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We’ve all heard of “landscape” as in “all the visible features of an area of countryside or land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal” (yes, we broke out the dictionary for this!). We all recall the powerful impact of standing at a particular site and taking survey of a gorgeous vista. When you are decorating your wedding or event, don’t overlook the importance of one of the key elements of your venue: your tables, and the view that your guests will have of them. The visible appeal you create with this “tablescape,” both from close up, when guests are seated, and from farther back, when guests first enter the room, can provide you with massive visual appeal at your event.

There are a few key elements to remember when creating your own tablescape. Flowers are always a key element so don’t forget to order enough to create your vision. Read on to ensure your success!

Different Heights

Photo from Chic Brown Brides

It’s important to vary the heights of your items. Include some tall elements such as candlesticks, lanterns or big vases, and also some lower elements such as votives, mirrors, small bud vases, or pretty napkin rings.

Varied Patterns and Textures

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Choosing textiles, dishes and glassware in varied patterns, colors and textures is another surefire way to add lots of visual impact and interest to any tablescape. Don’t be afraid to mix and match so long as one aspect, such as a key color, is consistent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abundance is Awesome

Photo from blovelyevents.com

Don’t be shy when setting up a tablescape. Adding in lots of interesting or unexpected elements will result in more visual appeal, and will also stimulate conversation between your guests. This woodland tablescape (above) has a lot of unique elements including fruit, wooden stumps with glass votives, taller candlesticks, wooden place settings, miss, bark and many other interesting touches.

Use the Space around the Table

Photo from Sandra Lee Tablescapes, Foodnetwork.com

Don’t overlook the ceiling above the table, or the space surrounding it. Some key decor elements can be layered in to create even more impact over the most “important” tables such as the head table at a wedding, or the buffet table at the event.

Bulk Flowers and Color

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An easier way to create a tablescape with a ton of impact is to buy an assortment of fresh and beautiful bulk flowers. Simply arrange a generous array of blooms around your place settings for instant visual appeal. Choose vivid colors and high contrast with textiles for even more impact!

Bold and Monochromatic

Photo from Celebrate and Decorate

If you are not as into high contrast, sticking with all one color for your floral accents is another relatively easy way to create a successful tablescape. In the photo above, dishes and linens were kept white, and all flowers yellow. Again, vary the heights of your accent pieces for more visual interest, as was done with these tall and medium-sized pitchers as vases, flowers in the low teacups, plus the loose flowers resting on each place.

Flowers, and more Flowers

Photo from BridaMusings.com

We said it before, but we will say it again– don’t overlook the impact of fresh flowers! Flowers will provide instant color, texture, freshness and beauty to anchor any tablescape. Don’t be afraid to order plenty; if you choose a reputable online vendor you can achieve gorgeous results at a low price.

 

 

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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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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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Newly engaged couples might find themselves a little overwhelmed when jumping head-first into wedding planning. most likely, neither you or your partner has planned a wedding before and neither of you know where to start.

Here at BunchesDirect our top 3 Wedding Flower orders are:

Popular Bouquet Choices

1 Roses, 2 Gerberas, 3 Hydrangeas

There are a few good reasons for these choices. These are all typically hearty flowers that will withstand a day’s worth of travelling around in a bouquet, as well as being bold and romantic choices.

Velvety white and red roses top our list, and for good reason. Roses are known for being a flower of romance, having a mild and pleasant smell, and being fairly durable. Roses come in a variety of colours and their stems are very hearty. A favourite to give and receive, roses have been associated with romance and love for a long time.

Gerberas come in second due to recent popularity, availability in a number of bold and bright colours, as well as large blooms that really make a statement in mixed bouquets or on their own. Hydrangeas are third on the list for their pleasant scent, large blooms, romantic shape and associations with spring and warm seasons. Hydrangeas are wonderful blooms to use as centerpieces and look great in stem vases or as floating centerpieces.

While these are the most popular options, they are not the only ones! There are many other options including Tulips, Orchids, Carnations, Lilies, and much more. Think about some of your favourite flowers and how you may want to incorporate them into your wedding day. You might be surprised by how easy the decision end up being!

For the newly engaged couples, we hope these tips have helped you narrow down your choices!

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When the most recent Twilight movie came out, all everyone could talk about was the wedding scene between Bella and Edward. It was a sight to behold and one of the most elaborate floral installations we’ve seen in a while.

Breaking Dawn Wedding Scene

The arch alone would blow any bride’s entire floral budget. If you’re wondering how to use some Breaking Dawn for your ceremony decor inspiration without breaking the bank, here are a few ways to go about it:

Choose one main colour. The decor chosen was white, green and cream, and this allowed the decorators to use multiple types of flowers to create texture and depth. Most of your florals can be something hearty and inexpensive such as Carnations or Hydrangea. Use greens to build depth and structure.

breaking Dawn Wedding Flowers

Another option is to mix fresh and synthetics. If you want a luxe look without the luxe price, mixing fresh and synthetic flowers in the same colour can give the appearance of large arrangements at half of the price.

A lesson that can be learned in this style of decor is to use an outdoor setting as some of the flowers and plants can be used to create a woodland look for free. Additions of your own can further emphasize this theme, but choosing a season when your outdoor flowers will be in bloom will help cut down your decor budget greatly.