Posts made in July, 2011

Curiosity got the best of me and I started to wonder how much the average bride in the U.S. spends on her wedding flowers. When I found the results for 2011 I have to admit I was taken back!

What Brides Are Spending: $1,200- $2,000

What You Could Spend if You DIY: $150-$300

If you are a budget bride this is some must read stuff! After this you will understand exactly why you should order freshly cut flowers and make your own wedding arrangements! On AVERAGE brides spend around $1,200 – $2,000 on wedding arrangements!!!!!! But here, on Blooms By The Box, the average spending cost for  wedding flowers ranges from $150-$300!!! THAT’S A DEAL!

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Having a hard time selecting flowers DIY bride?!  There is so much you feel like you don’t know, and all you want is for everything to be perfect because you have dreamed of this day your whole life!  That’s okay, we have all the tools to help you decide what flowers you want based on a couple different categories; texture, color, and shape. This post will focus on getting started with shape.

What is texture? Texture is the physical structure and surface quality of a material. The flowers can appear rough or smooth, straight or curvy, shiny or matte, coarse or fine,  fluffy or hard, pointy or round. Smooth and shiny material make your eye travel over the flowers faster as it sees all there is to see, when there is a course and curvy appearance the eye is caught longer on the flowers because there is more to take in. The important thing to keep in mind is control. No matter which of the many textures your flowers are, keep this in mind when putting together flowers.

Tips for Choosing Flowers For Your Wedding Arrangements using Texture!

1. Not Too Much But Not Too Little. Remember,  too many textures can make an arrangement look too cluttered but not enough texture can make it mundane. This means that if your going to use all the same flower in the same color without any filler your arrangement may look too simple, add some filler, additional color, or another flower to spruce up simple textures.  Try to eliminate cluttered textures by sticking to 3-6 textures per arrangement.

2. Same Textures Can Work Together. You can introduce various types of structures into the arrangement, or you can even put the same textures into an arrangement depending on the style you are looking for.

Left Picture: This arrangement uses flowers that a have a fluffy, full texture. The colors and flower variety pair well together due to their similarity in texture.

Right Picture: This arrangement uses hard,  spiky,  soft,  small,  and large varieties of flowers that create a texture that is pleasing to the eye by arranging them in  a symmetrical pattern.

3.  Match Flower Textures with Containers Textures. Smooth flowers look good with smooth containers and shiny flowers look go with shiny containers, while spiky flowers look good with boxy  containers or containers with edges.

4. Use Contrast to Draw Attention to Specific Flowers. If you want to highlight a beautiful big spiky flower, use smaller, smoother flowers as a filler. This will draw attention to the special flower that stands out.

5. There Are No Rules! It is okay to experiment, step out of the box and try new things. If you keep in my that you have to put the flowers together and how the texture will flow the arrangements will be beautiful!

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Every 4th of July Weekend I go to my grandparents house in upstate New York to spend a week with my family and escape the congested cities of New Jersey. This is by far the best family tradition I could ever ask for. The air is fresh, there are more tractors on the road than cars, and the wild flowers are plentiful. There is a serenity there like no other place, it is the place that made our family so close. The whole family has a chance to catch up or even initiate new boyfriends and girlfriends making their way into the family (this year was my boyfriend’s turn, don’t worry he did well!). We play volleyball, set off fireworks, swim in our man made (grandfather-made) pond, eat lots of food (gram feeds a whole lot of mouths), bail hay, and even go craw fishing in local streams.

This year there was a total of 22 people and four dogs staying at the 5 bedroom farm house (most people had to sleep in tents). As you can imagine, this is pretty hectic, especially when it’s time to eat (poor grandma)! But we love it so much, we get to help my grandfather bail the hay that pays the taxes on the property. This is our way of showing our appreciation for this wonderful get away. I could go on and on and on about my grandparents farm but lets get to the flowers!

This year, my cousins and I decided that we wanted to make a wild flower bouquet. We grabbed some scissors and drove around the 30 acre property to find the most beautiful flowers for a wild flower summer arrangement.

It was great to spend this time with my cousins, taking pictures (great job Katelyn!), cutting the flowers (thanks Anna!), and putting it together. For the rest of the week those flowers were at the table where everyone could enjoy them.

I hope you enjoy them too!

This is really easy to do and so much fun. I know that this is a memory I will hold on to as just some of my memories with my family at this special place. I hope that this inspires you to get creative with your family as well! If you do I would love to see some of your own pictures!

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Having trouble picking out a color scheme for your wedding flowers? Here are some ideas surrounding a new trend, GREEN! We all love some color, but its hard to pick which ones! Here is a great way  to get an idea for what kind of floral design and colors you like.

For the Traditional Bride:

For the Modern Bride:

For the Colorful Bride:

Even Make Your Wedding Theme Green!

I really appreciate the modern and daring use of the color green at a wedding. Brides usually think that green is used for just a filler in arrangements but making it the focal point really makes a point! Its says that the bride thinks outside the box and has a spunky personality.

Some of the green flowers in these arrangements include:

Green Pompon Button
Green Carnations
Green Cymbidium Orchids
Green Dendrobium Orchids
Green Dianthus
Green Hypericum
Green Mini Hydrangea
Rose Green Tea
Green Spider Anastasia
Bells of Ireland

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