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The holidays are always a popular time for engagements, and celebrities are no different than many of us in choosing to pop the big question during cherished times of friends, family and relaxation. As we welcome the new year, we are excited to take a look at the many celebs who are newly engaged, and pick out a perfect wedding bouquet for each. Read on!

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Skylar Astin and Anna Camp, who play Jesse and Aubrey in the Pitch Perfect movies, announced their engagement via a very sweet post on Instagram. “I asked,” said Skylar, “She said yes!!!”  We think the very lovely and elegant Anna would adore our BunchesDirect bouquet Pretty Woman.

Pretty Woman from BunchesDirect

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Audrina Patridge of The Hills became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Corey Bohan just before Christmas. Corey is a professional dirt bike rider and proposed to Audrina during a romantic dinner at the Summit House in California. For Audrina’s more eclectic style, we recommend a  gorgeous and unique Warm Springs bouquet.

Warm Springs from BunchesDirect

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Most sources agree that Ryan Phillippe, who most of us know as the ex of Reese Witherspoon and star of Dangerous Liasons and Secrets and Lies, proposed to his girlfriend Pauline Slagter over the holidays. The pair are said to have become engaged on Christmas Day, with Pauline’s gorgeous new bling on display when the couple lunched at Seaspice in Miami the Sunday after. Pauline is about to graduate from Standford law school, so this beauty definitely boasts brains as well. For this smart and youthful bride, our pick is a beautiful Hint of Purple bridal bouquet.

Hint of Purple from BunchesDirect

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Age is no barrier to romance! Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, just became engaged to former supermodel, and former wife of Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall over the past weekend. Murdoch is 84 and this will be his fourth marriage; Jerry is 59. The engagement reportedly happened in Los Angeles where the couple attended the Golden Globe Awards. For this former wild child and model, now a refined mature beauty, we recommend the elegant Dreamy Cloud bouquet.

Dreamy Cloud from BunchesDirect

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Actor Jason Statham, 48, popped the question and provided some major diamond wattage to former Victoria Secret model and Mad Max actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 28, during the Golden Globes weekend. Whiteley showed off her gorgeous new ring along with her Atelier Versace gown at the awards ceremony. The ring is reported to have a stunning $350,000 price tag! We think the stunning BunchesDirect bouquet Pink Cluster would also be very pleasing to this gorgeous bride!

Pink Cluster from BunchesDirect

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You don’t have to stick to the same tried and true ways to decorate your wedding or event! Buy bulk flowers or bouquets of choice, and get creative. We’ve gathered some wonderful ways for you to make DIY creations that are sure to make your decorating stand out!

1. Aisle Garden

Buy bulk flowers and make a DIY wedding aisle garden, This is so easy, and so cute! Wrap stems to wire stakes using green floral tape and accent your wedding aisle or any area of your event venue.

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2. Fabulous Floats

Don’t overlook a swimming pool, pond or other water feature at your event venue as a great location to add some major “wow” factor. It’s easy to make your own pomanders, or kissing balls, using bulk flowers (click to read how). Choose hardy flowers such as carnations, gerberas, or chrysanthemum daisies for great results. Use floral pins to hold them (glue might dissolve in the water) to styrofoam balls from a craft store.

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3. Table Garland

Instead of one centerpiece in the middle, decorate your tables, either indoor or outdoor, with ease using DIY garlands with bulk flowers. Keep the garlands unstructured to make things easy. There is no “right” or “wrong” look for this—just go with whatever you love! Choose some greens, such as seeded eucalyptus. and your favorite flowers, such as roses, ranuculus, sprigs of baby’s breath, or peonies, and get creative. Use green floral wire to hold your masterpiece together.

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4. Floral Monograms

This is a lovely idea for a wedding! Choose either the first initials of the bride and groom, or the initial of your new last name. You can either buy a letter form at a craft store, or stencil on and cut out your own from sturdy, thick card stock or corrugated plastic from your home supply store. Buy fresh bulk flowers and floral adhesive glue to attach the flower heads to the letter shapes for a truly buzz-worthy addition to your wedding style. Try carnations, or football chyrsanthemums for a budget-friendly and sturdy option.

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5. Candlestick Pomanders

Here is another great use for some DIY pomanders! Choose your bulk flowers to coordinate with your event colors, such as these dramatic hot pink carnations. See idea number two for the instructional link and make the pomanders. Set them on assorted candlesticks for a truly unique look.

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6. Roses on Napkins

Even a single flower creates a lot of impact and visual style when used to embellish place settings. Order your bulk flower of choice, like these elegant pink roses, and the rest is easy! You could also tuck the roses (with stems) into folded napkins or lay them across the menu cards. For even more savings buy roses by the box (available at BunchesDirect).

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7. Upcycled Tin Cans

Who knew tin cans could make such fabulous flower containers? Clean cans well and make sure there are no rough edges. Wrap cans with fabric, craft or gift paper, wallpaper pieces, or fancy napkins and secure with a lacquer from the craft store. Buy small pre-made bouquets or bulk flowers and arrange in the cans using some floral foam to keep things hydrated. Sweet bouquet choices: Pure Expression or Spotlight.

Spotlight bouquet BunchesDirect

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8. Cake Stand Centerpieces

Get creative! Use a cake stand like this one (you can check discount stores), some floral adhesive glue and your chosen bulk flowers to make some very “out of the box” centerpieces for your wedding or event, or to accent a buffet or display table. Floral adhesive glue is perfect as it provides a waterproof bond to foam, ceramics, glass and plastic and does not brown the flowers.Buy bulk flowers from a reputable vendor so that they are sturdy and fresh. Flowers such as chrysanthemums, carnations, and hydrangeas are good for these because they provide a compact blossom backdrop. You can then add more delicate flowers on top, such as pretty spray roses. Very unique!

 

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Graceful Blooms

We spend a lot of time, care and a fair bit of the budget on our beautiful wedding flowers, making thoughtful selections that will perfectly complement the wedding theme, decorations and color palette. It makes sense to get the most enjoyment possible out of these beautiful blooms.These days we are all about re-cycling or re-using and this applies to our chosen bouquets, centerpieces and altar arrangements as well. Here are some great tips on how to get the most out of your wedding flowers!

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Rehearsal to Reception. If you are having fresh flowers at your rehearsal dinner, have a designated friend or family member collect them at the end of the festivities, and bring them to the reception venue. If properly watered and stored in a cool place, the flowers can most likely be re-used without any difficulty. Use them as-is, or separate out the blooms into smaller vases or arrangements.

 

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Display the Bouquet. Have some pretty vases or containers ready at your reception site.Have a designated friend, family member or attendant ready to place your beautiful bouquets in places of honor around the reception site. Flinging them on a table doesn’t do them justice, and leads to much faster fading and wilting of your lovely flowers.

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Guest Give-Away. Use your gorgeous flowers as extras thank you gifts for your guests. Have a creative draw for the table centerpieces or other event flowers (such as the guest with the birthday closest to your wedding date, or the oldest guest at the table, etc.) so that a lucky person can enjoy your flowers longer. Alternatively, you can have an assistant divide up and hand out the blooms to guests so that everyone leaves with a fresh flower memento of your special day.

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Dry and Preserve. There are many ways to dry and preserve your beautiful wedding flowers so that they become lasting memories. If you are handy you can do this at home using silica gel, or simply by letting flowers dry over time of you don’t mind a more natural look. You can press flowers between books as well. And if you prefer a more polished look, there are many online professionals who will preserve and display your bouquet for you.

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Get Crafty. Turn them into Christmas ornaments or dried decorative wreaths to display proudly in your home. There are lots of excellent DIY posts on Pinterest and other craft sites.

 

 

 

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Get Creative. There are online companies such as The Isle Co, who will turn your flowers into pressed wax candles, or into beautiful jewelry (check out Blossoms into Beads). These sweet mementos are a lovely keepsake.

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Honor your Loved Ones. You can take your beautiful wedding flowers to the grave site of a lost loved one and share your special day with those who attended only in spirit. If you suffered a recent loss this can be a helpful way to heal and provides a wonderful tribute.

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You could also take your wedding flowers to share with a loved one who could not attend, or a senior in a care home. What a sweet way to pass along your happiness and good fortune.

 

 

 

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Looking to the greats can provide inspiration for your own beautiful wedding and event flowers. Their ideas can fuel your imagination and show you what is possible. One of the true greats when it comes to flower designs and installations is definitely Jeff Leatham.

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Jeff is currently the Artistic Director at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, and prior to that oversaw the flowers at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. He did the wedding flowers for such celebrity clients as Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria, Avril Lavigne, and Tina Turner, as well as doing events for clients such as Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, Bulgari, Givenchy, Swarovski Crystal, Samsung and Dom Perignon, to name but a small few.

He has written two books about his floral artistry and been featured in a documentary, as well as being awarded a Knighthood in France for his contributions to arts and culture.  Jeff’s work is a combination of his love for flowers and his passion for design, and he has come up with some spectacular concepts.

 

If there is a look you love, don’t be intimidated by the size or the grandeur. Sometimes even a small element or the inspiration is enough to show you what your wedding or event flowers can be. Best of all, buying bulk flowers from a reliable online vendor such as BunchesDirect lets you create your own versions of these over-the-top creations. Here are some great tips you can use yourself!

Jeff Leatham

White on White Mass together white flowers with candles, and you will always end up with a spectacular look! Choose gorgeous flowers such as white calla lilies, white hydrangeas, white roses, stephanotis, or white orchids—all are available at BunchesDirect for bulk pricing. This “white on white” look is timeless and classic, and relatively easy to recreate. Mass together the blooms or keep things scaled back to suit your own budget.

Jeff Leatham design

Creative Arrangements. Source out some creative vases, such as these fishbowl shaped ones with openings on a tilt, and place your blooms right inside. Using a rich color like this royal purple will add to the dramatic effect. Choose blooms such as lavender dendrobium orchids, purple carnations, purple lisianthus, or purple alstroemeria for amazing effect even on a low budget.

Jeff Leatham designs

 

 

These artfully arranged white calla lilies are simple yet so effective in this tall, narrow rectangular vase. This is easy to reproduce for little cost at your own event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Leatham George V Paris

 

Vivid Color Combinations Give your wedding or event a shot of bold style by putting together beautiful flowers in unexpected colors and textures. If Jeff can do it, you can too! Use his designs to guide you in what “goes” with what. Choose eye-catching blooms such as hot pink roses, orange ranunculus, dark purple call lilies, hot pink carnations or purple cymbidium orchids, paired with green hydrangeas. Your guests are sure to remember these exciting and beautiful combination.

 

 

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Use your Space You can set flowers anywhere, and the more you can afford, the more luxurious the final result. We don’t all have this kind of budget, but don’t be afraid to set bouquets or bulk flowers along a staircase, or create unique hanging displays of bulk flowers in a smaller scale for your own venue.

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 Vary The Height Jeff mixed these beautiful spring colors of pinks and greens, setting them off with candles in chunky glass candlesticks. Create even more visual interest by varying the heights of your centerpieces and candles. Try pink carnations for a beautiful budget-saver, mixed with green hydrangeas.

Jeff Leatham The Power of Flowers

Beautiful Vases If you want to use fewer flowers to save on budget, you can still create a very artistic and memorable display if you choose beautiful vases in vivid colors or interesting shapes.You can always check in with family and friends, or scour vintage shops and estate or garage sales and come up with some lovely finds. This display makes the most of the beautiful crystal embellishments and deep emerald green, as well as the interesting rounded shapes, of these vases, using only a few bunches of white calla lilies and minimal white roses.

 

 

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If you love all things stylish, chic and ultra modern, then we have some fantastic centerpiece suggestions for your wedding or event! We’ve searched around to find some wonderful and inspiring ideas to prove that centerpieces don’t have to be traditional. These photos show a modern take on flower choices, presentation and container selection. Flowers like these are sure to get your guests talking, in the very best of ways!

Photo left: Use clear vases of varied sizes or heights. Presenting them in a long row with some candles to up-light them will have a more dramatic impact. Submerging some of the blooms underwater will also create impact. Use large blooms in stylish pops of color, in alternating presentation. Shown here: orange tulips, white cymbidium orchids, and orange calla lilies are all very modern flower choices due to their larger petals and vivid colors. All are available (in season) at low bulk prices through BunchesDirect!

 

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An easy DIY take on a very stylish look! Flower pots get a new lease on life when painted white. Use white twigs to hold up foam balls you can find at the local craft store. Cover the foam by gluing or pinning carnation blooms to cover. The hot pink is an excellent choice to keep things current and vibrant. Presto: modern magic! Carnations sold in bulk at BunchesDirect.

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Vary the shape and choice of your container, and don’t be afraid to get creative! This square box in a vibrant green is the perfect modern setting for this clever arrangement of blooms. Shown here: carnations (always a budget-friendly and beautiful choice) are placed in an artful array of color blocking. The complementary colors provide good contrast and a fresh take on a centerpiece display.

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Massing one type and color of bloom creates modern impact, especially when the stalks are left deliberately long to stand up high in the glass container. Shown here, the white gerbera daisies are a sturdy and stylish choice.

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Mix fruit and flowers in low boxes for a chic twist on dinner centerpieces! This would be especially lovely at an autumn event. Try red roses, hypernicum berries, or orange mini calla lilies, along with apples, seeds, or pomegranates for a very modern mix.

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Calla lilies are always a good choice for a more contemporary look due to their large, sculptural blooms, clean lines and long, vibrant stems. Drape a bunch artfully in a square container or a low bowl in clear glass, and add a creative accent.

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Simple, clean and so elegant! Use clear cubes of varied heights and square votive candles to create a modern cluster. Use white roses and inset the flowers slightly for a more contemporary presentation.

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Are you looking for a more creative way to display seating charts, place cards or escort cards? Why not use fresh flowers to boost the impact and take your lists from boring to beautiful! Your guests are sure to be impressed.

You could use a flower theme, which would be perfect at a garden wedding or other outdoor venue! Assign flower names to your tables and display the seating charts on gardening stakes in a pretty box with flowers to coordinate with your other decorative accents.

 

 

 

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Use a beautiful floral wreath on an easel to display your seating chart with flair and elegance. This would also be perfect for a garden wedding or a “boho chic” theme. If you are handy you can make your own wreath using a foam, metal or grapevine form from a craft store, and bulk flowers from BunchesDirect. Shown above: bulk green hydrangeaspink roses, and eucalyptus.

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A budget-friendly way to display your place cards is to use mini vases with a few lovely blooms at each table setting. Try lisianthus, ranunculus, roses, or other sweet more compact blooms. These could also double as guest favors!

 

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Print off copies of your menu, your table lists or place cards on different colors of paper and glue to a simple collection of glass bottles.

Top with your favorite blooms and you have a very pretty display that is easy on the wallet too. Try gerberas, carnations, anemone, or colorful chrysanthemums to accent the bottles.

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Baby’s breath, or gypsophilia, is one of the most versatile wedding flowers around! Use it to surround your place cards in airy, delicate beauty. This provides a much lovelier display than simply setting out the same cards.

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Instead of a regular printed chart, consider using a mirror! Write out your table settings and frame the mirror with fresh flowers or a gorgeous floral garland like this one!