Stunning Bridesmaids Bouquets

The bridesmaids’ bouquets should be smaller than the bride’s but should echo a feature of hers, whether in shape, color, or type of flower.  They should also complement the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, so bring your florist a picture for reference. If you’re planning to have the bridesmaids’ place their bouquets on the cake table during reception, keep the cake and linen colors in mind as well.  Although you want everyone in the wedding party to look like they belong together, the bridesmaids don’t have to carry identical bouquets.  If you’re indecisive your bridesmaids bouquets take a look at the following gorgeous options.

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Ranunculus is one of my favorite accent flowers to use in a bridesmaids bouquet.  A surreal shape and amazing color range – white, yellow-gold, bronze, orange, scarlet, and vivid green, among others – makes ranunculus a standout accent in arrangements.

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With a small bridal party of up to three bridesmaids, it looks better if the bouquets are alike. With a larger bridal party, you can explore some variation.

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The color of their bouquets might match, but each could be composed of a different flower, tulips for one, roses for another, dahlias, for the third. Or the colors could graduate, starting with pale pink and deepening to magenta. If the bridesmaids’ dresses vary in style, keep the bouquets more uniform so that effects doesn’t get out of hand.

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Amaranthus fits the bill when you want your bouquets to drips. This flower is also often used at the ceremony and in tall centerpieces. It’s a very distinctive-looking flower, so people tend to either love it or hate it.

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Chocolate cosmos are my second favorite accent flower to incorporate into bridesmaids’ bouquets. The brownish red hue makes it a hit with brides using chocolate in their color scheme, and it’s cocoa sent never fails to delight. The flower makes a cool accent to pale green or pink blooms and a sophisticated mix with red.

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Lisianthus is a sweet looking flower that can resemble a rose or a poppy, that comes comes in white, pink, and purple. Considered a filler flower, as it’s not assertive enough to stand on it’s own, it beautifully rounds out a romantic bouquet.

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The stephanotis makes for a beautiful accent flower. Don’t let the beauty fool you though, they have no stems, so florist insert a wire and tape them to other blossoms in order to make them functional, making them a little on the pricey side. These star-shaped flowers mix well with roses in romantic arrangements, as their star shape brakes up the roundness, and they can also work with orchids for a tropical or architectural look.

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The maid of honor’s bouquet can be slightly different so that she stands out from the other bridesmaids. You might use the same flowers but have different color ribbons trailing from her bouquet so that the effect doesn’t get out of hand.

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Viburnum is a beautiful flower to incorporate into your bridesmaids’ bouquets.  A sometimes-overlooked accent flower, viburnum can fill space in a bouquet or create a fluffy effect to any arrangement. Pale green viburnum can look ultramodern when mixed with burgundy or hot pink blooms, but can look equally at home in a garden style bouquet.

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Roses are the best all-around bouquet flower, roses are showy, romantic, hardy, and come in so many colors that they can be worked into any color scheme.

Stacey B.

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Detailed Stair Accents

A final touch that we love to add to our wedding are entry and stair decor. When guests arrive they can instantly understand the theme of your wedding by seeing the garland on the entry way to the church or the floral vases lining the hall. I can’t get enough of the pictures below they have captured my vision of stair decor that equals perfection. Take a look below!

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Classic elegance, nothing better!

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Lovely vintage vases lining the stairs with tea lights. Not terribly expensive but adds a great touch.

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Here are two examples one on the left has a bit thicker greenery with lovely roses while the other is a bit more cost effective with a light greenery and a sprinkling of smaller flowers.

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I personally like the variety vase look, adding different heights and dimensions to your stairs allows the space to looked finished.

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Here are two styles of rustic one using crates while the other uses fresh fruits with mason jars.

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Garden elegance! While this might be a bit of a budget buster you can swap out many different flowers to decrease the price of this floral garland.

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Mixing mercury vases versus a whimsical glow. Another reason we like to use stair decor is to invite your guests in from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, or the cocktail hour to the reception.

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Mountain elegance can be captured using aspen rounds or trunks with varying height candles. Another fun option is to add floating candles in similar vases creating a trick to the eye of height.

Stair decor as I said truly finishes a space. While it is an added expense it can bring an extra spice to your wedding look. They don’t necessarily have to be a budget buster but a cute detail to welcome your guests. This is just a peak at what you could do with your space, now that you are inspired, it’s time for you to switch things up and make them your own.

Laker

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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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