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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 for  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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Well the New Year is still fresh and January has us looking ahead to what’s happening in wedding flower trends for 2015. For those lucky enough to be engaged over the holidays (congratulations!) we know that you are busily planning your big event, and spring and summer are the most popular months to wed. We’ve taken a look a various wedding trends from runway to Hollywood, and here are some predictions for what will be hot for your 2015 wedding flowers.

1. Fresh from the Garden

Mixed bouquets will continue to be hot into 2015. This look is a bit less structured, with blooms pulled together in mixed hues that recreate a “just picked from the garden” vibe. Garden roses, tulips, lisianthus, spray roses and daisies will all work well with this look.

Beautiful Bride Bouquet

Puppy Love Bridal Bouquet

 

2. Luxurious and Romantic Centerpieces

This year will see more brides splash out on their wedding flowers and opt for large scale centerpieces that have huge impact. Masses of flowers create a luxurious look. Romantic flower choices such as hyrdrangea, orchids, roses, or lilies would be lovely in these arrangements. Your centerpiece doesn’t have to break the wedding budget either; choose fresh bulk flowers from Bunches Direct at low prices and do it yourself (for a great video, check out this one on How to Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces, and add as many flowers as you like). Or you can buy gorgeous ready-made centerpieces from Bunches Direct and with the savings you can even group them for a massed effect.

Scents of Spring Centerpiece- The price is so low you can group 3 together for an even fuller look

 

3. Floral Crowns

More brides are opting for this romantic look, as seen on celebrities celebrities such as Ashley Tisdale, Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst. (You can read more about Ashley’s romantic wedding in another of our Blog posts.) They are also surprisingly easy to make using fresh bulk flowers and some simple floral supplies. Read how to Make Your Own Floral Crown and buy bulk flowers from Bunches Direct.

4. Classic “One Flower Type” Bouquets

Simply White Bridal Bouquet

 

Elegant, simple, clean: combinations of simple white and green will never go out of style.  Bouquets made of a group of a single type of bloom have a clean, classic impact. White and ivory work well as the main flower color, and roses and calla lilies are great choices.

 

 

Precious White Calla Lily Bouquet

 

5. Pastel Bouquets

Gleeful Dreamland Bridal Bouquet

 

 

Creamy and soft pastels such as pinks mixed with creams are everywhere this year in another continuation of the soft and romantic looks of 2015. Peonies, lisianthus and spray roses are great choices.

Anything for You Bridal Bouquet

 

Many more flower choices are available at Bunches Direct. Whatever flowers you choose, we wish you stress-free wedding planning, and a very happy wedding!

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Every year, the Pantone Color Institute picks a color that they predict will be the biggest of the year. This means that based on current trends and indicators they feel that this color will have a big impact on fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging. The 2014 pick was Radiant Orchid, a rich jewel toned fuschia, and in 2013 the pick was Brilliant Emerald.

The pick for 2015? An earthy, brownish-red hue called Marsala after the wine that inspired it. This color is described by Pantone as being “a naturally robust and earthy wine-red,” whose “impactful, full-bodied qualities make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.”

Marsala shown in book, sofa, toss cushion and clothing

What do color experts think of Marsala? “It’s nice, but it surprises me,” says color consultant Jean Molesworth Kee, owner of the Painted Room in Alexandria, VA.. “We have been veering from red or burgundy wall colour now for years. This has a dusky, earthy quality.” Kee says she could see Marsala used in “an ethnic bohemian place.” She added, “It’s muted and it reminds me of Morocco or of faded old Oriental rugs. It would go nicely with warm, sandy colours and browns.”

Celebrities like Beyonce and Taylor Swift are already embracing Marsala in fashion.

If you want to stay on trend with your 2015 wedding, consider using Marsala! It would make an excellent color for bridesmaid dresses. It would pair well with the guys in beige, warm gray, brown or black suits, and could be used in their ties. (For a tie example using Marsala, check out this one from Michael Kors.)

It could also be used in event linens such as napkins or tablecloths, or perhaps in backdrops or accessories at the venue. Marsala can also be incorporated into wedding flower color schemes as well, either by selecting flowers of a similar tone or a coordinating color mix.

As a general guide, Marsala goes well with neutrals such as warmer taupes and grays, umber, creamy beige, blue-grays, dark browns, or blacks. It would also look great with brighter hues like turquoise, bright yellow, or certain shades of pinks. Overall it’s a stable and versatile shade and will be flattering to many people.

Here are some suggested wedding flower color palettes, with bouquet picks from Bunches Direct that would look great with Marsala. Happy Wedding Planning!

1. Marsala with cream or ivory wedding flowers

Classic Cream Rose Bridal Bouquet

Hold me Close Bridal Bouquet

2. Marsala with blue wedding flowers

Heavenly Mist Bridal Bouquet

Blue Sky Bridal Bouquet

3. Marsala with wedding flowers in shades of pink / peach

Pretty Woman Bridal Bouquet

Sporadic Glory Bridal Bouquet

Never Say No Bridal Bouquet

4. Marsala with yellow wedding flowers

Sunrise Bridal Bouquet

 

Sunny Berry Bridal Bouquet

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From the last days of August throughout September we saw some big celebrities tie the knot, with some amazing gowns, venues and wedding flowers. Here are the highlights—enjoy!

August 30: Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg

Actress and former View co-host Jenny McCarthy married actor and former New Kids On the Block star Donnie Wahlberg at the classic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois. It was the second marriage for both. (Jenny’s son Evan helped Donnie with the proposal by delivering notes to his Mom.) The guests included Sherry Shephard and other members of NKOTB fame, though Donnie’s big brother Mark was a no-show. Mark Tweeted his good wishes. His excuse for missing the wedding? His daughter Ella’s birthday. Jenny looked very happy (bountiful cleavage and all) in a strapless gown she bought from Bergdorf Goodman.

For Jenny’s wedding flowers and decor, she opted for a glam red and white theme. Red is always a dramatic, high contrast choice with a white gown, and black tux. If you love this look, check out our BunchesDirect picks (at a fraction of the cost). You can also purchase gorgeous bulk red roses for your cake.

Classic Red Rose Bouquet

Crimson Dream Bridal Bouquet

(And in the latest news, Jenny has revealed that she already lost her wedding band…while “enjoying her honeymoon” at the hotel. I don’t think Donnie will be too angry.)

 

 

 

 

 

August 31: Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade 

Actress Gabrielle Union married NBA star Dwayne Wade in a sunset ceremony at Chateau Artisan, a private, castle-like estate in the Miami area which boasts a private lake and a moat. The couple celebrated with family and friends, including Dwayne’s two oldest sons and his nephew. Gabrielle was stunning (as always) in a strapless gown by Dennis Basso, while Dwayne rocked a white tuxedo from Dsquared2. If you are blinded by the photo, it’s probably a result of the rock on Gabrielle’s finger: her engagement ring is a whopping 8.5 carat diamond that is worth almost a cool million bucks. This is the second marriage for both.

If you love Gabrielle’s look, try the BunchesDirect Classic White Rose bouquet, or Snowy Night, with less greenery if you prefer that option:

Classic White Rose

Snowy Night Bridal bouquet

September 8, Ashley Tisdale & Christopher French

 

 

Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame married rocker Christopher French at a venue just outside of Santa Barbara, California. Ashley wore a lovely gown by designer Monique Lhuillier with a fairy-tale wreath of wedding flowers in her hair, while Christopher looked handsome in his John  Varvatos suit.

 

 

 

The pair had 6 bridesmaids including pal and fellow actress Vanessa Hudgens. The bridesmaids wore unmatched gowns in different shades of pink, slate and nude, with crown braids in their hair.

The wedding was described as “rustic and romantic” by their wedding planner, and included wooden farm tables with lace runners. Garden roses were a feature of their wedding flower selections. The 100 guests tossed white flower petals on the couple after the ceremony.

Our picks for rustic and romantic wedding flowers:

Heavenly Morning Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dramatic White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 13: Lauren Conrad & William Tell

 

The star of MTV’s hit The Hills, who is now a style maven and clothing designer, married musician-turned-lawyer William Tell at a mountainside vineyard in Santa Ynes, California. Lauren has revealed that her lacy, sheer-backed gown was designed by famous duo Mark Badgley & James Mischka. They describe the ivory Chantilly and Alencon lace gown as “simple and classic, yet glamorous.” Near the end of the fittings, Lauren had the sleeves removed for greater comfort and a more suitable balance for her frame. She added a stunning 10-foot-long train and an ornate gold leaf barrette to complete her look.

Lauren provided her nine bridesmaids a choice of gowns in two shades from her own Paper Crown bridesmaid collection. Bridesmaids included BFF and Paper Crown co-founder Maura McManus and former co-star Lo Bosworth. Lauren gave her bridesmaids gift bags containing nail polish in nude and pale pink to coordinate with their dresses.

She based some of her decor choices on an “apple” theme in a play on her husband’s name (in case you forgot, the original William Tell, according to popular legend, split an apple on his son’s head using a crossbow. Don’t try this at home). She found a brass apple at a flea market and sourced brass vases to match; she also baked 50 apple pies for the reception (now that’s dedication). The guests received welcome canvas bags with an apple and arrow logo on them. Party favors included a special “game night box” with a custom “Crazy In Love Eights” deck and a “Recovery Kit” for the morning after.

The couple’s 230 guests were treated to cocktails upon arrival. Lauren entered with her father to the strains of the Beatle’s “In My Life.” Her aisle runner was burlap scattered with gold eucalyptus leaves, and the couple spoke their own vows during the nondenominational ceremony.

For the flowers, Lauren insisted that sweet peas be included in the blooms, as these were the first flowers that William gave her (awwww). They exited to the Beatle’s song “The Two of Us,” which was the first song that Lauren ever heard William perform. Another romantic moment came when William sang to his new bride partway through the reception.

For a similar look to Lauren’s wedding flowers, try Bygone Glamour Centerpieces, perhaps customized with your personal preference of white flowers, with a choice of a delicate white bouquet.

Together We Stand

Classic White Orchid

Bygone Glamour Centerpiece

September was a busy month for celebrity brides! The latest news is that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married at the Aman Hotel in Venice on Saturday. The couple is expected to sign the marriage register today at the Ca’ Farsetti Palazzo, which houses Venice’s town hall.  We are eagerly awaiting the official photos, but check back here to our blog and keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates. Plus, you can read about it all in our October issue of Wedding Blooms!

You can find all the beautiful wedding flowers featured in this article, at www.bunchesdirect.com  or bunchesdirect.ca.

Happy wedding planning!

 

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Okay, so let’s admit it. A lot of little girls grow up watching the Disney movies, and picturing themselves as the heroine or princess in the fairy tale. Not all of us, but a lot. The classic Disney movies are some of the most loved and often watched of any genre, with worldwide recognition. (Even the recent releases do well at the box office: Disney’s Frozen was the highest grossing animated movie of all time.) The Disney princesses inspire many a little girl’s Hallowe’en costume, birthday party theme, and favorite dress-up choice.

So it kind of makes sense that Disney decided to offer a line of wedding and attendant gowns that are inspired by some of their most iconic characters. They paired up with bridal designer Alfred Angelo to offer a Fairy Tale Weddings bridal collection, and created gowns for the various Disney princesses.

Because it’s Monday and we could all use something light, I decided it might be fun to match some of our lovely BunchesDirect bridal bouquets to the top 5 Disney heroines and the gowns that were created for each. If your personality matches a particular princess, you might also like the wedding flowers that are chosen for her.

All gown photos are courtesy of the Disney 2014 Fairy Tale Weddings Dress Collection. Enjoy and have some fun!

1. Elsa from Frozen
This is the newest gown, set to be released in January 2014, which is supposed to be a sparkling, ice-blue creation. Cool whites and blues would be a good match here:

Hint of Snow

Heavenly Mist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Jasmine from Aladdin
This character is bold and exotic, inspired by the Arabian Nights. I think her wedding flowers would be exotic and eye-catching, in rich hues with large blooms:

Morning Glow

 

Wild Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Snow White
Snow White was the fairest in the land, with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony. She is a study in elegant contrasts, and her flowers would be very striking in bold reds:

Red Sparkle

 

Crimson Dream

 

 

 

 

4. Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
Ariel was adventurous and curious, and the setting was ocean and beach. Her wedding flowers might include tropical colors inspired by the sea and a Caribbean vibe:

Desire for You

Blue Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Sleeping Beauty
Aurora was a delicate, ultra-feminine beauty and her story is a classic romance. I see pastel pinks as a good match for this gown (and the bouquet titles are very apt!):

Pink Dreamland

Fairy Tale Beauty

 

Angie & Brad’s Wedding Flowers!

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Well, as we have all heard, there was very exciting wedding news this week! It was confirmed that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are officially husband and wife.The famous Hollywood power couple married in a private ceremony in France last Saturday, attended only by family and friends.

According to the Associated Press, the nondenominational ceremony was conducted by a California judge who also provided their marriage licence. The couple’s six children, Maddox, Shiloh, Pax, Zahara, Vivienne and Knox had key roles in the proceedings. The ceremony took place in the chapel at Chateau Miraval, the couple’s home near Nice.

The public received confirmation after Brad was photographed wearing a wedding ring while at a museum in Bovington, Dorset, a few days after the ceremony.

Brad and Angelina are soon to begin filming in Malta for their new movie By The Sea. They will star together in the love story, following up on the success of their first venture together. With their marriage official, it’s finally a case of life imitating art: the pair met while playing husband and wife in the 2004 movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The photo below is from the movie, and gives us an idea of what the pair look like in wedding mode.

There are no official wedding photos released as yet, but I thought it would be fun to speculate on what her wedding flowers might have looked like! Early in her career, Angelina was a bit of a fashion mess, often wearing goth outfits or mismatched ensembles. But as she matured, so did her fashion sense, and of late she has been praised for the many stunning gowns she wears to award ceremonies and other A-list events. Her gowns are usually simple and classic, and I imagine her wedding decor would be in a similar vein. Given the location, I also think that a touch of French Old World glamour would suit the couple well. Here are my Bunches Direct picks. What do you think?

Dreamy Cloud Bridal Bouquet

Pearly White Bridal Bouquet

 

Bygone Glamor Centerpiece

 

Wild at Heart Centerpiece