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It has been said that there are no perfect weddings, only beautiful ones, and in more ways than one, this sentiment is very much true. Part of what makes a wedding beautiful is its designated venue and how it is being set up. However, instead of incorporating a myriad of elements and cramming them all into your wedding, it would be wise to go with a singular theme and base your wedding décor from that theme. In this way, not only would you be minimize the likelihood of discordant notes and elements in your wedding reception, but your wedding design would have a semblance of cohesion and harmony making the end result look breathtaking.

So, before you start looking for appropriate wedding packages, decide on a wedding theme first. Here is a selection of the top and most popular wedding themes of this year:

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1.) Greenery

There is something subtly elegant and beautiful about a wedding inspired with greenery. It conveys the couple’s love for nature, and it makes for a great backdrop in taking exquisite photos as well! Apart from that, a greenery theme is lush and looks expensive without it actually being one. Although it has been making waves this year, it would give your wedding a classic look as it will never go out of style. Plan with your coordinator as to how you can incorporate the perfect green into your wedding.

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2.) Vintage

Opulent décor, outdated chandeliers, sophisticated masonry on the walls, touches of rust and gold—all of these elements are definitive of one thing: a vintage theme. A vintage wedding theme remains relevant until today as its quaint charm is something most couples would seek for during their wedding. It is beautiful as well as sophisticated without it being over the top. Additionally, it encapsulates all things that are associated with weddings such as lace fabric, the ivory hue and shades of rose and gold—making this theme a lot easier to accomplish.

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3.) Barn Wedding

Though it is not exactly something you would see every day, a barn wedding has its own distinct charm that no other wedding themes have. While most wedding themes are all about being elegant and sophisticated, a barn wedding is more down-to-earth and simple but that does not make it any less beautiful. Furthermore, a barn wedding is perfect for rustic elements and that warm feel of nostalgia. If these two are crucial elements to you, you might want to consider this theme for your wedding.

 

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4.) Seaside Wedding

Weddings by the sea are particularly popular during the summer season. Not only will your wedding be an event to commemorate, but it would double as a vacation for your guests as well. Getting married by the sea would allow you to have your hair flowing through the breeze and your toes touching the sand. Making this wedding theme beautiful would take minimal hard work as the place you have selected is already exquisite and breathtaking enough. If you want a truly unique approach, utilize seashells into your bridal bouquets and ask your guests to attend your ceremony barefoot so that they can step on the sand as well.

BunchesDirect would like to thank guest author Ashley Keith for this wonderful contribution to our blog.

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Brides, consider going for gold this year! A strong trend emerging in wedding color palettes for 2015 is to add in the gold, and glitz it up. Gold is definitely back, with more brides incorporating touches of this regal gleam to their wedding decor. Gold accents can inject warmth and sparkle, creating a feeling of luxury and glamor that can take ordinary wedding decorating a step above.

You can further embellish this look by adding even more sparkle, such as mirrors, chandeliers, glass, candlelight, and pearls. This look would pair well with more opulent meal choices including champagne. a formal sit down supper, and lavish desserts.

Here are the top 3 “on trend” color schemes that include gold, with wedding flowers to coordinate with each trend.

 

 

 

Gold, Champagne, Ivory: For a sophisticated wedding palette, pair touches of gold with traditionally ‘go-to” neutrals in shades of white and cream. For added contrast, you could also include touches of black, or stay relatively soft and neutral.

BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Classic Cream Rose, Pretty in White, Dramatic White, or Hold Me Close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold, Blush, Pink: Think Cinderella, fairytale romance, and a soft, sophisticated palette with plenty of feminine touches.

If you love the idea of blush and gold for your wedding, check out the beautiful wedding of Matt and Amanda in Pelican Hill, California that made excellent use of this timeless, romantic palette.

 

 

 

 

 

BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Pretty WomanOnly Yours, or Beautifully Pink bridal bouquets would be stunning with this color scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold & Navy- Adding touches of gold to a navy color palette elevates it with with modern glamor and provides a vibrant contrast between “hot” gold and “cool” midnight blue. Flowers in shades of soft or bright pink, clean white, purple, or dramatic red would work well with this palette.

BunchesDirect bouquet suggestions: Crimson DreamPink World, Classic White Hyrdangea, Classic Lavender Orchid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the last days of August throughout September we saw some big celebrities tie the knot, with some amazing gowns, venues and wedding flowers. Here are the highlights—enjoy!

August 30: Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg

Actress and former View co-host Jenny McCarthy married actor and former New Kids On the Block star Donnie Wahlberg at the classic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois. It was the second marriage for both. (Jenny’s son Evan helped Donnie with the proposal by delivering notes to his Mom.) The guests included Sherry Shephard and other members of NKOTB fame, though Donnie’s big brother Mark was a no-show. Mark Tweeted his good wishes. His excuse for missing the wedding? His daughter Ella’s birthday. Jenny looked very happy (bountiful cleavage and all) in a strapless gown she bought from Bergdorf Goodman.

For Jenny’s wedding flowers and decor, she opted for a glam red and white theme. Red is always a dramatic, high contrast choice with a white gown, and black tux. If you love this look, check out our BunchesDirect picks (at a fraction of the cost). You can also purchase gorgeous bulk red roses for your cake.

Classic Red Rose Bouquet

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(And in the latest news, Jenny has revealed that she already lost her wedding band…while “enjoying her honeymoon” at the hotel. I don’t think Donnie will be too angry.)

 

 

 

 

 

August 31: Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade 

Actress Gabrielle Union married NBA star Dwayne Wade in a sunset ceremony at Chateau Artisan, a private, castle-like estate in the Miami area which boasts a private lake and a moat. The couple celebrated with family and friends, including Dwayne’s two oldest sons and his nephew. Gabrielle was stunning (as always) in a strapless gown by Dennis Basso, while Dwayne rocked a white tuxedo from Dsquared2. If you are blinded by the photo, it’s probably a result of the rock on Gabrielle’s finger: her engagement ring is a whopping 8.5 carat diamond that is worth almost a cool million bucks. This is the second marriage for both.

If you love Gabrielle’s look, try the BunchesDirect Classic White Rose bouquet, or Snowy Night, with less greenery if you prefer that option:

Classic White Rose

Snowy Night Bridal bouquet

September 8, Ashley Tisdale & Christopher French

 

 

Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame married rocker Christopher French at a venue just outside of Santa Barbara, California. Ashley wore a lovely gown by designer Monique Lhuillier with a fairy-tale wreath of wedding flowers in her hair, while Christopher looked handsome in his John  Varvatos suit.

 

 

 

The pair had 6 bridesmaids including pal and fellow actress Vanessa Hudgens. The bridesmaids wore unmatched gowns in different shades of pink, slate and nude, with crown braids in their hair.

The wedding was described as “rustic and romantic” by their wedding planner, and included wooden farm tables with lace runners. Garden roses were a feature of their wedding flower selections. The 100 guests tossed white flower petals on the couple after the ceremony.

Our picks for rustic and romantic wedding flowers:

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Dramatic White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 13: Lauren Conrad & William Tell

 

The star of MTV’s hit The Hills, who is now a style maven and clothing designer, married musician-turned-lawyer William Tell at a mountainside vineyard in Santa Ynes, California. Lauren has revealed that her lacy, sheer-backed gown was designed by famous duo Mark Badgley & James Mischka. They describe the ivory Chantilly and Alencon lace gown as “simple and classic, yet glamorous.” Near the end of the fittings, Lauren had the sleeves removed for greater comfort and a more suitable balance for her frame. She added a stunning 10-foot-long train and an ornate gold leaf barrette to complete her look.

Lauren provided her nine bridesmaids a choice of gowns in two shades from her own Paper Crown bridesmaid collection. Bridesmaids included BFF and Paper Crown co-founder Maura McManus and former co-star Lo Bosworth. Lauren gave her bridesmaids gift bags containing nail polish in nude and pale pink to coordinate with their dresses.

She based some of her decor choices on an “apple” theme in a play on her husband’s name (in case you forgot, the original William Tell, according to popular legend, split an apple on his son’s head using a crossbow. Don’t try this at home). She found a brass apple at a flea market and sourced brass vases to match; she also baked 50 apple pies for the reception (now that’s dedication). The guests received welcome canvas bags with an apple and arrow logo on them. Party favors included a special “game night box” with a custom “Crazy In Love Eights” deck and a “Recovery Kit” for the morning after.

The couple’s 230 guests were treated to cocktails upon arrival. Lauren entered with her father to the strains of the Beatle’s “In My Life.” Her aisle runner was burlap scattered with gold eucalyptus leaves, and the couple spoke their own vows during the nondenominational ceremony.

For the flowers, Lauren insisted that sweet peas be included in the blooms, as these were the first flowers that William gave her (awwww). They exited to the Beatle’s song “The Two of Us,” which was the first song that Lauren ever heard William perform. Another romantic moment came when William sang to his new bride partway through the reception.

For a similar look to Lauren’s wedding flowers, try Bygone Glamour Centerpieces, perhaps customized with your personal preference of white flowers, with a choice of a delicate white bouquet.

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Classic White Orchid

Bygone Glamour Centerpiece

September was a busy month for celebrity brides! The latest news is that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married at the Aman Hotel in Venice on Saturday. The couple is expected to sign the marriage register today at the Ca’ Farsetti Palazzo, which houses Venice’s town hall.  We are eagerly awaiting the official photos, but check back here to our blog and keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates. Plus, you can read about it all in our October issue of Wedding Blooms!

You can find all the beautiful wedding flowers featured in this article, at www.bunchesdirect.com  or bunchesdirect.ca.

Happy wedding planning!

 

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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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With all the changes and constantly evolving trends in the wedding industry, it can be hard to keep up. That’s what we’re here for! Here are the things that have caught our eye in the last few weeks, whether they’re just societal trends or specific stories that have garnering buzz. Presenting your Wedding Trend roundup for October 8, gathered up for you by BunchesDirect.

THE TREND: Reading Children’s Books at Weddings
THE GIST: Couples treating their guests to a liberal dose of nostalgia, combined with some “valuable life lessons” by reading classic children’s book aloud as part of the ceremony or reception.
THE VERDICT: We can live with it.

THE TREND: Splitting the Cost of Engagement Rings
THE GIST: Brides who don’t want to sacrifice on the ring they’ve always dreamed of, yet don’t want to put their husband-to-be under a huge financial burden are chipping in to cover some (or all) of the cost of their engagement rings. Guessing that it is not all that surprising when they get proposed to.
THE VERDICT: Very 21st century.

THE TREND: Forgetful Groom Forgets to Book Hall, Realizes, Phones in a Bomb Threat
THE GIST: Pretty much what we said there. An English man made a court appearance to answer charges that after realizing on the morning of the wedding that he’d forgotten to fill out the necessary paperwork to actually, you know, book the venue, he hatched the hairbrained scheme of phoning a bomb threat in to ensure the wedding wouldn’t go off.
THE VERDICT: Um, we’ll leave that to the courts to decide.

THE TREND: The Irish aren’t getting married like they used to.
THE GIST: Figures released last week show that the marriage rate in Ireland is at its lowest point in 13 years. The Irish Independent quotes David Quinn, director of the Catholic Iona Institute think-tank, as saying “the sharp decline in the marriage rate must be read in conjunction with the huge rise in cohabitation, the six-fold increase in divorce and separation since 1986 and the fact that over a third of children are now born outside of marriage.”
THE VERDICT: Well, divorces were actually down, too. It all hardly seems worthy of hand-wringing.

THE TREND: Bride goes viral for saying she doesn’t want friend attending “for free.”
THE GIST: Click the link above to read the story. Seriously, it’s worth it to see how ungrateful people can be sometimes.
THE VERDICT: Nobody in their right mind would treat a friend that way, but there will always be that .00001% of people that give the “Bridezilla” cliche a bit of credence.

 

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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.”