As a provider of wedding flowers for countless brides across the United States, I am always impressed by what they can do. Just planning a wedding is hard enough, then add DIY aspects – talk about a lot to do! Our customer gallery is living proof that it can be done, and I commend all brides and brides-to-be out there who go the DIY route.
When it comes to wedding flowers, I always tell brides-to-be that “Less is more”! Using too many flowers or too many varieties may overwhelm your ceremony and/or venue. Flowers should be accents to your wedding that ADD ambiance, not detract from it… which brings me to this photo I found yesterday on Style Me Pretty.
Image courtesy of Heidi of Our Labor of Love Photography & Style Me Pretty
As you can see, only two varieties of flowers were used: Baby’s Breath and Daisies. I can’t think of a more simple yet chic selection of wedding flowers! They effortlessly compliment each other and definitely add to the rustic, romantic atmosphere.
For those of you who consider yourself true New Yorkers or travel to Manhattan everday for work I think there is one thing you both can agree on – the city in the winter can be a cold, miserable place. After the holiday cheer wears off the city is left with the occassional blizzard and frigid, bonechilling temperatures, which does not add to the city’s usual vivacious attitude. And as we’ve seen from across the river this winter, the city that never sleeps has turned into the city that nevel stops shoveling.
So in attempt to energize the city streets, the Paul Kasmin Gallery of New York, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee decided that flowers would do the trick. As of Sunday, Park Avenue is in full bloom with Will Ryman’s 10-block installation of giant roses, some as tall as 25 feet. The “planting” of these roses began Friday night, and the installation will be on display until the end of May.
“The Roses” exhibit includes 38 rose blossoms and 20 individual petals, six of which double as lawn chairs. The display starts on 57th Street and ends on 67th Street. Each flower arrangement contains four to six roses, painted in pink and red shades and accompanied by brass insects; a bee sits atop the highest rose on 67th Street. Ladybugs, aphids, and beetles (not John, Paul, George, and Ringo) are among the other insects nestled in the beautiful blooms.
“With these roses I wanted to do something that was larger than life and site-specific,” Ryman said. “In my work, I always try to combine fantasy with reality. In the case of “The Roses”, I tried to convey New York City’s larger-than-life qualities through scale, creating blossoms which are imposing, humorous, and hopefully beautiful.”
The roses are constructed from plaster, wire mesh, PVC tubes, stainless steel, fiberglass resin, automotive paint, and brass. Kostantin Bojanov, the owner of a fabrication company collaborating with Ryman, noted that the 1,000 to 2,500-pound flowers can withstand winds of up to 120 miles per hour, while the bases are engineered to withstand hurricanes.
Lastly, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe noted that Park Avenue is known for its flower arrangements. In the warmer months, the median of Park Avenue is lush with flowers and greenery. Obviously, she is delighted that Park Avenue is once again in bloom by adding, “The Roses” will enliven the area throughout the winter, in anticipation of the arrival of tulips in the spring.”
Keeping with the Valentine’s Day Fundraising theme, I would like to introduce you to your new best friend if you decide to sell roses on V-Day… the thorn stripper. If you have previously ordered wholesale roses, you know this, but for all you newbies out there I must forewarn you that when you buy roses from a wholesaler they are thorned! So #1. Be very careful! and #2. Make sure to use a thorn stipper on your roses to avoid people from hurting themselves when they buy them.
As I was flipping through the movie channels this weekend and I came across the movie Valentine’s Day. It’s about an intertwined group of people celebrating the most romantic day fo the year – some characters embrace it by making bold gestures of love, while others choose to celebrate it by throwing a “I hate Valentine’s Day” party. The plot is kind of confusing because there’s too many connections between the star-studded cast of characters, but a scene in the beginning of the movie got my attention.
Appropriately, Ashton Kutcher’s character is a florist and begins his work day by visiting the flower market. While he’s there grabbing every flower in sight, a local newscaster is doing a lifestyle feature on Valentine’s Day, and asks a man selling flowers, “How many red roses are sold on Valentine’s Day?” The man looks at him in bewilderment, as florist Ashton saves him by answering, “110 million red roses are sold”. Now, no offense Ashton, but actually 189 million red roses are sold on Valentine’s Day. That’s a ton of red roses! So, make sure you order early!!
The most popular flowers used in simple fundraising events are carnations and roses. Carnations are very affordable, easy to prepare and handle, and are long lasting and durable. They come in a variety of colors with red, white, and pink being the most popular for fundraising. They can be purchased in bunches of 25 stems, with discounts given as the quantity increases. Typically, they can be sold at 200-300 percent mark up for a tremendous profit! For an even more profitable item, we suggest a simple bouquet of 2-3 flowers and adding a stem of leather leaf fern and a stem of gypsophila (baby’s breath).
Roses are also very popular for fundraising, especially for the Valentine’s Day holiday! As with carnations, they can be sold by the stem or simply arranged. We recommend using 40 cm or 50 cm stem roses for most events as they are less expensive. All roses are sold in bunches of 25 stems, with a discounts given at larger quantities. For Valentines Day, red roses are the most popular, but their prices jump dramatically, so plan your pricing ahead of time! For a higher priced and more profitable item, we also recommend a simple bouquet of 1 rose with a stem of leather leaf fern and a stem of gypsophila (baby’s breath).