Friday Floral – Willow Eucalyptus

I’m a sucker for all things cute including this adorable puppy dog! Willow eucalyptus is one of my favorites due to the shape it has versus the typical silver dollar eucalyptus. Below I have pulled together some beautiful examples of bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and head pieces for you to venture through. Take a look and see what you like best!

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Such a great combo with the sea holly and pops of pink:)

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I love the gathering of flowers on the left for an aisle arrangement as well as this example to the right for an alter arrangement.

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Each bunch comes with about a handful of stems and your florist can purchase it from a wholesaler all year around.

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Each willow euc bunch is approximately $18.00 each.

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The leaves are approximately 3-5 inches long with a redish brown stem.

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These trees typically bloom from February – June but again your florist has access to them all year around.

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Look at how colorful these are! This season has been so bright with all different colors I enjoy seeing each client’s flower order!

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We use silver dollar euc and willow euc on many of our boutonnieres due to their hardy stem and the clusters of leaves gather to fill a lot of space.

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Stunning! I love this head piece.

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We have spent many hours spray painting eucalyptus and this head pieces shows the effect it can have on greenery!

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Here are two different styles the euc has been used in, one more of a large romantic setting and the other in a woodsy elegance setting. Both uniquely their own but both beautiful.

Willow eucalyptus is so manageable I think that is why it is one of my top 10 flowers. It comes in large quantities that allow us as florists to incorporate it within many areas of the decor such as alter structures, cake decor, and table displays. I also think it fits into many styles such as romantic, rustic, and elegant. Have your florist explain other pairing options for willow euc!

Laker

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Stylish Aisle Markers

Aisle or pew markers are flowers, often enhanced with ribbons, attached to the ends of rows along the aisle. A lovely extra, they’re not essential. If you love the look of pew markers but you’re on a budget, place them every second or third row and ask your florist if you could save money by using foliage in place of flowers.  For a lush romantic look, you can add candles, housed in hurricanes for safely, placed on iron stands or hung from shepherd’s hooks. A single flower can also be placed on chair seats or on the back of each chair. If you haven’t thought about pew markers, but would like to get an idea of what markers are best for your wedding, take a look below as I have provided you with some of my favorite pew marker accessories.

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Flowers are the traditional aisle markers and for good reason. They are elegant and make a gorgeous statement in your wedding ceremony decor.

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Lanterns can make a beautiful statement for an outdoor wedding.

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If you’re on a budget, lavender is an excellent choice.

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I love using stumps as aisle markers. They give a rustic feel and they are visually pleasing.

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Shepherd hooks are an excellent choice for your pew makers.

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Horseshoes mean good luck, so why not add them to your ceremony decor.

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Love signage as the aisle markers are one of my favorites.

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Branches can make a bold statement, and they make a beautiful touch.

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Floating candles are more of a traditional aisle marker and also for good reason. The height variation is visually pleasing and they make for great photos.

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Adding a colorful sash can help spruce up your pew markers.

Stacey B.

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Antique Furniture That Will Be A Great Addition To Your Wedding Décor

Furniture rentals can get costly when your setting the tone for your wedding, but if you’re a thrift shopper like myself then some of the most expensive décor can be cut in half. I like to shop at local thrift stores, antique stores, or garage sales to find some of the best décor. Make sure to keep an open mind when searching, as the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Old closet doors can make a great tabletop or backdrop for your escort cards. Old dresser drawers are also a great touch for a dessert display or even centerpiece arrangements. Take a look below as I have provided you with some of my favorite antique finds, and with a little creativity it can add the perfect touch.

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Old windows and frames can make for an adorable ceremony program or escort card display.

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Old vintage doors are a great touch for an eclectic wedding. These can make great backdrops for any setting or a great escort card display.

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Old drawers are one of my favorite vintage finds. They can be used in so many different ways.

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Old suit cases are a great touch for a destination themed wedding. They be used as a table, cake display, or even a card display.

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Dust off that old dresser and use it as a dessert or hospitality display.

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If you’re going for a vintage wedding, these old chairs will make a huge statement. They can double as lounge furniture after your ceremony is done.

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Vintage tins are easy to find at any antique or thrift store, and they are great for flower arrangements.

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Ladders can be used in so many different ways, from hanging flowers, to a ceremony backdrop, or even a cake display.

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Old books can be the perfect touch to your centerpieces. They can even double as risers for your cake or hospitality tables.

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If you’re going for a vintage-eclectic wedding, old china can make a huge statement.

Stacey B.

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8 Splurges that are worth the Extra Money

No matter how big or small your budget, every couple has to make decisions about their priorities. Great music might be one couple’s top priority; in order to afford the band they want, they’d be happy serving Kentucky Fried Chicken. On the other hand, two foodies who want to serve a five course meal might be willing to forgo a deejay and use an iPod. But always keep in mind the comfort of your guests. Don’t skimp on areas that will leave them hungry, tired, cold, or waiting in a long line for the bathroom. By the time you invite your parents’ friends and hire a band and pay the florist for twenty centerpieces, there’s rarely any money left for extras. But should you have the funds, these are the splurges that deliver a lot of bang for your buck.

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Extra wait staff at the reception. A hotel or caterer will typically provide 1.5 waiters for every three tables. When staffing is light, one side of the room might be finished eating while some tables are still waiting for their main course. Make it two waiters for every three tables and you’ll get much faster service.

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Professional lighting. Lighting can make a setting come alive by highlighting the standout features in a room and adding dimension. It also casts a flattering glow that makes everyone look great in photos.

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Continuous music of an after-hour deejay. Most bands will take three to four breaks throughout the evening during which they’ll typically turn on a CD> If you can afford the extra fee, they’ll add extra musicians and play seamlessly. Or for those younger guests who want to burn up the dance floor late into the night, hire a deejay.

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Guest menus. A printed menu really ups the ante and makes a wonderful keepsake for your guests.

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Extra prints. Have your photographer make extra prints you can send out to select guests with your thank-you notes.

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Ceremony décor. A personalized ceremony space will make your guests feel comfortable immediately. I you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, hanging flowers, colorful ribbon, pew flowers, or sun-catching glass ornaments on trees are a great way to wow your guests. A lot of the ceremony décor can be used twice, just ask your planner or friend to move the décor to the reception area after the ceremony is over.

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A gathering place. Give guests’ a place to mingle during dance breaks by having a lounge area at your reception. Look into renting couches, chairs and other furniture that you can then stage with pillows, flowers, and votive candles.

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First impressions are important. Fill baskets or totes with water bottles, champagne, beer, something salty, something sweet and a personal touch. Don’t forget to include a welcome letter as well as a detailed itinerary for where the guest needs to be and when. Leave the welcome bag with the hotel concierge for guests to pick up when they check in.

 Inevitably, things will cost more than you think.Inevitably, you will face temptation, whether it be monogrammed cookies or the champagne with the finer bubbles. And, yes, inevitably, you will succumb to some of those urges. That’s why you should narrow down what is most important to you and your fiance. It’s also a great idea to build in a 10 percent cushion into your budget. The extra cushion will help cover any expenses you overlooked or couldn’t have foreseen.

Best of wishes,

Stacey B.

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Creating a Unique Shopping Experience

 Shopping for a wedding gown is unlike any other clothing shopping you’ll ever do. Most bridal salons don’t stock gowns in a variety of sizes – the inventory would be far too expensive – so they keep samples in only one or two sizes. Brides try a dress on, commit to it without ever seeing how it will fit, have their measurements taken, and wait for the designer to cut the gown to order.  Another oddity is that the size of the dress will bear little relation to your regular size. For one thing, bridal gowns run one or two sizes smaller than other clothing.  When your shopping around make sure to keep in mind some of these helpful tips that will help guide you to finding the perfect wedding gown.

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A salon will order the size based on your largest measurement, because it’s much easier to take in a dress than to let one out. Once you order, the gown typically takes four to six months to arrive at the salon, though a gown with heavy hand-beading done overseas could take up to ten months. Salons try to schedule it so the gown arrives eight weeks before the wedding, allowing time for multiple fittings.

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Bridal shops aren’t generally set up for browsing. Make sure to book appointments so that a sales associate can focus on one bride at a time.

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You should ideally start shopping for your gown eight to eleven months before the wedding, but if possible it’s best to wait until you have decided on a date and location – these factors will affect your decision.

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Make sure to bring pictures of dresses you like. Bring pictures of dresses you don’t like. If you like the neckline of one gown and the draped back on another, point out exactly what you do and don’t like to the sales associate.

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Wear underwear you won’t be embarrassed to be seen in! Trying on wedding dresses is not a solo operation, so this isn’t the day to wear a peekaboo thong.

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Bring a camera. Not every salon will allow you to take photos, but if possible, get a photo of yourself in the dress you’re buying, not only for showing your mother but also for your florist, cake maker, and other vendors trying to assess the style of your wedding. Remember the dress sets the tone for the wedding. A photo will also help you when shopping for accessories, though a fabric swatch is important too.

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If you’re on a tight budget, check out the bridesmaids’ dresses at department stores and bridal salons. Many can be ordered in white. The styles tend to be simpler and less embellished, but that suits plenty of brides.

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The web allows you to shop at any hour, but obviously you won’t be able to try on the gown until you own it. You can buy online from retail stores like J.Crew, which gives you the ability to return and doesn’t involve a deposit. Craigslist, eBay, and message boards on sites like theknot.com are good sources for one-worn dresses at a great price. But do some research to make sure you’re getting a good deal.

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If you have your heard set on a particular designer, the sample sale can actually be worth the cost of travel to another city, since gowns from a previous season could be at least 50 percent off. Most sample sales are held in New York City, once or twice a year.

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When you’re making appointments, don’t be shy about asking the price range of gowns carried in the store. You want to make sure you’re shopping at places that fit your budget. Most bridal salons are extremely busy on weekends, especially in the peak shopping months of January through April. If you can take time off from work and shop on a weekday, you’ll get an appointment sooner and get more attention.

I suggest visiting at least three stores when trying to find the perfect gown. That should be enough to expose you to a range of different designers and to carried opinions from different sales people. It’s not unusual for a bride to fall head over heels in love with the first dress she tries on, but most people will feel better if they’ve shopped around a bit before making such a major commitment.

Stacey B.

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