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Real Wedding Inspiration: Cristal’s Love Bird Themed Wedding Flowers

August 7, 2014

On September 15, 2012, two lives joined together to become one perfect pair when Cristal from our Human Resources team walked down the aisle with her other half. For their special day, they chose to celebrate with a theme that’s just as sweet as they are: love birds! The lovely couple chose to match their love bird theme, along with their favorite season (fall), to make their autumn wedding flowers and décor a magical day inspired colors and fall foliage inspired by their favorite season.

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“Early Fall is our favorite time of the year,” Cristal shared. “Our wedding day turned out to be a beautiful sunny day with a hint of Fall in the air. It was the perfect weather to enjoy the outdoors and feel comfortable.”

From the love bird inspired centerpieces to earthy detailing, guests were transported to a room full of beautiful fall foliage and décor inspired by nature’s brightest colors.

lovebird-carved-wedding-card-box“Lovebirds were the theme of our wedding. At the time, the trends were pointing to more natural and earthy themes. Our wedding card box was a wooden chest with two lovebirds carved in the center. Brown kraft envelopes were used for our save the dates and invitations. We used moss and nest-like baskets for the floral centerpieces,” Cristal described. “Our guests wrote messages on wooden hearts that they then hooked to our wishing tree. Our plan is to use these heart messages as Christmas ornaments in the future.”

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How to Choose a Bridal Bouquet That’s Perfect for You and Your Wedding

February 18, 2014
Bridal Bouquet of Roses and Succulents
Bridal Bouquet of Roses and Succulents

Photo Courtesy of Twinbrook Floral Design

The bridal bouquet is more than a bunch of flowers that you carry down the aisle or use as a prop for your wedding photos. It’s a living, breathing symbol of a fresh start—the beginning of a beautiful, happy and exciting new chapter in your life with your loved one. That’s why picking the right arrangement is one of the most important decisions a bride has to make. But sometimes, finding a bride bouquet with the right size, shape, colors and flowers to match your wedding-day style is no easy task. Need some help making sure your wedding flowers are a match made in heaven for your big day? Here are a few tips from the pros on how to choose a bridal bouquet that’s perfect for you and your wedding.

Selecting Your Bridal Bouquet Shape and Size

To get started, the first step you need to take is to determine what shape and size bouquet will work best for you. “Brides should consider their size and body type along with the dress style when choosing the size and shape of the bouquet,” says Margaret Fleegal, owner and bridal director for Twinbrook Floral Design. “The bouquet should be appropriate for the overall vision of the wedding as well as proportionate to the bride’s size and height.” There are quite a few different options for you to choose from when it comes to the size and shape of the arrangement, and each one complements certain body and dress types better than others. You’ll want to pick something that flatters you yet doesn’t draw any attention away from you. Here are just a few shapes to consider:
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Creative Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

January 15, 2014

Unique Ways to Propose to Your Bridesmaids

Your groom may be the one waiting for you at the end of the aisle, but it’s your caring and loyal bridesmaids that are going to help get you there!

Your bridal party is essentially your life support while planning your wedding day, which let’s face it, can be stressful! They help keep you sane in between dress decisions and vendor selections, all because they love you.

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So now that you’ve chosen your bridesmaids, how do you propose to them to be in your bridal party? Show your gratitude for the group of your closest pals that will be by your side when you finally say “I Do” by making your bridal party proposal fun and unique. Here are some cool and creative ways for asking your best friends to be part of your bridal party. Continue Reading…

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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!

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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!

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Wedding Flower Traditions Around the World

August 23, 2013
Purple Elegance Mixed Bouquet

Wedding Flower Traditions Around the WorldYou’re up-to-date with all the latest wedding flower trends in the U.S., but do you know how international brides are incorporating flowers into their big day? Find out with these fun facts about wedding flower traditions around the world!

Greece

The first recorded use of wedding flowers was in Ancient Greece.  Flowers and plants were gathered together in the form of a garland wreath and placed upon the bride and groom’s heads during the ceremony.

India

In India, the groom’s brother throws flower petals on the couple to protect them from evil.

England

In England, some guests give the bride and groom a rose bush to plant. It is thought that the growth symbolizes the growth of a marriage, the blossoms symbolize happiness, and the thorns symbolize the trials of married life.

Sweden

It is an old tradition in Sweden for young girls to carry small bouquets of scented herbs down the aisle, and for the groom to carry thyme in his pockets. It was once thought to ward off any trolls during the special day.

Italy

In Italy, the grill of the bride and groom’s car is often decorated with flowers, symbolizing the road to a happy marriage.

Ireland

In Ireland, the bride’s bouquet includes English lavender, a symbol of love, luck and devotion.

Czech Republic

Many Czech brides will find a newly planted tree in their yards the day before their wedding. The tree will be decorated with different colored ribbons and painted eggshells.

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The Hottest 2013 Wedding Flower Trends

August 2, 2013
Vineyard Wedding Luxury Centerpiece

Vineyard Wedding Luxury CenterpieceIf you’re a bride on the hunt for the perfect floral theme for your wedding, we have three words of advice for you: Stir things up! This year, mixed-and-matched bridal flowers are all the rage. Bringing together different yet complementary colors, shapes and motifs in your arrangements creates a breathtakingly eclectic look that’ll surprise all of your guests. Check out the hottest and most inspiring 2013 wedding flower trends, and find out how you can incorporate them into your own chic wedding-day décor!

Glamorous Rustic Wedding Flowers

These days, barn-inspired receptions are by far one of the most talked-about themes amongst brides. The beauty of countryside nuptials lies in their simplicity: Natural elements like wood branches, lush greenery and delicate flowers bring a touch of storybook romance and enchantment to the air, without straining your budget. But this year, designers are using crystal, sequins and glitter to add a dash of drama to the traditional rustic wedding. The stark contrast of sparkly accents against a quiet, woodsy backdrop makes a stylish and unexpected statement that’ll mesmerize your guests … and make your wedding feel like a fairy tale come to life!

Get the Look: Bling out your rustic wedding with this stunning Vineyard Wedding Luxury Centerpiece, which features a charming mix of fresh roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies, succulents and more set atop a fabulously frosted vase.

Orange Mixed Bridal BouquetOmbre Wedding Flowers

The ombre craze has taken over everything from hair color cake decorating, and now it’s taking weddings by storm too! “Ombre” refers to a coloring technique in which different shades of a single color are arranged in order from darkest to lightest, gradually fading into each other. Wedding bouquets and centerpieces have now caught on to the trend, and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from the spellbinding way the flower colors bleed into one another, ombre floral arrangements are also an easy choice for brides and florists. Just pick one main color for your wedding flower theme, and your florist can put together a beautiful mix of different flowers that have varying shades of that color. So as soon as you pick your favorite hue, all the work is already cut out for you.

Get the Look: The rich tones and undeniable appeal of this Orange Mixed Bridal Bouquet and its matching centerpiece will bring a whole new spectrum of color to your wedding celebration.

Beach Wedding Centerpiece PackageGeometric Wedding Flowers

For ages, artists and designers have been using clean lines and geometric shapes to bring a sleek, sophisticated look to their work—and in 2013, brides are doing the same for their weddings. What’s in vogue for centerpieces this year is to group together round or square vases of varying heights, each filled with one specific kind of flower. Separating the flowers by type into single vases (called monobotanical arrangements) gives you the freedom to create your own trendy color scheme: You can choose to have the same flower color in every vase, or you can color block by choosing a different hue for each container. With each arrangement sitting in a classy, simplistic vase with defined edges, you’ll have a rich, eye-catching centerpiece for your elegant reception.

Get the Look: The individual arrangements of orchids, roses, hydrangeas and lisanthus—all beautifully presented in posh round vases—in this Beach Wedding Centerpiece Package will give your reception table depth, shape and definition.

Bridal Party Personal Package PastelModern Vintage Wedding Flowers

“Modern vintage” may be an oxymoron, but it sure does make for a stunning and whimsical wedding flower theme. 2013 brides are taking the dainty, feminine floral designs of bygone eras and launching them into the modern-day world. Picture a sweet, old-fashioned garden party with a fresh new twist: delicate flowers in blush pastel colors, subtle white and gray neutrals, and a mix of aged metallics like gold, silver and pewter. Baby’s breath, peonies, calla lilies, daisies and hydrangeas are the perfect blooms for creating the soft, romantic setup—just like the one you dreamed of as a little girl, wearing Mom’s oversized hat and pearl strands at your imaginary tea party.

Get the Look: The gentle pinks, purples, blues and greens of this Pastel Bridal Party Personal Package—accented with a graceful, flowing white ribbon—are the perfect tones for achieving that something-old, something-new look.

Which 2013 wedding flower trends are your favorites?

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Easy and Elegant DIY Flower Place Cards for Your Wedding

July 26, 2013

DIY Flower Place CardThese days, DIY brides are always looking for new, creative and inexpensive ideas to help their guests find their places at the table. But sometimes the simplest place cards make for the prettiest, most elegant tablescapes. And what could be more chic than welcoming your loved ones to their seats with a single long-stem flower? For an easy yet stunning way to show your guests where to plant themselves, make these DIY flower place cards!

What You’ll Need to Make DIY Flower Place Cards

Several sheets of white cardstock
Printable place card template
Printer
Paper Trimmer
Hole puncher
Border punch
Ribbon
Mixed bouquet of silk or fresh long-stemmed flowers*

* Make sure you buy enough bouquets so that you have one single flower stem for each of your guests.

How to Make DIY Flower Place Cards

Printed Place Card Template

  1. Download this free and customizable printable place card template, which has enough place cards for 12 guests. For each card, click on the word “Name” and highlight it. Type in the name of a guest, and then adjust the font size and style to suit your taste. (In order to fit the name on the card, make the font size smaller if the name is long, and larger if the name is short.) You can even add a table number and a personal message too! Once you type the name, make sure there is enough space to punch a single hole into the left edge of the card. If you’d like your place card to have a fancy border, make sure there’s enough space to use a border punch on the right edge of the card too. Repeat for each card, making one card per guest. Feel free to adjust the size of your cards if you want to make them larger or smaller. When all of your guest cards are ready, print the template onto white cardstock.Trimmed Place Card Templates
  2.  Use a paper trimmer to cut out the cards along their borders and ensure your cut lines are straight.Hole Punched Into Place Card With a Hole Puncher
  3. Take a hole puncher and punch a hole directly at the center of the left-hand edge of each place card.Decorative Border Punched Into Place Card With Border Punch
  4. Using a border punch, punch a border along the right-hand edge of each place card.Ribbon Measured and Cut for DIY Flower Place Card
  5. With a scissor, cut one piece of ribbon (about 11-12 inches long) for each card.Ribbon Looped Through Place Card
  6. For each place card, take one piece of ribbon and fold it in half. To attach the ribbon to the card without making a knot, poke the folded end of the ribbon through the hole of the card. Open the folded end of the ribbon to create a loop, and then string the cut ends of the ribbon through the loop. Pull on the cut ends to tighten the ribbon.Silk Flower Trimmed to Fit on a Plate to Make a DIY Flower Place Card
  7. Now, take a single long-stemmed flower (fresh or silk) out of your bouquet. Trim the flower stem so that the flower is the same size as your guest’s plate.Place Card Tied to Silk Flower
  8. Taking the loose ends of the ribbon on the place card, tie the place card tightly to the stem of the flower. Your flower place card is complete! Place it on your guest’s plate on top of a folded napkin for a ravishing presentation. Repeat step Nos. 6 and 7 for each place card.

These flower place cards don’t just add show-stopping style and romance to your table décor; they also make beautiful and inexpensive takeaway gifts for your friends and family. And they’re not just for fancy weddings, either. DIY flower place cards are perfect for a laid-back picnic, a backyard barbecue, or any outdoor soiree too!

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The Best Summer Wedding Flowers in Season Right Now

June 25, 2013
Beach Wedding Centerpiece Package

Beach Wedding Centerpiece PackageWith its clear, sunny skies and its abundant fields of colorful flowers, summertime is every bride’s dream! More flowers are in full bloom now than in any other season, so there’s a whole rainbow of blossoms to choose from for your wedding flowers. Picking in-season blooms doesn’t just ensure that your bridal arrangements are more affordable; it means your flowers can stand up to the heat and stay fresh all day long too! Strong, sturdy blossoms with a waxy texture are best at beating high temps and humidity. Plus, they come in any vibrant color to perfectly match your décor, from happy yellow to sophisticated crimson. To help you pick the right arrangement for your big day, we picked our favorite in-season summer wedding flowers for every theme!

Beach Wedding Rose and Hydrangea BouquetBest Beach Summer Wedding Flowers: Hydrangeas

Reminiscent of the charming, laid-back shores of Cape Cod, hydrangeas are the perfect summer flowers for a mellow seaside wedding. Their blue, pink, purple and white hues add a soothing pop of color to any beach-themed bouquet, plus their large blooms allow you to cut down on the amount of flowers you buy, saving you money. You can make an entire bouquet with just a few stems! Pair them up with roses of any color—especially greens and pinks—for a summer arrangement that’s as light and airy as the ocean breeze.

Country Wedding All-Sunflower BouquetBest Country Summer Wedding Flowers: Sunflowers

For a rustic wedding with a golden summer glow, there’s no better choice for a bride than a sunflower bouquet and centerpiece. The ideal summer blooms, cheery sunflowers shine rays of happiness and excitement over your big day, whether you’re getting married in a wide open field or in a quaint cottage. Just like hydrangeas, their big, vibrant petals allow you to create an abundant arrangement with half the blooms. Just add a few blue or green accent flowers and you have a perfect bouquet for the sunny, budget-conscious bride!

All Red BouquetBest Colorful Summer Wedding Flowers: Gerbera Daisies

Nothing shouts summer louder than bursts of neon color, so bright rainbow-like Gerbera daisies are the perfect pick for the sunny-season bride. They come in every color on the spectrum—like red, orange, yellow, pink, white and more—and they can be mixed-and-matched with any of your favorite blossoms and accents. Vivid yet simple daisies add a major wow-factor to your modern wedding decor without going overboard—and without breaking the bank. These little pops of color are one of the most wallet-friendly flowers around! Continue Reading…

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Colorful Wedding Bouquets

August 21, 2012

Need ideas for lovely wedding bouquets? Adding color to your bridesmaid bouquets alongside an elegant and white bridal bouquet can really make the bride stand out, even more than she already does!

Colorful Wedding Bouquets

One of the 1800FLOWERS franchise stores in Fairfax, Virginia, family-owned florist Twinbrook Floral Design, designs and creates gorgeous wedding bouquets all year round and shared this beautiful photo of wedding flowers.
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