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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]bunchesdirect.com.

 

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Summer wedding season is right around the corner! If you need some wonderful inspiration for the centerpieces at your wedding or event, no worries– we’ve got you covered!

Check out these awesome ideas for five fresh summer centerpieces that are sure  to make your venue and tables extra special. We’ve included some DIY inspiration as well as some ready-made centerpieces for those who like it simple  (and who prefer a professional florist to do all the work!). There are many more centerpieces at the website so be sure to check them all.

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Summer Flowers with Fruit

Nothing says “summer” like the pairing of bright, seasonal flowers and fresh fruit!  Express the bounty of nature with these wonderful and vivid combinations. Order fresh bulk flowers such as dahlias, gerbera daisies, or chrysanthemums in bold colors from a reputable online vendor. Pair with sliced fruit such as lemons, limes or oranges. Arrange in a clear container and wait for the applause at your wedding or event.

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Watermelon Vases

For a very fresh summer centrepiece, why not use a watermelon as the “vase?’ Hollow out a watermelon, insert a can, vase or other watertight container. Add a burst of vivid colored blooms such as these hot pink carnations. Just about any other flower will work so feel free to choose your own fave!

 

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 Pink and Green

For a super summery look, you can never go wrong with the combination of bright pinks, with fresh green leaves as accents. This Dreamy Atmosphere centerpiece is pre-made by professional florists, all ready for your favorite vase. Makes the perfect accent for any summer wedding or event! And best of all, no work for you, at prices that cant’ be beat.

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Glorious Gerberas

Gerbera daisies are one of the most popular flowers, and they are especially suited to summer celebrations! With their bold impact, a little goes a long way. Choose bold summer colors and duplicate the vases to create a fresh and easy DIY summer centerpiece. (Tip: Order online for best prices with shipping right to your door!)

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Field of Flowers

Capture the look of a beautiful fresh summer field, with this ready-made Big Day summer centerpiece! This combination of blooms includes fresh flowers such as roses, alstroemeria, dianthus, solidago (goldenrod), godetias and leather leaf greenery for the perfect seasonal blend. No work for you but maximum enjoyment for your guests!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So many of us grew up wearing out our VHS tapes, watching Disney movies over and over, and their appeal has never waned. Disney’s most recent remake of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle is a huge hit.. As of the end of March the movie had smashed box office records and earned $750M worldwide. Disney movies have already inspired a line of wedding dresses and other accessories (click to read more about what flowers pair well with Disney dresses),

If you are a Disney lover, now that you are all grown and ready to marry your own Prince Charming don’t miss these fabulous ideas for how to incorporate these fairy tale elements into your wedding flowers.

Cinderella

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If you love Cinderella, source these sweet faux coaches for your table centerpieces. Select beautiful pink and white roses and delicate flowers such as pink alstroemeria or white hydrangeas to complement this look.

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Source some sparkly pumpkins as a cute nod to Cinderella’s coach before it was transformed by magic, and complement the look with some lovely pink and white vases on either side. Sweet and simple!

For your bouquets, consider continuing the pink and white Cinderella theme with some FairyTale or Pastel Sparkle Bouquets, or perhaps a Touch of Pink or a Subtle Beauty Centerpiece if you are less DIY inclined.

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Beauty and the Beast

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These beautiful “enchanted rose” centerpieces are actually so easy to make! Order fresh red roses (or any color you prefer) for low prices online and have them shipped to your door along with some clear glass cloches. Use a small crystal vase with water to hold the rose n place and keep it fresh. Simple and so charming!

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Continue the theme by using “Be Our Guest” on invitations or signs around the venue. Consider these sweet teacup centerpieces and some books to represent Belle’s love of reading. In this case, the purple roses and purple alstroemeria add the perfect fairy tale touch.

Mickey Mouse

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If old school Disney, with Minnie and Mickey Mouse is more your thing, then consider these cute Mickey centerpieces. These are also surprisingly easy to make. Use foam balls and a glue gun to create the shape, then use floral pins or floral adhesive to affix white roses, white carnations or whatever flower your heart fancies.

Wishing you a magical wedding, and all that your heart desires!

 

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Your tables are one of the key elements of your party or reception. Not only does their overall look make a big statement in your overall decorating scheme, but your guests will be spending a lot of time here. Making sure that your tables are pretty and coordinated will boost the look of your special event and enhance guest comfort. Your choice of centerpiece is the main focal point for your tables, so selecting the right arrangement will be one of your most important decor decisions. Here are some things to consider:

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Budget

Determine how much you want to spend overall, and bear this in mind when calculating the number of tables you have. Arriving at your budget per centerpiece will be a first step in your decision making. Some good budget-saving tips include using seasonal flowers, perhaps floating flowers in water, choosing flower types that are less pricey such as carnations or certain roses, and using a professional online vendor to eliminate the higher retail pricing found at traditional florists

 

 

 

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Guest Comfort

Keep in mind that your guests will be occupying the tables for sometimes hours at a time. Avoid choosing centerpieces that are too tall and full, as guests won’t be able to see or converse with each other. If any of your guests have allergies or sensitivities to scents, you may want to avoid high fragrance or high pollen flower choices, such as lilies. (Your professional floral consultant will be able to guide you.) If the venue is dimly lit, you may want to consider adding tea lights or other candles to your centerpiece arrangements to boost guest lighting.

 

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Table Shape and Size

Consider the basic dimensions of your tables when choosing the perfect centerpieces. Round tables will look wonderful when highlighted with one centerpeice in the center, while rectangular tables will be well complemented by a series of centerpieces placed at regular intervals. Whatever the shape, make sure that your centerpiece suits the table size. A tiny centerpiece will look lost on a large round table that seats 12, while a very large centerpiece will overwhelm a small round that seats 4-6 and occupy too much of the available space to allow for glassware and comfortable dining.

 

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Venue

Keep the overall venue in mind in your centerpiece selection. Is it a very formal and traditional hall, with lots of gold and glitter? In this case choosing a very rustic centerpiece, such as gerbera daisies, may look a bit out of place. Is it informal, modern, vivid, indoors, outdoors? All of these factors should be considered. If it is outdoors, for example, choose flowers that are a bit sturdier and can stand up to the elements more than a delicate choice might. You might also want to check with your venue to make sure that glass vases and candles are allowed as regulations may vary.

 

 

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Overall Color Palette and Theme

Your centerpieces should definitely complement your chosen color palette and overall decor theme for the wedding or event. Select flowers and containers that will coordinate with or best complement your color palette, to create a pleasing final look for your tables and venue. If it’s a golden anniversary party, for example, consider flowers in creams and golds, such as bronze fuji spider mums with cream roses, in keeping with the theme. Baby showers usually are well complemented by pastels, while a rocking modern dance party might do well with more vivid flower choices, such as hot pink carnations mixed with bright green button mums in sleek black vases.Browse through photos to gather your ideas!

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Have fun with your centerpiece choices! You can definitely use them to express your own style and decorating flair. They will be a key way to add visual impact to your event. BunchesDirect provides you with many choices in pre-made centerpieces, along with friendly consultants to guide your decision making. Simply trim the stems to fit your container, and you have instant magic for your tables. Best of luck with your planning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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With all the changes and constantly evolving trends in the wedding industry, it can be hard to keep up. That’s what we’re here for! Here are the things that have caught our eye in the last few weeks, whether they’re just societal trends or specific stories that have garnering buzz. Presenting your Wedding Trend roundup for October 8, gathered up for you by BunchesDirect.

THE TREND: Reading Children’s Books at Weddings
THE GIST: Couples treating their guests to a liberal dose of nostalgia, combined with some “valuable life lessons” by reading classic children’s book aloud as part of the ceremony or reception.
THE VERDICT: We can live with it.

THE TREND: Splitting the Cost of Engagement Rings
THE GIST: Brides who don’t want to sacrifice on the ring they’ve always dreamed of, yet don’t want to put their husband-to-be under a huge financial burden are chipping in to cover some (or all) of the cost of their engagement rings. Guessing that it is not all that surprising when they get proposed to.
THE VERDICT: Very 21st century.

THE TREND: Forgetful Groom Forgets to Book Hall, Realizes, Phones in a Bomb Threat
THE GIST: Pretty much what we said there. An English man made a court appearance to answer charges that after realizing on the morning of the wedding that he’d forgotten to fill out the necessary paperwork to actually, you know, book the venue, he hatched the hairbrained scheme of phoning a bomb threat in to ensure the wedding wouldn’t go off.
THE VERDICT: Um, we’ll leave that to the courts to decide.

THE TREND: The Irish aren’t getting married like they used to.
THE GIST: Figures released last week show that the marriage rate in Ireland is at its lowest point in 13 years. The Irish Independent quotes David Quinn, director of the Catholic Iona Institute think-tank, as saying “the sharp decline in the marriage rate must be read in conjunction with the huge rise in cohabitation, the six-fold increase in divorce and separation since 1986 and the fact that over a third of children are now born outside of marriage.”
THE VERDICT: Well, divorces were actually down, too. It all hardly seems worthy of hand-wringing.

THE TREND: Bride goes viral for saying she doesn’t want friend attending “for free.”
THE GIST: Click the link above to read the story. Seriously, it’s worth it to see how ungrateful people can be sometimes.
THE VERDICT: Nobody in their right mind would treat a friend that way, but there will always be that .00001% of people that give the “Bridezilla” cliche a bit of credence.