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!

photo credit: Mel Barlow

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

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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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!

 

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.

Lynn & John – Hotel DuPont – Wilmington, DE

This was a romantic wedding that matched perfectly with the reception venue. Lynn’s bridal bouquet was lush and white, with dramatic pops of burgundy and plum. Her design style was elegant and timeless. So happy to be a part of their special day. Wishing these two love birds all the best!!

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Bridal Henna

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   The art of henna  has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East.   Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like holidays,birthdays and weddings.  The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi (henna) Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come. The bride gets extensive henna patterns done on her hands and feet that go to her elbows and sometimes, knees.  The night is filled with games, music and dance performances.  The bridal patterns can take many hours and are often done by multiple henna artists. The family and friends will usually receive small designs on the backs of their hands as well. To a bride the darker the henna the better. Tradition holds the darker the stain the better the marriage and the better the mother-in-law will be! Also, as long as the henna stain appears on the bride, she doesn’t have to do any housework.  Now, you can understand why the bride would want the henna to last a long time!