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1. Rose petals on the aisle don’t have to be one color scattered along a traditional white runner as you see at so many events. Feel free to mix it up!

Create a dramatic ombré effect with gradients of colored rose petals, or mix complimentary colors for vibrant impact. Check our Pinterest page for more Creative Rose Petal Ideas.

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2. Your bridal bouquet is a perfect place to add a very personal touch, such as a family heirloom.

You could add an antique brooch, locket, war medal, small framed photo, or a vintage coin—anything goes if it is meaningful to you and to scale with the flowers.

 

 

 

 

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3.. Make your bar spectacular! Have a customized ice block created with beautiful flowers frozen inside, such as carnations, gerberas, or calla lilies in varied colors.

Photo from DGC

 

You could also serve signature cocktails that have edible flowers either frozen in ice cubes, or added to the swizzle stick for a truly gorgeous garnish.

Edible flower suggestions: Roses and rose petals, carnations, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, sunflowers, and lilac would all be safe to use.

All are available in bulk at BunchesDirect!

 

 

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4. Use beautiful and elegant floral touches to create a unique place card table. Add each card to the top of small vases with flowers that coordinate with your wedding theme. You could top each card with a flower cut-out for even more impact. Try lisianthus, garden roses, or cymbidium orchids for a sweet touch, all sold in bulk at BunchesDirect.

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5.. Use floral crowns in creative ways too! Make a  crown or pretty garland (Check out our Blog to find out how to DIY your own Floral Crown) and adorn your wedding pets!

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You could use floral crowns or floral accents on statues as well, for a memorable and unique touch that is sure to create some smiles as the guests arrive.

 

 

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6.. Suspend flowers, such as calla lilies, from lighting fixtures for a very dramatic look. You could also tuck mini calla lilies into each guest napkin to echo the theme.

Photo from Elizabeth Messina

7. Mix your flower colors to create vivid impact with your table settings. Don’t feel you have to stick to one color of flower for your centerpieces and accents. Selecting contrasting colors can add a big visual punch that makes your table a lot more memorable and unique.

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8. Same rule applies for your bridesmaid bouquets! There is no hard and fast “rule” that says they all have to match. You can express your own creativity by mixing flower colors to create a more creative palette.

 

 

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Mindy Weiss

Mindy Weiss is one of the world’s top wedding and event planners! Based out of Beverly Hills, California. Mindy and her team are praised for boundless creativity, innovation and attention to every last detail. Their passion for top notch event planning have made her a much-sought-after fixture on the celebrity party circuit.

Mindy and her team have planned special events for celebrities such as Fergie & Josh Duhamel, Ellen Degeneres & Portia Rossi, Jessica Simpson, Lala and Carmelo Anthony, Serena Williams, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Heidi Klum, Pink, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale, Kimberly Williams & Brad Paisley, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. If you are a fan of the TV series “The Bachelor,” Trista & Ryan’s, J.P. and Ashley’s, and Sean and Catherine’s weddings were all featured on ABC.

For those of us who don’t have the budget to simply hire Mindy Weiss Designs to plan our wedding or event, we can still turn to her books, website and television events for some fabulous inspiration. Check out these awesome tips when planning your own wedding or event decorations.

Four Seasons LA Amy & Stuart Photography

1. Use bouquets as a floral display or centerpiece at the reception. At the Four Seasons in Los Angeles, Mindy used simple bridal bouquets and artfully displayed them in glass vases of various shapes. Keep your flowers all one color and the vases clear to make this display work despite the different flower types and vase shapes. White lisianthus, hydrangeas, orchids or mini calla lilies would all provide the elegant impact. All these blooms are available in bulk at BunchesDirect so you can make your own bouquet arrangement just like Mindy’s. We also provide you with ready-made bouquets for added stress relief. Try Classic White Hydrangea bouquets, for example, and you are ready to go!

Four Seasons LA Amy & Stuart Photography

2. Centerpieces don’t have to be elaborate to have a lot of “wow” factor. These gorgeous centerpieces were also made for the Four Seasons LA, out of artfully arranged calla lilies and beautiful white roses twined over a glass candelabra. Simple, but so stylish!

Four Seasons Biltmore Figge Studio

3. Attach bouquets of flowers to each pew with beautiful fabric bows for an gorgeous decorative touch at the ceremony, as Mindy did at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Tulips are shown here, available in season and in bulk at BunchesDirect, but other favorite flowers would be dazzling also. If you want to keep things elegant, stick to one color and one type of bloom for more impact.

Four Seasons LA Amy & Stuart Photography

4. Embellish accents like this small section of fencing at an outdoor wedding, using fresh greens and flowers. Blooms such as white or cream roses, godetias, lisianthus, peonies, green hydrangeas, and greens such as eucalyptus or palm fronds would all make amazing floral accents. Buy in bulk and attach with floral wire! Hang vintage lanterns for an even more romantic effect.

Hotel Bel Air Curtis Dahl Photography

5. Buy bulk roses in pastel shades like cream, pink and lavender for a simple but beautiful way to embellish the seating card table, as Mindy’s team did at the Hotel Bel Air.

Private Residence Yitzhak Dalal Photography

 

 

6. Don’t overlook the details! Even small touches can have big impact on your guest experience. Buy bulk flowers such as roses or red ranunculus and add a simple, perfect bloom alongside the menus at your guest place settings.

 

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Get your Perfect Flower Match!

Our BunchesDirect team is so excited! We have launched a new campaign on Kickstarter.com to produce Perfect Match Wedding Flowers!

Our talented floral consultants have received a lot of requests over the years, especially as BunchesDirect operates out of three countries. Many brides and event planners are looking for something very custom and entirely unique for their special day. Mother Nature provides us with a wide range of flower colors, but sometimes a certain shade just isn’t available. Occasionally our customers ask if we can provide flowers in unusual colors, flowers with glitter, two tone flowers, or other creative ideas for their bouquets, centerpieces, corsages or other florals. While some of these options are available with silk flowers, there is just nothing as beautiful as fresh flowers for special occasions.

Our team of professional florists put their heads together to evaluate how we might provide more unusual or custom colors in flowers. The team began experimenting with new ways to tint fresh flowers, and “Perfect Match” was born! With the Perfect Match service, wedding or event customers could send a swatch or color sample of their desired flower color and select the type of flower they prefer (such as roses). BunchesDirect will then tint the flowers to match the color sample! This means our customers would be able to purchase flowers in a virtually limitless range of hues and effects.

To achieve this, BunchesDirect wants to invest in the latest professional techniques for tinting fresh flowers, and in staff training to perfect the process for different types of blooms.

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The Perfect Match service will be available to custom tint bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, or centerpieces for weddings or events. Flowers can be matched to virtually any element of the decor; for example, you could match shoes, bridesmaids’ dresses, table linens or other special accents.This means your wedding or event flowers can now be custom made, and totally unique to your needs.

But we need your help to get things rolling! We launched a Kickstarter.com campaign with various levels of pledges available. Each pledge provides a completed color-matched product to the backer. Be part of creating a brand new way to customize flowers: funds will be used to help purchase the latest professional color technology flower treatments and to support the testing process required for perfecting the techniques. Costs of flowers and labor will also be addressed. Pledges range from $10 to $75 and every pledge gets you a custom colored flower product, such as a corsage or bouquet. For additional information please read the Press Release.

Check out the campaign on Kickstarter.com. Any support or input is much appreciated, and we would love to hear your creative ideas! Help us get the “Perfect Match” started and be part of something new and exciting in the floral industry.

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As most of you know, Preston Bailey is one of the top wedding and event planners in the country, if not the world. (If we were to describe him in fancier terms, he is known as a “master event planner and floral couturier” according to Amazon). He is renowned for creative, over-the-top designs and his ability to transform even very ordinary venues into lush, theatrical spaces.

Photo from the Preston Bailey Blog

His client list includes celebrities, royalty, Fortune 500 CEO’s and athletes, with famous notables such as as Oprah Winfrey, Ivanka Trump, Joan Rivers, Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones entrusting their special events to him.

 

He has written six books, five of which are bestsellers. His latest offering is entitled Preston Bailey: Flowers and it is a must-look if you are seeking amazing inspiration for your wedding or event flowers. The book is full of “eye candy” photos demonstrating some of Bailey’s most creative floral designs, from floral sculptures, centerpieces, arches, and lush tablescapes. The book also includes fascinating anecdotes from various celebrity events which also make for entertaining reading.

While there admittedly aren’t many of us who can afford the price tag of a Preston Bailey design, we can definitely flip through the pages of this stunning book and derive some tips and ideas to implement (in smaller scale) at our own venue. As Bailey himself states, “Regardless of its size or complexity, the perfect floral arrangement is the one that makes you stop for an instant and smile with surprise and delight.” We’ve gathered a few of the highlights for you to enjoy, with some BunchesDirect comparables. Enjoy!

Don’t forget the entrance. According to Bailey, this important area sets the tone for the entire event. Be sure to include some flowers or other decorative elements to embellish this area and any tables that are set up here. Some beautiful blooms in a vase is a simpler but very effective way to welcome your guests.

BunchesDirect has ready-to-go floral arrangements starting at only $15.95 US —you simply trim the stems to fit your vase and voila, enjoy the perfect look.

Subtle Beauty Centerpiece by BunchesDirect

Don’t be afraid of vivid color combinations to create a lot of drama and impact. Yes, pink, red, and purple can go together. If those are colors you love, don’t be afraid to buy bulk flowers and create your own combination. If you love a vibrant mix of colors, you will love Heavenly Festival or Vibrant Blast bridal bouquets from BunchesDirect.

Get creative. The flowers can be part of the vase too! Shown here, Bailey created a vase covered with rose petals and filled with alstroemeria, both available in bulk at BunchesDirect. What a fantastic, and fantastically simple, DIY project!

Anything is better when covered with fresh flowers. Bailey himself admits, “I would decorate anything and everything I could get my hands on with flowers if I could.” The good news is that if you buy wholesale bulk flowers, you can get creative and still manage the budget.

Take note of these amazing Preston Bailey suggestions and get creative at your own wedding or event!

 

 

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Saturday June 13 marked the day for another exciting Royal Wedding! Prince Carl Philip, 30, of Sweden married longtime girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist, 36, in the chapel at the royal palace in Stockholm. Sofia is a former reality star and model, now a bona fide member of the Swedish royal family and officially titled Princess Sofia. Prince Carl Philip is third in line to the throne behind his elder sister Crown Princess Victoria and her daughter Princess Estelle.

photo from CNN.com

Sofia looked elegant and romantic in a white, v-neck dress with long lace sleeves and an empire waistline. The low back of the dress revealed the star-shaped tatoo she sports between her shoulder blades (definitely a more modern touch for a royal bride). Her cathedral length veil was secured with a diamond and emerald tiara, and her hair was elegantly arranged in a bun gathered low on her neck.

Prince Carl Philip is a military officer and, as if being a naval officer wasn’t swoon-worthy enough, a race car driver. He was a perfectly groomed “Prince Charming” in a black military dress tuxedo with a white hat.

photo from CNN.com

 

Sofia and Prince Carl Philip wed in front of a select group of family and friends, including several other Royals such as his parents King Carl Gustaf IV and Queen Silvia, as well as royals from Norway, Japan, and England (shown above are Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex). The official wedding portrait (below) shows all the distinguished VIP guests in their glittering finery.

© Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset

During the ceremony Prince Carl Philip had a moment of apparent nerves and had difficulty placing the ring on Sofia’s finger—check out this cute video to see for yourself.

From CNN.com

After the ceremony the fairytale couple greeted the crowd outside the palace while riding in (of course!) a horse-drawn carriage. They then returned to the palace to enjoy their reception along with 300 guests. The Prince made a speech to new wife Sofia that was heartfelt and simple, as he attested, “Today I am the happiest man in the world. Sofia, you fill my life with love and happiness. With your love I will be able to overcome all challenges. Dear Sofia, I love you.” Sofia had written a song for her husband which was performed by Molly Sanden.

© Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset

The flowers were a gorgeous, romantic blend of white, pale pink, and various shades of peach. Sofia’s bridal bouquets were a perfect “Cinderella” choice of blooms such as varied roses, peonies, and ranunculus, She included floral arrangements on gold stands, and masses of the romantic blooms heaped behind the altar during the ceremony.

© Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset

Life’s Journey Bouquet

If you love the Royal Wedding flowers, be sure and check out these bridal bouquet and centerpiece suggestions from BunchesDirect! Our bridal bouquets, centerpieces and wedding flowers give you the “royal look” at a very modest price! If you love pink and peach, be sure to check all our pink wedding bouquets, and our peach wedding bouquets, at the website.

Love me Bouquet

Spring Glee Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh Lola Centerpiece

Spring Glee Bouquet

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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!