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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Divine Details: Birch

This inspiration board mixes woodsy with feminine. The result is simply gorgeous!

Photo Source: 1) Wedding Chicks, 2) Best Wedding Decor, 3) Zazzle, 4) Unruly Things, 5) Storage | Glee 6) Etsy, 7) Rustic Wedding Chic

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Divine Details

 

Real Weddings: Natalie & Trent

Stunning!  We had the pleasure of working on this peacock inspired wedding. The result was pure elegance!

Floral Design by: Blooms and Bouquets, Photography by: Jamy Sullivan Photography

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Real Weddings

 

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Our Top Ten Tips for Working with a Floral Designer

Everyone knows that planning a wedding can be a stressful, exhausting feat. But, good news…we are here to lighten the load! Here are our top ten tips for collaborating with your chosen designer.

10.  Don’t forget to budget for your flowers. A typical flower budget is about 10% of the total wedding budget. If flowers are a priority you might plan a little more if they are not then you may be able to get by on less. Plan on making flowers a priority from the beginning and you won’t be left trying to shuffle your budget around.

9.  Take care of your flowers. You can do a lot to ensure that your flowers will look their best all day. Keep bouquets in water whenever possible and avoid extreme temperatures. Also, treat blooms with care as most petals will bruise or even break if handled roughly.

8.  Don’t be intimidated by expensive blooms. Flowers like hydrangea or orchids may be expensive by the stem, but you don’t need near as many of them to make an impact. A bouquet of only 2 hydrangea stems is a suitable size for most bridesmaids and orchids are so unique looking that a few blossoms will be much more memorable than a much larger bouquet of run-of-the-mill flowers.

7.  Don’t wait too long to book your florist. A good florist may book popular dates up to a year (or more) in advance. Set up your initial floral consultation as soon as you begin meeting with other vendors.

6. Clearly communicate between parties.Make sure all interested parties, ie; the person paying and the bride, review the contract and are aware of changes. This will ensure that all involved parties know what was ordered (if the number of boutonnieres or detail colors change) and help keep communication with the vendor clear and concise.

5. Carefully consider your color scheme. Dark purple flowers may sound like a good idea for your bouquet, but keep in mind that when photographed against a white dress, they will appear black and have very little texture. A bouquet of dark purple with some mid tones and lighter shades incorporated will make photos pop.

4.  Do your homework. Before you meet with your florist, look at a variety of magazines and books to gather your favorite ideas and even ideas of what you do not like. The more a floral designer can get to know your taste, the happier you will be with the end result.

3.  Re-use your ceremony flowers. Altar arrangements can be reused at the reception, and even aisle flowers may be creatively reused for centerpieces depending on the design.

2.  Focus on the big details first. Yes, we are in the business of beautiful details and details are what make a fabulous event. But don’t get hung up on things like if the mens tux shirts will be white or ivory, or if your ribbon is the exact same shade as the bridesmaid dress. Truth be told- if the ribbon is in the same color family, it will trick the eye into thinking that it matches. Focus on things that people will notice; the overall atmosphere and the personal details like having a floral monogram on the front of your head table.

1. Trust your florist. If you pick the right vendor, they will have done hundreds of events. A good florist is a goldmine of knowledge, use this to your benefit! Clearly communicate your likes and dislikes and when you are comfortable that they understand your vision, hand over the reigns. Not only will this relieve you of some of the planning burden but you may be surprised when your florist creates something much more breathtaking than you could have imagined!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Real Weddings: Ali & Ben

We just know you are going to love the bright, bold colors in this fun wedding!

Floral Design by: Blooms and Bouquets, Photography by: Allison Garrett

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Real Weddings

 

Bravo!

Thank you for voting us The Best of The Knot 2012!

We are pleased to be awarded this honor for the second consecutive year!

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Shop Assistant Wanted!

Join the Blooms and Bouquets team!

We are looking for a Shop Assistant.

Position Details: In order to keep the shop running smoothly this summer we need a great set of hands helping our designers pull our events together.  The shop assistant is responsible for keeping the workspace clean and orderly, running shop errands, processing flowers, assisting with office duties and backing up the design team.  The Assistant will also work with designers on the set-up and delivery of weddings, parties and shows. The ideal candidate is organized and able to multitask with style and grace.  This is not a pretty position, but it can be very rewarding.  This is a great position for someone who loves flowers and wants to learn the basics while making a little extra money.  Although it is not a design position our candidate will be exposed to basic design training.  Candidate will be working under the direction of our Award Winning Designer with years of experience and a passion for teaching.

This position is Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. $8.25 per hour. 10-15 hours per week. Schedule varies.

Call 402.730.2640 or email melissa@bloomsandbouquets.com to schedule an interview!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Trend Alert: Tangerine Tango

The official “it” color for 2012, according to Pantone is Tangerine Tango. We can expect to see a lot more of this fiery orange.

Photo source:1) Dessy, 2) That’s Lie-Ulls, 3) Snippet & Ink

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Trend Alert