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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.


TELL US YOUR ENGAGEMENT STORY AND

WIN A $1000 SHOPPING SPREE

FROM BUNCHESDIRECT!

CALLING ALL BRIDES-TO-BE:

Think your proposal was romantic, creative, or unique? Maybe it was just a simple intimate moment, or a public proposal that completely caught you off guard. In any case, we’d love to hear your story.

We’re looking for the best engagement story we can find. Whether it’s touching, romantic, funny, wild, heartwarming, or anything else, we want to hear it!

With a large selection of Bridal Bouquets, Centerpieces and Farm Fresh Flowers delivered directly to the consumer, this $1000 giveaway will make one bride very, very happy…

That’s right, just for telling us your unique engagement story, you have chance to win a $1000 credit toward your Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect.com or BunchesDirect.ca.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

1) Write up your story – it can be anywhere between 100 and 1000 words. If you have any pictures to attach to it, all the better! (but please, no more than 2MB in size per email.)

2) Send it to [email protected], either in the body of the email or as an attachment to enter. Please include the words ‘ENGAGEMENT CONTEST’ in the Subject Line of the email.

3) The contest winner will be announced on BunchesDirect.com and BunchesDirect.ca, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BunchesDirect , and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FlowerGuide at a date to be announced.

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1. By submitting your story and/or photos, you agree that they become, as submitted, property of BunchesDirect, and allow BunchesDirect to post your submitted materials publicly on sites including but not limited to, BunchesDirect.com, BunchesDirect.ca, BunchesDirect.org.

2. You agree to allow BunchesDirect to contact you, and if necessary, others, for the purposes of verifying the legitimacy of your story.

3. The winner will be chosen by a panel of BunchesDirect employees at a date to be specified.

4. Contest is only open to residents of Canada and the United States.

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The Budget BrideWe’ve talked about a number of issues on our Budget bride series, and today we’ll be tackling the issue of your wedding venue. you may be getting married in your family church and feel as though the only option for the reception is the local community ballroom filled with glitz and galmour.

This is simply not the case. You may be married outside in a public park, at a campsite, in your home or at the home of a loved one, or rent out a small space such as a restaurant or community centre for a fraction of the cost of the traditional banquet hall.  The thing to keep in mind when looking for a space is of course seating and standing capacity. You should have a good idea of how many guests you want to include and ensure that any possible space you choose is large enough to fit them.

If you choose to rent a local favourite restaurant, you may find the cost of food will be much less than the catering quotes you recieved for that fancy banquet hall. You will also relaize that you will not be paying for items such as chair rental, plates, and glasses.

If you choose to have your event outdoors in a public park or campground, the location will be a blank slate in which you are free to create whatever you desire. You can rent tables or bring your own. Your guests may be up for a picinic-style celebration with various blankets and games instead of a more formal affair.

Only you will know what option is best for you and your guests. Many brides are choosing to host their intimate celebrations in their homes or at the homes of loved ones. This allows everyone to feel comfortable, save on cost of renting a space altogether in most cases, and make memories in the home of a loved one.

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The Budget BrideIn our budget bride series we’re discussing ideas to save money on your wedding day. you may be a simple bride with a low-drama idea of what she wants her wedding day to look like. You may have even visited a few bridal boutiques and felt like what you were looking at was a little too over the top for your simple tastes.

You may decide to work from a pre-existing pattern to create your own dress. Wearing a one of a kind item that has been created to fit you perfectly and sit exactly how you want could not be more practical. If you’re not skilled with a sewing machine, you could approach the idea of making your dress with a friend or family member who is more skilled in this area.

You could also approach a local seamstress with your pattern or images of the type of gown you’re looking for for a budget-friendly version of your dream dress.

This approach works best when you are not a person who gets hung up on minute details- the dress may differ slightly than what you had pictured initially – and may be changed according to the sewing skill of your seamstress (or yourself)!

You also have to keep in mind realistic goals. Just as doing your own flowers for your wedding differs greatly between a small backyard celebration to a packed banquet hall, a simple sheath dress is a very different undertaking than a full ballgown with numerous crinolines. Understand your strengths and play to them.

Overall, making your own wedding dress is an excellent way to save money on your wedding day.

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The Budget BrideThe Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

Your honeymoon does not have to be lavish ordeal that puts you and your partner in the poor house. Try a mini-moon or a stay-cation. Most brides are left feeling frazzled and overwhelmed as they rush to clear out the party and make their way to the airport. Instead try to relax somewhere close to home – you’ll really appreciate the time allowed to enjoy yourself and the freedom to pick up and do what you like in your neighbourhood!
This option works best for couples living close to big cities, as there are often lots of tourist attractions to explore. How often have you said “I’ve been meaning to check out that museum” “I’ve always wanted to see that play” or “I’ve always wanted to visit that festival”? Take the time to really play tourist in your town and learn to love the experience. You’ll get to enjoy all the joys of travelling with the bonus of not leaving the comforts of home! Another bonus of not straying far from home is the ability to enjoy your wedding florals and wedding centrepieces after the main event! You will have more of a change to enjoy your wedding flowers in your home.
The mini-moon is a similar idea – take a day-trip or a weekend away together without the large expense associated with an international flight or highly scheduled itinerary. Book a lodge on the water, or a cabin in the woods, or a night in the big city! The options are up to you, your partner and your location.
Your honeymoon is a celebration of your marriage for you and your partner – but that doesn’t mean it has to be on a grand scale. Take a look at what’s around you and explore the options you never felt you had the time or means to do so before. You’ll be surprised at what you can enjoy together when you’re looking at your city with fresh eyes!

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The Budget Bride

The Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

FRIENDORS. This term has been used all over in the wedding industry in the past few years.  What is a friendor and why would you want to employ this strategy in your budget ceremony?Is hiring a friend the right thing for you?A friendor is the balance between a friend and a vendor. You make the decision to hire a talented (professional or amateur) friend to complete services at your wedding or event. The benefit of which usually means less cost than hiring a professional – or no cost if they agree to give the service in lieu of a wedding gift! Choose wisely, know your friendors as well as their limits. As much as you love your cousin’s cooking, and as excited as she may be to cater your wedding, be sure she can handle the task of managing a 4 course meal for a party of 200 if that is what you require before you make your final decision.

Preparing a delicious mealHaving a friend as a vendor may allow you to include someone in significant ways for your wedding, especially if you plan on having a small ceremony and would not otherwise be sending them an invite. Of course, your friendor may complain about not being able to enjoy your wedding because they are too busy working. Be sure to be very clear about their roles and expectations – treat the relationship just as you would for any vendor.

However, since you’re deciding to make it personal, confrontations can escalate quicker than normal, and it’s easy to get uncomfortable being completely honest with them since you don’t want to hurt their feelings. The decision is a tough one —what you trade off in price ends up being bartered for trust and commitment. Also, remember that the services your friendor is offering you cannot really be compared to full cost professional options. You cannot expect a low-paid or volunteer team execute the same level of service as a professional. Make sure you both understand the expectations involved and have fun planning and collaborating together!