Five Rules for Choosing Your Premade Wedding Bouquet

1. Order Samples

If I’m being honest, our products are actually pretty true to the way they’re pictured online. But sometimes, a photo might not clearly represent how the wedding bouquet looks in person. That is why we always, ALWAYS recommend ordering one or two samples before you place your entire order.

Wedding Rose Bouquet in Red Pink Beauty

Wedding Rose Bouquet in Red Pink Beauty

2. Know Your Ideal Size

Do you want a lush, full wedding bouquet or a simple, understated bouquet? Once you get your samples, bunch  2-3 bouquets together so you know how big you want your bridal bouquet to be. Sometimes, our brides will use three premade bouquets for their wedding bouquet and one for the bridesmaid bouquets, but it’s all up to you and your preference. Once you’ve figured this out, make sure you order accordingly.

3. Finish with Decorative Bouquet Wrap

If you’re ordering one of our premade wedding bouquets, chances are it is held together with green wrap or wire, but it doesn’t come with decorative ribbon around it. (Some of them do, but generally speaking, most do not). In your sample order, make sure you also pick out one or two different decorative ribbons to use for bouquet wrap. Test out each one, and when you’ve picked which one you like best, you can feel free to return the one you didn’t use, as long as it wasn’t cut.

The black and white striped ribbon is my absolute favorite, so simple and trendy :)

Black and White Striped Ribbon from Afloral.com

Black and White Striped Ribbon from Afloral.com

4. Don’t Forget Your Flower Girl

Sometimes our brides get so caught up in ordering bouquets for themselves and the bridesmaids, they forget to order something small for the flower girl. If she’s throwing petals, don’t forget to add some of our colorful rose petals to your cart. If she isn’t throwing petals, we recommend ordering a kissing ball for her to carry down the aisle.

These bright pink petals are so cheery, perfect for a summer wedding.

Pink Rose Petals from Afloral.com

Pink Rose Petals from Afloral.com

5. Fluff It

Finally, don’t forget ladies, these are faux flowers. When you pull them out of the box, there is a chance that they might be slightly bent, and will need some love. Position the flower head outward, and pull the stems a bit more towards you. This is what we call “fluffing” :)

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Top 5 Spring Runway Trends Also Seen in Wedding Decor

NY Fashion week is over, did you catch some of the latest runway trends? I personally eat, sleep, and breathe fashion. I love following my favorite designers on Instagram, and seeing what beautiful creations they’re going to make next. While working for Afloral.com, I also noticed some huge similarities between fashion trends and wedding trends.

This season, here are the ones that stuck out to me the most.

Pretty Pastels

From lavender to mint, Spring Fashion week brought many soft hues. You can also see this trend transition over to the popular vintage wedding trend, with similarly colored bouquets and wedding decor.

Spring 2014 Pastels from Glamour.com

Spring 2014 Pastels from Glamour.com

 

Lavender Pomander Ball from Afloral.com

Lavender Pomander Ball from Afloral.com

Tea Length Frocks

Designers take tea length skirts a step further, and turn them into tea length wedding dresses. I love this look, it’s absolutely perfect for a retro wedding.

Tea Length Frocks from Glamour.com

Tea Length Frocks from Glamour.com

Tea Length Wedding Dress from GlamBistro.com

Tea Length Wedding Dress from GlamBistro.com

 

Stripes Galore

These striped pants are going to be one of the hottest bottoms this season. I love how this striped trend transitions over to bouquet wrap, giving your wedding bouquet a trendy twist.

Striped Pants from Glamour.com

Striped Pants from Glamour.com

Black and White Ribbon from Afloral.com

Black and White Ribbon from Afloral.com

 

Orange is the New Black

Although I’m personally not a huge fan of orange (it does nothing for my complexion), I can see that orange frocks and orange wedding flowers will be equally as popular this season.

Orange Spring Wedding from Elle.com

Orange Spring Wedding from Elle.com

The Ever Popular Orchid

Pantone named the Color of the Year Radiant Orchid, and I absolutely love how this vibrant hue has transitioned over to wedding bouquets and wedding decor.

Orchid Wedding from BecomeGorgeous.com and SensationalSoirees.com

Orchid Wedding from BecomeGorgeous.com and SensationalSoirees.com

 

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Five Must Haves for a Vintage Wedding Bouquet

I am so in love with the latest vintage wedding trend. There’s rustic vintage, glam vintage, the list is endless. But, at the end of the day, there are five elements that every good vintage wedding bouquet needs.

1. Soft, Muted Tones

My favorite vintage wedding colors are blush and lavender. You will never see a vintage wedding bouquet with bright pops of color. The beauty of a vintage bouquet can be found in it’s  soft, romantic, and understated palette.

Use soft tones in your vintage wedding bouquet. Photo from Brides-Book.com

Use soft tones in your vintage wedding bouquet. Photo from Brides-Book.com

2. Charms, Charms, Charms

Bouquet charms are a cute wedding accessory, and a great way to honor loved ones that are dear to your heart, or have passed on. I personally would  put a picture of my adorable fur child (yes, my puppy) in one of those charms. I’m sure some of you dog moms definitely agree.

Photo from BridalMusings.com

Photo from BridalMusings.com

3. Baby’s Breath

This wedding flower is a vintage bouquet must have. It acts as a simple and classic filler. It’s inexpensive, but really adds to your wedding bouquet, making it look more lush and full.

Baby's Breath Photo From BridalMusings.com

Baby’s Breath Photo From BridalMusings.com

4. Satin Ribbon

Satin ribbon is timeless.  Wrap your bouquet with this classic wedding accessory. I don’t recommend using striped, patterned, or shimmery ribbon to wrap your vintage wedding bouquet, as it will totally clash with the simple style.

Lily of the Valley Bouquet from Afloral.com

Lily of the Valley Bouquet from Afloral.com

5. A Simple Manicure

You want your soft romantic bouquet to be the center of attention, so don’t ruin it with bright, tacky nails.

Wedding Nails

Wedding Nails

Are you a fan of the vintage wedding trend? Comment below!

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Top 5 Art Deco Wedding Trends

Art deco weddings are super in this year, and this style is one of my personal favorites. It’s just SO glamourous, and can really be done any time of the year. When this wedding trend first emerged, I had absolutely no idea what the term “art deco” actually meant.

But just to give you some background, art deco can be defined as “an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France after World War I … combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials … often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation”. [Thank you, Wikipedia]

After doing some more research, here are some must have art deco wedding trends for this season.

1. Black and Gold
This trend usually mixes black containers or wedding accessories with gold stems or glittery accents.

Black and Gold Art Deco Wedding Photo From Mug Shots Photography

Black and Gold Art Deco Wedding Photo From Mug Shots Photography

2. Feathers Galore
The art deco theme is partial to the large ostrich feathers popping out of wedding centerpieces and accenting hairpieces.

Art Deco Wedding Photo From BridalTweet.com

Art Deco Wedding Photo From BridalTweet.com

3. Burgundy Accents
Use  burgundy wedding flowers to add some drama to your cream colored art deco wedding bouquet.

Burgundy Wedding Flowers from 100LayerCake.com

Burgundy Wedding Flowers from 100LayerCake.com

4. Bold Geometric Shapes
Love this wedding cake, but this geometric  trend can be used in other wedding decor too.

Mint Gold Art Deco Wedding Cake from RuffledBlog.com

Mint Gold Art Deco Wedding Cake from RuffledBlog.com

5. Nude + Jewels
The mixture of these two styles is a play on the glam simplicity of the art deco theme. Many brides also marry these two in their wedding dress.

Nude Jeweled Art Deco Shoes Source Unknown

Nude Jeweled Art Deco Shoes Source Unknown

These are our picks, hope you enjoy. Do you have any other art deco wedding ideas? Comment below!

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How to Dress Up Your Premade Bouquet

If you’re a no fuss kinda girl, chances are you’re using premade bouquets on your wedding day. Some have the crafting eye and patience to be DIY brides, but others just want simple, hassle free wedding flowers.

Afloral.com offers a large selection of stunning premade wedding bouquets. We have boho bouquets, rustic bouquets, traditional bouquets, and that’s just to name a few. They are gorgeous and totally affordable. But, what if you fall in the middle? What if you love the ease of preparation the premade bouquets have to offer, but really would love to make it your own? Have no fear, the anticrafter is here to offer a simple solution.

I’ve come up with a list of five different ways to dress up your premade bouquet. This way, you don’t have to mess with bundling together individual stems, but you still can carry a unique wedding bouquet on your big day.

1. Bouquet Wrap  The majority of our premade bouquets do not come with bouquet wrap. Pick a ribbon that fits your theme and style, and wrap away. To wrap a premade bouquet, you usually need about one foot of ribbon,  and 2-3 corsage pins.

My favorite ribbons are the burlap ribbon in natural, ivory lacy ribbon, and raw muslin wrap in coral.

Decorative Ribbon

2. Brooches + Bouquet Bling If you’re a glamourous  bride, you might want to add a little bling to your bouquet. Some of our bling comes on a pick, and others are just pins. Either pin it to one of the silk stems, or wrap the pick up in the bouquet.

Butterfly Charm

3. Bundle together 2-3 premade bouquets for a fuller look.

4. Bundle together 2-3 different bouquets for a unique look.

5. Attach a charm or family heirloom to the bouquet wrap. Many brides like to use a family necklace or charm as their something old or something borrowed. Attach it to the ribbon you wrap your bouquet with, it’s the perfect accent. If you don’t have that, use one of our photo lockets or keys.

Bouquet Charm

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