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For all of our excited brides who have weddings approaching, or for those of you who are planning other key events, choosing your flowers will be a big part of your process. As we ring in a new year, let’s take a look at what’s hot in flower trends for 2016! We’ve added a few suggestions from BunchesDirect, but there are many more at the website so be sure to look over all the options or call in and let one of our consultants guide you.

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Back to Nature. Less formal “gathered from the garden” looks will become more and more popular for 2016. This trend sees some brides and event planners using less structured bouquets and arrangements and opting instead for a looser, more textural gathering of assorted blooms. If you love a more relaxed garden or country style then this trend is for you!

BunchesDirect suggestions: Natural Beauty Centerpiece, Big Day Centerpiece, Love and Sunshine Bouquet, Daytime Breeze Bouquet, I’m All Yours Bouquet.

I’m All Yours Bridal Bouquet

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Exotic and Vibrant. More of this year’s brides will be opting for flowers in vivid, saturated hues rather than only pastels. If you love pops of rich colour, then this trend is perfect for you.  Choose bright mixes of blooms such as vivid yellow sunflowers, bright red roses and orange gerberas, and give your wedding or event a very vibrant and energetic feel. Try Orange Mist Bouquet, Passionate Smile Bouquet, or a stunning Romantic Rush Bouquet.

Bright Smiles Bouquet

Romantic Rush Bouquet

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Get the Blues. Your wedding or event will be very on trend for 2016 if you opt for blue: all shades of blues are gaining in popularity and are going to be a hot item for this year. Your wedding or event will be very on trend if you opt for blue. You can pair blue bridesmaid dresses or table accents with blue flowers, or create contrast with cream and white or purple flowers (another hot color trend this year!).

Heavenly Mist Bouquet

Classic Blue Hydrangea Bouquet

Blue Hydrangea Centerpiece

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Dramatic Jewel Tones. Deep jewel tones, plums, reds, hot pinks, with hits of metallic or shimmer is another hot trend this year. Many brides are opting for larger, cascading bouquets or lush centerpieces in these rich tones. Best of all, with BunchesDirect, it’s possible to achieve this look without spending a fortune to do it!

Heavenly Harmony Bridal Bouquet

Pretty Chic Bridal Bouquet

Deep and Divine Calla Lily Bouquet

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Sorbet. Flowers in pale shades of mint, lemon, peach and raspberry are another hot trend for 2016. Mix these shades together in your decorating palette using linens, your wedding party clothing, and other accents and select flowers to complement. BunchesDirect picks:

Touch of Peach bridal bouquet

 

Simply Enchanted Centerpiece

 

Touch of Pink Centerpiece

And remember, there are no “wrong” choices when it comes to your vision, and your wedding or event flowers! Our dedicated floral consultants are delighted to work with you and assist you so that your own dream look comes to life.

 

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If you’ve selected red bridesmaid dresses, you are not afraid to make a glorious statement. Red bridesmaid dresses provide a rich hit of color to any wedding party. They are especially gorgeous for a fall or winter event, but can work beautifully in any season.  These saturated hues can work with a variety of complexions and hair shades— just adjust the shade of red accordingly—and they will always help set off the bride due to the high contrast with her traditionally pale gown. Select the perfect bridal bouquets to complement this rich color of dress and you are sure to create a truly stunning presentation.

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Neutral

You cannot go wrong with a choice of white or cream wedding flowers. The high contrast will set off the red dresses and is an especially lovely choice for a Christmas wedding. For added interest, you could also select a red bouquet for the bride to help set her apart and to continue the matched “red and white” theme. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Classic White Carnation, Pretty in White, or Vintage White would be beautiful choices!

Pretty in White

Classic White Carnation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage White

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Matched

Create a rich, dramatic effect by layering red on red. Choose all-red bouquets or red bouquets with small elements of white to add beautiful saturated color to your overall wedding scheme. BunchesDirect bridal bouquet picks: Crimson Dream, or Romantic Red.

Romantic Red

Crimson Dream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bold

If you are not afraid of colour, go vivid and bold by choosing bridal bouquets in shades of red and orange. This unexpected choice creates impact and warmth and can work especially well for summer weddings. BunchesDirect bouquet selections: Romantic Rush or Calla Lily Delight would provide beautiful richness to your palette.

Romantic Rush

Calla Lily Delight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Romantic

Choose bouquets that mix romantic and unexpected combinations of red and pink, to add a sweet, feminine vibe to your wedding palette. Forever Connecting by BunchesDirect s a stunning selection sure to give your wedding that pretty “wow” factor.

Forever Connecting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hits of Sunshine

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Choosing bridal bouquets containing red and yellow flowers will add brightness to the color scheme, and provide a sophisticated and slightly less conventional take on things. This is a wonderful choice for a spring or summer event. Lasting Love from BunchesDirect would be a perfect choice!

Lasting Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Phillip Phillips, 2012 American idol winner and top recording artist, married long-time girlfriend Hannah Blackwell on Saturday, October 24 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The pair wed at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia, in front of 250 close friends and family.

Hannah wore a beautiful Hayley Paige wedding gown, while Phillip rocked a Billy Reid tuxedo. The pair exchanged vows under a huge oak tree on the Plantation, and then continued the celebration with a true Southern-style party.

The large wedding party rocked chic black bridesmaid dresses of varied styles. “They’re all actually wearing different dresses, because one is pregnant and one just had a baby, so I said everybody do what you want to do,” Blackwell says about her bridesmaids’ attire. “They can all have their own personality.”

Photo by Jay Houston

The couple first met almost seven years ago a charity event for Phillips’ sister’s organization Mission Change,. Their reception was catered by Merry Acres Catering, who helped create the Southern menu for the buffet stations the couple chose over a sit down dinner.  The menu included bacon and tomato sandwiches, okra roll-ups, mini country ham biscuits, shrimp and grits and bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. There was also a mashed potato bar at the reception.

Instead of having a traditional groom’s cake, Phillips chose to serve miniature hot skillet chocolate chip cookies with ice cream.

Romantic Phillip and a close friend wrote the song for his first dance with his wife. . “I might be crying while I’m dancing with you,” he told Hannah.

And what about our favorite part, the flowers? These were perfect for a Southern belle, such as pale peach and pink roses, pale green and white hydrangeas, and other assorted greens. Hannah described their reception as ” a little fancy, but not too fancy. All the flowers are really natural flowers, like really light pink or ivory.”

If you love Hannah’s look, become your own “Southern Belle” with these BunchesDirect bridal bouquet suggestions: Pink Dreamland, Touch of Peach, Hint of Softness, or Hold me Close bridal bouquets. More at the website. We wish Phillip and Hannah all the best!

Pink Dreamland

Touch of Peach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hint of Softness

Hold Me Close

 

 

 

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Certain trends emerged during the various bridal collections for spring 2016. Brides.com reported on a range of styles, from 3D floral appliqués, to low necklines and dramatic silhouettes. We decided to summarize a few of the top trends, and match them with some BunchesDirect bridal bouquet suggestions to help you create a beautiful and coordinated final look, and save on your budget. Enjoy!

1. Floral appliqués were everywhere, from large scale three-dimensional cutouts, to tiny beaded embellishments, adding a feminine yet modern element to many of the gowns. This dress: Rivini by Rita Vinieris. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Spring Lady will perfectly complement the delicacy of the lacy and beading of these designs.

Photo: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Feathers are often the embellishment of choice for spring, adding a unique and modern element to gowns. Shown here: Strapless sheath with feather skirt, Kelly Faetanini. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Oriental Lily Magic, as the unique flare of the lilies provides a modern edge that balances the flare of the feathers.

Photo: Gerardo Somoza / Indigitalimages.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.Illusion Bodices were seen on many of the gowns on the runway, lending a bit of a daring and a sexy edge to some of the looks. Gown shown: Silk gazar dress by Reem Acra.  BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Pink and Peach Bouquet. The soft colors will coordinate well with the organza without competing with the intricate details of the bodice.

Photo: Gerardo Somoza – Luca Tombolini / Indigitalimages.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Keyhole or Slit Necklines were also a popular design trend for spring. These gowns provide the elegance of a high neckline, with a bit of modern “sex appeal.” This gown: a sleeveless nude organza by Angel Sanchez. BunchesDirect bouquet suggestion: Pretty In White. The soft elegance of the roses will offset the modern edge of the slit neckline and the softly flowing lines of gowns like this one.

Photo: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.Overskirts were seen on many of the gowns, in different fabrics and sizes, which provides added elegance and drama to the dress silhouette. Shown here: Sweetheart silk-printed sheath with tulle overskirt, by Carolina Herrera. BunchesDirect bouquet selection: Graceful Blooms. This gorgeous bouquet will provide the balance and color that will work perfectly with the full skirt of these gowns.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera

 

 

 

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Photo by Phillip Ficks

One of the most “delicious” flower and fashion trends of late is the move back to more berry and jewel tones for your color palette. The 2015 color of the year, after all, was a rich burgundy hue called Marsala and we are seeing variations of it everywhere from clothing to housewares.

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It’s easy to see why—these rich tones lend a lush and romantic vibe to any event and are especially suitable for weddings. Pair them with cool blues, pale greens, dramatic blacks or grays, and they will suit any event theme from traditional garden to modern with a Parisian twist. Berry tones will work their magic in any season or venue.

Photo by Phillip Ficks, Paper and calligraphy by PaperFinger.co

 

The top photo was taken from a midnight garden wedding designed by Julie Savage of Strawberry Milk Events.

As Julie describes, “In this look, everything is glamorous and elegant, yet achievable.”

Deep tones of red garden roses mixed with exotic purple anemones create this lush flowerscape. Both available at BunchesDirect.

 

Bouquet below: Deep and Divine Calla Lily.

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers in rich berry tones are perfect for any season, but add an extra element of warmth and drama to fall and winter weddings. The rich color of the flowers provides excellent contrast with a white wedding gown and traditional grey or black suits or tuxedos.  Berry tones pair especially well with gold or silver metallic accents. Below, pink alstroemeria blends beautifully with the gold sand in these simple mason jars.

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Laura Yang and the Pastry Studio used beautiful berry-toned flowers including burgundy ranunculus to decorate their delicious chocolate cake, making it look a scrumptious as it tasted.

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To create this look at your own wedding or event, choose a variety of lush flowers in berry or tones of hot pink, pink, red and burgundy. The combination of textures and colors will add a very dramatic element to your decor.   Show below, red roses, hot pink spray roses, burgundy ranunculus, and purple alstroemeria. All of these and more berry toned flowers are available in bulk for low prices at BunchesDirect.

Red Roses

 

For your bridal bouquets, Enchanted Kiss, Red Berry, or Crimson Dream or Red Romance are all perfect choices that will provide the perfect complement to your berry  and jewel tone wedding palette. Happy planning!

Enchanted Kiss Bouquet

Red Berry Bouquet

Crimson Dream Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Romance Bouquet