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Keep It Simple. Buying bulk flowers online can save you big bucks, so consider online vendors such as BunchesDirect who can also ensure freshness and quality. Stretch your decorating dollars even more by using only a few blooms per vase or container, and create decorative touches that are beautiful as well as economical.

Photo by Catherine Gratwicke

 

For example, a single rose placed on top of a candlestick holder is an unexpected way to create visual impact for less.

Rummage in your grandmother’s cupboards, ask to borrow from friends and family, scour garage and vintage sales, and visit second hand stores for different candlestick holders, or use antique teacups for another creative display option for roses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bigger is Better. Choose blooms that are larger, such as bright and cheery gerbera daisies, and only a few will go a long way.

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These yellow chrysanthemums are very inexpensive, and look wonderful in a series of small and simple vases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Things Down. Water is your budget-saving friend. Submerging or floating a few blooms in water lets you use fewer blooms without sacrificing any style points. Water and flowers are a wonderful combination of elements from nature that will dress your tables beautifully, at low cost.

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Shown here, pink and cream roses with some bear grass create beautiful low-budget centerpieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submerging the blooms entirely is another way to create big style. The water magnifies the shape and color of the flower and stem, essentially increasing their visual impact and interest. Add some floating candles for some additional gleam. Lighting up your submerged flower arrangements provides even more drama.Making your own submerged flower arrangements is quite easy!

Click to watch how to make your own.

 

 

The elegant, trumpet-like shape and vivid color of these orange calla lilies is a perfect choice for this submerged arrangement.

Choosing seasonal flowers is another way to save money as the prices may be lower. Ask your floral consultant for advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider Baby’s Breath. Baby’s breath, or gypsophilia, is a perfect choice for budget-conscious brides, as well as any bride who values decor that is feminine and romantic. This delicate, airy beauty can be used in so many ways, from aisle decor, centerpieces, event decor, floral crowns, to entire bridal bouquets. A few bunches go a long way due to their size and color, and it is very inexpensive. It’s always a gorgeous choice!

Photo from weddngbells.ca

Check our Pinterest Page to see more amazing ways to use Baby’s Breath at your wedding or event. Consider it for your bridal bouquets for a coordinating look at low prices.

Pure Baby’s Breath Bouquet

You can also save money on your wedding flowers by moving them from ceremony to reception. Check out our blog on How To Re-Use your Wedding Flowers for even more budget saving tips!

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If you love all things stylish, chic and ultra modern, then we have some fantastic centerpiece suggestions for your wedding or event! We’ve searched around to find some wonderful and inspiring ideas to prove that centerpieces don’t have to be traditional. These photos show a modern take on flower choices, presentation and container selection. Flowers like these are sure to get your guests talking, in the very best of ways!

Photo left: Use clear vases of varied sizes or heights. Presenting them in a long row with some candles to up-light them will have a more dramatic impact. Submerging some of the blooms underwater will also create impact. Use large blooms in stylish pops of color, in alternating presentation. Shown here: orange tulips, white cymbidium orchids, and orange calla lilies are all very modern flower choices due to their larger petals and vivid colors. All are available (in season) at low bulk prices through BunchesDirect!

 

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An easy DIY take on a very stylish look! Flower pots get a new lease on life when painted white. Use white twigs to hold up foam balls you can find at the local craft store. Cover the foam by gluing or pinning carnation blooms to cover. The hot pink is an excellent choice to keep things current and vibrant. Presto: modern magic! Carnations sold in bulk at BunchesDirect.

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Vary the shape and choice of your container, and don’t be afraid to get creative! This square box in a vibrant green is the perfect modern setting for this clever arrangement of blooms. Shown here: carnations (always a budget-friendly and beautiful choice) are placed in an artful array of color blocking. The complementary colors provide good contrast and a fresh take on a centerpiece display.

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Massing one type and color of bloom creates modern impact, especially when the stalks are left deliberately long to stand up high in the glass container. Shown here, the white gerbera daisies are a sturdy and stylish choice.

Found at marthastewartweddings.com

Mix fruit and flowers in low boxes for a chic twist on dinner centerpieces! This would be especially lovely at an autumn event. Try red roses, hypernicum berries, or orange mini calla lilies, along with apples, seeds, or pomegranates for a very modern mix.

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Calla lilies are always a good choice for a more contemporary look due to their large, sculptural blooms, clean lines and long, vibrant stems. Drape a bunch artfully in a square container or a low bowl in clear glass, and add a creative accent.

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Simple, clean and so elegant! Use clear cubes of varied heights and square votive candles to create a modern cluster. Use white roses and inset the flowers slightly for a more contemporary presentation.

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If you are planning a wedding or a special event, you are probably looking for ways to create a unique and memorable guest experience. One way to show your guests how special they are is to send them home with a more unique and beautiful guest favor. Using fresh flowers to create something out of the ordinary is a wonderful way to show how much you care, and to provide that added boost of “something special” to your table decor.

Check out these wonderful ways to create your own DIY floral guest favors.

Floral Place Cards: Use small bundles of fresh flowers, tied with some pretty ribbon, as place tags for each guest. After the ceremony, guests can take home their mini-bouquet for a lovely and aromatic favor. Some flowers can be dried or preserved to create a lasting memory of your special day.

Personal Flower Market: Set up a beautiful “flower market” as a lovely accent at your wedding. Invite guests to take home a few flowers to create their own bouquet as a memento of your special day!. Everyone wants to sneak home the centerpiece but this way you are letting them make their own bouquet keepsake. You could have pretty ribbons or custom bags available for the guests to secure and take home their lovely blooms. This is an easy and visually stunning addition to your wedding. It also doesn’t have to break the bank if you purchase an array of bulk flowers from a low-priced online vendor such as BunchesDirect.

Take home Centerpieces:  Everyone wants to sneak home the centerpiece, so why not let them create their own miniature version? Set pretty bags by the guests’ places. You can create lovely customized bags that are personalized with your wedding information, or buy beautiful pre-made options.(Check out Esty for some great ideas). With your encouragement, guests can then slip out some of the centerpiece flowers to take home for their own enjoyment.

Bridal Shower Teacups: Buy mini teapots, cups or bowls from a dollar store or other craft store and arrange mini bouquets in each, for bridal shower guests to take home with them. This bouquet includes ranunculus and plum blossoms but the choice is endless! Click for a great DIY tutorial on how to make the bouquets. Your guests can keep the teacup as a sweet memento of the event!

Floral Wrapping: Even if you are passing out traditional boxed guest favors, adding a sprig or two of fresh flowers with pretty ribbon will give your gifts a special elegant touch.

 

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Bunches Direct was delighted to have been selected by the hardworking volunteers at Halo House Foundation to assist with their very special Gala Night event in November 2014. The Halo House challenge: find a vendor to provide a large quantity of fresh and beautiful bulk flowers, on time and ready to assemble, that would be used to decorate Bayou City Center in Houston, Texas, on a limited budget. Enter Bunches Direct!

Halo House Foundation is dedicated to making life better for people with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.The mission at Halo House is to assist people of all ages who are being treated for a blood cancer by providing them with fully furnished housing at a very low cost while they are undergoing active treatment for their cancer at the Texas Medical Center. Thousands of people come the the Center each year to receive life-saving treatments.They come because care is unavailable locally, or their local treatments have failed. Sadly, many of those people cannot stay in Houston to receive treatment because of the significant costs associated with short term housing. Halo House helps address this.

In 2014, the team of dedicated volunteers at Halo House began to organize their annual Gala to raise funds for their very worthy cause. Planning for the Gala began in March with 75 volunteers helping on various tasks.

A team of 15 was assigned to floral decorations, beginning about four months ahead of the Gala. They collected and painted dollar store vases (very creative!), and then to gathered to receive and prepare the flowers the day before and during the day of the event.

The decorating budget was $1000 maximum. According to Jessica Hazen, one of the key volunteers, they were happy with their choice of Bunches Direct for the flowers: “Bunches Direct was very helpful in this arena with the consultation and the recommendations. Amy and I liked the idea of having three small arrangements on each table versus one large one, meaning a single flower [type] per vase was best; this also minimized the need for greenery. Colors were challenging to decide on because we wanted to use HHF colors (royal blue, gold and white) but Mother Nature doesn’t exactly like using that pallet scheme. I sent BunchesBob a picture of the gold vases I was working on and he/she recommended the deep purple carnations and white roses. The quote was very competitive and the customer service representative was very helpful.”

The team of volunteers followed the care directions provided by Bunches Direct, removing the flowers from packaging, cutting the ends of the stems, and hydrating the flowers in a cool location. They they assembled some beautiful centerpieces to grace the tables at the Gala event. Great job, ladies! Visit our blog on Flower Care 101 to learn more about caring for your own bulk flowers.

The Gala featured a silent auction of about 150 items including original works of art, exquisite jewelry, fine dining, sports memorabilia, “staycations,” travel packages, and so much more. Over 500 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and an amazing performance by Cirque Imagination. Sonia Azad from ABC-Channel 13 News, KTRK was the event orchestrator and a volunteer for HH. Andy Serota from Local News 2, KPRC also attended the fun event.

 

Amy Curtis was the Head Gala Chairperson and her vision was honed in to the emotional experience for attendees. She organized a Step-and-repeat red carpet photographer, the live performances from Cirque Imagination, and a prop-filled photo booth area—all of which were loved by the guests!

 

 

 

 

One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of an original song by Emily Lipinski, the daughter of one of HH’s previous residents and a cancer survivor. Emily preformed a song she wrote for her mother. Jessica describes the song as “spellbinding,” relaying that “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room while she sang; such raw emotion and feeling was so very touching. Her song made everyone think about why we do the work we do; helping people in their time of need is the core of our humanity.”

Halo House Foundation is thrilled to report that $300,000 was raised through the generous support of the Gala attendees and other donors. The funds are being used to help build the capital campaign for The Halo House building. Jessica explains, “Currently we operate out of an apartment complex close to the Texas Medical Center, renting the apartments for the families to come and call home for their treatment. We are working to finalize details on breaking ground for our very own set of apartment homes!”

Bunches Direct was so pleased to have been part of this amazing event. We look forward to working with Halo House again soon. Visit their website or watch their video to learn more about Halo House Foundation. Check out the beautiful array fresh bulk flowers at Bunches Direct to see some of the selections that might work for your own wedding or event!

 

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Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas wedding cake

Many brides are looking for ways to trim a few costs off the wedding budget. If you are a baker, or have a talented family member who is willing to help out, baking your own wedding cake is a good way to save some money while still creating a beautiful wedding. There are many amazing cake recipes and instructions that can help you create a delicious and memorable dessert. Alternatively, you can source a cake at a large franchise store and save some costs that way.

Sunny Smiles Cake Topper

The cake decoration and it’s final look is what will have the most impact. Once the cake is frosted, you can set it up in creative and lovely ways on a table or pedestal to create a personal and very memorable presentation.

Upper Secret Cake Topper

One of the best ways to add decorative beauty to your cake is with flowers! Adding fresh, blooming wedding flowers to your cake will create instant flair and will tie the cake into your wedding theme with little expense or effort.

Pink Champagne Cake Topper

Bunches Direct offers several beautiful and affordable floral cake toppers that are ready to go. You supply the cake, and these special wedding flowers will provide the professional added touch that will give your cake that “wow” factor you are hoping for.

You can also order Bunches Direct bulk flowers of your choice and cover your cake with even more beauty! Fresh roses, lisianthus, lilies, carnations, baby’s breath—there are so many excellent choices.

Polar Star Cake Topper

In this blog we’ve shown you a few of the gorgeous cake toppers available through Bunches Direct—and visit the site to see the full range of cake toppers in many colors and styles. If you don’t see quite what need, remember that our professional floral consultants are happy to create a custom design just for you! Happy wedding planning :)

 

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If anyone is going to share or possibly steal the spotlight from the bride, it could well be the flower girl or ring bearer. These sweet additions to any wedding party are often the ones the guests talk about after the ceremony. The tradition of flower girls has been around since ancient Rome, when girls carried sheaves of wheat to symbolize fertility for the new couple. Flower girls carried everything from garlic to cups in different eras and different cultures, but during Victorian England the more contemporary tradition of carrying flowers or flower petals was born.

But don’t be limited by traditional thinking. There are many creative ways that still incorporate flowers and will make your flower girl or ring bearer have special impact as a little star in your very personal production.

Have your flower girl carry the petals or flowers, but get creative with the holder. Mason jars with handles, woven baskets, painted wooden baskets, tin pails or buckets can all work beautifully. Bunches Direct also sells bulk rose petals in various colors.

Another amazing DIY idea is to create a flower wand using wedding flowers that coordinate with the ones in the bridal bouquet. (Your little flower girl will feel like a fairy princess.) Purchase the bulk flowers of your choice (check out the amazing variety of bulk flowers at Bunches Direct), a wooden dowel, floral ball, ribbons, and glue gun. Wrap and glue the ribbons to the dowel, and tie added lengths of ribbon to trail off the end of the rod. Affix the dowel into the ball. Glue on the flowers of your choice.

Another idea is to have your flower girls carry pomanders (“kissing balls”) or pretty floral wreaths instead of petals or bouquets. This is another potential DIY project and sometimes the pomander is easier for little hands to hold onto. Check out DIY Pomanders on Youtube from BunchesDirect

Another sweet option is to decorate a pretty parasol with flowers (get out the glue gun again.) Signs, flags, or pennants can also be decorated with flowers and can add a super cute touch. If you have multiple flower girls or ring bearers, you can have them hold individual signs that say “Here” “Comes” “The” and “Bride”, for example. What a nice prelude to the bride’s big entrance!

 

For yet another idea, have the flower girls carry a floral garland as another option. This is an easy DIY option using bulk flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course flowers are the ultimate hair accessory for your lovely little flower girls.

The go-to accessory is a gorgeous floral crown, though you can also attach flowers to headbands, bows or barrettes for some unique and memorable touches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are pets going to be part of your wedding ceremony? This is a growing trend, so you can always have the flower girl help out with Fido. Gluing flowers to a leash is an easy way to make it a prettier presentation.

 

 

 

 

There are other creative ways in which your flower girl can help with the ceremony. Perhaps have her carry a special note to the groom, right before the bride comes down the aisle. She could also carry a special box decorated with flowers that contains the vows. Once the wedding is over, the box will become a special keepsake in which to store your vows (in case you need to refer to them later).

If you choose to have flower girls, there is little doubt that they will be a special part of your big day. They will be thrilled to be included in the celebrations and inspired by all the special touches. And the practice they get walking down the aisle might be put to good use one day when it’s their turn to be the bride. Feel free to share some photos of your own flower girls or ring bearers! I’d love to see them at [email protected]