Friday Floral – Goldenrod

Friday floral is back yet again! Today’s pick is Goldenrod also known as Solidago. The leaves of this flower were initially used by Native Americans to relieve sore throats and tooth aches which makes it’s Latin definition, “To make whole or heal” make perfect sense! Goldenrod is native to the U.S. and has about 125 species in the area. This yellow flower resembles Astilbe but is actually a natural weed found in areas around the plains which makes sense that it is Nebraska’s state flower. Below I have pulled example to show how this Cinderella weed can be the perfect flower for your bouquet.

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This long stem has sprouting flowers at the top in the shape of an arrow.

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This strongly scented flower can line the aisle to greet your guests as they enter the ceremony.

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If your wedding is July – October this flower will be in full bloom, however, your florist offers it year round. A bundle of Goldenrod is delivered with 10 stems and is about 10 dollars per bunch.

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How great are these arrangements for cocktail hour?! You can either use this flower as an accent flower as shown to the left or to create more height in an arrangement like the right.

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Solidago prefers poor sandy soils, so if you live in Colorado this has your name on it.

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Perfect bridesmaids bouquets! The spray of the flowers allow each stem to seem bigger than they actually are.

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Both standing alone and adding an accent piece of Goldenrod to a boutonniere creates just the right amount of height without making it too large.

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I wanted to show these examples of wildflower bouquets and how well the Solidago fits right in.

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Commonly, Solidago is mistaken for ragweed, however, this is pollinated through bees and butterflies versus wind pollinated like the ragweed.

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I love this combination of wildflowers and garden flowers, the one on the left was my inspiration to this blog. Although this is considered a weed I think it is the pop that these bouquets and arrangements need to make them perfect.

We don’t typically use Goldenrod too much unless we find a bride with a garden or country chic floral decor plan. I definitely think this is worth looking into if you are trying to budget with your floral decor because again it takes up a lot of space for a great price. Sometimes a weed can be just as beautiful as a garden flower:)

Laker

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Polished Copper Wedding Details

A trend that we have been seeing more and more of lately is polished copper. There are so many fun ways to add a touch of metal to your wedding décor and it won’t break the bank. Not only is polished copper fresh, but it also gives a sense of sophistication to the space, and most importantly it will be something your guests won’t expect. Put the silver and gold aside, because there’s a new metallic taking over and it won’t be something you want to miss.

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Using copper tins as your vase can be a great way to add a splash of copper to your table décor. You can also incorporate some metal into the flower arrangements itself to give it that extra pop of glam.

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Start your wedding off right with pops of copper in your wedding invitations.

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Succulents have been a trend we have seen a lot of lately in the wedding industry, and I get why. Adding the polished copper really adds a fresh look, and they make for great escort cards.

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Lanterns are a great detail to add to your aisle, table décor, or cake table. Be creative they will make a huge impact in any space you choose to use them in.

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To keep the theme cohesive ask your cake artist to include some fun copper details into your cake, like the ones above.

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My personal favorite cocktail is a Moscow Mule. Between the flavor and presentations you really can’t go wrong with adding this as your specialty cocktail.


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An unexpected color choice in bridesmaid dresses, but I love it!

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Be creative when deciding what to include in your wedding décor. Going overboard on polished copper will give a heavy industrial feel to the space, and if that’s not what you’re going for, choose to add it sparingly.

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Adding a copper wrap around the stem of the boutonnieres would be a great touch to your handsome fiancés wardrobe.

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I love the idea of pressed pennies as a favor for your guests. It might even be a good idea to use them as your escort cards.

Colorado happens to be one of the best backdrops for copper details. Whether you’re getting married in the beautiful Rocky Mountains or in an old industrial building your wedding will be a unique event that no one will forget. If you’re set on this metallic style take a look at your local antique or thrift stores, they might have just what you’re looking for.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Picking the Perfect Shoes

When it comes to choosing wedding shoes it’s not just about looks. Think about what kind of surfaces you’re going to be walking on, no one should be wearing spiky heels on grass, for instance. Then consider your fiancés height, you may not be comfortable towering over the groom, but if he’s super tall, you may want to give yourself a lift. Next, think comfort. No matter how gorgeous the shoes, do not buy them if they’re painful. You’re going to be standing and dancing for a least five hours, maybe longer, so you don’t want footwear that’s going to turn into a torture device. In order to maximize your style and comfort, take a look at some of these helpful tips.

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Consider buying two pairs of shoes, one with a lower heel, so you can do a changeover when it’s time to hit the dance floor.

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If your feet are prone to swelling but your shoes a half size larger than usual, and bring along pads just in case.

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If the shoes have a smooth sole, scuff it up for more traction.

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Put in extra pads whenever they’ll help. In sandals, place them under the ball of the foot. In pumps, you may also need pads under or behind the heel.

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Walk around in your shoes at home for two to three weeks before the wedding to break them in. If you’re taking dance lessons, wear your shoes so you’ll be comfortable in them on the dance floor.

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Look for a style you can wear again, especially if you’re spending a lot. If you’re going with ivory satin shoes, you can dye them black after the wedding.

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If you’re not a habitual heel wearer, you might be better off opting for platforms.

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Shop for shoes soon after you’ve chosen your gown, as you’ll need them by the time you go for your first fitting.

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If your gown has lace at the hem or is made of a gossamer fabric, beware of shoes adorned with jewels and rhinestones. They may look dazzling, but there’s a chance the stones will snag on the inside of the gown and tear it.

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If you’re getting your shoes dyed to match your dress allow two weeks for the process. It can be quite tricky to get the right shade of ivory, so leave extra time in case you have to send them back.

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You might be able to find your dream shoes online. There are many great websites offering a wide selection of styles, prices, and sizes.

When choosing the perfect shoes I suggest looking for shoes that help create one lean, uninterrupted line from head to toe. Beware of any shoes with horizontal lines that stop the eye, or of anything that is pancake flat. Only those blessed with runway ready physiques can pull off a ballet flat with a long gown, the rest of us need a heel to boost the derriere and create a longer line.

Best of wishes,

Stacey B.

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Bridal Gown Fitting 101

Unless they’re custom made, bridal gowns are cut to standard measurements, so they typically need significant alterations. How significant? Well, let’s just say that since the size of the gown you’ll get will be based on your largest measurements, you may be shocked at the first fitting to find there’s a hug gap between your bodice and chest. Alterations can, and will make a world of different. Most brides need two to four fittings. Make sure to start your fittings as soon as possible, as you want to have your dress ready three weeks before your big day, and don’t forget to follow these fitting guidelines.

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Make sure to move around in your dress and point out anything that doesn’t feel right.  Put your arms above your head, as if you’re dancing and check to see what happens with the bodice, particularly if it’s strapless.

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For the best-fit make sure to bring the exact undergarments you’ll be wearing on your wedding day. That means you’ll need to buy items you need before the first fitting.

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Bring the shoes you’ll be wearing to ensure you’ll get the correct hem length.

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Bring a second pair of eyes. Your mother, a bridesmaid, or your wedding planner are all good candidates.

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You can get light-headed from standing still for so long, so stash a bottle of water and a high-protein snack in your bag.

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Bring a camera so someone can take photos of you at your fitting. It’s a wonderful experience to document and to share with the groom later.

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Skip the foundation and lipstick. You don’t want makeup to rub off on your gown.

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Have the front of the dress hemmed an inch shorter than the back to help prevent you from catching toe of your shoe in the him and tripping.

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With a full-length gown, pay close attention to the length. Many brides have their dress hemmed to brush the floor, but they fail to realize how many people are likely to step on their gown.

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Have a full skirt hemmed to land about an inch from the floor. A narrower skirt looks better when it’s hemmed shorter, just covering the ankles.

If possible, have the dress altered where you bought it. It will not be the least expensive option, but it assures you a certain level of quality while giving you some protection in the event that a problem emerges in alterations. You can also go with an independent alterations specialist.

Best of wishes,

Stacey B.

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Invitation Wrap Designs

One of my favorite wedding pieces that we help our clients create are their invitations! A hot trend this year are belly bands and wraps. Each of the examples below show different styles of belly bands to add a final touch to your invitation which gives your guests a special treat when they open their envelopes! Review these options to see if you want to add this to your invitation design.

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This floral design allows guests to get a peak into your wedding day decor/theme!

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Another way to keep everything together is with a simple twine wrap or colored twine wrap.

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How stinkin’ cute are these airplane pieces! By adding a small item or monogram to your twine wrap steps it up a notch.

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Chevron is a way to add some fun to your invitations! I love the example of the envelope and belly band, it ties everything together.

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Geometric designs are HUGE this year. Here are two very different styles of geometric wraps.

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Glitter! How perfect for a night or glamorous wedding.

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Doilies are starting to pop up on table designs and cake displays. But adding them as your invitation wraps add character to your invitations.

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Use natural bark to create a cute country chic vibe.

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Beautiful lace can add an elegant vibe to your invitations.

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This design is shooting through the roof it is so popular. This is a wood grained wrap and it can either look more natural like the picture to the left or more of an artsy vibe to the right. Another way people are using this design is to color this bark design the accent color of their wedding theme.

Each of these belly band wraps can be custom to your wedding design. It allows all of your invitation pieces to be neatly lined together. An interesting aspect about these wraps is that they don’t necessarily have to be tied or glued shut. Once they are put into the envelope they keep everything together but it is easy for your guests to remove to view the remaining invitation pieces. Consider discussing this with your invitation designer!

Laker

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