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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 and  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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Pippa Middleton, sister to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, rocketed to the top of the social media world for her first walk down the wedding aisle back in 2011. At that event she was maid of honor, holding her sister’s train and following the royal bride down the aisle, while spectators world wide started commentary on her — ahem–derrière.

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This time in the spotlight, Pippa, 33, walked the aisle as the bride, and on May 20 she wed financier James Matthews at her local church, St. Mark’s in Englefield. The reception was held back at her parents’ lavish Berkshire home.

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Some of her royal connections served in the wedding, with Prince George as page and Princess Charlotte as flower girl. Her sister Kate helped keep the children in order as they entered the church.The entry was adorned with gorgeous garlands of pink and white flowers and greens, adding the perfect fairy tale touch to the heritage venue.

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The guest list, though much smaller than her sister’s, did contain some famous faces. Roger Federer was in attendance as well as Ben Fogle, and of course Pippa’s extended Royal family, including Prince William and Prince Harry.

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The church and its grounds were absolutely filled with gorgeous pink and white flowers! Pippa loves flowers and made beautiful selections including peonies, roses, sweetpeas, freesias, waxflower, and green bellflowers for a truly stunning mix. Another intimate personal touch was a drawing of the church, done by her sister Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, included on the cover of the order of service.

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The couple departed the ceremony is a vintage car, framed by yet more floral masterpieces that are visible in the background.

If you loved Pippa’s wedding flowers as much as we did, you can buy your own bulk flowers in similar shades and types and make your own. You can also order beautiful ready-made bouquets and centerpieces in a similar pink and white theme. See below for some ideas!

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Even the most ideal venue can have a few challenging elements. Whether your venue is drab or fab, flowers are a perfect way to dress your day!

Using fresh flowers to conceal things you don’t love, or enhance the things you do, is a perfect solution; the bonus is that you can add color, life and impact while complementing your theme at the same time. Buy in bulk from a reputable online vendor and you will be surprised how much you can do, for an amazing price.

Check out these great tips for using flowers to make sure all the elements of your venue are at their very best.

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Fountains

If the entrance to your wedding or event has a fountain, consider not having predictable water running full out from each tier. Adding fresh flowers to a tier instead of water converts a traditional concrete element into an instant style statement. This is sure to get your guests talking as they walk up to your big event. Try hydrangeas, snapdragons and longer greens like seeded eucalyptus.

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Trees

If there is a tree that you don’t love, or perhaps a few that you do, use fresh flowers to add an aerial focal point. The pops of color will brighten the bark and enhance your wedding theme if you go for a coordinating look. These hanging pomanders (kissing balls) are perfect in this outdoor venue. Click to find out more about floral pomanders.

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Staircases

If your venue has a staircase, don’t overlook it! Enhance it with the addition of a garland of greens and/or fresh blooms in softly coordinating hues. Adding candles and other creative touches is another way to add impact and guest enjoyment. A simple staircase can become something truly breathtaking!

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Chandeliers

Don’t forget the overhead light fixtures at your venue. Some of these can be pretty drab and dull. Hide the metal and add life and color to what is usually strictly utilitarian by draping your favorite fresh flowers and greens for a stunning visual display. Click to read more about Floral Chandeliers.

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Swimming Pool

If your venue contains a pond or a swimming pool, don’t miss the opportunity to add more flowers to play up this feature. You can buy floating boards of styrofoam and plastic to hold beautiful floral centerpieces. Use hearty flowers such as ferns, daisies, mums, and lilies. Another idea is to float pomanders or even just to scatter rose petals or carnation tops on the water’s surface.

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Walls

Let’s face it, walls at the venue can be bare and drab without some added “wow” factor. Don’t overlook some added pizazz for any wall located behind a key element of your celebration, such as the cake or dessert table, bride and groom table, gift table or a bar. Create a lovely backdrop by using flowers to make a flower accent piece. Another fun idea is to tape flowers, stem and all, to a backdrop, for a simple yet so interesting touch! Click to read more about Floral Backdrops.

 

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Patrick J. Adams, star of the popular legal drama Suits, wed actress Troaian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars in a beautiful rustic ceremony in California.

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The handsome Hollywood duo tied the knot on December 10 in an outdoor oceanfront ceremony at Rancho Dos Pueblos. They had been engaged for three years.

Their 200 guests included Bellasario’s co-stars such as Lulu Brud and Keegan Alllen and Adams’ co-stars Brendan Hines. His rather famous co-star Meghan Markle did not attend but went shopping with a friend instead, due to her fears of overshadowing the newlyweds. (Due to Meghan’s romance with Prince Harry, she has been dogged by the paps for some weeks.)

Apparently the three-day event was “camping themed” and very boho. Patrick drove guests to the wedding himself in a vintage white bus.featuring a sign that read “almost married,”

Troaian wore a beautiful Cortana gown with a gold crown while Patrick wore a navy suit by Ralph Lauren. Troaian’s father is famous producer Donald Bellisario and was on hand to walk her down the aisle..Guests cheered when the pair were announced man and wife, and the happy couple headed to the beach for some wedding photos.

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Their first dance was romantic and sweet and they are clearly over the moon with happiness. Instead of gifts the couple asked guests to donate to designated charities. Extra sweet!

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If you loved Troian’s bohemian chic look, BunchesDirect has some gorgeous ready-made options. Or you can always buy in bulk and DIY! Try a Puppy Love, Oriental Lily Magic, Blush Glow or Picnic Island bouquet. More at BunchesDirect.com!

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Or order flowers like peonies, garden roses, calla lilies and seeded eucalyptus — all of these would coordinate perfectly with a bohemian theme!

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We wish Patrick and Troian all the best of health and happiness!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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As our year draws to a close, we are busy looking ahead to 2017! We’ve pulled together a few of the best trends we see for the new year, including what’s hot and what’s not for your upcoming wedding or event. Read on to ensure that your own special day is right on track with the most current designs to impress your guests and create a truly memorable look.

Floral Garlands

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We saw more and more couples choosing to make or purchase beautiful floral garlands to dress their venue. These garlands are a fab DIY project that lets you cut costs by ordering your flowers in bulk from a reputable online vendor. Use the garlands to dress up your ceremony, frame an aisle, decorate special seating areas, or accent a chandelier. There are so many uses for floral garlands that your imagination is the limit!

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Old Fashioned Flowers

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Flowers like mums, carnations and daisies are making a comeback! This is also wonderful news for your budget as these beautiful flowers also tend to be some of the most cost effective. This vintage look will continue to trend big in the new year. Think also roses, hydrangeas, peonies and other old fashioned blooms and add special charm to your big day.

Perfect Daisy by BunchesDirect

Floral Table Runners

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More couples or event planners are opting out of traditional centerpieces in vases in favor of the more “wild” and unstructured look of a floral table runner. You can DIY this too: simply pick your fave flowers and greens and artfully arrange them down the middle of your tables. Your guests are sure to be impressed!

Flower Colors: Neutrals plus Bolds

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Blush continues to be hot for 2017, especially when you pair a relative neutral such as blush, cream or white flowers, with a more saturated hue. Think cream paired with deep burgundy blooms, rich coral paired with pale dove accents, blush paired with hot pink or red. Mixing light with dark flowers gives life and energy to your arrangements and will keep things looking fresh and current.

Creative Containers

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We are also seeing more use of containers such a lanterns, mercury glass globes vases, vintage etched glass jars, or gold footed vases instead of more common looking vases. Again, creating a unique, unstructured ambiance or old world charm is a great way to go in 2017.

What do you see as a big trend for 2017? Let us know at [email protected]!