Posts made in March, 2013

Easter colors are so much fun to play around with. We couldn’t resist compiling some amazing floral and color combinations for all you DIY’ers out there that need some ideas. After all, Easter is a wonderful time of the year to start waving hello to the bright and punchy colored flowers for the warm weather and flower-blooming season!

Easter Post - TablescapeThis more modern take on an Easter/Spring table-scape amps up pastel colors to their punchy counterparts. The teal vases, napkins, and utensils bring out the best in the combination of white, yellow, peach, purple, and coral flowers. This is great for any outdoor brunch or indoor lunch! **Floral Construction Note** The tall white snapdragons have been wired to create that interesting arrangement shape.

Easter Post - Pink Easter Centerpiece

Check out this beauty of an arrangement on Ruffled Blog! This incredible photo, taken by EE Photography, is a combination between lavender stock, pink ranunculus, juliet garden roses, pink tulips, astillbe, and queen protea! Mixing pastel pinks and purples with white and peach is a great easter/spring color scheme. Imagine this beautiful look at your spring gathering!

Easter Post - Pastel Centerpice

Are you less of a pink or purple person? No problem! Try out this more down to earth homey look! The white bark vase filled with white and blue hydrangeas, pink roses, fillers and greens is the perfect arrangement for an Easter gathering. After all throwing eggs in your flowers can make it look a little overdone.


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Thinking about using garden roses for your do-it-yourself wedding flower arrangements? They are romantic, fluffy textured roses that can be used in rustic, vintage, classic, or even edgy flower designs. The versatility, colors, and shapes available have launched the garden rose into extreme popularity within the wedding industry. If you decide to use these beauties in your do-it-yourself wedding or event arrangements you should know the following facts first!

DIY Wedding Bouquet InspirationUse this bouquet as inspiration. It simple (easy to make) and jazzed up with bright ribbon, perfect for a DIY! This bouquet is featured on Southern Weddings and captured by KT Merry Photogrpahy.

1. Garden Roses – You Get Them When They are Open
Generally roses need time to open, but garden roses will already reveal those beautiful, rippled inside petals once you receive your shipment. This means when ordering flowers online from you should received the garden roses 2 days before the wedding and event(Remember they are opening during the days they are in transit). This way you will be using the garden roses in their peak condition and you can order all your flowers to arrive at once!Garden Rose - Opening Process

2. Once Open Garden Roses Have a Short Vase Life.
Garden roses are perfect for events because they are in peak condition for 2-3 days. Although, they do not have a long vase life after fully opening they are beautiful in all stages of their opening process. This is why it is a good idea to use the garden roses when they are in the 3-5 day stage of opening, the flowers will open more in the arrangements a live a couple days after they are done being used.

3. Colors May Change as the Garden Rose Opens
The color of the garden rose may look different on the inside when fully open than the color on the outer petals. As the rose opens the center petals reveal true colors. Refer to the example below to see how the color of the rose reveals a true peach than when it was closed. Keep in mind that color will vary depending on weather, crop, and season.
Garden Roses - Color opening

4. Garden Rose Hydration Requires One Extra Cut.
Garden Roses have a much improved vase life when their stems are cut multiple times. When you receive the wholesale garden roses ordered online you need to take them out of the box, cut the stems under running luke-warm water, and start the hydration process. After a day of opening cut the stems again, then cut the stems when arranging the flowers. This will elongate the vase life and eliminate bruising that can start to happen.

Yellow and Pink Wedding Flower Bouquets Featured on Southern Weddings and captured by KT Merry Photogrpahy.

Overall garden roses are an amazing flower for both DIY/budget couples as well as those who can hire a florist. The flower is often used a replacement for peonies while they are out of season. It is gracious and comes in many colors. See out selection of garden roses available online today!

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Exclusive Online Flower Design Tutorials for Do-It-Yourself Event Arrangements. Arrangement Lessons to Help You Save Money on Weddings and Events. has launched “Do-It-Yourself Flowers 101”, a free online lesson series for creating flower arrangements, bouquets and décor for budget weddings and events.  These comprehensive tutorials, covering topics including flower preparation, floral design elements, flower tools,  techniques and flower design guides, are available now at

DIY Flowers 101

Joan Wyndrum,’s vice president, says “The idea of creating your own wedding or party flowers can be intimidating, no matter how much money you save doing it.  We wanted to de-mystify the transformation of flowers from growers to stunning arrangements. This online flower lesson series will give even a novice the knowledge and confidence to create gorgeous bouquets and arrangements – with a truly personal touch.”

Each tutorial focuses on a different aspect of flower arranging, complete with step-by-step photos and money-saving hints.  Arrangement and bouquet discussions cover the fundamentals of floral design as well as important construction and transportation techniques.  Hands-on lessons include “how-to” pictorials as well as video instruction for creating a variety of flower arrangements.

“DIY flowers can free up a really significant part of a wedding budget,” says Ms. Wyndrum.  “And with resources like Pinterest and so many popular wedding blogs, design inspiration is everywhere.  The only missing piece is the ‘how to’, and now Blooms’ DIY Flowers 101 provides it.”

About, The Wholesale Flower Superstore™, offers premium-quality flowers, floral design supplies and accessories at wholesale prices.   Launched in 2007, its online store features low minimum order quantities for sale to the general public with same-day shipping.  Both and its DIY-resource “Blooms Blog” ( have been featured on many popular wedding websites and publications including The Knot, A Practical Wedding, Style Me Pretty and more.

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Many times DIY’ers get caught up in their imagination and forget to remember some of the realities of doing their wedding flowers. Just to put things in perspective wants to give you some DIY food for thought, ya know to keep you in check. We are keeping your best interests and wallet in mind to make this a great experience.

DIY Wedding Flowers

This beautiful photo was shot by Katelyn James Photography and the greatest part is that she did these DIY arrangements herself! Yes DIY wedding arrangements made by and photographed by the same lovely lady!

TIP #1: Avoid Making A Large Quantity of Large Arrangements
This is simply not do-able if you are doing all your wedding flowers. If you wish to save money with DIY you will need to scale down your expectations in terms of size of the arrangements. If you want to make 20 large rounded pillar arrangements for your wedding ceremony you may want to think about scaling back. Making these arrangements is costly and time consuming. You may not have the time or the budget for extravagant wedding flowers, which is why you are doing-it-yourself in the first place.

Tip #2: Avoid Making Arrangements That Are Hard to Construct
Arrangements that are complicated to make include cascading bouquets, floral garland, large topiary pieces, large extravagant centerpieces, and suspended arrangements. Arrangements with complicated mechanics take much longer to make. The last thing you want to do is stress out the day before your wedding because you do not have enough time to finish your flowers. Keep things simple by using multiple smaller vases, imperfect bouquet shapes, and simple boutonnieres and shoulder corsages. When you need to use floral foam, floral adhesive, floral wire, designer dishes, and duck tape (okay maybe not duck tape hehe) to construct one centerpiece you are going to be overwhelmed. If that is the case you may need the expertise of a florist.

Tip #3: Don’t Be Too Color Specific

Nature unfortunately does not care about your wedding color scheme. Flowers are a part of nature and when choosing your flower colors you may have to settle on shades of a color. Often times this becomes a great way to add depth to your current color scheme. Try to be open to using colors to add depth to your color scheme rather than match it.

DIY WEdding Flowers 2

Katelyn James Photography

How to get the most out of your DIY Wedding Flowers:
1. Use flowers with lots of color.
2. Use small miscellaneous vases.
3. Cluster vases together to create high impact.
4. Create imperfect trendy bouquet shapes.
5. Use accessories to compliment and bring out the colors in your wedding theme.

Keep in mind that you will be putting together your flowers and you want to make it a fun and creative experience. Keep things simple and dress them up with accessories and accents. The pictures above are an example of DIY flowers done beautifully and without stress. The flowers are plentiful, the colors are bright, but the arrangement style is simple. The accents include lemons, pearls and lace. The bouquet has an imperfect shape that is beautiful and very trendy and easy to construct. AND the arrangements are simple because each vase has a single flower type but they make a high impact when all placed together. Keep all these ideas in mind when creating your very own DIY Wedding Flower arrangements to get the very most our of your budget.

If you think your arrangement ideas for your DIY may be a little too ambitious post a comment and we will all chime in. So what do you think of our suggestions?!?!

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