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.

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Proteas

The Protea stands out among the other tropical flowers. They are native to South Africa and Australia. The meaning of the Protea is “to transform, have courage, and be diverse”. Proteas come in a multitude of colors such as, red, pink, yellow, orange, even lime. There are also many different species of Proteas. Here are just a few:

 Pin cushion Protea:

Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

King Protea,

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Queen Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Blushing Bride Protea:

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Photo Credit: Fifty Flowers

Check out our blog on Dahlias !

Wedding Centerpieces Including Candles

Candles a are  great way to add ambiance to any event. Here are a few centerpiece ideas we love which feature candles:

1. Floating candles

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                Submerging flowers in varied height cylinder vases are the perfect option for a more modern, simple centerpiece design.  Add floating candles for illumination.

2. Candle Groupings

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                If you have long guest tables, a great idea is to weave a simple green garland through candles.  It adds a bit of whimsy to a clean, elegant design.

3. Layering with a tall centerpiece

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               Another design for a long table is to feature a tall centerpiece with varied pillar candles down either side. A very romantic look.

4. Lanterns

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                 Placing pillar candles inside and votive candles around the lantern create wonderful illumination.  We suggest having little cylinders or small bud vases with simple flower arrangements next to the lantern, it really helps to complete the look. Or have flowers spilling out of the lantern and votives around the base.

Check out our blog on Tips For A Stunning Tablescape 

Candles Used in Wedding Centerpieces

                Would you love to add accents to your wedding guest tables in addition to your floral centerpieces?  Adding candles can lend a certain level of romance to your centerpieces.

Here are 5 centerpiece ideas we love which feature candles:

1. Floating candles

                Submerging flowers in varied height cylinder vases are the perfect option for a more modern, simple centerpiece design.  Add floating candles for illumination.  These centerpieces are great for the budget, while leaving your guests in awe.

2. Lined candles

                If you have long guest tables, a great idea is to weave a simple green garland through varied height candles twinkling down the table.  It adds a bit of whimsy to a clean, elegant design.

3. Chandelier

                Taking an antique chandelier is a sure way to put some romance in your event space.  Placing a ring of flowers around the base, or even having a green garland, or vine wrap up the stem of the chandelier adds a more natural element to this style centerpiece.

4.  Glass goblets

                Varied heights of glass goblets with ball candles inside look amazing in the center of a ring of flowers.  If you prefer more of a simple look, rose petals sprinkled around the base adds color and elegance.

5. Lanterns

                Lanterns are another way to put romance into a room.  Placing pillar candles inside and votive candles around the lantern create wonderful illumination.  We suggest having little cylinders or small bud vases with simple flower arrangements next to the lantern, it really helps to complete the look.

Happy Fourth Of July!

A new trend for summer brides is having your wedding on the Fourth of July. It is our nation’s anniversary of it’s independence from England, why not make it your wedding anniversary too!

You can keep with the traditional or go full patriotic. Rent a food truck and serve BBQ, or have your venue cater to the “American Classics” like mini hot dogs and grilled cheese!

photo credit: Mel Barlow

photo credit: Mel Barlow

Don’t forget about your bridal party. Having the flowers and dresses coordinated in a patriotic theme can really make your pictures pop! July is prime time growing season for flowers, giving you plenty of options to choose from for your bouquets. Having a lush garden bouquet with red roses, zinnias or peonies, white hydrangea, blue delphinium or blue thistle, are just one of so many options for you to choose from.

photo credit: Studio Stem

photo credit: Studio Stem

At the end of your night, have a sparkler send off. It looks great in photos and who doesn’t love sparklers? Maybe you could even coordinate a fireworks display as your grand finale!

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Photo credits: Lamb and Lark; Beaux Arts Photography/via Kelly Oshiro Design

Seasonal color trends of 2017

Here are some top trending colors for this year paired with the seasons.

              Fall (September – November) deep rich tones look beautiful together. Varying shades or reds, burgundy, orange or shades of rich pinks look great together.

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Late winter (January- Feb) You cant go wrong with classic all white, or white and light blue. However if classic white isn’t your look, white, blush and burgundy look so romantic among soft candle light.

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For early spring (March – April): a huge trend is a pallet of blue, purple, peach and blush tones.   It lets people know you’re ready for winter to be over, and the warm of spring to begin.

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In early summer (May – June), flowers are in full bloom!  Gorgeous pastels are all the rage. They truly shine in a spring garden wedding.  For those who want a more bold and colorful look,  rich reds, blues and peach look brilliant together!

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All through the summer (May – August)  nothing makes you happier, then it’s sunshine and the bight colors it brings with it.  Very popular are the colors of bright orange, pink and blush.  It will really bring a happy fun element to your wedding.  Another great choice is Purple.  Having a monochromatic theme, with the different shades of purple from lavender to a deep royal purple look gorgeous in a lush garden setting.

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Are you ready to talk wedding flowers?  Schedule a wedding consultation with one of our designers today!

How to Choose a Wedding Florist

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Yay! You’re engaged and now the fun planning for your wedding begins. First you need to decide what season you will be wed and what your overall event vision will be. Once you have the date and location set you will start adding details and vendors to bring your vision to life. Your florist is going to be one of your key design vendors for your big day. You should feel comfortable and communicate well with them. Here is our advice when starting to look for a florist. The first thing to consider is that not all flower shops are created equal.

Special Event Florist: Event Florists specialize in weddings and events and love and live weddings. They not only have a wide array of rental items, they have skilled wedding designers and staff to seamlessly deliver. The specialty shop is focused on weddings and will prioritize you as an event client over anything including holidays or retail. Floral and event designers are usually made up of a group of creative individuals and planners, and will help you to realize your event vision, and how to bring it to life. You are not just buying flowers, but you are buying floral art customized for you.

Retail Flower shop: This type of flower shop can usually be found on a main street or shopping plaza near you, they usually have a focus as a retail store. They may offer wedding flowers but not specialize in it. Our advice is to be mindful of their team, including staff or designers that will create your designs.

When looking for a local florist. A great planning resource is the knot.com but we also recommend talking to friends and family for referrals. Also ask your other vendors, photographers, venue managers, and your hair stylists have experience with weddings, and will be great resources of information.

– When it’s time to schedule your floral appointment, arrive with a budget in mind.

On average, the total cost of wedding flowers range from 8% to 15% of your overall wedding budget. Read our blog on how much do wedding flowers cost 

– Keep in mind the following factors that will affect your overall cost:

Size of bridal party & the number of guest tables

Variety of flowers, Size of arrangements & Seasonal availability

Things to remember: Delivery & service set up & NJ state tax

– Bring the following items with you to your appointment:

Inspiration photos of your favorite floral designs and wedding decor.

Pictures of your gown, bridesmaid’s dresses, color scheme or color swatches.

Bring someone with you who will help to make style decisions.

When making your decision we recommend you ask yourself:

Do they “get you”? Do they get a sense of your style and budget? Do they offer options, suggestions and solutions? Do you feel comfortable with them? A good rapport is essential.

Choosing flowers should be a fun and easy process. Your florist is there to help you turn your vision into a perfectly styled event that reflects your personality. Happy Planning! If you are in need of a florist in the New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia area, we would love to meet you!

 

History of The Boutonniere

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Boutonnieres originated on the battlefields of England in the middle ages. Back in the dark ages, the people who usually fought were the poor peasants who were farmers, and servants to their lord. They most likely wore the same clothing as each other, making it difficult to determine who was the enemy on battlefields. So the boutonniere was invented. Each side chose a flower that would represent which side they were on. For example in the war of the roses, each side wore a red or white rose to represent which King they supported.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that men started wearing boutonnieres as a fashion statement. The fashions of this time period started to include coats that folded over at the top, revealing the inside of the buttonhole. Not wanting to leave an empty buttonhole, they filled it with a flower, and the boutonniere for fashion was born.

Read about the history of the Garter and Bouquet Toss here

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One of the hottest colors this year is blue.  It’s magnificent color brilliantly shines above all the other colors of the rainbow.  For many brides, blue is their end all be all color of choice for their nuptials.  We can picture it now, navy blue bridesmaid dress, a monochromatic cake (very trendy), and blue shoes (for your something blue).  But as for blue flowers, brides may feel they have a limited number of choices.  But there is one great flower that is sure to be every blue loving bride’s number one choice, Delphinium.

                The flower Delphinium means to achieve one’s dreams, to striving for success, and to enjoy the lighter side of life, even when troubles get you down.  Delphinium’s meaning makes it a perfect choice for your bridal bouquet, as its positive meaning is sure to reflect on you and your big day.  It comes in a multitude of different shades: from a deep purple, royal blue, light blue, to a pale white.  It’s small delicate blooms are sure to make a statement in any arrangement or bouquet.

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Stephanie was so much fun to work with. Her designs definitely reflected her sweet personality. Stephanie loved succulents, so we added a few into her mix of hydrangea, roses, tea roses, eucalyptus, and sweet touches of silver brunia pods. She rented our “Welcome to our wedding” chalk sign, which added a cute personalized touch to their ceremony entrance. We couldn’t of imagined a happier couple, and we wish them all the best!

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Lynn & John – Hotel DuPont – Wilmington, DE

This was a romantic wedding that matched perfectly with the reception venue. Lynn’s bridal bouquet was lush and white, with dramatic pops of burgundy and plum. Her design style was elegant and timeless. So happy to be a part of their special day. Wishing these two love birds all the best!!

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