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When it comes time to seat your guests at your wedding or event, you want to keep things clear to avoid confusion or mismatched placements. (Heaven help us if great aunt Gertrude ended up seated next to her cousin Harry that she has detested since fifth grade) The solution of course is providing tasteful escort cards, but why settle for plain and boring? Your escort or place cards are a perfect way to add some creative flair and beauty to your event, and there is no better way to accomplish both than by using flowers. (Everything is better with flowers, of course!)

Here are some creative and easy ideas for using fresh flowers as part of your escort cards. Most are very DIY friendly! Be sure to order your bulk flowers from a reputable online vendor such as BunchesDirect and save even more.

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DIY Floral Wreaths

What a sweet way to show your guests to their chairs! These adorable miniature wreaths also make wonderful keepsakes for the guests to take home. Choose small grapevine or foam wreaths from your craft store. You will also need floral tape, glue and the fresh flowers of your choice. For a quaint look as shown here, try purple wax flowers with some sprigs of green trachelium. For complete instructions visit ProjectWedding.com

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Billy Ball Escort “Stakes”

This is a cute idea! Buy bulk “billy balls” (also known as craspedia) in sunny yellow and use them to fashion these escort stakes by threading the stem through your paper in two places. You can also use wire to strengthen the stems, or even attach the flowers to wooden skewer sticks or dowel rods. Secure the stems into foam inside your container of choice (such as this wooden crate) and cover the foam with decorative moss.

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Carnation Escort Card Display

Buy bulk carnations in your fave colors and use a simple glue gun to attach them to a framed board for a quick and beautiful way to display your cards or a seating chart. Anyone can do this and yet it looks so amazing when you are done!

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Fresh Flowers and Place Cards

Even if you keep things classy and simple by setting traditional place cards by each guest plate, be sure to order some extra flowers, such as these fresh pink roses, to embellish the display. Coordinate the printed flowers on your cards with the fresh flowers at each place. These can be taken home by the guests for a lovely added favor.

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Wall Display

Set up a foam or craft board that you cover with fancy paper (even old wallpaper sheets work nicely, or sturdy wrapping paper). Attach simple test tubes. Adorn with the fresh flowers of your choice, such as these gorgeous ranunculus. Attach your guest place card and you will have a very memorable display that all the guests will rave about.

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Floral Nest

Another very simple way to add some flair and beauty to your escort card display is to order extra bulk flowers such as pink carnations, set them on your display table, and “nest” the cards instead the petals. It’s so easy and yet so effective! This works especially well for romantic or boho chic style events. Carnations work well as they have delicately ruffled petals, that are still sturdy enough to hold the cards in place.

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Escort Card Flower Pots

For a sweet and creative way to display seating lists, find some budget-friendly pots at the dollar or gardening store. You can always spray paint them using your color of choice. Add some floral foam and fresh flowers such as garden roses, dahlias or peonies for a lovely way to present your cards.

 

 

 

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Popular American Idol alum Colton Dixon married in Nashville this month, to his lovely girlfriend Annie Coggeshall. Chrisitian singer Colton, 24 and Annie, 27, tied the knot in a black tie ceremony on Friday January 8 after three years as a couple. The event took place at the Scarritt Bennett Center before 160 of their friends and family.

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People.com provided several exclusive photos of the wedding, and described it as having both “fantasy” and “fairytale” elements. Apparently the fairytale began with the couple’s romantic September engagement at Disney World (Colton even hid the engagement ring in Cinderella’s glass slipper).

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The “fantasy” element came into play based on Colton’s love for batman and other comic book heroes. Apparently Colton even has a life-sized batman costume at his home. Colton’s mother Teresa gifted her son and his groomsmen with superhero t-shirts to wear under their wedding attire, adding a wonderful playful and personal touch to the couple’s beautiful day.

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Annie wore a stunning strapless organza gown by (who else?) renowned designer Vera Wang, that was truly Cinderella-worthy. Colton’s sister Schyler Dixon shared her own snaps, with the caption ” “Beautiful bride #coltannwedding.” She also performed the gospel favorite How Great Thou Art during the ceremony.

Photos from People.com

Photo from People.com

Colton admits that he wept when he first saw Annie come down the aisle. During the ceremony, romantic Colton then serenaded his new bride with Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

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Photo from People.com

The couple’s exit at the end of the night included another fairytale element: Colton and Annie departed together in (of course) a horse-drawn carriage totally reminiscent of a classic Cinderella coach. If you loved Annie’s bridal bouquet, you can certainly get the look for less with BunchesDirect. Try Together We Stand or Cheerful Blast with Wild at Heart Centerpieces, to complete your own fairytale florals.

We wish Annie and Colton all the best as they start their married lives!

Cheerful Blast Bridal Bouquet

Together We Stand Bridal Bouquet

Wild at Heart Centerpiece

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All of us were surprised (and most of us delighted) by the news that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux had finally tied the knot. The pair made things official in the backyard of their own home on August 5, 2015.

Every tabloid featured regular posts about the couple’s status, telling us that they were already married, about to be married, planning their wedding, having a baby, breaking up, reuniting, holidaying or other such updates. It’s little wonder that Jen and Justin decided to dupe the paparazzi and media and host a secret ceremony.

They managed to keep it secret from even their closest friends, with Jennifer saying “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” They pulled off the surprise by telling guests they were coming to a birthday party for Justin. They managed to hide the preparations by renting out a nearby mansion and ferrying items over to their home with discreet trips and cover of trees.

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Guests included close friends such as Courtney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Howard Stern, Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler, and Emily Blunt among others. Jimmy Kimmel officiated. The backyard was set up with multiple tables and backless chairs, featuring romantic lighting in trees with candles on the tables. Their cake was topped by a funny Muppet version of the couple.

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Photo from TLC Say Yes to the Dress

News broke that Jennifer wore an $8400 Mark Zunino gown when one of the consultants on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress let a comment slip, but we are still waiting for more photos and official confirmation as to what Jen wore.

 

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The outdoor celebration lasted late into the night. The couple then departed on a romantic honeymoon at the Four Seasons resort in Bora Bora.

Photo by Chris Pizzello Invision AP

We did get a better look at Jennifer’s wedding ring as she cruised the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie She’s Funny That Way in Los Angeles.

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Jennifer looked glowing and relaxed in a Roland Mouret jumpsuit. Her wedding ring features two bands of gold with a row of diamonds between, in a simple but elegant presentation. What do you think of it? Justin was spotted with his own gold wedding band in place (good man) at LAX earlier in the week.

Jennifer stated that she is “deliriously happy” to be a newlywed after her three-year engagement. We wish them all the best…and we can’t wait to see more photos of the flowers! Our picks for Jen and Justin? A Dreamy Cloud or Simply White bridal bouquet would perfectly suit Jen’s sleek, simple elegance.

Simply White Bouquet

Dreamy Cloud Bouquet

 

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BunchesDirect is always delighted when we receive some lovely photos and feedback from one of our many happy brides. We were so pleased when Ashley contacted us with thanks for her beautiful wedding flowers! Ashley is a savvy D-I-Y bride who used fresh bulk flowers from BunchesDirect to make her own bouquets and centerpieces for her amazing June wedding. Read on to get all the details!

Ashley and Johnny met on an online dating site, and hit it off instantly. Their relationship blossomed and over the next six years of dating they included not only Ashley’s two daughters and Johnny’s son from previous relationships, but welcomed a new son and daughter of their own. Johnny pulled off a romantic surprise proposal on Christmas Eve of 2013. During a gift exchange, Ashley was handed a gift wrapped in multiple layers which led to an empty ring box. Johnny produced another box, with the ring. He popped the big question, and a very surprised Ashley said yes. The kids were part of the proposal and their excited screaming and jumping added to the excitement of this very special memory.

The wedding took place on June 12, 2015, at the beautiful Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri. Ashley had always wanted to have an outdoor wedding and the gazebo at the Belvoir estate clinched it for her. You can see how gorgeous the staircase was as Ashley made her grand entrance. Wedding photos were taken by Jim Powers Powersshots Wedding and Portrait Photography, from Overland Park, Kansas.

The wedding included 50 guests and three attendants on each side. Fifty guests were in attendance. Both Ashley and Johnny have large families, but Johnny’s is located over some distance; luckily two of his brothers were able to arrive and share the day.

The wedding colors were dark purple and white, as purple is Johnny’s favorite color. The white blooms were a beautiful contrast with the purple bridesmaid dresses. The boutonnieres were Dragon Ball Z figurines since Johnny and his brothers loved this cartoon.

Ashley’s sister Amanda was maid of honor, with her daughters Cheyenne and Lily as bridesmaids. Johnny’s brother Joey was best man, with his brother Adam and friend William as groomsmen. Their flower girl was their daughter Abigail, while their son Colton did duty as ring bearer. In a funny anecdote, Ashley relays that Colton had to use the rest room right before the ceremony began, and ended up going behind a tree; Ashley’s brother snapped a cute photo to immortalize the moment!

 

The cute wedding “cake” was fashioned from Rice Krispie treats and garnished with a sheer purple ribbon. What a fantastic idea! For the guest “book,” the couple opted to have guests sign wine corks (appropriate to the venue) which they then arranged in a lovely shadow box to commemorate the special day. Ashley’s brother-in-law Scott married them and got ordained just for the event, as it meant a lot to Ashley to have someone special who knew them well to help marry them—now that is dedication!

 

 

Ashely look gorgeous in her beautiful wedding gown with its lovely high bodice and scooped back. She had actually purchased another dress six months earlier though she hoped to make some improvements to it. One week before the wedding Ashley realized the dress wasn’t really going to give her the thrill she hoped for. Johnny encouraged a worried Ashley to go find the perfect gown (way to go, Johnny). Luckily she found the dress and was able to have it altered, with the finishing touches done just three days before the big event.

 

The wedding flowers were gorgeous! Ashley decided to make her own bouquets and centerpieces, using beautiful bulk flowers from BunchesDirect. She selected roses and carnations as these are affordable, while looking expensive (excellent choice, Ashley!). Ashley surfed on Pinterest and YouTube for some video tips (visit our BunchesDirect channel for great how-to-videos!) and relays that making the bouquets got easier with each one.

The flowers arrived on June 10 and after caring for the flowers, the crew got to work. Ashley, her sister and her mom made 12 centerpieces 4 bouquets and 1 toss bouquet (Ashley’s daughter made her own). They used floral tape, ribbons and pins to hold the blooms in place. Great job!

For the centerpieces, Ashley sourced water beads from Etsy, and submersible LED lights from Micheal’s. The vases she also found from Michael’s on clearance (amazing luck!) and the BunchesDirect flowers were cut to fit the height of the vase. Ashley and her team then arranged the roses and carnations in different colors to create the final gorgeous look. Simple, affordable, and stunning!

Ashley relays that having her kids being part of their wedding day made the event extra special, as did the speeches made by her sister and Johnny’s brother Joey, and having two of his brothers attend. Their goal was to have a fun and easygoing wedding that included children, so they even had a kids’ room with movies, coloring pages and snacks (love this idea). For them, their day was perfect. The BunchesDirect team was happy to lend a hand— we wish them all the best!

 

 

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As most of you know, Preston Bailey is one of the top wedding and event planners in the country, if not the world. (If we were to describe him in fancier terms, he is known as a “master event planner and floral couturier” according to Amazon). He is renowned for creative, over-the-top designs and his ability to transform even very ordinary venues into lush, theatrical spaces.

Photo from the Preston Bailey Blog

His client list includes celebrities, royalty, Fortune 500 CEO’s and athletes, with famous notables such as as Oprah Winfrey, Ivanka Trump, Joan Rivers, Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones entrusting their special events to him.

 

He has written six books, five of which are bestsellers. His latest offering is entitled Preston Bailey: Flowers and it is a must-look if you are seeking amazing inspiration for your wedding or event flowers. The book is full of “eye candy” photos demonstrating some of Bailey’s most creative floral designs, from floral sculptures, centerpieces, arches, and lush tablescapes. The book also includes fascinating anecdotes from various celebrity events which also make for entertaining reading.

While there admittedly aren’t many of us who can afford the price tag of a Preston Bailey design, we can definitely flip through the pages of this stunning book and derive some tips and ideas to implement (in smaller scale) at our own venue. As Bailey himself states, “Regardless of its size or complexity, the perfect floral arrangement is the one that makes you stop for an instant and smile with surprise and delight.” We’ve gathered a few of the highlights for you to enjoy, with some BunchesDirect comparables. Enjoy!

Don’t forget the entrance. According to Bailey, this important area sets the tone for the entire event. Be sure to include some flowers or other decorative elements to embellish this area and any tables that are set up here. Some beautiful blooms in a vase is a simpler but very effective way to welcome your guests.

BunchesDirect has ready-to-go floral arrangements starting at only $15.95 US —you simply trim the stems to fit your vase and voila, enjoy the perfect look.

Subtle Beauty Centerpiece by BunchesDirect

Don’t be afraid of vivid color combinations to create a lot of drama and impact. Yes, pink, red, and purple can go together. If those are colors you love, don’t be afraid to buy bulk flowers and create your own combination. If you love a vibrant mix of colors, you will love Heavenly Festival or Vibrant Blast bridal bouquets from BunchesDirect.

Get creative. The flowers can be part of the vase too! Shown here, Bailey created a vase covered with rose petals and filled with alstroemeria, both available in bulk at BunchesDirect. What a fantastic, and fantastically simple, DIY project!

Anything is better when covered with fresh flowers. Bailey himself admits, “I would decorate anything and everything I could get my hands on with flowers if I could.” The good news is that if you buy wholesale bulk flowers, you can get creative and still manage the budget.

Take note of these amazing Preston Bailey suggestions and get creative at your own wedding or event!

 

 

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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]