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.
Can winter get any longer? If your house is anything like mine, you can tell Old Man Winter has over stayed his welcome. People are getting crabbier, you never see the sun and you can't leave the house without wearing half of your wardrobe. If the weatherman says that S* word again, I think I am going to scream.
Even though we are stuck with winter a bit longer we can still dream about the warmth and sunshine of spring. Check out this inspiration board of a spring wedding guaranteed to get rid of those winter blues, at least for a little while.
What do you think of when you see an Iris? Irises always take me back to my childhood. There were seas of yellow that seemed to go on forever, all the way around the house. The best part was that mom always let me cut some to bring inside.
Did you know that Iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow, referring to the wide variety of colors found among the many species. Irises can be found in blue, purple, white, yellow, pink, orange, brown, red and even black. There are some 300 species in the genus Iris.
Common Name: Iris
Botanical Name: Iridaceae
Irises are perennial plants. They have long, erect flowering stems which may be simple or branched, solid or hollow, and flattened or have a circular cross-section. The distinctive flowers have three large outer petals called "falls" and three inner upright petals called "standards." The falls may have beards or crests. Bearded iris are so-called because they have soft hairs along the center of the falls. In crested iris, the hairs form a comb or ridge.
Most irises flower in early summer but most florist can have them imported year round. They are hardy, reliable, and easy to grow. Irises also attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make lovely cut flowers. What a great source on interest in a design.
So if you are one of the lucky one's who was given flowers by your Valentine, you are probably wishing they would last forever. Unfortunately they don't and chances are right about now you are contemplating throwing them away. Well, if you are anything like me you will wait for the very last sign of life to leave before taking them out to the compost bin.
On average, cut flowers should last about 4-7 days in your home. With the proper care(see tips here) you can extend the life of your cut flowers. If your arrangement happens to have more than one type of flower you may notice that some last longer than others. Although there is no guarantee just how long a flower will last, below is a list of some of the more popular flowers and their average life span.
Flower Vase Life in Days
Alstromeria (Peruvian Lily) 6-14
Baby's Breath (Gypsophillia) 5-10+
Calla Lily 4-8
Carnation /Mini Carnation 6-14+
Cymbidium (Orchid) 7-28
Phalaenopsis (Orchid) 20-30
Queen Anne's Lace 3-5
Sweet Pea 3-7
A few other things that will affect the vase life of your flowers are: growing conditions, the amount of time the flower spent in transit, and post harvest care received in the distribution chain. One other note, arrangements made in floral foam generally do not last as long as flowers in a vase of water. The best advise I have for your flowers, sit back and enjoy them! Then will not last forever!
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.