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   Leigh Florist is a boutique floral studio in South Jersey.  Our team provides full service floral design for everyday arrangements and events.  We specialize in wedding and event design and offer custom bouquet preservation.

We invite you to experience our fresh flowers, artistic designs, and friendly service!

Stop in or call us! 856.547.1090 Visit our website here

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Vineyard Wedding Ideas

A picturesque winery is an ideal place to host your wedding. Wine cellars and rows of grape vines set the perfect romantic atmosphere.

These are some of our favorite centerpieces ideas:

  • Using wine bottles is a great way to incorporate your wine theme in your centerpieces. As a cost effective option, bring your own wine bottles to your florist, and have them fill the bottles with loose blooms. Clusters of bottles on each table adds a cute accent for your guests to admire. Paint some of the wine bottles gold to add an elegant touch!

  • You can also use wine crates as your floral centerpieces – this looks especially nice if you have long rectangle guest tables. Create a romantic garden style arrangement with lots of flowing foliage and blooms to match your wedding colors.
  • Try filling a tall glass cylinder or pilsner vase with wine corks and place a floral arrangement on top. This is perfect for reception rooms that have tall ceilings if you would like to add a bit of height to your tables.

  • Green garlands with pops of colorful flowers are sure to play off that vineyard feel! 

Place Card Ideas

We are seeing many interesting place card trends for weddings lately.

The place card table is one of the first wedding elements your guests will see. Why not wow them? This year we have noticed a trend of organic escort cards. Couples are using foliage and plants to help their guest find their seats.

Here are some cool ideas we have seen:

Succulent plants

Leaves used as the place card

Seating Charts trimmed with foliage

Check out or blog on balloon wedding trends!

Balloon Wedding Ideas

Balloons are making a comeback. No longer the boring balloons of the past, reminding you of a birthday party. These fresh ideas and newest trends will have you wanting to include balloons in your upcoming nuptials

Balloons look great in photos as props!

Balloons with a garland.

Instead of using a plain string, you can attach a flower garland to the base of the balloon. The look is absolutely stunning and makes the flowers look as though they are floating.

Line giant balloons down the aisle

This idea looks amazing! It really helps to bring your walk down the aisle to a whole new level.

Our favorite fall flowers

Fall weddings can be very romantic with the warm color leaves sprinkling down from the trees in shades of burgundy, orange, yellow and rich red.  This makes the perfect backdrop for such an event.  There are very beautiful flowers that grow in the Fall.

Here are 5 of our favorite seasonal Fall blooms:

  1. Sunflowers

Sunflowers grow locally here in late Summer and Fall making them a budget friendly option.  Their bright sunny blooms bring a lovely accent to the deep rich red and orange Fall tones.

  1. Dahlias

These unique blooms are a favorite of many brides.  Their blooms range from small and delicate to a large dinner plate size bloom.  They come in a wide range of colors to compliment any wedding color.

  1. Mums

Mums are a great way to bring Fall into your wedding.  Using mum plants as altar arrangements adds a beautiful Fall touch to any wedding.  These blooms are available as both plants and fresh cut blooms.  They are available in a variety of bold and beautiful colors such as purple, burgundy, orange, copper and yellow.

  1. Celosia

Celosia comes in a light and airy “feathered” variety or “coxcomb” variety which resembles coral in the ocean.  Popular celosia colors are its dark burgundy, red, orange and fuchsia.

  1. Bi-colored rose

These roses are grown all year round, but really got the spot light during the fall. Popular fall roses are high and magic, or circus rose.  Its bright yellow and orange petals make them a true show stopper. They look amazing in all aspects of the wedding from centerpieces, bouquets, cake flowers and other décor.

Wedding Napkin Accents

Even the smallest details can really kick your wedding up a notch. A great way to add small touches to your wedding is to accent your guest place setting by incorporating flowers on to your napkins. Tucking blooms or herbs into the neatly folded napkins adds a wonderful finishing touch to your table scape.

Here are some of our favorite looks

Flower blooms: Orchids, Roses, Dahlias, Gerbera Daisy’s are all great delicate touches

Bunch of Herbs or cluster flowers: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Rosemary, Baby’s Breath can give a nice rustic charm to your guest plates.

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Acacia

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Acacia, also known as Mimosa, originated in Australia. It is the country’s national flower. They celebrate this sunny colored flower every year on September 1st. Australians wear mimosa to show their patriotism for their country. In war time people would send Acacia to their loved ones fighting in battle, as a symbol of their support.

 Acacia gets its name from the Greek word “Akais”, meaning sharp point, which refers to the plants prickly leaves. Surprisingly, it is not part of the flower family, but rather the tree or shrub family.

Acacia Flowers can vary in color from cream and pale yellow to gold. The blooms are very fragrant and sweet smelling. The meaning of the acacia flower represents a love that is true and pure. Its beautiful gold blooms stand out in the desert like a beacon of light, a symbol of how true love will always find a way to blossom.

How to make your own Terrarium

Terrariums are a cool way to bring nature inside your home or office.  They are a cute decoration on any table or desk.  Terrariums are easy to take care of and require very minimal watering.

Materials Needed:

  • A clear glass jar, vase, bowl, or glass
  • Rocks, pebbles or recycled crushed glass
  • Activated charcoal (sometimes called activated carbon)
  • Potting soil appropriate for your plants
  • Moss (optional)
  • Figurines, sticks or decorative items (optional)
  • Various small plants

Step 1.  Prepare the container

A great place to get your container is the thrift store.  Just make sure to wash it thoroughly and remove all stickers from the container.

Step 2. Add a drainage layer

Once the container is ready, fill the bottom with rocks or pebbles. This is to create drainage layer so water can settle and keep the plant from flooding.  The depth of the rocks depends on the size of your container, but aim for 1/2″ to 2″.

Step 3.  Add Activated Charcoal

This will help keep the bacteria from growing in your terrarium and keep your plants healthy.

Step 4. Add soil

Place a layer of soil down next.  Be sure to get the appropriate type of soil depending on the variety of plants you are using.  Add enough soil so the plant roots will have plenty of room to grow. Aim for a depth slightly greater than the height of the plant’s pot.

Step 5. Plant Away!

When taking plants out of their original containers, you will want to break off all the old soil clinging to the roots.  Feel free to trim some of the roots back as they will grow back new and healthy.  Continue placing your little plants in the container while trying to avoid placing them near the edges of the container.  Once your plants are inside, pack them down with more soil, so they are sturdy in the dirt.

Step 6.  Accessorize!

Get creative – add decorative twigs, rock or moss to complete the look.

Step 7. Clean and Water

You can clean the dirt off the sides of your terrarium and give it a fresh spritz of H20.  Just a few sprays of water should to the trick – enough so the dirt is damp to the touch.  Watering every other day or when the dirt looks dry should be plenty for the plants.

If you’re really feeling crafty, check out these pieces of jewelry made of living plants!

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine. The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable grower who deals specifically in high quality edible flowers. We recommend  Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 

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Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm–  minty flavor                                     2. Marigolds–  spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile– sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus–  similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose– more of a bitter taste                               6. Sunflowers– Petals can be eaten, and the bud

                              can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- great addition to salads                       8. Tulips–  cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs– great to infuse with ice cream               10. Honey Suckle– Sweet taste

 

 

Edible flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine

 The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable growers who deals specifically in edible flowers such as Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm- Has a minty flavor                                       2. Marigolds- Have a spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile- has a sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus-  Has a similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose- has more of a bitter taste                                   6. Sunflowers- Petals can be eaten, and the bud

can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- are great tasting in salads                              8. Tulips- Have a cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs- are great to infuse with ice cream                   10. Honey Suckle Petals- Sweet taste

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Wedding Ceremony Traditions

Your ceremony is a big part of your wedding day. Have you pictured what your ceremony will be like? Here is a list of some of our favorite new ceremony trends.

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  • Wine box ceremony

The bride and groom write love letters to each other, place them in a box with a bottle of wine and seal the box. The couple then opens the box on their 5th wedding anniversary to read the lets from one another, drink the wine, and reminisce about their wedding day. The couple then writes 2 new letters, with a new bottle of wine and reopens it on their 10th year anniversary. It is a ceremony tradition for couples to celebrate every 5 years.

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  • Sand Ceremony

The bride and groom each have a glass full of a different color sand. The color of the sand is usually the wedding colors. The couple then places an ornate vase or glass container in the middle of their two vases of sand. During the ceremony they pour sand into the single vase alternating the colors. This symbolizes the two becoming one.

 

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  • Tree Planting Ceremony

A tree planting ceremony is where the bride and groom plant a tree during their ceremony into a pot. They each take turns filling the pot with soil and watering the plant. This ceremony symbolizes the growth of their marriage, and what it will become. When the tree gets bigger they will then plant it, as a symbol that their love will grow forever.

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  • Flower Ceremony

A flower ceremony is one of the most loving ceremonies because it involves both the couple and their families. The bride and groom have a vase between them filled with a little bit of water. The couple exchanges roses with each other as a gift, placing them into the vase. They then pass flowers to their soon to be in-laws. Their family members would then place their flowers in the vase, making it complete. This ceremony symbolizes the family coming together as one. After the wedding you can

preserve the flowers as a keepsake. We offer floral preservation here at Leigh Florist. For more information, visit our website

Boutonnieres

   Boutonnieres, also known as button holes, can be a single flower or cluster of delicate flowers which accent a gentleman’s lapel for a special event.  Rather than pinning the boutonniere to the lapel as we do today, many people used to place a flower into the button hole of their lapel – hence the name!

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Here at Leigh Florist, our most popular boutonniere is our garden style design which consists of a cluster of petite flowers usually tea roses, lisianthus, or ranunculus with accent greens a ribbon tie (optional).

 

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You can even use a single flower such as a rose, mini gerbera daisy, ranunculus and many other various blooms accented with greens.  Traditionally for weddings, most people match the boutonnieres to the bridal party bouquets.

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But not all weddings are the same.  Some couples have thought of unique ways to make their boutonnieres stand apart from the traditional.  Many like to add little accents to their boutonniere. Here are a couple of ways wedding couples have gotten creative.

  • Keys
  • Hot peppers
  • Shot Gun Shells
  • Gears
  • Pictures
  • Clocks
  • Feathers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Guitar Picks
  • Wine Corks