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Preserve Your Bridal Bouquet and Create a Lasting Memory

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Your wedding day is typically the most wonderful day of your life. If you are like most brides, the day’s events create magical memories you won’t ever want to forget. However, time does take its toll on both our memories and the objects that helped create them. Don’t let your bridal bouquet, the beautiful flowers you held in your hands as you walked down the aisle to marry the man of your dreams, become just another thing to throw away; forgotten, except in photographs. Here are easy ways to save either all or part of your bridal bouquet in order to create something for your home that will forever remind you of your wedding day.

Pressing Flowers

Pressing FlowersOne way brides keep their bouquets alive is to dry selected pieces of flowers or foliage between the pages of a book or magazine before mounting them into a glass frame. Here’s how.

  • Lay the flower petals and pieces of foliage you want to preserve on a couple pieces of paper towelling with some separation space between them.
  • Gently press with your fingers until flat. If some flower or stem parts are too bulky, you may want to eliminate them.
  • Cover with a few more layers of paper towels and facial tissues.
  • Carefully transfer the entire thing between the pages of an old magazine.
  • Place the closed magazine on a flat, hard surface.
  • Cover the magazine with books or other heavy objects.
  • Leave your makeshift flower press untouched for about two weeks.
  • Remove dried flowers carefully.

How to assemble memories in a frame

preserved bridal bouquetBuy a nice picture frame with a glass cover, and enough black (or any other colour velvet) to cover the cardboard piece inside the frame. Clean the glass thoroughly and make sure it is dry before beginning.

  • Glue the velvet to the cardboard
  • Plan the layout. It may be helpful to draw a layout before you begin working with the petals since they are relatively fragile. You do not want them to break after having waiting two weeks while they were drying!
  • Carefully arrange the dried flowers and other bouquet items like ribbons and embellishments onto the velvet. Think about including a wedding picture or two, and perhaps the invitation. Do not glue the petals to the velvet since doing so will discolour them.
  • Press the glass down over the petals and other items.
  • Carefully turn the whole thing over and slide it into the frame, securing the back.

Now you have a beautiful keepsake of your wedding that is a warm and welcome addition to your new home.

Alternate way of drying flowers

drying flowersAnother way to dry the flowers you have chosen to keep is to use a desiccant, which is a drying agent. The most common are sand, silica gel and borax. But, since borax can be breathed in, it is probably safer to use one of the other two products. Silica gel really helps retain the colour of the petals and is readily available on-line.

How to use

Find a small cardboard box and cover the bottom with either sand or silica gel. Place the flowers on top and sprinkle more of your desiccant over them, but be very careful not to crush the petals. Approximately two weeks later, shake the desiccant off and begin assembling your picture frame memory.


Everything you need to know when buying flowers for a funeral

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casket sprayFunerals are difficult enough without having to further compound things by not knowing how to purchase flowers for this occasion.
A tradition that stretches back literally thousands and thousands of times (even older than the Roman Empire), bringing flowers – or having them delivered – to a funeral is an important symbol of respect, admiration, and love.

At the same time, you may or may not (and hopefully haven’t) had a lot of experience in sending flowers to a funeral or choosing the particular ones that will make up the arrangement you have professionally prepared.

If you are looking for a couple of tips to help you better prepare the right flowers for a few, hopefully the “inside information” provided below gives you exactly that. Outlined as a “three-step process”, there are a number of subtle details, nuances, and specific areas that you’ll want to focus on to make sure that the funeral flowers you have sent to a service (or have professionally arranged) are picture-perfect and convey exactly the types of sentiment that you had been hoping to.

Let’s dive right in!

Choose the actual flowers themselves

Funeral cross arrangementThe very first thing that you’re going to want to do is actually choose the flowers that will make up at the arrangement that you are going to have prepared.

This may seem a bit on the obvious side of things at first, but the truth of the matter is with today’s floral selection you are going to have an almost unlimited amount of options before you – some of them picture-perfect for the mood and sentiment you are hoping to convey, and some of them not exactly funeral appropriate.

Picking in choosing the right flowers for this funeral flower arrangement can be a real nightmare if you aren’t sure of where to start or what to look for, so hopefully you gain a better understanding with these tips and tricks.

The very first thing that you are going to want to do its focus on the deceased themselves, and try to build a funeral floral arrangement around the flowers that they appreciated most while they were still alive. You may or may not have this information on hand or readily available, but it’s certainly the kind of thing that you will want to (discreetly) inquire about if you have the opportunity.

If you do not, don’t be afraid of picking and choosing flowers that traditionally represent the energy level, charismatic nature, or love and compassion that the deceased enjoyed while they were still with us.

Have these funeral flowers professionally arranged

standing spray funeral floral tributesThe second step in this process is to make the commitment to have these flowers arranged professionally by a funeral floral specialist that knows exactly what they are doing.

There is a world of difference between floral arrangements that have been created or curated by floral professionals that have been doing these kinds of arrangements for their entire professional life, and those that are whipped up with absolutely no consideration whatsoever by your local flower shop or grocery store.

Obviously, you’re going to want to convey as much respect, admiration, and affection as possible when you are providing flowers for this location – and you’ll need a professional touch to do exactly that. Anything short of a professional floral arrangement runs the risk of looking at least a little bit disrespectful (and at the very least absent-minded on your behalf) – two things that you do not want to have to worry about when dealing with everything else that funerals bring to the table.

Depending upon the calibre of relationship that you shared with the deceased, you may even want to consider having “custom arrangements” crafted. Obviously, you’re really going to want to think about other respect level, the relationship that you enjoyed, and how this kind of gesture will be interpreted by those still living and also hoping to pay their respects to the deceased.

Funerals are not the time or place to “show off” or to really drive home how much of a favourite you really were. Instead, they are a place for mutual respect and admiration to be shared, memories to be related, and a life well lived to be celebrated.

If you’re floral arrangement represents the good things about their life, you can bet that it will be well received by everyone else.

Have been delivered according to the wishes of the deceased’s family.

open heart wreath funeral flower arrangementFinally, and somewhat controversially, you’ll likely want to have these funeral flowers delivered for you by the professional florist and not have to worry about carrying them up to the service.

With so many other things swirling around a funeral, you’re not going to want to have to worry about remembering to pick up these flowers, bring them to the service, carry them in to the service in front of everyone, and then possibly have to take care of them after the service has concluded.

By electing instead to have been delivered by the professionals responsible for arranging them in preparing them for you, you are allowing these experts to do what they do best – while at the same time giving yourself permission to focus on the funeral, the deceased, and the emotions that you are likely dealing with.

This allows you to better manage everything that is going to be swirling around, and gives you a bit of extra control when you may not feel any control whatsoever. Funerals and having people that you care about pass away are jarring and shocking experiences, and you’re going to need to make sure that you are doing your level best to stay out in front of any chaotic or potentially disastrous situations.

Make sure that you provide the professional funeral floral experts with all of the critical details regarding the service, the funeral, and anything else that may help them pull off a successful and streamlined delivery and you should have no trouble whatsoever with this moving forward.


Anniversary Flowers For That Special Someone

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Celebrating your anniversary is a special time for you and your partner. At Blossom’s Floral Artistry we would like the opportunity to help you give them a special gift whether it is a floral arrangement or a gift basket. The choice you make will leave a lasting impression on that special someone.

If you would like to add something unique to your gift you could add a personalize ribbon. This would be unique because you could have whatever you want printed on the ribbon and have it placed around your floral arrange or gift basket. It would be a touching thought to be added. Imagine the look on their face when they look at the arrangement or basket and see this ribbon wrapped around it. They will be really surprised and very happy.

Anniversary Floral Arrangements

anniversary-wedding-flowersThere are a variety of different floral arrangement for you to choose from. Most florists offer you the choice of just flowers, a floral bowl, or even bouquets. The choice is yours. You can even opt for a florist choice bouquet. This is where the florist creates the bouquet for you. It will be a one-of-a kind floral arrangement.

Beautiful floral arrangements are made by professional florists. While they are making your arrangement your flowers are arranged with the freshest flowers. They will also be arranged so that the natural beauty will come through.

With your floral arrangements you have the ability to upgrade your order. When you upgrade you can add a teddy bear, balloon, box of chocolates, or wine or all if that’s what you would like to do. These are offered at an additional charge.

Gift Baskets and Hampers

anniversary & birthday baskets1Some shops offer gift baskets if you would prefer to send one of those instead of flowers. They offer fruit baskets, gourmet food baskets, wine baskets, teddy bear/soft toy, and balloons. An example of what is included in the baskets could be the fruit basket. This will come with fruit that is in season.

You will find that gift baskets start as little as $85. They offer a basket for everyone’s taste. This is a nice way to impress someone also because it shows that you truly took the time to pick out a nice basket.

Your anniversary comes around once a year. A very nice thought would be to give something that your special someone will remember all year long. It may even make them wonder what you will do for the next anniversary. You can’t go wrong with a flower arrangement or a gift basket. They will both make a terrific impression.


How Tropical Flowers Can Make Your Wedding a Wow

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You’ve decided—you’re getting married on the beach! The warm sand between your toes, the golden sunshine, the bright blue of the sea—it’s going to be unforgettable. An extraordinary setting deserves extraordinary details, and flowers are one way to make a huge statement without breaking the bank. Tropical flowers don’t just belong on the beach, though. They can be used in any setting to add drama, flair and elegance to bouquets, centrepieces and arrangements. The good news is that you can find stunning tropical flowers that will fit almost any setting. Here are a few pro tips on using tropical flowers in your wedding.

Make It Pop

florida-real-wedding-modern-tropical-beach-006Tropical flowers boast vibrant colours, stunning shapes and leaves that can be used to add an architectural element to your arrangements. If you plan to get married on the beach, pick a colour palette that complements it. Hot pinks, bright yellows and oranges and deep green foliage will stand out against the sand, sea and sky for maximal effect.

Tropical flowers can also be found in subtler shades of pink, yellow, red, orange and purple if you’re looking for a more muted effect. They can also be used in more traditional weddings as dramatic splashes of colour in an otherwise subdued atmosphere.

Structure It

Use stunning foliage, like large calathia leaves, as the groundwork for your centrepieces. They contrast beautifully with the delicacy of orchids, for example. Clear glass vases (which can be found in any craft or home décor shop) show off tropical flowers beautifully and help you keep your budget under control.

Picking dramatic leaves means you can carry them over for use elsewhere. Boutonnières, for example, benefit from a stunning leaf as a backdrop– folded over and pinned down.

Keep It Simple—or Not!

tropical bouquetTropical flowers are by their very nature stunning. There’s no need to overdo it by adding in too many different colours or types of tropical flowers. Pick one tropical flower you love and then use other, more common flowers in similar colours to add texture and complement your show-piece flower.

But if you love bright, boisterous colours, tropical flowers give you an excuse to go all-out. Pulling together lots of jewel-toned flowers will give your wedding gorgeous, lush feeling.

What Kind of Bride are You?

When deciding on your flowers, keep your theme in mind. Tropical flowers work really well for beach weddings, obviously, but are also a perfect complement to weddings where bright colours play a big role. Perhaps you are a minimalist—tropical flowers like orchids make stunning, simple arrangements. Or maybe you’re planning a traditional wedding: tropical flowers in small doses can add a lot of texture and colour to traditional bouquets and arrangements.

Keeping the Price Right

Every bride is on a budget, and flowers can be an excellent place to cut back. But cutting back doesn’t mean you have to go without! Tropical flowers may have the reputation of being expensive, but some of them are available year-round, and can actually be cheaper than traditional wedding flowers, depending on the season. Ask your florist for recommendations. If you’re getting married in a resort, they may make it difficult for you to bring in outside flowers. Call around, find out what will be in season when you get married and negotiate with local florists. This can be a way to trim down your budget.

You can also reuse your flowers: ceremonies tend to be short, so when the ceremony is over the flowers you used can be transported to your reception site and reused. Task a member of your wedding party with making sure the arrangements get moved back to the reception area.

For flawless flowers if you’re getting married outside, think outside the box. Sun, heat and wind can take a toll on the sturdiest flowers, so don’t be afraid to do something different. Artificial flowers sometimes have a bad rep, but tremendous strides have been made in the industry and you can now find artificial flowers that look astonishingly real. Shop around on speciality sites to find high-quality artificial tropical flowers for your bouquet or outdoor arrangements. They will withstand the elements during your ceremony and can be reused (in perfect condition, no wilting!) at your reception. Bonus: your bouquet will last forever!

Some Common Tropical Flowers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOrchids are a staple in weddings, and their delicacy and colours ranging from pure white to deep purple to luscious pink, to golden yellow make them stars. Pair them with dahlias, ranunculus or even roses in similar colours for stunning combinations.

Use jasmine as an accent. This lovely vine boasts beautiful, star-shaped white flowers that carry a heady perfume. A little jasmine will make your bouquet look and smell unforgettable.

Birds of Paradise offer stunning, bright flowers that work well in larger centrepieces or arrangements. Pair tall flowers like the Bird of Paradise with smaller, lower flowers for a harmoniously balanced arrangement.

Tropical lilies offer deep, vibrant colours and stunning large flowers. Paired with bright green leaves and set off by other, similarly coloured flowers, they pack a lot of punch.

Calla lilies are often found in all sorts of weddings. They are simple and dramatic as stand-alone, but also work well in bouquets with other flowers.

Palm fronds can be used as stunning background greenery for bright tropical flowers, or as accents in an architectural bouquet or centrepiece.

Final Thoughts

It doesn’t matter what your theme is or where you’re getting married, tropical flowers can be incorporated into your theme. Whether you have a preference for bright, boisterous colours and shapes, or subtle, minimalist designs and a subdued colour palette, there’s a tropical flower that will fit the bill. Your florist can offer you suggestions, and be sure to spend time looking for colours and shapes that feel right to you. In the end, no matter what your location, style or budget, there’s a tropical flower that will be just right for your special day!