Posts Tagged ‘Bouquet’

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Wedding Corsages Make a Comeback

by Suzie Kostick on January 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

Wedding Corsages — Photo Courtesy Fitz DesignWhen planning flowers for their weddings, one of the most overlooked details by brides is the corsage. In years past, the corsage held an important role in weddings, adorning the wrists and shoulders of the mothers of the bride and groom, grandmothers, special guests, even the bride herself could be found wearing a beautiful corsage. With changing traditions and trends, the corsage, which was all but forgotten, is making a comeback. The options for flowers-to-wear for weddings is better and more beautiful than ever.

The traditional wrist corsage can now include keepsake-worthy jewelry made specifically so that your professional florist can easily add the flowers of your choice, which can later be removed, leaving a beautiful bracelet to wear over and over again.  Read More

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Three More Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

During the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition last September, a panel of floral experts evaluated 184 types of flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions. They awarded 11 “Best in Class” ribbons to the flowers that earned top marks in their category, such as best rose or best carnation. Earlier, we looked at five of them, including the Best in Show and People’s Choice pick. Here is a look at three more. This is the second in a three-part series.

Best Potted Flowering Plant: African violets make delightful gifts for any occasion. ‘Ingrid’ is hailed as the “start of a new generation” of African violets. The judges adored its perfect pink, semi-double flowers and its full, lush leaves.

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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2016

by Jenny Scala on January 1, 2017 at 3:56 am

What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.

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How amazing it has been to watch athletes from around the globe compete in the Rio 2016 Summer Games! The talent, drive, determination, and years of hard work that went into their preparation to get to that point was inspiring, and they deserve to be recognized. As millions of people around the world watched the Olympics, however, they noticed there was something missing from the medal ceremonies in the presentation of gold, silver and bronze to the winning athletes — the presentation of flower bouquets.

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The floral industry, in particular, took note because we understand the power of flowers. It’s not even about the pretty pictures (although flowers sure have enhanced the ambiance of past medal ceremonies). It’s about the meaning of flowers in recognizing the hard work and achievements of the athletes. Let’s think about this…

What has always been a symbol of great theatrical performance or artistic recital? Flowers.

What has long been a congratulatory gesture for someone getting a job promotion or reaching a particular milestone? Flowers.

What is one of the best ways to say “job well done” after someone has worked really hard to achieve a goal, for themselves, for their company, or for their country? Flowers.

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And flowers have always been a part of the recognition of Olympic athletes, until now.

The reason flowers are the universal gesture to recognize great achievements is because they convey emotion like nothing else. In fact, flowers are scientifically proven to create instant delight and happiness, which is why they are almost always part of celebrations and major life milestones (think birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, new babies, the list goes on and on). Beyond that, the presence of flowers is also scientifically proven to chase away anxiety and worry, and boost energy and enthusiasm. With many athletes competing in multiple events, it is likely they could use the positive well-being effect that flowers produce, as they prepare for their next competition. Read More

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Bridal Bouquet … in a Clutch

by J. Robbin Yelverton on July 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Clutch Bouquet — Photo Courtesy Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro DetroitLike a Broadway show or fashion, bridal bouquet styles sometime end a run of popularity and then are “rediscovered” and enjoy a revival. Such is the case of the clutch bouquet.

A true clutch is an elongated bouquet that is carried on the arm, like you would an infant, or carried to the side clutched in the hand with the tip of the bouquet downward. Its name “clutch” implies that it is a gathering of casually arranged stems clutched or bound together with ribbon, twine or some other binding material.

However, in the world of Pinterest, and other social media platforms, the term “clutch bouquet” is being used to describe everything from a true clutch to what is more accurately called a nosegay or round hand-tied bouquet. These definitions are incorrect and could lead to a disappointed bride on her big day. On the other hand, the clutch bouquet can also, at times, be called a presentation, pageant, or arm bouquet.

The clutch bouquet is a casual, informal yet graceful bouquet that typically has a lot of movement as the materials are not tightly controlled. It is perfect for an afternoon ceremony, an outdoor garden setting or an intimate gathering of a friends and family. Read More