This New Wedding Flower Trend Is a Beautiful, Brilliant Way to Save Serious Money

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Oct 282016
 
bridesmaid wrist corsages and flower bracelets

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Instead of carrying bouquets, why not have your bridesmaids walk down the aisle wearing wrist corsages or flower bracelets, instead? Floral wristlets are a great way to incorporate your favorite flowers into your wedding day yet cost a fraction of the price of a full bouquet of blooms. And lest you're concerned that they scream "high school prom," these six chic takes on this idea will prove they're elegant and totally worthy of your wedding day.

Purple Blooms (above): Instead of carrying bouquets, bridesmaids at this wedding wore lovely flower bracelets in shades of purple around their wrists.

bridesmaid wrist corsages and flower bracelets

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Orange Flower Bracelet with Succulents: For a brighter, more modern style, we love the look of a wristlet with citrus-toned ranunculus buds mixed with tiny succulents.

Romantic Wristlets: These elegant wrist corsages consist of majolica roses and pieris, wrapped with dove-grey ribbon.

Hellebores: Moody hellebore blossoms paired with long lengths of dusty-rose velvet ribbon? So, so chic.

Feverfew: For a more casual, hand-picked feel, opt for a bridesmaid bracelet made of cheerful feverfew flowers.

Fresh-Flower Cuff Bracelet: This clever cuff bracelet is adorned with fresh roses, seedum, and blackberries.

BRIDES Dallas: 5 Wedding Florists That Will Create the Bouquet of Your Dreams

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Oct 222016
 

No wedding is complete without beautiful blooming flowers. Luckily, Dallas offers many top florists. Whether your reception requires colorful table arrangements or you just want a lush bridal bouquet, we recommend checking out these five Dallas florists to help put the final blossoming touches on your special day.

Stems of Dallas (Above)
Stems of Dallas will sit down with you and your soon-to-be hubby (and a glass of champagne, no less) to discuss the vision for your wedding before diving into the fun planning stage. They use blooms sourced from all over the world as well as a beautiful medley of foliage, fruit, and branches to complete their creative flower displays. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bella Flora of Dallas
Arrangements brimming with creamy white flowers are the specialty at Bella Flora of Dallas. Turn to them if you want to give your wedding a dreamy, ethereal aesthetic with imaginative creations that will wow your guests. Think floral chandeliers dangling from the ceiling or an awe-inspiring flower archway to exchange vows under. Read real brides' reviews here!

Posh Floral Design Dallas Florist

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Posh Floral Design
Posh Floral Design's couture creations range from dark and romantic tablescapes dotted with red roses to light and feminine arrangement bursting with pastel-colored flowers. Whether you want a floral halo to hang over the dance floor, blooms to dress up the aisle and alter, or fresh flowers to top your cake with, they can make it happen. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Cebolla Fine Flowers Dallas Florist

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Cebolla Fine Flowers
If you're a self-professed bohemian bride, you'll fall head over heels in love with Cebolla Fine Flowers' sweet flower crowns, which are perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. You'll also adore their use of succulents in everything from groomsmen boutonnieres to bridal bouquets. Read real brides' reviews here!

Gro Floral and Event Design
Wondrous walls of flowers? Check. Stunning door-framing arrangements that greet guests as they enter the venue? Check. Mini upside down gardens floating over the tables? Check. Gro Floral and Event Designs really knows how to add a wow factor to a wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!

Be sure to stop and smell the roses (and peonies... and dahlias...) at these other top Dallas florists!

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BRIDES New York City: Best Flower Delivery Services in NYC

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Oct 042016
 
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While florals are a huge party of your wedding day, they can also come in handy for the moments leading up to it. Whether you're looking for a sentimental gift for your maid of honor or mother-in-law to thank them for a beautiful shower or want to add a few day-of fresh touches to your ceremony space, this list of luxury flower services is the perfect addition to any bride's emergency contact list. Clustered roses, jewel-toned daises, and striking peonies are all available, and completed curated, delivery options for flowers in New York City.

Landeau
Currently serving as one of New York City's premiere luxury flower delivery service, it's no surprise that this sophisticated twist on simplicity is feverishly working to expand to cities all across the country. Focused on providing large, stunning bouquets full of an array of hued roses, this bouquet lifesaver, is as gorgeous as it's Parisian style packaging. ($139)

Bloom Nation

Blending quality blooms with local vendors is the seamless foundation behind this nationwide phenomenon. Hand-delivered to each receiving client, this trusted source of all things fresh, floral, and fun has been the go-to option for brides all over the country since it's establishment in 2011. Whether you're looking for an elegant arrangement of roses or searching for a unique array of local blooms, this delivery service is sure to put some spring in your step. ($50 - $185)

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Ode a la Rose
With a focus in selling seasonally foliaged rose bouquets, this Parisian inspired day-of delivery service continues to supply New Yorkers with handpicked roses in chic and modern gift packaging. Made in house, by a variety of specialty trained florists, the elimination of a storefront allows this online purveyor of freshness to provide customers with elegant arrangements at half of the cost. A delivery window of less than three hours is also available for those pesky floral emergencies. ($49.99 - $189.99) Read real brides' reviews here!

Petal by Pedal
Offering a delivery service as unique as the name, this locally grown bouquet mecca uses bicycles as their main form of transportation in an effort to simplify the transaction between the customer and the arrangement. Ranging from floral sizes small to x-large, the creativity process is endless when choosing between the same-day delivery packages of this timesaving lifesaver! Numerous editorial features such as mentions in Vogue and Elle make this stunning service a fashionable favorite among locals. ($65 - $155)

H. Bloom
Matching style to space, the exquisite designs offered from this interior design company make any room or occasion a blank canvas of inspiration. Offering a range of high quality arrangements and floral installations, this custom subscription service is perfect for any bride looking to freshen up both her ceremony and personal space. Individual design consultants are available to help each client personalize their floral service based on her schedule. ($75+) Read real brides' reviews here!

Need more help finding the perfect wedding day flowers? We have plenty of florists for you to choose from on our Local Vendors page!

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Wedding Flower Trend We Love: Pampas Grass

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Sep 232016
 

Currently on our wedding trend radar? Pampas grass. The tall, wheat-colored tufted grasses can often been seen growing along riverbanks and cliff sides; the stalks flow beautifully in the wind and add instant texture to wedding arrangements like bouquets and ceremony backdrops. Pampas grass is perfect for more casual, boho-style weddings (or, if you're not really into flowers at all). Check out these six stunning takes on the pampas grass trend.

Bridal Bouquet (above): This pretty bouquet by Studio Mondine includes clematis, spotted begonia, and feathery strands of locally foraged pampas grass.

Ceremony Aisle: Wow your wedding guests with a spectacular wedding ceremony aisle lined with loads of fluffy pampas grass stalks.

wedding trend pampas grass

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Circular Ceremony Backdrop: Exchange vows amid a circular pampas-grass altar decorated with lush creamy-white blooms.

wedding trend pampas grass

Photo: Gia Canali

Boho Ceremony Backdrop: Add tall stalks of feathery pampas grass to give your ceremony backdrop movement and a dash of bohemian flair.

Pedestal Centerpieces: Add some major height to your dinner tables by perching lush greenery-and-pampas-grass centerpieces on tall, translucent pedestals.

Bud Vase Centerpieces: Wispy pampas grasses also look great on their own when displayed in modern-looking vases and vessels.

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Wedding Trend We Love: Single-Bloom Bridesmaid Bouquets

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Sep 172016
 

For a chic (and way more affordable!) alternative to a full bouquet, why not send your bridesmaids down the aisle carrying a single, striking bloom? Drop-dead gorgeous flowers like peonies, garden roses, and dahlias command attention on their own, so there's no need for extra embellishments. These six examples of single flower bridesmaid bouquets help prove our point.

Magnolia (above): A single creamy-white magnolia blossom paired with a sprig of leaves is so classic and chic.

Coral Charm Peony: Instead of a full bouquet, pair a pale-pink bridesmaid dress with a bright-pink peony.

Garden Rose: A pretty Juliet garden rose is such a romantic bloom to carry down the aisle.

White Peony: You can never go wrong with classic white. Case in point: this crisp-white peony, which looks perfectly elegant all on its own.

Dahlia: A single, densely petaled dahlia is a stunning choice for your attendants.

White Rose: Mix in some greens and berries to complement a beautiful white rose.

6 Unique Wedding Flower Ideas That Will Take Your Breath Away

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Sep 142016
 

Weddings and flowers are almost synonymous, but there's so much more to floral design than bud vases, centerpieces, and bouquets. With the right vision and a little ingenuity, flowers can enhance your wedding celebration in a way you might never have expected. And who better to give us insight into some totally breathtaking new ideas for wedding flowers than the experts themselves? We got three top floral designers to spill on out-of-the-box ideas that will change the way you think about flowers at a wedding.

Color Blocking
Get your feet wet by keeping the style of your floral arrangements traditional, but playing with color instead. Molly Kobelt and Heidi Joynt, owners of Field & Florist in Chicago, updated this stunning table [above] by keeping the colors of each section consistent — from the flowers and glassware to the napkins. "Guests could really get the experience of a single color and enjoy all of the details," says Kobelt. "Using a limited color palette allowed each arrangement to tell a story." They kept the runners and dishes white to allow each hue to really pop.

Architectural Accents

Photo: Sasha Gulish

Architectural Accents
Rhiannon Smith, production coordinator for Brown Paper Design in Los Angeles, departed from the lush, wild bouquets that are so popular for one inspired by a client, an interior designer with a keen eye. Lady slipper orchids and hellebores were paired with foliage and twisting vines for a totally unique look.

The New Corsage
Think beyond the wrist! Smith worked with a bride who wanted something totally unexpected, and this was the result. "Draped along the elegant, plunging back of a dress, this is for brides that aren't afraid to stand out!" she says. It's the perfect way to dress up an otherwise simple gown.

Cascading Florals
We've all seen garlands draped across the back of a vintage car, but have you ever seen them pouring out of the back seat? Liz Griffith, owner of Siloh Floral Artistry in Denver, created this colorful display in a vintage Bentley for a client's engagement shoot. "Using a vintage car as the structure to build the florals on was the perfect way to achieve romance, elegance, and a uniqueness that speaks to the couple," she explains.

See more: Over the Flower Crown? 5 Fresh Ways to Incorporate Flowers in Your Wedding Hair

Minimal Greenery
Instead of filling in a bouquet with extra greenery, Kobelt and Joynt love keeping the leaves sparse to really showcase the uniqueness of each individual bloom. "We have so many beautiful flowers growing on our farm right now, we don't want to hide them!" says Kobelt. "It's also great as a centerpiece, because guests can see through the airy designs and across the table."

floral canopy

Photo: Courtesy of Siloh Floral Artistry

A Floral Canopy
"I think every little girl dreams of sleeping under a blanket of flowers," says Griffith. "Rather than a two-posted or four-posted arch that's more typical in wedding decor, we created a soft, draped display that hung from the ceiling. I wanted to bring the feeling of the lush blooms you see draped over fences in the spring indoors." She took that idea and transformed it into a canopy of lilac, spirea, and hellebores that would be stunning in a boudoir shoot or over the bed on your first night as husband and wife.

8 Things to Know About DIY-ing Your Wedding Centerpieces

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Sep 032016
 

While you may not be capable of sewing your own wedding dress, there are a bunch of smaller projects that you can enjoy doing yourself like arranging your own centerpieces. We chatted with Meghann Ingram, a wedding guru at The Bouqs Company — the only flower co. that delivers stems straight from the farm to your door — to get some tips for tackling DIY wedding centerpieces.

1. Pick the Robust Stuff
Not all flowers have the gusto to work well as centerpieces for hours on end. Hydrangeas and roses are sturdy and both have a full shape, so they're you're best bets, Ingram says. Varieties with relatively weaker stems just won't cut it (think tulips and ranunculus) because they can break more easily. It's also smart to stay away from tall line flowers because striking a balanced look in the vase can be tricky. So avoid delphiniums and gladiolas.

2. Save Cash by Being Casual
Formal or modern centerpieces tend to be fuller arrangements with tight, compact buds. This means you have to use a lot of stems to get the effect of abundance. So a great way to make more cost-effective centerpieces is going with looser, more informal composition, Ingram recommends. Use just two or three different varieties and be open to using whatever flowers are in season. You'll save money and hopefully sidestep the stress of being so focused on just one flower. And since they're so delicate and perishable anyway, you need to be prepared for last-minute substitutions.

3. Condition the Flowers
When buying flowers in bulk, Ingram suggests conditioning the flowers. Give a 1-2 inch fresh cut to every stem. Be sure to remove thorns or leaves before they touch the water because they will poison the water if left in. And then take away any guard petals on roses.

4. Get Your Tools in Order
Before jumping in to work, buy all the necessary floral tools in advance. Ingram says you'll need foliage/thorn strippers, shears, flower food, buckets, floral tape, decorative ribbon and a safe, cool space to store everything.

See More: What Your Wedding Flowers Really Mean

5. Build in Time
It will probably take only a few minutes to assemble a single centerpiece, but multiply that by however many tables you have and then add all the legwork behind researching, ordering and then prepping the flowers. It can add up. Build that time into your wedding week schedule, and then allow for extra time in case there are any unforeseen delays or problems.

6. Start with a Squat Vase
You'll want to buy some 5 x 5 or 5 x 4 bubble or square vases. Then, create a small grid (or hashtag!) using clear tape to anchor the flowers and keep everything in place.

7. Begin Filling with the Big Stuff
Put the largest flowers in first, and then work your way down to the smallest. It's a good idea to add the smaller buds in groups of three because it's pleasing to the eye. As you're adding flowers, turn the vase around to see it from all different angles. It'll help the final look be more balanced. (Check out this instructional video for a foolproof way to arrange.)

8. Assemble a Team of Helpers
Ingram recommends asking friends or family to help with the centerpieces in advance. That means finding reliable volunteers to assist in prepping the flowers, assembling the arrangements and safely transporting them to the venue. And don't forget to have fun with it. Consider throwing a fun flower arranging party with snacks and champagne.

Couture-Inspired Wedding Centerpieces That Are Totally Runway-Worthy

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Aug 132016
 
Armani Inspired Wedding Centerpiece

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How could one not get inspired when they first lay eyes on the latest couture creations making their way down the runways during Fashion Week? With the endless yards of luxe fabrics, epic embellishments, and unexpected silhouettes, the designer duds couturiers send down the runways give us enough wedding dress inspiration to last the whole year. But we aren't the only ones feeling inspired. These New York florists used the new couture collections as their own personal muses to create six seriously stunning wedding centerpieces.

Purple Reign (Above)
Inspired by this piece from the Armani Privé Spring 2016 collection, Brooklyn floral designer Denise Fasanello used a laundry list of blooms — ranunculus, delphiniums, anemones, hyacinths, garden roses, muscari, and more — to create an arrangement that's "elegant and chic but still has lots of movement," she says. "I especially love how the frilly sweet-pea blossoms perfectly mirror the flowing silk pleats on the dress." (Price upon request, Denise Fasanello)

Valentino Inspired Wedding Centerpiece

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Fresh Greens
To channel this earthy-but-glam gown from Valentino's Spring 2016 line, designer Todd Rigby of VSF used serious foliage (eucalyptus, jasmine vines, dusty millers) as the backdrop for a garden-fresh array of spray roses, phlox, lilacs, and lisianthuses. (Price upon request, VSF)

Giambattista Inspired Wedding Centerpiece

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Ruffled Whites
Manhattan floral designer Olivier Giugni of L'Olivier Floral Atelier used phalaenopsis orchids as the spotlight for this chic white-on-white arrangement inspired by a Giambattista Valli Spring 2016 minidress. Dianthuses, lisianthuses, and white lilacs fill out the look. "We used diverse textures to capture the layers and ruffles of the fabric," he says. (Price upon request, L'Olivier Floral Atelier)

Ralph and Russo Inspired Wedding Dress

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Textured Pinks
Fringed tulips and novelty roses create a dense field of color in this over-the-top centerpiece by Lisa George at Michael George Flowers. "The concept was tight and sculptural on top and looser and lush at the base," she says of the arrangement, inspired by a show-stopping Ralph & Russo gown. "The dress is unquestionably bold, and so is the centerpiece." (Price upon request, Michael George Flowers)

Chanel Inspired Wedding Centerpiece

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Soft Pastels
Brittany Asch of BRRCH paired the silver and nude tones of Earl Grey roses, carnations, and lilacs with feathery agonis and chocolate cosmos to create this centerpiece inspired by Chanel's Spring 2016 edgy-fem look. "I added dark accents for contrast and edge," says Asch. "I wanted it elegant but also a bit glam." (Price upon request; BRRCH)

Zuhair Murad Inspired Wedding Centerpiece

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Rosy Outlook
To get the look of Zuhair Murad's gorgeous gown, floral designer Bridget Vizoso blended exotics — orchids, passion vines, amaranths, and monstera leaves — with a medley of bridal classics, like roses, sweet peas, lisianthuses, and ranunculus. "The ruffled, lighter flowers add an airy delicacy," she says. "Combined with tropical elements, the result is dramatic and sensual." ($450, Bridget Vizoso)

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For the Offbeat Bride: Chic Alternatives to Traditional Bridesmaid Bouquets

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Aug 092016
 

Just because it isn't traditional doesn't mean it has to be tacky! And yes, this applies to your bridesmaid bouquets and your own wedding flowers, for that matter, brides. From fresh fruit and veggie arrangements to small floral wreaths perfect for any season, here are five stylish bridesmaid bouquet alternatives for the offbeat-but-oh-so chic bride.

1. Small floral wreaths
As an alternative to traditional bridesmaid bouquets, wedding planner Marilisa Schachinger of Martel Events suggests a small floral wreath instead! "The unexpected shape is not confined to winter weddings either; we think it makes for a fun, fresh option in any season. To scale back on costs, you can just use greenery as opposed to floral accents too."

2. Books
Yes, seriously! Chancey Charm Boston wedding planner Jill Deering recently worked on a wedding where the décor theme was literate and books. "So of course the bridesmaids carried their favorite books, bound in a beautiful ribbon." You could also use rolled up sheets of meaningful song lyrics or a favorite book passage about love that inspires you or speaks to your relationship, says Chancey Charm Denver planner Lauren Groeper.

3. Fruits and vegetables
Calling all organic, green brides...you'll eat this idea right up (we know we did)! Jesseca Carrol of Events by SB had the honor of coordinating a wedding where the bride and groom wanted everything all natural. So of course, that meant the bouquets too. "They featured purple radishes, beets, peppers and multiple lettuces. Our floral designer had a blast creating beauty out of such color rich vegetables."

See More: Watch This Groom Totally Surprise His Bride With an Epic Wedding Dance

4. Flower-filled sparkly clutches
Handbags filled with blooms are a fun fashion statement and perfect for the offbeat bride, notes DIY wedding planner Anastasia Stevenson of How to DIY Wedding. "A florist can create a mossy version or bridesmaids can choose their leather, velvet, satin or sparkly versions. Whatever the bride and her maids think suits the wedding style and usually each bridesmaid has her own unique bag."

5. Lanterns
Ditch the classic floral bouquets and send your bridesmaids down the aisle carrying pretty lanterns decorated with gorgeous greenery and blooms galore. It's different without being too out there and you have the option to decide how decked out with flowers you want them to be. In our opinion, they look stunning either way, minimalistic or over the top.

Can Our Guests Take Home Flowers at the End of the Night?

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Aug 062016
 

Flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand, from bouquets and boutonnieres to centerpieces and cake decorations. But all those blooms can really add up, and the thought of throwing them away when the party is over can be pretty heartbreaking. Instead of putting those flowers in the trash, can your wedding guests take them home as a sweetly-scented souvenir? Our experts weigh in.

Finding something to do with your flowers at the end of the night is a great idea, whether it's donating them to a local senior center or sending them home with your guests. There are, however, a few things you need to keep in mind.

The first is your vases. Chances are you've rented these from your florist, which means unless you want to pay retail price for each and every vessel, you should make sure your guests take the flowers and nothing else. A lot of larger vessels are actually holding flowers tucked into floral foam and sitting in plastic dishes, so that makes removing the flowers easier while allowing guests to leave the vases behind. For smaller centerpieces that are simply arranged in water, consider stocking up on cheap glass or plastic vases, then transferring the flowers out of your florist's vases and into the ones you've purchased so guests can take them home. A dozen $3-$5 glass vases will be much less expensive than the artistic or special-ordered versions your florist is renting to you (which could run $20 a pop or more).

The second is how guests will transport the flowers home. Sure, they could simply tuck the flowers between their feet in the car, but having cardboard boxes and paper towels or newspaper will make it a little easier. Place the vase in the box, surround it with crumpled up paper for cushion, and the flowers will be much more secure in transport.

And of course, you have to get the word out! As the lights come on at the end of the night, ask your planner or catering manager to let guests know that the flowers are available to take home. Make sure they're equipped with extra vases, and ask them to keep an eye on the ones you've rented from your florist to make sure none of his or her vessels walk out the door!

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