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Wedding Theme Series: Flowers & Handmade Items

Since a wedding is one of the most important days of a person’s life, this is a good time to think about going above and beyond the standard. That does not mean spending a fortune though, it is just putting a little thought into things. Flowers will always be an essential element to any beautiful wedding day, but a you can incorporate some handmade items into your design theme to personalize the day. Your friends & family will surely be pleased!

If you love flowers, a floral bridal sash is a fashionable handmade item to accent your gown. Handmade calligraphy place cards with flowers are an elegant touch, as well as individual flower vases. These will make the room look and smell nice, plus guests can take them home to enjoy.

And to finish up the event, give your guests fun wedding favors to have for the road! These boxes with cute little bows and flowers are adorable. You can put anything at all inside and even make the contents customized for each of your guests. Be sure to choose flowers that will last a little longer without water, like miniature roses or hydrangeas. Our full service flower shop loves to take on projects like this, so don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself!

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Bridal Bouquets in White & Ivory

In the 1840s, Queen Victoria wore a white wedding gown, and getting married in an extravagant white gown in those days was much more a symbol of wealth rather than purity or innocence. It showed that she could afford to buy a dress which could never been worn again. Many women saw this as a statement of class and style, and soon enough also began to get married in white.

The tradition of a white gown continues, but now the fashion of all white bridal bouquets are being used. This adds a layer of softness and luxury. We see that Kate Middleton carried a white bouquet in her royal wedding, Kiera Knightly in The Duchess and Pirates of the Caribbean movies and also who could forget the gorgeous ivory bouquet that Sarah Jessica Parker carried in the Sex in the City movie.

They are great for a winter wedding, giving the feeling of snow, and yet they also fit  wonderfully with a summer wedding, having a clean light sunny feel. You can go so many different directions with the idea of using white or ivory bouquets! Elements like pearls & lace, rhinestones & crystals, satin or grosgrain ribbon, and any type of elements of nature can all be used to suit your style. These all blend in well with a white color palette.

Ideas for flowers include roses, peonies, lisianthus, ranunculus, lilacs, sweet peas, calla lillies and of course as always, lilies of the valley have one of the most wonderful aromas ever! White flowers also look particularly nice on top of a wedding cake. This website shows some nice white wedding floral arrangements http://www.weddingchicks.com/wedding-color/white/  Let us know if you would like us to do your wedding or event flowers. We are happy to work with you on any ideas you may have and customize them for your big day. No matter the budget, large or small, this is just what we love to do!

Flowers by the Falls . Kings Mountain, NC  (704) 739-7331

Flower Ornaments & Wreaths for Christmas

Who doesn’t love decorating for the holidays! Strolling through town in the cool air, with lights everywhere just gets you right in the spirit. At home, most like to decorate the Christmas tree with all of their favorite ornaments. To switch it up a bit, they may even go a little crazy by using colored lights instead of the white lights from year before. How about something new though?

Consider a creative spin from the bridal bouquet balls that hang from ribbon, by decorating with fresh flowers! Adult pomanders or kissing balls is what they are often called, and a miniature version of these truly makes a fashion statement and a fantastic ornament! Have the flower shop design with red roses for instance, chrysanthemums, carnations or even holly, depending on your style. For fun, to add even more personality, these of course can hang from any type of ribbon or beads you desire! String them across your favorite window, hang them from the mantle, add them into the tree, or even mix them into your centerpiece table arrangement on Christmas day. These will have your friends & family smitten.

Flower wreaths need not be forgotten, as they are just as visually stunning as any other Christmas decoration. Who says these can only be used at weddings, to hang on trees &  reception doors. Would you not rather spend the money with your florist to enjoy them for the holiday season as opposed to just one day wedding day? Red roses & poinsettias are undoubtedly the favorites, but there are many flower combinations that lend themselves to this idea. Here is a blog that has several beautiful flower wreaths: http://thefrenchsampler.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-flowers.html Fresh flower wreaths are great to hang on your front door or dining room area, and are especially great over the headboard of your bed.

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Great Potted Plants for the Fall: Chrysanthemums

As the weather gets cooler and autumn leaves begin to change colors, we should remember that there are still many opportunities to enjoy flowers in the fall. Potted plants are a fantastic option from your local flower shop because, they not only are substantial in size, giving you an abundance of blooms, but they will faithfully return back to you each year!

Mums were originally cultivated in China. They used the chrysanthemum as their symbol of royalty, and consider this bloom the highest of all flowers. The Japanese were so taken with this flower, that they embraced it as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. In addition, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year. Later, mums were then introduced into the United States during colonial times. Their artistic allure has grown in such popularity that they are considered to be “Queen of the Fall Flowers.” On the contrary, in Italy, these flowers are associated with death.

Chrysanthemums are daisy-like having a decorative “pompon”. They are as durable as they are delightful and are one of the longest lasting of all cut flowers. Years of artful cultivation have produced a full range of colors, many of which are traditional for autumn. Deep reds, purples, oranges, yellows and bronzes are among their many colors. This season though, the most fashionable without doubt, is the vibrant yellow mum. We just can’t seem to get enough of this fun great color, as it has been spotted in nearly every fashion opportunity! Take a glance at “The Looks We Love” on J.Crew’s website: http://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/lookswelove.jsp, and also how this bride had her wedding planner use yellow mums throughout her wedding décor: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/decorating-with-mums.

Symbolism: The chrysanthemum is a symbol of the sun. It’s said that a single petal of this celebrated flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life. Mums are Chicago’s official flower, the November birth flower, and the flower for 13th wedding anniversaries. Other meanings include: laughter, optimism, joy, cheerfulness, friendship, peace, loveliness, abundance and wealth. Red pompons profess love, yellow means new opportunity and white speaks only of truth.

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The Meaning of the Purple Rose: Love at First Sight & Royalty

 

Purple roses have a captivating spirit and are a great alternative for any romantic occasions. Their eye catching shades of purple are truly stunning. These roses have symbolism that is tied to enchantment, and have many time-honored meanings associated with them.

Purple roses have been a symbol of falling in love at first sight for many years. After meeting someone, these roses are sent by flower shops to show that the initial attraction has carved a deep impression on you, and that you feel the person is charming and simply irresistible. Expressing this beautiful feeling of falling in love, the hope is that the person will be much more familiar to you in the near future. So, as a recipient of purple roses, which are among the rarest, one should feel especially flattered having such beauty and charm, as to have captured the heart of the sender at the very first sight!

In addition, the color purple has always been a symbol of royalty, representing all things grand, glorious and noble. Therefore it makes sense that purple roses also symbolize these very things, as the mark of wealth and luxury. The first famous purple was a deep shade known as Tyrian purple. It was once reserved for rich and royal leaders like Alexander the Great and Cleopatra. Maintaining the air of noble regality and pure splendor, brides love to use purple roses in weddings. Even seen in the movie Bride Wars, actress Kate Hudson carried a simple bouquet of purple roses: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-finding-dress-replica.  The most fashionable arrangements and bouquets of roses by florists are grouped in a bold range of rich hues, including shades like violet, lavender, and lilac roses.

Meanings of the Purple Rose Include: Love at first sight, enchantment, fantasy, wonder, impossibility, grand, glorious, noble, wealth, luxury, dignity, pride, success, accomplishment, admiration, calmness, ease, regality, splendor, discretion, nobility, sacred, accomplishment and admiration.

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The Meaning of the Orange Rose: Desire & Enthusiasm

 

The Meaning of the Orange Rose: Desire & Enthusiasm

Orange roses are the perfect way to express admiration and attraction. Similar to how the red rose means passion and the yellow rose means friendship; orange roses are a bridge between these two emotions. With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses indicate a sense of enthusiasm that the sender feels for the recipient. They are vibrant, cheerful and express fascination when you give them to someone.  Orange roses make an excellent choice for a new relationship that you wish to pursue further, because they symbolize a happy, loving sort of enthusiasm, while indicating desire at the same time.

Peach roses are often sent from flower shops as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude as opposed to a token of love. The color of their bloom is a bit more gentle, so they are a perfect way to show how much you appreciate or miss a dear friend. Peach roses also convey sociability and friendship, sending the message “Let’s get together”. The palest peach shades, like champagne, convey a sense of modesty.

The wonderful thing about orange roses is that they come in all the colors of a romantic sunset, including those in tangerine colors, salmon, peach, apricot and tropical fruit colored varieties. The unique blends of these colors are incredibly alluring, and wedding planners have a lot of fun with this fashionable color palette.  Even Oprah is very fond of varieties of orange roses, as she has incorporated them into her rose garden and the décor of her California home, known as the Teahouse.  http://www.oprah.com/home/Oprahs-Teahouse/4

For those getting married in the later part of the summer, as an alternative the softer orange color palette helps give a late summer feel without a complete fall look. Here is a great website showing Nantucket weddings and how fall wedding flower colors can be kept on the lighter side http://nantucketweddingsunveiled.com/blog/tag/flowers/page/3/

Meanings of the Orange Rose Include:  Desire, Enthusiasm, Admiration, Attraction, Passion, Excitement, Warmth, Pride, Happiness, and Fascination

Meanings of the Peach Rose Include: Appreciation, Sincerity, Gratitude, Modesty, Sympathy, and Modesty

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