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If you are a savvy DIY bride, you know that you can order up some of the freshest and most beautiful bulk flowers from Bunches Direct. But have you explored ideas for what to put your flowers in? Don’t be limited by the traditional clear glass vase. If you get creative with the container for your wedding or event flowers, you can add a lot of “wow” factor and the kind of impact that will really get your guests talking (in a good way). Your choice of container can create a unique or personal touch for your event tables, set a mood, or help embellish your theme if you have one.

We’ve gathered some pics of very creative containers to inspire you, and included some of our flower suggestions to go with them. Enjoy!

1. Boho Chic Wedding

Birdcages are a sweet and creative way to display your flowers! Choose a pre-made centerpiece from Bunches Direct, such as the Big Day or Subtle Beauty Centerpiece, or buy your flowers in bulk for a great DIY project. Roses, spray roses, hydrangea and lisianthus would be great choices!

Set up vintage chairs around your outdoor venue and add bulk flowers or a ready-to-go centerpiece bouquet for an amazing touch that is sure to get noticed.

2. French Wedding

Use vintage French-themed tins or wooden crates to provide that old world feel to your wedding. Try Oh Lola or Bygone Glamour Centerpieces from Bunches Direct to complement this look. Or, buy bulk peonies (seasonal) as shown in the photos.

3. Traditional Wedding or Bridal Shower

Blue and white china in a classic pattern lends instant traditional elegance to your tables. Use teacups or teapots for  creative way to display flowers at a wedding– also perfect for a bridal shower. Try Sweet Heaven, Champagne Romance, or Wild at Heart Centerpieces to complete this look.

4. Rustic Wedding

Wrap inexpensive dollar store vases in birch bark or burlap, or glue on birch sticks, to create a beautiful rustic look for your centerpieces.

4. Guest Favors

A creative take on guest favors might be to collect a variety of small vases or bottles to display your bulk flowers. Use them to decorate the table, and tag them so that guests can take them home. Or, tag them and use as place cards.

5. Flower and Candle Combos

Find clear vases or wine glasses that will also hold a floating candle to create very inexpensive and elegant centerpieces that will suit a variety of themes. Buy bulk flowers such as gerberas, lilies, orchids, roses, or carnations to float in the vases. For more info on how to create submerged floral arrangements, check out our how-to video!

6. Budget Bride

Recycle old wine bottles or other bottles for a great way to display your flowers! You can also wrap or spray paint the bottles if you want an elegant look–makes great DIY project. Try the Alluring Gerbera Centerpiece for a great earthy look to complement your wine bottles.

Get inspired and give your wedding flower containers a little extra attention, and you are sure to create some memorable displays!

 

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Well the New Year is still fresh and January has us looking ahead to what’s happening in wedding flower trends for 2015. For those lucky enough to be engaged over the holidays (congratulations!) we know that you are busily planning your big event, and spring and summer are the most popular months to wed. We’ve taken a look a various wedding trends from runway to Hollywood, and here are some predictions for what will be hot for your 2015 wedding flowers.

1. Fresh from the Garden

Mixed bouquets will continue to be hot into 2015. This look is a bit less structured, with blooms pulled together in mixed hues that recreate a “just picked from the garden” vibe. Garden roses, tulips, lisianthus, spray roses and daisies will all work well with this look.

Beautiful Bride Bouquet

Puppy Love Bridal Bouquet

 

2. Luxurious and Romantic Centerpieces

This year will see more brides splash out on their wedding flowers and opt for large scale centerpieces that have huge impact. Masses of flowers create a luxurious look. Romantic flower choices such as hyrdrangea, orchids, roses, or lilies would be lovely in these arrangements. Your centerpiece doesn’t have to break the wedding budget either; choose fresh bulk flowers from Bunches Direct at low prices and do it yourself (for a great video, check out this one on How to Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces, and add as many flowers as you like). Or you can buy gorgeous ready-made centerpieces from Bunches Direct and with the savings you can even group them for a massed effect.

Scents of Spring Centerpiece- The price is so low you can group 3 together for an even fuller look

 

3. Floral Crowns

More brides are opting for this romantic look, as seen on celebrities celebrities such as Ashley Tisdale, Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst. (You can read more about Ashley’s romantic wedding in another of our Blog posts.) They are also surprisingly easy to make using fresh bulk flowers and some simple floral supplies. Read how to Make Your Own Floral Crown and buy bulk flowers from Bunches Direct.

4. Classic “One Flower Type” Bouquets

Simply White Bridal Bouquet

 

Elegant, simple, clean: combinations of simple white and green will never go out of style.  Bouquets made of a group of a single type of bloom have a clean, classic impact. White and ivory work well as the main flower color, and roses and calla lilies are great choices.

 

 

Precious White Calla Lily Bouquet

 

5. Pastel Bouquets

Gleeful Dreamland Bridal Bouquet

 

 

Creamy and soft pastels such as pinks mixed with creams are everywhere this year in another continuation of the soft and romantic looks of 2015. Peonies, lisianthus and spray roses are great choices.

Anything for You Bridal Bouquet

 

Many more flower choices are available at Bunches Direct. Whatever flowers you choose, we wish you stress-free wedding planning, and a very happy wedding!

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Well, it’s time for another BunchesDirect Real Wedding! This month we feature the beautiful wedding of Becky and Cameron, who married on a warm Saturday in August 2014.

For their wedding, the couple went with a “country rustic” theme that is popular with many brides today (including Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert). Becky and Cam’s wedding is also a great example of some inspiring DIY wedding tips that show how much you can do yourself, for awesome results at big savings.

Becky & Cam married just outside Ottawa, Canada with approximately 150 friends and family in attendance. The entire wedding party (bride included) sported cowboy boots. The five bridesmaids wore amazing blush peach dresses with irregular ruffled hemlines. The ladies incorporated crown braids into their hairstyles, Becky included, for a beautiful, romantic look (Ashley Tisdale’s bridesmaids wore similar hairstyles in September).

Cam and the groomsmen wore a handsome modern county combo of dark blue denim, white shirts, brown ties and brown vests (similar to country superstar Blake Shelton’s wedding day look).

The wedding was lighthearted and fun, which also suited the rustic theme. (Don’t you love the cowboy boots?)

The wedding flowers were custom created by Bunches Direct (www.bunchesdirect.ca), in a classic but natural look that would be in keeping with the country theme. Becky supplied some burlap that she wanted tied around all the bouquets to finish them off with a more “rustic” effect. For the bridal bouquet, Becky requested white hydrangeas, a few light pink roses and some baby’s breath scattered through the bouquet to match the bridesmaids’ bouquets. A bit more greenery was added to round out the look; salal leaf was chosen because it is similar to the hydrangea leaves.

For the bridesmaid bouquets, Becky wanted clusters of baby’s breath to keep things simple. A little less than a full bunch of baby’s breath was needed for each bouquet, finished off with burlap around the stems. The boutonnieres for the groomsmen were done up with little clusters of baby’s breath and a touch of greenery. Again, this provided a very natural look and a bit of twine was tied around the stems to coordinate with the burlap. It’s a good idea to make the groom stand out a little while still coordinating with the wedding party, so his boutonniere was done up in a light pink rose (to match the bridal bouquet) with some baby’s breath, greenery and twine added to match the groomsmen.

Becky and Cam bought bulk flowers and created their own centerpieces with the help of friends and family. To do this they purchased 80 pink mini carnations, 9 bunches of babys breath and 75 light pink roses. They used mason jars and painted white wine bottles wrapped with burlap and lace as the flower vases—what an awesome country look. This is a fantastic way to save on your wedding flowers and as you can see, you can still achieve a gorgeous result!

In keeping with the rustic theme, their table decor also featured several wooden accents. Becky had envisioned wooden candle holders as well as wooden “trays” to support the cake and flowers. She wasn’t able to find exactly what she wanted, so she and Cam decided to make their own by cutting local trees from their rural property. For an added bonus, based on inquiries from other brides they have since sold some of these creative and beautiful wooden creations to other couples, which also helped with their wedding budget. (Way to go, Becky & Cam!)

 

Becky also made these decorative letters herself by wrapping twine around the forms—another very creative DIY project!

The wedding included a photo booth, with fun props and accessories that Becky and Cam put together from the local Dollar and craft store. Obviously, this was a hit with the guests!

Another awesome DIY creation was this beautiful wooden wedding sign, which Becky made using peel and stick letters (amazing!).

 

Mason jars were provided for glasses, along with this cute idea to allow guests to customize (and thereby identify) their glass for use during the reception.

Family and friends enjoyed a fun party at the local Canoe Club with great food and great company. The bouquet toss was another popular event of the evening.

Congratulations to Becky and Cam! Not only did you have a lovely wedding, you did it on a fantastic budget, and it’s obvious that you found a lot of joy in each other. Thank you for sharing your special day with us. We wish you years of health and happiness!

Do you have your own fantastic DIY wedding projects? We’d love to see them! Feel free to email them to [email protected]t.com

 

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So your big day is almost here, and your wedding flowers have been delivered! Now what? Receiving and preparing your flowers is another big step in your final wedding preparation countdown. Whether you chose to purchase beautiful bulk flowers for your own special project, or professionally arranged bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, or corsages, you want those gorgeous blooms to stay looking their best. Flowers are one of Mother Nature’s best creations, but they do benefit from some TLC.

Here are some great tips for ensuring that your flowers will look stunning and fresh on your wedding day.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that your bulk flowers have come directly from the farm. Chances are they have traveled a fair distance, and they will need a good drink so they can perk up. They many not look at their best right away, but don’t panic–this is normal.

box2Another general tip to recall is that exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room in the house, etc.) will help flowers open up and bloom, but if you like the way they look then try to maintain them. Placing them in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process. Your choice of temperature ultimately depends on the timing of your delivery and the big event.

Flowers in wedding bouquets and centerpieces will also benefit from water and care. If you follow our tips, you’ll see what a huge difference an overnight can make!

For Bulk Flowers:
1. Remove flowers from the box.
2. Keep protective wrapping on the bunches or stems, but remove any netting from around the blooms.
3. Remove any foliage that will be below the water line.
4. Get a bucket and fill it with three (3) inches of water. Add the flower food. Use warm water for roses, and room temperature water for other flowers.
5. Cut one inch off the ends of the stems. Cut on an angle, and place the stems into the water. Allow the flowers to hydrate for at least 12 hours.
6. Remember, the optimal temperature for flowers is 40 degrees F (4.5 degrees C). If you don’t have access to a cooler or a fridge, put the flowers in a basement or a cold room.
7. Avoid direct sun and drafts.

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After the minimum 12 hour hydrating period:
1. Remove any remaining protective wrapping.
2. Farm-packed roses usually require removing two or three of the outer guard petals for a fresh, manicured look. This is normal! All the roses you see in a florist shop window have had outer petals removed.
3. Re-trim stems daily as needed for optimal flower development.

BunchesDirect Lavender Roses

BunchesDirect Pink Asiatic Lilies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Bridal Bouquet

 

For Bouquets:
1. Remove the wedding bouquets from their box.
2. Remove any cellophane wrap.
3. Remove the green foam from the bottom of the stems and rinse them off thoroughly.
4. Trim 1/4 inch off the stems in the bouquet, and place into a container in one inch of water.

Perfect Daisy Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity Triumph

Centerpieces:
Most wedding centerpieces arrive arranged and ready to place into your container of choice. To keep them looking their best, follow steps 3 and 4 from Bridal Bouquet care.
If the centerpiece was packed in a plastic container with moist floral foam, follow the advice of your florist, but these generally should be kept in the container they were shipped in and the foam kept moist until you are ready to use.
When you are ready to place them in their containers, remove foam, rinse stems, and cut them to your desired length (stand up the arrangement alongside your container for a good gauge as to how much to cut off).

Hint of Pink Boutonniere

Corsages & Boutonnieres
Mist the blooms with some water, place in a covered container or a bag, and place into the refrigerator until ready to use.

Follow these tips (or assign a friend, family member, or bridesmaid to do them) and your wedding flowers will be looking at their peak beauty for your wedding day. Enjoy!

 

 

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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

For more details and centerpiece options click here.

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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?