The Petal Count Challenge
How many flower petals do I need for my wedding? This is a question we get a lot here at Blooms by the Box. This is also a difficult question to answer. There are a wide variety of ways you can use flower petals for your wedding. Some of the most common uses for petals are making a trail down the aisle, filling a flower girl basket, or scattering petals across a table. Some brides like more coverage, others like less. There is no exact formula to figure out how many petals you will need, but we are going to do our best to show you how much we used and the quantity of freeze dried petals it took to get us there. So to help answer this question for you, we came up with a fun contest! The Petal Count Challenge is a contest taking place on our Facebook page, where you have to guess the number of petals seen in the photo. ONLY COMMENTS POSTED ON FACEBOOK WILL BE COUNTED. See how to enter this contest below!
The petals featured in this photo are the Assorted Pastel Blend FD Rose Petals.
Rules and Regulations:
- Each entrant must “Like” the Blooms By The Box Facebook page.
- Each entrant must “Share” the Blooms By The Box *The Petal Count Challenge* Facebook post.
- Each entrant must enter his/her numerical guess of the count of petals shown in the photo by commenting on the Blooms By The Box *The Petal Count Challenge* Facebook post.
- All entries must be received by 11:59AM Tuesday, March 31.
- The first correct guess will be the winner. If no correct guess is made, the first entry closest to the correct number without going over will be the winner.
- Only one entry per user Facebook account. In the event of multiple entries from a single account, only the first entry will be considered.
- Winner will be announced Thursday, April 2 on Facebook and the Blooms Blog. Winner will be notified via Facebook messenger.
- Winner will receive a $50 BloomsByTheBox credit good for the purchase of flowers and floral supplies sold by BloomsByTheBox. Unused credit cannot be redeemed for cash. Credit is valid until April 1, 2016.
Happy guessing! Check back on the blog next week for our winner and more details on our lovely flower petals! And yes, we did count every petal in this photo
We are channeling the approach of wedding season with a new spring wedding bouquet recipe! We have caught spring fever and we are ready for the weddings to come this season!
Brace yourself for the most gorgeous Georgia wedding, beautifully captured by Alea Moore Photography and seen on Style Me Pretty. Set at the lovely Cloverleaf Farm, this wedding is all types of rustic combined with all things romantic, with J.Crew loveliness and beautiful flowers from Gardenia Floral Design. The bouquets are everything you could possibly want in a spring wedding. The navy, peach, and pink color combo is never shy of stunning, and this wedding is proof of that. And we loved it so much that we wanted to give you a simple spring wedding bouquet recipe to show you how to make a bouquet just like this one seen below!
Making the Bouquet
(Note: To make one bouquet this size, one bunch of each flower will be enough and there will be some stems left over.)
1. After hydrating your flowers, prep them by removing the foliage. Lay them in front of you to make them easily assessable for design.
2. Starting with hydrangea, begin to incorporate 1 stem of each kind of flower by nestling them between the hydrangea blooms. Create yourself a round shape and then secure your first layer with the floral tape.
3. Add additional stems of each type of flower, again starting with the hydrangea, incorporate your other flowers into the hydrangea blooms nestling them so you can see the hydrangea peak through. Follow by securing each additional section with floral tape.
4. Continue this step over and over until the desired shape is reached. Once you achieve the shape you like, tuck sprigs of seeded eucalyptus into your bouquet for that added touch of texture and color. Follow with one more wrap of floral tape to secure.
5. Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon around the bouquet until no more floral tape is showing.
6. Use the corsage pins to secure the ribbon in place.
(Here is one of our step-by-step flower photo tutorials for more bouquet assistance.)
If you are going through peony-withdrawal like us, this garden rose tutorial should bring you a sweet smile. Garden roses are the perfect substitution for the ever popular peony. They are available all year and come in a wider variety of colors (a total win-win situation). You may be surprised at how easy it looks to make a garden rose bouquet. Trust us, looks are not deceiving with this tutorial. It really is this easy. There is no behind the scenes expert floral work happening in between each picture. So let us take you step by step and show you how to make a garden rose bouquet.
For starters, when it comes to wedding flowers we recommend receiving them two days before the wedding. So if the wedding is on Saturday, we would recommend using a ship date of Wednesday, this means the flowers will ship out on Wednesday and arrive Thursday. This gives you Thursday to cut them, put them in water, and allow them to hydrate over night. Then you can do your arranging on Friday or Saturday morning. Bouquets made on Friday can sit in about an inch of water over night, to do some extra hydrating, before it is ready for show time!
So this is what our garden roses looked like after two days of hydration, they are fully bloomed and ready to be arranged!
For a garden rose bouquet, all you need is 1 bunch of garden roses, floral scissors, and floral tape (also known as stem wrap)! Most of our garden roses come in 12 stem bunches, and a bouquet will take 8-10 stems depending on how big you want the bouquet to be. As seen above, in this tutorial we used 10 stems the lovely Garden Rose Alabaster White.
We trimmed the stems a few inches so they were a little longer than 1 foot. We also removed any leaves that were on the lower portion of the stem. The leaves on garden roses are really beautiful. So instead of getting a bunch of greenery for your bouquet, the top few portions of leaves coming off of the garden rose work wonderfully (and make this an ever easier process)!
Start by taking 3 stems and putting them together to make a triangle shape. This will be the center of the bouquet.
Once the 3 center garden roses are at a good height and in the position you want, use the floral tape to wrap the three stems together. The floral tape will stick to itself, so once the stems are secured together you can cut the tape and pull it tightly against the rest.
Then take 3 more stems and fill them in on each side of the “triangle” shape that was made with the first 3 stems.
Then go ahead and repeat the stem wrapping process. The stems and second layer of floral tape will overlap the previous floral tape.
Use the remainder of the stems to add to the bouquet until you get the shape you want. Secure your last stems with the floral tape again. Then you can trim all of the stems so the bottom is even and the stems are the length you want.
Now if you want, you can cover the stem wrap in, lace, ribbon, material, etc. We used some lace and secured it with pins.
Once the pins are in, your bouquet is set!
You just learned how to make a garden rose bouquet! It’s that easy! We promise. Questions? Let us know!
There are few things that make us happier than seeing the results from DIY-ers using our flowers. And trust us, happy is an understatement right now. Put an event planning bride and a carpentry-handy groom together and you have the most amazing DIY rustic outdoor wedding.
This gorgeous DIY bride had her friends and family put together all of the bouquets and centerpieces with our flowers, and wow did they do an incredible job. Take a look at some of the beautiful shots captured by Christina Lilly Photography of the flower prep for this DIY rustic outdoor wedding!
The flowers used to make these floral arrangements came from two of our wildflower packs: the Rustic Lakeside Wildflower Pack and the Blooms Woodsy Giddy in Green Wildflower Pack. These packs are designed with color and texture in mind. Each pack is made to make about 10 medium sized arrangements (bouquet, centerpiece, etc.). All the guess work is taken out for you with these packs. This bride also added hanging green amaranthus (seen in the bouquets), white statice, and gypsophilia to her order.
Now check out how beautiful all the arrangements turned out at the ceremony and reception below!
Amazing, right? Huge round of applause to this gorgeous pair and all who made this DIY rustic outdoor wedding a success.
Photography: Christina Lilly Photography
Venue: Baker Camp, Sloatsburg, NY
Flowers: Blooms by the BoxDress: Casablanca Bridal, Newport Beach, CA
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection, New York, NY
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Banana Republic
Beauty: Eve with LaVoila, New York, NY
Event Planners: Alison Conti, Christina Ferrari
Equipment Rentals: Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party Rentals Inc., Carmel, NY
“How much baby’s breath do I need?” This is a question we hear a lot. This is also a question that is very difficult to answer. Baby’s breath (Gypsophilia) can be used for so many different kinds of floral arrangements- mason jar centerpieces, pew arrangements, flower crowns, bouquets, bad vases, boutonnieres, etc. It’s a filler that goes a long way. Each bunch comes with around 10 stems. To better understand how much baby’s breath that really is, use these photos to give you an idea.
This is ONE stem of baby’s breath. That’s right… one stem. Each stem will vary in shape and size, but all stems will have multiple smaller pieces branching out.
We pruned the stem by cutting off each of the pieces that come off of the main stem.
And these are some of the pieces that were cut off from the main stem.
Here are all of the pieces that came from just that one stem.
And this is what it looks like when you bunch together all of those smaller pieces from the one stem.
Once the pieces from the one stem of baby’s breath is bunched together, you can see that a little goes a long way. That one stem could be enough for a mason jar centerpiece. If you want a more full arrangement, you will need 2 stems. For a full bouquet, 5-7 stems. A boutonniere will only take a fraction of a stem. Depending upon the head size, a flower crown will require between 4 and 6 stems.
We hope that helped and we’d love to answer any further questions! See our Baby’s Breath board on Pinterest for some awesome ways to use this filler.
Make Your Woodsy Wedding Centerpiece
It’s no secret that outdoor woodsy weddings are great for DIY brides on a budget. The secret is how easy it is to make a perfect centerpiece. Check out this full and step by step list, don’t forget to ask questions in the comments!
Step One: Cut/hydrate your fresh cut flowers ordered from BloomsByTheBox.com
Step Two: Add fresh room temperature water to your vases
Step Three: Use your greens to make a low arrangement shape, criss-cross the stems to make a pattern that will act as support for the flowers you add next
Step Four: Start adding filler flowers, like trachellium and queen anne’s lace
Step Five: Then add small focal flowers like spray roses and cushion mums
This process is simple, quick, and super affordable. If you wish to create your own arrangements, the DIY Guide to Wedding Flowers is a great staring point/ resource. We recommend making simple arrangements like this to keep things from getting too overwhelming on your big day. Simple small centerpieces are much less technical than large arrangements and will save you the most time and money, especially if you have 15 or more tables! Please leave any questions you may have in the comments! Thank you for stopping by!