New Years Eve Weddings

3,2,1 Happy New year!  The cheers of your family and friends all around you toasting to your health, wealth, and happiness! It’s your wedding! At midnight you Kiss your newlywed husband/ or wife and you start the New Year as the new Mr. & Mrs.

                Couples are rushing to book their wedding at the hottest venues, for their New Year’s Eve wedding. This kind of wedding is great for the couple whose friends and family don’t want to the party to end. The possibilities are endless with a New Year’s Eve wedding! Black tie, champagne, Glitter!  This is every bride’s excuse to include some glitz and glam to their wedding. In either the confetti, the centerpieces, or even the bridesmaid dresses. The hot new trend is to use mixed metallic color pallets, from gold to silver, or even rose gold.

Some centerpiece ideas even include clocks on the table, so that all the guests can see the time, and can countdown with the couple. Noisemakers, hat’s, and champagne make some great wedding favors for your guests, and have them joining in on the merriment! Hosting your wedding on New Year’s Eve will have you and your guest relive your wedding year after year with the amazing memories! Maybe now, you may even have a countdown of your own to your New Year’s Eve wedding extravaganza!  Check out our wedding page for more inspiration!

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How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost? Straight from a Wedding Florist

How much do wedding flowers cost?

A note from the florist:

As a wedding florist, weddings are my life.  Week in and week out, I plan, prep, create and design wedding flowers.  When the weekend arrives, I’m delivering, overseeing set up, styling and watching it all come together.

It takes much dedication, it is my passion and I love my job!

There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes that many are unaware of, which separates flower design as a profession vs. flower design as a hobby.  A wedding requires much organization, paperwork and sourcing,  along with finding the best flowers and materials for the event.  My team meets to discuss the details and requests of the clients.  This allows us all to collaborate on the event design.

The week of the wedding flowers are received, processed, hydrated and thorns removed.  They go into a cooling period in the fridge for 24 hours to follow. It is important to know the care of each flower variety to ensure success for an event.

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Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com)

An experienced florist who has been designing and preparing flowers for hundreds of weddings before yours  is well worth the money.  Here’s why:

Quality Product – You need your flowers to be right the first time because there are no “take twos” for your wedding day!

Design Meetings – Our process begins with the client scheduling their first design meeting.  At this first meeting you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to lay out the details of your wedding – the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s.  We will also ask a few design questions about your colors, details and theme.

Then a floral consultation begins, at this point I want to get an overview of your wedding flower ideas and arrangements. I love when the client is an open book expressing favorites and dislikes. The client usually will come with photos and style boards to share ideas of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. We use our portfolio of designs to help further clarify the direction of details and designs.

Professional Planning – Once the designs are decided, we will have colors established and style direction for the event. After the style we have to be sure that the budget matches the dream.  I begin to break down the various elements, including which flowers and foliage will be needed and the quantity for each. As a professional florist there a lot of moving parts like what type and how many vases to buy, along with the when and where to deliver bouquets and coordinating setup time(s) for the ceremony and and reception.  I am required to be organized in my thoughts and creative in spirit at all times.

Detailed Organization – Once your wedding day is getting near, the next step is to start ordering an negotiating with local suppliers and growers. We need to confirm availability, create recipes for each design, contact and communicate with your ceremony venue, reception venue and wedding planner. The planning of delivery involves logistics along with staffing, time schedules and other final details.  As the florist, I have many details to juggle and organize – all of which is included in your price.

We are here to make it easy but all of this takes time.

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Tiffany Atlas Photography
(www.atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Budgeting:

When budgeting for your wedding we find that there are no loop holes or secrets. You will always get what you pay for.

Remember flowers will be in all of your photos so you want them to look good. Hiring an experienced florist will prevent you from falling victim to the broken, wilting bouquets.  Be sure to ask your florist how they handle and care for their blooms.  An experienced and knowledgeable florist will gladly explain their care and handling process because they are proud of what they do – it is their work of art.

Designing flowers looks easy but there is so much to the art. Many years of experience and expertise go into those blooming arrangements.

Each florist has their own price points.  We don’t keep our prices secret.  This allows our clients to get an initial idea of how much they can anticipate to spend.  Please CLICK HERE to view our general pricing guide.

New Year’s Eve Wedding Bash!

Ali Goodman & Joe Correale New Years Eve Wedding

Venue – The Hyatt Morristown 

Photography –  David E Starke Photography

What a celebration! This vintage glam event in Morristown, NJ was a classic. In proper New Year’s fashion we used white, black, silver and gold. To create the designs we used hundreds of white roses, hydrangeas and Hawaiian orchids. Lots of candles illuminated the room and shimmered the gold glittered runners. This wedding was full of special details including the gold alarm clocks set for 12:00! Metallic balloons and streamers over the dance floor transformed the room. As the ball dropped the ceiling rained confetti! What a way to ring in your new beginning. 

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Winter Jewels

Mary Kate & David are such an adorable couple and high school sweethearts! This wedding was filled with happiness and true love.

The red bouquets were a gorgeous pop of color against the navy dresses. The rich color combination of navy, deep reds, burgundy, and gold glitter, was so glam!

Tavistock Country Club was a beautiful, classic space for the reception. The flowers were an array of reds and burgundy roses , calla lilies, and cymbidium orchids. The candle light and gold table runners added a great shimmer to the rich red blooms. What a magical event!

Big thanks to Love Me Do Photography , who captured this awesome day and this great couple!Wishing Mary Kate & David a happily ever after!

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Gold, The Comeback!

In the shop the other day, we were talking about how gold seems to be making a comeback. Many of our brides recently have been detailing their weddings with gilded accents. This doesn’t come as a surprise to us, however. Kim Forrest of Wedding Wire, the same woman who predicted that the color Radiant Orchid and the Dahlia flower would be trending this year, has also told us to be on the look out for metallics.

Cali Rose created this stunning garden style bouquet featuring pinks and corals with metallic gold accents.

Cali Rose created this stunning garden style bouquet featuring pinks and corals with metallic gold accents.

One way you can incorporate gold into your wedding flowers is by choosing blooms in golden yellow shades. Sunflowers, marigolds, craspedia, mini callas, gerbera daisies, tulips, protea, roses, mimosa and orchids are just a few of the many flowers that come in golden yellow shades.

Antique brooches, decorative wire, and ribbon can also tie the gold shade into your bouquets. For centerpieces, gold vases are an easy way to incorporate the metallic hue. Also using gold candles and/or candelabras will work.

Sweet little vases of peachy coral roses - perfect for a cocktail table!

Sweet little vases of peachy coral roses – perfect for a cocktail table!

Coral and gold wedding color scheme- LOVE!

Coral and gold wedding color scheme- LOVE!

Gold can fit many different color combinations. As a complementary shade, gold looks great paired with blue since they are opposite on the color wheel. You can even venture into shades of purple to give your wedding palette a rich, regal flair. If you want to stay in the same color family, shades of yellow and orange will help to accentuate the golden theme. If you want gold to be the star of the palette, pair it with darker neutral tones such as granite or charcoal which will really make it pop. And finally, if you’re more of a green gal, a deep jewel tone like emerald will pair nicely.

A beautiful inspiration board displaying purple and gold combinations with complimentary accents. Source - invitesweddings.com

A beautiful inspiration board displaying purple and gold combinations with complimentary accents. Source – invitesweddings.com

In other areas of the wedding, gold can come into play in linens, jewelry, bride/bridesmaid gowns, the grooms/groomsmen’s ties, cake decorations, cutlery/utensils, dishware, place cards, favors, hair accessories, ribbons, and pretty much anything else you can think of. So get creative and see how you can make this grand color work for your wedding!

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Golden yellow rose boutonniere

For more inspiration, check out this article from inblissweddings.com: http://bit.ly/OdBk5z

Don’t Skimp on the Place Card Tables!

Weddings involve A LOT of planning and consideration. Fortunately, there are plenty of time line checklists online that brides can print to streamline the planning process. Between the venue, dress, menu, tuxedos, bridesmaids, flowers, and seating arrangements, many brides forget about one small detail: the place card table. Whether you call it the place card table, the escort card table, or the entrance table, we believe this is where the bride and groom can and should display something really cool and special.

The first thing guests do at receptions, before getting into long-past-due conversations with distant cousins and sampling the cocktail snacks, is figure out where they are sitting. They want to find their reserved spot and put their stuff down. The first thing they are going to see when they enter the venue is the place card table. So why have a boring display? No matter how fancy or creative the place cards are, simply plopping them down on a regular table in the doorway seems thoughtless and lackluster. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a nice place card display, but you don’t want your guests’ first impression of the reception to be overall underwhelming or, dare we say it, disappointing.

This is a great place to emphasize your wedding theme. If your style is vintage or rustic, you can use old, weathered furniture, flipped barrels, buckets, and crates filled with flowers.

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For modern weddings, decorate the table with clusters of vases, submerged florals in various sizes, and lots of candle light! Showcase a framed engagement picture with a candelabra and vase of fresh flowers for the perfect classic and romantic table set up.

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If you’re going for a regal and striking look, opt for tall vases with large, dramatic displays of flowers to create that “wow” factor for your guests! Add even more pizzazz with branches, hanging votive candles, crystals, feathers, or orchids.

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And don’t forget about the linens! Unless your table is part of the decor, cover up plain tables with upscale linens that are lovely, interesting, wild, color-coordinated, lacy; whatever works with your design.

You and your fiance even have the opportunity to include elements that represent the two of you. Do you both love the beach? Decorate with shells, small fish bowls—with or without fish in them—and palm fronds.LF-47

If you both love to paint, add paintbrushes to your floral arrangements for a fun, artsy element. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination! We know you want to wow your guests. Make sure to print a time line checklist that includes consideration for your place card table!

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-Lacey Bouchard

Flowers as Cake Toppers

What is a wedding without a cake of sorts? Whether you go with a traditional three-tiered masterpiece or a fun cupcake display, the cake you choose is just as important as the colors of your linens or style of your flowers. Speaking of, why not include flowers on your cake? They come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, and styles making them perhaps the most versatile and customizable decoration you could put on a cake. While there are bakers out there that can handcraft the most incredibly realistic flowers from sugar, why recreate the beauty of flowers when you can use the beauty of a real flower? Sure, you can’t eat it, but the aesthetics of the cake are just as important as its edibility.

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Using the same flowers on your cake that you use in your bouquets and centerpieces helps tie the cake into the rest of the wedding décor. Or if you’re like me and you have a hundred different favorite flowers that won’t all fit in one bouquet, use the ones that didn’t make the cut on your cake. That way, you still get the flowers you want without having to hold a bouquet that’s a foot around the handle. If you are having a black and white event, the cake is the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color that doesn’t fit anywhere else in your theme. Imagine a few red roses on a black and white cake; it is visually striking.

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Flowers don’t only fit a theme but also emphasize a theme. Red and white flowers with fern accents make beautiful cake toppers for a yuletide wedding. A modern wedding—characterized by sleek, clean lines—gets kicked up from unimpressive to remarkable when color-coordinated flowers are added along the side.

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Flowers aren’t just pretty, they are also functional. One time on a set up, our bride’s cake came in with a crack in the fondant. We took a few flowers and used them to cover the crack. Not only were guests none the wiser, the cake had that little extra touch that tied it into the rest of the wedding décor.

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Just be wary that if you choose a butter cream or similar icing for your cake, the design will be soft and easy to mess up. The florist will only get one shot to put the flower on because it will not hold its original shape. Once the icing is touched, it will retain the mark made by whatever touched it. So this can be a good thing if your caterer accidentally bumps the cake and needs to use a flower as a quick fix. But if you are planning to use flowers from the beginning, be sure that this is what you want. If you change your mind, you need to tell the person decorating your cake before they put the flowers on. And if you are particular about the placement of the flowers, make sure you clearly explain this to the person placing them on the cake. Once they are down, they are down lest you risk a cake with jacked up icing.

There are plenty of resources online for inspiration and you can always ask your baker and florist for ideas.

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-Lacey Bouchard

Flowers for Every Season

One question that many of our brides ask is, “What flowers are available around the time of my wedding?” Favorites such as roses, hydrangea, lilies, stock, and gerbera daisies are available all year long. And lucky for us, many blooms incorporated in wedding decor are becoming available all year long as growers perfect their craft. So chances are, if there’s a flower you want, it’ll be available at the time of your wedding. If needed, flowers can be imported. However, we really discourage importing. By buying locally, brides can get high quality flowers without having to stretch their floral budgets. Also buying locally helps support our farmers and our economy here in South Jersey. We strive to maintain an eco-conscious flower shop!

When asked about buying seasonally, Leigh Florist owner Denise replied, “Trust me when I say seasonal is the way to go!” She has compiled a list of flowers available per season that will help you pick flowers for your big day:

 

Spring March-Maypale yellow amaryllis, anemone, bird of paradise, calla lily, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gardenia, hyacinth, stargazer lilies, lisianthus, orchid, peony, poppy, protea, pussy willow, ranunculus, phlox, stephanotis, stock, sweet pea, tulip, zinnia
Summer June-AugustMJwed-321-of-928M alstromeria, amaranthus, baby’s breath, birds of paradise, calla lily, campanula, carnations, chrysanthemums, cockscomb, dahlia, delphinium, dianthus, freesia, gardenia, gladiolus, hydrangea, hypericum,, iris, peony, stargazer lily, lisianthus, stephanotis
Fall September-Novemberfall bouquets acashia, allium, alstromeria, amaranthis, baby’s breat, bittersweet, carnation, china berry, chrysanthemum, cockscomb, freesia, gerbera daisy, gladiolus, hypericum, iris, juniper, lily, orchid, protea, queen anne’s lace, roses, star of bethlehem, stephanotis, sunflower, zinnia
Winter December-Februarywinter_birch_branches_two acashia, alstromeria, amaryllis, carnation, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, evergreens, gerbera daisies, helleborus, holly berry, hyacinth, narcissus, orchid, pansy, phlox, protea, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, roses, star of bethlehem, statice, stephanotis, tulip

 

Many wedding flower favorites are available in more than one season and each season has plenty of options. Note that this list does not include all flowers. One thing I’ve learned from being a flower shop blogger is that there are more flowers than I could possibly imagine! Every day I fall in love with a flower I had never heard of before so I promise you won’t ever feel like your options are limited. If there is a flower you like that is not listed above, ask us and we’ll see if it’s available for you!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

Flower Meanings

Whether you find the act of giving a rose to a loved one a timelessly romantic act or just a cliché gesture, one thing is certain: the rose is a universal symbol for love and adoration. But roses aren’t the only symbolic flowers. In fact, each flower has its own secret meaning. Now, chances are you have no idea what message you are conveying when you give someone flowers. Depending on the type of flower or its color or how many stems you give, your gift offers more than just a pretty visual. While it’s not likely that the recipient will know anything about flower meanings either, knowing what the flowers mean can help you better communicate what is (or isn’t) in your heart. And hey, it’s always good to get the correct message across just in case the recipient is in fact fluent in flower symbolism.

If you want to tell someone that he or she beautiful, amaryllis or ranunculus will do the trick. Amaryllis symbolizes splendid beauty while ranunculus says you are attractive. Red carnations and chrysanthemums convey the idea of love while tulips are a declaration of love. Beware yellow chrysanthemums and carnations for they represent rejection, disdain, and slighted love.

Also, be wary of the yellow rose. The yellow rose represents great platonic love. To give a yellow rose is to say that you really care about a friend in a way that is not romantic. If you want to give roses to someone you do not have romantic feelings for, yellow roses won’t send those confusing mixed signals that might make for awkward situations. However giving yellow roses to someone you wish to court won’t convey those deeper feelings.

If you wish to present roses to someone you have deeper feelings for, the red rose is the best choice. It stands for love and admiration. Just be careful, a deep dark red can imply sorrow or regret. And the darker the red, the more black the rose becomes which translates to this relationship is over (talk about a huge misunderstanding, right?)

A single red rose says I love you while a dozen roses means be mine. If you really want to go for the gusto, 50 red roses means my love for you is limitless.

If your feelings for the recipient are not yet that strong, a pink rose will let her know that you like her. A single lavender rose means that she enchants you and a white rose means that your feelings are pure.

There are blue roses but they are not naturally made; they have to be dyed that color. Because blue roses are unattainable in nature, the message it gives is the same. Giving a blue rose to someone says, you are an unattainable dream or I want you but I cannot have you.

Valentine’s day will be here before you know it. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be sure to give your girl (or guy, let’s not exclude anyone) the perfect bouquet!

 

-Lacey Bouchard

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2014 Wedding Flowers

In a few months, the 2014 wedding season will be in full swing. Now is the time for brides to begin planning the flowers for their big day. Now that we know what colors to expect, it’s time to consider what flowers will look elegant in the colors of the new year. The Knot claims that the best 10 wedding flowers are roses, tulips, calla lilies, lily of the valley, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, stephanotis, sweet peas, and gardenias. These are excellent and classic flower choices, but there are so many other options out there that also come in the projected shades of 2014.

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Peonies, roses, and hydrangea look lovely in coral. But other flowers such as snap dragons, spider flowers, and dahlias give texture that really make the already bold shade stand out. For more texture, hypericum berries also come in coral.

Another popular color for 2014 is yellow, specifically in happy, sunny shades. The most obvious choices for a bride who wants cheerful yellow flowers are sunflowers and gerbera daisies. But alstromeria, cymbidium orchids, cremon, irises, and dahlias also come in golden shades. And for even more yellow, mimosa and craspedia add lots of fun texture.

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Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a brilliant shade of purple. Hyacinth, irises, dahlias, and crocuses also come in very lovely shades of purple. And of course, orchids are available in shades of purple ranging from warm pinky-fuchsia to cool blue-lavender.

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While the selection of bright green flowers is slim, there are options such as cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, and chrysanthemums that will satisfy any bride trying to incorporate non-foliage green into her arrangements. However, there is a plethora of foliage options to lend texture and help create a variety of styles so don’t discount it! Also, if you want to go with a less traditional, bohemian style, limes look great in arrangements or submerged in vases.

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For the bride who wants to use the dazzling blue shades of 2014, delphinium, clematis, morning glory, and aster are all great choices especially since these flowers are naturally blue. Many flowers such as blue roses are not found in nature and are therefore produced artificially.

For our brave brides who want to use tangerine as their dominant color choice, proteas, dahlias, orchids, and gerbera daisies all come in the resplendent shade.

Kim Forrest, one of the editors for Wedding Wire, predicts that dahlias will be a very popular flower for 2014. Lucky for us, it is a beautiful and versatile flower with a fun texture that comes in many different shades.

No matter your style or color scheme, we can find a way to incorporate the color and flower trends of 2014 into your wedding flower assemblage!

 

-Lacey Bouchard