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For our DIY or better yet DIT (do-it-together) couples, we decided to gather a few fresh ideas for creative centerpieces that are low on effort but big on “wow” factor. These centerpieces would be a beautiful addition to a wedding or a special event. Buy your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect. This will save you up to 70% from retail florists, with farm fresh flowers delivered right to your door for you to work your creative magic!

Ribbon Vase with Bright Blooms

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Buy a square tin from the dollar store and hot glue on ribbons in various pretty colors to coordinate with your theme. Choose brightly colored flowers such as these pink peonies, pink tulips, red roses, and bright green verbena to create some gorgeous visual “punch.” This effect is more casual and festive, so it would suit a variety of venues and less formal themes.

Dreamy Driftwood

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If you have having a beach or farm wedding, you can make a very creative table display out of a piece of old driftwood, lumber, or an interesting tree branch. Drill holes for the flowers and order up a selection of your favorite blooms such as bold dahlias, pretty roses and dainty ranunculus. You can use slim bud vases or even beakers to hold water for your flowers.

Pumpkin Vase Centerpieces

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If you are having a fall wedding or event, using pumpkins for vases combined with warm orange-toned flowers creates the perfect touch! Remove pumpkin tops, thoroughly clean and hollow out space inside, and add tin cans or other plastic containers to hold the water. Choose flowers such as orange calla lilies, coral roses, or orange gerbera daisies to enhance the autumn effect.

Above and Below 

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Create a long linear centerpiece effect with flowers and greens and keep your flowers all the same color, such as this clean white selection. For extra-amazing effect, hang separate blooms such as white carnations from clear fishing wire overhead. Your guests are sure to be amazed and your event will be the talk of the town.

Stacked Plexiglass

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Purchase plexiglass boxes from a craft or organizer store. Fill each one with a different variety of flower. For most impact, place one flower type in uniform color in each box, coordinating the overall color choices with your other decor accents. Stack the boxes– and bingo, you will have one of the most creative centerpieces at any event, with very little effort!

Do you have a tip for your own creative centerpiece? Feel free to share in comments or email us at [email protected] We always love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

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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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Need a gorgeous decor idea for your wedding or special event? Don’t forget to look up! The lighting and ceiling space in the venue can be an amazing spot to add floral touches that will take your wedding decor to the next level. Check out these awesome ideas for how to incorporate one of any wedding’s best accessories: Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

This hanging lantern style chandelier was totally transformed (and improved) by the addition of a generous assortment of gorgeous fresh flowers and greenery. Flowers included roses, garden roses, stephanotis, anenomes, and lisianthus in tones of pink, peach, cream and white. The cord was covered with white ribbon to further enhance the romantic effect.

 

 

This beautiful vintage chandelier was hung outdoors at the Four Seasons Austin, and beautifully adorned with romantic flowers such as hydrangeas and spray roses.

And you don’t have to be limited to only chandeliers! Get creative with ways to enhance the visual space using other objects. A clever idea is to hang multiple terracotta (or whatever style suits you) pots filled with beautiful flowers to suit your theme and wedding palette.

This creative DIY idea uses a hanging mesh frame to suspend an assortment of beautiful blooms such as roses, carnations, ranunculus, daisies or peonies. Want to know how to make this? Check out the easy DIY Instructions.

 

A bridcage suspended from a pretty ribbon makes another sweet and romantic visual to fill space in a high pergola or trellis.

Depending on the season, you could use lilacs, lilies, lavender roses, stephanotis or white agapanthus to provide this charming effect.

Get creative! You can adorn almost anything with beautiful flowers, either by pinning, taping, gluing or wiring them into place. You could also drape a pretty floral garland over a suspended light to add an instant “wedding” effect to an otherwise dull everyday object.

Check out all the amazing deals on bulk flowers available at BunchesDirect and see how affordable it can be to create your own suspended floral masterpiece!

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One of the hottest trends from last year’s wedding season, that is definitely carrying over to 2015, is the inclusion of a gorgeous floral backdrop wall. Floral walls are fragrant, romantic, luxurious design elements that provide the most amazing backdrop for your wedding photos. Surprisingly enough, they also don’t have to be that complicated to create and can be done to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.

When we think “floral wall’ it’s hard not to recall one of the largest and most elaborate floral backdrop walls of all time: the one from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s glamorous wedding last May in Florence, Italy. This spectacular wall of flowers stood a massive 25 feet high—check out the photo below and the grand piano will give you some reference as to the scale. Kimye opted for masses of white and cream flowers, including white roses and peonies, for their spectacular wall.

Not many of us may have their multi-million-dollar budget, but it’s easier than you may think to come up with your own floral wall or backdrop. Check out some of these great ideas for incorporating a floral backdrop into your own special day.

If you are somewhat ambitious, you can construct a floral backdrop wall from a sturdy base, such as a thin MDF board or sheet of particle board from the local building store. Make sure the board will be erected securely so that it cannot topple over, and/or is portable enough that you can transport it to and from the ceremony site for set up. Cover the board with green fabric, and then attach (using wire or glue) moss or other greenery, along with the heads of various beautiful blooms that coordinate with your wedding flower theme. Roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and daisies are all great choices, but the variety is vast. If you buy flowers in bulk, a gorgeous presentation is fairly affordable.

If you are on a budget, or have limited DIY skills, you can opt for something more simple and hang sturdy blooms like bulk carnations (very hardy!) from an arch or even a tree. Fishing line and a heavy embroidery needle can help you string the carnations (a great project for friends, family, or the bridesmaids too!). Lilies work well also (see below).

 

This gorgeous floral backdrop was made from a large white vintage picture frame. It was covered with romantic flowers including roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas in a soft palette of pink and white. You could easily do a smaller version for one of the display or buffet tables. Stunning…!

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This creative bride used old shuttered closet doors to make a beautiful floral backdrop. She purchased bulk button poms and carnations to make her doors stand out.

There are many ways to incorporate your own floral backdrop into your wedding. You can adapt it to suit your theme, color palette, and budget, but whatever you choose, the impact is tremendous!

For more wedding decor ideas using flowers, check out this Blog about DIY wedding pomanders. Happy wedding planning!

 

 

 

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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Woven-Dream-Rose-Wedding-BouquetWedding trends are constantly evolving, but there’s a fine line of how trendy you really want to go with the look and decor for weddings. There’s always the aspect in play that what’s chic and modern today could look ridiculous when you look at the photos on your 25th anniversary (powder blue frilly suits, anyone?) Even still, many brides are keenly aware of the latest popular trends so they can be on-point for their big day.

Let’s examine some of the big trends that others are speculating on for weddings in 2014.

Dresses

- White will always be the dominant color for wedding dresses, but there’s been lots of buzz about dresses in other colors for 2014. This article notes that colors such as cream, peach, and even blue are garnering buzz. Vera Wang’s runway show recently put the spotlight on pink dresses. Whether this trend toward colors is widely adopted by actual brides remain to be seen, but designers are certainly pointing people in that direction.

- Tulle gowns and cap sleeves are leading the way in terms of trends that appear to be heating up for 2014.

Venues

- For some brides, church will always be the only wedding venue of choice, but if there is a trend in recent years, it is toward quirky, non-traditional venues. Restaurants and even bars seem to be anecdotally gaining traction as dual wedding/reception spaces. And of course, barns and farmhouses are also popular as the trend toward rustic weddings carries on.

- Pretty much anything goes these days in terms of venues, and as more people attend weddings in unique locations, that trend is likely to spread. Here are some particularly outlandish venues. 

Flowers

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- Roses will always rule, but as with other aspects of wedding planning, there seems to be more variety than ever.- As mentioned here, Peonies are becoming an increasingly popular wedding flower.

- More and more couples seem to be going the ‘DIY’ (do-it-yourself) route with wedding flowers, as there are significant cost-savings to be had.

- Bouquets with bling: accessorizing your bouquets with diamonds, pearls or something similar has gained in popularity in recent years.

- Poke around the web and you’ll see lots of people predicting that ‘natural’ looks will continue to gain in popularity (and this plays into the ‘rustic’ theme mentioned above.)

Other Trends

 

- Expect weddings to continue to become more integrated with technology. While most people still send paper invitations, digital invitations may become the standard by the end of the decade. Many weddings (particularly of young people) have a Hashtag associated with them, which is actually a good way to collect photos from your guests on Twitter or Instagram. Of course, there is also a resistance brewing against all this digital infringement, with reports of ‘Unplugged Weddings’ turning up repeatedly.

- The vintage/retro trend is likely to continue throughout 2014. Whether it’s a throwback to Gatsby-inspired reveling of the 1920s, or a nod to the hippy-dippy 60s, past eras tend to have a certain allure associated with them as we tend to forget about the bad aspects and romanticize the positives.