Choosing Your Event Florist

Choosing the right florist can be a difficult task. You want to make sure the florist handling all your wedding flowers understands your vision. It will help to have a good idea of what you want your wedding design to be. Do you want to go tradition, classic, modern, or a specific theme? Once you have this decided, look online for inspiration photos and colors. If you have dress or tux swatches bring them along to your floral design appointments. Don’t forget, you can meet with multiple florists before you decide who to go with.

Keep in mind that not all flower shops participate in the wedding industry. Some shops may strictly do retail arrangements and focus on holidays. Then you have floral designers who are more likely to do weddings and special events. These shops are made up of creative individuals who will work with you to understand your vision and help bring it to life.  You are not just buying flowers, you are receiving floral event design and a set-up/delivery service.

You should decide how important your flowers are to you for your wedding in order to budget correctly. Do some research and ask for suggestions from friends or someone who has recently planned a wedding. Sometimes websites like Wedding Wire and The Knot can point you in the right direction with reviews and prices ranges for certain shops. Know that certain flowers cost more than others, being aware of this will keep you from feeling blindsided by the pricing of small bridal bouquet of roses. Pick a few Florists that you think you might click with and make some appointments! The sooner you book the date the better.

 

Wedding Floral Designs by Leigh Florist

 

When you attend your appointments be sure to bring your colors, and photos of any ideas or things that you like. They will most likely have tons of photos of their own work for you to look through as well. Ask about rental items and what flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding. Be sure to explain your vision for your wedding in detail. Ask questions and give/get as many details as you can. If you feel confident in the designer and like what he or she is saying then you may have found your perfect floral fit! It helps if the florist comes recommended by your venue. Chances are they have worked at your venue before and know the ins and outs. It’s always good to have a vendor that knows your venue and the people working there well. This goes for any vendor – venue relationship.

Sunflowers

When you think sunshine and flowers most likely your first thought is sunflowers.  They’re large, bright headed blooms make the sunflower one of the most recognized flower around the world.  Sunflowers originated in the Americas and Europe, and were then cultivated as a valuable food source for centuries.

Artists throughout history loved the sunflower’s unique splendor—those of the Impressionist Era were especially fixated on the flower.  You will often see photographs of wild sunflowers with their tall stalks stretched out trying to reach the sun.  The receiving of a sunflower means the feeling of adoration, admiration, and platonic love towards a person, such as a family member or friend.  It will give the feeling of positivity and strength. It would be a sure way to brighten up their day.  Aside from being beautiful and important symbolically, the sunflower is downright useful. Almost all varieties produce edible and good-tasting seeds with plenty of health benefits.

The sunflower was common in American Indian tribes in North America. It is said that the plant was cultivated by the American Indians in present day Arizona and New Mexico around 3000BC. Some experts say the sunflower was domesticated even before corn! Used in many different ways when it came to food, the sunflower was a significant food source to the American Indians. The seeds where ground up and used in flour for cakes, mush and bread. Some mixed them with vegetables and some ate them as a snack but cracking the shell and just eating the seed (like we do today).

Sunflowers were used for more than food purposes too, such as purple dyes, body painting and decorations. Parts of the plant were also used for medical purposes from snakebites to body ointments. Sunflower oil (from the seed) was used in the hair and on skin and the dried stalk of the flower was used as building material. The whole plant including the seeds was very often used in American Indian ceremonies. Who knew so much use could come from a flower?

Sunflowers are heavily used in wedding decor and personal flowers such as bridal bouquets and centerpieces.

Sunflower bridal arrangements by Leigh Florist

Dress up your Ceremony

The ceremony is usually your guests first impression of your wedding so lets set the mood!  This is where a lot of photos will be taken of this special moment in your life, so how do you decorate? There are so many way to create the ultimate ceremony space.  It is amazing what flowers and a little imagination can do!

  • Doors

If you can find a set of old barn doors or historical weathered doors, you can drape a sheer fabric to soften and create a backdrop.  Have your florist create a beautiful garland or swag of flowers to accent.

  • Draping curtains

Whether you have a cozy indoor ceremony or a romantic outdoor setting, a simple way to create an altar is to drape fabric over branches of a large tree.  It’s romantic, simple, and with some added floral accents it will bring your garden wedding to life.  If you are working with an indoor space try an arch with draped fabric, florals and lights. Eye-catching and romantic!

  • Hanging a curtain of lights

Hanging lights is such a beautiful and romantic backdrop to your ceremony.  It will illuminate your event with a beautiful glow, and the pictures will be jaw dropping!

  • Flower or garland curtain

Create a backdrop with a curtain of flowers or have a simple, minimalistic look with greenery garlands. The things florists have down with flowers to create those soft and beautiful backdrops is amazing.

 

Stephanie & Jarrett at The Bradford Estate

Photos by Tiffany Atlas Photography

 

Roses Flower Curtain by Leigh Florist Weddings

 

Chic Rusitc Door Decor

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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.

Boutonnieres by Leigh Florist

 

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!

Wedding Roses

May of 2017 at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Cape May Court House, NJ.

Photos By: Jessica Cooper Photography

The Abbie Holmes Estate is the perfect setting for weddings with its beautifully manicured gardens and natural surroundings it is sure to make your wedding memorable.

The bride’s bouquet consisted of a gorgeous combination of peach and lavender roses in a small cascade shape. Her bridesmaids carried a small bouquet of similar colors consisting of white hydrangea, peach roses and small purplish blue accents. Having more white in the bridesmaids bouquets allowed the flowers to really pop against their dresses and the opposite effect for the bride in her stunning white gown.

Jessica Cooper Photography

The Anemone

The Anemone is a beautiful classic flower that has many uses from bridal bouquets to everyday centerpieces. The genus Anemone consists of 120 species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. Anemones grow wild in many European countries, North America, and Japan. The name Anemone is of Greek descent and roughly means wind flower because it’s the wind that opens them up. They were also once used for medical purposes as well. They have been known to help treat cramps and emotional distress.

The anemone comes several different colors such as red, pink, magenta, purple and blue, but the white anemone has proven most popular.

When it comes to wedding flowers the anemone is mostly used in the bridal bouquet. With its pure white petals and deep black center it creates a classic look on its own. You can also create a more dramatic look depending on what other flowers you pair them with. These flowers are typically available from October to May, only two of the major wedding months. If this is a flower you love and would like to incorporate into your wedding be sure to consider your time frame. Check with your local florist to inquire about their availability, and color options.

Springtime Weddings – Ideas For The Perfect Spring Wedding  

Springtime Weddings – Ideas For The Perfect Spring Wedding

Springtime is one of the favorite times of the year where most couples decided to get married. This is the time when the flowers begin to bloom and the trees begin to green; the perfect time to tie the knot and say “I do”.

To make your spring wedding a perfect one, here are some ideas that can help you in your wedding preparations:

The Color SchemeThere are many possible colors you can mix and match to be your wedding colors. You can pair two or more colors together such as ivory, lavender and pastel green or pastel green, pink and lavender. Since spring is associated with airy and vibrant colors, stay away from deep colors that represents autumn season. There are lots of colors you can choose, so make sure that what you pick are well-coordinated colors.

The Wedding InvitationUsually, spring themed wedding invitations have flowers printed on it. Stationary used are colorful and the font styles mirrors the feel of springtime. Don’t be anxious to use colorful papers or prints because spring is all about colors.

The FlowersThere are lots of flowers blooming during springtime so you have several choices to choose from. Flowers with vibrant colors are daffodils, forsythia, peony and ranunculus. Beautiful flowers with the shade of blue are anemone, hyacinth, pansy, wisteria, and violet. If you want pink flowers you can use hydrangea, cherry blossoms and lilac. White spring flowers like lilies, narcissus, snap dragon, stephanotis and sweet pea are great to combine with other colorful spring flowers. Make sure that whatever flower you use in your bouquets and floral decorations, they will complement each other.

The Wedding Dress and AttireFor your wedding gown, choose a light fabric where you can also wear a wrap just in case a cold breeze happens on your wedding day. For a springtime wedding, perfect styles are sleeveless gowns, spaghetti straps; tea length dresses and strapless dresses. You can also incorporate spring colors to your wedding gown; floral embroidery or tie a ribbon that matches your color scheme to your waist to accentuate your gown. Incorporate colors to the attire of men by wearing colored ties.

The Wedding Reception and DecorationsOutdoor weddings are perfect during springtime. You can have a garden wedding full of flowers so you don’t have to decorate it with flowers anymore, just add some props like candelabras, urns, drapes and some fabric like lace and tulle. If you want to use candles to make an elegant and classy ambiance, schedule your wedding in the late afternoon. Be reminded that you should have another plan just in case the weather change; there’s a big possibility of changing weather during spring season.

The Wedding FavorThere are many wedding favors you can choose that suits your spring themed wedding. You can have personalized soap with your names and the date of your wedding written on the box or potted plants or flowers to represent spring or even cardholders with floral designs. For more unique favors you can search the internet or ask your friends.

The Wedding CenterpiecesFor your centerpieces, a vase with a single flower on it is elegantly beautiful; or you can have an urn full of colorful flowers on it, it will depend on other decorations in the reception area. Slices of fresh fruits is also a great idea to have as a centerpiece, your guests will surely love to nibble them after eating a full meal.

The Wedding MenuFor your menu, the best foods that will go with the season are light foods. Serve some spring lamb with vegetables for the main meal and some slices of fruits for dessert. Drinks like lemonade and iced tea are perfect for the weather. As for your wedding cake, carrot cake or strawberry cake will definitely a delicious choice; top it with fresh carrot and strawberry respectively to highlight the finest of the season.

Autumn Weddings Make For Romantic Moments

Autumn Weddings Make For Romantic Moments

Autumn weddings have a distinct romantic air to them that makes a lot of couples time their own weddings during this season. Is it the nip of the air, or the glorious burst of colors, perhaps? Or maybe, the symbol of endings and beginnings that autumn can easily stand for? Whatever the reason, autumn weddings are especially beautiful.

Autumn Weddings – Additional Touches to Go With the Season

Autumn is the time of the year when trees present themselves in their best appearances. You can actually pick up their colors for your own autumn wedding motif. Your wedding invitations, give-aways/favors, cake and decorations can also be designed with autumn in mind. The wedding entourage can also be clothed with a similar motif, from the color to the designs of the outfits.

You can actually be liberal with touches and highlights reminiscent of the season with your wedding decorations. After all, an autumn wedding should really echo the colors of the season for more drama.

It may not be a straightforward autumn motif. You may have another equally lovely motif in mind. But you can still incorporate hints of autumn into your original plans. A vineyard motif, for example can readily integrate an autumn mood.

Fabric leaves dyed with colors of fall are fantastic highlight or accent pieces to your wedding decorations. Add to this vine garlands with autumn-colored leaves and bunches of grapes and you are on the right track. Other great accent pieces would be wide gold bows and ribbons. Again, to go with the season, you can forgo too much flowers and add more greenery instead. Anyway, there are not much flowers during this season.

For your autumn wedding give-aways or favors, they can be anything wrapped in fall-themed boxes or accented with dyed fabric leaves or leaf-shaped cookies with autumn colors.

Autumn Weddings – The Bridal Gown and the Setting

If you have settled for the autumn colors – varying degrees of reds, oranges, browns and yellows, it is wise to forego the traditional virginal white and go for ivory or off-white material for your wedding gown. This blends well with the over-all motif.

As for the venue or setting of your autumn wedding, look for something that is elegant but not flashy. An old church would be a good idea. Or, to take advantage of the cool, dry season, you can have an outdoor wedding somewhere in the heart of a vineyard, an elegant garden or even an orchard. Settings like these bring out the best effect of your autumn wedding in the photos.

The idea is for the wedding to reflect the spirit of the season and remind everyone that you are getting married in this time of the year when nature is at its best.

Summer Weddings – Nothing Can Beat the Beauty of Summer Weddings

Many people have always dreamt of having the perfect summer wedding. The weather is at its best and there is the fresh smell of exotic flowers in the breeze. This is the season of love and beauty. Who does not want to start a new life in the season of love?

Summer weddings are the latest trend in the market. The market is overflowing with concepts related to summer weddings specials. The best part about having a wedding in the summer is that it can be held out in the open under the clear blue sky. Many feel that the idea of having a beach theme wedding is the best they could have for a wedding.

Having chosen the summer season for your wedding, you do not have to worry about the cold or the rain. You as well as your guests can wear the nicest of dresses and flaunt it happily. And since the weather is good it puts everybody in the mood of merriment.

Moreover, summer weddings are especially preferred by the groom and the bride because it makes the arrangements all the more easier. One does not have to worry about a stray blizzard that might pose a problem.

The use of flowers is the most important thing in any summer wedding. Weddings are incomplete without the flowers that deck every part of the venue and touch the hearts of the onlookers. <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=“www.americanfloraldecorations.com”> Colorful summer flowers </a> add to the beauty of the occasion and spread the freshness around.

Flowers play an integral role in every occasion related to a wedding, be it a shower or the honeymoon suite. Flowers can give a special touch of the love that forms part of each wedding. Summer weddings are incomplete without the excellent display of myriad varied flowers of different colors.

Summer weddings can be the ideal time to hold a wedding because there is a magic in the air. It is lovely to get married in this time of the year because in a marriage everything has to be perfect. What better perfection can be asked for – perfect weather, perfect flowers, perfect environment and perfect love for the perfect wedding!