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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.

 

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The following testimonial tells the story of a real BunchesDirect customer, Beth Ann, who had her wedding in Iowa in Summer 2013.

 

BethAnn-BunchesDirectWhen Beth Ann L. began to plan for her wedding, which took place in July, she was faced with an all-too-common dilemma: she wanted to keep expenses down but didn’t want to compromise on the flowers she wanted.
Her thought process was also informed by her past.
“I had artificial flowers before, and I knew I didn’t want to do that again,” she said.
So after poking around online on sites like Pinterest for ideas, Beth Ann decided to go with BunchesDirect for her wedding flowers – and in the interest of saving some dollars, she also decided that she would wrap the bouquets herself.
“I wanted to keep it simple, not spend a ton of money, and I thought it would be memorable,” Beth Ann said.
Beth Ann says she’s done a few projects here and there in the past but is no craft expert. Thankfully, the process of receiving and assembling her bouquets from BunchesDirect was painless.
“I knew what I wanted to use, so it wasn’t too hard,” she said. “I had a few friends come over, we had a fun little get together.”
As many might be, Beth Ann was slightly apprehensive going into the process, but her concerns were quickly mitigated.  She opened the box, and was pleased with what she saw.
“I couldn’t believe that everything I ordered was in that box,” she said. The roses and hydrangea she’d ordered were well-wrapped and in great condition.
“Once they were opened, we followed the handling instructions and they just kind of poofed right out.”
When Beth’s wedding day rolled around, the weather was gorgeous. Her bouquet was made up of roses surrounded by Hydrangea, and her daughter, who served as her Maid of Honor, had Hydrangea surrounded by roses. She also bought a pre-made boutonniere and corsage for the festivities.
The floral arrangements were a perfect part of Beth’s perfect day, where even Mother Nature cooperated with the proceedings.
“It was warm that day,” Beth said. “The warmth and the humidity brought the fragrance of the roses right out.”
The flowers looked great, smelled great, and also had that one other benefit, which really impressed Beth Ann’s guests.
“I had different people try and guess the price of the flowers and the bouquets,” she said with a laugh. “And everyone guessed about double what it cost me.”

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The following testimonial tells the story of a real bunchesdirect customer, isabelle, who had her wedding in quebec, canada, in august 2013:

 

Isabelle G. was a slightly apprehensive about ordering her wedding flowers online.
But after doing a bit of price comparison between local florists and online sites, her worry turned to excitement.
“I was comparing some different sites,” Isabelle said of the local florists she’d looked in to. “Oh my goodness, it was so expensive.”
Isabelle didn’t know exactly what she was after in terms of flower arrangements for her big day, aside from the fact that she knew she wanted to use some hydrangea, a hot trend for brides these days. After looking around the web at sites such as Pinterest to narrow down her ideas, she soon found BunchesDirect, a large online bulk flower retailer with distribution in Miami, Fla., and several Canadian distribution centres.
“When I saw the website I was very impressed,” Isabelle said. “I was a little nervous ordering from a website for my wedding, but in the end I was just super happy with the flowers.”
Any fears that Isabelle might have had faded quickly. She placed her order online and followed up with a quick email to confirm that her order would be alright to arrive on the day specified, a few days prior to her wedding.
“The person I spoke to was very nice, she told me I’d be fine with the flowers and helped me logistically to make all the arrangements.”
Isabelle’s story has a do-it-yourself element to it as well. She went online to watch some videos made by BunchesDirect spokesman, floral consultant and unofficial mascot, “Bunches Bob.”
“I’d never made anything with flowers, but I watched the videos and said, ‘I’m sure I’m able to do that,’” Isabelle recalled.
With the help of a friend who worked at a florist’s shop for some time, she assembled some custom bouquets and centerpieces. Not only was it a painless process, but it left her with the satisfaction of admiring what she and her friend had created – and she got some great compliments on the flower arrangements from her guests.
“I was proud of myself,” she said. “The guests were all impressed, and the lady that worked in the florist shop, she was amazed by the blue hydrangea.”
With her wedding day experience going off without a hitch, Isabelle is eager to recommend BunchesDirect to any brides-to-be that are on the fence about ordering their wedding flowers online.
“ I would say, don’t be afraid to order with them, all the people [at BunchesDirect] are very, very nice and helpful,” she said. “I was so emotional and happy… It was just perfect.”

Check out some of the beautiful flowers from Isabelle’s wedding below:

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
The winner was Sarah I. 
Thanks to everyone who participated!

If you’d like to enter a contest to win a $50 bouquet from BunchesDirect, click HERE to check out the details. Deadline is Nov. 24, 2013.


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