Category: ‘Weddings’

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Succulent Garden Corsage - Emily Gorg and Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFARemember how special you felt the last time you wore a corsage? Maybe it was for prom or homecoming, a wedding, or maybe you wear them every year on Easter and Mother’s Day, or to celebrate your birthday. Wearing flowers have long been part of human history dating back to ancient civilizations in Greece, Egypt, Africa and South America. Flowers were worn to denote prominence, allegiances and ward of spirits. Nowadays, flowers are worn as fabulous accessories to express yourself and celebrate special occasions as well as the everyday.

With spring being the time of year when we’re thinking about new fashions and styles, Easter and Mother’sArdith-Fascinator-Pink-CROPPED Day, and prom and weddings, here are a few ways to add personal flowers to your wardrobe this season:


Kate Middleton and the Royals brought fascinators to the forefront of fashion. Consider a flirty pink fascinator for a bridal shower or prom.

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8 Tips for Your Wedding Budget

by Sharon McGukin on March 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

Consultation with your Wedding FloristYou’re planning your wedding, the day you’ve dreamed about for as long as you can remember. As you’re starting to plan the details, reality hits. How on earth will you pay for it? Remember, the ultimate goal of your wedding plan centers on hosting a well-orchestrated event that is memorable to you and your families, and enjoyable for your guests. Careful planning, attention to detail and disciplined prioritizing can help you to achieve this goal — even on a tight budget. Here are eight tips to help maximize your wedding budget.

1. Set a budget

Before shopping wedding sites and services, determine the amount you can afford to spend. Speak honestly with those who will contribute to covering the costs, such as bride and groom or parents. Determine together who will pay for what and decide on an amount that all agree not to exceed. Divide this amount equally into the categories of expense.  

For example:

  • Ceremony: facility, dress, flowers, etc.
  • Reception: food, flowers, linens, etc.
  • Services: director, photographer,  etc.

A wedding spreadsheet is great way to list projected expense and itemize costs. As you make purchases, write down every expenditure to keep an accurate accounting of costs.

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Your Wedding and Signature Style

by Sharon McGukin on February 23, 2014 at 9:33 am

Cuff Bouquet — Photo by Sharon McGukin, AAF, AIFD, PFCIWhen creating wedding day plans, add personal details to truly make it ‘your’ day. Make this an opportunity to express your signature style — the visual statement of how you will evolve in this new stage of life.

Your signature style is the look or expression of personal taste that defines ‘you’ to others. Personal style is an attitude, an enthusiasm for the things you love, an instinctive knowledge that your choices matter. Showing confidence in your signature style signals to others that you know who you are, what you like, and are comfortable with your choices. How can you develop your signature style? Read More

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Sweetheart Table - HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, AL;

As brides-to-be plan the beautiful and unique decorations for their weddings, give some thought to the sweetheart table. At your wedding reception, the sweetheart table gives you an opportunity to have an “intimate” dinner — your first meal together as husband and wife — while sitting on display in front of family and friends. This table for two is a special moment for you as newlyweds; often it’s one of the few times you’ll have to talk privately to your spouse on your wedding day. Your florist can decorate your sweetheart table as elaborate or as simple as you’d like, with special touches or quirky accents that reflect your personality. Read More

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Move over Emerald, 2013 has ended and Pantone named Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes it as: “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Flower lovers everywhere are rejoicing with the 2014 choice. It’s a natural in the flower world. You’ll find the hue in orchids (of course!) plus roses, carnations, stock, gerberas, hydrangea, alstroemeria and waxflower — just to name a few of my favorite blooms. Flowers allow you to update, restyle and interpret the color trend quickly and easily, without breaking the bank.

A luxurious centerpiece inspired by Radiant Orchid is enhanced with a touch of seeded eucalyptus in a navy blue vessel. Set it on a white tablecloth and continue the theme with a lavender overlay for a sophisticated tabletop setting.

Radiant Orchid Centerpiece — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore. Read More