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How to Make a Wrist Corsage

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This week, we’re showing you how to make a wrist corsage.

How to make a wrist corsage

 The wrist corsage has come a long way since your 10th grade dance! The more modern version — featuring elegant flowers like peoniesranunculus, or garden roses — feels like a fresh take on the oh-so-trendy floral crown, and is perfect for brides, bridesmaids, and wedding VIPs. It’s also surprisingly easy to make yourself! Read on to learn how to make a wrist corsage.


Supplies:  (Makes one corsage) One large peony, two ranunculi, a small bunch of lamb’s ear, a glue gun, corsage wristlet, and pretty ribbon (optional).


1. Trim the stems of your flowers and greenery to about ½ an inch.

2. Decide how you’ll arrange the stems on the wristlet before gluing. (It will be impossible to move them once they are glued down!) Be sure to position the greenery and flowers so the stems don’t show.

3. Glue 2-leaves of lamb’s ear onto the wristlet.

4. Glue the peony’s stem onto the wristlet, holding it down for 10-15 seconds.

5. Glue on the ranunculi, arranging them to cover the other stems.

6. Optional: Tie ribbon in a bow and glue it on as a finishing touch.

How to make a wrist corsage

We suggest treating yourself to a floral corsage for your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. (You could also be ultra-hip and wear it as an anklet!) Or walk wedding shower guests through this simple tutorial and send each one home with their corsage as a favor. However you wear it, this pretty and celebratory detail is sure to stand out!


DIY 4th of July Centerpiece

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This week, we’re showing you how to make a 4th of July centerpiece

4th of July centerpiece

If you’re planning a BBQ for Independence Day and need a little inspiration for your all-American decor, this simple floral arrangement is the perfect way to add a patriotic touch!

4th of July centerpiece DIY

Supplies:  White vases of varying sizes (ours were 3.5 inches tall,  5.5 inches tall and 8 inches tall), One large block of floral foam, and wire cutters.

Red arrangement (tall vase) has 6-8 red carnations  and 6 red Gerbera daisies.

Blue arrangement (medium vase) has 6 blue carnations and 6-8 blue cornflowers.

 White arrangement (short vase) has 6 white mini roses and 6-8 white carnations


1. Cut a piece of foam a few inches tall to fit inside each vase and place inside.

2. Place stems along the side of the vase to gauge the desired height and trim accordingly with wire cutters.

3. Fill each vase with the corresponding carnations, pushing the stems into the foam.

4. Use the remaining flowers to fill out the arrangement.

4th of July centerpiece

We love that these arrangements are so simple to create and add a fun punch of color to your 4th of July party! (And if you’re not feeling the red, white, and blue, you could use the same method with flowers in different colors to create a monochromatic arrangement for any occasion!)



The Best Summer Wedding Flowers

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When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers, there’s a lot to learn. Every Tuesday, we’ll feature all you need to know about an in-season flower. From colors and care to costs and all sorts of wedding floral design inspiration, we’re your “best bud.”

This week, we’re rounding up the popular wedding flowers that are in season for summer weddings!

The best summer wedding flowers

The best summer wedding flowers
Hydrangeas. Ranging in color from white and pink to purple, blue, and green, hydrangeas are extremely versatile. We love that these blooms are bountiful and full, giving you more for your money. Our ideal bouquet? White hydrangeas with dusty miller and Virginia bluebells.

Roses. Known as the most romantic of all the blooms, roses signify passion and lust. Perfect for black tie affairs and garden parties alike, roses will add a touch of love to any bouquet. Try English roses for an extra-lush look.

Gerbera daisies. These vibrant flowers are sure to add a little cheer to your wedding. Gerbera daisies bloom year-round and come in a range of colors. Great for casual spring ceremonies, we suggest a bouquet of white Gerbera daisies, yellow roses, and billy buttons.

Poppies. Available in a variety of colors, poppies are bright and fun! Their petals and wiry stems make them easy to work with, and they will add a lush look to your bouquet or centerpieces. We love the idea of paring poppies with tiny white daisies or colorful ranunculus.

Spider mums. These whimsical blooms are as cost effective as they as they are playful. Pair spider mums with a more pricey bloom like white roses or freesia for a stunning bouquet.

Orchids. Simple and delicate, orchids add a touch of feminine flair to any bouquet or centerpiece. For a ladylike look, try mixing both pink and white orchids in your bouquet.

Peonies. Romantic and fragrant, these blooms signify good fortune and a happy marriage — perfect for a wedding bouquet. Peonies range in color from red to white, but peonies tend to be pricey. Our favorite peony bouquet is a soft mix of light pink peonies, white garden roses, and sprigs of dusty miller.

Cosmos. These bitty blooms may be small, but they can make a huge impact in your bouquet. Add richly-colored cosmos to your bouquet of wildflowers for a bohemian vibe.

Calla lilies. Ever-popular among brides, calla lilies signify divinity, true devotion, and marital bliss. Even when they are in season in the spring and winter, calla lilies can be expensive. We recommend carrying a simple bouquet of just a few calla lilies tied together with an elegant ribbon.

Dahlias. Known for its brightly colored single or double blooms, the dahlia signifies change (perfect for newlyweds, right)? We love the look of a rustic bouquet filled with dahlia, eucalyptus and dusty miller.

Lilies. Elegant in appearance and signifying everything from passion to purity, lilies are a fragrant addition to your wedding. Since their blooms are so large, you can get a big impact for a small price.



Blue Wedding Color Combinations

Blue can be combined with a variety of colors that each create gorgeous wedding color palettes.  Blue is a cool, dominating color in any palette.  It’s richness and strength make it the main focal point of any combination.

Even with this dominating nature different colors paired with blue can emit a variety of different moods.  Understanding colors, their personalities and how they interact with each other is an important key to choosing the right color combinations for your wedding day.  To say you want a blue wedding is only the first step in making your wedding color choices.

Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily
Blue and Green Wedding Flower Centerpiece; lantern, hydrangea, calla lily

Blue and Green Wedding Flowers

Blue is a cool color, it is mellow and tends to recede.  The color green is actually a variation of blue, blue mixes with yellow to create green.  It too is a cool color on the color wheel.

Paired together, a blue and green wedding is calm, soothing and rich in deep colors.  Blue is the more classic of the two hues and dominates over green, whether both are used in color choices for flowers or one is picked up in accents like ribbon.

Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit: cedar
Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers, flower girl, pomander ball, photo credit:

Blue and Pink Wedding Flowers

The color combination of blue and pink is the opposite of our last choice.  Pink is a warm color, created from mixing red with white.  Pink is warm and radiates energy.

While blue with it’s strong nature still presides over pink they both get attention in this color pairing.  The two play off of each other giving energy and life to both blue’s rich nature and pink’s radiant nature.  Typically pinks will be picked up in flower choices while blues can be added to with accenting blooms, it also works for a fabulous ribbon color choice.

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit:
Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers, bouquet and stripe ribbon, photo credit:

Blue and Orange Wedding Flowers

Another vivid color pairing is blue and orange.  The two colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel, this is called complementary colors.  Used together these types of colors bounce off of one another for a bold pop of color.

Anyone looking for a color rich and playful wedding can think about this color combination.  Dark blue or navy are more traditional, sophisticated hues perhaps picked up in bridesmaid dresses, orange is a bold, yet playful pop of colors that would work well in wedding flower bouquets.  The bride’s wedding flower bouquet can pick up blue trends from the bridesmaid’s dressed in a bouquet ribbon wrap.

One color, blue.  Paired with three different color choices can create three completely different looks.  When planning your wedding colors it is a good idea to ponder how each color will interact with one another to center in on the right wedding color choices.

5 Tips for Creating a Romantic Wedding Centerpiece

Are you a romantic at heart?  If the answer is yes, chances are you have been dreaming about your wedding day for quite awhile now. Many brides want their special day to feel and look like a fairytale.

Planning your wedding you don’t need a stylist or a ton of extra cash to go into expenses for creating a romantic wedding centerpiece for your fairytale wedding.  A romantic wedding centerpiece can fit into a variety of wedding themes from vintage, rustic to modern.  I have five great, universal tips to share with you on how to create a romantic wedding centerpiece whatever your theme may be.

  1. Color Palette– a romantic wedding is soft and feminine.  Often  for this look color palettes are made up of traditionally feminine hues, pink, blush, purple, peach.  Warm hues are also ideal to be igniting yet inviting.  Colors in a romantic wedding palette complement each other they are not too bold and do not compete with each other.
  2. Flowerswedding flowers are beautifully showcased in a romantic wedding centerpiece, they are at the main focal point in any arrangement.  Soft, feminine hues are picked up in rose, peony, ranunculus and hydrangea flower petals.
  3. Lighting– in soft votives and tall pillars candle lighting is another central, important element to a romantic wedding centerpiece.  The right candle lighting accenting romantic wedding flowers can set the mood for your whole wedding look.
  4. & 5. The two final tips to creating a romantic wedding centerpiece go hand in hand.  Small details and personalized touches are key to bringing the look of a romantic centerpiece together.  Details like hanging jewels, bouquet or centerpiece charms, vintage heirlooms or pictures will add depth and meaning to decor items.  Those little touches that have a tie to the bride and groom and their families will connect with others on a more deeper level.

Creating a romantic centerpiece with the right color palette, type of flowers, lighting and special details does not have to be overly complicated or expensive.  Many of the tips will cost you nothing.  One more tip for you today keep in mind starting out with the right information and knowing the direction you would like to take your wedding look can save you both money and time as you begin your wedding planning or wedding purchases.