Monday, February 17, 2014

Planning the Perfect Spring Wedding

Spring is the perfect season for new beginnings. It is also the perfect time to celebrate the wedding of you and your husband (or bride) to be. When you think of spring, you think of flowers blooming, the sun shining, and the sound of wedding bells. Flowers are the key element to a stunning spring wedding. Here are some tips for planning the perfect spring wedding:

1. Spring showers

The saying goes, "April showers bring may flowers." If you are planning a spring wedding, don't let the rain deter you. You can still throw a beautiful spring wedding despite the chance of rain. If you dream of having your wedding outside you can find a wedding vendor that can provide a tent for your big day, just in case things do get a bit rainy. If you opt for an indoor wedding, you can find a place where the décor has a whimsical feel that can be decorated in an enchanted way. The more flowers the better if you are throwing your spring wedding indoors.

2. Pick your colors

Many brides choose to go with pastels for their wedding. The soft colors are perfect for a spring wedding theme. You can also give a twist to the traditional pastel palette and add contrasting colors. Lime greens, corals, and dark browns pair great with muted tones. You can also choose brighter, bolder, and more vibrant colors.

3. The Décor

When decorating for a spring wedding, the flowers are the focus. You can accent your tables with fresh and colorful floral arrangements. A tiered cake topped with real or faux flowers adds the perfect spring touch to your reception. When choosing the venue, a place that has natural beauty, like a beach or garden, is the perfect setting.

4. Dress the part

Spring is the perfect time to where light chiffons and lace gowns that are reminiscent of a Midsomer’s Night Dream. Many brides are choosing to go a more non-traditional route with their dress. This is the perfect time to choose a dress with a hint of color. Baby pinks and light minty greens are perfect for this season.

For more inspiration for your perfect spring wedding, visit one of our bridal shows coming to a city near you.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Perfect Wedding Bouquet for Any Season

When it comes to choosing the perfect flowers to create your bouquet, there are many factors to take into consideration. Among the most important to consider are color, budget, and season. Luckily, the gorgeous California weather gives you many more options to choose from!

spring wedding
Spring: If you are celebrating in the Spring, the most popular colors are bright blues, pinks and yellows. Some brides choose to feature pastels in their  wedding bouquet arrangement as well. Anemones are available in most months, except for summer. In recent years it has been featured in black and white themed weddings. A Star Gazer Lily offers a bit of dramatic flair to a bouquet because of their large blossoms. A peony is one of the most popular picks for a Spring bride. Spring colors are perfect for a California bride.

summer wedding

Summer: If you are having a wedding during the summer months, the most important thing to consider when choosing your flowers is whether or not they can withstand the California heat. The most popular choice is the Gerbera Daisy. It is inexpensive, comes in a wide assortment of bright/summery colors, and is widely available. Sunflowers are a great choice for a late-season, California wedding. Other perfect summer flowers are forget-me-nots, hydrangea, and asters.

fall wedding

Fall: This is the season with the most limited flower options. If the wedding is planned closer to Summer, many of the flowers are still available for California brides and will still look just as stunning. Many late-season brides choose to get more creative with their bouquets and add pumpkins or gourds to fill in for the flowers. Marigolds come in red, orange, and yellow and are the most common picks for California Fall brides. Chinese lanterns are a gorgeous addition to a rustic fall centerpiece. Dahlia's are a great combination of a rustic look with vibrant color.

winter wedding

Winter: Many may be surprised to know that Winter has an abundance of flowers to choose from. Many tropical flowers begin to bloom during this season which are perfect for a California beach wedding. Some spring blossoms become available for your bouquet. Poinsettias are perfect for a wedding in a warmer climate. Tulips are a popular pick because of their bright colors. Many brides add holly and hypericum berries for a wintery twist to their California wedding.
If you’re still looking for a floral designer for your wedding ceremony, feel free to browse through the ones on our website.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Planning a Bridal Shower: Things to Remember

Planning a bridal shower for a friend can be an exciting process. Especially if you have already thought of new ideas on how you can celebrate her engagement, you will find that the planning stage can go by in a breeze. But if you’re like the many who do not know how to go about with the bridal shower of your friend, here are some tips on how you can plan one:

Pick a Theme
One of the first things you have to remember when planning a bridal shower is the theme. While the common type of bridal party is to have a mini-gathering with the bridesmaids and go clubbing, there are other ways to celebrate it too. Especially if the bride-to-be is not into that type of celebration, you can opt for other ways to celebrate such as a spa date or a brunch. When you have picked one out, you can start incorporating a theme to it.

Guest List
Traditionally, it is the Maid of Honor’s job to plan the bridal shower and the family members do not host it. But because there are some factors that may hinder this, following tradition is no longer an applicable issue. While the party is usually for the bride-to-be and her bridesmaids, there are some cases wherein the mother of the bride and mother of the groom get invited too. Make sure you check with your friend if this is something she is comfortable in doing.

Choosing the Date
The best time to have a bridal shower is a week before the wedding day itself. This will give everyone in the entourage enough time to get to know each other. At the same time, the memory will still be fresh from the event. As such, the attendees will be able to relate well with one another.

Lastly, you have to make sure that you have planned the party carefully. See to it that you plan some activities like games and music to make the party a fun one. This way, everyone will enjoy and remember how much fun they had throughout the night.

When the party is over, you can thank those that attended by giving them gifts. Check out some of our recommended vendors for some gifts to give to the bridal party.