DIY Painted Centerpiece Vases

Thinking about doing some DIY centerpiece containers? Here are a few tips and ideas for some fun and funky DIY vases.

Take a trip to your local thrift store. You may find some vases or bottles that match and some that don’t.  Not to worry.  Here are some designs that can be achieved with spray paint!

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Making different designs with painters tape is a cool and easy way to add some personality to your wedding.

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Check out this tutorial from HMH Designs on how to make your own mercury glass! 

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Jazzing up your votive candle holders will also take your centerpieces up a notch.

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We love working with DIY brides and can  help bring  your vision to life! Schedule a design consultation today! 

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!

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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!

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

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

Your $40,000 Wedding Budget: Where Should the Money Go?

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Loved this article from brides.com – read the whole article here

One of the hardest parts about planning your wedding is setting your wedding budget. Your next most difficult decision? Figuring out how to divide your budget to cover all of your costs.

We’ve already shared how to use $15,000 and $25,000 budgets, so now we’re breaking down the details for couples that have $40,000 to spend. (But if you’re planning to work with a different amount for your own big day, visit our wedding budget tracker to calculate your own custom wedding budget and track payments.)

Dress & Style: $5,200

You have a generous $2,400 to spend on your wedding dress, so start browsing designer galleries and determine what style will suit your best! But remember this number should include alternations, too. If you’re planning to accessorize with a headpiece of veil, you have $400 to spend, and another $400 for your shoes, extra accessories, and jewelry. As for getting glam on your big day, you’ve got $800 in the budget for hair and makeup. Your groom has $400 to spend on his tuxedo or suit. And for your wedding bands, you should plan to spend no more than $800 on both pieces of bling.

Paper Products: $1,600

Plan to spend around $1,200 on your invitations and thank-you cards. Having a hard time picking the perfect customized suite? Visit the BRIDES stationery shop, where you can mix and match your favorite paper picks. While you’re browsing, make sure to check out escort cards, menus, and ceremony programs since you have $400 total to spend on those items.

Ceremony & Reception: $22,000

You’ll need someplace to get married and someone to officiate, so plan to spend $800 total on any ceremony fees and officiant donations, plus $600 to spend on ceremony music.

Your reception, including the venue, rentals, food service, and beverages should set you back about $16,800. You’ve then got $800 to put towards a delicious wedding cake and $3,000 for a DJ or band that will get all of your guests out on the dance floor.

Accommodations & Transportation: $1,200

If you’re planning an amazing entrance or getaway, you’ll need a rental car or limo to drive you and your new husband to and from the reception. You have $600 to spend here, plus another $400 to spend on any guest shuttles. Once the party is all over, you’ll want to unwind in your hotel room — book a space that will set you back no more than $200.

See More: 20 Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

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Start with your bouquet since you have about $300 to spend on bridal blooms. Then pick out bouquets for your bridesmaids for a total of $400. Choose boutonnieres that will cost no more than $120 total, and spend $40 on an arrangement or loose petals for your flower girl. As for ceremony and reception décor, including a chuppah, aisle runner, or centerpieces plan to spend no more than $2,740.

Photo & Video: $4,800

Booking a great photographer to capture all of your wedding memories is a must. You’ve got $2,800 to spend here and another $2,000 to spend on a videographer.

Favors & Gifts: $1,600

You’ve got $800 to spend on tokens for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Whether you’re giving out favors or donating to a charity in honor of your friends and family, you have $400 to spend on any gifts for guests. And if you want to thank your parents, plan to spend no more than $400 here.

Calculate your own wedding budget here!

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!

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

Bach-Parties

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                Oftentimes, an engaged couple will find they share the same friends.  So when planning their bachelor/ bachelorette parties brides and grooms are starting a new trend.  The new “hybrid” bachelor/bachelorette parties that has started is known as Bach-Parties.  This gets everyone involved, and can be an even greater time than two separate parties.

Here are 5 Top Ideas for Bach-Parties:

1. Team Bride/ Team Groom Olympics

When everyone gets together for the party, split them up into team bride and team groom.  Have your Matron-of-honor and Best man come up with sport ideas such as: Olympic flip cup, beer pong, water balloon toss or relay races.  You can rent a field, or if someone in the bridal party has a huge yard, these would be great places to host you Bach-Party.

2. Go Camping

Getting your bridal party together to go camping and hiking is an adventurous bach-party.  Hanging with all your friends and swapping stories about the bride/ groom over a campfire are great way for friends to celebrate the happy couple and become closer with other friends in the bridal party.

3. Go away on Vacation

Having the bride’s best friends and groom’s best friends go on a trip together is a great way to end your single days in style.  A few fun places to travel are Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, New Orleans, or even the Caribbean.  Where ever you choose to go will ultimately end in an amazing bash!

4. Wine/ beer tasting

Rent a party bus and get your closest friends together.  Create a route that makes stops at local wineries, breweries, or both.  The guys would get a kick out of going to the wineries, as the same for the women to the breweries.  It is the best of both worlds.  Plus, who doesn’t love a party bus??

5.  Classy BBQ

Hosting a classy BBQ is a fun way of getting everyone together and celebrating the happy couple.  You can either get it catered, or have someone man the grill.  Having lawn games and cocktails are a chill way to finish off your single days.

5 Perfect Gifts for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom

We searched high and low Etsy to find cute and creative gifts that moms are sure to love on the big day.  They have been with you (or your spouse) from the start, and a special token to say, “thanks” will really put a smile on their face.

1. Whiteliliedesigns creates a charm that can be tailored to both the mother of the bride and mother of the groom.  It has a sweet thank you message with the wedding date engraved at the bottom.

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2. Mugable Mugs creates a pretty tote bag that moms can use before, during and even after the wedding.  It features a lovely floral pattern with a script font.

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3. Imprinted Thoughts offers a bracelet that is sure to bring a tear to the eyes of any momma out there.  The message is engraved on the underside of the bracelet as a special note for them to keep with them forever.

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4. Susabellas offers a jewelry box that has a simple, yet sentimental design.  The outside features “MOM” with a cute little heart.  When mom opens the box, the inside features a message for her.

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5. FancyType offers a funny spin on the traditional mother of the bride/mother of the groom gift.  This mug features a message saying “Thanks Mom, I turned out awesome.”  What mom wouldn’t love to hear that?

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Another gift for moms is floral preservation.  You can preserve flowers from the wedding inside a shadow box.  Include a wedding invitation or photo to create a memory mom is sure to love.  For more information on floral preservation call us (856) 547-1090 or visit our website

Hanging Flower Arrangements

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A fabulous trend going from coast-to-coast is hanging flowers.  From the ceremony to the reception, these hanging blooms, are making a statement.

  1. One of the trends is called the upside-down garden.  It’s where you take hundreds of flowers, and hang them from the ceiling, making a sea of  of flowers, transforming your ceremony or dance floor into a lush garden above them.  Almost like your floating above the ground.
  2. Another flora trend is flower chandeliers.   Imagine gorgeous blooms, overflowing and draping down off of a chandeliers, or circle hoops over your heads, or dance floor.  They are sure to set the mood, to your nuptials and will have your guests staring in awe!
  3. Inverted Centerpieces.  Does your venue have tall ceilings? A great idea is to have inverted centerpieces, which where you suspend your table center pieces above your guest, drawing their eyes upward.  These look great with long tables, and can really take your wedding to the next level!
  4. Curtain of flowers.  Have a curtain of flowers draped as your backdrop for your ceremony looks stunning.  You can even have it as your back drop of your sweetheart table.  Flowers draping from top to bottom, add a bit of modern flair.  A great idea is to have them monochromatic, and start lighter at the top, and grow dark, as it goes to the bottom.  Another idea is to hang them in picture frames.  They will look like framed works of art.
  5. Hanging glass globes look very modern, and look absolutely amazing.  You can have them as your backdrop of your ceremony, or suspend them across guest tables.  In each globe your can put a single flower for bright glam look, or add more lush greens and succulent for a more of a garden look.

Metallic Wedding Trends

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Gold, Silver, and bronze are beginning to trend as captivating metallic accents for weddings and events.  Brides are choosing these shining metals for everything in their wedding, from the invitations and bridesmaid dresses, to their cake and centerpieces. Metallic colors can be used for whatever style your wedding may be, from a modern, upscale wedding to a rustic barn or intimate garden theme.  Metals come in every style: shining, muted, antiqued and more.

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Rose gold is a great option for brides who love pink, but don’t want that bubble gum pink hue.  Mixing metals is becoming popular, which is perfect for summer and fall.  Most would never place silver next to gold, or even bronze for that matter, but the effect is quite lovely.  Adding different metal lanterns is great for a rustic barn wedding, or even a garden party’s tablescape.

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Taking gold vases, and mixing them with bronze chargers, and copper glasses would make your tables pop, and give the wedding a warm glow. Silver is great for winter.  It’s shining, reflective color, has a frozen, icy sheen which will make guests feel as though they have entered a winter wonderland. Metallic colors are great accents for all the bride’s décor.

 

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Cakes shine in the light when decorated with the metallic foil on them, Standing out as the wedding’s show piece. Metallic colors are surprisingly versatile. They can be elegant, whimsical, or even very natural. This a wedding trend that is here to stay. Flowers complimenting metallic tones nicely – take a look  at some of our weddings that included metallics. Getting married?  We would love to hear from you!  Contact us to schedule a wedding flower consultation.