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Sweetheart Table - HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, AL;

As brides-to-be plan the beautiful and unique decorations for their weddings, give some thought to the sweetheart table. At your wedding reception, the sweetheart table gives you an opportunity to have an “intimate” dinner — your first meal together as husband and wife — while sitting on display in front of family and friends. This table for two is a special moment for you as newlyweds; often it’s one of the few times you’ll have to talk privately to your spouse on your wedding day. Your florist can decorate your sweetheart table as elaborate or as simple as you’d like, with special touches or quirky accents that reflect your personality. Read More

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A New Year’s Eve Wedding

by Mandy Majerik on December 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

It is a night filled with bells, whistles, sparkle, shine, glitter, fireworks and flowers. New Year’s Eve weddings are becoming more and more popular as couples want to celebrate their special day with the ultimate party.

When decorating for a New Year’s Eve wedding reception, mixing metals — gold, silver and mercury — can enhance the overall glitz and glamour. Floral selections tend to go neutral in color with the accent pieces and metallic touches making the perfect complement.

(And, psssst! Take a hint from these ideas to incorporate into your New Year’s Eve party at home. Your florist can help you add pizzazz to a fun evening.)

New Year's Eve Wedding Table — HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, AL

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Steampunk Style

by Mandy Majerik on September 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

Steampunk is such an interesting theme and is emerging into today’s wedding scene.

Steampunk is a science-fiction subgenre, typically featuring steam-powered machinery and a fusion of the Victorian-Industrial aesthetic. Its style is a compilation of industrial, sci-fi, Wild West and the Victorian time period.

Steampunk-Wristlet - HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, Al

Another floral trends expert describes the Steampunk trend in this YouTube video:

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Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Trends

by Mandy Majerik on July 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

Bridal Nouveau By Coby Neal AIFD, PFCI, of The Flower Studio in Austin, TexasWedding trends follow the lead of what is popular, and most brides-to-be wouldn’t miss Leonardo DiCaprio in one of the year’s biggest cinematic blockbusters. The movie adaptation of the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby, with its elaborate, distinct movie set, acknowledges the glamorous lifestyle of the lead characters and their luscious gardens, décor and fanciful attire. Set in the 1920s, during the time known as the Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age, life was about dazzling sparkle, feathers, metallic tones, dancing, and over embellishing the simple elements of life. Read More

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Festive Fourth of July Flowers

by Mandy Majerik on June 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

Floral & Fruit - HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, ALWhether planning an outside barbecue or having an indoor dinner with family and friends, flowers are a sweet, sophisticated treat for Fourth of July gatherings.  A patriotic centerpiece in red, white and blue with surely wow your guests.

Flowers for a Backyard Picnic - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.An economical and practical flower that can withstand the July heat is the carnation, and it comes in red, white and even mixed red and white like peppermint.  For a refreshing centerpiece, ask your florist to design carnations inside a watermelon rind.

Spider mums and pincushion proteas are two flowers that I think look like fireworks in the sky, and there’s even a red and white striped spray rose called ‘Fireworks.’'Fireworks'

For floral design recipes, such as “Floral & Fruit,” see 4th of July: Red, White & Bloom. Your florist has all sorts of creative ideas and floral options for decorations so don’t be afraid to try something new.

What are your Fourth of July floral plans?