Top 5 wedding flowers

Imagine yourself walking through fields of flowers beautiful isn’t it? Now imagine your wedding day and think what flower would best fit a summer wedding? Flowers are everything in a wedding; they encompass the theme of your special day. We have looked all over and found the top 5 wedding flowers for a summer wedding that not only look stylish but also sophisticated, no matter the venue or theme.

1.    What’s in a Rose

a.    Roses over the years have been considered the symbol of love and beauty which is what a wedding is all about. Writers through the centuries have talked about the hues and smells of the rose and how in the most interesting circumstances they pull every love story together. When it comes to the wedding world the rose is far from your average boring flower, it’s magical in it’s own special way. Not only does it come in shades, it’s also available all year around. So even in the summertime roses will be there waiting for you to chose them on your special day. With them being around all year, they are surprisingly affordable on any wedding budget. But when choosing the rose remember that not all roses are created equal. As luxurious as they may be, some are scented and some are not. With so many choices for roses just remember there are three top varieties of roses for your perfect day Three main types are likely candidates for your wedding flowers: Hybrid Tea Roses (the classic, uniformly-shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), Spray Roses (a rose with five to ten small heads on each stem and a "natural, garden-grown" look), and garden roses (expensive, old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delicious scents).



2.   Tulip to be!

a.     The tulip is a wonderful flower! Most people think it originated in the Netherlands but to your dismay it’s actually from Persia.  As most flowers they all represent something and the tulip in all its glory represents consuming love and happy years, how magical is that! The tulip is a special flower for that fact it comes in a wide range of colors ranging from white, crème, pastels, even pink and yellow. Most of these colors are available all year around. Since tulips are common flowers they are extremely affordable but if you chose the route of rare varieties of tulips is when they can become a bit expensive. The tulip is very versatile that it can work in any venue weather it may be indoors or outdoors or simplistic or rustic they always manage to look beautiful. Three main varieties that are commonly used: Dutch Tulips (typically seen at neighborhood florist shops and in gardens), French tulips (expensive and elegant, with extra-long stems and large tapered blooms), and Parrot Tulips (noted for their ruffled, striped petals in intense colors).



3.   Calla Lily of my eye


a.     The Calla Lily is a beautiful flower and its name is elegant as is the appearance of the flower it is also known as the arum lily. The interesting thing about the Calla Lily is that it originated in Africa and is a symbol for magnificent beauty. The Calla Lily’s form had been a staple in the art community for years but especially the Art Nouveau era and 20th century photography. There are two types of Calla Lily that are available: the large headed variety with a very long stem, the smooth stem is best used for tall arrangements or presentation style bouquets, a miniature version is perfect for nosegays and boutonnieres. Creamy ivory is the most popular color for weddings, but Calla Lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink and even dark purple. So don’t forget to add a splash of color by mixing in the other colors as well.


4.   Pick Thee A Peony

a.     The peony is BIG and Beautiful! This flower has a full head and intoxicating perfume, with bright color that just makes you want to pick more. But despite the outward appearance of the plant it was given the name in Victorian times meaning “bashfulness”. The peony was cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and with this thousand years they have developed the peony further with assistance from the French. Now the peony is available in two main types, the Herbaceous and the Tree Peony (tip: the latter’s flowers don’t last long when cut). A bouquet made solely of peonies can be a gorgeous arrangement but also makes great centerpieces. Peonies are grown in single and double flower styles, these flowers are a bit expensive but it’s so worth it on your big day! They are also available all year around so no matter the season the peony is there for you.

5.    Gorgeous Gardenia

a.     The gardenia is an exquisite plant with its dark waxy green leaves. The gardenia radiates a heavenly scent that is to die for. This heavy but intoxicating fragrance was first captivated by an old English sea captain traveling through South Africa in 1753. With this discovery he was prompted to bring the flower home as a souvenir. Gardenias are lovely flowers to be tucked in a bouquet or used as flowering in a bowl as a centerpiece. Even a single gardenia can make a wonderful corsage or hair accessory; the possibilities with this flower are endless. This flower is extremely beautiful and with this we ask you be extremely gentle, the delicate creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise very easily. The gardenia has 3 large to four-inch blossoms, there is also a miniature version of this flower.

How to budget for a kicka** event

We have all been there, we want that amazing wedding, birthday party or just host an event that will leave people remembering you from years on. I have read plenty books, magazines, blogs and guys I think I have the answer to your problem. No one wants to spend 10,000 dollars on a party; but what if I gave you 10 steps on how to make your party look like you spent 10,000 dollars on a lesser budget.

1.Plan, plan, and plan, is the key here! Don’t just go on impulse and put it all together and then look at your bank account and say “Ouch!! I spent way too much.” Studies show that when a person plans an event, they end up spending less money and less time. Less time means ‘honey you can go get your hair done later.’ But on a more serious note, treat your party like a business plan. Plan every aspect of it to the point that you will know what and where everything has to go. Before you know it your party will have planned itself in no time.

2.Drinks! Wine, champagne, and cocktails every party calls for this, even child friendly parties need these; raising children is stressful. When it comes to bars, people tend to over spend on this. Don’t think that you need to choose the “Set Plan” option. You don’t want to spend $1,000 if only 4 or 5 people drink at your event.  The best most cost effective option is the consumption bar; if you’re hosting a party it works best for you in the long run. It’s a pay as you go for each person, 1 person buys a drink and they only charge you for only that 1 drink. Whether it is soft drinks or alcoholic beverages you will save more money because they are both the same price; you’re only paying per beverage no matter the choice.

3.Above all, remember fees! Hidden fees are what we call the silent killer. When you purchase a service from a vendor make sure to ask them about the hidden fees up front so that they don’t spring them on you and you’re left wondering how the hell am I going to pay for this. Just to jumpstart, some things that have hidden fees are chef/ catering fees, bartender fees, services fees for staff, loading docks, and security; the list is endless.  The smart thing to do would be to ask for all the hidden fees before making a purchase decision, by doing this you will have a successful event.

4.Mail time!  Some times mailing things just might set you apart, yes the snail mail will make your event stand out. Take the time to have an invite designed this will set you apart from other events going on and will be a great keep sake for people to keep. Oh yea, by the way, we know a company that can design your invite, us!

5.Tunes, what’s a party without music! It was once thought that having a live band was the best route to go but over time it has been noticed that it isn’t such a good idea. Not all bands can play the same genre and equal good music, and when partygoers want a song they mean business. The solution is a DJ; they are the best. They are the total package not only are they half the price but you also get a variety of music for the amount money you will be paying. An added bonus is most of them come with interesting visuals (light, disco balls etc.), which is usually included in the price.

6. It pays to play.  To avoid getting sued or fined make sure you have all the proper permits for your music and catering services for your party.  Make sure to have this up front and done before you set your party date. Nothing is worse than having to delay a party due to not having proper paper work; it’s a big no.

7. A trend that’s in right now is linen. They are a must for parties, not only do they add elegance, they are definitely an eye pleaser. When linen touches the ground its known to be more appealing to the eyes and an inexpensive way to add a touch of color to any event.

8.Think swag! How many glasses and beer mugs can one have? Way to many. By the end of the season you end up with a million mugs and shirts. Don’t waste your money on these things that most partygoers will leave behind. Get a photo booth and if that isn’t in your price range create a way to print out photos of your guests. Not only is it less expensive but people also love photo memories and they are guaranteed to take home.

9.Food! Everybody craves it and everybody needs it. Don’t go overboard when choosing your menu items, you do not need a 6-7-course meal. It’s a proven fact that a 3-course meal is the most cost effective and tends to taste better to the partygoers. Many catering companies will want you to have up to 10 hors d’oeuvres, don’t do it! One its way too many choices for people and there will be a ton of them not eaten. Keep it simple, at most 3 it’s the magic number here.  Also skip the delicacies such as lobster, filet mignon, Ahi tuna, caviar, and truffles most people are allergic to them. And if your catering service chooses to use these selections, ask them to use them sparingly and make them small so that you are not wasting extra money. But overall keep it simple, simple is always better and less expensive. Always remember to educate yourself on what food services your choosing that way you know what cut your getting and what foods are in season this also affects the price.

10. Just have fun. The experience of planning a wedding or event is all about fun don’t let the craziness of planning an event drive you loco for coco puffs. Take a breath when it gets tough and remember when it is done, it will be an amazing event.