Feature Flower for October - Cotton
So once again I was undecided which flower I wanted to feature this month. I had been mulling it over all morning when I opened my inbox the answer was staring me in the face. One of my favorite suppliers had sent me an email about a product they had just got in. Yes, it was cotton branches. You may not think of cotton when thinking floral design and I want to ask you, why not?
Cotton Branches adds a woodsy, earthy and very unique visual and textual statement when incorporated into a design. Here is a Pinterest link to a stunning bouquet using cotton branches. (While your there, make sure you follow me! Or if you need an invite let me know.) The best part, because cotton is a dried product, it is available all year.
Common Name: Cotton
Botanical Name: Gossypium
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants.
Generally grown on a shrub-like plant, the fiber is almost pure cellulose. Cotton fibers occur naturally in colors of white, brown, green, or some mixture of these. Cultivated cotton is also a major oilseed crop, as well as a main protein source for animal feed. Cotton plants thus have an enormous weight in the world economy and are of great importance for the agriculture, industry and trade of many tropical and subtropical countries in Africa, South America and Asia.
Interesting Fact: Cotton is the traditional 2nd wedding anniversary gift.
Feeling gloomy? Not for long!
Has the recent cloudy, rainy weather left you feeling gloomy? I know I sure have felt like staying in my PJ's and in my bed a little more than normal lately. To get out of my funk I went on a flower picture hunt. Check out these awesome wedding inspiration ideas I put together. Guaranteed to chase away that gloomy feeling and maybe even spark your creativity. Let me know your favorite picture on the board.
Wedding Flowers, where do I start?
So you find yourself asking the questions, Wedding Flowers, where do I start? Don't worry you are not alone. With the surge of brides I have been talking to recently, I thought it would be a good time to re post the planning video I made last year. It is full of good tips and information. It will walk you through, step by step, on how to begin planning your wedding flowers. I hope you find it helpful. Feel free to contact us or leave any questions you may have below.
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The Throw Bouquet - with a twist!
For anyone following the CWWP, you may have already heard me talk about the cool new trend sweeping the floral/wedding industry.
- The Break Away Bouquet
The break away bouquet is a throw bouquet specifically constructed of multiple smaller bouquets. The tradition of a bride tossing a bouquet goes back many centuries, why not put your modern touch on that special moment. It does not mean that your bouquet will fall apart but rather separate into smaller bouquets as it is tossed.
Imagine you start the bouquet toss as usual, while the guests distracted by the MC, the bride unwraps the ribbon surrounding the throw bouquet revealing a number of smaller individual bouquets. When the bouquet is thrown it will split apart resulting in multiple mini bouquets and just as many "lucky ladies". You can even take things one step further and add fortunes, lottery tickets or words of wisdom to each bouquet. Make it your own and have fun.
Part of the fun with a breakaway bouquet is certainly in the surprise. The less people who know about it the better. A few people to let in on your little secret would be your MC and DJ, photographer, videographer, and potentially the wedding planner(if you have chosen one).
If you are interested in a break away bouquet call Blooming Envy. We would be happy to custom design a break away bouquet for your event to create a fun and unique experience.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.