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Wedding Flowers – Which To Choose For Your Big Day

 

Bridal bouquetHave you ever stopped and asked yourself why flowers are so popularly used at weddings? They are as common as the white dress. For centuries, flowers have been used in bridal bouquets, as centerpieces on the tables, and to decorate the church and reception halls. The beauty in their colours, shapes, and textures, as well as their fragrance and what they represent make them the perfect accompaniment to every style of wedding. Whether you consider yourself an authority on flowers, an admirer, or completely clueless – you can pull off a fabulous floral design for your wedding.

First, you need to know what type of flowers you want to use on your special day. Often people don’t have a favourite flower until they get engaged and have to begin planning their wedding. Most brides and grooms have never had to think about what flowers say about their style, personality or what they might be communicating. To help, here is a list of popular wedding flowers by season (for meanings please see here):

Spring

  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Lilac
  • Apple Blossom
  • Daffodil
  • Lily
  • Azalea
  • Daisy
  • Orchid
  • Bluebell
  • Freesia
  • Camellia
  • Primrose
  • Carnation
  • Heather
  • Rhododendron
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Honeysuckle
  • Clematis
  • Iris
  • Tulip
  • Crocus
  • Jasmine
  • Dogwood
  • Hyacinth

Summer

  • Aster
  • Marigold
  • Azalea
  • Orchid
  • Carnation
  • Heather
  • Peony
  • Cornflower
  • Iris
  • Rose
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Jasmine
  • Rhododendron
  • Delphinium
  • Larkspur
  • Daisy
  • Sweet Pea
  • Freesia
  • Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Fuchsia
  • Lupine
  • Tiger Lily
  • Gardenia

Autumn

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daisy
  • Hydrangea
  • Morning Glory
  • Dahlia
  • Iris
  • Orchid
  • Freesia
  • Lily
  • Rose
  • Sunflower

Winter

  • Carnation
  • Rose
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Holly Berries
  • Freesia
  • Iris
  • Snowdrop
  • Forsythia
  • Lily Winter
  • Jasmine
  • Orchid
  • Amaryllis
  • Amazon Lily
  • Calla Lily
  • Camellia
  • Geranium
  • Hyacinth

Other preliminary decisions to make include: the colour, the shape, the quantity, and the budget.

Choosing a colour can be a difficult decision. Even if you have a colour scheme selected it is still sometimes tough to narrow down how you want to accent that scheme. Things to consider are: whether you want the flowers to draw attention or be the focal point, if you want them to blend with the overall style, or if you want them to complement the other elements of the décor.

When thinking about shape you need to consider height, primarily. A low centerpiece is going to allow guests to see around one another and across from one another at the table rather than a tall centerpiece, which will block their view. For bouquets, popular shapes include round, cascade, and hand-tied. Round bouquets and nosegays are common, and create a more formal tone, while cascading bouquets are dramatic and romantic, hand-tied ones are more natural and traditional.

Try to figure out how many of each type of arrangement you will need (i.e., thirteen tables means thirteen centerpieces). Consider centerpieces, bridesmaids’ bouquets, pew flowers, standing arrangements, hanging arrangements, boutonnieres, and corsages, plus whatever else you have in mind. Talking with an expert is always a good idea – they have the experience in creating such items, so they are a good person to bounce ideas off of. (If you call BunchesDirect you are eligible to receive a free consultation and quote based on what you want for your wedding).

Lastly is figuring out your budget (and this might be the most important element too). Once your budget is established you can determine how lavish your arrangements can be and where you might need to cut some corners.

Your flowers will set the tone for the look of your wedding – be it opulent, simple, dramatic, or understated. Flower decisions are important for your wedding, so the more you research and learn, the more you will be able to create the exact tone you want at your wedding.

 

Flower Care Tips with “Bunches” Bob – Unpacking Your Flowers

Thursday, 28 October 2010 02:18

Our floral expert is here to show you how to care for your flowers when you receive them. It is important to know that different flowers require different levels of care when you unpack them.

Bob has been in the floral industry for over 20 years and you can tell from his knowledge and skills that he excels when it comes to handling and designing flowers. In this video, Bob will demonstrate how to unpack your beautiful fresh wholesale flowers when you receive them so they are ready for your wedding day.

 

Wedding Flowers – Tips on Choosing the Right Ones

When it comes to flowers, making a few decisions ahead of time will not only save you time, but it could save you money too.  Here are a few tips:

  1. Pick your wedding colours in advance. You don’t necessarily need to have all the details worked out, but the main colours should be decided on. Arrangements, decorations, and the bridal bouquet should all have a common theme.
  2. Look through wedding magazines and cut out pictures of any style you may like.
  3. Pick at least one or two types of flowers that you would like to feature. Learn the meanings of the flowers, if this is important to you, or just choose one that has a special personal meaning.
  4. Do some research to find out if your preferred flowers will be in season for your wedding date. Even if it is not in season, you will probably still be able to get it, but be prepared to spend a little extra.
  5. Know your budget. Keep the maximum amount you are willing to spend, but don’t reveal that figure to a florist. Keep in mind the approximate amount of money you would like to spend. If you are comfortable, you can reveal that figure to the florist – it will help them decide how to get the most value for your money.
   

DIY Centerpiece – How to Make Your Own Rose Centerpiece

If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d be picking roses forever – Swedish Proverb

Since roses are synonymous with romance it only makes sense that they would be the most popular wedding flower. Roses are versatile; they are able to transform your wedding from minimal to mod, and anywhere in between. Here is one glamorous way to employ roses in your special day celebration, using them in a beautiful centrepiece, as demonstrated by our very own Bob at Bunches Direct.

Materials:
- vase
- 12 to 18 roses
- salal leaves
- tiki leaves
- baby’s breath (optional)
- flower food (solution)
- sharp knife or scissors

Instructions:
1. Remove the roses from the box they were shipped in. Cut off the bottom leaves and thorns (any leaves that will be submerged under water need to be removed or they will start to rot due to the moisture), and trim the stems – then place them in water.
Having been out of water for a few hours the roses will be thirsty and will need to
rehydrate.

2. Before you start arranging your flowers, remove the guard petals too. These are the petals on the outside of each flower – they are often browned or ripped from over exposure and shipping. There are lots of petals on each flower, so you don’t need to worry about removing the outer ones.

3. Fill the vase with warm water and add the flower food.

4. Using the salal leaves you have purchased, add them to create the base of your arrangement. You can also add a few tiki leaves. Both leaves will help hold the flowers in place.

5. Cut your roses to the appropriate length. Flowers should always be a minimum of 1 ½ inchs higher than the vase. Cut and arrange 5 (five) roses to create the top layer of your arrangement. When you are arranging your flowers, keep in mind that they should be arranged in the shape of a dome or an umbrella.

6. Begin to arrange your second and third layers. For the second layer, the roses should be placed in between the roses of the first layer. Keep turning the vase to guarantee there are no gaps between the flowers; the arrangement will be seen from all angles, so you want to make sure that there are no gaps.

7. Depending on how full you want your arrangement to be you can stop after 12 (twelve) roses or continue on to 18 (eighteen) flowers. Eighteen flowers usually creates a full, round arrangement.

8. Once all your flowers are added, add more tiki leaves beneath all the floral layers.

And there you have it; you’ve completed your first centerpiece for your wedding. Wasn’t that easy?

To watch the video for this arrangement with our floral expert, Bob, visit: BunchesDirect – DIY: White Rose Centrepiece Video

Optional Add-on:
You can leave your arrangement with just the tiki and salal leaves, or you can add some baby’s breath throughout for an extra touch of elegance. If you are interested in adding baby’s breath see the tutorial video here.

Tips:
- Since tiki leaves are fine and soft they create a finer, softer looking arrangement, which is a nice contrast to the thick, hard stems of the roses.
- When filling your vase with water, ensure you use warm water and the provided flower food. This will keep the water clean and fresh, just the way roses like it.
- Make sure that when you are cutting the stems of the roses that you cut them on an angle, so they are able to drink enough water to keep them well hydrated and looking fresh.
- Always make sure you are measuring the height of the flower before cutting it, to ensure that you get the proper height that you desire for your centerpiece.

 

The 4 Cs of Diamonds

You might have heard people refer to the four Cs of diamonds. The phrase refers to four basic factors that determine the value of a diamond. They are: colour, clarity, cut, and carat.

Colour: You can generally see the flashes of colour in a diamond when it is exposed to sunlight. A diamond’s colour is judged according to a grading system which determines its value. This is how the grading system works.diamond ring white round
D, E, F = colourless
G, H, I, J = near colourless
K, L, M = faint yellow
N, O, P, Q, R = very light yellow
S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z = light yellow
Grade D is the most expensive, and as you work your way down to grade Z the prices drop.

Cut: The accuracy of how well the diamond is cut will determine the brightness of the colour and how well it sparkles, so it is vital that the diamond is cut accurately. Still, the cost is mostly determined by the portion and the finish. Diamonds can be cut into a variety of fancy shapes; common ones include pear, marquise, emerald, and oval shapes.

Clarity: Clarity refers to the amount of flaws a stone has. An inclusion is an internal flaw, while a blemish is an external flaw. Of course, you will be hard presses to find a flawless stone, so this is how clarity is judged:
FI = flawless
IF = internally flawless
WS1/WS2 = very very slightly imperfect
VS1/VS2 = very slight imperfect
SI1/SI2 = slightly imperfect
I1/I2/I3 = imperfect
If a stone is rated as I1/I2/I3 that means the imperfections are visible to the naked eye. If possible, avoid buying these diamonds.

Carat: When people ask what size a diamond is, they are generally referring to how many carats it has. A carat defines the weight of the stone. Slight changes in size can affect the price tremendously.

Sometimes a fifth C is added, referring to a diamond certificate. A diamond certificate provides you with the 4Cs – colour, cut, clarity, and carat – and, therefore, the diamond’s value. Get one – it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

   

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