Reality Wedding Insider: Samantha & Nathaniel

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Well, ladies, we are fortunate enough to have another of our beautiful Bunches Brides share her special day with us. The details were provided courtesy of the maid of honor, and the one who created the flowers for the wedding: the bride’s best friend Ashley! This is a prime example of the amazing results you can achieve for DIY wedding flowers, so get ready to be inspired!

The wedding was between Samantha and Nathaniel and took place in July 2014, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. The ceremony and reception took place at the scenic Maple Downs Golf & Country Club. Guest assembled for the outdoor ceremony on a second story deck with a lovely view of the grounds. The wedding included seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, a ring bearer, and three flower girls (including their daughter).

The blush pink dresses were a superb choice– the elegant lines and the pale pastel tone suited all the ladies well. And the shoes—love, love, these delicate silver heels with the intersecting straps!

Looks like some fun was had! Good job, ladies

Love the choice of using pomanders (sometimes called kissing balls) instead of all bouquets! The two older flower girls carried the pomanders (also made by Ashley), which were made with pink carnations; the youngest flower girl followed and scattered rose petals. Carnations are a great choice for pomanders as they fill up the ball well and hold up nicely over time.

Now, for the flowers! The couple opted to purchase fresh flowers in bulk from BunchesDirect, and do their own arrangements, which were made by the couple’s maid of honor, with some help from the bridesmaids! For those of you who are considering DIY for your wedding, read on: Ashley was kind enough to provide us a recap of the experience!

When my best friend came to me and asked me to do her wedding flowers, I was all up for the challenge. She knew I was very crafty so therefore seemed like the best person for the job. Myself and all of the bridesmaids were wearing light blush pink dresses and her colors would be a mix of the light pink, white and touches of hot pink. I thought having this blend of colours would work perfectly together so then I just had to work on flowers she liked and disliked.

This was easy enough because she did not have any flower preference other than wanting a few peonies in her bouquet. The rest was pretty much left to me. She knew she wanted the white hydrangeas for the centerpieces and then just a nice mix of flowers for the bouquets. For the bouquets I had a mix of lots of different flowers including white roses, bi-colored roses (pink/cream), white mini calla lilies, pink lisianthus, a few white carnations (to keep costs down) and then a few hot pink spray roses for the accent color. I calculated how many flowers I needed for each bouquet and figured out my quantities, and added some extras just to have some leftovers.

The flowers arrived to me 3 days before the wedding and I immediately cut them all and put them into buckets of water. I luckily had a walk-in cooler which helped to keep them cool. Two days before the wedding I started working on the smaller more tedious items such as the corsages, boutonnieres, flower girl bouquets, etc. Then the next day I worked on all of the 7 bridesmaid bouquets, bridal bouquet and 4 candelabra centerpieces.They came together pretty quickly once I got in the groove.

That night once I had finished all the bouquets we brought all of the bulk loose hydrangeas over to the bride’s house and got all the bridesmaids over to help make the centerpieces. With a bit of wine involved we got a lot accomplished. We chose to go with square cube vases for the centerpieces and she wanted to use the white hydrangeas and accents of baby’s breath. We used about 3 white hydrangeas in each cube vase and some baby’s breath scattered throughout the hydrangeas. They looked so perfect and were so easy to make!

All in all we got the flowers at the appropriate time, and that way I could play with the openness of the blooms. The flowers were fresh and beautiful once they were all properly “groomed”. I wanted them to be more open so getting them a few days before allowed me to monitor this and have them open up nicely before the wedding. Getting the flowers in bulk and arranging them ourselves was a great way to save money in the end and we all had a blast making them!”

All I can say is: AMAZING JOB, ASHLEY!! All of your arrangements are absolutely stunning. And I hope Samantha gave you a big, big, big thank you for all your hard work! Only a bestie would go above-and-beyond like this.

What do YOU think of the flowers?

 

 

 

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Have you been wondering what type of centerpiece might look best at your wedding? Your wedding’s centerpiece can make a huge impact on your guests so we encourage that you add as much of your own personality in the look and feel of your centerpiece as possible.  That includes showing the right wedding flower type, flower color and wedding flower arrangement.  There are many different centerpiece options that you can choose from.  By highlighting some of the most popular centerpieces for 2013, we hope to make that decision a bit easier for you.

The fairytale flowers: These beautiful flowers are large and elaborate, fit for a royal wedding. It goes very well with a bride’s wedding bouquet that has lots of bright colors as well.

Fairytale Wedding Centerpiece

Dramatic and elegant: These still quite large bouquets do make a statement while adding a very classic look to your wedding table and wedding centerpiece.

Elegant Wedding Centerpiece

Whimsical and original: If you like to stand out from the norm you do not need to use the traditional wedding flowers in your centerpiece.

Baby’s breath is definitely a theme this year. This centerpiece is beautiful and soft like a fluffy cloud over your table.

Mix and match flowers:  This is  a very original style and looks great when you step back and look at the whole picture

Fruits as your centerpiece: Do you love strawberries?  They are beautiful simple flower and fruit that adds a whimsical look to your centerpiece. Yummm! You might even catch some of you guests grabbing a bite before dinner.

Fruit Wedding Centerpiece

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Newly engaged couples might find themselves a little overwhelmed when jumping head-first into wedding planning. most likely, neither you or your partner has planned a wedding before and neither of you know where to start.

Here at BunchesDirect our top 3 Wedding Flower orders are:

Popular Bouquet Choices

1 Roses, 2 Gerberas, 3 Hydrangeas

There are a few good reasons for these choices. These are all typically hearty flowers that will withstand a day’s worth of travelling around in a bouquet, as well as being bold and romantic choices.

Velvety white and red roses top our list, and for good reason. Roses are known for being a flower of romance, having a mild and pleasant smell, and being fairly durable. Roses come in a variety of colours and their stems are very hearty. A favourite to give and receive, roses have been associated with romance and love for a long time.

Gerberas come in second due to recent popularity, availability in a number of bold and bright colours, as well as large blooms that really make a statement in mixed bouquets or on their own. Hydrangeas are third on the list for their pleasant scent, large blooms, romantic shape and associations with spring and warm seasons. Hydrangeas are wonderful blooms to use as centerpieces and look great in stem vases or as floating centerpieces.

While these are the most popular options, they are not the only ones! There are many other options including Tulips, Orchids, Carnations, Lilies, and much more. Think about some of your favourite flowers and how you may want to incorporate them into your wedding day. You might be surprised by how easy the decision end up being!

For the newly engaged couples, we hope these tips have helped you narrow down your choices!

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For all of you newly engaged and planning brides, there are a lot of things to consider when getting your big day in order. For the style-conscious among us, we want our celebration to be reflective of our personal taste and ideas. Pantone’s announcement early this year crowned Tangerine Tango as the “it” colour for 2012. Close runners up include Cabaret, Sweet lilac, and Driftwood.  The common theme seems to be bright pops of colour against classic neutrals.

Pantone pulls it’s list from New York fashion week and we’ll be sure to be seeing these colours featured on the runway and in stores soon!

How do these colour announcements affect your planning? Many brides are opting for bright in-your-face blooms in their bouquet to have a noticeable pop of colour against their dress. For those of us that love colour but are afraid to do it on a large scale, adding in items like bright florals or accent textiles can be a great way to have some fun with colour.

Another way to incorporate these trend colours without being too “trendy” is to include them as a nail polish or featured on your stationery. Another great idea is to choose the bright color as a bridesmaid dress and offset it with a traditional white bouquet.  Bright fabrics can really make a traditional choice like white come alive.

Tell us in the comments how you’ll be incorporating colour trends into your wedding plans!

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Today we’ve got some great inspiration for spring wedding centerpieces. For those of you planning a spring wedding, there are a number of great options and ideas to celebrate spring with your centerpieces.

Spring is the time a number of seasonal flowers come back into stock for us including Tulips, Hydrangea, Roses, Daffodils, Marigolds and more!

This display could be changed into a cute centerpiece – spring boots filled with seasonal flowers. The bright colour combinations would make this an excellent choice for a rustic daytime wedding.

Another trend we are seeing is incorporating non-floral elements in your centerpieces such as greens and herbs. What a way to include all the best of spring into your celebrations!

How about including some spring onions or mint into your decor?

Spring Onoins dress up the purple and white CentrepeiceMint as accent in Table centerpeicesIncorporating the season in non-traditional ways can really dress up your decor. what unexpected items will you be blending with your floral decorations?

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Wedding centerpieces are a great way to pull together the decor at your wedding. They will give visual interest to the tables at your reception and will add to the mood. The possibilities are endless and you do not have to have a huge budget to achieve an amazing result. More>>