Posts made in August, 2010

I am so excited to share the first submission for “Blooms for the Ultimate Budget Savvy Bride” from Kirsten! I love all of the DIY projects she is incorporating in her wedding… and I especially love that she is making your own jewlery (so cool)! More importantly, the fact that she is a DIY / Budget Savvy Bride is not only helping her wallet, but she is also making it a family affair, which is amazing. Thank you so much, Kirsten!! And good luck planning the rest of your wedding!
Here’s what Kirsten had to say…
I am getting married next June on Hilton Head Island, SC. My family and I are very creative so we have taken on a lot of DIY tasks. One of the main DIY projects we have taken on is all of the stationary (save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, programs, menus etc.). Although it is not done yet since I have some time until my wedding, I know they will turn out great.
I am also making all of my flower girls headbands and all of the jewelry. My aunt who makes necklaces, earrings, etc. is helping me out.
My aunt also has worked with flowers in the past. I really want her to help me with my flowers. I think it would be special to know that one of my family members helped me with my bouquet.
Lastly, my grandma used to make wedding cakes. My aunt and I are going to take her special recipe and make my wedding cake. We did a test cake just to make sure we could do it and it was fantastic! I never knew I could make a cake like I did.
The best advice I could give to other brides is to try as many DIY projects that you can. You really can surprise yourself with how much you can do and save. What worked for me was taking the time to sit down and determine what I could do. I did samples and manipulated ideas to see what I liked. I also took the time to consider what I wanted to spend money on (DJ instead of an ipod with speakers, professional photographer). What I suggest that you don’t do is settle for something. If you don’t like a sample card you did walk away from the project for a little bit. Determine what you want changed about the sample. It is your wedding and you should not settle for something that you are not proud of!
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What makes you the Ultimate Budget Savvy Bride?

Okay, everyone isn’t Chelsea Clinton and can’t spend $3 million on their nuptials. So, the Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box are joining forces to make your wedding a little easier on your wallet. We want to know how are you planning on saving some cash at your wedding! What DIY aspects will you be incorporating? From making your own invitations to arranging you own wedding flowers, we want to know it all. What advice can you give other brides during the wedding planning process? What worked for you? What didn’t?

We want to hear your stories! The BSB and Blooms are looking for innovative, detailed responses. Feel free to write as much as you’d like! Pictures are welcome and encouraged! Please send your entries to

The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate from Blooms By The Box! With our great prices, that’s ALL of your wedding flowers!!

Good luck to all!

Essay Contest Period

Launch: Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 12:00:01 a.m. CST.

All Entries must be submitted by: Sunday, September 19th, 2010 by 11:59:59 p.m. CST.

(We (BSB and BBTB) will review entries for a few days and collectively pick the top 5 we think are the most deserving.)

Voting Period: Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 12:00:01 a.m. CST and ends on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. CST.

Winner Announced: Friday, October 1st, 2010 via blog post on BSB and Blooms By The Box’s Facebook Page.

Contest Rules

Eligibility: All participants must be Brides-to-Be and legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and other territories and possessions of the United States) at the point of entry. All participants must have a valid e-mail address.

General Conditions: All participants must “Like” Blooms By The Box and The Budget Savvy Bride on Facebook in order to qualify and be eligible for winning the prize. All essay entries submitted after the specified dates will not be eligible. Voting will be conducted on The Budget Savvy Bride via comment where as the voting participant will comment on what essay they liked the most and their reasons why. Comments on the BloomsBlog will not count towards the contest votes. All comment votes submitted after the specified dates will not be counted. Both The Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box will review all entries and choose the Top 5 essay entries we feel are most deserving. Then the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite essay, which will determine the winner. The essay with the most comments (votes) will receive the $500 gift certificate from Blooms By The Box.

Entry: Limit one entry per person. All entrants must provide a valid email address in order uphold the official rule of one entry per person. All entries will be submitted via email to by the times stated above and will then be posted. Any entries submitted after those times will not be eligible. Entries must be entrant’s own original work, must not infringe on any third-party rights and must be deemed suitable by both The Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box.  Entries deemed lewd or offensive might be disqualified, at the BSB and Blooms By The Box’s sole discretion.

The Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box are not responsible for malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer hardware or software, or any other technical problems related to website entries. Any attempt at entry as above stated is void. Entries become property of The Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box and will not be returned. By entering submissions, entrants are agreeing to have their submissions published and promoted on both and and any affiliated websites. The Budget Savvy Bride’s computer will be the official clock of the Contest.

The Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box both reserve the right to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or any web site related to the Contest; to be acting in violation of the official rules; or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

Prize details: The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate from Blooms By the Box. Cannot combine with any other promotions or discounts. The awarded $500 can be spent on any items available at will only ship in the United States. Prizes are not transferable. No cash redemptions or prize substitutions are allowed. If the prize or any part thereof is unavailable for any reason, as determined by Blooms By The Box in its sole discretion, Blooms By The Box reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value.  

Winner Notification / Selection: The winner of the contest will be announced on Friday, October 1st, 2010. The winner will have 7 days from notification to respond to Blooms By The Box via email ( to accept the prize. Failure to accept the price within 7 days from the notification, the winner will then forfeit the $500 gift certificate. In the event that no one claims the prize, the participant who received the second most votes will receive the prize and the same rules apply. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period. The drawing of the top 5 essays to be voted on  will be conducted by The Budget Savvy Bride and Blooms By The Box, the judges of the Contest, whose decisions on all matters related to these official rules shall be final and binding.

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Color Trends for Floral Design

Posted By on Aug 27, 2010

Pantone Swatchbook for Color Matching

Pantone Swatchbook for Color Matching

Twice a year, Pantone – the people who provide color standards for the graphic, interior and fashion design worlds – release a color trend report for the upcoming season. The Pantone 2010 Spring/Summer Color Report is out with its top 10 colors for 2010.  It’s focused on interior design, decorating and fashion trends, but so are flowers and floral design.  Use flowers to bring the hot colors of the season to accent your home or set off your event décor, or to perfectly complement a chic, fashion-forward wedding party.

And the winners are…

Turquoise…also Pantone’s “Color of the Year”. Think vital and tropical.  Turquoise doesn’t appear often naturally in the flower world – morning glories, maybe, but they’re not found in arrangements often.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce it in other ways – ribbons, silks, vases.  Be creative!

Tomato Puree… is a timeless, pure red with just the right blue-orange balance.  Of course, there are scores of red flowers – but look for the more saturated, less “orange” toned varieties:  Regular and mini carnations, gerbera daisies, amaryllis, and red “Opium” or “Forever Young” roses.

Vibrant Brights and a Splash of Sun and Surf

Spring/Summer 2010 Color Trend: Vibrant Brights and a Splash of Sun and Surf

Fusion Coral …is a refreshing, pale orange with pink undertones.  Look for salmon rose varieties like “Movie Star” or “Amsterdam”.  Or include peach mini-carnations, pink limonium, orange snapdragons and salmon tulips.

Violet…If you remember back to your Crayola days, the big 64 crayons sets (the ones with the sharpener!) came with a “Blue Violet” and a “Red Violet”.  Pantone’s 2010 “violet” is in the red-violet direction.  Asters are a great filler flower in this vein, and the Blue Curiosa rose is an elegant and romantic violet.  Don’t be fooled by the names – the purple freesia and hyacinth are a better here than the their more-blue violet varieties.  Others that will work are purple anemone, dianthus, gladiolus and liatris…all leaning more to red than blue.

Aurora…Named for natural light displays, this yellow has a greenish undertone.  It’s not a bright canary color, but adds bold pop to the palette.  This spring, bring in some yellow tulips or some yellow cream roses.  Yellow oriental lilies or yellow limonium will also bring in green hint you’re looking for here.

Amparo Blue…It can be challenging to work natural true blues into floral arrangements because it’s not a hue that occurs much in the plant world. Amparo Blue is even tougher – it’s a warm but very bright blue.  The closest match you’ll find is a blue hydrangea, but keep in mind how varied hydrangeas can be.  The other blue standbys, like delphiniums, really lean too far to the red/lavender undertone and miss the spirit of Amparo.

Pink Champagne…is a beautiful, elegant and delicate neutral, which you can find with a peachy cream carnations, or in the hint of color in the rose “Vendela”.

The Neutrals…Tuscany, Dried Herb and Eucalyptus are soft, rich tones that complement the 2010 Spring/Summer collection.  When you work in greens, try including some Curly Willow, or Spanish Moss, or some Seeded Eucalyptus.  Think a little less bright green than the more traditional foliage.

Go give it a try…but remember: Pantone creates (and recreates) its color palettes in a nice controlled lab.  Nature isn’t always so accommodating.  If you’re working with Pantone’s latest palette, or any other color plan, expect – and embrace –  a little natural variation in hue and saturation, and you won’t be disappointed.

For some more on ways to work with color in floral design, have a look at some of our earlier posts:

Designing Fresh Flower Arrangements:  Working the BloomsByTheBox Flower Color Wheel

More About Color in Fresh Flower Bouquets and Arrangements

Happy Designing!

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Thats all, folks

Posted By on Aug 4, 2010

Chelsea and Marc

Chelsea and Marc

The bottles of champagne have been popped, the cake has been cut, and I’m sure some feet may still hurt from dancing until 3:00am. The most anticipated wedding of the decade is over. No Oprah. No Obama. No Steven Speilberg. It seems as if all the hype for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding didn’t stop her from having the most alluring event that has been thrown in years.

But I’m curious about these flowers! From the wedding photos that have been relseased, it looks like Jeff Leatham used gardenias to create an elegant round bouquet for Chelsea, while her fiance’ and all of his groomsmen sported white freesia boutonnières. According to an article from, Jeff Leatham recalls, “It was very important [to Chelsea] to keep it organic and natural… The theme, floral wise, was organic, clean, simple and elegant.”

The chuppa that Leatham created from twigs, branches, and white blooms looked as if it sprouted from the ground naturally. It created the ideal setting for the interfaith ceremony complimenting the outdoors effortlessly. Post wedding, Leatham told Us Magazine, “It was such a honor to be involved in Chelsea and Marc’s day. Everyone could not have been more kind… When we saw the photos and the look on Chelsea’s face, it was absolutely worth it. It was such an honor.”

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