Blue & Purple Winter Wedding ~ Brittany’s Inspiration Board

Brittany writes: My wedding is in December. It’s going to be simple but elegant. My bridesmaid dresses are dark purple (grape from bridal gallery). I was thinking of having purple and blue but can’t find a whole lot of ideas. I originally was hoping to have calla lily’s but that’s not a must have.

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Love the colors! I used a bouquet that I think is stunning and has a winter’y December feel. Made up with hydrangeas and anemones in various shades of blue and purple (this way you get all the tones) and green grey greenery. The soft green leaves makes for a winter perfect bouquet. I know there aren’t calla lilies in this example, but they go great with hydrangeas and we offer them in both purple and blue if you’d like to add them! You could even swap out the anemones for the callas.

Get the Goods:

Blue and Purple Hydrangeas

Green Grey Greenery

Blue and Purple Anemones

Photo credit: Holland Studios

Happy planning,
Afloral

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Fall Orange Bittersweet Centerpiece ~ Shakeena’s Inspiration Board

Shakeena writes: Our wedding colors are sunset orange and cranberry. attached is the centerpiece we are trying to recreate. can you let me know which products would create this and how much is needed to buy. we need 12 to 13 centerpieces made. Also, i have attached an image of the bouquet I want for myself and bridal party.

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There are approximately 15-20 bittersweet sprays in that centerpiece – so you would need about 200-250 sprays to create 12-13 centerpieces just like that. The bouquets are gorgeous! To create bouquets like the photo, you are looking at 24-30 roses per bouquet. Though you can always go smaller for the bridesmaids.

Get the Goods:

Bittersweet Branches

Taper Vase

Reindeer Moss (around the top of the vase/bittersweet stems)

Submersible Lights

Happy planning,
Afloral

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Peacock Quinceanera Party ~ Rachel’s Inspiration Board

Rachel writes: I am not having a wedding. It is a quinceanera for my daughter. The date is set for November 15, 2014. The theme is “Peacock”. colors are light blue, lime green, purple, royal blue, accent color is gold. The main flower is the Calla Lilly, but I am not sure what other flowers would go with the Calla since it is such an elegant flower, just by itself is gorgeous. I do have the peacock feathers to go with it. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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Love these colors!  Although we picked a bouquet for your board – the arrangement can still be used for a centerpiece design, and all the items in it look great with calla lilies. You can either add callas to this mix, or swap out the roses. Add a gold vase and some purple table decor to tie in all the colors.

Get the Goods:

Blue Orchids

Calla Lilies

Green Hydrangea

Gold Vase

Diamond Table Decor

Happy planning,
Afloral

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How to Make a Wrist Corsage

Contributed blog post from Lover.ly. They used Afloral’s flowers for their Best Buds Weekly Feature!

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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 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.

 

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Supplies

 

(Makes one corsage)

 

One large “cupped” peony

 

Two ranunculi

 

Small bunch lamb’s ear

 

Glue gun

 

Corsage wristlet

 

Optional: pretty ribbon

 

Instructions

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

5. 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!

XO,
Rachel
Lover.ly

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DIY 4th of July Centerpiece

Contributed blog post from Lover.ly. They used Afloral’s flowers for their Best Buds Weekly Feature!
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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 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

 

Three white vases of varying sizes (ours were 3.5 inches tall5.5 inches tall, and 8 inches tall)

 

One large block of floral foam

 

Wire cutters

 

Red arrangement (tall vase)

 

6-8 red carnations

 

6 red mini Gerbera daisies

 

Blue arrangement (medium vase)

 

6 blue carnations

 

6-8 blue cornflowers

 

White arrangement (short vase)

 

6 white mini spray roses

 

6-8 white carnations

 

Instructions

 

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.

 

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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!)

XO,

Rachel
Lover.ly

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