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September 2013

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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Kerri’s Enchanted Forest Wedding Flowers

September 18, 2013
Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

Get Inspired by These Fall Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Kerri's Enchanted Forest Fall Wedding Flowers
When our Online Marketing Manager, Kerri, married her prince charming on September 15, 2012, it was only fitting that they have an enchanting fairy tale wedding. And with the rich, charming hues and woodsy, natural beauty of autumn, deciding to have a fall wedding was a no-brainer for Kerri:

“I picked fall because the weather was cooler, and we didn’t want to inconvenience our guests’ summer plans,” says Kerri. “Plus, I love fall colors, so it was easy finding a color scheme I loved!”

Read on to find out how this real bride brought her forest-inspired wedding vision to life with the help of 1-800-Flowers floral designer Michael George, and snag some ideas for your very own fall wedding!

The Wedding Color Scheme

Kerri's Bridal Party Wearing Green Fall Bridesmaids Dresses

To set the stage for her woodland wedding, Kerri picked a beautiful and whimsical shade of green for her bridesmaids’ dresses. Not only did the color fit her magical autumn theme perfectly, but it was also very practical:

“I love the color green,” says Kerri. “I picked it because I felt it wasn’t too girly, and it really complemented my bridesmaids’ complexions. On my darker-complexion girls it looked amazing and exotic; on my fairer girls it brought out their fair eyes and made them shine. It really made everyone look beautiful.”

The Wedding Centerpieces

Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

The calm and neutral tone of the bridesmaids’ dresses was the perfect backdrop to make her bright, dramatic flower arrangements really pop. And there’s no question that Kerri’s centerpieces were the showstoppers of her fall wedding décor.

Forgoing the traditional floral centerpiece, Kerri and her designer blended natural wood elements with vibrant autumn-colored blooms to create a one-of-a-kind enchanted forest of flowers. Overflowing with deep red, royal purple, electric yellow and fiery orange blossoms, and set atop tall stands laced with real tree branches, these arrangements were a fall bride’s dream come true.

“I didn’t want something that everyone else had. 1-800-Flowers was one of the only floral places that had these stands that looked like real trees. It was very unique yet simple at the same time. All of our guests remarked how they had never seen centerpieces that looked like that. They were in awe,” says Kerri.

Kerri Holding Her Personalized Fall Bridal BouquetThe Bridal Bouquet

Kerri chose to skip the traditional all-white bridal bouquet and go with something a little more colorful—a great way to express her dazzling personality! Using mini white calla lilies and white roses as a base, Kerri mixed in garnet calla lilies, hot pink roses, and red-striped stargazer lilies (her favorite flowers) to add a breathtaking burst of fall color to her bouquet. To make her arrangement even more personal, she wrapped golden-hued family heirlooms around the stem of her bouquet.

“I wanted to follow the ‘something old, something borrowed, something blue’ tradition, so I borrowed the blue religious pin from my grandmother and the gold pin from my mother. The rosary was my something old: It belonged to my great-grandmother, and it’s been used for religious events in our family ever since,” says Kerri.

Kerri's Bridesmaids Holding Their Fall Bridesmaid BouquetsThe Bridesmaid Bouquets

To complement both her own floral arrangement and the enchanting green color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, Kerri chose flowers with similar bold pops of autumn color for her bridal party. The girls’ bouquets were featured a bounty of white Casablanca lilies; mini purple calla lilies; white, light pink, and hot pink roses; and light pink wax flowers. The groomsmen looked dashing with their garnet glow mini calla lily boutonnieres.

Are you planning a forest-inspired wedding too? Tell us which part of Kerri’s storybook fall wedding is your favorite!

Fun Flower Facts

Inspirational Flower Quotes to Brighten Your Day

September 18, 2013
Arrangement of the Month - April

Arrangement of the Month - AprilDoes a fresh, fantastically fragrant bouquet of blossoms always paint a smile on your face? You’re not alone! For ages, famous names and faces all around the world have been raving about the flower’s feel-good powers. Here are 22 well-known flower quotes to bring a bit of bloomin’ sunshine to your day!

Famous Quotes About Flowers

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – Gerard de Nerval

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” – Iris Murdoch

Arrangement of the Month - September“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare

“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.” – Lydia M. Child

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day—like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.” – William C. Bryant

Arrangement of the Month - January“In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends.” – Kakuzō Okakura

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” – Gertrude S. Wister

“Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.” – Japanese Proverb

“Flowers are words which even a babe may understand.” – Arthur Cleveland Coxe

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Buddha

“Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.” – Chinese Proverb

“One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers.” – Robert Fortune

Arrangement of the Month - July“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Flowers are love’s truest language.” – Park Benjamin

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.” – Robert Leighton

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.” – Unknown

“Flowers are the music of the ground

From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” – Edwin Curran

Floral Occasions & Holidays

Thoughtful Wife Gift Ideas for Wife Appreciation Day!

September 12, 2013
Husband Surprising His Wife With a Rose

Husband Surprising His Wife With a RoseHusbands, mark your calendars: September 22 is Wife Appreciation Day! For those of you who haven’t heard of this little-known unofficial holiday, it’s set aside for husbands to show their wives how thankful they are for everything they do … especially all the little things that are sometimes overlooked! From keeping the house spic-and-span to cooking up mouthwatering meals every night—all while holding down a demanding job and showering you with love—your wife really knows how to run a tight ship! Show her your gratitude for all her hard work by surprising her with a thoughtful present. Here are some great Wife Appreciation Day gift ideas that’ll really make her feel cherished.

Lucky in Love a-DOG-able ArrangementWife Appreciation Day Gift Ideas

Spoil her with her favorite gift: Whether she loves the fresh scent of beautiful flowers or the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a box of gourmet chocolates, treat her to some indulgences that she doesn’t usually get to enjoy on her busy schedule. To make her feel extraordinary, send a bouquet of flowers to her office or wow her with a box of heavenly chocolate-covered strawberries.

Tackle her to-do list: Give her a break from juggling her everyday errands and be her personal assistant for the day. Take on a few of her chores that you normally don’t like to do—like cleaning or doing laundry—and do those household tasks of your own that you’ve been putting off. She’ll be so excited to see things getting done—without her having to lift a finger!

Make dinner reservations: Celebrate your spouse with a quiet, romantic dinner at her favorite restaurant. If you have kids, arrange for a babysitter to look after them. Your better half will love being relieved of her mommy duties for just a few hours, and she’ll be excited to spend some special one-on-one time with the man she loves: you!

Cook dinner for her: Does your wifey prefer a homespun meal? Bring the restaurant to her! To set the mood, light some candles and take out the good china. After dinner, curl up on the couch together and watch a movie she really wants to see. Although she’ll be happy to spend one night out of the kitchen, the best part of the night for her will be cuddling with you.

Wedding Flowers

Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Marianna’s Vineyard Wedding Flowers

September 9, 2013

Get Inspired by These Wine-Themed Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Marianna's Vineyard Wedding FlowersWhen Marianna, our Senior Email Marketing Manager, exchanged vows with her hubby, Chris (who also works at 1-800-Flowers as Director of Merchandising!), on November 19, 2011, it was an occasion to celebrate. So to raise a toast in honor of their love, Marianna chose an intoxicating theme for their wedding: fall vineyard! From the deep merlots to the champagne whites that abound during the season, their wedding perfectly captured the rich and fragrant essence of autumn. The fall time has always had special meaning to this couple, so it was only natural that they plan an autumn wedding and infuse it with everything they love about the season—especially those naturally luxurious fall colors.

“Chris and I love wine and enjoy going to the vineyards during this time of year,” says Marianna. “Drinking wine together at the vineyards is one of our favorite pastimes. Incorporating these memories and colors into the wedding had a personal meaning for us on our special day.”

Learn all about how Marianna and her 1-800-Flowers floral designers—Julie McCann-Mulligan and Cynthia Thompson—used those rolling green fields of grapes as inspiration to create simple yet decadent wedding décor. Then, use her fall wedding inspiration tips to express your punch-drunk love on your own wedding day!

The Wedding Color Scheme

Marianna's Bridal Party Wearing Merlot Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

To give her wedding the vintage vineyard look she loves, Marianna opted to pass on the typical fall colors, like oranges and yellows, and instead went with the lusher, more opulent colors of autumn. The romantic mood that could only be set by a good bottle of vintage wine was recreated with the deep, rich red color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

“The color of the bridesmaids’ dresses was actually called ‘Merlot.’ When I realized that, I knew we had picked the right color for the dresses!” says Marianna.

With this sumptuous shade of Merlot at the center of her color scheme, Marianna completed the look with hues of old-world ivory, mossy greens, and velvety purples.

The Wedding Centerpieces

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

To keep the vineyard theme going, Marianna and her floral designers selected a mixture of unique flowers that matched the look they were aiming for. For the place card table, they even arranged flowers in a vintage wine press, and guest cards were displayed on repurposed wine corks! But because fall is most famous for its bountiful harvest, Marianna chose to add some natural, unexpected elements to her flowers: food!

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Guest Table With Guest Cards Displayed on Wine Corks

“A floral trend I’ve noticed a lot lately is incorporating fresh produce with flowers,” says Marianna. “For our fall vineyard theme, we chose to use fresh grapes, kale and artichokes in our wedding flower arrangements. It was so unique, and our guests were very impressed!”

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces With Fresh Green Produce

Tying everything together and paying tribute to her Italian heritage, Marianna also chose to decorate her bistro tables with lanterns, sunflowers and cascading grapes. Set against the backdrop of a piazza-style ballroom, this wedding was the next best thing to strolling through the sun-drenched chateaus of Tuscany.

The Bridal Bouquet

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridal Bouquet With Antique Roses and Ivy

Roses are Marianna’s favorite flowers, so they were a must for her bridal bouquet. But rather than going with a traditionally colored rose, she and her designers preferred an ivory rose that had an almost antique look. The edges of the flowers were tinged with a soft pink color that complemented the bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets. In addition to being bejeweled with brilliant little crystals, Marianna’s bouquet was also given another unique touch that was evocative of the twisting and curling of grape vines: Woven between the vintage-inspired roses were verdant green strands of ivy.

But the truly personal and meaningful element of Marianna’s bridal bouquet was her grandmother’s gold pin from Italy, which she added herself.

“I’m very close with my grandmother, and I wanted to use something of hers as my ‘something old.’ She gave me a beautiful pin, which actually had an ivy vine design for me to pin to my bouquet. It went perfectly with the flowers,” says Marianna.

The Bridesmaid Bouquets

Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

The bouquets held by Marianna’s bridal party incorporated all of the most beautiful and important aspects of her winery-inspired wedding décor: Merlot-colored roses to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, vintage-y pink roses to harmonize with the bridal bouquet, and bright greenery to complement the fresh produce in her unique centerpieces.

The groom picked his boutonniere himself and gave it his own unexpected twist:

Marianna's Groom Wearing a Vineyard-Inspired Orchid Bouttoniere

“One of Chris’ favorite flowers is the orchid,” says Marianna. “When he expressed he wanted to use this for his boutonniere, I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t match our fall theme since it’s a tropical flower. However, our designers made it work! We used a white cymbidium that had just a touch of red, which tied in nicely with our other flowers. They also added a spray rose in the same color that I had in my bouquet so that we had the same flowers—something a bride and groom traditionally do.”

What do you love most about Marianna’s vineyard wedding? Tell us which of her décor tricks you’d want to incorporate in your own wine-themed celebration!

Fall Decor

DIY Sunflower Crafts for Fall

September 7, 2013

How to Create Autumn Sunflower CraftsMake Your Own Sunflower Candles, Wreaths & Pencil Case Vases

As we head further into Fall, the colors of the season are reaching their peak. Rich reds, yellows and oranges add beauty to the landscape. Also at their peak are gorgeous golden sunflowers. Their brilliant shades, large blooms and sturdy stems make them the perfect choice for a wide array of floral crafts.

Whether you’re looking to create an elegant tablescape for an upcoming dinner party, the perfect gift to kick off the school year or just looking to add some seasonal décor to your home, here are some of my favorite sunflower DIY projects that are both fun and easy to make. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

All About Sunflowers

September 5, 2013
Towering Sunflower in a Field

Towering Sunflower in a FieldWith its strong stature, its giant round shape and its brilliant yellow color, the sunflower truly looks like a droplet of golden sun. It’s no wonder its proper name, Helianthus anuus, comes from the Greek words “helios” (or “sun”) and “anthos” (or “flower”). But that’s not the only connection this luminous flower shares with its namesake star. As the sun glides across the sky during the day, sunflowers are known to turn their heads and follow the movement of the sun. This is known as “heliotropism.” Want to learn more about what makes these celestial flowers really special? Find out everything you need to know about sunflowers, right here!

Field of SunflowersHistory of Sunflowers

The wild sunflower is actually native to North America. In fact, the bloom was domesticated by Native American and Mexican tribes as early as 3,000 B.C. and was used as food, dye, decoration, medicine, building material and more. Spanish explorers then introduced the flower to Europe in the 1500s, where it became widely popular as a decorative ornament. By 1769, Europeans began to cultivate sunflowers and their seeds for oil production, a practice that eventually became widespread in Russia. There were almost 2 million acres of sunflowers growing in Russia by the early 19th century.

Sunflower seeds made their way from Russia to the United States by the late 19th century, most likely as a result of Russian immigrants traveling to the U.S. American company catalogues referred to the seeds as “Mammoth Russian” seeds—a name that stuck around for more than 100 years. With the sunflower finally returning to its American roots, growers in the United States put the finishing touches on the plant’s generics and began commercially using the flower, its seeds and its oil. With growing demand for sunflower oil throughout Europe, more than 5 million acres of the bloom were grown in the U.S. by the 1970s, making our country one of the biggest exporters of the product. That’s no longer the case today, since Europe now depends on its own sunflower oil production.

Warm Sunset Party PackTypes of Sunflowers

There are more than 60 different kinds of sunflowers around the world that come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and range in color from luminous yellow to fiery red. Here’s just a sampling of popular sunflower types:

  • American Giant
  • Arnika
  • Autumn Beauty
  • Aztec Sun
  • Black Oil
  • Chianti Hybrid
  • Claret
  • Dwarf Sunspot
  • Evening Sun
  • Florenza
  • Giant Primrose
  • Gullick’s Variety
  • Incredible
  • Indian Blanket Hybrid
  • Irish Eyes
  • Italian White
  • Kong Hybrid
  • Large Grey Stripe
  • Lemon Queen
  • Loddon Gold

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