As much as I love my job it is still nice to take a break and unwind. This weekend I took a few hours and went hiking. The weather was gorgeous and I found myself at the top of Mosquito Hill in New London. I haven't been there since I was a kid. The view was amazing and my pictures don't do justice to the glorious fall colors. It was the perfect escape. What did you do last weekend? What did the colors look like in your area?
We recently had the opportunity to work at a very charming local venue in Waupaca, the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast. This 1880's Victorian farm house sits along the Crystal River and instantly takes you away from the stresses of life. For an early fall wedding the weather this particular day felt more like summer. The bride was absolutely stunning and everyone I spoke with was in high spirits. After a short walk along a rustic trail we had lined with vibrant fall color flowers, you found yourself along side the river where the ceremony would take place. The reception was also held on the grounds, in a cooled tent, with a catered dinner. Enjoying gems like this is one of the many reasons I love my work.
Click for more information on the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast or to see more of our photos here and some Distinction Photo pictures here. Comment below if you would get married here or if you have ever visited the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast.
With all the planning that goes into making your wedding as perfect as it can be, why would you trust your flowers to just anyone. You could book someone else but why would you, when here are some of the benefits you can expect from Blooming Envy.
Artistic Floral Designs - We are always searching, experimenting and learning new ways to use flowers and other organic materials to create art and bring luxury to our clients. Ongoing research, education and training are a top priority.
No Obligation Consultations- the first one's us, what do you have to lose.
Virtual Flower Design- see what your flowers will look like before your event.
Flowers Ordered Fresh for You- All flowers are special ordered specifically for each event, thus ensuring the freshest product possible.
Professional, Courteous Service- Your satisfaction is our main priority. We only book a limited number of events, allowing us to utilize our talents to the fullest potential.
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Personal, Day of Flower Attendant- don't worry about your flowers, we have you covered. A staff member will be on-site the day of your event for set-up, pinning, moving, repairs and more. Only available to our full service weddings!
Contact us to schedule your consultation today. Dates booked on a first come, first serve basis.
So...it's the first day of fall. I have to say I am sad to see summer go. There is the hustle and bustle of wedding season mixed with all that great summer fun. When I'm not working I enjoy camping, hiking and fishing with my family. Summer for me is just a wonderful whirlwind of activities. But fall has its perks too. With the change of the season we get the wonderful colors and smells of nature, comfy sweaters and apples! Who doesn't love a fresh apple pie or some warm apple cider. As we welcome fall and all its glory make sure to take time and enjoy it! We would love to hear why you love fall, post your comments below.
Remember that something we were up to? Well....here it is! Ta da! Our newest rental item. Our antique distressed chalkboard door. It actually went easier than I had expected. I started with a reclaimed antique door which I found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was the perfect piece for this project. With a little bit of paint, some sandpaper and some fancy chalkboard paint, I created this awesome little gem. I used it last weekend at the bridal show for my advertising. It would be great for an event to welcome guests, give directions, use as a seating chart, or as a menu board, The options are endless. Plus it is two sided! And YES, it is now available for rent. Call 715-412-1633 or email email@example.com for more info.
So I wanted to share with all of you a project I am working on. Up until yesterday it was just an idea I had been playing around with in my head. But yesterday I bit the bullet and went searching for the needed treasures to complete my vision. My husband, myself and our big van headed to the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Well, it took more than one Restore to find the perfect piece but I was super happy when we did. It is beautiful! Absolutely stunning! And this is before I even get to work my magic. Now you might be asking -What are we going to do with that? What's that going to be? Well that you will have to wait to find out. Not long...just til next week. I welcome your guesses in the mean time.
Blooming Envy is 10 years old!
It has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears but most of all, it has been rewarding and educational to say the least. In honor of our anniversary, Blooming Envy has some fun and exciting giveaways planned very soon.
Have you heard about the 2015 Love Story Wedding Expo at the Holiday Inn - Steven's Point? It's Sunday, February 22nd from Noon - 4:00pm. Make sure to mark your calenders.
While there, the show will be raffling off 10 bouquets designed by Blooming Envy. Each one of these bouquets will have a coupon good for a free throw bouquet(with your flower order).
And this is where it gets even better. Have you seen the newest trend with the gorgeous flower crowns? Check out this link if you haven't.
Even if it's not something you've considered wearing, wouldn't it be fun to have a few photos in one or to even have your flower girl wear one? When it's FREE, why not? The first 10 brides/grooms to stop by our booth, reserve their wedding date and book a consult will receive a coupon for a free flower crown(with your flower order). This is only for the first 10 bookings and only if booked at the show, so bring your calenders!
In addition we will also be having a special drawing at our booth, so make sure to register for that.
It's hard to believe how fast 10 years have flown by. We have enjoyed every moment are are definitely excited about the next 10 years.
Hello Winter! Glad you are finally here. Tho I am not happy about the super cold weather we have been having, I have been enjoying the beauty that Mother Nature creates this time of year. So in honor of Mother Nature I put together some "cool" design inspiration. What do you think of winter nuptials?
I keep telling myself...You haven't written anything new for the blog lately. And with that thought in my head I come up with a million different reasons why it's not happening today. It might be too many emails or my laundry or even that car that really needs to be cleaned but this funny thing called 'a busy life' seems to always run short on time. This is one thing I am sure I am not a alone on. So today I chose to actually write that blog...see :) Granted it only took me over a year to finally do so but I did it. So this is my fresh start to my NEW Year! Welcome 2015, I have big plans for you! Starting with watching The Tournament of Roses Parade, it's my absolute favorite parade. This years theme is "Inspiring Stories".
Check out these past blogs I wrote to learn more why I love it so much.
Tournament of Roses Parade - Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Tournament of Roses Parade - Just Imagine....
Happy New Year's Eve! What are your plans for your NEW Year?
Paging through books, magazines or browsing the web are great ways to get ideas for wedding flowers. In pictures you see the best of the best. The biggest, the fanciest, and usually, the most expensive. But what should you really expect when pricing wedding flowers? This is the question I am asked the most, "How much does it cost?" and it is a valid question. Weddings come with budgets, and if you don't buy flowers all the time, the cost can surprise you. There is nothing I hate more than disappointing a bride when she realizes her dream flowers will cost way more than her budget will allow.
A few weeks back I wrote about why flowers cost what they do(read more here). Today I am writing about what you should expect for the average costs when pricing wedding flowers. The prices featured are based on an overall industry standard. Please, please, please remember these prices are only a guideline, each wedding and florist will be different.
Bridal Bouquet $150-300, Hand-tied bouquets are less expensive than cascade simply because of the amount of flowers needed to create. Likewise if you use roses, carnations and mums you will save tremendously over garden roses, orchids, calla lilies and peonies.
Throw Bouquet - $25-50, sometimes the florist will include the throw bouquet as a promotional item.
Bridesmaid Bouquet $75-150 each, again the more expensive the flowers, the more costly the design. Some ways to save money here, reconsider the number of people standing up(less people=less flowers) or have the bridesmaids carry a single flower bloom instead of a bouquet.
Flower Girl Flowers- $45-200, At the lower end you have a simple basket with petals or a small bouquet, pomanders are super cute but average about $95 and then you need to consider if you want flowers for her hair. Add it all up and now you know why they call her the flower girl.
Corsages - $15-30 each, Generally pin-on corsages are less expensive than wrist corsages. Although the don't have many flowers they are labor intensive.
Boutonnieres - $10-20 each, Like the corsages you are paying more for labor than flowers.
Alter Flowers - $150 and up, depending on the scale of the design. The really big designs are usually closer to $300-400. These are great arrangement to re-purpose. It may cost extra, but consider having them moved to the reception.
Aisle Flowers - $10-15 each for the basic bow with a few blooms, a small hanging arrangement $35-50 each, a hanging pomander $95-125 each. To save money here some couples choose only to decorate the pews reserved for immediate family, some decorate every other pew. Again, if your a bit creative you can re-purpose these too.
Petals for the aisle can run $45 - $500 depending if you just want a small basket full for the flower girl or if you want one of those intricate designs laid out as part of the decor. It goes with out saying, the longer the aisle the more petals needed.
Showy Entrance Pieces - If you want to WOW your guests as they arrive or have a showy piece next to the seating card table figure about $300 and up.
Centerpieces - The low full designs, vary from $ 75-300 each. If you choose the right flowers and use more fillers you can keep it on the lower end but it you want the garden roses and orchids like shown in the magazine photo shoots, you will have to open your purse a bit wider.
As for the tall, elevated designs, they can take hundreds of flowers to create. Sometimes they even need to be assembled on site and require extra labor to be completed in time, for these, expect to pay $200-500 each.
Simple bud vases or smaller vase arrangements run $20-75 each and may be all you need, especially if you are decorating a long rectangle table.
Cake Flowers - $75-200 Depends on how many tiers the cake is, the coverage of flowers, and if you need a floral topper.
Delivery/set-up/breakdown - Expect to pay up to 25% of the subtotal for these additional services. Make sure you ask your florist about these charges so you are not caught off guard.
The best advise I can give you is to sit down with your florist and discuss your options. Be upfront about your budget and please, now I am asking as your florist, make sure your budget is reasonable. More often than not, your florist will be able to create the look you are after with flowers you can afford.
If you wedding is in Wisconsin, Blooming Envy would love to hear from you. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.