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    Alternative Bouquets Infographic

    Many brides spend a large chunk of their budget on flowers. But there are alternatives, if you are brave enough. Opting for a nontraditional bridal bouquet can save you money and add a bit of personality to your accessories. For a fun and color-filled theme, consider lollipops or balloons. If you are a spiritual person, honor that by carrying a symbol of your religion. Some brides may pay tribute to a loved one who can’t attend the special day by incorporating a personal item into a traditional bouquet. These non-floral bouquets will be unforgettable, make for great pictures, and be a timeless keepsake from your big day. Here are a…

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    Bouquet Infographic

    Last week, we did an infographic on flowers and their meanings. You can check it out here. Surprise, surprise, there are also a ton bouquet types, but we’ve only covered nine of the most popular. What is your favorite?

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    Flowers Infographic

    April showers, bring May flowers! In preparation for spring, we decided to do not one but two flower infographics! This week we’re looking at traditional flower types and what they mean. While many traditions have their own flower meanings, we drew mostly on the Victorians. They believed that zinnia is a symbol of affection, myrtle is for love and remembrance, and apple blossoms stand for hope. Posted by Natalie T.

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    Who Needs an Expensive Florist When Spring Gives You So Many Flowers?

    Spring is a wonderful time to hold a wedding. People generally feel happy because the sun has come out and the temperatures have started to become comfortable. Other than the high risk of rain showers, it might be the perfect season for holding a wedding. You also get the benefit of spring flowers. If you’re willing to spend some time collecting flowers before your wedding, this could literally save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Know the Types of Spring Flowers in Your Area Spring flowers vary by region, so you should know what kind of flowers grow near you. In the South, you can expect to find a large…

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    Pairing Winter Blooms

    Winter weddings are beautiful affairs, but is there anything more frustrating than trying to find amazing flowers when the weather is 15 degrees Fahrenheit outside? The good news is, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to discover stunning flowers for your big day. Here we look at three kinds of winter bloom pairings for your wedding. Poinsettias and White Carnations for a Stunning Centerpiece The one flower that sums up winter is the Poinsettia. So why not combine its vibrant red color with the stark white color of White Carnations. This combination gives an ode to winter, but does not overwhelm your guests with a holiday theme. That’s…

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    Catching Flowers Like a Boss

    “The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle” – Author unknown I’ve never really been into sports. I mean, I do yoga, I swim, and if sunbaking is a sport, then yes….I qualify for the next Olympics. But in terms of competitive sports? Forget it. In fact, the last time I participated in anything competitive post-mandatory high-school gym classes was when I wrestled the remote control out of to-be’s husband’s hands because I really needed to watch Keeping up with the Kardashians. Yes, I watch the Kardashians. Don’t judge, I like their shoes. Anyway, while the Olympics were going on last week (and my wedding day…

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    Choosing a Bouquet

    Gone are the days of simple rose bouquet. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with rose bouquets, but do you want to have a wild rose bouquet? Or a tea rose? Hybrid tea rose? What if you don’t know anything about flowers? One trick is to accumulate a lot of potential bouquets and then go through with your florist what is available. Here are six questions to keep in mind: 1. What colors do you want? While this doesn’t have to match your wedding color palette exactly, it should coordinate. This may sound limiting, but there are still tons of color combinations you and your florist can explore. 2. What flowers…

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    How to Arrange Flowers in Vases

    Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces By Anna K. December 17, 2011 I have a lot of fond memories of my Aunt Alice’s rose garden. She was a flower whiz and with just a few minutes of movement, she can transform an average looking bouquet to something special. A few weeks ago, she visited and gave me a lovely wild flower bouquet. Aunt Alice gave me several neat tips for SimplyBridal’s crafty brides. For instance, did you know that roses with with a tougher layer of outer petals and you should remove them to reveal the softer, prettier inner petals. But this is how she arranges her flowers! 1. Put some…

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    5 Tips to Keep Your Wedding Bouquet in Tip Top Shape

    It’s all about the stem wrap By Natalie Tsang October 31, 2011 A bouquet is usually kept in a fridge until shortly before it needs to be used. Two common ways that bouquets are transported are either in water or in boxes with damp newspaper. If you’ve been keeping in touch with bridal blogs and magazines, you know that a close up of the bouquet is a must-have! Your florist will usually secure the flowers with a stem wrap before she sends them off to you. So how do you prevent a wet, dirty, or ugly stem wrap? Here are Simply Bridal‘s 5 tips for success. 1. Ask your florist…