Picking The Right Centerpiece

Whether you are having a wedding, bridal shower,  or any other celebration for that matter, centerpiece is a very important aspect. Centerpieces help tie together the entire décor of the.

Here are some tips on choosing centerpieces:

1. Numbers! If you are using more than one item in the centerpiece go with odd numbers it is eye catching.

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2. Layer! Positioning is everything.

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3. Height! Creates great visual!

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4. Space! Do not over crowd your table with favors, place cards, formal place settings. Make sure you have room for the centerpiece.

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5. Venue! Make sure you are aware of ALL the restrictions of your venue.

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6. Setting! Take into consideration your environment. Surrounding and temperature is key.

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Centerpieces add a special touch to an event. Be sure to think your ideas through in order to have an event that is a vision of excellence.

 

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Top Wedding Trends To Watch For In 2013

I came across this website/blog and had to share with you! (From WeddingBlogs100.Com)

2013 Wedding Trends

We asked 20 influential wedding bloggers to share their thoughts with us on wedding trends they personally feel will emerge in 2013.  Below are their opinions and predictions.  How many do you agree with?

20.  Patterns  will  be  hot

The Perfect Palette

For 2013, I think that incorporating patterns into wedding day decor is going to be HOT! I think we’ll surely continue to see chevron and stripes used on everything from table runners to bowties. However, I think we’ll also start to see more and more gingham, paisley and even polka dots. Because what’s not to love? They truly do add a bit of fun and a touch of whimsy. I’m imaging bridesmaids in striped skirts, and groomsmen with paisley ties. There really are so many possibilities when it comes to patterns and we’re so excited to see where they’ll turn up for weddings in 2013! – [Chrissy, The Perfect Palette]

19.  The  Reception  Lounge

The Man Registry

The reception “lounge” is a wedding trend we’ve seen begin to take off in 2012 and expect to see back even stronger in 2013. It offers an away from the dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a relaxed setting. From a groom’s perspective, the lounge is a perfect spot to feature a favorite microbrew, signature cocktail or finger food. If you’re planning to include a photo booth, any yard or table games or a build-your-own drink station – the lounge is the place to do it. As always guys, be sure to talk ideas over with your fiancé before you commit.- [Chris, The Man Registry]

18.   Prints  charming

Southbound Bride

In my book, prints will be a key trend for 2013 weddings. We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but next year I think this will really catch on– everything from the stripes and chevron of 2012 to delicate florals and bold graphic prints. Look out for print fabrics used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping, or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs. Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. Just don’t go overboard or too matchy matchy – depending on the print itself, less is often more! – [Gaby, SouthBound Bride]

17.  Lace,  lace,  lace

Borrowed and Bleu

In my opinion, we’re going to see a lot of lace in 2013! Lace has been a mainstay in bridal fashion for centuries, but it seems to be making a comeback right now. From full-on lace dresses to just a touch here and there to accent a dress, lace has already started to appear on the runway. Many designers will be showcasing classic wedding gowns with lace details like lacy cap sleeves, illusion necklaces, contrasting color lace and more in their spring 2013 collections. My favorite thing about lace is that it’s not just for the gown – lace details in the wedding décor is becoming a hot trend, too. Lace can make an elegant statement anywhere from the invitation to the wedding cake. Lace details can be chic and sophisticated, or when paired with rustic or vintage elements, lace can become a bit more whimsical! – [Erika, Borrowed & Bleu]

16.  Less  Is  More

Boho Wedding Blog

I believe that weddings will become more stripped back and minimalistic. We have seen so much styling going on that I think in 2013 couples will want to get back to basics and let the wedding be more about them. So the old phrase ‘Less is More’ will come into play. Less details, less fuss. So simple minimalistic décor and more relaxed styling. Couples have become swamped with over stylistic wedding ideas so think minimalistic venues,  simple flowers with stripped back table decoration, clean lines, simple rustic elements, un fussy ideas for a couple that want the wedding to be about them NOT the details and styling.- [Kelly, Boho Wedding Blog]

15.  Virtual  Guests

Austin Weddings

In 2013, technology will play in huge role in how couples will share their most precious moments with friends and family around the world.  Live-stream weddings will continue to gain popularity and next year will be a defining year for this type of service. If a loved one cannot attend a wedding, couples will opt to “broadcast” their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere.  It’s real-time streaming of a real life event.  It’s a great idea for couples who want to include more and more people in the wedding. I often ask planning brides if this is something that they would consider, and most are not even aware that this is an option!  Look for more live-stream weddings to emerge in 2013. – [Rachel, Austin Wedding Blog]

14.   The  Fun  Factor

Intimate Weddings

In 2013, couples will be putting an even bigger emphasis on fun! And that means, lots of creative food stations (i.e. mashed potato bars), snack stations (i.e. DIY Smores, popcorn) and late night goodies. Carnival foods such as snow cones, cotton candy & candy apples will be ever-popular for summer weddings, as will food trucks, ice cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks. Late night barbecue will also be sizzlin’. Along with emphasising the fun factor with food, couples will continue to create make their cocktail hour and reception interactive with games such as corn hole, bocce ball & horseshoes.  Entertainment will also get interactive, with couples hiring everything from live event artists, on-site poets and dance instructors to magicians & tarot card readers. To make the fun last even longer, the post-wedding after party where couples hire a bus or van to take guests to a local night club after the reception, will be big for 2013. – [Christina, Intimate Weddings]

13.  Extended  Wedding   Receptions

Gig Masters

One of the biggest trends of 2012 was the “After Party,” a party after the reception was officially over. The After Party came with its own music, food, and sometimes even wardrobe for friends of the bride and groom. Although many couples will be continuing that trend in 2013 others will be looking for ways to bring the younger vibe and fun to the wedding itself, without the expense of throwing a completely different second party. Look for receptions that last a tad bit longer so that couples can fit in a change in entertainment and the ever-popular food trucks. For some couples, receptions will be divided in to three distinct sections, the cocktail hour with low-key music and food, the dinner “hour” (actually two or three hours) with all the expected wedding traditions (except for the bouquet toss, which is on its way out and fast), and two to three hours of fun where it’s completely acceptable for Grandma and Grandpa to head on home. DJs and bands will be mixing together in new and interesting ways as couples use these longer receptions to try and please everyone. 
– [Marta, GigMasters]

12.  Wedding  Dresses…  With  Pockets

Bridal Snob

Finally, the wait is over!  Pocket wedding dresses will break out in 2013 and brides everywhere will rejoice. Functional fashion is in and fashion designers are coming around to the idea of adding soft, dainty pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear.  I recently spoke to a Very popular gown designer who dished that some very high-profile celebrities will be debuting pocket dresses in 2013. Honestly, I’m stunned it’s taken so long for this trend to go pseudo-mainstream. If your wedding is more than 6 months away, you might want to entertain the idea of a wedding dress… with pockets. – [Bridal Snob]

11.   The  Roaring  Twenties

The Giving Bride

I think the biggest wedding trend for 2013 will be a 1920’s vintage look.  The decadence and gayety of the era make it a perfect inspiration for a celebration like a wedding. Plus, with the popularity of shows such as Downtown Abbey and a remake of The Great Gatsby coming out, the 20’s will be roaring back into popular culture. The style of 20’s fashion is very romantic.  Hallmarks of this look include dropped waist dresses and lace in soft colors of ivory.  To channel this look through your accessories, try long strands of pearl necklaces or gold toned jewelry.  Instead of a traditional veil you could wear a cloche style headpiece or a beaded headband with art deco details. – [Maggie, The Giving Bride]

10.  Localized  Weddings

Valley and Co

As one year of wedding trends comes to a close another will emerge with vibrant ideas, new methods of entertaining guests and bits of eye candy that will set weddings apart as truly spectacular. These are the trends that will live on and become classic. As we are knee-deep in planning and prepping for marvelous 2013 weddings we look ahead to the localized wedding. You needn’t look too far past your hometown for preeminent wines, sea foods or fresh bounty from farmers or bakers. Caterers will see an increase of delectable menus that are thoughtful and sourced locally, showcasing the best of what’s to offer where their creativity can truly shine.

To truly give guests an incredibly unique experience {at often a fraction of the price for shipping foods cross-country or wine across The Pond}, couples can look to nearby family-run apple cideries for a fun approach to bubbly, to a regional winery to select a scrumptious blend to pair with dinner, or work with a farmer or chef to personalize favorite food elements in an elevated light. The focus will be on quality, not quantity, and a remarkable experience will ensue! – [Aleah + Nick, Valley & Co.]


9.  grooms   start  spending

Wedding Statistics

In 2013, we expect the average cost of a wedding to increase slightly, partly due to spending by the groom.  As more grooms begin playing an active role in the planning details of their wedding (a growing trend we’ve seen over the past 2 years), certain items such as groom cakes, groom rings, accessories, intricate honeymoon plans and unique groom gifts could significantly impact most wedding budgets, causing engaged couples to ultimately spend more.  Most of the grooms that we’ve spoken to state that their bride-to-be is totally on board for this increase in spending since it is as much his wedding as it is hers. – [Mason, WeddingStats.org]

8.  A  return  to  elegance

Burnetts Boards

In 2013 we are going to see a return to elegance. 2012 weddings reflected the world economy with a shabby chic, ‘do it yourself’ kind of attitude but 2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina,  Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics, costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t wait to see it find its way back into weddings again! – [Sara, Burnett’s Boards]

7.   Custom   Wedding  Details

Polka Dot Bride

The hottest trend in Australia right now is customisation to create a truly personal wedding day. We’re seeing more weddings at the one venue- not reception/ceremony  ‘all in one’ function centres, mind you, but farms and large garden spaces, backyards and inner city, multi level venues. This extends to more unusual venues – art galleries, favourite upmarket cafe/gallery spaces, warehouses. I’m predicting more and more couples opting for blank slates they can truly customise to their own style and vision. This can be through asking a wedding stylist to create a bespoke occasion, or making and creating everything themselves right down to the wedding dress and bouquets. This extends further to bridal gowns and accessories- instead of leaving an off the rack gown as they bought it, Australian brides are adding sleeves, coloured belts, crystal brooches. For some weddings, the bridesmaids are being given a colour and asked to choose their own dresses. Grooms are adding fun bow ties and pocket squares and even the ceremonies are involving less traditional moments and more words that tell a story of who they are as a couple. For Australian brides and grooms customising their wedding day, allows them to tell the wider world that ‘as a couple, this is who we are’. – [Ms. PolkaDot – Polka Dot Bride]

6.    Fabulous  Florals

The Brides Cafe

Of course for the 2013 wedding trend, I have to speak on the wedding flowers.  For Spring 2013, I think we’ll see soft shades of yellows mixed with grays and lots of pastels for the romantic look and feel.  Come summer, get ready for over-sized and brightly colored blooms.  Picture lush coral or hot pink peonies tied together with lots of pretty ribbons.  Also, the “just picked from the garden” look and feel hand tied bouquet and lush centerpieces will always be a favorite.  And, let’s not forget to use lots of texture by incorporating fruits, grasses, pods, berries and succulents.  I hope we’ll also see more of the monochromatic bouquets.  We can achieve this look with a lush bouquet of pretty tulips, ranunculus and garden roses.  These pretty blooms come in a variety of gorgeous colors and would be the perfect on your wedding day.  And for the DIY bride, let’s not forget all the vibrant color summer blooms at the farmer’s market.  To tie the look all together, lots of pretty ribbons and lace around the bouquet handle.                                                          –  [Janie, The Bride’s Cafe]

5.  Economy & Technology  Drive  Choices

Tweet My Wedding

The economy will continue to play a large part in how brides and grooms approach planning and vendors. Couples are becoming increasingly selective in a world of more and more options. Online tools and apps like Pinterest propel the availability of creative ideas while social media continues to bring the bride and vendor closer advancing trust and educating both. I sense that we are seeing the trade off of super trendy, bling drenched wed-to-impress affairs for more intimate uncomplicated celebrations that are personal to their families, lives, values and pocketbook. – [Mindy, TweetMyWedding]


4.  Birds  of  a  feather

Emmaline Bride

I predict the hot wedding trend for 2013 goes to the birds! We’ve seen bird themed weddings grow in popularity in 2012, but expect to see an increase in bird-themed everything throughout 2013, particularly in the spring.  Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders,  bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors (complete with blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’).  Look for bird necklaces, particularly ones with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows), both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls.  We’re also seeing an increase in feather-inspired hair accessories (like veils and fascinators) to subtly tie in the theme.  Fans of Portlandia will revel in this wedding theme, as couples everywhere will find a way to “put a bird on it”.  (I couldn’t resist.) – [Emma, EmmalineBride]

3.  DIY  attire

DIY Bride

On the do-it-yourself front, I predict couples will choose projects that are more advanced skill-wise and require bigger budget and/or time commitments than they have in recent years. Much of DIY for the last few seasons has been focused on quick and inexpensive but we’re really seeing a swing towards more challenging and sophisticated projects. On the top of the list, I think we’ll see a lot of DIY attire: handmade bridal gowns and accessories, custom ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen, revamped and upcycled clothing.  Shows like Project Runway have certainly fueled an interest in clothing construction and, therefore, sewing. Jewelry-making, especially the advanced techniques like metalsmithing, intricate beading, and metal clays, has been trending in the mainstream craft world for well over a year now and I think we’ll definitely see DIYers embrace these new trends and skill sets wedding world in 2013. – [Khris, DIY Bride]

2.   Low  Key  soirees

Rock n Roll Bride

2012 was the year of the detail-heavy ‘blogworthy’ wedding. Bunting, cupcakes, tents, tipis, mason jars, bicycles covered in flowers… it was the year of weddings with lots of ‘stuff’. With so much wedding inspiration around on wedding blogs, I think that engaged couples are starting to feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure they have the right ‘stuff’ for their day – to make it look a certain way, or have certain things. So my prediction for 2013 would be that couples will start to rebel and we’ll see a lot more low key weddings – elopements, small family gatherings, less pressure and less ‘stuff’. Weddings taking inspiration from nature and the natural elements around their chosen venue will dominate rather than adding lots and lots of extra ‘things’. 
– [Kat, Rock n Roll Bride]

1.  Food  Truck  Frenzy

The Budget Savvy Bride

In the last year or so I’ve seen a great increase in new and interesting gourmet Food Truck companies popping up and I think these kitchens on wheels are going to have a big presence in weddings in 2013. Not only is it cool and different but it’s also convenient! Imagine a gourmet hot dog or grilled cheese truck providing your guests with good eats at your laid-back park wedding, or an ice cream truck delivering delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. There are food trucks for every type of food you could imagine, you could even hire a few different ones for your guests to have their pick! It’s sure to be a fun way to feed your guests that they will be talking about for years to come. – [Jessica, The Budget Savvy Bride]

New Year, New Bridal Shows

So that most popular time of year to get engaged has just passed so many new girls have a sparkly ring on their left hand and now they are ready to start planning their big day.

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Here’s a look at some of the upcoming bridal shows across South Carolina! MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!

 

CHARLESTON:

* Sunday, January 13th – The Charleston Bridal Show – The Marriott Hotel (Lockwood Blvd) – Noon until 5pm

* Sunday, February 17th – Southern Bridal Show – Charleston Area Convention Center – Noon until 5pm

* Sunday, August 18th – Southern Bridal Show – Charleston area Convention Center – Noon until 5pm

 

COLUMBIA:

* Sunday, January 6th – WNOK Bridal Expo – Columbia Metro Convention Center – 1pm until 5pm

* Sunday, February 24th – St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase – State Fair Grounds – Noon until 5pm

* Sunday, July 21st – 2013 Summer Carolina Bridal Showcase – Columbia Metro Convention Center – 1pm until 5pm

* Sunday, September 22nd –2013 Fall Carolina Bridal Showcase – Columbia Metro Convention Center – 1pm until 5pm

 

MYRTLE BEACH/FLORENCE:

* Sunday, January 6th – BRAVO! Bridal Expo – Florence Civic Center

 

UPSTATE:

* Saturday, January 5th – Weddings With Style – Hyatt Downtown Greenville – 10am until 3pm

* Saturday, January 19th – Anderson Wedding Festival – Anderson Civic Center – 10am until 3pm

* Saturday, January 26th – Spartanburg Wedding Festival- Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium – 10am until 3pm

* Saturday, February 9th – TD Wedding Festival – TD Convention Center, Greenville – 10am until 3pm

The Perfect Holiday Wedding

Holiday weddings are truly spectacular. Many bride and grooms choose to get married in their favorite element, which is often snow! There is something beautiful and cheerful about the holidays and snow. There are many reasons to have a holiday wedding too! First, you save money on decorations at numerous venue locations as they are already decorated for the holidays. Second, it’s a great time to have a wedding if you know out of town guests will be in town for the holidays.

Mark Parsons Photography

Take the time to add fun and special wintertime and/or holiday details to your wedding like an all white wedding, or giving throw blankets as favors, and serving hot buttered rum as specialty drink. If you want over the top, have an ice sculpture with fake snow in a room with dripping chandeliers, and don’t forget the bling!

 

Source: Pinterest

Want your cake to sparkle plus taste amazing? Order a white frosted sugar cake with each layer a different festive holiday flavor like, rum cake with a cheesecake filling, spice cake with a creamy cinnamon filling, and classic dark chocolate cake with a cranberry sauce filling, yum! Lots of candles will not only create a romantic atmosphere but also a cozy atmosphere, so choose a venue that allows candlelight and maybe a fireplace. Wintertime wedding dresses are so much fun to find, because you can actually wear the new trend of sleeves and will feel comfortable and not hot, like summer brides must face with this latest wedding trend.

Remember to take a few of these wintertime issues into consideration when planning your wedding. First, consider the weather, does it snow mostly every winter season where you live? Second, flights are more likely to be canceled during the winter months, remember that for out of town guests. Many of your friends could be out of town visiting their family around Christmas time, so remember to send a save the date cards as soon as you are engaged.

Enjoy planning your holiday wedding; it’s a fun time to get married!  For some ideas, be sure to follow TLC Events on Pinterest.. and check out some of our Winter Wedding Pins!

Source: Pinterest

Reblogged from MEGA Weddings & Events

At The Center…

wedding centerpiece ideas A centerpiece may be the focal point on a table but it does not have to be too extreme or cost you the earth. Many brides have created something special with a few flowers and a mason jar. Just because you choose something that is DIY or looks DIY does not mean you have to do it yourself, it could however land up saving you a lot of money at the end of the day if you did.

7 tips on how to have/make a fabulous centerpiece on a DIY budget.

1. Buy some of the items yourself. If you choose to have a glass jar or book in the centerpiece ask the decor company if you can supply your own and get a discount on the centerpieces for doing so. If you are doing the centerpiece yourself buy books from a second-hand store or use some of your own. Buy the glass jars and jugs directly from the supplier if you can.

2. Be aware of things when you shop or page through magazines.
You will often find the item you are looking for, for cheaper when shopping around or reading the captions below the images in bridal magazines. You might even find an idea that is similar and equally beautiful but is less effort and less expensive.

3. When doing a centerpiece yourself ALWAYS go straight to suppliers or factory stores first. Smaller stores have to put a further mark-up on products, which might be convenient but it will be more expensive. You will also be exposed to a wider range of items at the supplier.

4. Choose flowers that are in season or buy fresh bunches. Buy bunches of fresh flowers from your local flower shop and arranging those in jars or vases. This will save you a fortune.  When you find a bunch you like be sure to take a photo,  and ask if it will be available at the time of your wedding.

5. Practice makes perfect. If you plan on doing it yourself, the flower arranging can be a bit tricky so practice as many times as you need to. Don’t get frustrated as having something on the table you designed or created from scratch will be worthwhile. It gives your wedding that extra personal touch. Take photos so that the day before the wedding the person arranging it for you knows exactly how you want it arranged.

6. A little bit of ribbon and lace can go a long way. Spice things up with some ribbon, twine or lace to give your centerpiece that finished look. If you’ve chosen a colourful or vintage tin then you might want to skip the ribbon or lace, see what works and go with it.

7. Make sure to place your table number on or close to your centerpiece. If your table number is fairly plain this will bring it to life and complement the centerpiece.

Have a look at the lovely images below for inspiration and centerpiece ideas.

Centerpiece book pastel shades wedding

Image credit: The High Life Suite

Table setting centerpiece with books and mason jarsImage credit: Fanantique

Elegant vintage centerpiece tin

Image credit: Heart Love Weddings

Centerpiece and table setting Rustic

Image credit: Miss to Missus

White flower centerpiece in silver vase

Image credit: Tipsy Bride

Yellow modern centerpiece

Wine bottle centerpiece rustic

Image credit: My Wedding

Wine bottle centerpiece table number

Image credit:  Martha Stewart

Modern colourful flower centerpiece

Image credit: Brides

Colourful Vintage centerpiece DIY

Image credit: Sour Cherry

Rustic vintage colourful tin centerpiece

Image credit: Martha Stewart

Modern rustic vintage centerpiece

Image credit: Aileen Tran

Vintage rustic bowl centerpiece

Rustic wood centerpiece DIY

Image credit: HWTM

Please click on Hwtm link to see the full tutorial.

Rustic flower wood centerpiece

Image credit: One Wed

Colourful flower centerpiece wood

Image credit: Brides

DIY Jar centerpiece

Image credit: Heather Spriggs

Centerpiece birdcage vintage

Image credit: Sawdust and Cream

Vintage jar centerpiece

Image credit: Ruffled Blog

White flower wood rustic centerpiece

Rustic colourful centerpiece

Image credit: Bravo Bride

White jug centerpiece vintageImage credit: Knots and Kisses

Milk jug centerpiece vintage rustic

Image credit: Rock My Wedding

Colourful flowers and jar centerpiece

Image credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Blue Mason jar centerpiece

Image credit: Magnet Street

Centerpiece purple books and jarImage credit: Celebration

So many pretty ideas to choose from! Remember to never underestimate your creativity when creating a centerpiece.

 

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Autumnal Wedding Ideas

With the night’s drawing in and the Autumn weather bringing out the jackets, gloves and scarves, I thought it a great time to focus on the pleasures of this beautiful season and how you can incorporate this into your wedding day.

Now, I am a summer girl deep down – I love the sunshine, the heat, being outside,  going barefoot, sitting on the beach … but fall is such a beautiful time of years with the change of colors and the weather here in the South is still warm during the day before cooling off in the evenings.

‘Fall’ing in love…

I’m thinking…..open fires, long walks on a beautiful crisp sunny day kicking up the autumn leaves, followed by a roast dinner and a pint at the pub in front of a roaring log fire.  Bonfire night and all it encompasses – mulled wine, roast chestnuts, hog roasts, bonfires, fireworks and sparklers.  Hearty warm stews with fresh crusty bread.

Autumn Wedding Love

The autumn months are a great time to get married.  If you’re getting married in the south, most you may consider having your wedding & reception outside but some decide to move the party indoors after the “I Do’s” because it begins to cool off.  The abundance of color with the changing leaves and autumnal skies makes for amazing backdrops to your photographs.  And work with the seasons, incorporate flowers that are in season such as gerbera, roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and the beautifully rich red mango calla lillies to create a striking colourful look.

TLC Event’s Autumn wedding ideas:

  • Serve mulled wine at your drinks reception instead of champagne – saving you money and warming your guests on a cold day!
  • Mini-toffee apples are a fun idea to serve on your dessert table or for the young ones in your wedding party
  • Hold a fireworks display or have guests release flying lanterns into the sky to create a dramatic send off at the end of the night
  • If your venue doesn’t allow fireworks or lanterns, why not give sparklers to each guest to create to create a walkway of light for your send off.
  • Use autumn flowers that are in season to help keep the costs of your flowers & decorations down
  • Why not serve a hog roast for your evening buffet – perfect for venues that have an outside area with patio heaters!

What are you planning to have at your Autumn wedding? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Don’t forget to check out our latest board about Autumn Weddings on Pinterest!

2013 Color Trends

By now you have probably heard about Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2012 – Tangerine Tango… But what about the wedding you are planning for next summer? Here’s what the color experts at Pantone are predicting to be the 2013 color trends.

Use the beautiful ideas below for inspiration as you plan your 2013 wedding.

 

The hottest colors for next year will be blues and browns.

Source: Wedding Channel, BlogSpot, Wedding by Color, Project Wedding

 

Source: Bride Wedding, Martha Stewart, DIY Wedding Planner, My Beloved Adoria

 

Other important colors for 2013 are all shades of white and yellow.

Source: Susan Marie Weddings, Sweet & Saucy Shop, New England Fine Living, Party Favorites Blog

Source: Candy Warehouse, IfTheRingFits

 

Metallics will also be pretty hot next year.

Source: Dorsi, Charm City Cakes, 100 Layer Cake, The Knot

 

Did you already have your heart set on a wedding theme in Tangerine Tango?  Not to worry, the color orange will remain popular in 2013! And what about the color that will fall in popularity next year? The experts at Pantone predict the color red will become less popular.

You can choose to follow the hottest colors, or simply follow your heart, but make sure you love the color palate you choose, because you’ll cherish the memories and images of your Big Day for a very long time.

 

Pro Insight: Weddings By Jennifer

Flowers are used for various purposes and wedding occasion is one such beautiful purpose. Weddings and flowers go together; there is no wedding without flowers. Flowers make a wedding more beautiful, different, and distinct from other occasions. Flowers are both the centerpieces and accessories of the wedding decorations. It is the epitome of beauty and elegance. They bring freshness with their fragrance and create an atmosphere of festivity. One person who works well with flowers and comes up with some beautiful & amazing creations, Jennifer Pryor with Weddings By Jennifer.

I’ve known Jennifer for years. She married into the Pryor family, whom I grew up with and their family is like a second family to me.

Jennifer Pryor

How long have you been in the industry? 22 years in the floral industry

What made you get into the floral industry? I love flowers and creating beautiful arrangements and seeing the joy it brings people!

What is your favorite thing about working with brides?  My favorite thing about working with brides is getting to know more about them and their “story”. This allows us to incorporate special personal touches into their wedding flowers and add sentimental value.

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to weddings? I guess my only pet peeve is when it comes to comparison shopping. In my experience, when there are drastic differences in the prices for wedding flowers between vendors, you are more than likely not comparing the same things. There is so much more involved with wedding flowers than just the price of the individual stems. A lot of research is done in ordering the flowers from the best vendors and a lot of prep work has to be done so that everything is perfect!
What is your favorite thing about weddings? My favorite thing about weddings is being a part of the Bride and Groom’s special day, working together with the other vendors as we each do our part and seeing how it all comes together.
 What is your favorite wedding detail you’ve ever seen or created?  love using material from the bride’s dress to wrap around the bouquet stems. I’m not sure where I found this idea but it makes it so special and of course it will always match the dress! Here is a link to a photo we did using lace from the Bride’s dress.
Biggest piece of advice to brides:  My advice to brides would be to come up with a figure you are comfortable with spending on the flowers and then find the florist that you click with and instantly feel comfortable with. Having a florist you trust is much more important than finding one with the cheapest price.
To find out more about Jennifer and Weddings By Jennifer:

 

phone: (803) 356-8190
website: www.weddingflowersbyjennifer.com

100 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Prepare yourselves for 100 incredible hot tips on how to make your wedding stand out from the crowd. Too many weddings are same-y and unoriginal, and this Before the Big Day mega-list is your way to make sure your wedding doesn’t fall into the same trap. There’s tons of incredible wedding inspiration in this list, so do share the love and forward it to all your engaged friends. So…. what are you waiting for?…..Scroll on down for a wedding ideas overload!!

♥ Wedding Details  ♥

1. Think about what you love to do together and build that into your day. If you love to read, stack old hardback books on the tables to create mini-stands for your flowers, if you love chocolate {and who doesn’t} how about sending out Willy Wonka inspired ‘gold tickets’ as your wedding invites?

2. Turn the wedding day on its head. Instead of starting the day with the ceremony, have it in the evening before dinner. This way you get to greet all your guests, and you’ll feel much more relaxed as you walk down the aisle.

3. Put together ‘welcome packs’ for out of town guests, giving information on the area together with a little gift.


4. If your guests will have to walk from the ceremony to the reception, consider p roviding them each with a single colored helium filled balloon that matches your color scheme. The vision of dozens of balloons all ‘walking’ their way through a country lane or a town centre (great way to make sure your guests don’t get lost!) is fantastic and makes for great photos. Once all of your guests have arrived at the reception, you could have someone ready to arrange them into two rows for you to walk through and as you reach each guest, they release the balloon into the sky, again fantastic for your photo album!
5. Set up a craft area where guests can make something to take home (e.g. a brooch or bow tie).

6. Choose a signature cocktail and give it a memorable name.

7. If you’re having a Christmas wedding, ask each of your guests to bring an ornament for a Christmas tree. You’ll use them on your tree every year, and it’ll be a fantastic annual reminder of your wedding.

8. Consider alternatives to the traditional wedding car. Many brides are wanting something different. Consider a horse-n-carriage, a pedicab or maybe a boat, if you’re wedding is on the water.

9. Arrange family wedding photos, going back as far as you can, in vintage frames and display them at your ceremony or reception – it will provide a talking point for guests and create a lovely decorative feature.

10. Ask your guests to circle words in a dictionary to remind you of their wedding day. Then ask them to write a message on a bookmark to explain why they picked each word. You’ll always need a dictionary in your home, and you’ll cherish this one forever.

11. Rather than getting your guests to sign a traditional guest book, you could get them all to sign some pottery such as a large platter. This will give you a lovely and unusual keepsake of your day which you can display in your home afterwards.

12. Tuck handwritten notes into the napkins for your guests – write about your favorite memory together or simply tell them what they mean to you.

13. What is your favorite book or film? Could it work as the basis of a wedding theme? I’ve seen fantastic weddings themed around the film ‘Up’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or “The Secret Garden.”

14. Instead of a traditional guest book, you could leave a card and pen at everyone’s place setting, with each one having a different sentence to complete such as, love is…, top tips for a happy marriage, or asking them to jot down a favorite memory of you both.

15. Include your pets in your big day, either in person {doggy ring bearer?}, or as a motif on your menus? You could give dog-shaped chocolate wedding favors, or name your wedding tables after your pets.

♥ Wedding Favors ♥

16. Create personalised fortune tellers for each guest. Instead of telling fortunes, write them up with fun questions about you as a couple. Then on the back, print the menu.

17. Order can koozies for guest’s drinks. Include your name & wedding date along with a fun saying or picture.

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18. As an alternative to favors {which can become costly as the guest list rises}, donate to a charity which is close to your heart. Charities will often send pin badges and cards for each guest explaining that money has been donated in replacement of a favor.

19. Personalized button badges and old-fashioned 3D glasses make great favours, and fantastic photo props too!

20. Ask your florist to design the table centres with multiple mini vases which guests can then take away with them at the end of the night, so they double up as favors and a lovely memento of your wedding day.

21. If the two of you love cooking, then why not create a little pamphlet of your favorite recipes, as a wedding favor. Or a list of your favorite restaurants? You could add little notes like ‘This is where X proposed’.

22. Only invest in favors if you really love them. Guests will only remember the truly great ideas. To save money, how about making favors such as home-made jam or chocolate truffles? You can save money and have fun with your favourite ladies at the same time!

23. Give your guests fancy-dress favors. Stick-on moustaches and silly glasses will raise a laugh, and get your guests talking to each other.

24. Make your favours – bake cookies, make jam or brew up lemonade, and bottle it with personalised labels.

25. Horse shoe wedding favors represent how lucky you feel to have found each other, and every guest goes home a little luckier.

26. If you can’t get going without a cup of coffee in the morning, give each guest a mug containing a little bag of your favourite grind. This works for tea too. Ikea sells mugs for about a $1 each.

♥ Wedding Decorations 

27. Decorate your venue with hundreds of paper lanterns. They’re cheap and cheerful, and you can always sell them on after your wedding. If you tie in tiny LED lights, they’ll even glow after dark.

28. If you’re getting married on a farm or in the countryside, use straw bales as seats. If you cover them with old tablecloths, it’ll fit in with a vintage-themed wedding.

29. Using unusual containers for flowers, such as old fashioned bottles, jugs and glass jars, can add a lovely kitsch look and can be picked up for a bargain at charity shops.

30. Bright table cloths can make a real splash at your wedding reception. Choose a colour to contrast with the flowers and napkins.

31. Use fruit instead of flowers to decorate your wedding tables. Paper bags filled with cherries, or baskets filled with apples make a fantastic display, and your guests can either eat them, or take them home as favors.

32. Children’s blackboards are a great way to communicate with your guests. Write little messages like ‘Love is Sweet’ or ‘All You Need is Love’. You could also use a large one for the menu.

33. Have you considered getting married at night? You could say your vows by candlelight, and then lead your guests in for an evening reception.

34. Paper is a great way to decorate your wedding venue. Not only is it cheap, but it’s incredibly versatile. DIY your bunting, pompoms, and streamers. For tutorials, search the wedding blogs.

35. Christmas weddings can allow couples to be more creative with décor and centre pieces by using Christmas decorations in the shops and incorporating these into the day. Often with winter weddings, couples can spend less on flowers and maximise the offerings already in place in the venue.

36. Use ribbon or lace to decorate your ceremony and reception. Wrap ribbon around candles and napkins, or use it to decorate the aisle and tables.

♥ Wedding Flowers 

37. Instead of carrying a bouquet, ask your florist to make you a crown of flowers. It’ll give your wedding a pagan feel. Bridesmaids could be given corsages instead of bouquets in another twist on the norm.

38. Make use of your mother or grandmother’s jewellery by pinning it to your bouquet. It’ll make your posy so much more personal, dress it up and act as your something borrowed.
39. Instead of the usual fresh cut flowers, how about using herbs or unusual pot plants to make a nice arrangement. Guests can then take parts of your display home with them at the end of the day.

40. Make your bouquet personal to you by choosing a flower that has a special meaning.

41. If you’re worried that your wedding flower budget is getting out of control, keep things simple by just picking one cheap bloom. Clouds of carnations or baby’s breath look just as beautiful as more expensive mixed bouquets of roses and peonies.

42. Choose flowers that are in season to keep the cost down. If you have plenty of time and some garden space available you could even think about growing some garden style flowers yourself. Not only would they look lovely, but the garden would then be a fantastic reminder of your wedding day too.

43. What about an alternative wedding bouquet? I’ve seen them made from butterflies, buttons, paper, flowers created from coca-cola drinks cans, lollipops, parasols, and more…

44. Try to be clever with the decoration pieces that you are using for the wedding to maximise their use. Can the flowers be moved from the church and repositioned?

♥ Wedding Venues 

45. If your wedding is going to span the whole day, your guests will appreciate a separate space to the revelry, where they can relax for a while. Personalize this area by having a screen showing you and your partner’s favorite romantic movies.

46. Choose an unusual venue for your wedding – from steam trains to aquariums, there’s a world of choice out there for something completely different. Or you could hold your reception in a stylish restaurant for a sophisticated and unusual wedding celebration.

47. Consider a weekday or Sunday wedding. Venues often offer lower rates for these days and it may just enable you to afford that perfect venue that was previously just out of budget! Dont worry so much about people taking a day off work, those who love you will do it in a heartbeat.

48. If you’re worried about having to invite large amounts of family members, choose to have a destination wedding. It’ll immediately bring down the guest list to only your nearest and dearest.

49. Have the wedding in a local hall for a vintage, old-school feel. Dress the room with family and friend or you cut costs even further and go outdoors…providing blankets for people to sit on and have a wedding picnic.

50. For a truly unique wedding, the best setting is a dry hire venue – one where you literally just rent the four walls. You can then fill it with things you have chosen yourself – right down to the cutlery, meaning your day will be a true reflection of you and totally different to every other wedding. This type of wedding takes a lot more organization and shopping around, especially if you are on a tight budget, but is well worth the effort.

51. Consider making yours a winter wedding. Venues and suppliers often offer lower rates for off-peak weddings. Not only will you save money across a lot of areas, but you’re more likely to get a higher turn-out for your celebrations, when you’re not competing with the rush of summer weddings and holidays.

♥ Wedding Entertainment 

52. If you need a performer or an artist, why not call upon your local drama academy or art school. They will be much cheaper and they will so appreciate the opportunity.

53. If you want to have some unique touches at your wedding, allocate some money in your budget for it. There are a lot of things you could have, but do you really need a chocolate fountain, ice cream tricycle, caricaturist, magician, candy bar, fireworks and a photo booth? Just pick one!

54. To help break the ice at dinner, why not have your Best Man host a quiz about you both? Each table would work together as a team, and you could offer a prize for the winner.

55. Make the arrival of the wedding cake an event, by asking your caterers to turn down the lights and bring it in decorated with indoor fireworks. At our wedding, we even asked the DJ to play ‘Eye of the Tiger’!

56. Set up a guest photo booth with personalised props and/or boards for your guests to write messages to you on.

57. Instead of a DJ, get all your guests to choose 3 or 4 ‘floor fillers’ that they love and collate them into an iPod playlist. That way you can have purely music you love, and know everyone will enjoy.

58. To help introduce guests to one another and add an element of cheeky fun, write a short but funny ‘one liner’ about each guest on the back of their place card. People will then ask what their ‘one liner’ means and it works brilliantly at breaking the ice. Alternatively, if you have a group of friends on one table, they’ll all understand the little jokes and it really gets the atmosphere going.

♥ Wedding Food 

59. Maximise your wedding cake by incorporating this into your wedding breakfast and serve as dessert. If your venue is happy to allow this, you can save considerably per head. In addition to this, you could also ask the venue to ‘dress’ the plates so the cake is served with fresh berries and cream at a fraction of the standard dessert price. Cupcakes also work well for this option too!

60. Consider having your speeches during your reception when the champagne or prosecco is flowing.

61. Rather than having a traditional wedding cake you could decide to serve chocolates and your favorite drink as a night cap later on in the evening. You could also set up a tasting bar for guests to sample different varieties.

62. Dessert tables are a hugely popular trend right now. If your budget won’t stretch to having yours professionally catered, why not ask 4 or 5 friends who are handy in the kitchen to bake some goodies as your wedding present. You can then put your own DIY decoration skills to use to create a stunning – and much more personal – display.

63. Cocktails are actually cheaper than straight champagne. So choose a Bellini as your signature cocktail, and mix it with prosecco. No one will ever know the difference.

64. What’s your favorite late-night snack? Serve it at midnight to all your guests.

Photo Credit: Braedon Photography

65. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, why not ask your guests to take part in a Cakey Bakey! Each guest can bring any type of cake, the more extravagant the better, and the bride and groom will judge the cakes on the day. They can then hand out awards/rosettes during the speeches and have different categories. The winning cake is then used as their cutting cake!

66. Food and beverage is a large percentage of your wedding budget, so if you’re struggling to cut down on guest numbers then why not have a later ceremony followed by an elegant black tie affair with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres instead of a 3 course sit down meal.

67. Keep it seasonal – from food to flowers, this will reduce your costs and ensure your wedding is in keeping with the weather and time of year. Hold a BBQ in the summer and have an open fire with marshmallows in the winter to make the most of your day.

68. Instead of a dessert or sweet table, you could have a fun DIY station to decorate your own cupcakes. There could be a variety of different and more usual flavours with a selection of icings and toppings.

♥ Wedding Ceremony Ideas 

69. As part of your wedding ceremony, seal love letters and a bottle of wine in a box. You could even hammer it closed! The idea is that if you’re having trouble in your marriage in the future, you can open it up and be reminded of what brought you together.

70. Write your own vows, keeping it relevant to your life together.

71. If you’ve got ring bearers, give them flags saying ‘Here Comes the Bride’, and encourage them to walk down the aisle ahead of you and your father. It’ll get everyone smiling, and take the focus off you a bit.

72. Not everyone gets married in a church, but you might want to create your own ‘alter’ as a focus for the wedding ceremony. There are tonnes of ways of doing this, from hanging multicoloured ribbons, or crepe paper, a gorgeous piece of fabric, or lots of paper pompoms. I’ve even seen it with birdcages and lanterns hanging from a tree. Anything to create a focal point.

73. If you’re not walking down a traditional aisle, why not create a circular, snail-shaped one. That way all your guests get a good look at you as you walk down the aisle, and you’ll say your vows in the centre of all your friends and family.

74. Create a fun and unique ceremony procession. Walk down the aisle to one of your modern favorites then mix up the running order a bit so guests are left surprised and stunned!

75. If you already have children try to involve them in the ceremony. Many ministers or JOP’s can adapt your wedding ceremony to include a blessing for you all becoming a family as well as the marriage. You may find that they will include this in the price too!


♥ Wedding Stationery 
76. I love seeing personal touches at weddings so how about making your own invitations and hand writing them? The hand written word is very rare nowadays and your guests would really appreciate the personal touch – and you might even save some money in the process!
77. Have an engagement shoot and use the photos for your ‘Save the Date’ cards and/or table numbers
78. Toss out traditional save-the-dates and create a home made video with information on your upcoming wedding. Send a DVD to each prospective guest.

79. Your wedding stationery sets the tone of the day, but unique creations are rarely economical. You could look at creating a ‘wedsite’ instead – a totally personalised wedding website which allows you to send your invitations, track your RSVPs and gift list as well as keep guests informed of the travel and accommodation details. Not only will you save money, but you’ll get extra environmental kudos for going green!

80. Think outside the box for how you print your wedding stationery. Why use paper, when you could use plywood, fabric or even balloons {the invitation appears as you blow up the balloon}. Some of my favorite Save the Dates have come printed on magnets.

♥ Wedding Budgeting Tips 

81. Budget! Budget! Budget! Budgeting may be the least fun, and most difficult part of planning to face, but budgeting early and honestly will mean you steer clear of exposing yourself to ideas you can’t afford. Establishing a sound budget that reflects what is most important to you as a couple will ensure you get the most out of every penny you spend!  (See: Let’s Talk Budget)

82. Let your guests send you packing with honeymoney. Honeymoon gift list sites can be a smart way to have guests contribute to your honeymoon fun. This can save you money on what could be a very pricey trip, but you can also personalise your web page and have your guests contribute to different parts of your trip, making this more unique.  (See: Alternative Gift Registries)

83. It’s the personal touches that can make a wedding unique, so why not think about a workshop activity for your friends to do. You could have a fantastic afternoon learning how to arrange flowers or make stationery and then put your new skills to good use for your wedding.

84. Hire a planner! Most brides think that they cost the earth, but we save you time, money and stress as well as working with you to make your wedding day unique and ensure that it’s about what you want rather than what your family think you should have!

85. Beg, borrow or steal (ok maybe not steal!). Bridesmaids and friends may have already been married and may have anything from a veil or tiara, to something more unusual or unique that you could ask to use on your day.

86. Hire Don’t Buy. It’s possible to hire beautiful pieces to create unique and quirky decorations, for much less money that it would cost if you bought them yourself. Vintage china looks great for a relaxed tea party theme.

87. Search online for the cheapest suppliers. We found tissue paper for our DIY pompoms for a fraction of the price on eBay, and large round white balloons for much less too.

88. Use your friends’ talents. Think about any skills your friends might have, from being creative and crafty, having beautiful handwriting, floristry skills, or handy with make-up; you could put these skills to  good use you save on otherwise expensive suppliers. This also adds a unique and personal touch to your day.

89. If your church ceremony is followed by another wedding, discuss with the bride whether it is possible to share flower costs and rental for other props etc.

90. Instead of buying expensive thank you gifts for parents, attendants and so on you could buy some lovely food and wine and host a dinner party to thank them instead.

91. Ask your caterers to use only local ingredients from local suppliers when creating your menu. You will find that sourcing food locally cuts down on the cost.
♥ Ideas for the Groom & Ushers 

92. Don’t just match the ushers ties, buy them matching socks. It makes for fantastic pictures.

93. Sew a message into the inside of your husband’s jacket. He won’t see it till he’s getting ready, and it’ll be a lovely way to get a message to him before you walk down the aisle.

94. Write on the soles of your husband’s shoes. If you’re having a church service, when he kneels down for the blessing, the congregation will be able to see your message.

95. Don’t forget to remind your ushers to decorate your going-away car. Tin cans and an old boot are traditional, but ribbons and pom poms are the new fashion. You’ll need a Just Married sign too.

♥ Wedding Dress & Accessories 

96. Don’t buy ‘wedding’ shoes. There are lots of companies that supply shoes specifically for weddings. Why not choose a pair from the high street? They’ll be less expensive and you could choose a unique colour to match your theme. Who says your shoes have to match your dress?!

97. Don’t buy a wedding dress. If you’re looking for a really simple gown, then you might just find a white dress for a fraction of the price. Remember the word ‘wedding’ often adds 15% to the price. Also, consider buying your wedding dress second-hand, or from a sample sale. There’s plenty of websites out there, just google ‘second hand wedding dresses’. Get in touch with your favourite designer and ask them when they host their sample sale, or wait until just after Christmas when everyone reduces their prices.

98. Line your wedding shoes with a pattern that fits in with your wedding day. Or stick lucky pennies to the soles. 

99. If you’re a creative bride (or have creative friends!) consider buying your dress ‘off the rack’ and customising it yourself. Adding a few special touches can make your dress unique without breaking the budget.
100. Challenge the norm by wearing a non-white wedding dress. Soft blush and pastel shades are in fashion this season, and there’s a suggestion soft patterns might be in trend for 2013!  Go on, I dare you!

Wedding 101: What to Know About Flowers

Flowers can add that extra *touch* to any wedding ceremony and reception. From the bouquets, to centerpieces, even the cake, flowers add that extra color & flair to your big day.

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Photo Courtesy: Weddings by Jennifer/RIM Photography

But it’s picking what flowers you want that may be overwhelming. Roses, Calla Lilies, Lilacs, Lily of the Valley, Gebera Daisies…what to pick? Here are some tips to the think about when it comes to flowers:

1. Flexibility. The flowers are probably going to be the most fickle part of your wedding, because they’re dependent on NATURE. Yes, that’s right, flowers used in weddings really are REAL and once grew on a plant. [EXAMPLE: Back in 2010, there was a volcano eruption in Europe. Lots of pretty, spring flowers come from Holland, and because of the volcano dust, planes were grounded. Meaning that certain flowers that only came from Europe couldn’t be flown over to the US successfully- for like 2 weeks.] With all that said, if you give your florist flexibility in the types of flowers that he or she can use, you really won’t have to worry. Just give a specified color that you want, if you HAVE to have roses, make sure they know, and then that’s it! You don’t have to choose every single variety of flower that is going to be at your wedding. That’s what you have a professional for. 🙂

2. Availability. Flowers aren’t all available at the same time of year in the same areas. Peonies are super popular for weddings, but they’re only available in a certain time frame. If you’re not having a Spring or early Summer wedding, you can most likely cross peonies off your list.

3. Prep. Flowers take SO MUCH prep. Florists spend DAYS leading up to a wedding prepping flowers. Different varieties of roses take different amounts of time to open to a full, beautiful rose. Some flowers need to stay in cool air so they don’t start wilting. There is SO MUCH to be considered with flowers- so wouldn’t you rather let a florist handle it? If you’re DIYing your flowers, stick to the most basic and hardiest flowers, and get them a few days ahead of time.

4. There is so much more to flowers than you initially think. It’s not just bunching flowers together to achieve the perfect arrangement or bouquet. It’s about blending colors, sizes of blooms, etc. It doesn’t happen right away, because it’s an art. It can take hours for a bouquet to be made, and the same goes for an arrangement.

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