History of Boutonnieres

It’s no secret that most men aren’t really into flowers, especially wearing them. However, did you know a boutonniere is historically the manliest thing you are wearing as you walk down the aisle? If you’re the groom or even a groomsmen, you may be wondering about the flowers you may have to wear on the special day. You may feel silly wearing a flower especially if it’s a girly color like pink, but think about the big picture and how it connects you to your beautiful bride. It ties the two of you together in a special way on your wedding day.

If you read our History of corsages blog then you got a glimpse of where the boutonniere tradition comes from but let’s expand! Some believe that this tradition goes back to ancient Egypt and the Aztecs. They would wear certain colored blossoms to show their support for players who participated in sporting events.

Others believe that the tradition came from the battlefields of the civil wars in England where the bloom or bloom color signified friends or enemies from each other. Boutonnieres didn’t become popular on lapels until the early 19th century when fashions began to change. Bigger coats that folded over revealing the inside of a buttonhole, creating a lapel didn’t become popular until this time.

It is said that boutonnieres became popular for special occasions because flowers provided a perfume effect, warded off evil and disease.

Typically, the boutonniere the groom wears should be a bit different from that of his groomsman. Sometimes they are a fuller design or even a different flower of the same color. The blooms should be pinned to the left lapel of the tux or suit jacket. A good jacket will have a sturdy buttonhole to support the weight of the flower. Some flowers are heavier than others so you will need to make sure it is secured correctly. Most of the time the grooms boutonniere will match the bride’s bouquet and pull them together for a picture perfect look.

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Hydrangea

If you have been invited to a wedding in the past couple of years, chances are you have seen the hydrangea flower in either the wedding centerpieces or even in bridal bouquets. If you are big on the meaning of flowers, hydrangea means love and admiration, making it a sought after flower by brides to-be.

Hydrangea was first cultivated in Japan, but they have recently found fossilized hydrangea in North America dating back millions of years. Hydrangea was not seen in Europe until the 18th century when a colonist brought the North American hydrangea plant over to England.

Today, hydrangea mainly grows in the Americas. Big hydrangea heads are many smaller blooms clustered together. The little star-shaped flowers grow along wooden stems and create a big, pompom shape, making them very versatile and very easy to use in arrangements.

The most common color of hydrangea is white, but they also come in a variety of colors; such as blue, red, pink, or purple. In hydrangea varieties, the exact color often depends upon the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce pale cream petals, and alkaline soils result in pink or purple. They can also change color, or be bi-colored. All depending on how acidity is added or removed from the soil. Hydrangea is available all year round, making it great for any occasion you would like to celebrate!

Some brides often worry that if they choose hydrangea for their wedding flowers it will wilt easily.  If your florist sources the hydrangea from top quality sources and hydrates each bloom properly, you will have nothing to worry about.  They are a beautiful flower that will compliment any wedding arrangement.

Take a look at a past wedding we created which included hydrangea in the wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.

The Ring Bearer

A ring bearer was first called a pageboy in England, and it is said that he originally carried the bride’s train and a prayer book along with the rings. Today ring bearers sport a tuxedo just like the groom and are easily the cutest members of your bridal party. Traditionally, the ring bearer would carry the rings tied onto a satin pillow, but new trends are on the rise. Couples are putting a new spin on the traditional ring bearer pillow. Also, keep in mind that your ring bearer may take off and run the other way, so try tying fake rings to the pillow just in case! We’ve seen it happen!

Industrial Chic Wedding

The trend of mix metals, and Edison lights have helped shaped this new wedding trend of an industrial wedding.  More and more brides are looking for a blank canvas in order to create their own super modern vision. They seek out old industrial warehouses or more modern venues with more raw qualities. The result? An ultra-chic, modern wedding.  It’s all about bringing the outdoor feeling of the city, indoors.

Choosing your venue – To achieve the industrial look, you must first start with your venue.  Hosting your wedding at a warehouse venue, or even an ultra-modern one, with exposed metal or brick would be an ideal place to tie the knot if this is the look you want to achieve. Some off season farm warehouses will rent out a space for you to use for your reception. Be sure to consider the time of year and weather. If you don’t have a venue such as these around, you can always bring in some outdoor elements, to change the feel of the room.

Wedding Décor – You can achieve an industrial look by thinking outside of the box.  When you think centerpiece, your first thought would be some pretty flowers in a vase but to achieve the industrial chic look consider this…place two cinderblocks on your table, with one its side and place votive candles in the open gaps, with moss around them. Then take little groupings of flowers and scatter them on top and in between the blocks. This will definitely be a great conversation piece among your guests and offer that chic look. You can even add bits of mixed metals, copper piping, and geometric shapes to add different textures.  Something that is very popular is a DIY copper piping candelabra, which is a little more simple and classic but still adds that industrial look, you can find the inspiration on Pinterest.

Extra lighting – Instead of using traditional or existing lighting you can use Edison lights which have grown in popularity lately. They act as industrial décor as well as soft warm lighting for your reception. A great idea for your ceremony is to make a backdrop full of Edison lights and stand in front of it while saying your vows.  It will silhouette you in a brilliance of light.

The most important thing in creating your ideal industrial chic wedding is to include the key elements of mixed metals, soft open lighting, and exposed concrete or brick. This can be a daunting task but there are tons of resources for you to use to help you plan. The industrial modern look is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation, who want to keep some things traditional but with an outdoor modern flare.

This venue is AMAZING. Perfect for that chic modern wedding.

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Fill these with soft pinks and white for a simple and breathtaking centerpiece.

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How cool is this? Rustic and chic at the same time!

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.

Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com

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.

Tiffany Atlas Photography (www.http://atlasweddingphotography.com/)

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