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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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    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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    Matching Your Bouquet to Your Wedding Dress

    Not too long ago women chose their dress, then chose their jewelry, then chose their bouquet and that was that. Well, that’s no more because today’s brides are concerned about their entire look from head to toe and wrist to petal. Even though achieving that look requires more work than ever, don’t fret because we’re here to help. Resist the Urge to Put White and Ivory Together You will bring shame to brides everywhere if you even think about pairing white with ivory. Yes, your guests will notice. Yes, your groom will run in the opposite direction. Yes, your gaffe will go down in Internet history and yes, you won’t…

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    Creative Boutonnieres

    A lot of men won’t admit it, but they are secretively jealous that women have so many choices when it comes to clothes. No, men don’t (necessarily) want to wear dresses or carry bouquets around, but something with a little color would be nice for a change. A creative boutonniere, however, can make a big difference in the way groomsmen look, even if the rest of the outfit is completely traditional. Boutonnieres to Get the Party Started Eager to read your vows so you can get the party started? Let the groomsmen kick start things with their boutonnieres. Try giving them boutonnieres made of party whistles and ribbon. Wrapping a…

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    Allergy-Free Flower Alternatives

    April showers bring May flowers! But what happens when these flowers make you cry? I remember discovering this horrible fact when I was about five and picking dandelions with my friend Susan in a field by her house. The white sticky sap made my hands rash and the pollen made eyes itch, and you can figure out the rest of the story. I was a red, splotchy, miserable mess! When I tie the knot, real flowers will play a minimal role at my wedding. And you know what? I don’t mind at all. I’ll be saving a lot of dough as well! And I won’t get any pollen on my…

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    Flower-less Corsages

    Corsages are lovely and can have so many uses at weddings. They can be used to distinguish honored guests at your wedding like immediate family members, ushers, and ceremony readers. Or they can replace the bridesmaids’ and the bride’s bouquets. In certain instances, you might want your hands free. They’re also wonderful for youngsters since they’re extremely difficult to misplace. The downside is that they can look so prom. So how do you differentiate your wedding corsages from their high school cousins? One way is to make real flowers an accent rather than the main element or not use them at all. What is a corsage? A corsage is a…