Friday Floral – Veronica

A fun colorful spring/summer flower is Veronica! This flower is also commonly known as gypsyweed or bird’s eye. Although you may see it blooming in your garden around the summer months it can be purchased all year round from your florist. They are easy to grow and can be very long lasting with proper care. In Ireland they put these flowers on travelers to prevent accidents and to keep safe! Whether creating aisle arrangements, boutonnieres, or bouquets Veronica can be a great flower to add for a bit of unique detail.

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Veronica can grow from 4-48″ tall depending on where they are planted.

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They can add a little flare within a simple aisle arrangement or add height to garland lining each row.

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Each stem has 1-3 flower groupings on them and each bloom is approximately 2-4 inches.

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I can’t get enough of this combo to the left with the maroon colored Ranunculus!

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Veronica comes in white, pink, hot pink, blue, dark blue, and lavender.

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Veronica is supposed to drop and have a curve in the flower bloom, this doesn’t mean it is dying it is just the natural look of the flower.

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This flower is very reasonably priced at $10.60 per bunch with 10 stems per bunch.

One aspect that I like most about Veronica is the fact that it can droop across your bouquet but not hang as much as dangling amaranthus which can make an arrangement look very boho. I also like that because of the variety of color it is available in it can either make a large statement or small accents within your bouquet. It is also easy to work with because it has a hardy stem which makes it easier to put into an arrangement when having to use floral foam. This flower is worth looking into when discussing floral designs for your big day!

Laker

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The Dos and Don’t to Invitation Etiquette

You’ll hear a lot of dos and don’t when it comes to stationary. There are endless rules about how to address people, what you can and can’t say, and exactly how to say it. Why can’t you just write what you want and be done with it? Well, first off, using colloquial language on a gorgeous card you’ve gone to the trouble of engraving would be like showing up at the opera in overalls. Moreover, a wedding is a public event, which means that you need to be respectful of etiquette.  If you’re unsure of the proper invitation etiquette, take a look through this list of dos and don’ts.

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Do use the third person for formal invitations: “Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evan Smith / requests the pleasure…” For less formal invitations, you can use the first person plural, which seems more natural if the couple is hosting the wedding: “We invite you to celebrate our wedding,” etc., with your names on the last line.

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Do be consistent in your spellings. If you opt for the British honour, put the u in favour. If you’re going for a contemporary style, honor and favor have a cleaner look.

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Do use the phrase “request the honor of your presence” for a ceremony in a house of worship. For a ceremony in a secular venue, use the phrase “request the pleasure of your company.”

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Do spell out numbers in the date and year (“the twenty-fifth of September, two thousand and fifteen”), but not in the addresses.

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Do spell out numerals in times. For wedding on the half hour, write “half after five o’clock,” not “half past five” or five thirty in the afternoon.” Rather than “A.M.” or “P.M.,” a formal invitation should read “in the morning.”

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Titles for medical doctors (but not PhDs) are generally included, both for parents and for the couple. On a formal invitation, “Doctor” should be spelled out, though for fit purposes the abbreviated form is fine. If one parent is a doctor, list that parent first. If both are, use “The Doctors Smith.”

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For Jewish weddings, invite guests to the marriage of the bride “and” groom, not of the bride “to” the groom.

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The line breaks in the main body of the invitation act as punctuation, so don’t use commas or periods at the end of a line. The only punctuation typically used is a period after a social title (Mr., Mrs.) and any commas used to separate phrases in the middle of the line.

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Never include any reference to gifts or the registry. If you would prefer that guests make a donation to charity, you may include that information on a separate enclosure card.

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If you’ve chosen not to include children, you may not mention that on the invite, it could strike some a rude. Convey who’s invited on the inner envelope.

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Never include information about post-wedding events on the invitation itself. Day-after brunches and after parties belong on a separate insert or on wedding website.

All wording has been honed over the years to ensure that not one word in your invitation could offend any one of your guests! That said, along with the standard wording options, there are plenty of ways to make the invites more personal or casual while still maintaining the requisite form.

Stacey B.

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Top 10 Classic Films for the Bride to Be

Most brides agree, planning a wedding is more stressful than they ever could have imagined. That said, there are many easy and effective ways to manage stress. The key is to build a regular stress-management regimen into your routine before you crash and burn. I suggest devoting one or two nights per week to a relaxing, stress-relieving activity like watching a movie. Whether you watch with the husband-to-be or indulge solo, a movie with an element of romance, makes a perfect break in the planning process. Here’s a mix of guilty pleasures, classic specials, and truly good films that fit the bill.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Audrey, Tiffany’s…What more could you ask for?

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Moonstruck: Cher and Nick Cage and Brooklyn-OH MY!

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Four Weddings and a Funeral: Hilarious weddings galore and High Grant at his most charming.

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Monsoon Wedding: The most sumptuous on-screen wedding of all time.

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When Harry Met Sally: For your Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan fix, with lovely New York as the backdrop.

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You’ve Got Mail: Another New York Meg Ryan movie, and it’s totally irresistible.

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The Sound of Music: A romance on a grand scale, there’s really no limit to how many times you can watch this one.

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Mystic Pizza: Sisters with gorgeous hair, a young Julia Roberts, pizza, and love, sweet love.

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An Affair to Remember: The movie on which Sleepless in Seattle is based… the ultimate tearjerker.

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My Fair Lady: Audrey again, in what’s actually quite an unusual tale of hate, love, hate, and love again.

There’s nothing better than a girls night, so if you can get your man to settle down and watch one of these classics with you, invite over the girls.

Best of wishes,

Stacey B.

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Picking A Floral Style that Suites you

Flowers have been linked with romance and fertility since time immemorial. They lend grace and natural elegance to any setting, but they’re especially central to weddings, accounting from anywhere from six to fifteen percent of the total budget. The first step is to figure out your floral style, or give your florist enough clues to allow her to figure it out. Often, the first question she’ll pose is whether you have a particular color in mind. Then she’ll try to establish whether you like arrangements that are tight, or loose. Most flower arrangements fall into one of the following categories. If you recognize which one appeals to you most, you’ll have a head start in planning you décor.

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The architectural style is a clean, contemporary look that makes use of sculptural flowers like tulips, calla lilies, and orchids. Flowers are typically white or green, and the style can also be achieved with greenery.

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Single flowers are a great touch to the contemporary style. The minimalist look can be budget friendly because you can get away with using just a few stems in each vessel without looking chintzy.

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Fluffy and full, but with more color than romantic arrangement, Garden styles burst with a prolific variety of flowers such as roses, hyacinths, muscari, and Iceland poppies. They usually contain a trailing element, like jasmine.

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Garden colors tend to be some combination of pink, white, lavender, periwinkle, and green. It’s a traditional look that is less formal than romantic and can look lush in silver containers or charming in a basket.

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Romantic style are fluffy arrangements in white, blush, cream, with perhaps a touch of pink. Roses, peonies, and hydrangeas lend themselves to this style.

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Warmer and earthy, Tuscan arrangements rely on sunny shades of yellow and oranges as well as some deeper reds. Flowers could include sunflowers, ranunculus, dahlias, oncidium orchids, poppies, and hypericum berries.

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Terra-cotta containers and the arrangements mix well with natural wood tables, rust-colored or verdigris candelabra, and wide cylinder candles.

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Succulents can run in a variety of styles. They would be a great touch for a contemporary style bride, or even a garden, or Tuscan style bride.

Once you’ve decided to on your floral style, now it’s time to discus details with your florist and event planner. They can start attaching price tags to your vision, which will give you an idea of what’s possible and not possible on your budget. Don’t get discouraged if something is out of your price range, a good florist will be able to see your vision and give you something very similar to what you have in mind.

Stacey B.

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Floating Candle Decor

Sometimes simplicity is the best option! Here are some of my favorite examples of simple floating candle arrangements with fresh flowers. Some may be in tall vases other in short fish bowl examples but either way they are great money savers when looking to make a big statement on the table but not in your bank account.

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Here is a wide vase with multiple flowers and a few floating candles. This is a great way to tie in flowers without a standard arrangement in an urn.

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I love the square floating candles in this fresh cherry blossom inspired wedding theme.

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I love the fresh flowers look, whether it be the same type of flower or a mix of flowers it is very inviting!

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Using rose petals is a great way to save!

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What a unique way to decorate a vase with theses cut aspen wraps, moss, twine, and orchids.

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I love using ferns and greenery inside of a simple arrangement. Another way to use these fern leaves would be to wrap them horizontally around the edges before filling it with water.

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Another low wide bowl with multiple flowers, this incorporates many different colors which pop when the lights dim and are glowing next to the floating candles.

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Fresh rose petals are great for accenting these floating candles.

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Beautiful hydrangeas! Be sure not to add these until the day of, the petals could brown quickly due to being submerged in water for too long.

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I love having a low arrangement with a tall accent to create depth on a table. Another way to create multiple levels is to add ribbon decor on multiple heights of a vase as shown to the right.

There are so many ways to incorporate floating candles on your big day but the reason why we encourage them is to provide different focal points on the table. They can be used in low vases or tall vases and are a switch up from the traditional pillar candle. They can also save a bit of money in comparison to tall pillar candles. These vases can be adorned with many fresh flowers which can allow you to customize them into your own design in any way you please!

Laker

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