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Bridal Bouquet Trends

by Carol Caggiano on May 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

Weddings are exciting and filled with oodles of choices and important decisions: the place, the date, attendants, guests, gowns, cakes, flowers, gifts and the honeymoon. Each decision is significant, some easier to make than others. With the numerous options available today, it is almost mind boggling and often difficult to narrow things down and make those very important choices.

Being a florist, I am very tuned in to flowers, of course, and I do think they add so much to any wedding, big or small. There is one selection that is special and so very personal, and that is the bridal bouquet. It’s been many years since I got married but I remember so well that gorgeous bouquet, and when I picked it up and held it for the first time with my beautiful gown I knew this was a day I would never forget. That is the moment I really felt like a bride.

Many factors come in to play when choosing a bridal bouquet: The time of year, time of day, bride’s favorite flowers, colors, size, budget and, most important, her personality. Today we have a global market for flowers and, combined with the talent of your floral designer, almost anything is possible. Flowers follow trends just like everything else, and here are a few bouquets that are great choices for today’s unique bride.

Sometimes it’s the actual floral material that dictates the trend. Succulents have been so popular, a welcomed addition to any floral design, but especially strong in bridal bouquets. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and it’s not difficult to find a pleasing combination. The bouquet pictured incorporates the succulents with purple blooms and a surprise accent of wispy feathers to add color and movement.

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Color is also a driver of style and trend. The soft blush tone of the ‘Quicksand’ roses in this cascading bouquet is a favorite with the lime green of the hanging amaranthus setting it off perfectly. The green contrasts nicely with the blush, giving it life and a dramatic quality without losing the softness and romance of the blush color. Making the right color choices is often one of the most important decisions in choosing a bridal bouquet, probably because it is the most visual element. Read More

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Flowers for Mom

by Carol Caggiano on May 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

DandelionGirlWhen I was a little girl I remember picking dandelions, bringing them inside the house and presenting them to my mom with such pride. She would smile as only a mother can, touched by the simple gesture. She would make a big fuss, getting a vase out of the cabinet and arranging those few straggly flowers as if they were exotic orchids. As I became a little older, I graduated to the neighbor’s rose bush where I would select a few blooms to again present to mom.

Looking back, it’s so very interesting that even as small children we instinctively gravitated to flowers when it came to showing love and affection. We learned from experience that whenever we gave someone flowers, they were happy and it made us feel special. We felt like “heroes.” Through the experiences of our youth, we learned that flowers brought radiating smiles to the faces of those we cared about. Whether it was a single bloom or lovely bouquet, the reaction was the same, complete and spontaneous joy.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to once again present mom, grandma or any special lady in your life with flowers to show you care. The really nice thing about Mother’s Day is that it arrives on the heels of spring with so many lovely flowers readily available. Peonies, lilac, lisianthus, hydrangea, tulips and of course roses fill the local flower shops just ready to create that very special bouquet.

Lush purples, lavenders and pinks are often the colors chosen for Mother’s Day bouquets, but the sky’s the limit and whatever colors your mom loves are the right colors. Read More

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Bringing Spring Inside

by Carol Caggiano on March 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

Well, it is March and we are ready for spring. The only problem is that the weatherman isn’t always ready for spring, but there is a quick fix. We can’t control spring outdoors, but we sure can bring it indoors. With a few simple additions, spring is in the air.

We immediately associate bulb flowers such as iris, tulips, hyacinth and daffodils, with spring. Fortunately, both as cut flowers and plants, these gorgeous blooms are readily available and just waiting to become part of our introduction to spring. The great thing about bulb flowers is they are splendid on their own and don’t need a lot of fussing to make them look fabulous.

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A Few Minutes = Days

by Carol Caggiano on February 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

FB-SAF-Blog-VD-1Valentine’s Day is here, and hopefully a lovely arrangement of flowers arrived for you from someone you love. Romance is literally in full bloom when flowers arrive.

Because flowers are so beautiful and bring us such joy, we want them to last as long as possible. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you get every moment of enjoyment from your lovely bouquet.

First, make sure you place them in a cool place away from drafts, sunlight and heat vents. Once you have the flowers in your chosen spot, filling the vase to the brim with cool water will help make sure that all stems get enough water. Often all the stems do not go all the way to the bottom of the vase. Flowers drink a lot of water, faster than you might think. Checking the water daily makes sure there is always enough for even shorter stems.

If your flowers arrive as a wrapped bouquet that you place in your own vase, make sure you add the little packet of floral preservative that comes with the flowers to the water as directed. This preservative contains both nutrients for the flowers and a biocide to keep algae at bay. Science has proven that using a floral preservative does extend the vase life of flowers. Changing the water every few days also helps, especially if you continue to add the floral preservative to the fresh water each time. These little packets usually come with your flowers, and I always keep some handy at home. Stop in your local florist next time you are in town and buy a half dozen or so to keep on hand. These packets are inexpensive and they do make a difference. Read More

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Ordinary Blooms, Extraordinary Designs

by Carol Caggiano on November 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

As florists, we often hear from our customers that they prefer more high-end flowers in their bouquets. Carnations, chrysanthemums and gladiolus seem old fashioned in today’s market in favor of peonies, tulips, roses and orchids, which have a greater, perceived value and are more trendy. Yet as often with other materials, how you put them together makes all the difference. Every now and then we have a creative client who wants something special and to create these one-of-a-kind designs, we immediately gravitate toward our traditional favorites.

A young lady made her Bat Mitzvah and in lieu of gifts she requested donations be made to the ASPCA as she loves animals. To decorate the table that was set up for guests to leave their notes, cards and donations, we created the “coolest” dog ever made mostly from white carnations. It was such a nice touch and brought attention to something that was very important and personal to the teenage girl. That puppy was certainly the most popular guest at the event.

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