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.

Alstromeria

Alstromeria is one of nature’s most exotic looking flowers, also known as Peruvian Lilies. It comes in a variety of shades and colors, making them a perfect choice for any occasion. The Peruvian lily represents friendship and devotion and come in a variety of colors making them an ideal match for any birthday, graduation, or a “just because” arrangement. A few of the most popular colors include shades of yellow, pink, orange, and white.  The Peruvian lily is a very long lasting flower that has multiple blooms on a single stem, making these a popular choice for designers to place in vases or bouquets.

Alstromeria is native to South America, but now grow all over the world.  It was brought to Europe in the 1800’s, by a Swedish Botanist.  Not long after his discovery of the Peruvian Lily, did the flower gain popularity among flower enthusiasts.  With their meaning of devotion and friendship people quickly started giving them as gifts to friends and family.

Tulip Garden arrangement by Leigh Florist featuring Peruvian lilies (Alstromeria). 

 

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!

Fall Wedding Ideas

If you’re planning a fall wedding, your thoughts and ideas blend with the crisp cool air and the vibrant contrast of colors autumn has to offer. Whether it’s an outdoor ceremony event, or the wedding party are all gathered for a session of pictures, the warm earth tones that reflect the changing leaves make an elegant backdrop display for any fall wedding. Whether your event theme is large and elegant, or intimate and casual, the fall season is a beautiful time of the year for your special day of celebrations.

With autumn in bloom, a fall wedding introduces a season of excitement with a palette of reds, oranges, browns, rusts, yellows, plum, purple, burgundy, greens and tan for an interesting color scheme to any wedding.

Wedding Location Ideas

Early to mid-autumn offers a variety of outdoor ceremony ideas.

Plan your I Do’s at a winery where there’s a lake or an ocean in the background.
A country farm where large maple, ash, popular, oak or birch trees stretching across rolling hills and fields of wheat,  giving the bride and groom, wedding party and guests the purest colors fall has to offer.
Another favorite is the peaceful surrounds of an old time wind mill encapsulated by lush greens of ivy for an intimate and cozy wedding ceremony.
If you have country in your heart, choose your ceremony destiny on a farm for a rustic appeal. Pull out the old horse drawn wagon filled with hay bales and kick up the celebrations country style.
A scenic golf course with colorful trees stretching down the fairways, swans gracefully swimming in the ponds with water sprays dancing to the opening wedding waltz.
An outside gazebo decorated with the magic of fall colors will astound any critic of the autumn season.  Decorate with ivy vines, autumn colored leaves, large vases at the entrance with fall flowers, wrap ribbon around the banister railing and columns, wrap corn stalk leaves together with dark colored ribbon and bows, use a personalized isle runner with fall themed design are a few decorating ideas for the gazebo.

Decoration Ideas

Florals are the most popular decoration used for most weddings at the ceremony and wedding reception. During the fall season, the colors of mother nature has created give way to a plentiful mix of color and accent ideas to incorporate into any wedding style or theme.  The wide variety of fall wedding flowers and large array of berries, foliage and accessories make autumn a wonderful time of year for your special celebration.

Flower choices for the fall wedding season are

mums,
daisies
hydrangeas
sunflowers
calla lilies

Many would think of calla lilies as a spring or summer flower but they also come in the rich and beautiful shades of cream, yellow, burgundy, and bronze for a lovely centerpiece or bouquet spread.

Centerpiece Accents

Opt for your floral accents with the fall theme to compliment table centerpieces blending the season with the beauty of the flowers for each of the decorations. Use natural accents of what fall  has to offer, accent ideas may include

dark foliage
wheat
pheasant feathers
acorns
berries
apples
small pumpkin picks
grapes
ryegrass
bittersweet vines
ivy
seed pods
raffia
Cattails
Mix in metallic foils of gold, copper, bronze or rust for a shimmering twist to the floral décor.

Design your floral in containers like small rustic wagons, woven baskets, cornucopias, colorful pottery, windmills, wrap vases with metallic foils, copper pots, gold vases, vases with leaf designs or natural containers made of wood are some ideas.

Fall Wedding Ideas: How to Plan an Autumn Wedding You’ll Absolutely Fall in Love With

The dog days of summer have passed but Jack Frost isn’t nipping at your nose just yet! The days may be getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of time to plan a fantastic fall wedding!

Autumn colors are bold, vibrant, warm and inviting making fall time a perfect theme for the beginning of your marriage adventure. By scheduling your wedding at this time of year you’ll reap the benefits of off-season planning and no extreme weather.

Here Are 5 Fall Wedding Ideas I Harvested to Help You Plan for Your Special Day:

1. Customize your Fall Wedding with Polaroid Instant Photo Guest Books

Capture every moment of your wedding day with Polaroid instant pictures and hand-written sentiments from your guests! Instant photo guest books, like Adesso’s Polaroid Instant Photo guest book, buck the digital trend.

When they’re combined with notes from all your friends and family, the instant photo guest book becomes a valued keepsake filled with memories that will last forever! Customize your autumn-themed wedding photo guest book by using pens with gold, brown or rust-colored ink, and for added seasonal pizzazz, you can even trim the cover with ribbons in colorful fall shades.

Fall Wedding Idea: Choose a fall-colored instant photo guest book that will accompany your autumn-themed wedding colors!

2. Autumn in New York? Choose Your Fall Wedding Destination

Frank Sinatra and other singers have immortalized the romantic notion of autumn in the Big Apple. And the vivid changing colors of New England always come to mind when thinking about the season.

Many locations hit the spot just right for an autumn wedding: a country inn, an old church, a vineyard, a local park and that’s just to name a few! Is there a friend or family member whose big backyard has lots of trees? Remember, it’s not the setting itself. It’s the spirit you bring to the setting that makes your fall wedding so memorable you’ll want to capture it both in pictures and in word.

Fall Wedding Idea: If traveling out of town isn’t in your budget, you can transform any venue into a fall fantasy. Look in travel or bridal magazines for fall wedding ideas, and visit your local craft store to find faux flowers, foliage and other items to help with inspiration!

3. Set the Stage for Your Autumn Wedding

Autumn’s trademark colors can be incorporated easily into every part of your wedding décor. Instead of bright white, try a gown in raw silk or a subtle cream shade? Bridesmaids and your maid of honor can wear a bouquet of lush fall shades like gold, burgundy, hunter green or chocolate brown. Select complementary ties or vests for the groom, best man and groomsmen.

If the flower girl is going to sprinkle the aisle with rose petals, use dried flowers or autumn leaves instead. Depending on the time of day, you might be able to have the ceremony by candlelight. And don’t forge to decorate the reception tables with seasonally-colored linens, mini pumpkins, dried flowers, acorns and colorful gourds.

Fall Wedding Idea: Assign someone you can count on to take pictures of the festive table settings before the reception to include in your instant wedding photo guest book!

4. Plan Your Menu with Autumn Foods In Mind

Many delicious foods conjure up images of crisp autumn days and nights. For starters, greet guests with a glass of warmed, mulled cider spiked with something festive like Tuaca liquer from Tuscany! Nuts and dried fruits can be available for nibbling before and after the ceremony.

For your main course, there are the staples like a Thanksgiving dinner theme. Serve the turkey with all the trimmings or try roast chicken or Cornish hen with cranberry garnish. For more hearty fare, there’s prime rib. Or be creative and try a game bird like quail or pheasant. And you can even “spice” up the wedding cake by choosing carrot, pumpkin-flavored or spice cake. If it’s got to be chocolate, added seasonings will give it an extra flair.

Fall Wedding Idea: In addition to serving a traditional wedding cake, you can also offer your guests dessert treats like apple, pecan or pumpkin pie.

5. Pick Your Autumn Wedding Favors

Send your guests home with some of the “flavor” of your wedding by favoring them with autumn wedding favors such as sachets and potpourri in seasonal scents. If there’s a farm stand or local specialty shop in the area, give a jar of homemade jam, preserves or chutney. Scented fall-colored candles are sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.

And since your wedding is all about the future, you can give your guests something to look forward to: flower bulbs that will bloom next spring. When it’s time to wrap it all up, package the autumn-themed wedding favors in a fabric bag (muslin, burlap, calico-designed cotton) tied with a raffia bow.

Fall Wedding Idea: How about an autumn wedding favor that’s good enough to eat? Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to order unique, custom-made sweets, like jelly beans in fall colors or personalized M&Ms.

Choosing Fall Wedding Flowers That Are In Season Can Save Money

Fall is the season for changing colors, from the bright greens and pastels of summer, to beautiful deep reds, golds and greens of fall. Along with changing textures in the foliage of the trees and cool autumn breezes, come many beautiful fall weddings and lives joining. Fall seems to be one of the most popular times of the year for weddings, and can be accentuated by the natural backdrops and flowers that are in season for fall. While flowers of all varieties can be shipped from overseas all year long it can be very expensive.

To help save your budget, educate yourself on what flowers are in season for fall. There are so many options for flowers to decorate your wedding and reception that are available year round and others that are in season for fall, including flowers and plants. It doesn’t matter if you are using a florist or tending to the flower arrangements yourself, knowing what is in season is the key to saving money!

Fall arrangements have abundant of colors and can consist of a varieties of flowers that are in season. A few on my favorites that can save some money are Sunflowers, Gerber Daisies, Mums, Black-eye Susans, Chrysanthemums, Dahlia, and Gladiolas. Several of these flowers have larger stems and blooms, and could be used as a single stemmed bouquet to save money, but not take away from the look.

Sunflowers and Gerber Daisies are two of my favorite flowers to use in fall weddings and can set the stage for a beautiful ceremony, without spending big bucks on flowers. They can be used in single stems or throughout a bouquet. Another beautiful inexpensive option for fall wedding flowers are mums which could be used in bouquets or as potted plants scattered around your reception or throughout your wedding venue. They are available in several deep color tones including red, gold and green.

To save your budget, if you would like to lighten up the look of the deeper fall colors, you can add a few lighter colored flowers throughout your arrangements without forgoing your budget. Depending on the region where you are getting married, your flower choices may vary. Do your research first to help save money but still achieve the look you are going for.

Some of the flowers that are available year round include Roses, Carnations, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Heather, Lily of the Valley, Orchids, Portea, Scabiosa, and Delphinium along with the Calla Lily. However, if you are on a tight budget, you may want to choose something other than lilies, because they are more expensive than some other choices.

You have several options for filler flowers and foliage with the changing of the leaves in the fall. Magnolia leaves, maple tree leaves and others are some great ideas for using to fill a natural arrangement or to use as a center piece of a table. I have seen stems of pepper plants used during fall and it seems to be a great addition of color. Don’t forget the pumpkins and gourds in fall. You could use white pumpkins, green ones or the traditional orange pumpkins as accent pieces. I have found that using the colored leaves along with pillar candles in the center of tables, along with some pretty ribbon, makes a real show stopping center piece. You could also mingle in the gourds or pumpkins for some added color and texture on the tables.

The changing of the seasons, from the hot summer months to the cool fall weather, with the beautiful changing colors in the trees and deep colored flowers, is one of my favorite times of the year. It seems to also be a great time to get married. Though many times flowers are one of the biggest expenses of a wedding, they don’t have to be if you take note as to what flowers are in season and plan your color scheme around them. Be creative and save your money!

Color Combinations To Make Your Fall Wedding An Unforgettable Occasion

Fall weddings have always been occasions that people look forward to. Guests would be nearly as eager as the couple themselves when it comes to gracing the occasion. If you are planning a fall wedding, then it is important that you sit along with your partner and plan things thoroughly.

When the day arrives, you have to be absolutely ready. You should not be facing any unnecessary hassles on the special day. One of the important, yet often neglected aspects of fall weddings is the color combination that is to be used. Right from the wedding stationery to the dresses and the wedding theme, you should take care to choose the right color combo.

One of the most sought after color combinations when it comes to fall weddings is that of burgundy and burnt orange. You should literally let your imagination run riot when it comes to choosing the color combinations for your entire wedding. You could for example have the invitation cards splashed in rich burgundy, while having the bridesmaid wear burnt orange dresses.

Many couples these days also prefer the ginger and mocha combination when it comes to fall weddings. This is a combination which would look great on most couples whatever be their skin tone.

Green and gold is another color combination that is always a hit in fall weddings. It is a well known fact that green dresses tend to stand out from the crowd. You could always mix them up with fresh flowers including <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=”http://www.americanfloraldistributors.com”> zinnias, gerberas and dahlias</a> for the right look. Sunflowers would also be just about perfect for fall weddings with a predominantly yellow theme.

You could mix the dresses up with gingerbread cookies, neatly laid out on the dinner table. Think of sending chocolate wedding flavors as part of this particular wedding theme.

You can think of a variety of color combinations when it comes to fall weddings. With a little bit of planning and research you could make your fall wedding the truly colorful occasion it is  meant to be!

Fall Is For Flowers

Have you ever wondered if what you know about flowers that bloom in the fall is accurate? Consider the following paragraphs and compare what you know to the latest info on flowers that bloom in the fall.

To many people, fall is the time of year when the gardening season is drawing to a close, and it is time to close the flower bed and prepare for winter. Even though most gardeners are ready to hang up their garden tools and get ready for the next season, gardeners can continue to enjoy the beauty of the fall season, since there are a number of beautiful flowers blooming all through the autumn of the year.

There are many fall bulbs available to the average gardener, and it is important to choose the right ones. When initially planting the bulbs, it is important to take care to choose the best location within the garden. It is important to choose a location where the delicate fall bulbs will not be overshadowed by larger plants or hidden in with the surrounding ground cover.

One advantage of fall bulbs, however, is that they are hardy. After they have been in the ground a few years, these bulbs will be able to take their rightful place and thrive in any garden setting.

One of the most frequently seen of all fall bulbs is the hardy cyclamens (Cyclamen Hederifolium). These bulbs are able to come back year after year, and they have been known to last for a decade or even more. In addition, the hardy cyclamen produces breathtaking blooms, and it is generally a very undemanding plant.

Other than a good quality soil, sufficient water and ample sunlight, the cyclamen needs little in order to bloom year after year. Each small cyclamen bloom has a soft pink petal that is complimented by an eye of darker pink. These small blooms are tiny version of the larger cyclamen that is often seen at Christmastime. In the home garden, the hardy cyclamen often blooms into November.

Most of this information comes straight from the flower and gardening pros. Careful reading to the end virtually guarantees that you’ll know what they know.

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Another popular autumn flower is the colchicum. These flowers usually bloom in the middle of September, and they are similar in appearance to crocuses but generally much larger. Most colchicums seen in the garden are hybrids of either C. Autumnale or C. Speciosum. There are some subtle differences between these two common varieties, and their blossoms come in shades of rose and violet. The sizes of colchicums vary from 10 to 12 inches. While these flowers can be used in many settings, they are a particularly beautiful way to accent a rock garden.

Autumn daffodils are another popular fall flower, and they can provide a beautiful touch of color for the garden. It is important to plant fall daffodils in a well drained flower bed and to provide them with plenty of sunlight. It is also important to avoid planting autumn daffodils in areas where moisture pools, as excessive moisture could damage the bulbs. Autumn daffodils often bloom at the same time as the colchicum, and the two can provide a striking color palette.

This article’s coverage of the information is as complete as it can be today. But you should always leave open the possibility that future research could uncover new facts.

Fall Wedding: How To Be The Perfect Groom For Your Fall Wedding

Fall Wedding: How To Be The Perfect Groom For Your Fall Wedding

Fall wedding is all about the beautiful, romantic and unpredictable autumn mood. Looking good is not limited to the bride as a groom you have to be immaculate as well. Here are some smart ways for grooms to deck up and generally have a perfect autumn wedding.  

Keep Hangovers At Bay

Don’t organize a bachelor party prior to your wedding day. The deeply drowsy unkempt look hangover look won’t exactly please your bride to be. Wild boozing parties are a strictly no-no.

Let Your Tuxedo Do The Talking

The fall wedding season is all about warm shades like beige, tan, browns, grays et al. Smartly decked grooms can opt for tuxedos in similar shades. Go for a designer cut that will make you stand out from the crowd.  

Best Men In Sync With The Mood

The grooms’ attendants and best men should follow the same theme. Shades of gray, navy blue and black will add panache to the group. All men can go for the same ties for a uniform mood.   

Cross-Check Your Last Minute Beauty Regime

A lot of grooms prefer last minute touch ups.

* Get a de-stressing facial done after all those wild bachelor parties.

* Avoid drowning yourself in loud perfumes as it is a major turnoff.

* Go for a gelled look and keep your dude hairstyle at home as at the wedding altar, the priest will be pronouncing you as a “man” and not a boy.

Show Your Coy Side To Her Again

During the courtship period, you have showered your ladylove with her favorite flowers. Tuck in an exotic flower for your fall wedding like an orchid or a lily in the tuxedo’s pocket. You can also pick a colorful bunch of exotic fall flowers for your bride.

Match up to your bride’s steps and look sizzling on your fall wedding day.

Fall Wedding Flowers – Choose The Right Fall Wedding Flowers For The Month

Fall Wedding Flowers – Choose The Right Fall Wedding Flowers For The Month

Fall wedding flowers decoration is as important as the other aspects that make up a fall wedding. There can be no marriage without flowers and owing to their seasonal availability there are different flowers for weddings planned at different times of the year. There are several ways to incorporate the calmness and serenity of the fall season and much of the décor dependent on it.

The wedding must be in sync with the seasonal characteristics and hence care must be taken while deciding the flowers to be used. There are several ways to add the beauty of the season into the wedding with fall wedding flowers.

Enlisted below are fall wedding flowers classified on the basis of the month the wedding is planned to take place.

* September The most widely used flower in the month of September is the Aster. It is similar to the daisy and is generally used as a filler material. Other fall wedding flowers for this month include rose, iris, sunflower, carnation and lily.

* October Cosmos is one among the choices of fall wedding flowers that are commonly used in the month of October and comes in colors such as pink, white, red, orange and purple. Other options that you can use are hydrangea, mums, roses and gladiola.

* November The Chrysanthemum is symbolic of November. This beautiful fall wedding flower comes in several colors such as white, yellow and pink. Freesia, gardenia, roses and delphinium are some of the other fall wedding flowers that can be used in the month of November.

The main idea behind having a fall wedding is to use the beauty of the fall season to enhance the atmosphere. Bright autumn leaves and other decoration add life to your fall wedding in addition to the fall wedding flowers that have been enlisted in this article.