark or burlap, or glue on birch sticks, to create a beautiful rustic look for your centerpieces.

4. Guest Favors

A creative take on guest favors might be to collect a variety of small vases or bottles to display your bulk flowers. Use them to decorate the table, and tag them so that guests can take them home. Or, tag them and use as place cards.

5. Flower and Candle Combos

Find clear vases or wine glasses that will also hold a floating candle to create very inexpensive and elegant centerpieces that will suit a variety of themes. Buy bulk flowers such as gerberas, lilies, orchids, roses, or carnations to float in the vases. For more info on how to create submerged floral arrangements, check out our how-to video!

6. Budget Bride

Recycle old wine bottles or other bottles for a great way to display your flowers! You can also wrap or spray paint the bottles if you want an elegant look–makes great DIY project. Try the Alluring Gerbera Centerpiece for a great earthy look to complement your wine bottles.

Get inspired and give your wedding flower containers a little extra attention, and you are sure to create some memorable displays!

 

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Many Brides are moving away from the idea of the traditional Bouquet toss. Not all of your single guests want to be in the spotlight or take part in this tradition.

Traditional Bouquet TossThe tradition of the bouquet toss goes back many years to a time when ladies thought themselves very ‘lucky’ to be getting married. So that some of this luck could rub off on their friends, they would toss their bouquet and according to tradition the ‘catcher’ would be the next to marry. Most see this now as nothing more than fun and do not take the good luck too seriously.

Some brides are hoping for a more understated feel to their wedding without theatrics. A good idea for these brides is to choose a couple attending their wedding that has a milestone anniversary coming up and pass on the bouquet to them to celebrate their luck in marriage. Another similar idea would be to distribute the stems from your bouquet to various couples or pass it off to either set of parents to thank them for their efforts.

Many brides keep their bouquet and dry the flowers to enjoy beyond their wedding day.

There are many options for modern brides, what will you be doing on your wedding day?

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When the most recent Twilight movie came out, all everyone could talk about was the wedding scene between Bella and Edward. It was a sight to behold and one of the most elaborate floral installations we’ve seen in a while.

Breaking Dawn Wedding Scene

The arch alone would blow any bride’s entire floral budget. If you’re wondering how to use some Breaking Dawn for your ceremony decor inspiration without breaking the bank, here are a few ways to go about it:

Choose one main colour. The decor chosen was white, green and cream, and this allowed the decorators to use multiple types of flowers to create texture and depth. Most of your florals can be something hearty and inexpensive such as Carnations or Hydrangea. Use greens to build depth and structure.

breaking Dawn Wedding Flowers

Another option is to mix fresh and synthetics. If you want a luxe look without the luxe price, mixing fresh and synthetic flowers in the same colour can give the appearance of large arrangements at half of the price.

A lesson that can be learned in this style of decor is to use an outdoor setting as some of the flowers and plants can be used to create a woodland look for free. Additions of your own can further emphasize this theme, but choosing a season when your outdoor flowers will be in bloom will help cut down your decor budget greatly.