Friday Floral – Coleus

You might have seen these plants around Colorado in a bunch of varieties, this is Coleus. There are over 600 varieties of Coleus so you can get this plant to match pretty much any color pallet for your wedding theme. Certain varieties love sun including Alabama Sunset, Burgundy Sun, and Plum Parfait. Others love the shade including Black Magic, Brilliancy, Duckfoot.  Below I have some examples of how these vibrant plants can fit into any arrangement or bouquet. Some are used as simple greenery pieces and others are used for their ability to make guests do a double take!

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Your florist can purchase these plants through the whole sale at around $4.00 per plant.

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Cute little cocktail arrangements!

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When using clear vases as shown to the right be sure not to use the variety of Coleus that sap or else your water will turn cloudy and look dirty.

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These plants can reach up to 24″ tall with about a 20″ spread.

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Coleus became extremely popular in America during the Victorian Era.

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When you plant these in your garden be sure to space them approximately 6-10 inches apart.

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To make sure pests don’t eat up Coleus you can attract lady bugs to the area which will eliminate the bugs you don’t want to be there. You can also attract wasps but be sure it isn’t too close to your patio or entertaining area of the yard.

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I love the way the dark leaves look with the raspberries/blackberries! These plants are very hardy in a vase which makes them easy to work with in a bouquet.

The Coleus comes in many sizes big and small as well as practically every color under the rainbow so it makes it easy for your florist to include them in your plan. Again, be careful with the varieties that have a lot of sap because that can ruin your dress or your bridesmaids dresses if they drip onto it but there are plenty of varieties that do not sap. Using fun plants that your guests don’t typically see in wedding arrangements can make for an easy shock and awe!

Happy 4th!

Laker

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Bling University- Your Guide for Picking the Perfect Ring

 There are many facets to buying rings, you’re dealing with precious gemstones and precious metals for one. You’ve probably already heard of “The 4Cs”, cut, clarity, color, and carat. Those checkpoints cover the essentials, but before you get there, you’ll  need to think about the choice of stone, its shape and cut, the setting and mount, the metal, and, of course, your budget. You should also decide if you’d prefer to wear one ring or two on a daily basis. Do you want an engagement ring and band that can be worn together, or perhaps a jeweled band that stand alone? To help you decide, take a look through this guide that will provide you with some of the best tips when picking the perfect ring.

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What sets true gems apart from the rest? In general, jewelers assess a diamond’s dollar value first by its color, then by it clarity, cut, and carat.  But when it comes to aesthetic value, think of it as a diamond’s curb appeal, the cut is the most important factor, followed by color, clarity, and the carat weight. Contrary to popular belief, anyone in the know will tell you that size is the last on the list.

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Cut is the only aspect of a diamond that’s the result of human intervention. It refers to the shape of the stone and the cutting style, proportions, and finish. A good cut should enhance a stone’s “fire”, brilliance, and scintillation. If a stone looks lifeless, it’s probably been poorly cut and its light is leaking out the side or bottom.

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There are two types of faceted cuts, brilliant cuts and step-cuts. Brilliant cuts take a round or curved geometrical shape and create the most sparkle. Step-cuts are also referred to as emerald cuts, are shaped like stairs on the sides of a diamond and give a more streamlined look.

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Mixed cuts, like the princess cut and Tiffany’s Lucida, which have become more popular in recent years, use a combination of brilliant and step-cuts. An ideal cut is a round brilliant with fifty-eight precise cuts.

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Every diamond contains natural flaws. Internal flaws are called “inclusions,” external ones “blemishes.” Clarity is the degree to which a stone approaches flawlessness.

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Many of these inclusions and blemishes, which might include cracks, bubbles, specks, scratches, pits, or chips, are invisible to the human eye and can be seen only with a jeweler’s loupe.  The  number of such birthmarks determines a stone’s value and allows individual gems to be identified, as no two diamonds will ever look exactly alike upon close inspection.

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Most diamonds contain slight traces of yellow or brown, only the rarest are colorless, or white. Color is rated on a graded scale, ranging from colorless to light yellow. Totally colorless gems, also known as exceptional white or rare white, are very difficult to come by and very pricey.

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Don’t despair if you can’t afford a rare or even a near colorless, the right setting can make a stone look whiter, and some people prefer a hint of color to cast the ring in a warm glow.

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Diamonds with a yellow, brown, or orange tinge are an attractive and more affordable alternative to white. Diamonds in pink, yellow, and other colors are called “fancy colored diamonds,” and their color is evaluated differently.

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The unity of measurement for a diamond’s weight, a carat is divided into 100 points. One carat weighs about the same as a paper clip, 200 milligrams. Diamonds of the same carat weigh can have dramatically different monetary values based on cut, clarity, and color.

Stacey B.

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Interactive Food Bars That WOW!

If you’re looking for a creative way for your guests to mingle at your wedding reception, there is no better way than to incorporate a food station offering tasty make-it-yourself treats. It’s also a way to surprise your guests and put a personal stamp on your wedding festivities.  Depending on your tastes I have provided you with some of my favorite interactive bar ideas that will surely have your guests wanting more.  And not to mention some of these food bar ideas can also double as take-home gifts for your guests to enjoy after your wedding.

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POPCORN: This fun, interactive bar is a great idea for any summer wedding. Incorporate your favorite sweets and seasonings to add a personalized touch.

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SPUD BAR: As a foodie, this food bar has my mouth watering. Add all your favorite ingredients and your guests will be talking about it months after your festivities.

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WAFFLE BAR: A waffle bar is a great idea for those couples that have a sweet tooth. It can also be a fun-interactive idea for a farewell brunch.

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HOT COCOA: I love hot cocoa bars for winter weddings. If you want to take it a step further add some liquor. Your guests won’t be disappointed.

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COOKIE BAR: If you have a major sweet tooth, incorporate all of your favorite cookie recipes and provide take home boxes for your guests.

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S’MORES BAR: Love is definitely SWEET with this creative S’mores bar!

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CANDY BAR: A candy bar is a sweet treat your guests will be happy they can take home.

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PIZZA BAR: A pizza bar is a great idea for a wedding that will have multiple food stations. Talk to your caterer about letting your guests create their own pizza! Talk about a hit!

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DRINK BAR: A Bloody Mary or Bellini bar will be a hit and makes for a great hospitality table.

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MAC & CHEESE: This food bar has my mouth watering. If your a kid at heart this interactive food bar will be the perfect fit.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to deciding which food bar is best for you. Whether it be sweet treats or savory specialties, your guests will be impressed by the thought that went into creating the perfect reception. Don’t limit yourself to just reception, these bars are also great for rehearsal dinners or farewell brunches.

Stacey B.

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Wedding Dress Codes 101

In more formal days, you didn’t need to specify a dress code. A wedding after 6 P.M. was always black-tie, and a morning wedding called for a morning coat. These days, few people are even aware of the old rules, if you want a casual evening where your guests wear white linen, that’s your choice. Likewise, no one would bat an eye at an 11 A.M. black-tie wedding. But with all these options comes a certain degree of uncertainty, and that’s where the dress code comes in.

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Black-tie optional; Black-tie Invited; Formal attire. A very common middle ground, this indicates that the bridal party will be in formal dress, and it’s optional for the rest of the guests. For men, dark suits or tuxedos are appropriate; women wear dresses or formal evening pants in colors of their choice.

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White-tie. Tails for the  men and full-length gowns for the women; it’s rare to see this most formal of dress codes at wedding these days.

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Black-tie. Men wear tuxedos and women wear formal gowns of any length.

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Cocktail attire. Men wear suits of sports jackets and pants. Women wear dresses or dressy pants.

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Strive to make your dress code helpful and clear.  One of my pet peeves is the cryptic dress code: resort formal, country club casual, beach-side chic, retro Hawaiian dress, post-modern picnic attire.  All designations like these do is leave guests scratching their heads and calling other guests or the hosts for clarification.

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If you’re going to use a nontraditional guideline, make sure it’s clear, like “casual picnic attire.”

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A line that guests will thank you for is this: “The service will be held on the Beach. Please wear appropriate shoes.”

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If your ceremony and reception are in the same location, the dress code goes at the bottom right or center of the invitation.

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If the reception venue is separate, attire is specified on the reception card. It’s not considered proper to tell people what to wear to the ceremony, which is a legal or religious proceeding as opposed to a social occasion.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral – Green Escort Card Displays

One of my favorite production steps of our weddings are the escort card tables. I created one similar to the examples below and I wanted to share with you this trend and how simple yet adorable it is! These truly don’t take too much time or effort to create you just need the right materials and you can make them as big or small as you would like.

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Simple printed escort cards can be made by your invitation designer to have the same style and font used throughout your wedding day.

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Add a pop of color by having your calligrapher write your guests names. To save money on the amount of escort cards have one card made per couple.

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You can either use fake grass or real grass and you easily push the cards down into the grass to hold them in place. But if it is windy you might want to consider stands as shown to the left.

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Here are some other fun ideas, we are actually doing something similar to the one on the left this weekend!

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To add height to moss in a box instead of buying more product fill the bottom of the box with bubble wrap, tissue paper, or floral foam if you have it!

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What a cute display using a frame with moss in the back! It would also be easy to transport to your wedding location.

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Here are some fun cards to add a pop of color! You can easily buy an inexpensive tray and spray paint it any color you would like.

This can also be used at a bridal shower or fun get together. They are simple and easy to make but if you are like me an have slight OCD about straight lines that just might be the most difficult aspect to perfectly line the cards up in uneven grass. There are so many ways to make this your own so be sure to talk with your planner about fun ways to keep this within the design of your flowers and decor!

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