Posts Tagged ‘boutonnieres’

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Celebrating Graduations

by Ardith Beveridge on June 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

Graduation Flowers - Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFAGraduation festivities are part of every family, starting with the adorable singing, dancing and alphabet recitals of preschool graduations progressing to the pomp and circumstance of college graduations. Graduating from one grade, or even one step in a program such as scouts, is part of a series of accomplishments we often acknowledge and celebrate. Each goal reached, we stop, take notice, mark and honor the success of others and ourselves.

The tradition of graduation brings closure to a phase of life, while opening the way for the next phase. Graduations are lifetime milestones; every step recognized and celebrated. Read More

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Prom Trends 2014

by Leanne Kesler on April 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Corsage — Shawn Michael Foley/DesignLab

Today’s young women are savvy, sophisticated and connected, and they’re sharing photos of fabulous prom flowers on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. (These are certainly not “your mother’s” prom corsages!) Here is a compilation of the top trends for prom flowers in 2014 that I’m seeing:Boutonniere — Shawn Michael Foley/DesignLab

The Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

What a grand hue to accent a variety of gown colors. It looks great with everything from aqua to pink to soft butter yellow as well as the classic black. Shown here, the gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid works equally as well in a corsage or a boutonniere.


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8 Tips for Your Wedding Budget

by Sharon McGukin on March 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

Consultation with your Wedding FloristYou’re planning your wedding, the day you’ve dreamed about for as long as you can remember. As you’re starting to plan the details, reality hits. How on earth will you pay for it? Remember, the ultimate goal of your wedding plan centers on hosting a well-orchestrated event that is memorable to you and your families, and enjoyable for your guests. Careful planning, attention to detail and disciplined prioritizing can help you to achieve this goal — even on a tight budget. Here are eight tips to help maximize your wedding budget.

1. Set a budget

Before shopping wedding sites and services, determine the amount you can afford to spend. Speak honestly with those who will contribute to covering the costs, such as bride and groom or parents. Determine together who will pay for what and decide on an amount that all agree not to exceed. Divide this amount equally into the categories of expense.  

For example:

  • Ceremony: facility, dress, flowers, etc.
  • Reception: food, flowers, linens, etc.
  • Services: director, photographer,  etc.

A wedding spreadsheet is great way to list projected expense and itemize costs. As you make purchases, write down every expenditure to keep an accurate accounting of costs.

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St Patrick's Day Hair Clip by Blumz by JRDesigns in metro DetroitIt’s one of the most anticipated party days of the year, St. Patrick’s Day. The celebration started as a way of commemorating the life of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Ironically, St. Pat whose actual name was believed to be Maewyn was neither Irish nor associated with the color green. But through an interesting series of events was transformed from the kidnapped son of a Roman priest/official to one of the most beloved Catholic saints. On March 17th, the historically recognized day that St. Patrick died, everyone is given a special dispensation to lay claim to being “Irish” for the day and partying like a rock star.

Here are some festive options for wearing green.

Wear flowers in your hair. Here a rhinestone hairclip with a big shamrock is decorated with green dendrobium orchids, Kermit poms, green aluminum wire, green ribbons, and accents of gold beads and green pinheads for a whimsical touch. Read More

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Fun and Fabulous Succulents

by Leanne Kesler on March 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Orchid & Succulent Planter - Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.Succulents, often called “fat plants” derive their name from the Latin, Sucus meaning juice. The broad definition for succulent is: A plant with thick, fleshy leaves and/or stems that are able to retain water. This water retention trait enables the plant to prosper in dry climates and in poor soil conditions or with no soil at all. A sub-category of the succulent is the epiphyte, also known as an air plant. This variety actually derives all of its nutrients directly from the air and does not have any soil-based root system. You may be familiar with the most common plant classified as a succulent, the cactus. Of course, there is a crowd that claims the cactus is a stand-alone genus. Enough already! Now you know more than you ever cared to about the succulent genera. Time to move on to the fun stuff!

From an artistic viewpoint, succulents are perfect “flowers.” Fabulous, dramatic, exquisite, odd and unique are all words used to describe this long lasting botanical. Florists love it for its diversity both in looks and use. It can be cut from the stem, wired into a design, placed into water, laid upon a table, glued to a branch or utilized as a full plant, roots and all. Flower lovers choose the succulent because it is cool, hot, trendy and fun! There are not many flowers that work so well in so many ways and that are loved by everyone.

One fabulous succulent creates a dramatic accent for this planter. The phaelenopsis orchid pops with color towering above the epiphyte and a bit of kiwi vine. This trendy planter will last for weeks. Perfect as an antidote to the busy life, this soothing basket calms the soul. Best of all, it takes little care and attention. These plants will thrive on neglect…even better for the busy lives we lead.
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