Congratulations Alex and Mike!

Our lovely couple, Alexandra and Mike, were married at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ.

She loved a very natural look for her flowers and decor.  The florals included whites, touches of blush peach, pale blue and pops of raspberry tones.  Her bouquet featured, hydrangea, dahlias, hypericum berries, spray roses and interesting textures like thistles and scabiosa.

Check out the photographer’s blog for some awesome photos!  Shilliday Photography captures such beautiful photographs!

Here are a few snap shots from the blog:

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

Photo Credit: Shilliday Photography

The perfect bouquet for the perfect wedding dress

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We asked our lead wedding designer for advice on how to select the perfect bouquet for your wedding day.

Q: What is the biggest factor when choosing a bridal bouquet?

The wedding dress is a big factor for how a bridal bouquet should be styled.

Is your dress a ballgown style? A classic round bouquet may look the best with that type of gown.

For a mermaid or trumpet dress, a classic round bouquet or a cascade bouquet would look stunning.

The A-line dress has the most versatility.  There are many bouquet styles that would work well with this dress.  A romantic garden style, classic round, or cascade bouquet would perfectly compliment your dress.

A bohemian wedding dress would look beautiful with a romantic garden bouquet or tear drop shaped bouquet.

Fit and flair is a more modern cut.  The best bouquet shape to accentuate that dress would be a classic round or tear drop bouquet.

Q: Does the bride’s height and stature play a role in choosing the bouquet?

The bride’s height and stature plays a big role in the bouquet choice and size of the bouquet.  We want to accentuate your dress.  Our bouquets are customized to each of our brides to best coordinate with their uniqueness.

Q: Does the color of the wedding dress affect the color of the bridal bouquet?

Yes, the color of the bride’s dress does have an influence on the bouquet colors.  For example, if you have a nude or champagne toned dress, we suggest using neutral color blooms in champagne, nude tones, and pops of rich bold tones to bring it all together.  We will guide you through the process of selecting the best complimenting blooms for your bouquet.

Q: If the wedding gown has lace, rhinestones, pearls or metallic threading, how do you incorporate them into the bouquet?

Oftentimes, we will accent the bouquet handle with accents from a bride’s dress.  You can line pearl pins of rhinestones down the bouquet candle.  Adding pearls, or rhinestones accents to flowers are a nice delicate touch.

Q: What types of bouquets do you see trending right now?

Currently we are seeing bohemian garden bouquets, are trending right now.  The gorgeous greenery, arranged with beautiful blooms make a truly romantic bouquet.

Request a consultation with one of our designers to create your perfect bridal bouquet!

Wedding Napkin Accents

Even the smallest details can really kick your wedding up a notch. A great way to add small touches to your wedding is to accent your guest place setting by incorporating flowers on to your napkins. Tucking blooms or herbs into the neatly folded napkins adds a wonderful finishing touch to your table scape.

Here are some of our favorite looks

Flower blooms: Orchids, Roses, Dahlias, Gerbera Daisy’s are all great delicate touches

Bunch of Herbs or cluster flowers: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Rosemary, Baby’s Breath can give a nice rustic charm to your guest plates.

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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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  • Shot Gun Shells
  • Gears
  • Pictures
  • Clocks
  • Feathers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Guitar Picks
  • Wine Corks

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.

Stunning Striped Wedding Ideas

Sometimes, a simple pattern can make your wedding decor really pop. Dynamic wedding ideas–in this case, stripes, can take dull table numbers and chairs to an entirely new level.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Stripes are a popular pattern often found in women’s dresses and are perfect for a casual wedding. And don’t let your beau’s groomsmen miss out on the fun; get them matching striped ties.

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Bridesmaid Bouquets

Don’t worry, a striped pattern won’t clash with the vibrant color of your flowers. However, if your bridesmaids are already wearing striped dresses, you’ll want to make sure everything looks flawless once put together.

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Colorful Cake

Add a little flair to your cake. Wedding ideas like this one are as easy as buying some fabric or ribbon and adding it around the base of your cake. And instead of picking colors that match your cake exactly, opt for a complimentary color to make your cake pop!

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Table Decor

Whether it’s the napkins, plates or menus, adding this pattern to the dinner portion of your reception is an easy way to weave stripes into your big day.

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Striking Entrance

Strut down the aisle in striped style on your big day. This is the perfect finishing touch to your modern ceremony.

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Read the whole article by MyWedding – HERE

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

Kate Holstein Photography

Kate Holstein Photography

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

__Flowers & Décor: $3,600 __

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!

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!